NBA Mock Draft ’23: Early Look at Top Prospects

1. San Antonio Spurs — Victor Wembanyama, F, France

It should be noted that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has shot down the notion of “tanking” in years past. The all-time great coach has now seemingly embraced the chance of increasing San Antonio’s lottery odds. We wouldn’t count Popovich out just yet of fielding a competent team, but the Spurs are an odds-on favorite to finish with one of the worst records in basketball next year.

As such, they could be in line to draft what many are calling a generational talent. The type of talent only rivaled by LeBron James in terms of hype. Wembanyama is essentially a 7-foot-4 version of Kevin Durant with shot-blocking skills. We’ve never seen a player like this. If he can stay healthy and avoid the foot injuries that plague many his height, we’re looking at a seriously transcendent guy. Plus, it would be fitting for the Spurs of all teams to get another big man unicorn (Tim Duncan) ironically hailing from France (Tony Parker).

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