2023 NBA Draft prospects: top returning wings/forwards
The 2023 NBA Draft class of returning wings and forwards is certainly more interesting to me compared to the group of bigs we had on the previous couple of pages, but what complicates this category a bit is the Spurs' current wing depth. Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell both appear to be taking a significant leap this season, and in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Spurs selected who will likely be their long-term solution at the 4 in Jeremy Sochan.
So in this group of players, I looked for players with good connective tools like defensive playmaking, passing ability, and a high motor. But perhaps more importantly, I looked for players that may be had at a good value and that may have some untapped upside--particularly as a scorer.
Honorable mention: Zach Hicks - Temple
Standing at roughly 6'8" to 6'9", Zach Hicks could quickly turn out to be one of the better shooters in college basketball at his size this season. Having a supersized 3-and-D wing like Hicks coming off the bench to hit shots could prove to be incredibly valuable for the Spurs in year one. With that in mind, though, I'll be paying attention to how reliable Hicks' defense really is, especially on big-bodied 3s and 4s, along with how well he's able to finish through contact around the rim.
Other wings/forwards we'll be monitoring:
Tucker DeVries - Drake
David Jones - St. John's
Julian Strawther - Gonzaga
Jalen Wilson - Kansas