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San Antonio will officially tip off the 2023 NBA Draft with the No. 1 pick after winning the lottery last week in Chicago and it's a near certainty the Spurs will take Victor Wembanyama. After that, the NBA Draft will unofficially start with the Charlotte Hornets at No. 2. Do they take Brandon Miller? Scoot Henderson? Cam Whitmore? One of the Thompson twins?

Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak in his post-lottery comments last week seemed to hint that the team may be comfortable taking best fit as opposed to best player available -- translated by some to mean that Miller, not Henderson, is the presumed favorite at No. 2. Whether or not that's pre-draft posturing is postulating, of course, but given how set the Spurs are at No. 1 with Victor Wembanyama, there's no reason to believe Kupchak is bluffing.

So in our first mock draft after the NBA Draft Combine, we're going to take Kupchak's comments at face value and presume that the Hornets do indeed take best fit and select Miller to pair next to LaMelo Ball. Miller is a sharpshooting wing who led all freshmen in scoring last season for an Alabama team that won the SEC. His playmaking, size and scoring project as a neat fit on paper next to Ball, contrasted with what may be seen as a duplicative skill set to Ball in Henderson.

The fall in this mock exercise wouldn't be far for Henderson, however. As a potential case to be the No. 2 talent in the class, Portland, which is reportedly open to moving the pick, stands pat and selects the G League Ignite product at No. 3. Whether the Trail Blazers move the pick or not, there is believed to be a tier break after the top three right now, likely positioning Henderson as a top three pick even if the destination isn't a certainty.

So how else does the rest of the first round shake out after a full week of testing, interviews, scrimmages and measurements in Chicago for the annual combine? Our full post-combine mock draft projections can be found below with some new names on the rise as a result of the week that was.

Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Victor Wembanyama C
France • 7'4" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
San Antonio
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
21.6
RPG
10.4
BPG
3.0
3P%
27.5%
No appearance at the Combine for Wembanyama -- he is still playing out his season with Mets 92 -- but no problem. He remains No. 1 with a bullet atop a loaded class.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Alabama • 6'8" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Charlotte
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
18.8
RPG
8.2
APG
2.1
3P%
38.4%
This isn't who I would take, but this is believed to be the way Charlotte is leaning. A 6-foot-9 scoring forward who shoots 38.4% from 3 -point range would pair nicely next to LaMelo Ball.
Round 1- Pick 3
Scoot Henderson PG
G League Ignite • 6'2" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Portland
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
17.6
RPG
5.1
APG
6.6
3P%
32.4%
Portland has all but deployed billboards to let the rest of the NBA know this pick is up for sale as it looks to upgrade its roster around Damian Lillard. Henderson would be the pick here if Wembanyama and Miller go No. 1 and No. 2, but whether he'll be playing for the Trail Blazers or someone else is up in the air.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Amen Thompson SF
Overtime Elite • 6'7" / 199 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
16.4
RPG
5.9
APG
5.9
3P%
25%
Thompson is an elite playmaker who possesses the ability to make advanced reads as a potential lead guard. He profiles as someone who could be the initiator for an NBA offense, potentially setting up Houston -- which has already met with him after securing the No. 4 pick -- to maximize its investments in Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Houston • 6'8" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
11.2
RPG
6.8
APG
1.8
3P%
34.7%
There's a number of directions Detroit could go here at wing, but the addition of Jarace Walker makes a ton of sense both from a value perspective and from a fit standpoint. He's a ready-made NBA power forward who can hit shots and provide toughness for a young core centered around Jaden Ivey and Cade Cunningham.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Ausar Thompson SF
Overtime Elite • 6'7" / 204 lbs
Projected Team
Orlando
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
16.3
RPG
7.1
APG
6.1
3P%
29.8%
There's lots of steam around Ausar -- the twin brother of Amen -- indicating he may not only be on the rise but in the mix to supplant Amen as the first Thompson taken in this year's draft. Getting him at No. 6 here would be robbery for the Magic, giving them a combo wing who has incredible athleticism, selfless playmaking ability and an improving shot.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Villanova • 6'5" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Indiana
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
12.5
RPG
5.3
APG
0.7
3P%
34.3%
Whitmore is not a playmaker but what he does provide as a shooting wing with above-the-rim hops he does at a high level. Indiana surrounding Tyrese Haliburton with a player of Whitmore's ilk who can score should be priority No. 1 in this draft.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Baylor • 6'4" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
PPG
15.3
RPG
4.2
APG
2.8
3P%
33.8%
If you squint a bit at George's game you'll see some shades of Bradley Beal in terms of what he can do as a scorer and combo guard. George impressed NBA teams at his pro day in Chicago during the NBA Draft Combine and appears to be on the rise as a potential top-10 pick.
Round 1 - Pick 9
UCF • 6'9" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Utah
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
15.1
RPG
7
APG
1.4
3P%
39.4%
The meteoric rise last season of Santa Clara star Jalen Williams -- and his subsequent stellar season as a rookie with OKC -- has taught us not to overlook mid-major stars. Hendricks is perhaps the latest example of that, as he starred for UCF last season as a sharpshooting forward who can protect the rim and be a havoc-wreaker on defense.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Kansas • 6'8" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
14.1
RPG
5.1
APG
1.7
3P%
40.3%
Tall wings who have the ability to shoot it -- and do so successfully in the multitude of ways Dick can shoot it -- don't come around every draft. His game is tailor-made for an NBA role player with room to grow into more alongside a superstar in Luka Doncic.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Kentucky • 6'4" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Orlando
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
11.7
RPG
3.7
APG
4.3
3P%
34.6%
Perhaps Orlando looks elsewhere here after going guard with its first pick in this mock, but Wallace's skill set is so different and complementary to Thompson that the two could coexist successfully. One of the best playmaking defenders in this class.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Arkansas • 6'7" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Oklahoma City
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
12.8
RPG
5.1
APG
3.9
3P%
30.1%
Black had the highest assist rate on a loaded Arkansas team last season operating as a connective tissue and heartbeat for one of the most talented teams in the SEC. OKC is stacked with selfless guards of Black's archetype and checks a ton of boxes for what this team likes.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Michigan • 6'4" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Toronto
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
14
RPG
4.5
APG
2.9
3P%
35.5%
If Bufkin gets past OKC at No. 12, it's unlikely he is on the board much longer. The second-year player for Michigan blossomed into a bona fide first-round talent this past season. He has a nice combination of scoring and creation that might make him an appealing two-way guard in the league.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Iowa • 6'8" / 225 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
20.2
RPG
7.9
APG
2
3P%
33.5%
Murray had a breakout season for Iowa averaging north of 20 points per game while showing off range as a 3-point shooter. He's a combo forward who brings versatility, polish and size, all assets for a team looking to surround Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram with weapons.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Indiana • 6'4" / 216 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
13.5
RPG
4.1
APG
3.7
3P%
33.3%
NBA teams are always on the hunt for combo guard/creators like Hood-Schifino, and he flashed enough on both ends at Indiana to push for a potential lottery spot in this year's draft. Great frame, really good defensively, and knows how to attack and make plays off the bounce. His shot needs to become more developmentally consistent but the tools here are undeniable.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Leonard Miller SF
G League Ignite • 6'10" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Utah
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
16.9
RPG
10.1
APG
1.7
3P%
30.4%
Miller tested the NBA Draft waters and had some first-round buzz before ultimately withdrawing and committing to the G League Ignite last season. Now he's built upon that momentum as a scorer and rebounder who, while still a tad raw, has the physical tools and size to warrant mid-to-late lottery consideration.
Round 1 - Pick 17
UCLA • 6'5" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Lakers
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
11.2
RPG
3.8
APG
2.2
3P%
38.9%
Few players boosted their draft stock at the combine than did Bailey, who acquitted himself nicely as expected as a scoring guard but flashed some unexpected playmaking and passing to boot in front of NBA teams. The former five-star recruit has played his way into the lottery mix and seems unlikely to slip out of the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Connecticut • 6'5" / 190 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
5th
PPG
16.2
RPG
3.8
APG
1.3
3P%
38.8%
No player in this class is more skilled as a spot-up shooter than Hawkins, whose ability to be his own offensive hub because of his space-creation is underrated and under-appreciated. He profiles as a Duncan Robinson-like talent with better defense.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Creighton • Soph • 6'3" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Golden St.
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PPG
13.6
RPG
4.2
APG
2.6
3P%
41%
Alexander's development the last two years from an athletic wing into a legitimate playmaking guard who can shoot is among the more impressive arcs for a player in this class. He did well for himself at the combine, getting to the rim at will and showcasing his length as a potential two-way player in the NBA.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Arkansas • 6'5" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
12.5
RPG
1.6
APG
1.7
3P%
33.8%
A nagging knee injury cost Smith Jr. real exposure to showcase himself on a big stage this season after carrying momentum into the season as a potential top-three pick. But the No. 1 recruit from the 2022 class, an immensely talented scorer and slasher, is still someone I think teams will be glad to bring in and develop, and in this range he'd be a no-brainer.
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Round 1 - Pick 21
Ohio State • 6'6" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Brooklyn
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
7th
PPG
16.3
RPG
5.4
APG
1.2
3P%
40.5%
As a four-star prospect ranked 85th in his class, Sensabaugh wasn't even on the one-and-done radar entering the season. But his production with Ohio State is tough to ignore. Uses his big frame well and smashed in his role as a rotation piece hitting 40.5% of his 3-pointers on the year.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Duke • 7'1" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Brooklyn
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PPG
5.2
RPG
5.4
BPG
2.4
Best player available here is Lively, the one-and-done Duke big man who was among the most effective rim-protecting players in all of college hoops last season. He's still got some growing to do as an offensive weapon, but his defensive impact is a foundational piece of his game that will translate.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Duke • 6'6" / 217 lbs
Projected Team
Portland
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
8.3
RPG
2.4
APG
1
3P%
42.4%
Whitehead had a topsy-turvy season at Duke and didn't quite live up to expectations as a five-star, consensus top-five recruit, in part because of injuries and inconsistencies that resulted from that. ESPN reported that his preseason right foot injury did not heal properly and requires a follow-up procedure, so teams will want to make sure his medicals check out.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Indiana • 6'8" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Sacramento
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
4th
PPG
20.9
RPG
10.8
APG
4
Big men who don't shoot 3-pointers don't pop off the page as definite first-rounders, and yet Jackson-Davis by most measures appears to be an anomaly. He's a dominant interior scorer and rebounder who shows great touch and makes great plays as a passer, and there is optimism in NBA circles that he will in time develop into a floor-spacer.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Santa Clara • 6'5" / 204 lbs
Projected Team
Memphis
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
19.9
RPG
8.8
APG
3.7
3P%
43.8%
One of the big winners of the NBA Draft Combine, Podziemski, coming off a breakout season in which he won Co-WCC Player of the Year honors at Santa Clara, goes No. 25 here as a plug-and-play combo guard who can add scoring, playmaking and toughness right away.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Xavier • 6'4" / 199 lbs
Projected Team
Indiana
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
9th
PPG
15
RPG
5.7
APG
4.4
3P%
37.8%
One of my favorite prospects in this class. Jones is one of those players who can fade in and out of games, then you look up and he has 10 points, seven assists and eight rebounds. Impacts winning in a variety of ways.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Bilal Coulibaly SF
France • 6'7" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Charlotte
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
8th
PPG
5.0
RPG
3.1
APG
0.8
3P%
41.2%
This is probably the floor for Coulibaly, a late-riser in the 2023 class who could go as high as mid lottery to somewhere in the 20s. Playing next to Victor Wembanyama for Mets 92 has given him a huge spotlight to shine as a long wing with great athleticism who has shown improvement as a shooter.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Marquette • 6'8" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Utah
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
9th
PPG
12.5
RPG
4.7
APG
0.7
3P%
33.9%
Prosper played so well on the first day of scrimmages at the combine that he pulled out of the second day, showing so much as an energetic combo forward that he likely solidified himself as a top-30 pick in this class. A really athletic, long forward who can shoot and impact winning with effort.
Round 1 - Pick 29
South Carolina • 6'8" / 214 lbs
Projected Team
Indiana
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
6th
PPG
15.4
RPG
5.9
APG
0.8
3P%
32.4%
Not the most appealing profile coming off a disappointing season at South Carolina, but Jackson, the youngest prospect in the class and a former No. 1 recruit, has plenty of believers in NBA circles and feels like a lock to hear his name called in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Connecticut • 6'6" / 198 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Clippers
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
8th
PPG
6.7
RPG
6.2
APG
4.7
3P%
28.1%
No team is going to trip over themselves just glancing at Jackson Jr.'s stat line, but no team that watched UConn in its run to national champion this past season will be able to resist what he brings to the table as a playmaking guard who brings energy and an infectious attitude to the table.