Comprehensive guide to the 2021 NBA Draft
- Thursday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET
- Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
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Draft order (Round 1)
|7||Warriors (via MIN)|
|8||Magic (via CHI)|
|16||Thunder (via BOS)|
|18||Thunder (via MIA)|
|21||Knicks (via DAL)|
|23||Rockets (via POR)|
|24||Rockets (via MIL)|
*Reportedly swapped in Jonas Valanciunas-Steven Adams trade
Cade Cunningham - Guard, Oklahoma State
Lead ball-handlers with Cunningham's physical tools and skill set don't come around too often. He's got the size to see over the top of opposing defenses as well as the strength to guard multiple positions at the next level.
Cunningham averaged 20.1 points and shot 40% from deep, showcasing a high level of shot creation throughout his freshman year. He can finish through contact at the rim, bully smaller guards in the post, and pull up from mid-range.
The Oklahoma State star was exceptional with the game on the line, scoring an NCAA-leading 103 points in clutch situations.
Jalen Green - Guard, G League Ignite
There isn't a more electrifying player in this year's draft than Green. The 6-foot-6 guard's explosive first step, combined with his leaping ability, has produced a handful of highlight-reel dunks. While those sequences undoubtedly stand out, it's Green's shotmaking ability that could make him an elite scorer for years to come.
The Ignite star adjusted well to the pro game, averaging 17.9 points and making 36.5% of his triples from NBA range during the abbreviated G League campaign. Green demonstrated great body control on fadeaways and used his smooth footwork to create separation from defenders, plus he's a crafty finisher around the rim.
Evan Mobley - Center, USC
Mobley had one of the most dominant freshman seasons in recent memory. The rangy center registered 16.4 points, 8.7 boards, 2.9 blocks, and 2.4 assists per contest over 33 appearances in 2020-21. He was the first person in Pac-12 history to win Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same campaign.
Mobley is everything that teams covet in a modern big man. He's an elite rim-protector, he can switch out to guards on the perimeter, and he makes high-level passing reads. Mobley did most of his offensive damage around the rim, but he also flashed some touch from the perimeter.
Jalen Suggs - Guard, Gonzaga
Suggs was the floor general on a loaded Gonzaga squad that fell only a win short of an undefeated season. His leadership and ability to deliver accurate passes in tight windows can be traced back to his days as a four-star quarterback in high school.
There was no stage too bright for Suggs as he continually delivered in the clutch, including an iconic buzzer-beater versus UCLA in the Final Four. The 6-foot-4 guard plays with an edge on both ends of the floor, using his strong frame to absorb contact at the rim and defend multiple positions.