Draft Order NBA: 2021 NBA Draft Order Round 1: 1. Detroit Pistons: 20-52, 2. Houston Rockets: 17-55, 3. Cleveland Cavaliers: 22-50, 4. Toronto Raptors: 27-45, 5. Orlando Magic: 21-51, 6. Oklahoma City Thunder: 22-50, 7. Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota Timberwolves): 23-49, 8. Orlando Magic (from Chicago Bulls): 31-41, 9. Sacramento Kings: 31-41, 10. Memphis Grizzlies (from New Orleans Pelicans): 31-41, 11. Charlotte Hornets: 33-39, 12. San Antonio Spurs: 33-39, 13. Indiana Pacers: 34-38, 14. Golden State Warriors: 39-33, 15. Washington Wizards: 34-38, 16. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston Celtics): 36-36, 17. New Orleans Pelicans (from Memphis Grizzlies): 38-34, 18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami Heat): 40-32, 19. New York Knicks: 41-31, 20. Atlanta Hawks: 41-31, 21. New York Knicks (from Dallas Mavericks): 42-30, 22. Los Angeles Lakers: 42-30, 23. Houston Rockets (from Portland Trailblazers): 42-30, 24. Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee Bucks): 46-26, 25. Los Angeles Clippers: 47-25, 26. Denver Nuggets: 47-25, 27. Brooklyn Nets: 48-24, 28. Philadelphia 76ers: 49-23, 29. Brooklyn Nets (from Phoenix Suns): 51-21, 30. Utah Jazz: 52-20












2021 NBA Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds




Round 1 Picks 1-15



My final 2021 NBA Mock Draft is now up. Find out who goes where in this top heavy draft. Enjoy!



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 29, 2021.


  1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, PG, Oklahoma State

    The Pistons have one good piece in Killian Hayes who I mocked to Detroit last year and their 2019 first round pick was a player I almost mocked to the Pistons so I feel pretty confident that Cade Cunningham is going first overall in my first and only 2021 NBA Mock Draft after having the most accurate 2 round NBA Mock Draft the last four years from 2017-2020 after finishing second among two round NBA Mocks in 2016. The thing is Cade Cunningham isn't just the best player in this draft he's considered a generational talent by some. Also Hayes is versatile enough to move over to the 2 at shooting guard since Hayes can defend against 1, 2, and 3's at point guard, shooting guard, and small forward.


    The 6-8 220 lb Cade Cunningham is the tallest point guard to enter the NBA Draft in quite some time. He's not as tall as Ben Simmons, but you could argue that Cunningham is a better shooter based on his tape. He's the biggest point guard since Simmons. Coincidentally, both Cunningham and Simmons played High School at Montverde Academy prior to enrolling into the NCAA for their freshman seasons. However, when I watch Cunningham I see a point guard who plays like a shooting guard think Steph Curry coming out of Davidson.


    Cade Cunningham also has superb offensive awareness, the elite court vision to read a play, passing, ability to shoot short range, mid range, and long range shots. I said the same things about Killian Hayes a year ago. However, Cunningham is better than Hayes, because he's a guy who could have Curry's shot and the biggest body for a point guard since Ben Simmons.


    Cade Cunningham had 20.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, 3.5 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game, a 43.8% field goal percentage, a 84.6% free throw percentage, and a 40% three point percentage when playing with Oklahoma State. Cade was one of five players in this draft to hit on 40 percent of his three point attempts. Cade Cunningham is not as good of a free throw shooter as Killian Hayes, but he's a much better three point shooter. He also had 5 steals in Oklahoma State's NCAA tournament loss to Oregon State.


    I really believe that Cunningham could be a top 5 point guard in the NBA when it comes to getting steals and that's probably Cunningham's most underrated trait on tape. Cunningham is elite offensively as in he only had 1 college game where he was held to under 10 points. Cade Cunningham has also had games where he's gone off scoring as high as 40 points a game something that we didn't see from Anthony Edwards last years number one pick who maxed out around 25 points per game. Zion Williamson maxed out at 35 points for career high in points at Duke in a game against Syracuse. DeAndre Ayton's career high for points at Arizona was 29. Ben Simmons had 43 points as a career high at LSU, but that was against North Florida where as Cunningham's 40 point game was a road win in overtime against the Oklahoma Sooners.


    This tells me that Cade Cunningham may have the highest ceiling of when comparing each of the past five number one draft picks including Markelle Fultz who I didn't mention for good reason. DeAndre Ayton averaged 20.1 points per game at Arizona in his draft year too when he went first overall back in the 2018 NBA Draft.


    Cade Cunningham is not the best defender in this draft, but he's good enough to defend against 1, 2, and 3's at point guard, shooting guard, and small forward like Killian Hayes who Detroit took with their 2020 first round pick. Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes gives Detroit two quality guards at point guard and shooting guard for the first time since 2004 when Detroit had Chauncey Billups at point guard and Richard Hamilton at shooting guard.


    Detroit heads into next season with Cade Cunningham at point guard, Killian Hayes at shooting guard, Sekou Doumbouya at small forward, Jermai Grant at power forward, and Isaiah Stewart at center. Detroit has locked into Cade Cunningham at 1.


    I posted a film cut of Oklahoma State point guard Cade Cunningham VS Baylor. Cade Cunningham is the consensus best player available in the 2021 NBA Draft. Jonathan White commented on our Cunningham video by stating that Cade a triple double machine. He's got the ceiling to score up to 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. He's a guy who could end up with 40, 10, and 10 on his best night in the NBA which is why the Pistons shouldn't even entertain the idea of moving down from 1 to 2 unless the Rockets offer Detroit 2 and five additional first round draft picks.




  2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, SG, Ignite (NBA G-League)

    Houston may have traded their 2020 first round pick to Denver. The Houston Rockets got to keep their 2021 first round pick because they finished in the top 3 of the NBA Draft after having the leagues worst record.


    Three years ago, the Rockets had Chris Paul and James Harden and were one of the biggest threats to the Golden State Warriors. Then James Harden told the team to trade Chris Paul. The Rockets still managed to make the 2020 NBA Playoff bubble with Russell Westbrook at point guard and James Harden at shooting guard after Houston traded Paul to Oklahoma City.


    Houston traded Russell Westbrook straight up for Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. After the Houston Rockets poor start this season along with a potential holdout, James Harden wanted out of Houston so Houston traded him to Brooklyn for Caris Lavert, Rodion Kurucs, and three first round picks in 2022, 2024, and 2026. The point guard tandem of John Wall and Eric Gordon was good, but not great like Westbrook and Harden or elite like Paul and Harden.


    Houston has not addressed center since trading Clint Capela to Atlanta. Also the Rockets downgraded at guard by the year going from elite in 2019 to great in 2020 with Westrbrook replacing Paul, to good in 2021 with John Wall and Eric Gordon replacing Westbrook and Harden. Houston has three superstar prospects they are heavily considering at 2 if they cannot trade up with Detroit for Cade Cunningham. That is being discussed, but I don't see Houston giving Detroit what they want to get Cunningham.


    This leaves Jalen Green from Ignite the NBA G-League team with NBA Draft prospects, Evan Mobley the USC Trojans center, and Jalen Suggs the Gonzaga point guard as options at 2. I am hearing that the Rockets are leaning towards Jalen Green at 2 as a replacement to James Harden while potentially trading Eric Gordon this offseason.


    Adding Jalen Green to pair with John Wall assuming Wall comes back solidifies the guard position in Houston. The Houston Rockets will need to build the rest of this roster through the next few NBA Drafts though.


    The 6-6 178 lb Jalen Green had 17.9 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game, a 46.1% field goal percentage, a 82.9% free throw percentage, and a 36.5% three point percentage this past season after being one of the first big name High School Basketball players to turn down the NCAA to play in the NBA G-League on Ignite.


    Jalen Green shot short range, mid range, and long range shots effectively on film. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA shooting guard to have. Can develop into someone that defends well against 1 and 2's. He can shutdown a guard opposing him.


    Jalen Green went 100 percent on assisted and unassisted shots in the NBA G League going 94/94 on assisted and unassisted shot attempts during the regular season before replicating that by going 11/11 in the G-League Playoffs. Green also went 100 percent with his field goals on Alley Oops, Dunks, Layups, and Floating Jump Shots during the regular season. Jalen Green did not make a single three from the right corner during the regular season or the playoffs after going 6/11 during the regular season hitting threes from the left corner.


    Jalen Green is not a triple double guy, like Cade Cunningham, but very lethal in his own way. There's a reason Green was compared to legendary NBA shooting guards like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant prior to joining the NBA G-League. Also, I think comparing Green to those legends is beyond unrealistic. Bradley Beal, Donovan Mitchell, and James Harden would be the three most realistic comparisions for Green in my opinion.


    I posted a film cut of Ignite shooting guard Jalen Green VS the Salt Lake City Stars. Jalen Green is not Cade Cunningham, however, I'd argue he's better than last years top pick Anthony Edwards who got exposed on defense against Michigan State. Jalen Green has the ceiling to develop into a player that has the skill set to obtain 35 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in the NBA once he reaches his ceiling. Anthony Edwards, the top pick in last years draft could only average 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals despite having the ceiling to score 35 points a game. Green has a higher ceiling than last years top pick making him an ideal candidate for Houston at 2.





  3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, C, USC

    Cleveland has a good starting five with Darius Garland at point guard, Collin Sexton moved to shooting guard assuming the Cleveland Cavaliers do not move Collin Sexton. Unless Jalen Green drops to Cleveland at 3, I honestly don't see Sexton getting moved this offseason unless Cleveland gets two first round picks back in return. James Harden got three, but Sexton isn't on Harden's level yet, even though I believe he could be down the road if Cleveland keeps working with him.


    USC Trojans center Evan Mobley allows Cleveland to rotate Jarrett Allen and Kevin Love two power forwards that have had to play center to compliment each other at power forward. Cedi Osman and Isaac Okoro can compliment each other at small forward too. If Cleveland drafts Mobley and trades Sexton, I'm guessing Okoro would move to shooting guard.


    The 7-0 210 lb Evan Mobley is a big who shot short range, mid range, and long range shots effectively on film. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA center to have. He is also an excellent defender who can defend 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's much like DeAndre Ayton and James Wiseman.


    Evan Mobley had 16.4 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, a 57.3% field goal percentage, a 69.4% free throw percentage, and a 30% three point percentage during his only season at USC. He's not as polished offensively on film as Ayton or Wiseman was. However, he's just as lethal defensively. Mobley is my top ranked defender in the 2021 NBA Draft.


    Evan Mobley can take over a game, but his traits are not as strong as centers coming out of College like DeAndre Ayton or James Wiseman who went second overall a year ago. At one point, Mobley was my second best player in this draft, but after re-evaluating him, I believe he's now the third best player in this draft. Wiseman hit over 70 percent of his field goals and his free throws where as Mobley has hit under 70 percent of his field goals and free throws. That and the massive upside of Jalen Green are the two biggest reasons why Mobley fell to Cleveland at 3 because Cunningham and Green are more consistent scorers than Mobley.


    Evan Mobley's best game came against Arizona State. In that contest Mobley had 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocks against the Arizona State Sun Devils. He's someone who could get double doubles more frequently than Jalen Green in terms of scoring baskets and getting rebounds.


    Mobley is also the best fit for the Cavaliers in my opinion. However, he's not as talented as Ayton or Wiseman heading into the NBA because those two centers could score 20 points a game while averaging 10 rebounds a game. That's not something I see from Mobley yet.


    I posted a film cut of USC center Evan Mobley VS Arizona. Mobley posted 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, and 4 personal fouls as Mobley showed a tendency to get into foul trouble. His career high at USC was 26 points. Mobley can get you 26 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 2 assists if he reaches his ceiling, but his free throw shooting is still suspect at times.




  4. Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs, PG, Gonzaga

    Toronto is going to lose point guard Kyle Lowry to Free Agency. I said a year ago that Toronto needed to take a point guard in my 2020 NBA Mock Draft and they didn't. Luckily for Toronto they got a top 4 lottery pick and can take Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs.


    Toronto recently stated that they will take the best player on their board regardless of what Lowry does. Jalen Suggs is the clear cut fourth best player in this draft even though there are reports that Florida State forward Scottie Barnes could go fourth now after impressing the Toronto Raptors in a private workout last Tuesday. Barnes could be a candidate to go fourth to Toronto, but as of right now, Jalen Suggs is still my pick for Toronto at 4.


    The 6-4 205 lb Jalen Suggs is the best point guard not named Cade Cunningham. He was also a former High School football quarterback as well as a point guard. That may explain why Jalen Suggs has superb distance on his shot.


    Jalen Suggs also has superb offensive awareness, the elite court vision to read a play, passing, ability to shoot short range, mid range, and long range shots. He's a jack of all trades at point guard and his clutch plays during this years March Madness tournament prove that. Gonzaga went 29-0 before losing the Championship game to Baylor after the regular season game between those two teams got cancelled due to Covid-19.


    Jalen Suggs had 14.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, 1.9 steals per game, a 50.3% field goal percentage, a 76.1% free throw percentage, and a 33.7% three point percentage when playing with Gonzaga. Jalen Suggs had more assists per game, steals per game, and a better field goal percentage than Cade Cunningham this past season.


    Jalen Suggs had 27 points in one game, 11 rebounds in another game, and 8 assists in a third game. Those are career highs with Suggs. Jalen Suggs can get you 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists if he reaches his ceiling in the NBA. You can argue that after Cade Cunningham, Suggs has the best chance to be a triple double star despite not scoring as consistently as Evan Mobley.


    Jalen Suggs is a better defender than Cade Cunningham. The thing is Suggs only defends well against guards where as Cunningham can defend against 1, 2, and 3's at point guard, shooting guard, and small forward.


    I posted a film cut of Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs VS BYU. Jalen Suggs has a chance to replace Kyle Lowry in Toronto. He's got the traits to get 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists on his best day. You could argue that after Cunningham, he's the best bet for a player that can consistently average triple doubles.





  5. Orlando Magic: Scottie Barnes, PF, Florida State

    Orlando has Markelle Fultz at point guard, Gary Harris at shooting guard, Jonathan Isaac their 2017 first round pick at power forward from Florida State, and Mohamaed Bamba their 2018 first round pick from Texas at center now that Nikola Vucevic has been traded to the Chicago Bulls. Orlando is leaning towards Scottie Barnes at 5.


    Scottie Barnes was a bench player at Florida State taking over a role that Patrick Williams the fourth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft played before Williams beat out Otto Porter for the Chicago Bulls small forward job. The thing is Barnes is versatile enough to play shooting guard, small forward, or power forward with his versatility. He's also the best defender in this draft outside of Evan Mobley with a 7-3 wingspan and elite hands. Barnes can defend against 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's that play point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, or center just like Evan Mobley. Those hands help Barnes block and steal the basketball. His 39 inch vertical also doesn't hurt.


    Scottie Barnes had five signature games at Florida State. He had a career high 3 blocks against the Pitt Panthers at the Peterson Events Center. Barnes had 6 steals in a road game against North Carolina down in Chapel Hill. Barnes had a career high 7 assists against Boston College. Down in South Bend, Barnes had 9 rebounds against Notre Dame. His best game came against Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship where he had 21 points.


    The 6-9 227 lb Scottie Barnes had 10.3 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 4 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game, a 50.3% field goal percentage, a 62.1% free throw percentage, and a 27.5% three point percentage this past season at Florida State off the bench.


    I posted a film cut of Florida State power forward Scottie Barnes VS Georgia Tech. This was the game where Barnes went off with 21 points in the ACC Championship going 2/2 on three point attempts. Barnes has a huge ceiling. You're looking a player that could average 21 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals, and 3 blocks. He's the most versatile player in the draft outside of Cade Cunningham. OKC has nothing outside of Kemba Walker and Barnes is a guy who could compliment Walker very well if he reaches his ceiling.




  6. Oklahoma City Thunder: James Bouknight, SG, Connecticut

    Oklahoma City has 36 draft picks over the next seven years with 18 in the first round and 18 in the second round. They also have six of those thirty six picks in this years 2021 NBA Draft.


    James Bouknight has a lot of alpha traits as well as masculine traits for a basketball player. Oklahoma City is leaning towards Bouknight over Jonathan Kuminga at 6. The guard combination of Kemba Walker and James Bouknight two former Connecticut Huskies would be a good building block for the Oklahoma City Thunder.


    The 6-5 190 lb James Bouknight had 18.7 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game, 1.1 steals per game, a 44.7% field goal percentage, a 77.8% free throw percentage, and a 29.1% three point percentage in 2020-2021 in his sophomore season at Connecticut.


    James Bouknight can take over a game. The biggest objection that some teams will have about Bouknight is that his field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage dropped from his freshman to sophomore year. He has the leadership and alpha traits to be a star next to Kemba Walker.


    James Bouknight only had 1 game where he scored under 10 points just like Cade Cunningham despite being the sixth man on the Connecticut Huskies this past season. His consistency on film is why he's being mocked in the top 10. The only game where Bouknight failed to get 10 points was a road contest against Marquette at the Fiserv Forum, where the 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks also play basketball.


    Bouknight had a career high 40 points in an overtime loss to Creighton. He also had 20 points and 10 rebounds posting double doubles against both Villanova and Georgetown in back-to-back contests. His career high 5 assists came in the game against Marquette in the same contest where Marquette held Bouknight to a season low 6 points. If Bouknight can get 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in one game, which he didn't do at Connecticut at the next level in one single game, then he could be the biggest steal of this draft. That's how huge Bouknight's ceiling is. You could honestly make a case for him having the best ceiling of any player after Cade Cunningham from just a scoring standpoint.


    I posted a film cut of Connecticut shooting guard James Bouknight VS Villanova. This was one of the two games where Bouknight posted a double double.





  7. Golden State Warriors: Jonathan Kuminga, SF, Ignite (NBA G-League)

    Golden State has a lethal starting five when at full health with Steph Curry at point guard, Klay Thompson at shooting guard, Andrew Wiggins at small forward, Draymond Green at power forward, and James Wiseman at center. Thompson tore his ACL on the night of the 2020 NBA Draft which is why the Warriors have another top ten pick, but this one is from Minnesota since the Timberwolves failed to secure a top 3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.


    Golden State drafts for value and need by taking the best player on the board at 7. The Warriors have reportedly worked out multiple players at shooting guard including Dayvion Mitchell a combo guard from Baylor who projects as an NBA point guard, Keon Johnson Tennesseee's shooting guard who had a private workout with the Toronto Raptors who pick at 4, Moses Moody from Arkansas, and James Bouknight the Connecticut shooting guard. Golden State also worked out multiple small forwards including G-League small forward Jonathan Kuminga, Duke small forward Jalen Johnson and Gonzaga small forward Corey Kispert. Golden State gets Jonathan Kuminga here at 7.


    The 6-6 210 lb Jonathan Kuminga had 15.8 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, 1 steal per game, a 38.7% field goal percentage, a 62.5% free throw percentage, and a 24.6% three point percentage this past season after being one of the first big name High School Basketball players to turn down the NCAA to play in the NBA G-League on Ignite.


    The most points Jonathan Kuminga scored was 24. He also had 13 rebounds in one game as well as a career high 5 assists. You're looking at a player who could get 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists per game once he reaches his ceiling. He can get double doubles on a consistent basis and is the unanimous fifth best player in the 2021 NBA Draft, yet somehow he fell to Golden State at 7.


    Jonathan Kuminga can shoot from short range, mid range, or long range. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA small forward to have. He jut needs to refine his game and get more consistent in certain areas.


    Kuminga has worked out with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Golden State Warriors. Kuminga also mentioned that his workout with the Magic went well. I'd be shocked if Kuminga isn't picked in between picks 4 and 8.


    I posted a film cut of Ignite small forward Jonathan Kuminga VS the Salt Lake City Stars. Kuminga's the fifth best player in this draft if you think my research is too overwhelming. Go ahead click the video and subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you want.




  8. Orlando Magic: Franz Wagner, SF, Michigan

    One team in the top 10 promised they would draft Franz Wagner. Initially, I thought this team was Sacramento, but I just learned today from sources that the team that promised to take Wagner was Orlando at 8. This makes sense if they go Scottie Barnes at 5 since the Magic would have power forward depth behind Isaac as well as a potential starter at small forward in Wagner or Orlando could start Barnes at small forward and use Wagner as a sixth man. Either way, the Magic would have their two guys.


    Franz Wagner is extremely versatile even more versatile than his older brother Moritz Wagner who was a first round pick for the Los Angeles Lakers a few years ago. Franz lined up at shooting guard, small forward, and power forward with the Michigan Wolverines this season.


    The 6-9 220 lb Franz Wagner had 12.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 3 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, 1 block per game, a 47.7% field goal percentage, a 83.5% free throw percentage, and a 34.3% three point percentage in 2020-2021 improving in every single category from his freshman to sophomore year at Michigan. Wagner had career highs of 21 points in a game, 10 rebounds per game, and 6 assists per game this season at Michigan making him someone with the upside to get double doubles at the next level. Franz is also an excellent defender and can defend any position just like Mobley, Barnes, or Sengun.


    I posted a film cut of Michigan small forward Franz Wagner VS LSU. This was an NCAA Tournament game during March Madness. Wagner has the ceiling to average 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.





  9. Sacramento Kings: Alperen Sengun, C, Beskitas J.K.

    Point guard De'Aaron Fox, shooting guard Buddy Hield, small forward Harrison Barnes, and power forward Marvin Bagley III are the core pieces with starting center Richaun Holmes set to hit Free Agency in 2021. The Kings get their replacement to Richaun Holmes at 5 and address a position of need at 9.


    Alperen Sengun is a great short and mid range shooter. Great passer with terrific court vision. Has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and basketball IQ you want an NBA big. He is also an excellent defender who can defend 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5's defending well against point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards, and centers.


    The 6-10 240 lb Alperen Sengun had 18.6 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, 1.5 blocks per game, 1.3 steals per game, a 62.6% field goal percentage, a 81.2% free throw percentage, and a 21.2% three point percentage. Sengun may struggle with his three point shot, but he makes up for that by hitting over 80 percent of his free throws. That's four free throws made out of every five free throws attempted.


    Sengun's career high for points was 30. His career high for rebounds was 17. His career high for assists was 6. He also made 80 percent of his free throws and struggles as a three point shooter. I'm going to sound crazy if I compare his skill set to Giannis Antetokounmpo. A more realistic comparision from a potential standpoint would be Kristaps Porzingis who went fourth overall to the New York Knicks back in the 2015 NBA Draft.


    I posted a film cut of Beskitas J.K. power forward/center Alperen Sengun VS BC CSU Sibiu. Alperen Sengun is someone who could average 30 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists in one game. That's the closest thing the 2021 NBA Draft has to the current NBA Finals MVP.




  10. Memphis Grizzlies: Josh Giddey, PG, Adelaide

    Memphis has a great starting five featuring Ja Morant at point guard, Dilon Brooks at shooting guard, Kyle Anderson at small forward, Jaren Jackson Jr. at power forward, and Steven Adams at center. Memphis also had shooting guard Grayson Allen, who started 23 regular season games in the starting lineup when Memphis decided to play with three guards in their starting five. Backup small forward Brandon Clarke is the final player among the top 7 to average over 10 points per game in the regular season. Memphis also got Eric Bledsoe and the tenth pick in the 2021 NBA Draft in a trade that sent the seventeenth pick and Jonas Valenciunas to New Orleans.


    I had New Orleans taking Keon Johnson at 10 prior to this trade. Now Memphis takes Josh Giddey the Australian point guard from Adelaide to be the pick here at ten.


    Josh Giddey had 3 triple doubles and 11 double doubles in 14 of the 28 games when playing for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia.


    The 6-8 192 lb Josh Giddey had 10.8 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, 7.4 assists per game, 1.1 steals per game, a 42.5% field goal percentage, a 69.1% free throw percentage, and a 29.3% three point percentage in 2020-2021 on the Adelaide 36er's.


    I posted a film cut of Adelaide 36er's point guard Josh Giddey VS BC CSU Sibiu. Alperen Sengun is someone who could average 30 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists in one game. That's the closest thing the 2021 NBA Draft has to the current NBA Finals MVP.





  11. Charlotte Hornets: Moses Moody, SG, Arkansas

    The Charlotte Hornets had 7 players average 10 points or more a game, but the downside is no individual on this roster played the entire 72 game regular season so depth is still a huge issue moving forward. That's why Charlotte has to ignore need and take the best player on the board at 11 which is what General Manager Mitch Kupchak did in the 2020 NBA Draft when he took Ball at 3.


    Three of those seven players were point guards Terry Rozier who led the Hornets with 20.7 points per game once he moved to shooting guard, NBA Rookie of The Year Lamelo Ball, who Charlotte took third overall back in the 2020 NBA Draft, and Devonte' Graham. The Hornets were on pace to crack the NBA Playoffs before Ball's season ending injury because Rozier volunteered to move to shooting guard to make things easier for Ball and boy did it pay off. At one point Charlotte was ranked as high as fourth or fifth in the Eastern Conference before Ball suffered a season ending injury.


    The thing is Terry Rozier enters a contract year and will likely sign somewhere else like Kemba Walker did next year in 2022 if Charlotte doesn't trade Rozier now. That's why the 27-year-old Rozier may be traded this offseason so Charlotte can get some value for him before he walks. Charlotte let Kemba Walker walk without getting anything in return and I do not see them doing that with Rozier because Rozier is coming off a career season where he scored over 20 points per game.


    Malik Monk averaged a career high 11.7 points per game which is somewhat underwhelming for a consensus top 10 prospect who fell to the Hornets at 11 in the 2017 NBA Draft after scoring 19.8 points per game at Kentucky. Utah sort of got even with former Bulls star, now Hornets Owner, Michael Jordan, when they got Donovan Mitchell two picks after Charlotte took Monk over Mitchell, which at the time seemed like a good pick in theory since I mocked Monk at 9 to Dallas.


    The problem with Malik Monk is he's in year 4 with the Hornets as an RFA. He's still a great backup shooting guard and a reliable scorer who now has two seasons with over 10 points per game. He hasn't showed the same starpower and intensity that he put on display when he played for John Calipari at Kentucky. Even after Ball went down, he didn't show that and both of the Hornets shooting guards not named Terry Rozier are Restricted Free Agents. Monk had an opporunity to be the leader and man in year four by getting Charlotte to the playoffs and he just couldn't get the job done this year despite scoring a career high in points.


    My verdict on Malik Monk is pretty simple and straightforward. Monk is good enough to return to Charlotte until he's an unrestricted Free Agent. He's not somebody that I would extend though.


    At the same time, if you have an opportunity to upgrade over Malik Monk in the 2021 NBA Draft, you cannot pass on it if Dayvion Mitchell, Keon Johnson, or Moses Moody falls to your lap at 11. In this mock, Moody dropped to 11, and to be honest, you can make a legit case for taking him over both Mitchell or Johnson in the top 10.


    That's what happened when the Hornets picked Monk four years ago. Moody may sit behind Rozier if Terry sticks around, but he will be ready to start by 2022 at the very latest. Moody will give Monk the competition he desperately needs with one of those two emerging into a good starting shooting guard next to Lamelo Ball if Rozier does indeed get traded this offseason.


    The 6-6 205 lb Moses Moody had 16.8 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game, 1 steal per game, a 42.7% field goal percentage, a 81.2% free throw percentage, and a 35.8% three point percentage in 2020-2021 in his freshman season at Arkansas. Moody's free throw percentage and three point percentage is better than Johnson even though Keon had the better field goal percentage. Keon is more of an athlete who can play either point guard or shooting guard where as Moody is a pure shooting guard.


    Moses Moody had a career high 28 points in three different games against Texas A&M, South Carolina, and an LSU team that beat Arkansas in the Semifinals of the 2021 SEC Tournament where Moody had a career high 9 rebounds to go with his 28 points nearly getting a double double. Moody had a career high 5 assists. The thing is Moody displays a high basketball IQ and knows how to get his teammates involved based on his film despite what the stats say. He's a shooting guard, so his responsibility is to shoot the ball.


    I posted a film cut of Arkansas shooting guard Morgan Moses VS South Carolina. This was Keon's signature game that got him on a lot of NBA Draft radars. He could end up with 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in one game if he reaches his ceiling after posting those career highs at Arkansas. Obviously he won't average that every night, but those career highs make him a lottery pick in this extremely deep 2021 NBA Draft. His ceiling is similar almost exactly where Keon Johnson's is from a production standpoint. Keon had the 48 inch vertical at the NBA Combine, plus he's got a point guard body, so Keon could be a combo guard while Moses is more of a pure shooting guard.




  12. San Antonio Spurs: Keon Johnson, SG, Tennessee

    San Antonio gets a shooting guard to replace DeMar DeRozan here. DeRozan is a Free Agent with Keon Johnson being the best player on the board at 12.


    The 6-5 186 lb Keon Johnson had 11.3 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 1.1 steals per game, a 44.9% field goal percentage, a 70.3% free throw percentage, and a 27.1% three point percentage in 2020-2021 in his freshman season at Tennessee.


    Keon Johnson had a career high 27 points in a regular season win against Kentucky where he faced Kentucky Wildcats shooting guard B.J. Boston dominating that matchup putting Boston in his place. Johnson also had 9 rebounds in the two SEC Tournament games against Florida in the SEC quarterfinal before being losing to Alabama the eventual SEC Champion in the SEC Semifinals. Johnson also posted a career high 6 assists in the SEC Tournament win over Florida in Tennessee's final win of the season.


    I posted a film cut of Tennessee shooting guard Keon Johnson VS Kentucky. This was Keon's signature game that got him on a lot of NBA Draft radars. He could end up averaging 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in a game if he reaches his ceiling. Keon is talented enough to warrant a top 10 pick in this draft. He needs to become more consistent if he hopes to succeed in the NBA despite a very strong showing at the 2021 NBA Combine.





  13. Indiana Pacers: Corey Kisper, SF, Gonzaga

    One player that the Indiana Pacers reportedly love is Adelaide point guard Josh Gidey who played professional basketball overseas in Australia much like Lamelo Ball did a year ago. He's off the board, so the Pacers get their next best player available in Corey Kispert at 13.


    The 6-7 220 lb Corey Kispert had 18.6 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game, 1 steal per game, 1 block per game, a 52.9% field goal percentage, a 87.8% free throw percentage, and a 44% three point percentage when playing with Gonzaga. `Corey Kispert is a 22-year-old senior and the highest ranked senior prospect in quite some time.


    I posted a film cut of Gonzaga point guard Corey Kispert VS BYU. Jalen Suggs has a chance to replace Kyle Lowry in Toronto. He's got the traits to get 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists on his best day. You could argue that after Cunningham, he's the best bet for a player that can consistently average triple doubles.




  14. Golden State Warriors: Dayvion Mitchell, SG, Baylor

    Mitchell and Kispert have the two best three point percentages, but both players are 22-years-old. Players over the age of 21 that get drafted early in the NBA Draft have a high bust rate, but I really believe Mitchell is the exception to this rule because he defends well against any position despite being a shooting guard at Baylor who projects as an NBA point guard. The objection against taking Mitchell at 7 is that he turns 23 in September. I don't think there would be any objections about taking him at 14 though.


    I am sticking with Dayvion Mitchell at 14 for now despite his age because he can play point guard or shooting guard. If Golden State can get Jonathan Kuminga at 7 and Dayvion Mitchell at 14, this will be a superb night for them.


    Baylor's best player on the 2021 Mens Basketball National Champions is Dayvion Mitchell who is versatile enough to play both point guard and shooting guard. Mitchell's career high for points is 31 and his career high for assists is 11. He'd fit well on Golden State as a backup shooting guard to Klay Thompson who could step in, perhaps maybe even replace Thompson should Klay suffer a third consecutive season ending injury in three straight years.


    The 6-1 205 lb Dayvion Mitchell had 14 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 5.5 assists per game, 1.9 steals per game, a 51.1% field goal percentage, a 64.1% free throw percentage, and a 44.7% three point percentage this past season in his junior season at Baylor which was best in the NCAA among 2021 NBA Draft prospects.


    The only knock with Mitchell besides his age is that his free throw percentage declined in all three seasons during his time in the NCAA. Mitchell transferred from Auburn to Baylor after his freshman season. Mitchell led Baylor to their first College Basketball Championship in his junior season which is why I can look past him transferring. He's older than most prospects in the top 10, but is well deserving of going to a team like Golden State at 7, even though he ends up falling to 14. Jay Bilas had him at 5 on his board when the NBA Lottery was held a month ago and I agree with Bilas that he's the best fit for the Warriors at 7 despite his age, but he ends up on the Warriors at 14.


    I posted a film cut of Baylor shooting guard Dayvion Mitchell VS Gonzaga. This was the National Championship where Baylor played Gonzaga.





  15. Washington Wizards: Jalen Johnson, SF, Duke

    Washington grabs the best player on the board at 15. There are 15 players that can make a case for going in the lottery this year, but only 14 will get picked in the lottery with the last player falling to the Washington Wizards at 15.


    Jalen Johnson only played 13 games at Duke. He showed a lot of promise in those games before quitting on Duke to prepare for the 2021 NBA Draft.


    The 6-9 220 lb Jalen Johnson had 11.2 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, 1.2 steals per game, 1.2 blocks per game, a 52.3% field goal percentage, a 63.2% free throw percentage, and a 44.4% three point percentage in 2020-2021 in his only season at Duke. He's younger and just as competent of a three point shooter as Corey Kispert based on this small sample size.


    I posted a film cut of Duke small forward Jalen Johnson VS Pittsburgh. This was Jalen Johnson's only game among the 13 games where he exceeded 20 points in a game at the Peterson Event Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He could thrive learning under someone like Wiggins.













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