San Antonio Spurs land first overall pick, right to select Victor Wembanyama

The 2023 NBA Draft is the most anticipated draft since 2003, when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected LeBron James with the No. 1 overall pick. Victor Wembanyama, the 7-foot-4 French phenom, is the best hope to hit the NBA since James, and he’s projected as a generational talent who could change the trajectory of the San Antonio Spurs, who clinched the No. 1 pick on Tuesday. . .

NBA draft draw

1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Charlotte’s Hornets
3. Portland Trail Blazers
4. Houston Rockets
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Orlando Magic
7. Indiana Pacers
8. Wizards of Washington
9. Utah Jazz
10. Dallas Mavericks
11. Orlando Magic
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Toronto Raptors
14. New Orleans Pelicans

Who is Victor Wembanyama?

The 7-foot-4 center currently plays for the Metropolitans 92 in the French Betclic Elite league where he leads all players in points (21.8), rebounds (10.3) and blocks (3.1) per game. Wembanyama is comfortable handling the ball like a guard, can shoot it deep and does things on the pitch that no other player in the world can do right now. Wembanyama’s NBA comparison is a mix between Kevin Durant and Rudy Gobert with his shooting mechanics on offense and the way he shields the rim and alters shots on defense.

Metropolitans 92 forward Victor Wembanyama during a game against the NBA G League Ignite at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada on October 4, 2022. (Lucas Peltier/USA TODAY Sports)

Metropolitans 92 forward Victor Wembanyama during a game against the NBA G League Ignite at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada on October 4, 2022. (Lucas Peltier/USA TODAY Sports)

Other players projected to lead in NBA draft

Scooter Henderson

Henderson is a 6-3 point guard who is the best goaltender in the draft. He spent two seasons with the G League Ignite and dominated the competition at just 19, occasionally taking on players twice his age. Henderson averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 assists per game last season and clashed with Wembanyama in October when he impressed every NBA scout and team executive in the arena.

Brandon Miller

Miller, a 6-9 wing, was named SEC Player of the Year and SEC Rookie of the Year in his only season at Alabama. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 38.4 percent from 3-point range on 7 attempts per game. Miller’s intangibles on the court are off the charts with his length, skill and defensive versatility, but there is one major problem off the court. Henderson and Miller are both potential picks at No. 2, depending on which team lands who picks Tuesday night.

Amen Thompson

Thompson averaged 16.4 points, 5.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game in his final season with Overtime Elite and is one of the most athletic guards in this draft class with his brilliance in transition. and his first step on the wing. The 6-7 guard outstrips his twin brother, Ausar, as the primary ball handler and is more fluid in his decision-making on the downhill.

Ausar Thompson

Ausar is a tenacious defender who can guard all positions on the perimeter and is the best shot-blocking goaltender in this draft class. Thompson averaged 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during the Overtime Elite season, and while his 3-point jump shot was an area of ​​development, he showed improvement from his last season with OTE. Ausar is comfortable playing with or without the ball, but he is more comfortable on the wing, playing alongside his brother throughout his career.

NBA draft date, time and location

The NBA draft takes place June 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN from the Barclays Center in New York.

How the NBA Draft Lottery Works

The draft lottery results were broadcast live with NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum revealing the sealed envelopes, announcing the draft lottery results in descending order. Prior to the broadcast, the actual lottery to determine Picks 1-4 took place in a separate room with NBA officials and representatives from participating teams, some media, and accounting firm Ernst & Young, which oversees the draws.

For the actual lottery, 14 ping pong balls were dropped into a lottery machine while a league representative randomly selected four balls, revealing a four-digit combination. There are 1,001 possible combinations, with 1,000 of these combinations being awarded to 14 participating lottery teams. If the same combination from the same team appears more than once, the result is discarded and another four-ball combination is drawn.

After the top four picks were determined, the remaining picks were ranked in reverse order, based on win/loss record.

Odds of landing the No. 1 pick

The 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs had the chance to land the top pick, based on their regular-season records. Below are the odds for each team in the draw and how they finished the regular season. The teams with the worst records were ranked at the top of the lottery.

1. Detroit Pistons: 14%, 140 combinations
2. Houston Rockets: 14%, 140 combinations
3. San Antonio Spurs: 14%, 140 combinations
4. Charlotte’s Hornets: 12.5%, 125 combinations
5. Portland Trail Blazers: 10.5%, 105 combinations
6. Orlando Magic: 9%, 90 combinations
7. Indiana Pacers: 7.5%, 75 combinations
8. Washington Wizards: 6%, 60 combinations
9. Utah Jazz: 4.5%, 45 combinations
ten. Dallas Mavericks: 3%, 30 combinations
11. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls): 2%, 20 combinations
12. Oklahoma City Thunder: 1.5%, 15 combinations
13. Toronto Raptors: 1%, 10 combinations
14. New Orleans Pelicans: 0.5%, 5 combinations

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