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Analyzing the NBA Draft 2023: Top Prospects and Their Potential Impact on Betting Odds

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Jun. 18 2023, Published 2:39 p.m. ET

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Basketball fans highly anticipate the NBA Draft. It is a time when teams can select the best young talents from around the world with the hopes of building a championship-contending roster. The 2023 NBA Draft, which will take place on Thursday, June 22, is no exception, as it promises to bring forth a new wave of exciting prospects.

​​The NBA Draft is a yearly event where NBA teams select eligible players to join their rosters. It follows a predetermined order based on team performance in the previous season, with the team with the worst record receiving the first pick.

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Victor Wembanyama

One player who undeniably impacts betting odds is Victor Wembanyama. Basketball is a game fundamentally centered on geometry, with player height, movement along the perimeter, and shooting distance all crucial factors. However, Wembanyama, with his unique style, seems to defy traditional basketball logic.

Analyzing Wembanyama's game often feels surreal. The towering 7’5’’, 19-year-old player, during a recent match against professional French league players, showcased a non-traditional defense strategy. Despite being mispositioned initially, he guided an off-position teammate toward an open shooter while simultaneously deterring a shot. He was concurrently acting as the help defender and on-ball defense, leveraging his unique traits to stabilize the defense.

These unconventional plays justify projecting him as an All-Star contender and potentially a Hall of Famer. Despite the inherent risks of unique body types, particularly concerning injuries, Wembanyama's offensive prowess is remarkable. He currently leads the French Jeep Elite league, scoring an impressive 21.7 points per game. His offensive versatility extends to successful shots from all over the court, including pull-up jumpers, and he's shown significant improvement in his ball-handling skills.

His free throw attempts per 100 possessions have almost tripled, and his free throw percentage has improved from 68% to 80%. His three-point percentage hovers around 30%, but there's been a marked increase in his catch-and-shoot points per possession, and he's attempted far more pull-up threes this season.

At 7'5'' and 209 lbs, his stats per 70 show promise, with 26.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 3.2 blocks, and 2.1 turnovers. The line between Wembanyama's current level of play and his potential is increasingly blurred, and it's clear he's only just begun his ascent. Some have even hailed him as the best prospect since LeBron, with the potential to dominate on both sides of the court.

Amen Thompson

The buzz around Amen Thompson for the NBA Draft 2023 is palpable, which is expected to profoundly affect betting odds and bring a range of betting promos from various sportsbooks. Thompson’s unique blend of size, initial speed, vertical prowess, and mid-air dexterity is unmatched.

In the contemporary NBA landscape, where strategic floor spacing is paramount, Thompson is the type of player you build your game around. His game exhibits a dynamism that truly captures the imagination. His exceptional athleticism gives him access to pass trajectories and extraordinary finishes that other prospects can only dream of. More impressively, Thompson has spent years learning to maximize these advantages and doesn't hesitate to push boundaries on the court.

While there are legitimate worries about his shooting ability, touch, and overall refinement, Thompson's journey through OTE, a relatively new and somewhat unstructured pre-draft developmental pathway, has provided him ample room for experimentation. Despite concerns about competition level and defensive structure, the focus should not solely be on his jump shot. His potential for offensive leadership and defensive playmaking doesn't hinge on his shooting ability. Instead, his ability to put immense pressure on the rim will demand the defense's focus every time he has the ball. The space created by defensive sagging merely provides him an avenue for attack.

Thompson exhibits a remarkable ability to exploit and manipulate a defense with his passing skills and athleticism. His progression to becoming a central offensive force might involve some hurdles, but his deep understanding of the game and his impact on it is unquestionable.

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Scoot Henderson


As we explore the promising prospects of the NBA Draft 2023, Scoot Henderson emerges as a notable talent, with implications that could considerably sway betting odds. Despite being the youngest player in the G-League for the entire previous season, Henderson proved his mettle as the principal guard for the G-League Ignite. Remarkably, he has continued to elevate his performance in his second year with the Ignite, showing remarkable progress even before turning 20.

Henderson's success with Ignite can be attributed to his advanced understanding of the game, which is rare for someone his age. With his top-tier athleticism, dexterous handling, and emerging pull-up shooting skills, Henderson fits the mold of one of the most promising point guard prospects in recent memory.

Many pundits rank Henderson at #2 in this class, but there's a compelling argument that he surpasses most of his peers, barring Victor Wembanyama. Overlooking his talent for immediate team fit could be a significant oversight. Henderson's potential to become a long-standing top-ten league player and possibly lead a team to championship glory should not be underestimated.

He possesses an enviable skill set: his ability to consistently apply pressure at the rim and finish despite contact is astounding; his quick defense-reading capability is rare, and his combination of impressive strength, active hands, and rapid lateral movements point towards a high defensive ceiling.

In most draft classes, Henderson would likely be the #1 overall pick, and there's a strong belief that he has the potential to be a recurring all-NBA candidate in the future.

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Ausar Thompson

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Turning our focus to Ausar Thompson, another standout prospect for the NBA Draft 2023, it's essential to note his potential impact on betting odds.

Comparisons between Ausar and his twin, Amen, often discuss their contrasting strengths and weaknesses. However, I position Ausar as the more versatile player. Despite being considered an "elevated role player," akin to Shawn Marion, OG Anunoby, or Mikal Bridges, he stands out in the current basketball landscape that prizes size and skill. This changing perspective led to Chet Holmgren being picked second in last year's draft despite his rank in field goal attempts at Gonzaga.

At 6’7’’ and with a 6’10’’ wingspan, Ausar is an impressive figure on the court. While Amen is known for his explosive first steps and vertical, Ausar boasts more fluid agility, effectively ducking under screens and exploding in crucial moments. This gives him potential as a fast-tracked elite defender. His quick rotations and ability to stay with ball handlers make him a key player in transition opportunities, ready for challenging on-ball assignments early on.

Offensively, Ausar holds his own with superior shooting form compared to Amen, promising at least soft closeouts. His skill in creating separation and scoring angles is invaluable, as is his potential to become a trusty player in downhill attacks. Despite being considered the less offensively gifted of the two, Ausar still posted impressive stats with 23.9 points and 8.9 assists per 40 minutes. His transition offense is strong, and given enough room and time to develop, Ausar could blossom into a star player in a hybrid role while offering a safety net with numerous paths to success.

Regarding his vital stats, Ausar is 6'7", weighing 205 lbs. His stats per 70 display a promising future, with 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.5 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 3.4 turnovers, painting a picture of an athlete primed for an elite defensive and passing career.


The 2023 NBA Draft will introduce a talented group of players who have the potential to impact their teams, thereby changing the betting odds immediately. All these players can sway sportsbooks and lead bettors to explore various betting markets.

Observing how these prospects' effects on betting odds unfold as the draft progresses and they find new NBA homes will be interesting.



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