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An early (and clueless) 2023 lottery mock


I was just a bit bored and decided to take an early look at the 2023 class, and made a small lottery mock draft with basically zero knowledge except for ESPN, Draft Room, and Tankathon. But this is more of a place for y'all to tell me about your favorite prospects in this class. In doing minimal reading, I've started to quite like (other than Wemby) Dariq Whitehead, Anthony Black, and Kel'el Ware.

So here it is:

  1. Spurs - Victor Wembanyama (C/PF)

  2. Magic - Scoot Henderson (PG/SG)

  3. Rockets - Nick Smith (SG/PG)

  4. Pacers - Ausar Thompson (SF/SG)

  5. Pistons - Dariq Whitehead (SF/SG)

  6. Thunder - Cameron Whitmore (PF/SF)

  7. Knicks - Amen Thompson (SF/SG)

  8. Jazz - Anthony Black (SF/PG)

  9. Hornets - Dillon Mitchell (SF/PF)

  10. Kings - Dereck Lively (C)

  11. Trail Blazers - Jarace Walker (PF/SF)

  12. Nets - Cason Wallace (PG/SG)

  13. Wizards - Keyonte George (SG/SF)

  14. Pelicans - Kel'el Ware (C)


Also please take literally nothing away from this mock, it's basically impossible to do one of these this early. This is what my first 2022 mock looked like for reference (made around a year away from the draft):

1 - Rockets - Pablo Banchero (PF) 2 - Thunder - Chet Holmgren (PF/C) 3 - Magic - Jabari Smith (SF/PF) 4 - Pistons - Jaden Hardy (SG/SF) 5 - Spurs - Jalen Duren (C/PF) 6 - Kings - Caleb Houston (SF/PF) 7 - Cavaliers - Patrick Baldwin Jr. (SF/PF) 8 - Timberwolves - Peyton Watson (SF/PF) 9 - Pelicans - Jaden Ivey (SG/SF) 10 - Hornets - Yannick Nzosa (C/PF) 11 - Pacers - TyTy Washington (PG) 12 - Blazers - A.J. Griffin (SF/PF) 13 - Raptors - Kennedy Chandler (PG) 14 - Celtics - Jean Montero (PG)

Out of these 14, 5 stayed in the lottery, 4 went later in the 1st round, 4 went in the second round, and 1 went undrafted. So that should tell you how much can change in a year, and that this is all just for fun. So let me know your early thoughts on this upcoming class!


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