I’ve read the article you linked, and here are some of the surprises, winners, and losers from the 2023 NBA Draft:
- The San Antonio Spurs drafting Victor Wembanyama with the first overall pick. Wembanyama was widely expected to be the top pick, but many thought the Spurs would take Jabari Smith Jr. instead.
- The Portland Trail Blazers drafting Shaedon Sharpe with the seventh overall pick. Sharpe was a five-star recruit who didn’t play college basketball this year, so he was a bit of a wild card. But the Blazers clearly believe in his potential.
- The Dallas Mavericks drafting Christian Koloko with the 33rd overall pick. Koloko was a bit of a late riser in the draft process, but he’s a very talented big man who could be a steal for the Mavericks.
- The San Antonio Spurs. They got the best player in the draft, and they also added some other talented players in the second round.
- The Portland Trail Blazers. They got a potential star in Shaedon Sharpe, and they also added some other good players in the second round.
- The Dallas Mavericks. They got a very talented big man in Christian Koloko, and they also added some other good players in the second round.
- The Charlotte Hornets. They passed on Victor Wembanyama and Jabari Smith Jr., and they ended up with Mark Williams, who is a good player but not a star.
- The New York Knicks. They passed on Shaedon Sharpe and Jaden Ivey, and they ended up with Ousmane Dieng, who is a project player.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder. They didn’t make any big splashes in the draft, and they could have used some more help at the guard position.
Overall, the 2023 NBA Draft was a pretty good one. There were a lot of talented players who were drafted, and there should be some exciting new faces in the league next season.