Spurs Win The 2023 NBA Draft Lottery; Miller Possible No. 2 Pick
On the same night of the NBA Western Conference Finals, the NBA Draft Lottery took place where the San Antonio Spurs were selected as the team with the number one overall draft pick. The lottery this year was pumped up because of the generational talent of Victor Wembenyama. The Frenchman is widely expected to be the first overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. While the Spurs have the top prospect and all the attention, former Alabama standout Brandon Miller is the second-best prospect in this year's draft.
Miller averaged 18.8 points per game, grabbed 8.2 rebounds, and shot 38.4% from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound product of Antioch, Tennessee, also made the All-SEC team, was named the SEC tournament MVP, and made the SEC All-Freshmen team. He also received SEC Player and Freshman of the Year awards. Miller helped Alabama earn the first overall number-one seed in the program's history in the 2023 NCAA Tournament while leading the Crimson Tide to another SEC regular season and tournament victory.
The Charlotte Hornets will have the second overall pick in the lottery, followed by the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and Detroit Pistons, who round out the top five. The Spurs will undoubtedly target Wembenyama with the first pick in the draft. According to ESPN's mock drafts, the Hornets will select Miller at number two, making him the highest-drafted basketball player to come out of Alabama.
Miller has been in the headlines on a national level due to his alleged role in the fatal shooting of Jamea Harris in January. On the NBA Draft Lottery show, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski stated that none of the NBA scouts or general managers had noticed anything concerning Miller and that they had only discovered positive things about him.
Along with Miller, guards Mark Sears and Jahvon Quinerly, forwards Noah Clowney and Charles Bediako declared for the draft. Before the draft, Bediako, Sears, and Quinerly could possibly go back to Tuscaloosa after testing the NBA waters.
Clowney is ranked as the 16th-best prospect in the draft. He had an impressive freshman season in which he averaged 9.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 49% field goal shooting, and 28% three-point shooting. Clowney's productivity as a six-foot-ten, 210-pound athlete astonished many people.
The NBA draft will be on June 22 at 7 p.m. ET.