The thrilling conclusion of the NBA Mock Draft (2023 edition)
Clowney, 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, is a strong rebounder and poor shooter. He needs work offensively but will focus on hustle to earn minutes. Still has untapped potential.
Lively, 7-foot-1, is a legit center who has great movement and athleticism for a player his size. He’s undeveloped and getting by on defense, rim protection, rebounds, and potential but his ceiling is tantalizing.
Coulibaly, 6-foot-6, 230 pounds has a good build and strong frame capable of adding mass. He’s flashed potential at both ends of the court and could be diamond in the rough if he enters the draft.
Bona, 6-10, 235 pounds may be a reach here but he’s a high potential player with strong defensive skills and elite natural athleticism. He has a high ceiling and his defense gives him a high floor making for a desirable target late in the first round.
Kobe Bufkin, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, is a scorer who burst on the scene this season. He’s rapidly ascending as a players has one of the best highlight reels in his creative ways of distributing the ball.
Lewis, 6-foot-7, 195 pounds, was a great player on a poor team. He faded down the stretch calling into question where his floor as a prospect sits. His ceiling is high, though.
Nnaji, 6-foot-11, 225 pounds, is another undeveloped center coming off the board late. He’s tough and plays with quick feet. He may take a minute to develop but he has the potential to make it worth it.
Brice, 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, is a fearless shooter, He has a natural feel for the game and can be a weapon on the parameter as well as midrange. Probably a steal at this point.
Jackson-Davis, 6-foot-8, 235 with a 7-0 wingspan is a big guy in a not-so-big body. He plays like a center despite lacking ideal size and he plays it well. He’s a strong passer and could fit the right team in a special way.
The Dallas Mavericks lost on purpose so they could keep their draft pick and build for a better tomorrow - it's both embarrassing and wise.
Things are not set in this NBA Mock Draft and the situation will be fluid between now and when the playoffs conclude. But the prospects are plenty and options exist at every level so teams should be excited no matter where they pick. More NBA Mock Drafts to follow…