2023 Aggregate NBA Mock Draft: The top small forwards

These were the highest-ranked small forwards in our latest Aggregate Mock Draft:

Brandon Miller

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(Alabama: Wing, Freshman, 6-9)

Previous overall rank: 22 (+16)

Best overall rank: 3 (Yahoo)

Worst overall rank: 16

One NBA scout compared Brandon Miller to Paul George and projected his range as high as third overall and as low as seventh.

Miller vaulted from outside the Top 20 prospects to Top 5 consideration thanks to a hot start to the season averaging 20.1 points on 44.2 percent from downtown on 7.2 attempts and 8.2 rebounds per game for Alabama.

His coming out party came against Gonzaga, who he torched for 36 points, including 6-of-11 shooting from downtown.

Cameron Whitmore

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(Villanova: Wing, Freshman, 6-6)

Previous overall rank: 7 (-2)

Best overall rank: 5 (The Athletic, Bleacher Report)

Worst overall rank: 14

Whitmore dominated for the USA Basketball U18 team at the FIBA U18 Americas this past summer, where he helped win a gold medal by averaging 18.7 points while shooting over 70 percent inside the arc and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and grabbed 6.3 rebounds.

Since returning in early December from thumb surgery, Cam Whitmore has shown elite athleticism with the leaping ability of a human pogo stick and strength at 230 pounds to muscle his way into the paint for Villanova.

Whitmore is viewed as a Top 10 pick with the upside to finish the season closer to a Top 5 pick range, according to several NBA executives and scouts.

Dillon Mitchell

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(Texas: Wing, Freshman, 6-7)

Previous overall rank: 12 (-4)

Best overall rank: 7 (Yahoo)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in one mock draft)

Texas forward Dillon Mitchell has intrigued NBA personnel with his athleticism, defensive versatility, and motor.

Mitchell boasts the fourth-highest offensive rebound percentage (12.0) and fifth-best defensive rating (84.6) in the Big 12 Conference.

Offensively, Mitchell has room to expand his range.

Leonard Miller

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(Ignite: Wing, G League, 6-10)

Previous overall rank: 16 (-6)

Best overall rank: 16 (CBS Sports)

Worst overall rank: 41

Canadian prospect Leonard Miller has made the most of his decision to bypass the NBA Draft and spend the season in the G League with the Ignite developing his game, averaging 15.1 points on 50 percent shooting from the field with 8.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

The 6-foot-10 forward has shown a good handle for his size and motor. Miller’s low release on his jumper and overall three-point percentage (27.5) is an area of his game he’ll look to develop over the rest of the season with the Ignite.

“He’ll either flame out as a talented kid who didn’t figure it out, or the Ignite will help him develop and take his game to another level,” an NBA executive told HoopsHype. “He’s an interesting player. A year with Ignite should be helpful. He’s got decent instincts.”

Maxwell Lewis

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(Pepperdine: Wing, Sophomore, 6-7)

Previous overall rank: 99 (+71)

Best overall rank: 14 (NBADraft.net)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked  (not included in two mock drafts)

Maxwell Lewis tied for the largest overall leap with Jett Howard on the aggregate mock draft board vaulting 71 spots thanks to a breakout sophomore season, averaging 19.4 points on 53.3 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from downtown.

NBA talent evaluators are monitoring Lewis’ growth this season and 3-and-D potential as a swingman for the next level.

Julian Strawther

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(Gonzaga: Guard, Junior, 6-7)

Previous overall rank: 27 (-3)

Best overall rank: 23 (The Athletic, CBS Sports)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in one mock draft)

Julian Strawther returned to Gonzaga for his junior season and has shown notable improvement as a three-point shooter (.365 to .410) and rebounder (5.4 to 7.9).

Jaime Jaquez

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(UCLA: Wing, Senior, 6-7)

Previous overall rank: 34 (+2)

Best overall rank: 25 (Sports Illustrated)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in one mock draft)

Julian Phillips

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(Tennessee: Wing, Freshman, 6-8)

Previous overall rank: 32 (-4)

Best overall rank: 17 (For The Win)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in six mock drafts)

Brice Sensabaugh

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(Ohio State: Wing, Freshman, 6-6)

Previous overall rank: NR (not ranked)

Best overall ank: 19 (Sports Illustrated)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in seven mock drafts)

Baba Miller

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(Florida State: Big, Freshman, 6-11)

Previous overall rank: 37 (-8)

Best overall rank: 6 (NBADraft.net)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in six mock drafts)

Jordan Walsh

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(Arkansas: Wing, Freshman, 6-7)

Previous overall rank: 35 (-11)

Best overall rank: 12 (SB Nation)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in four mock drafts)

Chris Livingston

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(Kentucky: Wing, Freshman, 6-6)

Previous overall rank: 25 (-26)

Best overall rank: 20 (For The Win)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in five mock drafts)

Jalen Bridges

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(Baylor: Wing, Junior, 6-7)

Previous overall rank: NR (not ranked)

Best overall rank: 24 (Sports Illustrated)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in six mock drafts)

Harrison Ingram

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(Stanford: Wing, Sophomore, 6-8)

Previous overall rank: 23 (-36)

Best overall rank: 33 (The Athletic)

Worst overall rank: Not ranked (not included in four seven drafts)

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