2023 Vitale NBA Mock Draft
******* Posted June 20, 2023
With the excitement of the NBA finals still fresh on our minds, it's time to make the quick shift to the draft which excites many fans as it brings optimism for improving their chances of reaching the playoffs or finding that special superstar to make a run at the finals.
In my estimation, it takes at least 3 years before you get a real evaluation of the strength of any draft and the impact those players make in the league.
Obviously the “STAR OF STARS“ is Victor Wembanyama, the 7-4 phenom from France, who can handle the ball, dribble, pass, has a terrific jumper and can shoot the three. He has those that love the San Antonio Spurs thrilled as he will be their choice at #1.
I had the opportunity to see several Diaper Dandies perform when calling their games on ESPN. They should be solid rookie contributors no matter who selects them. First is Dereck Lively of Duke, a 7-1 defensive talent who is athletic and can be a factor defensively blocking shots and rebounding. Next is Gradey Dick from Kansas, who is a superb threat shooting the trifecta. And don’t forget Jalen Hood-Schifino, a multi-talented 6-6 guard from Indiana, who has a special mental toughness.
The NBA draft, after the top few picks, can turn into a guessing game especially with the likelihood of draft night trades. Listed below are my choices of whom I feel will be first round picks.