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NBA Draft Picks: Wembanyama Stands at the Top

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated June 2, 2023
11 min read
  • French sensation Victor Wembanyama is the clear favorite to be picked first overall in the 2023 NBA Draft.
  • The San Antonio Spurs will have the first overall pick.
  • The 2023 NBA Draft will occur on Thursday, June 22.

As anticipation builds for the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft, basketball enthusiasts and sports bettors eagerly await the selection process that promises to bring new talent to the NBA stage. With an array of highly touted prospects on the horizon, the 2023 NBA Draft holds immense potential and intrigue.

We'll delve into the draft odds, predictions, and top picks expected to shape the league's future. From the singular French sensation Victor Wembanyama to NCAA standout Brandon Miller, we'll explore the prospects generating buzz among fans and the teams looking to acquire their talents.

Join us as we navigate the landscape of the 2023 NBA Draft, analyzing the potential outcomes and shedding light on the most sought-after players destined to leave their mark on the NBA hardwood!

2023 NBA Draft 1st Overall Pick Odds

After finishing last in the Western Conference with a 22-60 regular season record, the San Antonio Spurs won the draft lottery and could make the first selection in the 2023 NBA Draft!

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, on 02 June 2023. Before placing bet, make sure you check out our favorite NBA Betting Sites!

Victor Wembanyama-20000
Scoot Henderson+4000
Brandon Miller+10000
Amen Thompson+10000
Jarace Walker+15000
Ausar Thompson+15000

San Antonio Spurs Depth Chart & Pick Preview

Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenter
Devonte' GrahamDevin VassellKeldon JohnsonJeremy SochanZach Collins
 Malaki BranhamDoug McDermott Khem Birch
 Blake Wesley  Charles Bassey

WSN's Pick

  • First Overall Pick, San Antonio Spurs select Victor Wembanyama

It is as close as possible to a given when the San Antonio Spurs pick first in the 2023 NBA Draft. Sportsbooks agree, as all parties expect the Spurs to select Victor Wembanyama with the first overall pick. A generational talent, the 7-2 French international is a player like no other and should thrive amongst one of the league's best organizations.

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Who is the Favorite to be Selected First Overall?

2023 NBA Draft 2nd Overall Pick Odds

Finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-55, the Charlotte Hornets entered the NBA Draft Lottery with the fourth-best odds to win the first overall pick and left with the second overall pick!

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, on 02 June 2023.

Brandon Miller-130
Scoot Henderson-110
Amen Thompson+3500
Ausar Thompson+7500
Jarace Walker+7500
Anthony Black+10000

Charlotte Hornets Depth Chart & Pick Preview

Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenter
LaMelo BallJames BouknightGordon HaywardJT ThorNick Richards
Terry RozierBryce McGowansCody MartinKai JonesMark Williams
Kobi SimmonsXavier Sneed (TW)   

WSN's Pick

  • Second Overall Pick, Charlotte Hornets select Brandon Miller

There's plenty of controversy around him, but Brandon Miller is the perfect fit for the Charlotte Hornets. With Miles Bridges' status and availability unknown and a glut of talented guards between Ball, Rozier, and Bouknight, Alabama's Brandon Miller should bring a new dimension to Charlotte's young but promising roster.

2023 NBA Draft 3rd Overall Pick Odds

The Portland Trail Blazers struggled again, finishing their 2022-23 season with a 33-49 record and the fifth-best odds to win the first overall pick. They left the Draft Lottery pleased to select third overall!

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, on 02 June 2023.

Scoot Henderson+105
Brandon Miller+110
Amen Thompson+500
Cam Whitmore+2500
Jarace Walker+4000
Ausar Thompson+4000

Portland Trail Blazers Depth Chart & Pick Preview

Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenter
Damian LillardAnfernee SimonsNassir LittleTrendon WatfordJusuf Nurkic
 Shaedon SharpeJabari Walker  
 Jeenathan WilliamsKevin Knox  
 Keon Johnson   

WSN's Pick

  • Third Overall Pick, Portland Trail Blazers select Scoot Henderson

The Portland Trail Blazers are at a crossroads with Damian Lillard's window for championship-level play waning. Whether the Trail Blazers make moves to compete or build for the future, Scoot Henderson suits them best. With an NBA-ready build and an incredible ceiling, Henderson is perfect for supporting or supplanting Lillard in the Trail Blazers' roster, depending on their direction this coming season.

2023 NBA Draft 4th Overall Pick Odds

The Houston Rockets tied the San Antonio Spurs for the worst record in the Western Conference, 22-60, while sitting among three others for the best odds to win the first overall pick. To their misfortune, the Houston Rockets left the Draft Lottery with the fourth overall pick.

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, on 02 June 2023.

Amen Thompson-155
Ausar Thompson+450
Brandon Miller+600
Cam Whitmore+600
Jarace Walker+1200
Scoot Henderson+2500

Houston Rockets Depth Chart & Pick Preview

Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenter
Kevin Porter Jr.Jalen GreenJae'Sean TateJabari Smith Jr.Alperen Sengun
TyTy Washington Jr.Josh ChristopherKenyon Martin Jr.Tari Eason 
Daishen Nix  Usman Garuba 

WSN's Pick

  • Fourth Overall Pick, Houston Rockets select Amen Thompson

The Houston Rockets have a treasure trove of talented young wing players and some high-potential big men in Alperen Sengun and Jabari Smith Jr. By adding Amen Thompson to their roster, the Houston acquire a do-it-all type of player who can fit into the pace and tempo of the Rockets. Thompson's success at the NBA level will be tied to his ability to improve his shooting, but he has all the tools that suit Houston's up-and-coming roster.

2023 NBA Draft 5th Overall Pick Odds

The Detroit Pistons were the worst team in the NBA, owning a 17-65 record in the regular season, which earned them the highest chance to win the first overall pick - among three other teams. Instead, the Detroit Pistons fell out of the pack and ended up with the fifth pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, on 02 June 2023.

Ausar Thompson+250
Cam Whitmore+250
Jarace Walker+275
Amen Thompson+330
Taylor Hendricks+1600
Brandon Miller+2000

Detroit Pistons Depth Chart & Pick Preview

Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenter
Cade CunninghamJaden IveyBojan BogdanovicMarvin Bagley IIIIsaiah Stewart
Killian HayesAlex BurksEugene Omoruyi James Wiseman
RJ Hampton Isaiah Livers Jalen Duren

WSN's Pick

  • Fifth Overall Pick, Detroit Pistons select Cam Whitmore

While he may lack a defined role, Cam Whitmore has an NBA-ready body and has shown great versatility in his game. As the Pistons look to move forward by building around Cade Cunningham, Whitmore is the type of athletic wing player that complements their playmaking backcourt. After dropping to fifth after having the joint-best odds to win the first overall selection, the Pistons will select the best player available.

How to bet on the 2023 NBA Draft

There are plenty of markets for the NBA Draft, but the most straightforward wager is on which players will be selected at which position. Be sure to consider not just the quality of the player but also things such as fit, team needs, and payroll before allocating your bankroll.

For example, Victor Wembanyama is a -20000 to be picked first overall by the San Antonio Spurs. You'd need to bet $20000 on this pick, to make $100. A generational talent, Wembanyama seems guaranteed to be taken by the Spurs with the first pick.

On the other hand, forward Brandon Miller is a -130 to be picked second overall but a +600 to be picked fourth overall. Given the Hornets' wing needs, Miller is an obvious fit at second. However, off-court issues have changed the conversation to the point that he may be passed over and will be considered later for later picks.

Stay updated on team and player news so that you can make the most informed wager on the 2023 NBA Draft!

What is the 2023 NBA Draft Order?

11San Antonio Spurs231Detroit Pistons
12Charlotte Hornets234Indiana Pacers
13Portland Trail Blazers233San Antonio Spurs
14Houston Rockets234Charlotte Hornets
15Detroit Pistons235Boston Celtics
16Orlando Magic236Orlando Magic
17Indiana Pacers237Oklahoma City Thunder
18Washington Wizards238Sacramento Kings
19Utah Jazz239Charlotte Hornets
110Dallas Mavericks240Denver Nuggets
111Orlando Magic241Charlotte Hornets
112Oklahoma City Thunder242Washington Wizards
113Toronto Raptors243Portland Trail Blazers
114New Orleans Pelicans244San Antonio Spurs
115Atlanta Hawks245Memphis Grizzlies
116Utah Jazz246Atlanta Hawks
117Los Angeles Lakers247Los Angeles Lakers
118Miami Heat248LA Clippers
119Golden State Warriors249Cleveland Cavaliers
120Houston Rockets250Oklahoma City Thunder
121Brooklyn Nets251Brooklyn Nets
122Brooklyn Nets252Phoenix Suns
123Portland Trail Blazers253Minnesota Timberwolves
124Sacramento Kings254Sacramento Kings
125Memphis Grizzlies255Indiana Pacers
126Indiana Pacers256Memphis Grizzlies
127Charlotte Hornets257Chicago Bulls (forfeited)
128Utah Jazz258Philadelphia 76ers (forfeited)
129Indiana Pacers259Washington Wizards
130LA Clippers260Milwaukee Bucks

Which Team Has Had the Most First-Overall Picks?

The Milwaukee Bucks have been selected first overall most in NBA Draft history, winning the top selection six times. They chose the following players:

  1. (G) Austin Carr (1971)
  2. (C) Brad Daugherty (1986)
  3. (F) LeBron James (2003)
  4. (G) Kyrie Irving (2011)
  5. (F) Anthony Bennett (2013)
  6. (F) Andrew Wiggins (2014)

Which NBA Team Has Never Won the First Overall Pick in the NBA Draft?

Five teams have never won the first overall pick in the NBA Draft:

  1. Denver Nuggets
  2. Indiana Pacers
  3. Miami Heat
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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