PG – Oklahoma State – HT: 6-8 – WT: 220 – WING: 7-0 1/4 – Fr – If the Rockets hold onto the no.1 overall pick the choice will be simple. Cade has been the top player in this class for at least a year and that won’t change between now and draft day (July 29th). Who should go no.1?
SG – G League Ignite – HT: 6-6 – WT: 180 – WING: 6-7 1/2 – USA02 – The Pistons had a great draft last year and are poised to add another big time talent at the top of the 2021 draft. Jalen Green would bring a much needed scoring punch and fit like a glove between Killain Hayes and Saddiq Bey. Article – Article1
C – USC – HT: 7-0 – WT: 195 – WING: NA – Fr – The Magic have some talented young guards but question marks up front. Mobley would fill a giant need and would be an easy choice at no.3, as the best player on the board.
PG – Gonzaga – HT: 6-4 – WT: 198 – WING: 6-5– Fr – The Thunder go best player available here and pair Suggs with SGA to form one of the most dynamic and exciting young backcourts in the League. Article
SF – Florida State – HT: 6-9 – WT: 227 – WING: 7-2– Fr – The Cavs add another versatile play-making forward to line-up next to Okoro. Barnes will immediately upgrade the defense and his unselfish style of play on offense is infectious. More
SF – G League Ignite (Congo) – HT: 6-7 – WT: 217 – WING: 7-2 – USA02 – The Warriors should be back in contention next season and could use some more firepower on the wing. Kuminga is raw but has big time upside. There’s also a chance this pick gets moved for a win-now veteran. Article
SG – Tennessee – HT: 6-5 – WT: 190 – WING: NA– Fr – The Raptors draft the raw but ultra-athletic Keon Johnson. He’s got all the tools to be a great pro and would land in a great situation to develop in Toronto. His outside shot is still coming along but the draft is about upside and Keon has a rare type of athletic ability.
SG – Arkansas – HT: 6-6 – WT: 185 – WING: 7-0– Fr – If the Magic land a big (Mobley) with their first pick they should focus on adding a wing at no.8. Moody is a lights-out shooter with ideal size and solid defensive instincts. 1on1 Interview
PG – Adelaide (Australia) – HT: 6-8 – WT: 205 – WING: NA– Int02 – The Kings have Fox and Hali but could go with Giddey, the intriguing Aussie jumbo point guard. Giddey is a great passer who can play on or off the ball. Article
PG – Baylor – HT: 6-2 – WT: 205 – WING: NA – Jr – Mitchell would give the Pels an elite defender and high energy leader at the point guard position. He’s an older prospect but his trajectory is still pointing up and he should have an impact early in his career.
PF – Real Madrid (Spain) – HT: 6-9 – WT: 230 – WING: 7-2 – Int.02 – The Hornets go with Usman, the high energy defender and rebounder who has an emerging offensive game. He’d help solidify the D and would be fun to watch in the P&R with LaMelo.
PF – Texas (Bahamas) – HT: 6-10 – WT: 205 – WING: NA– So – Kai would bring a new level of athleticism to the Pacers frontcourt. He might take some time to develop but at this point in the draft you swing for the fences with a high upside athlete like Kai. 1on1 Interview
SF – Michigan (Germany) – HT: 6-9 – WT: 205 – WING: 6-8– So – Franz would be a seamless fit on the Warriors with his passing ability and smooth 3pt shot. He’s a young sophomore who shows flashes of big time ability.
SG – UConn – HT: 6-4 – WT: 175 – WING: NA – So – The Wizards put a lot of scoring pressure on Beal and Westbrook and could use some added offensive firepower. Bouknight should be able to get buckets from day one, although his defense is still a work in progress.
PF – Besiktas (Turkey) – HT: 6-10 – WT: 240 – WING: NA – Int.02 – The Thunder have acquired this pick in the Al Horford/Kemba Walker trade. A wide-bodied big with a high skill level and a lot of toughness but doesn’t have great mobility.
PG – Auburn – HT: 6-0 – WT: 165 – WING: NA– Fr – Sharife is lethal with the ball in his hands and has elite blow by ability but his lack of size and outside shooting could keep him from being a high first round pick.
PF – Cibona (Croatia) – HT: 6-9 – WT: NA – WING: 7-0– Int02 – Roko is smooth and talented. He’s not an elite run/jump athlete but he’s got really good defensive instincts, is a solid shot blocker and has advanced offensive skills. Article