The NBA Draft is less than a week away, and we’re all on pins and needles waiting for the picks to come off the board.
Despite Victor Wembanyama’s destination being preemptively decided with the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery result, there are still plenty of exciting questions to look forward to with the upcoming draft.
Will the Hornets take the best player available in Scoot Henderson, or pass up and lean elsewhere for the sake of fit? Will the Trail Blazers retain the third pick and build from the ground up once more, or trade it to try and win now?
Many of these questions will be answered come next month, but for the sake of continuity, no picks in this mock were traded.
Find out how I see things playing out in my 2023 NBA Mock Draft.
NBA Mock Draft Round 1 Lottery Picks
1. San Antonio Spurs: Victor Wembanyama, C, France
Wembanyama is a no-brainer selection for the Spurs with the No. 1 overall pick. This would also be the case for any other team in the league, regardless of their roster construction or competitive timeline.
Wembanyama is the complete package when it comes to rookies with a package loaded with shooting, ball-handling, defense, and finishing ability, all in a 7-foot-4 frame. The Spurs get their elite prospect here to build into their next era, and potentially, dynasty.
Given how short Wembanyama’s NBA Draft No. 1 pick odds are going to be, it’s difficult to justify listing him as an NBA bet of the day. There’s no ROI there for the bettor.
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2. Charlotte Hornets: Scoot Henderson, G, G League Ignite
Henderson is a confounding pick if Charlotte chooses to go that route due to the presence of LaMelo Ball, but it makes sense for several reasons.
First and foremost, Henderson is the best player available. Also, he would mesh well next to Ball given that he is more of a score-first guard who can pass, while Ball is more of a pass-first guard who can score.
Henderson’s slashing ability and rim pressure are far more refined and would allow Ball to focus on distributing and shooting.
3. Portland Trail Blazers: Amen Thompson, G, Overtime Elite
While the rumors make it seem as if the Blazers may trade this pick in an attempt to draw in a veteran wing (possibly Boston’s Jaylen Brown), for the sake of this mock, we’ll assume it’s kept.
Portland would be wise to make this selection if it stands pat and moves on from Damian Lillard. Thompson’s mix of size, explosion, rim pressure, and creation would be a welcome sight to Blazers fans who may worry about the future at point guard.
There is certainly risk here due to Thompson’s questionable shooting, but he has the upside of a perennial All-Star and franchise centerpiece.
4. Houston Rockets: Ausar Thompson, G, Overtime Elite
The Rockets need a lead guard in the worst way, and they were fortunate to land at No. 4, where one of the two Thompson twins should be available.
Thompson’s size and athleticism create a fearsome mix. Like his brother, he is also a creative passer who can initiate an offense with several viable pieces in Jalen Green, Jabari Smith, Tari Eason, and Alperen Şengün.
While Thompson’s three-point shooting may be a work in progress, it is not broken and can be developed alongside this young core.
5. Detroit Pistons: Brandon Miller, F, Alabama
While better players like the Thompson twins may no longer be available for the Pistons at No. 5, they would be tough fits next to the ball-dominant backcourt duo of Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey, anyway.
Miller had a tumultuous freshman year off the court, but he was nothing short of fantastic on it. He posted .430/.384/.859 shooting splits, displaying fantastic scoring and rebounding ability with solid defense to boot, making him the perfect modern wing in today’s NBA and a solid pick in our NBA Rookie of the Year Odds.
6. Orlando Magic: Cam Whitmore, F, Villanova
The Magic would be lucky to see Whitmore fall to them, as they are in desperate need of more high-feel players on the floor. They hit big with No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero in last year’s draft and Franz Wagner the year prior, but they alone cannot lead this rebuild.
Whitmore adds an all-around element with plus shooting to the NBA’s fifth-worst offense that ranked 16th in pace. A core of Whitmore, Banchero, Wagner, and Wendell Carter Jr. would be arguably the longest in the league, with versatility for days.
7. Indiana Pacers: Jarace Walker, F, Houston
The Pacers need to fill out the middle of their roster. They lack talent at the forward spots and would benefit from a two-way big like Walker, who is a bit of a tweener with his size.
He is built like Julius Randle but plays with more savvy — better defensive IQ and less reckless offensively. He will likely never be the scorer that Randle is, but Walker’s impact should be greater if developed properly.
8. Washington Wizards: Anthony Black, G/F, Arkansas
There is very little that could fix the Wizards as currently constructed, but Black could lead them in the right direction. He was forced to play more of a lead role with Nick Smith Jr. injured for the majority of this season.
This resulted in a semi-impressive stat line of 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, but that came with 3.0 turnovers as well. Black’s strengths include attacking the rim and defensive pressure, but he is just a piece rather than a solution.
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9. Utah Jazz: Gradey Dick, G/F, Kansas
Dick definitely looks the part of a future Jazz player, and lucky for them, he is also quite skilled. While he may not be the strongest or fastest 6-foot-7-inch swingman, he is a very good shooter and defender who should make a consistent impact on an NBA court.
Dick’s upside is no lower than his more athletic peers in this range, given how pure his shot is.
10. Dallas Mavericks: Taylor Hendricks, F, Central Florida
Hendricks would be a dream pick for the Mavericks. They’ve failed in recent years to find a two-way big to complement Luka Dončić and Hendricks could develop into just that.
He can score inside and out, clean the glass, defend the rim, and get to the free-throw line consistently without being a turnover machine. He’s still very young, but he could make a huge impact on a contender early in his career.
11. Orlando Magic (via Bulls): Cason Wallace, G, Kentucky
With their second pick in this draft, the Magic take a shot on a more traditional point guard for the first time in years. Wallace is a court general who can defend and distribute well.
His three-point shot and free-throw percentage should improve going forward, and while he is not much of a scorer, the Magic can rest easy pairing him with Ausar Thompson (No. 6 overall), Wagner, and Banchero.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Leonard Miller, F, G League Ignite
Miller is a great fit on a budding Thunder roster that is ready to erupt. As an 18-year-old in the G League, Miller averaged 18.0 PPG on a 64.3% true shooting in 24 games.
He’s a versatile scorer who would benefit greatly from playing alongside creators in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey.
13. Toronto Raptors: Nick Smith Jr., G, Arkansas
The Raptors are somewhat in flux as they move on from Nick Nurse and potentially Fred VanVleet. Their team is extremely wing-heavy between OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes.
There could be a massive need for a lead guard, and Smith Jr. is just that. He missed significant time as a freshman due to a knee injury but ended the college year healthy. This is a perfect swing on upside in the late lottery.
14. New Orleans Pelicans: Keyonte George, G, Baylor
George’s stock has fallen after an inefficient shooting year as a freshman. However, he was a top high school recruit for a reason, and he flashed upside while leading a veteran Baylor roster in usage.
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Yes, his 37.6% shooting is dreadful, but it is important to note that over half of George’s shots came from three-point range. He did struggle to finish around the rim and score inside the arc, yet attempted an impressive 4.5 free throws per game while draining 79%.
NBA Non-Lottery Round 1 Picks
15. Atlanta Hawks: Brice Sensabaugh, F, Ohio State
With John Collins potentially pushed out of Atlanta this offseason after years of trade rumors, the Hawks could be in need of a forward who can offer some offense to a stagnant frontcourt.
Sensabaugh is a three-level scorer who thrives with the ball in his hands and shot 40.5% from three as a freshman. His size is that of a tweener, but he is quick on his feet and can drive to the rim with ease.
While the defense is lackluster, Atlanta can make up for that with a talented rim-protector at center.
16. Utah Jazz (via Timberwolves): Jett Howard, G/F, Michigan
The Jazz double-down on talented wings after selecting Gradey Dick. Howard attempted 7.3 threes per game last season and drained 36.8% while shooting 80% from the free-throw line.
His shot should translate well enough to the league that his poor defense can be forgiven. The Jazz would have a fun offense for 2023-24 between Lauri Markkanen, Dick, Howard, and Jordan Clarkson while relying on Walker Kessler for all defensive needs.
17. Los Angeles Lakers: Dariq Whitehead, F, Duke
The Lakers, much like LeBron James, must consider their future if this pick is retained. Whitehead was the top high school prospect in his class but failed to live up to expectations as a freshman due to injuries.
He averaged just 8.3 points in 20.6 minutes per game and recently underwent another surgery on his broken right foot. While some may see this as damaged goods, Whitehead still presents the upside of a highly valuable two-way forward that can shoot the lights out.
Most picks in this range do not make a significant impact in year one, making it wise to go the way of Whitehead.
18. Miami Heat: Bilal Coulibaly, G/F, France
On top of their NBA Finals appearance, the Heat have a top-20 pick to boot. Coulibaly would be a good pick for Miami given his age and upside on both ends of the floor.
He hardly played as an 18-year-old in the French Pro League, but every Euro prospect is not Wembanyama or Dončić. Coulibaly can be stashed for a year or two and then join the Heat when/if he is ready to contribute or be traded for a piece that can help them continue to contend.
19. Golden State Warriors: Kris Murray, F, Iowa
The Warriors could be approaching their post-Draymond Green era and may be in need of another versatile big on the roster. Murray is the twin brother of Sacramento Kings’ forward Keegan Murray and was buried on Iowa’s roster behind him up until this past season.
Kris averaged 20.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and just over 2.2 combined steals and blocks per game this past season. He shot 58.3% from two, 33.5% from three, and 72.9% from the free-throw line.
He is not the same level of prospect Keegan was due to his later breakout and lesser shooting and defensive ability, but he offers a similar skillset that is necessary for bigs in the modern NBA.
20. Houston Rockets (via Clippers): Jordan Hawkins, G, Connecticut
After adding Amen Thompson earlier, the Rockets target recent National Champion Jordan Hawkins to add to this young roster’s offense. Hawkins was a scoring force for the Huskies, leading the team with 16.2 points on a 58.4 TS%.
Hawkins shot 38.8% from three as a sophomore on 7.6 attempts per game but likely projects as a sixth man in the NBA. Nevertheless, he would be a valuable piece for a Rockets roster that would greatly benefit from the spacing of another skilled scoring guard.
21. Brooklyn Nets (via Suns): Kobe Bufkin, G, Michigan
Bufkin grew dramatically between his freshman and sophomore seasons at Michigan. He went from bench piece averaging 3.0 points to starting every game and scoring 14.0 while shooting 54.6% on twos, 35.5% from three, and 84.9% from the free-throw line.
Bufkin could become the lead guard on Brooklyn’s roster following Spencer Dinwiddie’s eventual departure and be a great complement to Mikal Bridges.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Jordan Walsh, F, Arkansas
With back-to-back picks, the Nets select Jordan Walsh, giving them another talented wing to pair with Bridges and, potentially, Cam Johnson moving forward. While Johnson is all-offense and some defense, Walsh is the opposite.
He still has the shine of a top-20 high school recruit, but he shot very poorly as a true freshman. Luckily, a 2.6% steal rate and 2.0% block rate are quite impressive, and even if the shot never develops to average, he should be a valuable three-and-D forward.
23. Portland Trail Blazers (via Knicks): Dereck Lively II, C, Duke
Given Jusuf Nurkić’s injury history and Portland’s lack of depth, Lively would be a wise pick for a franchise whose future is foggy. The Blazers have teetered between going all-in or trading star Damian Lillard to rebuild.
Lively was the No. 2 recruit of last year’s high school class, and he was an impressive defender as a freshman who at least attempted to take shots from three. If that part of his game develops whatsoever, his upside is absurd.
24. Sacramento Kings: Brandin Podziemski, F, Santa Clara
Podziemski’s been a late riser for the NBA Draft. After an impressive season in his first (and only) year with Santa Clara, Podziemski declared for the draft and could wind up sneaking into the first round despite early reports of a second-round grade.
He makes sense as a pick for the Kings, as they are looking to win now. While they did lead the NBA in offensive rating this past season, the Kings could lose starting SF Harrison Barnes and only have sixth man Malik Monk under contract for one more season.
An offensive sparkplug like Podziemski, who averaged roughly 20 points per game as a sophomore, would make sense.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Jalen Hood-Schifino, G/F, Indiana
The Grizzlies are absolutely not bringing back Dillon Brooks under any circumstances and may need to make due for part of the 2023-24 season without Ja Morant if his recent social media endeavor results in a suspension.
Hood-Schifino was a creative lead guard for the Hoosiers this past year and wound up as the Big Ten’s Rookie of the Year. He was tasked with much more than expected this season due to Xavier Johnson’s injury and held his end of the bargain.
While his scoring and defense are questionable at the moment, the shot looks good, and he is athletic enough to grow in a great developmental organization.
26. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers): Colby Jones, G, Xavier
Jones has been a high-impact guard since his freshman year with Xavier. While he may not have the most upside due to his age and questionable shooting, this is a safe pick for a team in need of talent.
Jones is an all-around player who would greatly benefit from playing off of Tyrese Haliburton. He and recently-selected forward Jarace Walker would immediately raise the Pacers’ floor with high-IQ play.
27. Charlotte Hornets (via Nuggets): Maxwell Lewis, G/F, Pepperdine
After passing on Brandon Miller earlier, the Hornets land wing Maxwell Lewis, a fluid athlete and talented scorer. His shot-making is not close to Miller’s, but he gets to the rim with ease and can hit his fair share of threes.
Moreover, Lewis has the wingspan to develop into an impact defender, or at least one who consistently disrupts passing lanes.
28. Utah Jazz (via 76ers): Andre Jackson, G/F, Connecticut
Another member of the UConn Huskies gets drafted, and this time it’s Jackson. While his scoring and shooting ability is lackluster, Jackson did everything else at a high level.
He was vital in leading the Huskies, and he projects as a plus-initiator and defender in the league. The Jazz do not have a true point guard on the roster, and after selecting scoring/shooting wings Gradey Dick and Jett Howard earlier, Jackson would be a perfect fit.
29. Indiana Pacers (via Celtics): Noah Clowney, F/C, Alabama
The Pacers double-up on big men in this draft with Clowney and Jarace Walker. Clowney is more of a center than Walker, who is capable of sliding up to the four which makes for a good potential future pairing.
The Pacers extended Myles Turner recently, but his name is never far from trade rumors. Clowney would be a backup early in his career but could become a consistent starter after displaying a solid all-around game as a freshman.
30. Los Angeles Clippers (via Bucks): James Nnaji, C, Barcelona
Nnaji is still just 18 years old and would be a great option for the Clippers to stash overseas. While this pick could very well be traded, Nnaji makes sense for a team trying to contend, as he could be seen as a prime trade piece if developed further or potentially a future starter for LAC in a post-Ivica Zubac world.
NBA Mock Draft Round 2 Picks
31. Detroit Pistons: Amari Bailey, G, UCLA
While the Pistons may have their backcourt loaded between Ivey and Cunningham, adding Bailey would offer them an off-ball option who can potentially shoot and defend at a high level. Bailey started nearly every game for the Bruins and shot 38.9% from three while posting an impressive 2.5% steal rate.
32. Indiana Pacers (via Rockets): Rayan Rupert, G, New Zealand Breakers
The Pacers take a shot on Rupert’s upside after high-floor picks in Colby Jones and Jarace Walker. Rupert’s mix of length and ball-handling is impressive, but he has a ways to go with shot-making and creation.
Given the depth Indiana has at guard, they can afford to stash him overseas or allow him to develop in the G League.
33. San Antonio Spurs: Terquavion Smith, G, NC State
The Spurs take a shot on the thinly framed Smith in Round 2 for a chance to mold him into a solid complementary guard. Half of his shots came from three-point range, but that was due to his struggles finishing at the rim. Smith is a worthwhile project thanks to his unique size and ability to create.
34. Charlotte Hornets: GG Jackson, F, South Carolina
Charlotte needs as many talented forwards as possible. After passing on several skilled wings for Scoot Henderson with the No. 2 pick, Jackson falls to them in Round 2.
Jackson is extremely young at just 18, but he started 29 games as a true freshman last season and led the team in scoring. There is plenty of room for the 6-foot-10 forward alongside LaMelo Ball and Henderson.
35. Boston Celtics (via Trail Blazers): Julian Phillips, F, Tennessee
Julian Phillips was a top-15 recruit as a high schooler but lost some stock after a tough freshman season. Phillips’ shot-making has a ways to go, but an 82% free-throw percentage provides light at the end of the tunnel for a tall wing who showed plenty of defensive promise.
The Celtics could very well get a steal here by taking a swing on Phillips’ upside.
36. Orlando Magic: Trayce Jackson-Davis, F, Indiana
The Magic do not have many glaring holes after selecting both Cam Whitmore and Cason Wallace, but there is no such thing as too many bigs, so they grab Indiana’s Jackson-Davis to provide a solid option off the bench in an attempt to raise this young roster’s floor.
TJD is a four-year starter who is capped in the league due to a lack of shooting ability, but with rebounding and defensive prowess like his, there will always be minutes allotted.
37. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Wizards): Sidy Cissoko, G/F, G League
OKC grabs French swingman Cissoko who put up solid numbers as an 18-year-old in the G League last season. In 29.3 minutes, Cissoko posted 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1 block per game on 45.5% shooting.
His assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9 was impressive for a wing of his size, and there is certainly a high ceiling given his age.
38. Sacramento Kings (via Pacers): Ricky Council IV, G, Arkansas
The Kings pick up a recent Arkansas transfer here to add a talented, pro-ready piece to their now playoff-ready roster. While Council did not start until his third season, he displayed an impressive ability to attack the rim and finish while drawing contact throughout his college career.
He would add another scoring option to last season’s No. 1 offense that is likely losing Harrison Barnes this offseason.
39. Charlotte Hornets (via Jazz): Olivier-Maxence Prosper, F, Marquette
After selecting GG Jackson, Charlotte double-dips on scoring forwards with Prosper. While Prosper may be a project with room for growth, his upside is not close to Jackson’s. Prosper uses his size well to finish around the rim and get to the line.
He shot well from three this past season but needs to put together a full offensive arsenal since his defense is questionable.
40. Denver Nuggets (via Mavericks): Jaylen Clark, G, UCLA
Clark is a defensive stopper in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, he is a borderline-zero shooter with limitations as a scorer. He can finish around the rim as a cutter, but that’s about it.
Denver can afford to take a one-sided prospect, as it has the primary pieces needed to win between Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray. All they need are complementary pieces to contribute to the next potential run, and Clark may just be that.
41. Charlotte Hornets (via Thunder): Julian Strawther, G, Gonzaga
Strawther is a pure offensive piece who offers very little on the defensive end. Luckily, the Hornets have solid defenders in the frontcourt and length in the backcourt. Strawther’s shooting ability would offer much-needed spacing to an offense in desperate need.
42. Washington Wizards (via Bulls): Marcus Sasser, G, Houston
Sasser is no franchise guard, but he is a valuable, seasoned piece who could help a Wizards roster in need of backcourt help with Beal en route to Phoenix. He was instrumental in leading the Cougars this past season and has an all-around scoring game with savvy defense ideal for the modern NBA.
His pitfall, though, is being a two-guard trapped in a point’s body, combined with the fact that he stands just 6-foot-2.
43. Portland Trail Blazers (via Hawks): Keyontae Johnson, F, Kansas State
Johnson was fortunate to gain clearance for the 2023 Draft after heart issues kept him off the court for all but five games from 2020-22. There is certainly risk incorporated with the pick regardless of clearance, but the Blazers are in no position to pass on talent.
Johnson is a gifted scoring wing who uses his length well on the defensive end. He posted an impressive 59.3% true shooting percentage while shooting 38.9% from three throughout his career.
44. San Antonio Spurs (via Raptors): Kobe Brown, F, Missouri
Brown is a 6-foot-7 big with touch around the rim and shooting potential. His three-point percentage jumped from the mid-20s to 45.5% in his senior year. While this may have been a fluke on low volume (3.3 attempts per game), Brown did improve as a free-throw shooter his final two seasons to a solid 79.2%.
While Spurs fans may not love adding a player named Kobe, his build would fit well in a frontcourt with Wembanyama.
45. Memphis Grizzlies (via Timberwolves): Jalen Slawson, F, Furman
The Memphis Grizzlies recently lost Brandon Clarke to an untimely injury during the season, and his absence was noticeable come playoff time. While Slawson is not on the same level as a prospect, he is in a similar mold as an undersized big who can defend at a high level and finish around the rim.
Despite not being as talented as Clarke in those facets, Slawson offers more upside as a shooter with a career 32.9% mark from deep and around 75% shooting from the stripe.
46. Atlanta Hawks (via Pelicans): Jalen Wilson, F, Kansas
Wilson is a decorated college athlete who started the past three seasons at Kansas and helped lead them to an NCAA title in 2022. He is built in the mold of a modern power forward but needs to work on finishing around the rim if he has any hope of cracking an NBA rotation.
Atlanta’s been taking shots on forwards throughout the past few drafts but has no reason to stop now given that none have really hit.
47. Los Angeles Lakers: Tristan Vukčević, F/C, KK Partizan
Vukčević is already 20, meaning he could potentially crack the NBA roster as soon as 2023-24. He does not need to put on much weight, but his defensive ability (or lack thereof) is a concern. Luckily, the Lakers have a fellow that goes by the name of Anthony Davis to cover that.
48. Los Angeles Clippers: Emoni Bates, F, Eastern Michigan
Why not? Bates is one of the most hyped prospects in recent years, but he fizzled out before even getting drafted. His high school days were well-noted by basketball media, and it might have been all for not.
Nevertheless, the Clippers need hope for a potential life after Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, with no one but Bates providing that at this point in the draft.
49. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Warriors): Chris Livingston, F, Kentucky
It is somewhat confounding that Livingston remained in the draft after a lackluster freshman season, but he is here and was a top-15 prospect just last year. The Cavaliers are in desperate need of a future wing given Isaac Okoro’s mediocre career thus far, and Livingston could just be that if he pans out.
50. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Heat): Ben Sheppard, G, Belmont
Sheppard has shot extremely well from three over the past two seasons. However, the best indicator for shooting in the NBA is college three and free-throw shooting, and Sheppard never cracked 72% from the stripe in college. The Thunder have enough of a need for three-point shooters that his shot is worth the gamble.
51. Brooklyn Nets: Mouhamed Gueye, F, Washington State
Mohamed Gueye started nearly every game for the Cougars throughout his two seasons there and took a step forward as a sophomore. He offers a more offensive-focused game than current starting big Nic Claxton and would be a wise pick for a drained Brooklyn team that cannot worry about fit.
52. Phoenix Suns: Adama Sanogo, C, UConn
With Deandre Ayton and the Suns on shaky terms, Phoenix lands a recent NCAA champion in Sanogo. Even though he is unlikely to ever supplant a starter due to being a second-round pick, he could push for minutes.
His defense, rebounding, and finishing could be complemented by a three-point shot he began developing this past season, knocking down 36.5% of his looks.
53. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Knicks): Seth Lundy, F, Penn State
Lundy is a late bloomer who broke out as a shooter and finisher as a senior. While senior production in college should be taken with a grain of salt, Lundy’s been a very good free-throw shooter since coming into college and has improved since then.
54. Sacramento Kings: Jordan Miller, G, Miami
Miller is a five-year athlete who has started nearly every game since freshman year. While his free-throw and three-point shooting have fluctuated throughout his career, he has remained a skilled scorer around the rim and a great offensive rebounder.
A skilled guard like him who plays closer to the basket would fit well on this Kings roster.
55. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers): Jaime Jaquez Jr., F, UCLA
Jaquez is similar to Miller, who was selected just before him, but with superior defense and worse finishing. Jaquez is unlikely to ever become a high-level shooter (like Miller), but that is not a massive need for the Pacers as currently constructed.
56. Memphis Grizzlies: Jalen Pickett, G, Penn State
The Grizzlies take Pickett here to have a pro-ready guard who started five years in college. Pickett’s ceiling is low, but he is a talented passer who can shoot and lead an offense. With Ja Morant’s future in question, Pickett makes sense for Memphis.
57. Washington Wizards (via Celtics): Toumani Camara, F, Dayton
The Wizards take a defensive-minded wing after offense-first (and only) picks in recent years. Camara is unlikely to develop into a plus shooter, but if he, like Jordan Walsh in Round 1, can develop the shot to average, the upside is tremendous.
58. Milwaukee Bucks: Isaiah Wong, G, Miami
Wong was part of a seasoned backcourt that led Miami to the Final Four this past season. He is most likely an offense-only piece as a pro if he ever cracks a rotation. The Bucks’ roster is in need of spacing after finishing 15th in offensive rating in 2022-23, and Wong could be a beneficial piece for the coming season.
Note: Picks 57 and 58 were originally owned by Chicago and Philadelphia, but the selections were forfeited due to rules violations. Therefore, the second round will end after pick No. 58.