NBA Mock Draft 2023: Full Prediction Updates In 2 Rounds | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

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11. Brooklyn Nets: GG Jackson (South Carolina, PF, freshman)

Young draft prospect GG Jackson was productive early for South Carolina, averaging 16.2 points and 8.0 rebounds with seven threes in five games. Shots, athletic finishes and energetic plays were behind Jackson’s scoring. As long as he is jumping at a respectable pace, his name should continue to be lumped in with the other lottery prospects. We haven’t seen many exciting passes or defensive plays from Jackson, although between his age (18), tools, budding perimeter skills, rim activity and drive, teams should imagine translatable double-doubles.

12. New York Knicks: Gradey Dick (Kansas, SF, freshman)

Scouts are already envisioning a plug-and-play NBA wing in Dick, a convincing shooter (10 or 20 3PT) at 6’8″ who has shown more edge athleticism, versatility and defensive toughness.

13. Utah Jazz (via Timberwolves): Keyonte George (Baylor, SG, Freshman)

With high usage and a tough schedule early on, George had a mixed performance, although the pros still outweighed the negatives. NBA teams will see the shot translatable in his shooting versatility and ability to rise above defenders, while his burst defenses and split screens should continue to perform at NBA level. His 5.0 assists per game was also remarkable and highlights true combo guard-playing ability. Improving his shot selection and middle game will help George avoid disabling some scouts.

14. New York Knicks (via Mavericks): Terquavion Smith (NC State, PG/SG, Sophomore)

If Smith’s first four games are any indication of what’s to come this season, the decision to pass on interest from the 2022 first round should pay off. Crafting shots will still be the signature skill that powers his score, but he’s been much more effective so far with his finishing, and he’s showing more playing ability to bolster his point or combo guard case for the scouts.

15. Toronto Raptors: Ausar Thompson (Elite Overtime, SG/SF, 2003)

Teams will show a willingness to remain patient with Thompon’s skill development given the level of speed and explosion he possesses to attack, finish and defend from the baseline. His shooting and decision-making remain inconsistent, but he’ll continue to look too tempting with enough self-creating flashes and one-on-one shots, as well as dunks, slashes and defensive play.

16. Utah Jazz (via Sixers): Kel’el Ware (Oregon, C, freshman)

Ware stood out early for shooting flashes and defensive mobility. He doesn’t have a huge offensive role in Oregon’s offense, but the 7-footer has already hit three threes and blocked eight shots in four games. The potential to stretch the floor and protect the rim should be enough to keep Ware in the top 20 in discussions all year, even if his shot attempts and goal production fluctuate.

17. Chicago Bulls (via Blazers): Kris Murray (Iowa, FP, Junior)

After a 29-point game against Seton Hall and 30 points against Omaha, a Murray breakout appears. Between shooting versatility, fence overruns, post buckets and body-controlled finishes, the jump he makes feels like Keegan did last year.

18. Atlanta Hawks: Jett Howard (Michigan, SG/SF, freshman)

Howard immediately caught the eye of scouts with his shooting and scoring instincts for a 6’8″ wing. Although not the leading scorer, he is produced in Michigan’s offense, making jumps and good decisions in terms of when to attack or move the ball.

19. Memphis Grizzlies: Maxwell Lewis (Pepperdine, SG, second year)

Averaging 17.2 points, shooting 69.0% from inside the arc and 58.8% from three, Lewis is off to a scorching start delivering the kind of creation and flashes of skill that should get the attention of the NBA. Scouts believe Pepperdine’s two matches at Gonzaga will be highlighted in their schedule.

20. Los Angeles Lakers (via Pelicans): Dillon Mitchell (Texas, PF, freshman)

Although Mitchell has yet to show any notable skill, superpower quickness and leaps might be enough for NBA teams to imagine an athletic specialist for finishing and defensive play.

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