2023 NBA Draft Guide – Date, Time, How to Watch, Top Prospects

ESPN.comJune 19, 2023, 08:00 AM ET5 minutes of reading

Victor Vembanyama impresses with a smooth step-back jumper

Victor Vembanyama showcases his versatile talent with a sweet step-back triple against Monaco.

The 2023 NBA Draft will bring a new breed of young talent to the league.

French sensibility Victor Wembayama leads the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick.

But beyond the first pick, a handful of lottery teams have the opportunity to add a difference-making prospect, while other teams strike gold on a rookie with untapped potential.

Alabama’s Brandon Miller is projected to go No. 2 overall to the Charlotte Hornets by our NBA draft experts Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Wu. But G League Ignite guard Scott Henderson is right behind Miller and the decision could come down to the wire.

Villanova’s Cam Whitmore and Overtime Elite’s duo of Amen and Auser Thompson are projected high lottery picks.

All the action goes down at 8pm ET on Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Watch on ABC, ESPN and the ESPN app.

How to Watch the 2023 NBA Draft

Who are the top NBA draft prospects?

Victor Wembaniama, a 19-year-old French big man, highlights the 2023 NBA draft class.

Rounding out the top 10, according to Jonathan Givony’s Top 100 Prospects:

Brandon Miller | SF | Alabama
Scoot Henderson | PG | G League Ignite
Amen Thomson | PG | Overtime Elite
Auser Thomson | SG | Overtime Elite
Cam Whitmore | SF | Villanova
Jarres Walker | PF | Houston
Anthony Black | SG | Arkansas
Taylor Hendrix | PF | UCF
Grady Dick | SG | Kansas


Get to know Victor Vembanyama, the future No. 1 overall pick

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The 19-year-old, who Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James called a “generational talent,” has not disappointed for Metropolitan 92 this season in Paris. He led his team to the finals, was named league MVP and never missed a game. All season. With the NBA ahead of him, Vembaniyama has a chance to become one of the faces of the league once he joins the Spurs this October.


Where are other top NBA prospects expected to land?

Wembaniyama has been a lock for San Antonio since the Spurs won the draft lottery on May 16. The No. 2 pick is still up for debate as Miller has been active since last month, but G League Ignite guard Scott Henderson impressed during his workout with the Charlotte Hornets and is still in the mix. Thompson Twins no. 4 and 5 have a chance to make it to the top five if selected through back-to-back selection.

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Get the latest draft intel from Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Wu before Thursday night.


What are the biggest NBA trades to watch?

The trade season began on June 9 when the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder swapped future draft picks. But to select G League Ignite guard Scott Henderson, Brandon Ingram or Zion Williamson — to produce, the New Orleans Pelicans’ No. There have been rumors of interest in trading the No. 2 or No. 3 pick. It will happen.


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