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Cade Cunningham PG, OKLAST

Height: 6-8, Weight: 220

Cunningham is the best prospect in this draft and should've gone No. 1 regardless of which franchise picked first. So Detroit got this right. If the Pistons spend the coming years building back to a place of relevance, this decision they made tonight will be the biggest reason why. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Great passing vision and guts to execute off what he sees
  • Reads, thinks the game at a high level
  • Excellent positional size
  • Good creation ability on offense with the ball in his hands, and can create space to get shots for himself and others
  • Devastatingly effective in isolation scenarios
  • Effective shooter and scorer
  • Multi-positional defender
  • Uses size to his advantage on both sides of the court

WEAKNESSES

  • Turnover-prone -- averaged more turnovers than assists at Oklahoma State
  • Came up big in clutch situations, but had notable late-game blunders in big moments either lacking awareness or forcing bad passes
  • Doesn't have elite first step or explosiveness to blow by defenders

PRO COMPARISON: Luka Doncic

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

35.4

20.1

6.2

3.5

.438

1

2

Jalen Green SG, USA

Height: 6-5, Weight: 172

Green makes a valid point in saying he might have been the No. 1 pick if he'd gone to college. He was awesome in the G-League, and you could argue that what he did there was more impressive than starring in college because he was going against grown men. He has the best chance of anyone other than Cunningham to be a star, and he has the talent to be a future scoring champion. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Can create and score as well as any prospect in this draft
  • Explosive, bouncy athlete who can finish above the rim
  • Modern-day NBA 2-guard because of his size, athleticism and scoring upside

WEAKNESSES

  • Improving passer, but room to develop outside of generating his own offense
  • Can sometimes settle for deep looks as opposed to driving into traffic to finish around the rim

PRO COMPARISON: Zach LaVine

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

3

Evan Mobley C, USC

Height: 7-0, Weight: 215

I actually think this is the easiest pick in the draft. There was nothing to think about. He can defend and score, stretch it out with the jumper and do more. They've got a potential star with this pick. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Uniquely talented big man with 7-foot frame and 7-4 wingspan
  • Fluid athlete who can drop his hips and defend multiple positions from post to perimeter
  • Elite defensive weapon who can block shots and anchor a defense
  • Talented scorer who can score in variety of ways

WEAKNESSES

  • Developing shooter: made 30% of 3-pointers at USC and was 69.4% free-throw shooter
  • Skinny, high center of gravity and still needs to add muscle to huge frame

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Bosh

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33.9

16.4

8.7

2.4

.578

1

4

Scottie Barnes SF, FSU

Height: 6-8, Weight: 225

I usually trust the Toronto front office. They get things right. The worry here is the 3-point shot, where he's obviously not good enough yet. But he does everything else, and his work ethic draws rave reviews from people who know him. If the Raptors can build that shooting out, he'll be great. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Elite positional size
  • Switchable defender who at Florida State was able to guard 1-5
  • Good passing and playmaking ability at his position, with good-enough handle capable of pulling down rebounds and running breaks

WEAKNESSES

  • Could be point forward-type player in time, but handle still needs polishing
  • Overall work-in-progress on offense, particularly as a shooter after making 27.5% from 3-point range and 62.1% from the free-throw line
  • Upside hinges on major development on offense to fill out defensive arsenal

PRO COMPARISON: Ben Simmons

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

24.7

10.3

4

4.1

.503

1

5

Jalen Suggs PG, GONZAG

Height: 6-4, Weight: 205

When Jalen Suggs is available at 5, you take him at 5. We talk a lot about how he was a high school quarterback, and I think that helps him see and make passes that other point guards can't make. He also has incredible athleticism and can guard and run fast breaks. He's a tremendous two-way player, and if he figures out his jumper, he's going to be tremendous. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Competitive, fiery guard whose motor always runs hot
  • Slasher who can get to the rim at will and finishes with both hands
  • Very good passer
  • Active rebounder who loves to crash the boards and run the break
  • Good shooter and creator who projects as franchise-caliber point guard

WEAKNESSES

  • Good shooter but 3-point shooting tailed off, hitting 33.7% from distance on 104 attempts
  • Playmaker on defense but sometimes takes ill-advised chances in effort to make homerun play

PRO COMPARISON: George Hill

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

29

14.4

5.3

4.5

.503

1

6

Josh Giddey SF, Australia

Height: 6-8, Weight: 205

I don't think this is as crazy as it might seem. I would have gone Jonathan Kuminga, but the first five picks had begun to seem clear over the past few days, and the next five were nowhere near as predictable. Again, his only obvious weakness is the 3-point shot, but if he can develop that, he's got the potential to be special. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Great positional size
  • Good playmaker for his size
  • Capable ball-handler and distributor who profiles as plus-creator/distributor in the NBA with great court vision and ability to execute with creative passes
  • Improving shooter who has shown good touch and developed a reliable floater
  • Uses pace, space and angles to his advantage, displaying high IQ and feel to control the game from the point guard position

WEAKNESSES

  • Needs to improve as a scorer and shooter
  • Has good touch but not shooting it efficiently
  • Doesn't have elite burst/quick twitch to allow him to blow by defenders

PRO COMPARISON: Deni Avdija

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

7

Jonathan Kuminga SF, Congo

Height: 6-8, Weight: 205

Kuminga is a big swing, and I know Golden State is probably conflicted because in theory they’d want to take somebody who is ready to help them contend next year. And 18-year-olds typically aren't that, but man, there’s so much to like. He has a big body and should be a switchable player on both ends. He’s the highest upside guy left on the board and the smart pick here. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Great positional size, custom-fit as archetype of a modern-day wing
  • Oozing with potential as jumbo playmaker with craft and confidence to make plays off the dribble
  • Good finisher around the rim
  • Projectable, positionless defensive player who uses his size

WEAKNESSES

  • Made 16 of his 65 3-point attempts (24.6%) in the G League
  • Raw and largely unpolished on both ends
  • Needs to improve as a shooter on offense and with his awareness on defense in team constructs

PRO COMPARISON: Jaylen Brown

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

8

Franz Wagner SF, MICH

Height: 6-9, Weight: 220

He's very young, so there's a lot of room to develop. He played two years of college basketball, and he was never a top-two player on his own team. People call him a shooter, but he never really made his 3-pointers that well. People love his team defense, but that's an odd thing to hang your hat on as a top-10 pick. He could definitely work out, but this is not what I would have done here. (Gary Parrish)

B-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Known as a player with a high basketball IQ and great defensive instincts.
  • Can playmake with the ball in his hands.
  • Shot 83.5% from the free-throw line, which suggests he can be a reliable shooter.

WEAKNESSES

  • Below-average athlete.
  • Never shot a great percentage from 3-point range in two years at Michigan.
  • Doesn't always assert himself on the offensive end.

PRO COMPARISON: Kyle Anderson

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.8

12.5

6.5

3

.477

1

9

Davion Mitchell PG, BAYLOR

Height: 6-1, Weight: 202

I thought Mitchell was a top seven prospect in this draft, and there's great value here at No. 9. Tenacity and skill combine to make him an outstanding prospect. His defensive intensity is unique and should translate quickly to the pros. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Elite on-ball defender
  • Quick-twitch athlete who can burst by defenders off the ball
  • very good passer and creator with good court vision
  • Improved 3-point shooting every year and made 44.7% of 141 attempts last season

WEAKNESSES

  • Average size for NBA point guard
  • Very reliant on strong hand attacks to the rim
  • Career 65.7% free-throw shooter

PRO COMPARISON: Donovan Mitchell

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33

14

2.7

5.5

.511

1

10

Ziaire Williams SF, STNFRD

Height: 6-9, Weight: 188

The Grizzlies made this pick because of an unofficial trade with the Pelicans that was reported in the days before the draft. This is much higher than most people had Williams, but it's completely in line with what the Grizzlies are doing. They were looking for a young prospect who can play on the wing between Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., and Williams has huge upside. This is the big swing to build a real future. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Great size and athleticism for a wing who can create shots and shoot over defenders.
  • Extremely high ceiling if a franchise can tap into his potential.
  • Has the measurables to develop into a plus-defender.

WEAKNESSES

  • Very skinny for a player this tall, which causes him to struggle with physicality.
  • Below-average finisher at the rim despite his height.
  • Inconsistent 3-point shot that needs major work.

PRO COMPARISON: Josh Jackson

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

27.8

10.7

4.6

2.2

.374

1

11

James Bouknight SG, UCONN

Height: 6-5, Weight: 190

I didn't think as of this morning that Bouknight would be available outside the top 10, and Charlotte was smart to snatch him up. He can play with the ball, play off the ball and is a top-shelf athlete. He didn't shoot that well at UConn, but by all accounts, he shot the cover off the ball in workouts and at the combine. If I'm a Hornets fan, I'm thrilled right now. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Diverse scorer who can get a bucket in myriad ways
  • Flashy athlete who can finish above the rim
  • Good defender who has good size and good length and can crash the boards
  • Embraces contact and has the skill to get to the rim and create while finishing with finesse

WEAKNESSES

  • Had elbow surgery during 2020-2021 season and did not look like the same player upon his return
  • Production as a scorer came primarily off high volume and poor efficiency

PRO COMPARISON: Jordan Clarkson

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.6

18.7

5.7

1.8

.447

1

12

Joshua Primo SG, BAMA

Height: 6-5, Weight: 189

This is the biggest reach of the draft so far. But Primo is only 18, and he is a shooter. Even so, I'd probably go a lower grade if this were a different franchise than San Antonio. He simply has not had the track record of other prospects still available in terms of his production in college. It's not what I would have done, but we'll have to see how it plays out. (Gary Parrish)

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Long guard with great positional size
  • Youngest prospect in this year's
  • Great shooter with deep range and role-playing potential

WEAKNESSES

  • Still growing as a decision-maker and reading the floor; had 41 turnovers to 25 assists at Alabama
  • Average athlete who doesn't blow by defenders and lacks explosive first step

PRO COMPARISON: Keldon Johnson

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

22.3

8.1

3.4

0.8

.431

1

13

Chris Duarte SG, OREG

Height: 6-6, Weight: 190

This is a guy who was a JUCO player of the year and then led Oregon to back-to-back Pac-12 titles. Yes, he's 24, but you'll be very happy with that when he's ready to play on Day One. I love Duarte, and I think he's going to be one of the 10 best rookies. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Pure stroke that let him make 42.4% of the 5.5 3-pointers he attempted per game.
  • Willing and capable perimeter defender with enough size to guard multiple positions.
  • Ready to plug-and-play as a rookie.

WEAKNESSES

  • Already 24 years old, which makes him five years older than some lottery picks.
  • Can be turnover prone.
  • Just an average athlete relative to other NBA wings.

PRO COMPARISON: Dillon Brooks

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

34

17.1

4.6

2.7

.532

1

14

Moses Moody SG, ARK

Height: 6-6, Weight: 211

I had Moody as a top seven, eight, nine prospect in this draft. If you can get him here, that's a great value. He was the best player as a freshman on a power-conference team that went to the Elite Eight. Golden State gets a young prospect who is actually ready to play minutes next season. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Showed an ability to flourish in the SEC despite being just 18 years old.
  • Made 35.8% of his 3-point attempts while showing a reliable stroke.
  • Can impact the game on both ends and projects as a 3-and-D wing.

WEAKNESSES

  • Is not an explosive athlete.
  • Struggles to create his own shot in halfcourt sets.
  • Has issues finishing at the rim.

PRO COMPARISON: Mikal Bridges

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33.7

16.8

5.8

1.6

.427

1

15

Corey Kispert SF, GONZAG

Height: 6-7, Weight: 224

I never liked Kispert as a top-10 prospect, which was his hype at one point. There are too many things, many of which we saw in the championship game, that could hold him back. But this guy is probably the best shooter in this NBA Draft, and I have no issue with Washington using the 15th pick on that. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Arguably the best shooter available in the draft.
  • Moves really well without the ball.
  • Experience in college should allow him to make an impact from Day One.

WEAKNESSES

  • Struggles to create his own shot against better athletes.
  • Lack of foot speed makes staying in front of opposing wings difficult.
  • Not a great ball-handler.

PRO COMPARISON: Joe Harris

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.8

18.6

5

1.8

.529

1

16

Alperen Sengun C, Turkey

Height: 6-10, Weight: 240

The Rockets traded for this pick on draft night, sending two future first-rounders to the Thunder. Sengun is an incredible force around the basket, both in the post with his back to the basket and facing up, as well as his offensive rebounding. If you want to be skeptical, he's a traditional big. But analytics love him, as he was historically productive for a teenager in a very good league in Turkey, and he was the best player left on my board. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • One of the most productive teenagers in European Basketball history.
  • Great interior scorer with a strong face-up game from the elbow.
  • Aggressive and accomplished offensive rebounder.

WEAKNESSES

  • Lacks the foot speed necessary to guard in space.
  • Undersized for his position.
  • More of a traditional center than a modern center.

PRO COMPARISON: Al Horford

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

17

Trey Murphy III SG, UVA

Height: 6-9, Weight: 206

The Pelicans made this pick because of a draft-week trade with the Thunder, and this pick is all about Zion Williamson and how to maximize him. The Pelicans knew they had to surround their superstar with shooting, and Murphy is a 6-9 wing who can really, really shoot it. I have been touting Murphy for a while, and he was the highest-ranked player on my own big board, plus he's a great fit. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Excellent 3-point shooter
  • Rangy frame makes shots tough to contest
  • Possesses upside as a versatile defender

WEAKNESSES

  • Not particularly physical for a 6-9 player
  • Unspectacular off the dribble
  • Below average rebounder

PRO COMPARISON: Cam Johnson

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

29.6

11.3

3.4

1.2

.503

1

18

Tre Mann PG, FLA

Height: 6-4, Weight: 178

A lot of future freshmen considering the draft should consider Mann's story. He wasn't great as a freshman, came back to be a sophomore and did everything NBA teams wanted to see in Year 2. His ability on the pick-and-roll and particularly with step-back jumpers is very tantalizing. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Significantly improved as shooter, hitting 40.2% of his 3-point attempts as a sophomore
  • Emerged late in sophomore season as go-to creator and scorer for surging Florida team
  • Good positional size for point guard
  • Can create space and score from anywhere on the court

WEAKNESSES

  • Needs to improve as decision-maker to add value as lead guard or combo guard -- his turnover rate was double his assist rate as a freshman and nearly the same (19.6% to 21.9%) as a sophomore
  • Needs to improve as spot-up shooter to be a bigger threat outside of having the ball in his hands

PRO COMPARISON: Tyrell Terry

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32.3

16

5.6

3.5

.459

1

19

Kai Jones PF, TEXAS

Height: 6-11, Weight: 218

The Hornets got this pick in a draft-night trade for a future first-rounder with the Knicks. He has so much potential, but does it bother anybody that he has yet to show he's a good player over two years in college? You're asking him to be better in the NBA than he was in college, and that's worrisome. But you can see the athletic ability and potential. (Gary Parrish)

B-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • High-upside big with loads of potential
  • At 6-11 showed good shooting touch as a sophomore and made 38.2% of his 3-pointers, albeit on low volume (34 attempts)
  • Showed flashes of scoring/playmaking and has great size, with mobility to potentially defend multiple positions
  • Super-athlete and leaper

WEAKNESSES

  • Needs to add strength to tall, lanky frame
  • Average rebounder for a player his size
  • Shot just 55% from free-throw line in conference play

PRO COMPARISON: Jaxson Hayes

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

22.9

8.8

4.8

0.6

.580

1

20

Jalen Johnson SF, DUKE

Height: 6-9, Weight: 220

Everybody has used different phrases for how Johnson's Duke tenure ended. "Quit" is what it was. That's not a good look. But I can't overstate this enough: We are now at the 20th pick in the draft. What are you going to do? Take the big swing on the player who might have some issues, the same way Denver did with Michael Porter Jr. a couple years ago. If you can tap into Johnson's talent, you're going to be very happy. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Has guard skills despite being a combo forward.
  • Great in transition.
  • Terrific passer for a player his size.

WEAKNESSES

  • Did not win over many fans in front offices by quitting on Duke midseason.
  • Not really a scoring threat in halfcourt sets because of a still-developing shot.
  • Does not move too well laterally.

PRO COMPARISON: Tobias Harris

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

21.4

11.2

6.1

2.2

.523

1

21

Keon Johnson SG, TENN

Height: 6-5, Weight: 185

The Clippers got this pick in a draft-night trade with the Knicks that sent No. 25 to New York along with a future pick. Johnson was the best player available, a terrific athlete who slots in nicely here. He's a one-and-done guard who projects as a nice two-way player in the NBA for many years to come thanks to freakish athleticism that allowed him to set a vertical record at the combine. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Bouncy athlete and above-the-rim finisher who can produce incredible highlight-reel plays
  • Heady defensive player who embraces his role in team constructs
  • Flashed upside as creator and has talent to be a threat as he develops on offense

WEAKNESSES

  • Shot 26.1% from 3-point range on 48 attempts
  • Not a real threat to space the floor, as his shot is still developing and shooting is inconsistent
  • Shaky handle overall that needs to improve dramatically to warrant top-10 pick, though his flashes are encouraging

PRO COMPARISON: Raw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

25.5

11.3

3.5

2.5

.449

1

22

Isaiah Jackson PF, UK

Height: 6-10, Weight: 206

The Pacers got this pick in a draft-night trade with the Lakers. He's certainly more defense than offense, more athleticism than skill. But he's so gifted on that end with blocking shots, that he still has to learn some things on the defensive side, too. That said, he's got things you can't teach with all that physical talent. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Super-athletic accomplished shot-blocker with a 7-3 wingspan.
  • Great lob-catcher and explosive finisher.
  • Unique ability to offensive rebound.

WEAKNESSES

  • Limited offensive skillset.
  • Light enough to be pushed around.
  • Tends to pick up bad fouls because of a lack of discipline on defense.

PRO COMPARISON: Nicolas Claxton

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

20.8

8.4

6.6

0.7

.540

1

23

Usman Garuba PF, Spain

Height: 6-8, Weight: 229

The highest remaining guy on my board, so the grade might be self-evident. Garuba is a versatile high-level defender who could help as a rookie and eventually develop into one of the best defensive bigs in the world. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Versatile enough to play either front-court position.

I- ncredible defensive prospect who can protect the rim or guard in space.

  • Great motor that allows him to play hard consistently.

WEAKNESSES

  • Extremely raw offensively.
  • Still a long ways from becoming a legitimate 3-point threat.
  • A little undersized relative to most NBA bigs.

PRO COMPARISON: Kenneth Faried

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

24

Josh Christopher SG, ARIZST

Height: 6-5, Weight: 215

I appreciate the big swing, and he was a projected lottery pick a year ago. College basketball didn't work out so well for him, but I think the Rockets are seeing a player with potential to develop alongside a longtime friend, Jalen Green. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce
  • B-plus ball handler
  • Tireless defender who can play as adroitly in half-court as he can in full-court attack

WEAKNESSES

  • Can be inefficient around the rim
  • Overactive feet sometimes make his defensive assignments harder than they need to be
  • Jumper is good but still has to prove it's consistent

PRO COMPARISON: Kelly Oubre

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

29.7

14.3

4.7

1.4

.432

1

25

Quentin Grimes SG, HOU

Height: 6-5, Weight: 205

I had a few guards ahead of Grimes, but I have no doubt he'll be impactful in the NBA. He showed a lot by struggling at Kansas but picking himself back up, transferring to Houston, locking down on defense and really thriving under Kelvin Sampson. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Shot 40.3% from 3 on 8.3 attempts per game in 2020-21
  • Solid perimeter defender who embraces challenging assignments
  • Good rebounder for a guard

WEAKNESSES

  • Needs to develop as a left-handed driver
  • Limited as an isolation shot-creator
  • Unskilled at attacking the rim

PRO COMPARISON: Gary Trent Jr.

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32.7

17.8

5.7

2

.406

1

26

Nah'Shon Hyland PG, VCU

Height: 6-3, Weight: 169

He was a little outside my top 30, but a lot of people I respect had him in this range. He's a scoring guard who should be able to shoot with NBA range. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • High-level 3-point shooter proven over two years in the Atlantic 10.
  • Athletic and long enough to guard multiple positions thanks to a 6-9 wingspan.
  • Very good and comfortable using ball-screens to create jumpers and floaters.

WEAKNESSES

  • Averaged more turnovers than assists per game.
  • Too light right now to endure serious contact at the rim.
  • More of a scorer than a run-the-team point guard.

PRO COMPARISON: Immanuel Quickley

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.9

19.5

4.7

2.1

.447

1

27

Cameron Thomas SG, LSU

Height: 6-4, Weight: 210

There's some people asking, wait, you have Kyrie Irving and James Harden, why do you need Cameron Thomas? But that's not the way to think about it. Thomas gives them a player who can play in the same style as those guys, as he's a big scorer built to score 20 on any given night. This is really smart. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Bucket-getter who can create his own shot and generate production
  • Has been a successful scorer at every level of basketball
  • Made nearly 90% of shots from free-throw line, suggesting inefficiency as a scorer at LSU could be improved upon

WEAKNESSES

  • High-volume, low-efficiency scorer at LSU
  • Made 32.5% of 3-point attempts and 40.6% from the field
  • Takes wild shots and has never seen a shot he didn't like
  • Not an advanced creator/passer -- he averaged more turnovers than assists and had eight games with zero assists, despite ranking second in SEC in usage percentage

PRO COMPARISON: Malik Monk

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33.9

23

3.4

1.4

.406

1

28

Jaden Springer PG, TENN

Height: 6-4, Weight: 202

I am a fan of what Springer could become, but there's a reasonable concern that he has used his power to get places in high school and college and might not have the skill to do that stuff in the NBA. Jared Butler and Ayo Dosunmu might have been better picks. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Creative scorer and shot-maker
  • Shows good range as a shooter with good mechanics, making 43.5% of his 3-pointers at Tennessee
  • Has high IQ on both ends and showed promise as a developing passer
  • Doesn't turn 19 years old until September, so lots of time for him to grow and mature as a player
  • Solid playmaker on defense with good anticipation

WEAKNESSES

  • Average athlete who lacks explosiveness and ability to blow by defenders consistently
  • Still maturing and learning as a playmaker for others -- he averaged 2.9 assists to 2.4 turnovers per game

PRO COMPARISON: Devonte' Graham

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

26

12.5

3.5

2.9

.467

1

29

Day'Ron Sharpe C, UNC

Height: 6-11, Weight: 265

This pick was made by Brooklyn after a trade with Phoenix. And it's a pick for fit. Nobody was better in college basketball at offensive rebounding than Sharpe, so this is a very sensible fit for a team with a ton of scorers. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Elite offensive rebounder.
  • Good passer for a center prospect.
  • Knows how to use low-post moves to score on the block.

WEAKNESSES

  • Non-scoring threat away from the basket because of a lack of a jumper.
  • More of a big-bodied traditional center than a nimble modern center.
  • Underwhelming shot-blocker for a big.

PRO COMPARISON: Al Jefferson

2020-21 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

19.2

9.5

7.6

1.4

.519

1

30

Santi Aldama PF, LOYMD

Height: 6-11, Weight: 215

The Grizzlies reached up via trade to get perhaps the biggest surprise of the first round. This is a young man who clearly has some skill set. Size, shooting, rebounding. But he put up big numbers against weak competition for a bad team. He's had knee surgery and only played 26 games in two seasons. Defense is an issue. But he rose late, and the Grizzlies have made smart picks in this range in recent years. (Gary Parrish)

C+

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