2021 NBA Mock Draft (V1)

After the NBA Draft Lottery settled the order for this July's draft, it's time to start predicting who goes where. Here's our first mock draft of the season.

Cade Cunningham NCAA Tournament 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 21: Cade Cunningham #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys watches a shot as they take on the Oregon State Beavers during the first half in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cade Cunningham NCAA Tournament 2021

The NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, and now draft season can really start. Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto were all big winners last Tuesday, as they all moved up to secure a top four pick. Houston did not end up with the first pick despite having the league’s worst record, but avoided disaster by not falling out of the top four and giving their pick to Oklahoma City. The Thunder could have had two picks in the top five, but ended up with the sixth selection to go along with the 16th and 18th picks. Orlando also fell out of the top three, but they were able to retain their pick from the Bulls without it jumping into the top four.

This draft class has largely been perceived to have a set top five players, but is starting to shift toward a top four with Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green, and Jalen Suggs separating themselves from Jonathan Kuminga. Outside of the top five, the rest of the lottery is still full of talent, but most of this pool is filled with either international talent that NBA teams haven’t been able to watch in person as much as they’d like or college players with one-dimensional traits that could limit their ceilings.

As always, there probably will an future All-Star taken outside of the top five and lottery, but who it ends up being will depend heavily on the situation and development. In a class where many see a similar talent level from picks 10-32, we may see more trades in the middle of round than we typically do.

1. Pistons - Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State

Cade Cunningham NCAA Tournament 2 2021

2. Rockets - Jalen Green, G, G League Ignite

Jalen Green G League Practice 2020

3. Cavaliers - Evan Mobley, C, USC

Evan Mobley USC Kansas 2021

4. Raptors - Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga

Jalen Suggs Gonzaga UCLA 2021

5. Magic - Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite

Jonathan Kuminga Layup G League 2021

6. Thunder - Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State

Scottie Barnes UNC FSU 2021

7. Warriors - Moses Moody, G, Arkansas

Moses Moody Arkansas Alabama 2021

8. Magic - James Bouknight, G, Connecticut

James Bouknight UConn Maryland 2021

9. Kings - Alperen Şengün, C, Turkey

Alperen Sengun Turkey Jumpshot 2021

10. Pelicans - Franz Wagner, F, Michigan

Franz Wagner Michigan Rutgers 2021

11. Hornets - Isaiah Jackson, F, Kentucky

Isaiah Jackson Kentucky Auburn 2021

12. Spurs - Josh Giddey, G, Australia

Josh Giddey 36ers 2021

13. Pacers - Jalen Johnson, G, Duke

Jalen Johnson

14. Warriors - Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor

Davion Mitchell Baylor Gonzaga 2021

15. Wizards - Corey Kispert, F, Gonzaga

Corey Kispert Gonzaga UCLA 2021

16. Thunder - Usman Garuba, F, Spain

Usman Garuba Liga ACD 2021

17. Grizzlies - Tre Mann, G, Florida

Tre Mann Florida SEC Tournament 2021

18. Thunder - Keon Johnson, G, Tennessee

Keon Johnson Tenn Alabama 2021

19. Knicks - Jared Butler, G, Baylor

Jared Butler Baylor Houston 2021

20. Hawks - Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn

Sharife Cooper Auburn Arkansas 2021

21. Knicks - Chris Duarte, G, Oregon

Chris Duarte Oregon Pac 12 Tournament 2021

22. Lakers - Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee

Jaden Springer Tennessee Kentucky 2021

23. Rockets - Ziaire Williams, G/F, Stanford

Ziaire Williams Stanford Alabama 2020

24. Rockets - Kai Jones, C, Texas

Kai Jones Scorers Table 2021

25. Clippers - Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois

Ayo Dosunmu Big Ten Champs 2021

26. Nuggets - Cameron Thomas, G, LSU

Cameron Thomas LSU NCAA Tournament 2021

27. Nets - Greg Brown, F, Texas

Greg Brown Texas Texas Tech 2021

28. 76ers - Trey Murphy III, G, Virginia

Trey Murphy III Virginia Syracuse 2021

29. Suns - Day’Ron Sharpe, F, North Carolina

Day'Ron Sharpe UNC Northeastern 2021

30. Jazz - JT Thor, F, Auburn

JT Thor Auburn UCF 2020

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