Imagining Victor Wembanyama on Every 2023 NBA Lottery Team (2023)

Imagining Victor Wembanyama on Every 2023 NBA Lottery Team

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    In one sense, we're late to the party. Every NBA team with even the slimmest chance of drafting generational prospect Victor Wembanyama has already been imagining what life would be like with the 7'4" Frenchman on the roster.

    It's impossible for those franchises to dream too big.

    Wembanyama brings a skill package previously unseen in a player his size. Guard-like handles and self-sufficient shot creation beyond the arc don't belong in a player taller than Kristaps Porziņģis. Wemby's possession of both put him in the rare position of having no real historical comps, giving whichever franchise is lucky enough to land him the blankest of canvases. The idea of planning around a shooting guard who happens to be able to grab the rim from his tiptoes is almost too much to process.

    The certainties are even more tantalizing than the unknowns. Whatever Wembanyama becomes offensively, his length and mobility are all but certain to make him one of the most disruptive defensive forces in the league.

    Only one team can win the lottery, but it's absolutely worth wondering what Wembanyama might contribute to all of his possible landing spots.

Detroit Pistons

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 14.0 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Interior upgrades

    Slotting this high in the lottery means the Detroit Pistons have too many needs to number. But with the game slowing down for Jaden Ivey toward the end of his rookie season and Cade Cunningham already showing playmaking potential prior to the injury that cost him most of 2022-23, Wembanyama's biggest impact would be as an interior stabilizer.

    His 3.1 blocks per game and preposterous wingspan should make him one of the league's most intimidating interior defenders from the moment he first steps on the floor. That'll be big for the Pistons, who ranked in the bottom 10 in both opponent attempt frequency and accuracy at the rim. They also blocked just 3.8 shots per game, 27th in the league.

    Though Detroit is already overstuffed with centers (Jalen Duren, James Wiseman and Isaiah Stewart), all that size failed to deter opposing offenses around the basket. Even worse, the Pistons struggled mightily to finish their own looks at close range.

    Wembanyama's quick feet and length should address those shortcomings, with the added potential of his offensive spacing making life easier for the Pistons' up-and-coming guards. If his three-point shooting (30.4 percent for Boulogne-Levallois in France's Pro A league) continues to lag, the Pistons may not get the extra breathing room they want for their offense. But the defensive upgrade will be well worth it while they wait for Wembanyama to develop the other aspects of his game.


Houston Rockets

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 14.0 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Floor general

    In truth, the Houston Rockets' biggest draft need is more abstract than any singular item. They must get someone who arms them with guiding principles, both on and off the court, almost regardless of what archetype they typify.

    Victor Wembanyama does that. Whether he can come in and provide immediate structure to an offense largely without one is a different story.

    Though he can generate his own shot at every level, he isn't (yet) considered a methodical table-setter for others. In some ways, he may overlap with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., as a score-first transcendent with secondary playmaking chops who gets miscast as a primary steward for others.

    This is far from a bad thing. The Rockets have oodles of cap space and Alperen Şengün to address their playmaking-hub void. And Wembanyama has the bandwidth to initiate pick-and-rolls as both the ball-handler and screener. That opens up all sorts of tantalizing half-court options.

    The long-term defensive fit is even more divine. Wembanyama has the size, length and mobility to guard almost anyone while disrupting life around rim. Houston can run him up front next to Jabari Smith Jr. and indulge ultra-switchability or roll super big with him, Smith and Şengün all at once as part of lineups in which Tari Eason or Green is the smallest player on the court.


San Antonio Spurs

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 14.0 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: An actual cornerstone

    The Pistons have Cunningham and Ivey; the Rockets have Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun; the Charlotte Hornets have LaMelo Ball. Even if you're a little iffy on the Rockets' young talent and love Devin Vassell more than most, the San Antonio Spurs are still the rebuilder with the least *potential* superstar talent on hand.

    Wembanyama would take care of that, and it'd be hard to come up with a better developmental landing spot than the one that'd put him under the tutelage of Gregg Popovich, who presided over the maturation of Tim Duncan, Wembanyama countryman Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.

    If Zach Collins really is "the guy at the 5" for San Antonio, that'd slot Wembanyama alongside him and Keldon Johnson up front. Vassell would man the 2, and Jeremy Sochan could continue his experimental stint as a de facto point guard (please try this, Pop!) in the unlikely event Tre Jones gets away in restricted free agency. It's far from a given that San Antonio would go full Raptors and ditch positions, so it's more likely Wembanyama will take Collins' spot in the middle and a true point guard will make sure the offense doesn't come all the way unglued.

    The Spurs came frighteningly close to Bobcatting (finishing last in both offense and defense) this past season, so whatever contributions Wembanyama makes as a finisher, interior defender and floor-spacer will be valuable by default. But the greatest benefit of his presence in San Antonio will be his status as the kind of unquestioned high-ceiling talent the roster currently lacks.


Charlotte Hornets

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 12.5 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Perimeter creator

    The Charlotte Hornets have a viable floor general in LaMelo Ball yet need someone who streamlines his existence while successfully navigating the minutes they log without him. No one on the roster meets this criteria.

    Gordon Hayward comes closest, and he played like gangbusters post-All-Star break. He's also 33 and missed no fewer than 20 games in each of the past four seasons. Terry Rozier is overtaxed in an on-ball role.

    P.J. Washington is much of the same, though he offers plenty of outside-in creation and some polished decision-making at the elbows. Miles Bridges, a free agent, will likely return to the team after serving the balance of a 30-game suspension for pleading no contest to felony domestic violence charges. He remains too much of a north-south player to occupy the No. 2 creator's spot.

    Victor Wembanyama could instantly assume that mantle. His passing outside the pick-and-roll has to develop, but his every-level scoring comes packaged with directionality. He doesn't need a head start in transition to break down opponents and has the handle and footwork to attack laterally.

    Charlotte's defense picked up under head coach Steve Clifford. Wembanyama furthers that rise. His wingspan and fluid movements let him work alongside Washington, Bridges and Mark Williams all at once if the Hornets so choose, and the shot disruption he offers at the rim will juice up smaller combos with Washington as his frontcourt partner.


Portland Trail Blazers

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 10.5 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: A Damian Lillard appeaser

    Damian Lillard's loyalty seems to know no bounds, but maybe we wouldn't have to keep questioning its limits if the Portland Trail Blazers could give him the supporting cast necessary to chase a championship in the only jersey he's ever worn.

    That's a lot to ask of a teenager, but if Wembanyama really is the generational prospect most believe him to be, he could quiet the annoyingly persistent speculation about Lillard becoming the next superstar to request a trade.

    His presence could restore Lillard's faith in the franchise's short and long-term future (and the latter matters because Dame is under contract through 2027) while also addressing many of the reasons Portland has failed to contend for several seasons.

    Jusuf Nurkić's lack of defensive mobility stands as one of those reasons, as has a general lack of size in support of the Blazers' diminutive backcourt. Wembanyama's ability to alter shots at the rim and farther out on the floor could cover for Lillard and Anfernee Simons' suspect work at the point of attack.

    If Jerami Grant returns on a new contract and Shaedon Sharpe proves his late-season surge is for real, Wembanyama could combine with those two to give Portland's best lineups more dynamic athleticism than any in memory. He and Sharpe, in particular, would allow the Blazers to take over games with speed and bounce alone.

    Nurkić is under contract for three more years and $54.4 million, and he doesn't project to have positive trade value for the remainder of his deal. If he slots into a backup role as Wembanyama takes over the starting center spot, it'd be a substantial waste of resources.

    Portland should still bench him to activate the tantalizing five-out lineups it could field with Wembanyama in the middle and a combination of Lillard, Simons, Sharpe and Grant joining him on the perimeter.


Orlando Magic

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 9.0 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Shooting

    Victor Wembanyama's career 30.7 percent clip from three doesn't technically address the Orlando Magic's largest offensive void. That's fine. There's evidence this could change over time. His outside volume is valuable on its own (5.1 attempts per game), and he converted 83.4 percent of his free throws this past season.

    Playing a less central role could help his outside efficiency. He will have plenty of opportunities to screen-and-pop in two-man sets with Paolo Banchero, Markelle Fultz and Franz Wagner.

    Orlando should also be able to carve out juuust enough spacing to maximize the 19-year-old's dives and drives. Wagner, Cole Anthony, Gary Harris and Wendell Carter Jr. all space the floor reasonably to exceptionally well at their positions. Jalen Suggs improved his catch-and-fire stroke. And Banchero drilled more than 40 percent of his triples over his final 15 appearances.

    Whatever clunkiness the Magic traverse on offense will be offset by pure defensive terror. They finished 11th in points allowed per possession by controlling the glass, forcing turnovers without fouling and busting their butts in transition. Fultz and Suggs provide them with plenty of options to pester the point-of-attack, and their largesse frontline limits high-quality looks at the cup.

    Adding Wembanyama alleviates their biggest defensive weakness: actual rim disruption. Orlando didn't let opponents reach the hoop often but surrendered a bottom-three clip whenever they did. Wembanyama's rotations and 3.1 blocks per game instantly nip that in the bud.


Indiana Pacers

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 6.8 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Defense and rebounding

    Tyrese Haliburton's basketball brain moves a mile a minute, and Wembanyama's arms are a mile long. But the appeal of Wemby joining the Indiana Pacers extends beyond those convenient similarities.

    Indy ranked 26th in defensive efficiency and 30th in opponent offensive rebound rate, shortcomings that owed in part to lineup configurations that skewed small. Of The Pacers' top dozen players in total minutes this past season, Myles Turner was the only one to stand taller than 6'10". And while Turner is a stellar shot-blocker, he's graded out as a below-average defensive rebounder in most seasons of his career.

    Aaron Nesmith, whose hustle and activity were integral to keying Indy's transition attack, spent 74 percent of his minutes at power forward. He's listed as 6'5".

    Slot Wembanyama into the 4 spot alongside Turner, and suddenly the Pacers would have the size they lacked a year ago. Indiana shouldn't mess with a successful pace-pushing offensive identity at the cost of adding height and ranginess, and Wembanyama's open-floor speed means they won't have to.

    One of Wembanyama's most intriguing qualities is the way he's projected to give teams legitimate big-man interior defense in conjunction with the speed and skill of a guard. That combo will play well anywhere, but the Pacers are among the teams that would benefit from it most.


Washington Wizards

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 6.7 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Floor general

    Victor Wembanyama probably cannot come in and run the entire Washington Wizards offense. Something tells me they'll get over it—largely because he's potentially generational, but also because he plugs another hole on the perimeter.

    Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert and Kyle Kuzma (player option) are all wings with severe limitations on at least one end of the floor. Bradley Beal, Johnny Davis and Delon Wright, meanwhile, don't really count as wings. Washington's roster construction was responsible for it testing out a somewhat intriguing, mostly restrictive Kristaps Porziņģis-Daniel Gafford frontcourt.

    Plopping Wembanyama into the rotation immediately gives it a more cohesive shape. At 7'4" with infinite length, he has the portability to be a hybrid 2-3-4 at both ends. A Wemby-Kuz-KP frontline is especially intriguing. Two of those bigger bodies can switch across multiple spots (Wemby and Kuz), and two can also protect the paint with absurd stinginess (Wemby and KP).

    Half-court spacing could be tough in certain cases. Kuzma saw his perimeter efficiency dip this year, and Avdija remains volume-averse. The Wizards will need Porziņģis, who also has a player option this offseason, to replicate this past year's outside scorcher to adequately widen the lanes.

    That's likely a minor concern. Wembanyama will jack enough threes for defenses to guard him, and the idea of his running dual-skyscraper pick-and-rolls alongside Porziņģis with Beal, Kispert and either Kuz or Monte Morris dotting the arc around them is really, actually making me drool.


Utah Jazz

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 4.5 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Size! More size!

    With rookie defensive ace Walker Kessler and breakout star Lauri Markkanen both listed at 7'0", you'd think the Utah Jazz would be all set on the height front. You'd be wrong.

    Why not test the limits of collective frontcourt wingspan by adding 7'4" Wembanyama to the mix, opening up exciting and previously unexplored options in defensive strategy? Sure, zone defenses are still mostly viewed as a change-of-pace tool at the NBA level, but what if that's only because no team has ever had enough extreme size at its disposal to make them more of a default setting?

    Kessler is already one of the league's best rim protectors, and Markkanen started at small forward alongside Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen for the Cleveland Cavaliers' sixth-ranked defense in 2021-22. It's difficult to imagine Wembanyama doing anything but adding value to a unit that already features those two.

    And even if the Jazz don't want to basically invent new basket-obscuring zone configurations in favor of conventional sets, they could weaponize Wembanyama as a rover off of non-threatening corner shooters in the Robert Williams III and Jaren Jackson Jr. molds.

    Just imagine an opposing pick-and-roll duo trying to contend with Kessler in drop coverage, with Wembanyama waiting to swoop in from the corner to help.

    Offensively, too, the Jazz could concoct some intriguing innovations. It'd be impossible for opponents to switch any big-small screen involving Wembanyama as either the ball-handler or the screener, which would open up unguardable pick-and-pop options. A 6'7" wing trying to close out on a Wembanyama three might not even get within two feet of his ridiculously high release point.


Dallas Mavericks

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 3.0 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Defense, defense, defense

    Landing Victor Wembanyama doesn't offset the void left by trading Dorian Finney-Smith. For all of his positional range, the Dallas Mavericks shouldn't take a 7'4" rookie with a developing body and throw him on the opposition's best player. They'll need to make a trade and/or pilfer the mini-mid-level market to restore the perimeter-stopping power they lost in the Kyrie Irving deal.

    Still, Wembanyama should be able to pitch in around the rim, where the Mavs are also exceedingly vulnerable. After the Kyrie trade, they ranked 18th in the share of opponent shots that came at the rim, and the 70.3 percent clip they forfeited at the iron checked in at 28th.

    While Wembanyama doesn't have the brawny girth to protect the hoop in the vein of Joel Embiid, he has the length, speed and coordination to deter and disrupt close-range opportunities like a Nic Claxton-Anthony Davis humanoid meld. The number of blocks Dallas racks up from beyond the arc is also bound to exponentially increase.

    Anyone hoping to see Wembanyama have carte blanche over the offense won't yearn to watch him on the Mavericks. Re-signing Kyrie would nudge him to third in the pecking order, miles behind both Irving and Luka Dončić.

    That's not the end of the world. It might even be preferential. Wembanyama would get to hone his play-finishing skills while capitalizing on more favorable matchups and higher-quality looks.


Chicago Bulls

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 1.8 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Offensive modernization

    This pick belongs to the Orlando Magic unless it falls in the top four, which only has an 8.5 percent chance of happening. If the Chicago Bulls luck out in the biggest possible way and vault to No. 1, they could reform their offensive identity around Wembanyama's unusual blend of skills.

    The Bulls ranked 24th in offensive efficiency this past season, despite starting three players—DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nicola Vucević—whose main contributions come on that end of the floor. Chicago's dearth of scoring punch didn't stem so much from lack of talent as a failure in strategy. The Bulls played old-school, mid-range basketball—a style that suited DeRozan just fine but ultimately put them too far behind in the "three is more than two" calculus virtually every other team in the league has embraced for years.

    The Bulls were 29th in three-point attempt frequency and 20th in free-throw rate, meaning offensive success and failure swung largely on two-point jumper efficiency—no way to live in the modern era.

    Sometimes, Wemby can get you attempts from three-point range and at the basket in a two-second span.

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Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 1.7 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Tall-bodied floor-spacer

    Imagine the ramifications of the Oklahoma City Thunder rolling out Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama to begin next season. Rival executives would call for investigations into the draft-lottery process. Enemy offenses would quake before opening tips. People in the business of fake SGA trades would need to find a new slant.

    Pinpointing weaknesses within that Core Five isn't difficult. OKC would still lack functional shooting. Giddey beefed up his confidence and form, and Williams canned 35.6 percent of his triples as a rookie. Nobody on this roster aside from Isaiah Joe, though, is particularly high volume from beyond the arc. The Thunder offense would need Wembanyama and Holmgren to be willing and accurate shooters right away.

    This group also continues to lack frontline strength. Lu Dort-at-the-3 minutes can help, but both Holmgren and Wembanyama are more rail than not. They will struggle, collectively, to match up versus certain guys.

    Big whoop. Oklahoma City ran into similar issues this season and spit out an almost league-average defense that is one rim protector away from substantively leveling up. Wemby and Chet give the Thunder two.

    OKC might actually offer an ideal environment for Wembanyama to develop on offense, too. Other teams can promise better spacing, but he would get to straddle the line between No. 2 and No. 3 while playing off the All-NBA attention SGA draws from opposing defenses.


Toronto Raptors

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 1.0 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: Defensive resistance

    The San Antonio Spurs were the only team to allow a higher opponent effective field-goal percentage than the Toronto Raptors last season. As a general matter, proximity to the 22-60 Spurs in any statistical category is a bad sign, but there's good news: Wembanyama might be the most dynamic shot-alterer we've ever seen.

    If anyone can drive down the efficiency of an opposing offense, it's a guy who is able to take one step from the elbow and, depending on which direction he's moving, block either a three...

    ...or a layup.

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    Range like that could totally overhaul Toronto's defensive scheme, allowing the league leaders in turnovers forced to be even more aggressive hunting steals. Gambles aren't nearly as risky when Wembanyama can cover enough ground to snuff out any advantage the offense gains by defenders lunging out of position.

    Jakob Poeltl is likely to return as Toronto's starting center, but one would think the prospect of drafting Wembanyama would force a reconsideration of that plan. Even if the Raptors may not operate the same way without Nick Nurse at the helm, Wembanyama could allow a franchise that likes to be on the tactical vanguard to keep experimenting. Instead of adopting a more conservative and conventional approach as they look to get back to the playoffs, the Raptors could get more aggressive and positionless with Wemby as their ultra-mobile centerpiece.


New Orleans Pelicans

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    Draft Lottery Odds: 0.5 percent chance at No. 1

    Biggest Draft Need: High-volume shooting/rim protection that complements Zion Williamson

    Zion has always been best suited playing alongside a frontcourt partner who protects the hoop and stretches defenses around his rim pressure. Victor Wembanyama is basically that dude right now. His three-point accuracy isn't there just yet, but he's higher-volume from distance than Jonas Valanciunas or Larry Nance Jr. and could see his efficiency surge on more catch-and-shoots.

    New Orleans will still run into some defensive pickles. Valanciunas is at least thick enough to tussle with burly 5s inside the arc. The Pelicans would need Zion to take on more of those reps rather than stash him away on stationary shooters.

    Then again, they could just look to dispense with convention and use Wembanyama as the de facto 3 next to Zion, Valanciunas or Nance, Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum. Whether that arrangement offers enough shooting comes down almost entirely to Wemby's own marksmanship.

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    Trey Murphy may be mission critical to Wembanyama lineups, at least in the interim. The Pelicans need to surround him with shooters, particularly if they're going to saddle him with more of a fire-away-or-drive role rather than apportion tons of on-ball looks his way. He could struggle to find his rhythm when playing beside all of Zion, Ingram and McCollum.

    These are good—great—questions and problems to have. Especially when the injury-prone track records of Zion and Ingram may take care of possible offensive awkwardness anyway.



Will Victor Wembanyama be in the 2023 NBA Draft? ›

The San Antonio Spurs won the 2023 NBA draft lottery and the right to select 7-foot-5 French prospect Victor Wembanyama with the No. 1 pick on June 22.

Who is the potential No 1 pick in the NBA 2023? ›

The wait is over: The San Antonio Spurs secured the No. 1 pick — and the right to draft French phenom Victor Wembanyama — in the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday. The Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons round out the top five.

Who will pick Victor Wembanyama? ›

Victor Wembanyama, playing for Metropolitan 92 in France, reacts during a November 2022 game. Young French superstar Victor Wembanyama is likely headed to San Antonio after the five-time NBA champion Spurs on Tuesday night won the rights to the top pick at the NBA Draft lottery.

How does NBA draft lottery work 2023? ›

To determine the No. 1 pick, individual ping pong balls are selected to create a four-number combination. The team that matches up with the combination chosen is then awarded the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. That same process is then done again to determine picks second through fourth.

Who are the top NBA draft picks for 2023? ›

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  • #1 San Antonio Spurs: Victor Wembanyama. ...
  • #2 Charlotte Hornets: Brandon Miller. ...
  • #3 Portland Trail Blazers: Scoot Henderson. ...
  • #4 Houston Rockets: Amen Thompson. ...
  • #5 Detroit Pistons: Ausar Thompson. ...
  • #6 Orlando Magic: Anthony Black.

Who will be the #1 draft pick in 2023 NHL? ›

Connor Bedard, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft, is in his third season with Regina of the Western Hockey League. The 17-year-old center, No.

Who is most likely to win MVP NBA 2023? ›

Who is most likely to win MVP NBA 2023? The current MVP odds NBA suggest that Nikola Jokic has the best chance of winning the award.

Who will win most improved player NBA 2023? ›

Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen named 2022-23 Kia NBA Most Improved Player.

Who is the favorite team to win the NBA 2023? ›

The Boston Celtics are the favorites to win the 2023 NBA Finals. The Phoenix Suns are second on the odds board. Who won the NBA Finals last year? The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals for the 2021-22 season, defeating the Boston Celtics four games to two.

Can the Bulls get Victor Wembanyama? ›

What are the Bulls odds of landing No. 1 pick and drafting Victor Wembanyama? Right now the Chicago Bulls have a 1.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick.

Can the Spurs get Victor Wembanyama? ›

The Spurs are the lucky organization that won the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery and have earned the right to select Victor Wembanyama with the No. 1 overall pick. To say Wembanyama is a franchise-changer is an understatement.

Who got the NBA lottery pick? ›

The San Antonio Spurs won the 2023 N.B.A. draft lottery on Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick in June's draft and the right to select the most anticipated prospect since LeBron James: the 19-year-old French star Victor Wembanyama.

Who has the best odds in the NBA lottery? ›

Who has the best odds of winning the NBA draft lottery? The Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs have the best odds of winning the NBA draft lottery. The three teams each have a 14% chance of selecting first.

How many NBA lottery picks are there? ›

Under the current rules, only the top four picks are decided by the lottery, and are chosen from the 14 teams that do not make the playoffs. The team with the worst record, or the team that holds the draft rights of the team with the worst record, has the best chance to obtain a higher draft pick.

Is the Bulls 2023 pick protected? ›

The Chicago Bulls will not have their pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. With Dalen Terry representing the team, the Bulls watched their pick land at 11th overall, meaning it will now convey to the Orlando Magic. The selection was top-four protected from the Nikola Vucevic trade the Bulls made in 2021.

What team has the most draft picks 2023? ›

Alabama and Georgia tied with 10 picks each in the 2023 NFL Draft, leading all other schools.

What pick was Gretzky drafted at? ›

Therefore, Gretzky went undrafted….

By entering the NHL through the WHA merger, Gretzky never entered the NHL draft. It is hard to imagine that the best player who ever played in the NHL was never drafted, but it wasn't because the teams didn't recognize his talent (if that thought ever crossed someone's mind).

How many picks do the Red Wings have in 2023? ›

Detroit will have two first-round picks for first time since 2021. Monday night's NHL Draft Lottery determined that the Detroit Red Wings will pick ninth overall in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

Has any NBA player won 3 Mvps in a row? ›

Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlin and Bill Russell are the only players to ever do it. 10,502 people like this. Larry won his third consecutive MVP 34 years ago today. He did that while wearing converse.

Who is the youngest final MVP? ›

Magic Johnson is the youngest Finals MVP in an NBA Finals. He was 20 years old in his rookie season.

Who is favored to win MVP? ›

Who is most likely to win NFL MVP? Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes are currently tied as favorites to win the 2023 NFL MVP at +650 odds. Followed by Josh Allen (+750) Justin Herbert (+900), Jalen Hurts (+1000), Tua Tagovailoa (+1400), and Trevor Lawrence (+1400).

Who is the most efficient scorer in the NBA right now? ›

Nikola Jokic had the highest PER in 2021-22, with a 32.9 rating.

Who is the oldest NBA player to win most improved? ›

Darrell Armstrong is the oldest Most Improved Player of the Year in a season. He was 30 years old in 1998-99.

Has any NBA player won MVP and most improved? ›

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the first recipient of the award to later become an NBA MVP.
NBA Most Improved Player Award.
LeagueNational Basketball Association
Awarded forPlayer with greatest improvement in playing ability in regular season of the National Basketball Association
First award1985–86
Most recentLauri Markkanen Utah Jazz
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Who is the most consistent NBA team? ›

The Los Angeles Lakers are the team with the most playoff appearances in NBA history as they made the playoffs 62 times since their inception in 1948. This is a testament to the Lakers' consistency and their ability to remain competitive throughout the years.

What NBA team has always been good? ›

Record: 62-18

The Boston Celtics are the greatest franchise in NBA history, largely because of the team's display of sheer dominance in the 1960s. The Celtics especially epitomized greatness in the 1964-65 NBA season.

Who is the Bulls legendary player? ›

Michael Jordan

He is not only considered to be the greatest Bulls player, but Jordan is also in the conversation of the greatest basketball player of all time. He led Chicago to six total championships in the 1990s courtesy of two three-peats from 1991 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998.

Who was the guy on Bulls with Goggles? ›

Horace Junior Grant Sr.

(born July 4, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player who is a special advisor for Michael Reinsdorf, the president and chief operating officer of the Chicago Bulls.

What were the odds for the NBA draft lottery? ›

NBA Draft Lottery team odds for No. 1 pick
  • Detroit Pistons: 14 percent.
  • Houston Rockets: 14 percent.
  • San Antonio Spurs: 14 percent.
  • Charlotte Hornets: 12.5 percent.
  • Portland Trail Blazers: 10.5 percent.
  • Orlando Magic: 9 percent.
  • Indiana Pacers: 6.8 percent.
  • Washington Wizards: 6.7 percent.
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Who is the best Spurs power forward? ›

Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "the Big Fundamental", he is widely regarded as the greatest power forward of all time and one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Who has the most points in a game Spurs? ›

David Robinson has scored the most points for the Spurs in a game, with 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 24, 1994.

Who is the pink haired guy on Spurs? ›

Here's how Spurs fans can help immortalize Jeremy Sochan's famous hair. From silver, pink, and green to flower designs and classic fiesta hues, San Antonio Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan has become nearly as famous for his vibrant hair colors as his one-handed free throws.

Who has the 2nd pick in the 2023 NBA draft? ›


What NBA team won the lottery? ›

But the Spurs got yet another lucky lottery bounce on Tuesday night, winning the 2023 NBA draft lottery and the right to select French super-prospect Victor Wembanyama with the No. 1 overall pick. "It's going to be unbelievable," Spurs owner Peter J. Holt said at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center.

Who did the Spurs draft 2023? ›

1 pick, right to select Victor Wembanyama; No. 2 goes to Hornets.

Who has the lowest odds to ever win the NBA lottery? ›

The Orlando Magic shocked the sporting world in 1993 by overcoming the worst odds in the lottery. With a mere 1.52% chance of winning, they became the first franchise to win consecutive lotteries, defying expectations and proving their ability to make strategic moves and shape their future.

What are the best lottery odds to play? ›

Which Lottery Games Have the Best Odds in Texas?
GameOverall Odds of WinningTop Prize
Lotto Texas1 in 7.9Starts at $5 million
Mega Millions1 in 24Starts at $20 million
Powerball1 in 25Starts at $20 million
Texas Two Step1 in 32.4Starts at $200,000
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How often does the moneyline favorite win NBA? ›

How often do moneyline favorites win in NBA? Over the past five seasons, 67.25% of favorites have been successful in the NBA regular season. Home favorites have a slightly higher success rate than those on the road, with 69% of home favorites winning compared to 64.4% of those on the road.

How many number 1 picks have won a NBA championship? ›

But here is something else to consider: In the past 30 seasons, there are just three No. 1 overall picks — Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers, 2011), LeBron James (Cavaliers, 2003) and Tim Duncan (Spurs, 1997) — who have won a championship with the team that drafted them, and one of the players comes with a caveat.

How is the NBA draft lottery picked? ›

The 14 teams that missed the NBA Playoffs participate in the draft lottery, where picks 1-4 will be determined by lottery balls, and picks 5-14 will be determined by the inverse order of the regular season records of the teams that weren't awarded a top-four pick.

Do NBA players pick their numbers? ›

The numbers that players wear in the NBA are selectable by teams. The numbers you can wear during NBA games are only subject to a few limitations.

What is a top 5 protected pick NBA? ›

If team A trades a "top 5 protected pick" to team B, then that means that team B will only get the pick if the pick is outside the top 5. So if team A ends up at number 6 in the lottery, then team B gets the pick. If the pick ends up being the overall number 1,2,3,4 or 5 pick, then team A keeps it.

What happens if an NBA pick is protected? ›

A protected NBA draft pick, on the other hand, is a draft pick with restrictions and can only be acquired via trade. Commonly referred to as a lottery protected pick, this means, you can only pick players within some draft range that is agreed upon between the two trading teams.

Do the Bulls have a second round pick 2023? ›

Here's the complete order of the 58 picks in the 2023 NBA Draft: Note: There are only 58 picks in the 2023 draft because the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls each forfeited a second-round pick due to violating rules involving free agency discussions.

Is Victor Wembanyama going to the draft? ›

Victor Wembanyama officially declares for 2023 NBA Draft | FOX Sports.

Will Spurs draft Victor Wembanyama? ›

By Tyler Watts | May 16, 2023

The San Antonio Spurs hit the jackpot on Tuesday night as they won the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery and earned the right to select Victor Wembanyama with thhe first overall pick.

Do the Lakers have a draft pick in 2023? ›

In the first round, the Lakers be drafting at No. 17 overall. In the second round, they'll be selecting the No. 47 overall pick. This year is a loaded draft class, so the Lakers are sure to find some great talent, especially in the first round.

Who has the most draft pick in 2023? ›

Which team has the most picks in the 2023 NFL Draft? The Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders are tied for the most 2023 draft picks with 12 apiece. They are actually three of 10 teams with double-digit picks. The Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers each own 11 picks.

Who will commanders draft in 2023? ›

2023 Washington Commanders Draft Tracker
  • Round 1 • Pick 16 (16) • CB Emmanuel Forbes.
  • Round 2 • Pick 16 (47) • CB Jartavius Martin.
  • Round 3 • Pick 34 (97) • C Ricky Stromberg.
  • Round 4 • Pick 16 (118) • G Braeden Daniels.
  • Round 5 • Pick 2 (137) • EDGE KJ Henry.
  • Round 6 • Pick 16 (193) • RB Chris Rodriguez Jr.

Who is the #1 pick in the NBA draft? ›

With Paolo Banchero's selection in the 2022 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic at No. 1, Duke now boasts five top overall picks in draft history (since 1947) — the most of any NCAA school.

Who will Spurs draft in 2023? ›

Spurs win lottery, earn top pick in 2023 NBA draft

Victor Wembanyama, the 7-foot-4 French phenom, is the best prospect 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 landed the No. 1 pick on Tuesday.

Why did Spurs get first pick? ›

The Spurs earned the top selection for the 2023 NBA draft Tuesday after winning the league's annual draft lottery. That also means San Antonio is expected to select the consensus top prospect in this year's draft in French star Victor Wembanyama.

Why does the NBA have a draft lottery? ›

After the 1984 coin flip, which was won by the Houston Rockets, the NBA introduced the lottery system to counter the accusations that the Rockets and several other teams were deliberately losing their regular season games in order to secure the worst record and consequently the chance to obtain the first pick.

Can Lakers make playoffs 2023? ›

(4/28/23) With their 125-85 win in Game 6, the Lakers win the first round in the 2023 Western Conference playoffs, beating the Memphis Grizzlies (4-2).

What picks do the Pelicans have in 2023? ›

The 2023 NBA Draft Lottery results are officially in, and it looks like our New Orleans Pelicans will have the 14th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. This news should not come as much of a shock to anyone who has been following along during the pre-draft process.

What pick did the Bulls get in 2023? ›

The Chicago Bulls will not have their pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. With Dalen Terry representing the team, the Bulls watched their pick land at 11th overall, meaning it will now convey to the Orlando Magic.

Who was the number 2 pick in the NBA draft this year? ›

Paolo Banchero was selected 1st overall by the Orlando Magic and voted the Rookie of the Year. Chet Holmgren was selected 2nd overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jabari Smith Jr. was selected 3rd overall by the Houston Rockets. Keegan Murray was selected 4th overall by the Sacramento Kings.

How many draft picks in 2023? ›

From Thursday through Saturday, 259 prospects heard their names called as they officially became NFL players.

Who was the second pick in Michael Jordan draft? ›

Sam Bowie is the guy who was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan. He always will be the guy who was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan. But the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft may have added another clause to his legacy recently.


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