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2023 NBA Draft Order (Pre-Draft Lottery)

Apr 9, 2023 6:34 PM

With the 2022-23 NBA regular season complete, here is the 2023 NBA Draft order (pre-Draft Lottery):

First Round

1. Detroit Pistons

2. Houston Rockets*

3. San Antonio Spurs*

4. Charlotte Hornets

5. Portland Trail Blazers

6. Orlando Magic

7. Indiana Pacers*

8. Washington Wizards*

9. Utah Jazz

10. Dallas Mavericks

11. Oklahoma City Thunder*^

12. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)*^

13. Toronto Raptors^

14. New Orleans Pelicans^

15. Atlanta Hawks^

16. Utah Jazz (via Minnesota Timberwolves)^

17. Los Angeles Lakers^

18. Miami Heat*^

19. Golden State Warriors*

20. LA Clippers*

21. Brooklyn Nets*

22. Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix Suns)*

23. Portland Trail Blazers (via New York Knicks)

24. Sacramento Kings

25. Indiana Pacers (via Cleveland Cavaliers)*

26. Memphis Grizzlies*

27. Charlotte Hornets (via Denver Nuggets)

28. Utah Jazz (via Philadelphia 76ers)

29. Indiana Pacers (via Boston Celtics)

30. LA Clippers (via Milwaukee Bucks)

Second Round

31. Detroit Pistons

32. Indiana Pacers (via Houston Rockets)*

33. San Antonio Spurs*

34. Charlotte Hornets

35. Boston Celtics (via Portland Trail Blazers)

36. Orlando Magic

37. Sacramento Kings (via Indiana Pacers)*

38. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Washington Wizards)*

39. Charlotte Hornets (via Utah Jazz)

40. Denver Nuggets (via Dallas Mavericks)

41. Washington Wizards (via Chicago Bulls)*

42. Charlotte Hornets (via Oklahoma City Thunder)*

43. Portland Trail Blazers (via Atlanta Hawks)

44. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors)

45. Memphis Grizzlies (via Minnesota Timberwolves)

46. Atlanta Hawks (via New Orleans Pelicans)

47. Los Angeles Lakers

48. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Golden State Warriors)*

49. LA Clippers*

50. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)*

51. Brooklyn Nets*

52. Phoenix Suns*

53. Minnesota Timberwolves (via New York Knicks)

54. Sacramento Kings

55. Indiana Pacers (via Cleveland Cavaliers)*

56. Memphis Grizzlies*

57. Chicago Bulls (via Denver Nuggets) - Pick is forfeited due to tampering

58. Philadelphia 76ers - Pick is forfeited due to tampering

59. Washington Wizards (via Boston Celtics)

60. Milwaukee Bucks

*Tie to be broken by drawing on to be announced date

^To be determined after 2023 Play-In Tournament

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Mavericks Sit Four Key Players In Must-Win Game Vs Bulls As They 'Prioritize Lottery Position'

Apr 7, 2023 4:29 PM

The Dallas Mavericks will be without Kyrie Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber and Christian Wood in Friday's game versus the Chicago Bulls, which is a must-win to remain in play-in contention.

Luka Doncic, however, will play in the game as he went on record indicating he was not interested in sitting while they remained in play-in contention. Chicago will sit DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Patrick Beverley as they are assured of finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.

"This is, frankly, just a transparent tank job," said Tim MacMahon on NBA Today. "The Mavericks decided they would rather prioritize lottery position than the slim chance of trying to fight for a play-in spot.

"I talked to somebody in the organization today and they said 'Look, as more games passed our destiny became bleaker and bleaker.'

"The one thing the Mavericks have potentially a little bit of control of is not their ability to get in the play-in, and by the way, they don't believe they're capable of doing anything in the playoffs if they did miraculously get there. They can have a little bit of control, perhaps, if they finish top-10 in the lottery odds. They are tied with the Bulls, who by the way are resting some key players today as well, for the 10th best lottery odds right now. Why is that so important? The Mavericks' pick is top-10 protected. They owe the New York Knicks a top-10 protected pick as the final payment of the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

"Look, this is a bad situation for the Mavs. The worst case scenario though is they land 11th in the lottery and that ain't their pick. That's going to Jalen Brunson's team up there in New York."

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Jordan Hawkins Leaving UConn For NBA Draft

Apr 7, 2023 3:59 PM

Jordan Hawkins will enter the 2023 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility after winning the national championship with UConn.

"Hearing my name called on draft night will be a blessing," Hawkins said. "I worked so hard for this, me and my dad, we've been through so much.

"When I first stepped on campus in Storrs, I was a little kid, just 160 pounds. I didn't know the college game. Coach [Dan] Hurley threw me into the fire. He guided me through it. It means the world for me having him, having this opportunity. He told me sophomore year I need to step my game up, make a name for myself. It's amazing what we did together as a team."

Hawkins is the No. 15 prospect in ESPN's draft projections.

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Jaime Jaquez Leaves UCLA For 2023 NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2023 4:07 PM

Jaime Jaquez will declare for the 2023 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

"I had an amazing journey graduating from UCLA," Jaquez said. "I want to thank all my coaches, teammates and staff for helping me along this journey."

Jaquez is the No. 34 ranked prospect in the 2023 NBA draft after coming off a season in which he was a consensus All-American, the Pac-12 player of the year and the winner of the Lute Olson National Player of the Year.

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Dereck Lively II Leaves Duke For 2023 NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2023 8:55 AM

Duke center Dereck Lively II has declared as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2023 NBA Draft. Lively is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round of this year's draft.

In his lone season with the Blue Devils, Lively started 24 of 34 games. He averaged 5.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game.

At 7-foot-1, Lively is one of the biggest prospects projected to go in the top half of the draft, outside of Victor Wembanyama. Scouts project Lively to be an instant impact player as a defender and rebounder.

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Mavericks Could Shut Down Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving With Eye On Keeping Top-10 Pick

Apr 3, 2023 11:57 AM

The Dallas Mavericks could shut down Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving for the final games of the season if they completely fall out of the play-in picture.

As of Monday, the Mavericks are one game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for 10th. The Thunder also own the tiebreaker over the Mavericks. When pivoting to the lottery, the Mavericks are currently 10th and could get to ninth depending on how they and the Utah Jazz finish.

If their pick is outside the top-10, it conveys to the New York Knicks.

"I'm told the organization is seriously considering the possibility of shutting down those two guys," said Shams Charania. "They have a top-10 protected pick. Being out of the play-in race, it behooves them not to try to keep their pick and at that point you have the flexibility of potentially having that top-10 pick, you have three first round picks you can trade this offseason to go get a star and potentially more players on the marketplace. They are going to be one of the more active teams."

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Houston's Tramon Mark Enters Transfer Portal, Declares For Draft

Apr 3, 2023 12:42 AM

Houston guard Tramon Mack entered the transfer portal while also declaring for the NBA Draft over the weekend.

Mack, who started all 37 games this season, averaged 10.1 points.

"I am excited for the next steps of my journey. I will continue to work to be the best person I can, both on and off the floor," said Mack.

Mack is the third Cougars player to enter the draft, following Marcus Sasser and Jarace Walker. 

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Noah Clowney Of Alabama Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2023 7:45 PM

Albama freshman center/forward Noah Clowney announced he's declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft. Clowney is projected first-round pick in the 15-25 range. 

At 6-foot-10 and a good athlete, Clowney projects to play both the four and the five in the NBA. He played both inside and outside in his only season with the Crimson Tide.

Clowney averaged 9.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game. He joins teammate Brandon Miller as freshmen to leave Alabama following this season.

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Cason Wallace Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2023 10:39 AM

University of Kentucky freshman guard Cason Wallace is declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft. Wallace is a projected top-10 pick in this June's draft.

In his lone season with the Wildcats, Wallace averaged 11.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He shot 45% from the field and 35% on three-pointers.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard is considered one of the best defenders in this draft class. Wallace's wingspan and length as a perimeter defender are intriguing to teams. He also showed an ability to play as an on-ball facilitator late in the season. That increases Wallace's value, as he showed he can be more than just a scorer.

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Gradey Dick Leaves Kansas For 2023 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2023 4:11 PM

Gradey Dick will leave Kansas after his freshman season and enter the 2023 NBA draft.

"None of this would be possible without God and my family," Dick told ESPN. "They've been with me every step of the way. I also want to thank my coaches, teachers, and friends along the way."

Dick is the No. 11 prospect in ESPN's draft projections.

Dick averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game this season, shooting 40% for 3.

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NBA, NBPA Won't Lower Minimum Age For Draft As Part Of Next CBA

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Jalen Hood-Schifino Leaves Indiana For 2023 NBA Draft

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Brandon Miller Declares For 2023 NBA Draft

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Kansas State's Markquis Nowell Enters NBA Draft

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Baylor Freshman Keyonte George Enters NBA Draft

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Duke Freshman Dariq Whitehead To Enter NBA Draft


UCLA's Jaylen Clark Declares For NBA Draft


Terquavion Smith Leaving NC State For 2023 NBA Draft

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Tyrese Proctor Returns To Duke For Sophomore Season

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Jarace Walker Leaves Houston For 2023 NBA Draft

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Jett Howard To Declare For 2023 NBA Draft

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Taylor Hendricks Leaves UCF For 2023 NBA Draft

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NBA Teams Strongly Considering Brandon Miller Over Scoot Henderson At No. 2

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Scoot Henderson Shut Down For Remainder Of G League Season

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