2023 NBA Mock Draft: Updated Full 2-Round Projections | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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15.Golden State Warriors: Cason Wallace (Kentucky, PG/SG, Freshman)

Back spasms may be behind Wallace’s recent slump (six points over last three games), though there are some questions about his half-court creation. Regardless, there will be lottery teams that value his versatility and still see translatable shooting, passing IQ and defense.

16. Utah Jazz (via Timberwolves): Brice Sensabaugh (Ohio State, SG, Freshman)

Sensabaugh’s efficient production (16.9 points, 50.5 percent FG), scoring instincts and shooting consistency (46.1 percent 3PT) have gradually helped reduce worries over his unusual weight for a wing (235 lbs) or athletic limitations.

17. Los Angeles Clippers: Anthony Black (Arkansas, PG/SG, Freshman)

Despite Black’s ups and downs, there will still be plenty of interest in a 6’7″ point guard and point-of-attack defender who’s a capable shooter and threatening off-ball finisher.

18. Indiana Pacers: Kel’el Ware (Oregon, C, Freshman)

Though Ware’s production wavers behind Oregon’s veteran bigs, during predraft workouts, he’s a good bet to reinforce the belief that he possesses more shooting skill and touch than he’s shown. Teams won’t nitpick at the stats of a soon-to-be 19-year-old stretch-5 rim protector.

19. New York Knicks (via Mavericks): Terquavion Smith (North Carolina State, PG/SG, Sophomore)

While Smith has made admirable strides with his playmaking, it’s the instant offense and shot-making firepower that will interest teams in the mid-to-late first round.

20. Miami Heat: Taylor Hendricks (Central Florida, PF, Freshman)

Taylor has emerged as a one-and-done three-and-D prospect, wowing scouts with his shooting, defensive playmaking and athletic finishes.

21. New York Knicks: Dariq Whitehead (Duke, SG/SF, Freshman)

Streaky shooting continues to affect the performance of a freshman wing who averages fewer than 1.0 free-throw attempts per game and struggles around the basket. He’ll still have lottery and first-round suitors who’ll remain patient due to his age (18), high school tape, defensive tools and advanced creation and shot-making flashes.

22. Sacramento Kings: Kris Murray (Iowa, PF, Junior)

Already with four 30-point games, Murray is making a similar to jump to the one Keegan made last season. Though most of his creation comes from the post, his off-ball scoring with spot-up and movement shooting, cutting and offensive rebounding are what teams can see translating.

23. Los Angeles Lakers (via Pelicans): Jordan Hawkins (UConn, SG, Sophomore)

Despite Connecticut’s recent struggles and Hawkins’ limitations off the dribble, teams could see value in him this late because of his plug-and-play shot-making. At 6’5″ with an easy stroke and high release, he’s already hit 49 threes in 17 games at a 39.2 percent clip.

24. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers): Rayan Rupert (New Zealand Breakers, SG/SF, 2004)

Rupert’s minutes have been limited since his return from injury in early January, but for a 6’6″, 18-year-old wing, his shot-making and defensive outlook remain easy to buy.

25. Houston Rockets (via Bucks): Jalen Hood-Schifino (Indiana, PG, Freshman)

Averaging 19.3 points and 5.0 assists over Indiana’s last six games, Hood-Schifino could be playing himself into the 2023 draft. Though turnover-prone, he’s showcased impressive passing IQ for a 6’6″ ball-handler, and he’s been effective and accurate getting into his pull-up and connecting from deep, having made 22-of-50 threes and 45.5 percent of his 77 dribble jumpers.

26. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Kyle Filipowski (Duke, PF, Freshman)

A 7-footer with a three-point stroke, the ability to attack closeouts and score out of the post, Filipowski will draw interest for his modernized skill set. Scouts just have some doubt over his real range and how well he’ll create and defend at the NBA level.

27. Utah Jazz (via Nets): Marcus Sasser (Houston, PG/SG, Senior)

A late-first-round team figures to picture a 2023-24 rotation player in Sasser, who could provide immediate offense with his shooting versatility and ability to create for himself.

28. Memphis Grizzlies: Colby Jones (Xavier, PG/SG, Junior)

Since 2015, only eight players averaged at least 14.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds on 40.0 percent shooting from three, and five were lottery picks. Putting up those numbers, Jones has improved his shooting and playmaking to create versatility that’s going to draw first-round interest.

29. Charlotte Hornets (via Nuggets): Leonard Miller (G League Ignite, SF, 2003)

To a rebuilding team, Miller could look like a project worth investing time into, given the rarity of a 6’10” scoring wing and his potential to attack, use touch and hit rhythm threes.

30. Indiana Pacers (via Celtics): Tristan Vukčević (KK Partizan, PF/C, 2003)

Scoring double figures in three of his last four games, including a 25-point effort against KK Zadar, Vukčević has started to give scouts more glimpses of shooting and off-the-dribble scoring. For a 19-year-old 7-footer, his production, stroke (39.5 percent 3PT), skill fluidity and mobility are becoming a draft storyline to start monitoring.

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