Smells Like Teen Spirit: 2023 NBA Draft Class Names to Know

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2023 nba draft prospect Victor Wembanyama
Photo credit: SI.com

The 2022 NBA Draft has come and gone with the Summer League right around the corner. However, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to look ahead to the 2023 NBA draft. That one is shaping up to be a talented and deep draft at the top, unlike this past year. This draft class has no shortage of talent.

There promises to be a ton of teenagers and younger players in this draft as many are coming from overseas and from the G-League. There will be a number of one-and-done players from the college ranks as well. But only two of those players made their way to this list. Without further ado, here are just some of the names you should know before the 2023 NBA Draft.

Below you will see their hometown, current age, and team, with video highlights. We also have a prospect watch a youtube series where I break down each player on video if you would like to see those, they will be listed below. (Updated October 27th, 2022)

2023 NBA Draft Prospects To Know

Victor Wembanyama

Victor Wembanyama
France’s Victor Wembanyama (Photo via FIBA).

Born: January 4th, 2004
Age: 18
Hometown: Le Chesnay, France
Team: Metropolitans 92

Victor is the top prospect in the upcoming draft and it is not close right now. The 7-foot-3, 240-pound Frenchman does everything. People talked about Chet Holmgren being a potential unicorn, but Wembanyama is actually one. He could be Rudy Gobert on defense, but with offense to boot. He has moved like Kevin Durant at times, is mobile, can handle the ball, and can shoot. Wembanyama is the top choice in the 2023 draft barring anything absolutely insane happening.

2023 NBA Draft Prospect Watch: Victor Wembanyama

 

Highlights – NBA G League Ignite vs. Metrolpolitans 92

Scoot Henderson

Scoot Henderson
(Darren Yamashita/USA TODAY Sports)

Born: February 3, 2004
Age: 18
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Team: G-League Ignite

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound point guard graduated high school a year early and challenged himself to play with other professionals in the G-League. That shows he clearly wants to compete and he showed off quite a bit of talent at that level. He is fast, can handle the ball well, is strong, has long arms, and gets to the midrange well. The areas of improvement for him include his three-point shooting, being a more willing passer, and trusting his teammates in transition.

2023 NBA Draft Prospect Watch: Scoot Henderson

Dariq Whitehead

2023 NBA Draft prospect Dariq Whitehead
Photo Courtesy Duke Athletics

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Duke freshman will be heading to the NBA Draft after one year in Durham in all likelihood. He’s a smooth shooting guard who can score on all three levels. He’s a good athlete who can get to the rim and can post up smaller defenders at times. He will have to get a little stronger to finish through contact and show how versatile he could be defensively.

 

Dereck Lively II

2023 NBA Draft prospect Dereck Lively II
Photo Courtesy Duke Athletics

Another Duke freshman, Lively stands 7-foot-1 at 215 pounds and was rated as the top recruit in the 2022 class. His size coupled with his athleticism has 247Sports’ Brandon Jenkins compared him to Tyson Chandler. However, Lively is developing his perimeter game, which should give him a greater offensive output at the next level and for coach Jon Scheyer. He values playing as a true center, but will definitely benefit from expanding his game.

 

Amen Thompson

2023 NBA Draft prospect Amen Thompson
(Credit: Overtime Elite)

Born: January 30, 2003
Age: 19
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Team: Overtime Elite

This is just one-half of the Thompson twins, but both could be lottery picks next year. The 6-foot-7 wing has athletic pop, is a great rebounder, defends well, and is a solid passer. He has all of the tools to be a great wing at the NBA level and knows how to score the ball, but will have to work on his three-point shooting since that was a struggle during his first year with Overtime Elite.

2023 NBA Draft Prospect Watch: The Thompson Twins

Ausar Thompson

2023 NBA Draft prospectAusar Thompson
(Credit: Overtime Elite)

Born: January 30, 2003
Age: 19
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Team: Overtime Elite

While his twin brother might be a better passer, Ausar is the true scorer. The 6-foot-7 wing should show an improvement in his deep shooting since that will be a focus for next season. But he does everything just as well as his brother and is another potential lockdown defender.

That wraps everything up for this 2023 NBA draft names to know. Be sure to subscribe to Project Spurs Network TV for all of your latest Spurs and draft content.

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