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    By Alex Lauzon from the “Course of Life” podcast

    NBA Draft Preview: The Top 10

    We’re just two weeks away from the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center, and there’s still lots of movement on the draft boards as we wrap up pre-draft combine events. The deadline for draft prospects to remove themselves from being picked has passed, so it’s time for them to jump off into the deep end of the draft pool. There are no life vests now as their stock is reliant on getting drafted and being one of those elusive 58 that can say an NBA team picked them. Up at the top of the board, there’s been some fluctuation on who may go where…after the first overall pick that is. Let’s mock up the very latest updated top 10 and see what these lower-level NBA squads can look forward to come June 22 in Brooklyn.

    1. San Antonio Spurs – Victor Wembanyama

    It’s Wemby’s world and we’re just living in it these days as the hype has reached Everest heights in the weeks leading up to his No. 1 overall selection. Spurs season ticket sales are through the roof, and as the 19-year-old phenom still works his way through his French league playoffs and continues to impress, NBA fans everywhere are salivating to see what his true impact will be on the game.

    1. Charlotte Hornets – Scoot Henderson           

    The battle for the no. 2 selection is fierce and the margins between Henderson and Alabama gourd Brandon Miller are razor-thin at the moment. I lean towards Jordan’s front office taking Scoot because of his versatility to not only be the showrunner on offense but create his own. 

    1. Portland Trail Blazers – Brandon Miller

    Because of the Henderson pick, this will make the Blazers’ decision glaringly easy to go with the wingman that redefined what scoring looked like at the collegiate level. There are small bits of off-court baggage that may lurk in the thought process only, but he would be joining up with a certified star in Damian Lillard that can teach him the ropes of being an NBA guard.

    1. Houston Rockets – Amen Thompson

    It’s time to pick your Thompson brother once we exit the top 3, as either Amen or his brother Ausur are candidates for the number four pick. As of now, it seems like Amen is going to go first off the board, and with a potential James Harden move back to Houston, Amen’s ball-handling skills would pair well with the young guards in HTown.

    1. Detroit Pistons – Cam Whitmore        

    It seems to be an open secret that the Pistons are in on the feisty Villanova guard that will instantly toughen up their front line. Whitmore doesn’t need to be the ball handler in Detroit and could play off of Jaden Ivey and Cade Cunningham nicely.

    FILE -  Villanova forward Cam Whitmore (22) looks to pass against Seton Hall during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, in Newark, N.J. Whitmore is among the top prospects in next month’s NBA draft.
    AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File
    1. Orlando Magic – Jarace Walker

    Candidly the Magic need to get tougher down low, and Walker provides over other guards that potentially go at pick number six. The recent elbow injury he suffered has led to a bit of pre-draft questioning, but it’s mending and he’ll be ready for a rookie campaign.

    1. Indiana Pacers – Anthony Black

    Apparently Black has put a little muscle on in recent weeks and he’s poised to make a quick impact wherever he lands off an impressive final season at Arkansas. In Indy, he could learn from Tyrese Halliburton and also work on developing his offensive repertoire. 

    1. Washington Wizards – Ausur Thompson       

    Now here is where the other Thompson brother falls. Ausur may not have had the ramp-up in scout intrigue like Amen, but he plays more of an all-around game that could develop into something special. His defensive presence would be desperately needed in D.C.

    1. Utah Jazz – Taylor Hendricks

    Hendricks is a young, raw, unproven three and D modernized draft prospect. He’s everything that’s scary about picking this high but the upside is there for him in the right fit.

    1.  Dallas Mavericks – Grady Dick

    There are all sorts of drama around the Mavs organization as LEBRON JAMES (?) is being courted to Texas…so who knows if this pick is even here for them. Regardless, Dick’s stock has risen enough to slide him into the top 10 conversations.

    Trending Up: Ben Sheppard, Bilal Coulibaly

    Trending Down: Jeff Howard

    Draft Coverage begins at 8:00 PM on June 22nd on ESPN + ABC

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    About Author

    Alex Lauzon

    Lauzon is a podcast host, live broadcaster, analyst and betting extraordinaire for the Course of Life brand. After earning a degree in broadcast journalism at Quinnipiac University, he worked in ESPN and ESPN radio newsrooms. He has interviewed athletes and celebrities from all walks of life who often love to play golf. When he's not playing golf or talking about the game on Course of Life, Lauzon enjoys time with his wife and dog, checking off the next island vacation destination or counting down the days to the next Dell Match Play in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

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