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Who Won the NBA Lottery?

France’s Victor Wembanyama

On Tuesday night, the same night as the beginning of the Western Conference Finals between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA world descended on Chicago for the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery. By way of a random drawing, we found out who would win the rights to draft the consensus #1 prospect, France’s Victor Wembanyama.

Wembanyama is a generational prospect, with a listed height of 7’3” with an estimated 8-foot wingspan. He averaged 21.5 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game, and thee blocks per game for Metropolitans 92, a Paris-based professional basketball team in the LNB, a league based in France. In 2022, he earned LNB All-Star Game MVP and Pro A champion.

A total of 14 teams were in the lottery to begin with. The order went as follows:

14. Pelicans

13. Raptors

12. Thunder

11. Magic*

10. Mavericks

9. Jazz

8. Wizards

7. Pacers

6. Magic

5. Pistons

4. Rockets

3. Trail Blazers

2. Hornets

(*The reason the Magic had two picks is because the 11th pick, originally owned by the Bulls, was traded to Orlando as the final part of the Nikola Vucevic trade. The Bulls do not currently have any picks in the 2023 NBA Draft.)

And the team with the first draft rights to Victor Wembanyama is… the San Antonio Spurs!

What do you think? What does the future look like for this franchise? Let us know what you think!

By Jermale Dabney, Sophomore, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Instagram: @jermale_d

 

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Written by Jermale Dabney

Hi, I’m Jermale! I love roller coasters, theater, and Chicago sports.

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