NBA Draft 2023 Had Surprising Winners And Losers


Since Victor Wembanyama was the predicted frontrunner and the Spurs’ first-round pick, there was no anticipation around the NBA Draft’s top pick this year. Nevertheless, Thursday’s NBA Draft night rapidly became one of intrigue and drama.

Brandon Miller was chosen by the Hornets instead of Scoot Henderson in the first major swing of the evening, following huge swings in the trade market all week between the two players as Charlotte’s presumed No. 2 pick. 

NBA Draft 2023 Was A Complete Surprise

Miller arrives in Charlotte, joining LaMelo Ball as part of a young core that the team added to throughout the draft on what ended up being a good night for the team. Miller’s ascent to No. 2 drove Henderson to the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 3, who were then selected in back-to-back order, in the same birth order as the twins, Amen and Ausar Thompson. The twins, who were chosen at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, by Detroit and Houston, respectively, became the first brother duo in NBA history to be chosen in the top 10. The 58-pick NBA draft has lots of other interesting and unexpected picks.

  • San Antonio Spurs chose Victor Wembanyama as Center – France
  • Charlotte Hornets chose Brandon Miller as Forward
  • Portland Trail Blazers chose Scoot Henderson as Guard
  • Houston Rockets chose Amen Thompson as Guard
  • Detroit Pistons chose Ausar Thompson as Forward
  • Orlando Magic chose Anthony Black as Guard
  • Indiana Pacers chose Bilal Coulibaly as Guard 
  • Washington Wizards chose Jarace Walker as Forward
  • Utah Jazz chose Taylor Hendricks as Forward
  • Dallas Mavericks chose Cason Wallace as Guard
  • Oralando Magic chose Jett Howard as Guard
  • Oklahoma City Thunder chose Dereck Lively II as Center
  • Toronto Raptors chose Gradey Dick as Guard
  • New Orleans Pelicans chose Jordan Hawkins as Guard
  • Atlanta Hawks chose Kobe Bufkin as Guard
  • Utah Jazz chose Keyonte George as Guard
  • Los Angeles Lakers chose Jalen Hood-Schifino as Guard
  • Miami Heat chose Jaime Jaquez Jr as Guard 
  • Golden State Warriors chose Brandin Podziemski as Guard
  • Houston Rockets chose Cam Whitmore as Forward
  • Brooklyn Nets chose Noah Clowney as Forward/center
  • Brooklyn Nets chose Dariq Whitehead as Guard -USA
  • Portland Trail Blazers chose Kris Murray as Forward
  • Sacramento Kings chose Olivier-Maxence Prosper as Guard – Canada
  • Memphis Grizzlies chose Marcus Sasser as Guard
  • Indiana Pacers chose Ben Sheppard as Guard
  • Charlotte Hornets chose Nick Smith Jr. as Guard
  • Utah Jazz chose Brice Sensabaugh as Guard
  • Indiana Pacers chose Julian Strawther as Guard
  • Los Angeles Clippers chose Kobe Brown as Forward