Victor Wembanyama to Rockets in ESPN's 2023 NBA Mock Draft Before Trade Deadline

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 4, 2023

LEVALLOIS-PERRET, FRANCE - JANUARY 27: Victor Wembanyama of Metropolitans 92 takes a shoot during warmup before the Betclic Elite match between Metropolitans 92 and Roanne at Salle Marcel Cerdan on January 27, 2023 in Levallois-Perret, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets would pick French super prospect Victor Wembanyama in the latest NBA mock draft from ESPN's Jonathan Givony.

The draft order is far from set, but the Rockets have the worst record in the NBA at 13-39 entering Saturday. It would give them a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick of the 2023 NBA draft.

Wembanyama would be a no-brainer selection for any team at No. 1 overall, having turned heads throughout the year as a 7'4" forward who can be elite on both ends of the floor. He has already proved himself as a quality rim protector who can shoot from the outside and create looks with his handle.

Scoot Henderson isn't too far behind and was the No. 2 pick in Givony's latest projection, ahead of fellow prospect Amen Thompson.

Brandon Miller was the top collegiate prospect on the board, going fourth overall to the Charlotte Hornets. The Alabama forward is averaging 19.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while shooting 44.7 percent from three-point range.

Duke freshman Dariq Whitehead, the No. 2 recruit in 247Sports' composite rankings entering the season, was projected to be chosen 21st by the Miami Heat after being slowed by injuries.