The 2023 NBA Draft Lottery is almost here, set for Tuesday, May 16th.
Every franchise will have their fingers crossed as they hope to land the No. 1 overall pick and a chance to select generational prospect Victor Wembanyama, but this draft class is much deeper than its headliner.
Even if your favorite team misses out on the Wembanyama Sweepstakes, there are still more than a handful of talented prospects who could become future stars in the NBA.
In need of a forward to add some depth on the wing or frontcourt? There are a variety of options that range from Alabama star small forward Brandon Miller to Houston's physical power forward Jarace Walker.
Take a look at the 10 best forwards in the 2023 NBA Draft class.
Ranking the Top 10 Forwards in the 2023 NBA Draft
|1.||Brandon Miller||SF||20||FR||6-9, 200 lbs.||Alabama|
|2.||Jarace Walker||PF||19||FR||6-8, 240 lbs.||Houston|
|3.||Cam Whitmore||PF||18||FR||6-7, 232 lbs.||Villanova|
|4.||Gradey Dick||SF||19||FR||6-8, 205 lbs.||Kansas|
|5.||Taylor Hendricks||PF||19||FR||6-9, 210 lbs.||UCF|
|6.||GG Jackson||SF||18||FR||6-9, 215 lbs.||South Carolina|
|7.||Jett Howard||SF||20||FR||6-8, 215 lbs.||Michigan|
|8.||Brice Sensabaugh||SF||19||FR||6-6, 235 lbs.||Ohio State|
|9.||Rayan Rupert||SF||18||—||6-7, 190 lbs.||NZ Breakers (Australia)|
|10.||Leonard Miller||SF||19||—||6-10, 210 lbs.||G League Ignite|
Honorable mentions: Trayce Jackson-Davis, PF, Indiana; Dariq Whitehead, SF, Duke
The 2023 NBA Draft class has all different types of forwards — from perimeter sharpshooting wings to physical and athletic fours.
Alabama's Brandon Miller emerged as the best prospect in college basketball this season, shooting the lights out from 3-point range. Houston's Jarace Walker was the defensive engine on a team that finished with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova's Cam Whitmore had his season altered by a thumb injury, but the freshman still showed his freakishly athletic prowess when he was on the floor.
Kansas wing Gradey Dick just might be the best 3-point shooter in this class, while UCF forward Taylor Hendricks is rising up Big Boards and Mock Drafts as a prototypical 3-and-D prospect. South Carolina's G.G. Jackson is one of the youngest players in this draft class with limitless upside potential.
Michigan's Jett Howard and Ohio State's Brice Sensabaugh are both prolific scorers and sharpshooters, while NZ Breakers forward Rayan Rupert and G League Ignite forward Leonard Miller are the type of toolsy, moldable prospects who could fill a variety of roles at the next level.
Honorable mentions go to Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis, who was one of the most productive players in college basketball, and Duke's Dariq Whitehead, who dealt with a variety of injuries but still showed his three-level scoring potential.