The highly anticipated 2023 NBA draft is finally here. The San Antonio Spurs have had little to think about since they won the NBA draft lottery in May — France center and generational prospect Victor Wembanyama will likely be their choice at No. 1. But after that, everything is on the table.
USA TODAY Sports will provide the latest news, updates, analysis and more as the draft unfolds. Follow along.
What time does the NBA draft start?
The 2023 NBA draft starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Where can I watch the NBA draft?
The NBA draft is airing on ESPN and ABC. It will live stream on ESPN+, ABC.com, ABC app or fuboTV (watch for free).
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Who has the first pick in NBA draft?
The San Antonio Spurs have the first pick in the draft. They won the draft lottery when it was held in May.
How many rounds are in the NBA draft?
The NBA draft had two rounds.
NBA draft order
Here is the order for every single pick.
- San Antonio
- Orlando (from Chicago)
- Oklahoma City
- New Orleans
- Utah (from Minnesota)
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Golden State
- Houston (from Los Angeles)
- Brooklyn (from Phoenix)
- Portland (from New York)
- Indiana (from Cleveland)
- Charlotte (from Denver via New York and Oklahoma City)
- Utah (from Philadelphia via Brooklyn)
- Denver (from Indiana via Boston)
- LA Clippers (from Milwaukee via Houston)
- Denver (from Houston via Indiana)
- San Antonio
- Charlotte (from Charlotte via Philadelphia and Atlanta)
- Boston (from Portland via Atlanta, LA Clippers, Detroit, and Cleveland)
- Oklahoma City (from Washington via New Orleans)
- Sacramento (from Indiana)
- Charlotte (from Utah via New York)
- Indiana Pacers (from Denver via Dallas and Oklahoma City)
- Charlotte (from Oklahoma City via New York and Boston)
- Washington (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers and Washington)
- Portland (from Atlanta)
- San Antonio (from Toronto)
- Memphis (from Minnesota)
- Atlanta (from New Orleans)
- Los Angeles Lakers
- LA Clippers
- Cleveland (from Golden State via Utah and New Orleans)
- Oklahoma City (from Miami via Boston, Memphis, and Dallas)
- Minnesota (from New York via Charlotte)
- Indiana (from Cleveland via Milwaukee and Detroit)
- Washington (from Boston via Charlotte)
NBA draft forfeited picks
The Chicago Bulls and Philadelpha 76ers each forfeited a second-round pick in the NBA draft for violating rules around free agency talks.
NBA draft 2023 projections
France’s Victor Wembanyama will go No. 1 to the San Antonio Spurs in Thursday’s NBA draft. The second pick remains a choice between Alabama forward Brandon Miller and G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson.
It is a deep draft among lottery picks beyond Wembanyama, Miller and Henderson. Here is the top five in USA TODAY Sports’ latest mock draft:
- Spurs: Victor Wembanyama, Metropolitans 92 (France), Forward/center, 19 years old, 7-4, 230 pounds
- Hornets: Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite, Guard, 19 years old, 6-2, 196 pounds
- Trail Blazers: Brandon Miller, Alabama, Small forward, 20 years old, 6-9, 200 pounds
- Rockets: Cam Whitmore, Villanova, Forward, 18 years old, 6-7, 235 pounds
- Pistons: Amen Thompson, Overtime Elite, Guard, 20 years old, 6-7, 215 pounds
How many picks are in the NBA draft?
The NBA draft usually has 60 total picks. This year, there are 58 total picks as the Chicago Bulls and Philadelpha 76ers each forfeited a second-round pick for violating rules around free agency talks.
No. 1 NBA draft picks
Here are the No. 1 picks this century.
- 2022: Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic)
- 2021: Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons)
- 2020: Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)
- 2019: Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
- 2018: Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
- 2017: Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 2016: Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
- 2015: Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
- 2014: Andrew Wiggins (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- 2013: Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- 2012: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets)
- 2011: Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- 2010: John Wall (Washington Wizards)
- 2009: Blake Griffin (LA Clippers)
- 2008: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
- 2007: Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers)
- 2006: Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors)
- 2005: Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks)
- 2004: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)
- 2003: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- 2002: Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)
- 2001: Kwame Brown (Washington Wizards)
- 2000: Kenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets)
Former NBA stars Gilbert Arenas and Iman Shumpert gave their two cents on how the 19-year-old French phenom Wembanyama will do in the NBA on Fubo Sports’ “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas” podcast.
Arenas has high expectations for the center, especially given that regular season MVP Joel Embiid and Finals MVP Nikola Jokic are the only two dominant players at the position.
“He’s gonna be a star. The reason is, there’s only two centers that he’s gotta worry about,” he said. “… I’m putting him at the 5 because he only has to worry about Embiid for two games and then Joker for six. … You gonna get killed for six games, but other than that, it’s just lunch meat out there for you.”
Shumpert said teams are going to throw the best they can at him despite position.
“They’re gonna put whoever can move with him the best,” he said. “Certain people are just not gonna guard him.”
The “Dancing with the Stars” champion explained Wembanyama will grow into his potential naturally.
“Just develop, put that weight on, get your confidence up to realize nobody can stop you,” he said. “That’s the scary part. When they give you 20 shots a game and start letting you realize, you’ll figure it out.” — Victoria Hernandez
Scoot Henderson’s first Puma player edition shoe released
It’s a big week for Henderson, a likely top three pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. Henderson will be busy seeing his NBA dreams come true as he walks the stage in Brooklyn. But, it’s not the only thing he’ll be celebrating — his first player edition shoe with Puma released on Thursday.
The presumed No. 2 pick signed a deal with Puma last year at the age of 18. Puma is launching Henderson’s new All-Pro Nitro shoe colorway and decided to celebrate it in a huge way.
A massive billboard with Henderson wearing his new shoes appeared on Flatbush in Brooklyn this week. His colorway is inspired by Henderson’s hometown of Marietta, Ga. plus his “Overly Determined To Dominate” mantra, according to ESPN’s Nick DePaula.
The shoes colors include red, light blue and white, matching the colors of two teams that may select Henderson on Thursday: The Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers. — Anthony Gharib
NBA draft betting odds
The draft is one of many events NBA fans can wager on. Victor Wembanyama is the overwhelming favorite to be drafted first overall, and the betting odds reflect that. He is listed at –10,000 odds to be the first name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to BetMGM. But the second and third picks are where things could get interesting. BetMGM has Brandon Miller listed as the favorite to go second overall at -550, while Scoot Henderson is +250 to be the second pick and -450 to go third overall. — Richard Morin
NBA draft odds 2023
There are plenty of odds when it comes to the NBA draft. First, teams that miss the playoffs enter into a lottery system to determine their first-round selection. For example, the team with the worst record in the regular season has a 14% chance to claim the top pick. This season, the San Antonio Spurs won the first overall pick despite only having tied for the second-worst record during the 2022-23 season. — Richard Morin
These six teams have the most at stake in 2023 NBA draft
Wembanyama headlines Thursday’s 2023 NBA draft. However, there is uncertainly following the consensus top choice. What will the Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers do at the top of the draft? Will Orlando make magic happen with its two lottery selections? Could the Los Angeles Lakers trade the No. 17 pick?
All 30 clubs have some decisions to make. USA TODAY Sports explores NBA teams with much at stake ahead of the draft. — Tyler Dragon
Brandon Miller stands by Paul George as GOAT
NBA Draft prospect Brandon Miller is sticking by his GOAT pick.
After setting the internet ablaze on Wednesday by dubbing Paul George as the greatest basketball player of all-time over LeBron James and Michael Jordan, Miller doubled down on his controversial selection: “I grew up watching Paul George and I think Paul George is my GOAT.”
Miller clarified that he didn’t mean any disrespect toward James or Jordan.
“I’m not knocking LeBron (James) or Michael Jordan,” he told USA TODAY Sports on the 2023 NBA Draft red carpet in Brooklyn Thursday. “I know they are all great players. LeBron is the best in the league now and I know Jordan was the best in the league at the time.” — Cydney Henderson
NBA mock draft: Final first-round projection runs deep after Victor Wembanyama
France’s Victor Wembanyama will go No. 1 to the San Antonio Spurs in Thursday’s NBA draft.
The second pick remains a choice between Alabama forward Brandon Miller and G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson.
“That’s a difficult decision,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas said. “I would lean toward Miller because of the shooting. In a league that values shooting, he can really shoot it.”
It is a deep draft among lottery picks beyond Wembanyama, Miller and Henderson.
“I have Cam Whitmore of Villanova rated fourth,” Bilas said, adding, “After that, there are a number of really good players available. The Thompson twins (Amen and Ausar) are both really talented and can absolutely play.”