Road-to-Start 2023 NBA Mock Draft: The Year of Victor Wembanyama | News, results, highlights, statistics and rumours

Road-to-Start 2023 NBA Mock Draft: The Year of Victor Wembanyama |  News, results, highlights, statistics and rumours


Emoni Bates (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

21. Jordan Walsh (Arkansas, SF/PF, Freshman)

Walsh has earned a lot of praise defensively as a 6’7″ combo forward who plays low and aggressive forward. The three-ball isn’t quite there yet, but Walsh still works as a drive-forward scorer. Skill, mid range shooting and passing ability.

22. Grady Dick (Kansas, SG/SF, Freshman)

Next June, Dick could have a case as the draft’s best shooter. He has some athletic pop on the finish, and his IQ is good for his ability as a passer and defender.

23. Arthur Kaluma (Creighton, SF/PF, Sophomore)

After finishing his freshman season with 24 points, 12 boards and three assists against Kansas in the NCAA tournament, Kaluma totaled 45 points for Uganda in Africa’s World Cup qualifiers. He looks poised to make a big leap as a creator and shooter, which should attract NBA attention, with his 6’7″ size, athleticism and defensive tools.

24. Sidi Sissoko (G League Ignite, SG/SF, 2004)

Sissoko’s raw offensive game was exposed at the Nike Hoop Summit, but his 6’7″ size, passing and defensive tools make him a unique prospect worth buying time with scouts. He can play the same role Dyson Daniels played for the Ignite. A versatile guard and winger off the ball.

25. JJ Stallings (Notre Dame, SG, Freshman)

Expected to slide into the Blake Wesley role at Notre Dame, Starling combines exciting open-floor athleticism and shooting versatility to nail jumpers in a variety of ways.

26. Judah Mintz (Syracuse, SG, Freshman)

Quick-witted and cunning, Mintz should have a chance to show off his creativity with the Boeheim Brothers and Cole Swider. He gains fans for his low ball handling, shot motivation and energy/movement.

27. Chris Livingston (Kentucky, SF, Freshman)

At 6’6″, Livingston combines an impressive physical profile with the ability to attack from the wing, shoot the three and defend both front spots. The right amount of efficiency with his shooting and shooting selection should be key for the 2023 first round pick.

28. Kris Murray (Iowa, PF, Jr.)

Murray appears to be on the verge of leaving after seeing his improved shooting, defensive moves and flashes of versatility at the point. With his brother Keegan now the king of Sacramento, Chris should have a high-use role to bolster his production and shooting and half-court face-up skills.

29. Emoni Bates (Eastern Michigan, SG/SF, Sophomore)

Eastern Michigan gives Bates a bright green light, though the scouting bar is high (given the weak strength of schedule) and defenses will game plan around the outcome. He will have a chance to regain the support he lost by showing more mature decisions in mature selection and completion tests. Despite his athleticism, frame and concerns about intangibles, he’s still a top-notch shot maker for a 6’9” wing.

30. Harrison Ingram (Stanford, SF, Sophomore)

Engram’s 2022 combine invite confirmed scouts want his versatility. He needs to make more threes to make up for his athletic limitations in RC, but he has shown promising touch and passing IQ for an NBA connector role.



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