2021 NBA Mock Drafts

  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Cade CunninghamOkla. St. PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Cade Cunningham

    The expectation on Thursday night is that Detroit will stay put at No. 1 and select Oklahoma State product Cade Cunningham. The Pistons have worked out several of the other top players in this draft but Cunningham is both a good roster fit and considered the consensus No. 1 prospect in this draft.

    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 43.8
    2 Jalen GreenUSA SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jalen Green

    There will be three reasonable paths Houston could take here -- Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs or Jalen Green -- but Green is the fast-rising player who I expect will land with the Rockets in this slot. Most gifted scoring prospect in this draft and there's room to grow for him as well as he develops his defensive profile and adds to his already-elite bag of tricks on offense.

    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

    3 Evan MobleyUSC C
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Evan Mobley

    Cleveland's backcourt is loaded so with Jalen Suggs and Evan Mobley both on the board here the tiebreaker is fit. so they grab the 7-footer from USC. He's an instant impact defender who can shot block and rim run at a high level and I like the potential a future Jarrett Allen-Mobley frontcourt presents.

    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 57.8
    4 Jalen SuggsGonzaga PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jalen Suggs

    Toronto has a type it likes in guards best summed up in a word: Gritty. Jalen Suggs fits that type as a two-way talent and could be a Kyle Lowry replacement to pair next to Fred VanVleet in the backcourt.

    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 50.3
    5 Scottie BarnesFlorida St. SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Scottie Barnes

    Orlando's drafted its fair share of big forwards whose big weakness is shooting, so Scottie Barnes' jump shot -- or lack thereof -- likely won't scare them away. He's got a great frame, can guard all five positions and boasts incredible court vision to compensate for his struggles as a shooter.

    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 50.3
    6 James BouknightConnecticut SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: James Bouknight

    No lottery pick's stock has risen more in recent weeks than James Bouknight. He's impressing in team workouts and answering questions about his jumper to boot. A fit in OKC as a dynamic scorer next to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gives the team another exciting backcourt prospect with promise to build around for the future.

    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 44.7
    7 Jonathan KumingaCongo SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jonathan Kuminga

    If Golden State keeps this pick it would be wise to bet on long-term upside over fit. So, in Jonathan Kuminga, they do precisely that, landing a wing with All-Star upside and the length and athleticism to maybe help early with the Warriors.

    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

    8 Moses MoodyArkansas SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Moses Moody

    After selecting a forward with a shooting problem at No. 5, Orlando scoops 3-and-D talent Moses Moody here to give this young roster another weapon -- and he can shoot it. Moody's got a reliable outside shot, defends at a high level and he's got enough playmaking upside that, if it continues, he could be one of the steals of the lottery in this draft.

    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 42.7
    9 Franz WagnerMichigan SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Franz Wagner

    Sacramento has for weeks been linked to Michigan forward Franz Wagner and, for weeks, he has been a mainstay here in my mock. So I'll continue to keep him here. Still only 19 years old after spending two seasons in college yet has the frame, shooting and defense to be an early NBA contributor.

    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 47.7
    10 Josh GiddeyAustraliaMOCK TRADE from MEM SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Josh Giddey

    Mock Trade from: MEM

    Memphis moved from No. 17 to No. 10 in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans with Josh Giddey reportedly in mind. Giddey's the best passer in the draft and a big-bodied wing who can be a plus-playmaker in the NBA.

    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

    11 Alperen SengunTurkey C
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Alperen Sengun

    Alperen Sengun won Turkish League MVP last season as an 18-year-old while averaging 19.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. His production at his age in a very good professional league has earned him plenty of fans. And while his game is more of a throwback to the old school style, it's reasonable to bet on the production at his age -- plus he fits a dire roster need for the Hornets.

    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

    12 Keon JohnsonTennessee SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Keon Johnson

    The Spurs look plenty deep at the wing position but in Keon Johnson, they get one of the most tantalizing prospects in the draft who, at this point, presents arguably the highest long-term potential among those still on the board. Very raw talent on the whole but an explosive athlete with natural physical tools and a strong defensive framework to build on.

    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 44.9
    13 Jalen JohnsonDuke SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jalen Johnson

    While Jalen Johnson struggled in his 13-game stint at Duke before quitting the team, he's still a borderline lottery talent because of his frame and ability to play-make and pass at his position. No doubt some flaws in his game but the former five-star has a nice pedigree worth gambling on and he adds unique ability on offense as a passer and shot-creator that could make him a value regardless of how the other parts of his game develop.

    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 52.3
    14 Davion MitchellBaylorMOCK TRADE from WAS PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Davion Mitchell

    Mock Trade from: WAS

    After prioritizing a player with a big long-term ceiling who may not be impactful right away at No. 7, Golden State comes back at 14 with a potential win-now addition in Davion Mitchell. Mitchell is a defensive menace who won Naismith Defensive Player of the Year last season, adds top-notch playmaking ability and is coming off a career year in which he made 44.7% of his 3s.

    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 51.1
    15 Trey Murphy IIIVirginia SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Trey Murphy

    Washington needs shooters to add to its roster and if Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook are the foundation this franchise is going to continue forward with, Trey Murphy at No. 15 is worth the price of admission. He has a special ability to reliably make 3-pointers and space the floor and also has positional size to be a plus-defender.

    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 50.3
    16 Isaiah JacksonKentucky PF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Isaiah Jackson

    OKC should be in the market to add to its center rotation -- via the draft or free agency -- so in Isaiah Jackson they get a young, promising prospect on a rookie-scale deal. He's a springy leaper who, with his long and wiry arms, can do a little of everything around the rim.

    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 54.0
    17 Corey KispertGonzagaMOCK TRADE from NO SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Corey Kispert

    Mock Trade from: NO

    New Orleans moved back from No. 10 to No. 17 in a trade with the Grizzlies but still comes away with a role player in Corey Kispert, the draft's best sharpshooter. He should be a knockdown option to pair next to Zion Williamson as the team adds shooting around their young star.

    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 52.9
    18 Jaden SpringerTennessee PG

    A scout told CBS Sports' Colin Ward-Henninger earlier this year that on his own personal projections he ranks Jaden Springer ahead of Jalen Suggs in this draft. That praise might be pouring it on a tad thick, but it shows there really are believers in what Springer can do. He's a bulldog defender who has a real edge and swagger to his game that shows up on both ends, and there's enough play-making and shot-making in his game to find a strong role on a young team like OKC.

    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 46.7
    19 Jared ButlerBaylor PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jared Butler

    While Davion Mitchell got the NCAA Tournament draft bump, Jared Butler was quietly the Final Four MOP and the offensive weapon that helped lead Baylor's top-rated offense. He's a decisive passer who operates well in tight spaces with his sharp handle and is a career 38.4% 3-point shooter. Skill-wise, a great match for a Knicks franchise in need of depth at the guard spot.

    Draft Prospect Outlook

    STRENGTHS

    • Versatile guard who can play either backcourt position and really guard the ball.
    • Terrific in pick-and-roll situations.
    • Proven 3-point shooter over multiple years of college.

    WEAKNESSES

    • Heart condition could complicate his ability to play.
    • Not a great finisher at the rim.
    • A little on the small side for someone who plays mostly off the ball.

    PRO COMPARISON: Bryn Forbes

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.3 16.7 3.3 4.8 47.1
    20 Cameron ThomasLSU SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Cameron Thomas

    As a freshman for LSU last season Cameron Thomas led the SEC in scoring. He was a scorer at the prep level, a scorer at the college level, and he'll be a scorer in the NBA. It's his NBA skill. The Hawks clearly value that type of talent, too, having traded for Lou Williams earlier this year.

    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 40.6
    21 Usman GarubaSpain PF

    The defensive chops of Usman Garuba combined with his ability to defend multiple positions makes him one of the more ready-made prospects in the draft on defense. While he's a tad undersized for a big and still developing his offensive weaponry, New York could put him to work early -- and potentially use him to insure against Mitchell Robinson.

    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

    22 Chris DuarteOregon SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Chris Duarte

    Chris Duarte is the oldest prospect in the draft but he is also one of the most NBA-ready prospects, too. Great size, great shooter, great defender -- and a great match on a Lakers team that could put him to work right away as they try and extend their championship window.

    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 53.2
    23 Ziaire WilliamsStanford SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Ziaire Williams

    Houston should be taking as many big swings as possible and at No. 23, in this draft, there's arguably no one with more potential than Ziaire Williams. The wing has special shot-creation skills for his size. He struggled in his one season at Stanford, though, and could wind up falling in this range on draft night.

    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 37.4
    24 Kai JonesTexas PF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Kai Jones

    Another Houston pick, another big swing, this time with a product not far away in Texas' Kai Jones. Jones can knock down corner 3-pointers, run the rim and defends at a high level as well.

    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 58.0
    25 Nah'Shon HylandVCU PG

    "Bones" Hyland dominated at the combine, knocking down shots, getting to the cup and providing instant offense. A team looking to add a microwave scorer would do well to look his way in the mid-to-late first round -- and the Clippers might be an ideal landing spot to add more shot-making on an already-loaded roster.

    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 44.7
    26 Ayo DosunmuIllinois SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Ayo Dosunmu

    Ayo Dosunmu came back to college as a junior to improve as a shooter and try to lead Illinois to a title. He failed at the latter but achieved the former, hitting 38.6% from 3-point range (after it was 29.6% the year prior) while improving as a passer and rebounder. Glue-guy potential here with him as he does a lot of things really well but nothing at an elite level. Someone who should stick and find success.

    Draft Prospect Outlook

    STRENGTHS

    • Big-time closer who took over games regularly at Illinois.
    • Strong on-ball defender who can guard multiple positions.
    • Excellent at attacking the rim in transition and finishing.

    WEAKNESSES

    • Remains a questionable shooter despite an improved 3-point percentage.
    • Can be turnover prone largely because of risky/unnecessary passes.
    • Still developing as a shot-creator in halfcourt situations.

    PRO COMPARISON: Delon Wright

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    35.2 20.1 6.3 5.3 48.8
    27 Quentin GrimesHouston SG

    A former five-star who struggled at Kansas, Quentin Grimes re-made his game at Houston and developed into one of the draft's most prolific shooters. That skill -- coupled with his playmaking potential, good size and defense -- could make him a valuable addition to a Nets team with a core of superstars already in place.

    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 40.6
    28 Charles BasseyW. Kentucky C

    Philly needs to find an answer at its backup center spot. I can think of no better way to complement the NBA's most dominant interior force in Joel Embiid than with one of college's most physically imposing bigs in Charles Bassey. Coming off a knee injury, Bassey destroyed Conference USA last season and he has made significant strides as a rebounder and shot-blocker. He might struggle defending in space but there's immense value for a big who can do what he does.

    Draft Prospect Outlook

    STRENGTHS

    • Strong and athletic center with a 7-3 wingspan.
    • Tremendous rebounder.
    • Natural rim-protector who averaged 3.1 blocks per game.

    WEAKNESSES

    • Struggles bouncing the ball in face-up situations.
    • Isn't great passing out of double-teams.
    • Still developing as a perimeter shooter.

    PRO COMPARISON: Clint Capela

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    30.4 17.6 11.6 0.7 59.0
    29 Tre MannFloridaMOCK TRADE from BKN PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Tre Mann

    Mock Trade from: BKN

    While Brooklyn has as much scoring, shooting and playmaking as any team in the league, the skill set Mann has remains immensely valuable. He brings good positional size and limitless range as a scorer, and in college he operated as a real playmaker, potentially setting him up to be a contributor on a Nets team with a core in place and in need of valuable options on rookie-scale deals.

    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 45.9
    30 Joe Wieskamp SG

    Wieskamp tested well at the combine athletically and is coming off a career year at Iowa in which he made nearly half of his 158 3-point attempts. With his shooting ability it'd be silly to let him slip out of the first round.

    Draft Prospect Outlook

    STRENGTHS

    • 41.2% 3-point shooter over three seasons at Iowa
    • Comfortable creating his own look off the dribble
    • An overall efficient scorer willing to pass up an OK look to find something better

    WEAKNESSES

    • Comes from a poor defensive culture at Iowa
    • Free-throw percentage dipped to 67.7% as a senior
    • Might struggle to stay in front of faster guards

    PRO COMPARISON: Joe Harris

    2020-21 College Stats

    MPG PPG RPG APG FG%
    29.3 14.8 6.6 1.7 49.1
  • # Team Player Pos
    1 Cade CunninghamOkla. St. PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Cade Cunningham

    The Pistons were the fortunate franchise that won the lottery — and now the job of general manager Troy Weaver is easy. The pick should be Cade Cunningham, a point guard with size who can shot-create, play-make, score from all three levels and just generally take over games when the situation requires it, which he showed time and again in his one season in the Big 12.

    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 43.8
    2 Jalen GreenUSA SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jalen Green

    The Rockets have employed various star guards in recent years — namely James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. Now they desperately need another one. And the highest-upside guard not named Cunningham in this draft is probably Jalen Green — an elite scorer with explosive athleticism who has a chance to be a big-time scorer in this league for a decade-plus.

    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

    3 Evan MobleyUSC C
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Evan Mobley

    The Cavaliers have young talent in their backcourt thanks to the presence of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, but they could use a frontcourt star to go with them. That's why the pick should be Evan Mobley, a one-and-done center who is perfectly suited for the modern NBA given that he's a true rim-protector who can guard in space, make plays off the bounce, shoot jumpers from the perimeter and impressively pass out of double-teams.

    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 57.8
    4 Jalen SuggsGonzaga PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jalen Suggs

    The Raptors were big winners on lottery night when they bounced into the top four and earned the right to select whichever top-tier prospect drops to them. In this mock draft, it's Jalen Suggs — a great competitor and top-shelf athlete who could flourish playing next to Fred VanVleet and become an All-Star level player in time if his 3-point shot just becomes a little more reliable.

    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 50.3
    5 Scottie BarnesFlorida St. SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Scottie Barnes

    The Magic are in a total rebuild and would be wise to select the prospect with the most potential to develop into something special. I'm not certain that's Scottie Barnes — but all of the intel in recent days suggests the Magic are leaning this direction.

    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 50.3
    6 Jonathan KumingaCongo SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jonathan Kuminga

    Oklahoma City's rebuild should have general manager Sam Presti focusing on nothing but adding young prospects with high upsides. At this point in this mock draft, the best player who fits that description is Jonathan Kuminga, the big and versatile athletic wing who would be a steal at this point in the draft as long as he becomes a serious 3-point threat as he ages.

    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

    7 James BouknightConnecticut SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: James Bouknight

    There's some thought that the Warriors will try to package this pick and move it for a veteran who is better equipped to help a core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green compete for another title next season. But if they can't get that done, an intriguing option would be James Bouknight, who has reportedly eased a lot of concerns about his low 3-point percentage during the pre-draft process by burying shots from everywhere in workouts.

    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 44.7
    8 Moses MoodyArkansas SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Moses Moody

    Focusing on young prospects who can grow and develop together makes a lot of sense in Orlando. Moses Moody is a one-and-done prospect who just turned 19 and projects as a 3-and-D wing after shooting 35.8% from 3 while helping Arkansas advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

    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 42.7
    9 Franz WagnerMichigan SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Franz Wagner

    The Kings finished with the worst defensive rating in the NBA this season, which suggests they could use a prospect who adds something on that end of the court. Wagner would likely do that — though, let the record show, this is a little higher than I'd probably take the former Michigan standout based on some concerns about whether he'll actually develop into what those who believe in him envision at the next level.

    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 47.7
    10 Josh GiddeyAustraliaMOCK TRADE from MEM SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Josh Giddey

    Mock Trade from: MEM

    The Grizzlies moved up to No. 10 in this draft this week and might try to move even higher before the day is done. But if they sit here, Josh Giddey is an obvious option who would provide Memphis with a playmaking wing who would theoretically fit nicely in between Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.

    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

    11 Corey KispertGonzaga SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Corey Kispert

    Gordon Hayward has missed 48 regular-season games the past two seasons, which is among the reasons the Hornets need to add depth on the wing. Corey Kispert, who made 44.0% of the 6.5 3-pointers he attempted per game last season at Gonzaga, is arguably the best shooter in this draft, which is why he'll likely be selected in the lottery despite some obvious flaws that were exposed during the Zags' loss to Baylor in the national title game.

    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 52.9
    12 Alperen SengunTurkey C
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Alperen Sengun

    The midseason buyout of LaMarcus Aldridge left San Antonio with zero great options in the frontcourt. So using this pick on a big like Alperen Sengun — a throwback center who has been a professional in Turkey since 2018 — would qualify as a sensible move and give Gregg Popovuch someone who is already very comfortable catching the ball at the elbow and using a developed face-up game to score and draw fouls.

    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

    13 Davion MitchellBaylor PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Davion Mitchell

    Put me in charge, and Davion Mitchell is already off the board. But it appears the interest in the former Baylor star has waned the further we've gotten from the national title game despite him being a tenacious on-ball defender whose playmaking ability — and shotmaking ability — would improve the Pacers immediately.

    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 51.1
    14 Chris DuarteOregon SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Chris Duarte

    The Warriors need to add a player in this draft who is older and equipped to help a core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green compete for another title next season. Chris Duarte is exactly that — a 24 year-old do-it-all guard who made better than 42% of the 5.5 3-pointers he attempted per contest last season at Oregon, where he led the Ducks to back-to-back outright Pac-12 regular-season titles.

    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 53.2
    15 Trey Murphy IIIVirginia SG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Trey Murphy

    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 50.3
    16 Jalen JohnsonDuke SF
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Jalen Johnson

    Jalen Johnson's decision to quit Duke midseason after his role was decreased wasn't a good look (or a positive for his draft stock). But he's still a former five-star prospect with undeniable potential, which is among the reasons he'd make sense for an Oklahoma City franchise that needs to focus on possible future stars.

    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 52.3
    17 Tre MannFloridaMOCK TRADE from NO PG
    NBA Draft Prospect Breakdown: Tre Mann

    Mock Trade from: NO

    The Pelicans still need to surround Zion Williamson with shooting -- and adding Tre Mann would accomplish that goal. The two-and-done prospect from Florida shot 40.2% from 3-point range (on 4.7 attempts per game) in his final season at Florida, where played and guarded multiple positions and drastically increased his earning potential.

    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 45.9
    18 Keon JohnsonTennessee SG