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2023 NBA Mock Draft: Full 2-Round Projections on the Latest 12 months | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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15. Phoenix Suns: Anthony Black (Arkansas, PG/SG, Freshman)

Despite questions on Black’s self-creation and upside as an NBA scorer, his ability to play-make for teammates and defend guards at 6’7″—plus the encouraging start from three (13-of-36)—highlights valued versatility and multiple ways for him to affect games.

16. Latest York Knicks: Kel’el Ware (Oregon, C, Freshman)

Ware has mixed eye-opening games with quiet ones, however the flashes shall be powerful enough to entice lottery teams and get them interested by a shot-blocker who’ll eventually stretch the ground, create for himself out of the post and usually make good reads/decisions.

17. Miami Heat: Terquavion Smith (NC State, PG/SG, Sophomore)

Smith finds himself in a slump (15-of-55 last three games), as a few of the ending issues he had last 12 months have begun to resurface. There continues to be an excessive amount of evidence of special shot-making and improving playmaking that may help first-round teams picture quick offense.

18. Chicago Bulls (via Blazers): Brice Sensabaugh (Ohio State, SG/SF, Freshman)

Even when limited athleticism and a 235-pound frame make it tough for scouts to picture a star NBA scoring wing, Sensabaugh has been too efficient (52.4 percent FG) and effective attending to his spots, separating within the mid-range and shooting threes in volume (46.6 percent, 4.5 attempts per game).

19. Los Angeles Clippers: Dariq Whitehead (Duke, SF, Freshman)

Whitehead is slowly constructing back rhythm along with his shot-making and self-creation moves into drives and jumpers. At 18 years old, a delayed start (on account of an injury) and powerful defensive tools should purchase him wiggle room with scouts. Progressively answering questions on his shot selection, ending and shooting consistency should help scouts gain back confidence in evaluators preseason scouting which suggested that Whitehead possessed star scoring potential.

20. Indiana Pacers: Taylor Hendricks (Central Florida, PF, Freshman)

Scouts have been buzzing about Hendricks, especially his defensive tools and movement. But he’s also at 41.0 percent from three and consistently delivering big finishes above the rim. Scouts were mostly unfamiliar with Hendricks until last month, and he figures to proceed raising their confidence with more consistent shooting, highlight dunks and shot-blocking during conference play.

21. Sacramento Kings: Noah Clowney (Alabama, PF, Freshman)

Clowney’s archetype is an obvious draw, being a 6’10” freshman who looks comfortable from three and moving defensively while blocking shots and rebounding.

22. Latest York Knicks (via Mavericks): Colby Jones (Xavier, PG/SG, Junior)

Improvement as a shooter and massive games against Gonzaga and Connecticut have scouts taking Jones seriously. Teams will see a straightforward slot in a 6’6″, interchangeable guard/wing who’s averaging 5.6 assists, making 45.0 percent of his threes and providing defensive toughness/versatility.

23. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Rayan Rupert (Latest Zealand Breakers, SG/SF, 2004)

After missing two months, Rupert returned to attain 14 points with two threes on Wednesday, an encouraging sign for a projected three-and-D wing whom international scouts have been waiting to totally assess. Last 12 months, we saw Ousmane Dieng use the second half of the NBL season to enhance his stock, and Rupert must have an identical opportunity, though with a distinct, less versatile, more defined skill set for off-ball scoring.

24. Los Angeles Lakers (via Pelicans): Kyle Filipowski (Duke, PF, Freshman)

Production and a valued stretch-big skill set should keep Filipowski within the first-round mix all season, though a recent shooting slump has led to some questions on his true comfort level from NBA range.

25. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers): Kris Murray (Iowa, PF, Junior)

Though Murray is not as threatening with the ball as Keegan was, he’s showcased similarly translatable off-ball scoring along with his spot-up and movement shooting, cutting and offensive rebounding. He’s coming off his third 30-point game (versus Penn State) of the season.

26. Memphis Grizzlies: Jordan Walsh (Arkansas, SF, Freshman)

With Trevon Brazile out for the season, Walsh is beginning to showcase his value with off-ball scoring, defensive versatility/IQ and constant hustle plays. There may be a path for Walsh to climb boards as his touches and confidence increase.

27. Charlotte Hornets (via Nuggets): Jordan Hawkins (Connecticut, SG, Sophomore)

Even without showing any substantial improvement to his creation, Hawkins is constructing a first-round case around plug-and-play shot-making in an off-ball scoring role.

28. Houston Rockets (via Bucks): Dillon Mitchell (Texas, PF, Freshman)

Special quickness and bounce for ending and defensive versatility may very well be enough for Mitchell to attract first-round interest. He’s shown too little as a creator, shooter or passer to compete for realistic consideration with the lottery freshmen.

29. Utah Jazz (via Nets): Ricky Council IV (Arkansas, SF, Junior)

Averaging 17.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals, Council has caught scouts’ attention along with his handle and quickness for creation, athleticism for ending and defending and impressive touch on short jumpers and paint attempts. Limited three-point shooting and funky mechanics are holding him back from flying up boards.

30. Indiana Pacers (via Celtics): Jalen Wilson (Kansas, SF/PF, Junior)

A dramatic bump in usage for Wilson has led to more contested shots and a lower ending percentage, but through 14 games, Wilson has hit more threes (31) than he hit all last season (30) while shooting 41.5 percent on pull-ups and 46.4 percent off screens (per Synergy Sports).

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