The 2021 NBA draft is upon us and starting to crystalize, with groups making last preparations for Thursday’s occasion. And whereas there’s a way of which gamers will come off the board first, the prospect of trades within the lottery has continued to swirl. There’s nonetheless quite a lot of intrigue and anticipation across the NBA going into draft night time, and all the newest intel on all 30 first-round picks will be discovered right here.
As at all times, this mock makes an attempt to mission what the draft may seem like on a given day, and relies primarily off of my very own intel and conversations with a spread of executives, scouts, and others across the NBA. SI’s Prime 80 draft board will be discovered right here. Count on one other replace or two within the subsequent few hours as issues develop.
1. Pistons: Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State
Top: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman
With lower than 24 hours till Detroit is on the clock, the expectation right here stays the identical: that the Pistons finish the suspense and take Cunningham. However no a part of this determination course of has been simple for them. There was actual disagreement inside the Pistons’ braintrust surrounding which participant to pick, league sources say. Detroit at all times seen the highest decide as a three-player dialog that included Evan Mobley and Jalen Inexperienced. There’s nonetheless some uncertainty over which of Mobley and Inexperienced had extra traction internally, however the sturdy feeling amongst rival groups is that Detroit has had a reliable, extended determination course of.
Cunningham is predicted to win out and be the decide right here, barring a last-second commerce. That’s not essentially probably. However hypothetically, solely two groups can draw up a Hail Mary to strive and tempt the Pistons: the Rockets and Thunder. Houston is regarded as content material with Jalen Inexperienced at No. 2. And it’s truthful to say that the complete NBA is suspicious of Oklahoma Metropolis proper now, though it’s thought of extra possible that they make a play for Cleveland’s decide at No. 3. There’s not a lot time left for a deal to materialize, but it surely’s not completely out of the query.
Regardless, Cunningham has gained at each cease, and with a malleable, clever method to scoring and playmaking, he’ll turn into the No. 1 decide for good cause.
2. Rockets: Jalen Inexperienced, SG, G League Ignite
Top: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Freshman
No surprises right here: as beforehand reported right here, league sources view Inexperienced as a vital lock to Houston at No. 2. He worked out for the Rockets in the days prior to the draft, and a mutual consolation stage has shaped between the 2 sides. Houston explored buying and selling the decide, however settled on Inexperienced, with the matchmaking course of aided by the very fact he was the one projected high decide to work out for the Rockets. One other notable tidbit: sources say Inexperienced has constructed a friendship with Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr., relationship again to their time within the G League bubble, which ought to encourage a minimum of some stage of confidence that their comparable kinds of play can coexist. Inexperienced has main upside as a scorer, and has been seen because the Rockets’ most popular selection relationship again to lottery night time. Houston will take an enormous swing on him right here.
3. Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, F/C, USC
Top: 7′ 0″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 20 | Freshman
Prior to now 24 hours, it’s begun to really feel extra like this decide might transfer, with rising chatter that the Cavs could possibly be tempted to make a commerce. Mobley’s presumptive availability on the clock has created a swell of curiosity within the decide, with rival groups closely speculating on the Thunder as a menace to maneuver up right here. Whereas the chance of a commerce truly materializing for Cleveland isn’t absolutely clear but, their asking value is regarded as fairly excessive. If there’s no commerce, the Cavaliers are ready to draft Mobley on Thursday night time, and there are lots of across the league who view him as a No. 1 pick-worthy expertise.
Mobley tasks as a low-maintenance, high-impact performer and potential franchise centerpiece, and expert, two-way bigs of his ilk don’t come round typically. He’s not an ideal match with restricted free agent heart Jarrett Allen, whom the Cavs seem invested in long-term, however there’s some perception they’ll play collectively, a minimum of for now. The prospect of drafting Mobley raises the query of whether or not Cleveland can realistically carry Allen, Kevin Love and Larry Nance on the group subsequent season. On the flipside, passing on Mobley purely due to that logjam can be a mistake.
4. Raptors: Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga
Top: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 20 | Freshman
It’s nonetheless unclear precisely what the Raptors will do right here, with some speak going round that they’re strongly contemplating Scottie Barnes along with Suggs, who has been calmly penciled in right here by a majority of the NBA for many of the final month. It’s been circulating that Suggs had an underwhelming exercise in Toronto final week, which has contributed to a number of the exterior second-guessing across the choice. However Suggs continues to be seen by most as probably the most interesting prospect on the board at No. 4, and a wonderful slot in Toronto.
The Raptors might not overcomplicate this, though the potential for a commerce stays. Sources say Toronto has continued listening to presents right here. They’re identified to be interested by remaking the roster this summer time, and their entrance workplace is usually opportunistic. They’ve primarily been linked to Jonathan Kuminga and James Bouknight in trade-back situations.
5. Magic: Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State
Top: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Until Barnes comes off the board at No. 4 to Toronto or one other group that trades up, it’s not an exaggeration to say that just about the complete NBA thinks the Magic will take him right here. The vibe from rival groups has coloured this choice as one thing of a poorly-kept secret at this level. Whereas Barnes doesn’t boast the kind of scoring skill historically present in top-five picks, his vary of spectacular intangibles, elite passing abilities and defensive acumen have constructed a convincing case. He can be a robust match for the Magic, possessing the size and versatility that matches their conventional draft ethos, and a galvanizing persona that would assist stabilize their younger locker room.
6. Thunder: James Bouknight, SG, UConn
Top: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Sophomore
Rival groups are watching the Thunder with intense suspicion because the draft attracts nearer, the hunch being Oklahoma Metropolis could possibly pull off a commerce into the highest 4. No person is aware of precisely what Sam Presti needs to do, however he has sufficient future picks to get wherever he needs within the draft, relying on how badly he needs to get there. It’s been presumed that the Thunder would goal Evan Mobley in the event that they had been in a position to make it as much as No. 3. Oklahoma Metropolis might additionally nonetheless make a play for No. 1, with Detroit not absolutely settled on that decide. Nonetheless, for now, a lot of this stays speculative. And rival groups usually agree that Bouknight and Jonathan Kuminga are the 2 gamers more than likely within the combine right here if the Thunder stand pat.
Bouknight will get the nod on this situation, as arguably the draft’s most polished scorer and a possible high-impact addition. He’s proven actual creativeness ending within the paint and creating photographs, and groups count on he’ll be greater than enough as a bounce shooter. Along with the Thunder, he’s believed to be strongly in play for the Warriors.
7. Warriors (from Timberwolves): Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite
Top: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 18
Barring any trades among the many first six picks, that is the primary massive swing spot within the draft. There’s been a whole lot of chatter about what the Warriors will do, with all 4 of Kuminga, James Bouknight, Josh Giddey and Franz Wagner seen as actual choices. It’s additionally potential Golden State trades again, with Memphis tipped as a possible commerce accomplice arising from No. 10. On this situation, the Warriors take the most important upside swing and stroll away with Kuminga, concentrating on a extra NBA-ready participant with their second lottery decide.
Kuminga stays one of many higher-upside abilities within the class, with elite athletic instruments and coordination at his measurement, however issues over his ball-dominant model of play, bounce shot and NBA readiness have contributed to the shift in notion. League sources say Kuminga has struggled to achieve traction in the course of the predraft course of, and rival groups proceed to take a position how far he may slip—however a fall out of the highest ten would nonetheless be a shock.
8. Magic (from Bulls): Franz Wagner, SF, Michigan
Top: 6′ 9″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Sophomore
This Orlando decide has additionally been a bit tough to mission, on condition that there’s not essentially a pure match for his or her roster among the many prospects accessible. Orlando can theoretically decide from the wings accessible right here, with Wagner, Moses Moody and Ziaire Williams amongst these linked. If Jonathan Kuminga had been to fall right here, rival groups imagine the Magic might choose to cross. Orlando might probably transfer again off this decide for the best provide, however the asking value is regarded as fairly excessive.
Wagner has had a little bit of a mysterious pre-draft course of, as he opted out of the mix and has performed exercises quietly, however is predicted to return off the board within the Prime 10. The phrase is that he did work out for the Magic. His well-rounded sport has made him a well-liked commodity, with a mature method on offense that isn’t predicated on quantity capturing so as to add worth. He’s a wonderful group defender with the dimensions to match up on a spread of personnel. He’d be a pleasant match right here because the Magic reimagine their roster, able to enjoying both ahead spot and becoming into a variety of lineups.
9. Kings: Alperen Sengün, F/C, Besiktas (Turkey)
Top: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 240 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Over the previous a number of days, the Kings have been consistently linked to Sengün, whose spectacular manufacturing as in Turkey might be notably interesting to their analytic-driven entrance workplace, along with his combo of youth and counting stats prone to mission effectively. Sacramento has additionally incessantly been tied to Franz Wagner, however is seen as keen to assume exterior the field a bit, and Wagner could possibly be off the board earlier than this. The Kings badly want inside assist of any form, with the jury nonetheless out on Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes headed free of charge company.
The query how a lot a post-centric prospect like Sengün is value in in the present day’s NBA: he’s already a statistical outlier, however solely probably the most dominant inside gamers justifiably command high-end utilization. Considerations about his skill to guard the basket persist. However with terrific ending abilities and passing imaginative and prescient, Sengün is a lottery-level expertise, although not a match for each group’s model of play.
10. Grizzlies: Josh Giddey, G, Adelaide 36ers (Australia)
Top: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 18
The Grizzlies acquired this decide from the Pelicans on Monday in a still-pending commerce that noticed them tackle the undesirable contracts of Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams, in an effort to transfer up from No. 17. League sources say Memphis continues to strive and commerce greater, and is rumored to be angling for Golden State’s decide at No. 7. The 2 gamers most incessantly linked to Memphis are Josh Giddey and Wagner—each of whom could possibly be trade-up targets—however on this situation, Giddey makes it down the board.
Giddey would give the Grizzlies one other proficient playmaker to take stress off Ja Morant. He’s one of many draft’s greatest passers and has improved his jumper to a workable stage over the previous yr. With distinctive really feel for the sport and a productive yr in Australia underneath his belt, Giddey is extraordinarily superior for an adolescent, and doesn’t flip 19 till October. His strengths really feel translatable right into a helpful bench function at worst, along with his peak and smarts enabling him to play all around the flooring. He might go as excessive as No. 7 to Golden State.
11. Hornets: Kai Jones, F/C, Texas
Top: 6′ 11″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 20 | Sophomore
Per sources, Jones labored out twice for the Hornets, who’ve an apparent want for a younger massive and have incessantly been linked as their selection right here. His potential to knock down jumpers, end lobs and shield the paint—coupled with uncommon athletic presents and ability flashes—make him one of many higher-upside choices on the board on this a part of the lottery. He was by no means an particularly constant producer at Texas, and will nonetheless be very a lot a mission for whoever drafts him. The Hornets can provide him time to determine issues out and experiment, and his defensive versatility makes him fairly interesting right here.
12. Spurs: Moses Moody, SG, Arkansas
Top: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 19 | Freshman
As beforehand reported right here, the Spurs have angled to maneuver up within the draft and into the highest 10. It’s value noting they’ve traditionally been content material to face pat on draft night time. The Spurs have spent the previous few years growing their younger perimeter gamers, and Keldon Johnson particularly seems to be like a keeper, but it surely’s been rumored that they aren’t essentially hooked up on the hip to gamers like Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker. On this situation they go best-available and choose Moody, whose vary begins at No. 8 and ends at No. 15 or so.
Moody is a probably high-level shooter, and profiles effectively as a no-frills 3-and-D wing. His lack of explosiveness and creativity off the dribble ties his upside primarily to his jumper, and his youth makes him a greater match for groups that may be affected person. However he has quite a few followers across the league, and his inventory appears to have solidified within the lottery.
13. Pacers: Corey Kispert, SF, Gonzaga
Top: 6′ 7″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 22 | Senior
The Pacers have fielded calls from a number of groups seeking to purchase a lottery decide, however have to this point turned these makes an attempt away, league sources say. Indiana is seeking to enhance, not rebuild, and have largely been linked to extra skilled prospects, together with Kispert, Davion Mitchell and Chris Duarte. Kispert is among the draft’s elite shooters, with sufficient measurement and complementary abilities to carry his personal, and a pure alternative free of charge agent Doug McDermott. Whereas not a artistic participant nor an upside decide, he’s seen as a robust plug-and play match. His vary begins with Charlotte at No. 11, and runs into the kids.
14. Warriors: Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor
Top: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 22 | Junior
Golden State has been tied to Mitchell all through the method, and it appears he could possibly be accessible to them right here, notably if the Pacers go in a distinct route. Presuming the Warriors take a youthful participant at No. 7, logic suggests they search for extra rapid rotation assist at No. 14, with Chris Duarte and Trey Murphy believed to be within the combine. Mitchell is assumed to have sturdy help from the Warriors’ teaching employees. Groups have been a bit cooler on Mitchell than the general public discourse for a lot of the season, along with his age, measurement, and restricted résumé as a shooter pushing him down into this a part of the draft. However he’s been a late bloomer, and his intangibles, work ethic, defensive toughness, and growing offensive sport are nonetheless extremely attractive, and would match effectively right here in a scenario the place he’s not tasked with an excessive amount of playmaking duty immediately.
15. Wizards: Chris Duarte, SG, Oregon
Top: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 24 | Senior
Duarte has been one of many scorching names on the morning of the draft, and is prone to come off the board within the 13-15 vary. He’s been tipped as a trade-up goal for groups, with the Knicks most incessantly talked about as a suitor.
Many across the NBA imagine Washington could also be Duarte’s flooring on draft night time, giving them one other tall, expert choice for his or her rotation. Duarte is among the oldest gamers within the draft, however his reliability, capturing, and well-rounded sport are massive attracts, and he has an opportunity to return off the board within the late lottery. The Wizards’ route with this decide could also be formed by any developments with Bradley Beal this week, however he has but to request a commerce, and Washington’s focus has been on staying aggressive. Duarte doesn’t profile as a star, however checks each bins within the sense that he can provide positional cowl for Beal within the brief and long run. He had a terrific season at Oregon, rising as a prolific shooter and dependable defender, and groups have been keen to miss his age.
16. Thunder (from Celtics): Keon Johnson, SG, Tennessee
Top: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Freshman
It stays unclear whether or not the Thunder will use these picks within the teenagers, one or each of which might create a path to buying a second lottery decide. Oklahoma Metropolis may have engaging choices in the event that they resolve to remain put. Johnson is in play all around the 11-20 vary, and matches the invoice as one other high-upside mission for the Thunder. He’s among the finest athletes within the draft, however underwhelming measurements on the mix and issues about his jumper and ball abilities have damage his inventory a bit. Johnson must refine his offensive sport, however has higher really feel than a typical mission wing, and a troublesome, defensive-oriented mindset that would expedite his pathway to helpful minutes.
17. Pelicans: Trey Murphy, F, Virginia
Top: 6′ 9″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 21 | Junior
The Pelicans will purchase this decide from the Grizzlies in a multi-player deal designed to unencumber main wage cap flexibility. Rival groups imagine New Orleans is open to buying and selling this decide and transferring again once more, with curiosity in bettering their rotation and pushing for the playoffs. Staying on this decide retains the Pelicans in a fascinating vary so as to add one other younger piece to their supporting solid. Murphy’s measurement and constant jumper make him a robust match. Murphy isn’t an awesome ballhandler or artistic passer, however has sense of his personal strengths and weaknesses and shouldn’t be a significant legal responsibility. There’s upside if his athletic skill performs up greater than anticipated on protection.
18. Thunder (from Warmth): Ziaire Williams, SF, Stanford
Top: 6′ 9″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Williams has been a tough participant to put all through the method, with curiosity as excessive as Orlando at No. 8 and additional down within the lottery. He looks like extra of a trade-back candidate on this vary, nonetheless. He helped himself with the predraft course of by showcasing his capturing and ball abilities in exercises, and measured effectively on the mix, renewing his notion as an upside decide. Williams’ mixture of positional peak, ability stage, and capturing skill has at all times been tantalizing for scouts, however questions surrounding his damage historical past and lack of consistency relationship again to highschool persist. As a talented wing with legit measurement, he stays interesting from a improvement perspective if a group can inherit the danger.
19. Knicks: Isaiah Jackson, C, Kentucky
Top: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 19 | Freshman
As beforehand reported, the Knicks have made makes an attempt to commerce as excessive because the late lottery, in line with league sources, however have to this point been rebuffed. Rival groups imagine New York’s goal is Chris Duarte, which might require a transfer into the 13-15 vary. Whereas they’ll provide picks 19, 21, and 32 to get the place they need, it’s unclear whether or not Knicks are keen to place all three picks on the desk to make that occur.
There was no group and prospect extra closely linked behind the scenes throughout this draft cycle than Jackson and the Knicks. The Kentucky product has deep ties to the group, and rumors of mutual curiosity between them have been persistent. He was regarded as a potential trade-up goal for New York, but it surely’s begun to look extra probably he’ll be on the board by the point the Knicks choose. Whereas Jackson is inarguably uncooked and not notably expert, he’s an distinctive athlete, and flashed sufficient intriguing issues in the course of the season to solidify first-round curiosity. The hope is that he’ll will emerge as a rim-running heart who protects the basket, however he’s not notably dependable but. He’s an acquired style for some scouts, who query his offensive acumen and really feel, however he’d be a depth piece with upside right here, and might finally supplant Mitchell Robinson.
20. Hawks: Cameron Thomas, SG, LSU
Top: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 | Freshman
The Hawks seem centered on perimeter assist right here, with Tony Snell and Lou Williams coming off the books and creating a scarcity of depth behind Trae Younger and Kevin Huerter. A transfer right here can also be potential: sources say Atlanta has made Cam Reddish accessible, and the Hawks are additionally believed to be open to buying and selling again.
Thomas’s rigid, shoot-first method has made him a divisive participant in entrance workplaces, however he’s one of many extra constant and completed scorers within the draft. The questions right here revolve round his playstyle, and his basic disinterest in protection and sharing the ball. However there’s some thought that he may match properly as an additional scorer on a group with a longtime pecking order. It is going to fall on Thomas to turn into a extra malleable participant in the long term, however his manufacturing is tough to knock, and he’ll have simpler photographs coming his manner enjoying off the ball on group, in principle.
21. Knicks (from Mavericks): Bones Hyland, SG, VCU
Top: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 165 | Age: 20 | Sophomore
The Knicks might have a look at a guard right here in the event that they hold this decide, with Hyland tabbed as a chance for them. One of many winners of the pre-draft course of, Hyland seems prone to come off the board within the 18-25 vary.He gathered steam with a terrific exhibiting on the draft mix and has impressed along with his capturing abilities, placing him in play greater than this. Whereas he’s fairly slender for an NBA two-guard, his skill to make powerful photographs is tough to search out, and has helped separate him from the massive pack of guards within the late first spherical. Whereas his sport will not be probably the most various, Hyland is seen as a probably invaluable bench scorer, and groups worth his skill to create his personal shot.
22. Lakers: Usman Garuba, F/C, Actual Madrid (Spain)
Top: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 230 | Age: 19
The Lakers determine to be available in the market for rapid assist with this decide, and are anticipated to exhaust all avenues to reshaping the roster this summer time. Because of the monetary constraints created by their present contract scenario, count on L.A. to discover commerce packages involving this choice, probably designed to shed wage. It gained’t be stunning if one other group makes this choice.
Groups are all around the board on Garuba, who has one of the intriguing defensive profiles within the draft, however is lagging behind by way of ball abilities at this level, resulting in questions over what his eventual function is perhaps on the offensive of the ground. He’s skilled and legitimately versatile on protection, and a worthy flier, however will should be deployed creatively. His vary begins round No. 18 and runs into the 20s, the place he could possibly be a robust worth decide for somebody.
23. Rockets (from Blazers): Jalen Johnson, F, Duke
Top: 6′ 9″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman
This may be one thing of a fall for Johnson, who entered the yr projected as a lottery decide, however has gained little traction over the course of the predraft course of and group interviews. He’s a really intriguing upside decide if he slides, because it’s tough to search out gamers along with his mix of measurement, ball abilities, and passing imaginative and prescient. Johnson has his warts, notably his inconsistent jumper, however any slide within the draft will primarily be indicative of how groups selected to weight the background intel from his highschool and faculty careers. His physique of labor at Duke was transient, restricted and inconsistent. Johnson stays an interesting reclamation mission, with a reasonably clear pathway to an NBA function if issues break appropriately, but it surely’s been powerful to search out scouts who really feel assured in him reaching his potential.
It’s usually anticipated that the Rockets will make a transfer involving one or each of their picks within the 20s, however the availability of a participant like Johnson, who was initially projected to go a lot greater, might make them assume arduous. Houston has historically prioritized expertise and upside over all else.
24. Rockets (from Bucks): Day’Ron Sharpe, C, North Carolina
Top: 6′ 11″ | Weight: 265 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Houston has made this decide accessible, sources say, so it might be one other group drafting right here. Sharpe’s sturdy predraft course of might culminate with him coming off the board sooner than anticipated. He’s been tipped as a potential trade-back goal for late-lottery groups, and appears prone to land within the first spherical. Sharpe has largely been terrific on the exercise circuit, having improved his conditioning, shot the ball surprisingly effectively, and impressed in interviews. He has the makings of a dependable function participant in the long term, along with his ceiling tied to his offensive improvement and potential as a passer. Whereas not supremely athletic or expert as a scorer, Sharpe is a extremely aggressive, high-effort rebounder with extra upside than most conventional facilities in his mildew.
25. Clippers: Miles McBride, PG, West Virginia
Top: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 20 | Sophomore
The Clippers have primarily been linked to guards at this spot, however have wants throughout the board, and have constantly valued toughness and really feel of their function gamers. McBride is regarded as within the combine for them, and has earned followers across the league along with his toughness, on-ball protection and shot-making abilities. It seems to be like he’ll come off the board within the 25-32 vary. McBride has off-the-charts size and a dependable pull-up jumper that provides him a little bit extra to supply than your typical defensive-minded faculty guard. Optimistic scouts assume he has the chops to anchor bench items, and McBride’s poised, no-frills sport would slot in Brooklyn.
26. Nuggets: Joshua Primo, SG, Alabama
Top: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 18 | Freshman
Denver has historically been content material to seize whoever falls to them within the 20s, and ought to be in place to try this right here, with a spread of high quality guards probably accessible. After a robust exhibiting on the mix and spectacular pre-draft course of behind closed doorways, Primo now seems to be like a lock to land someplace within the first spherical, along with his vary starting within the late teenagers and operating down into the 20s. He’s demonstrated a extra various offensive sport than he confirmed in a spot-up function at Alabama, with combo guard abilities and a formidable stage of poise and focus. The very fact he’s the youngest draft-eligible prospect provides a layer of attraction as a long-term mission, and he’s within the combine for groups that may afford to be affected person. Primo has starter-level upside in the long term.
27. Nets: Quentin Grimes, SG, Houston
Top: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Junior
Like many of the picks within the 20s this yr, this Nets decide is seen as one that would change arms. Rival groups imagine Landry Shamet is a commerce candidate right here, and probably a method for Brooklyn to maneuver up within the draft. Grimes was one of many greatest winners on the mix and has performed his manner into late first-round consideration, with a well-rounded perimeter sport and sturdy intangibles which have earmarked him as a possible function participant. Grimes reinvented himself at Houston as a ball-moving, complementary bounce shooter, and performs with a stage of maturity and confidence that ought to endear him to playoff groups on this a part of the draft.
28. 76ers: J.T. Thor, PF, Auburn
Top: 6′ 9″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 18 | Freshman
Thor has intrigued groups in exercises along with his distinctive size and potential to shoot the ball reliably, and has an fascinating profile as a stretch massive. He’d be an fascinating goal on this a part of the draft for a group keen to tackle a mission, with out a lot historical past of constant manufacturing, however sufficient of a ability set to have actual attraction within the 20s.
Daryl Morey has by no means been notably hooked up to his draft picks, and historical past suggests the Sixers will entertain commerce presents right here, making it an fascinating spot for one more group to seize a participant who unexpectedly slips to the again of the primary spherical.
29. Suns: Tre Mann, G, Florida
Top: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Sophomore
The Suns have valued prospects with a number of years of faculty expertise lately, and Mann matches that invoice right here as an upside play. Backcourt depth could also be an space for them to deal with right here, with Chris Paul on the again finish of his profession
Groups usually count on Mann to return off the board someplace the 20s, and he accepted quite a few exercises on this vary of the draft late within the course of, indicating a level of must strive and lock in a flooring. Mann is a talented ball-handler with a top quality jumper and good measurement for his place. However the knock on him is that he’s a bit one-dimensional, as he’s extra scorer than setup man, doesn’t play a bodily model and isn’t identified for being a dedicated defender. Nonetheless, there’s good upside right here if his offensive ability bundle clicks.
30. Jazz: Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee
Top: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 18 | Freshman
The Jazz are reportedly seeking to transfer off wage, and might connect this decide to an undesirable contract in a commerce that might additional that pursuit. Springer is one other powerful participant to discover a spot for proper now, however he has curiosity all around the first spherical, and his vary begins within the late teenagers. He’s a favourite of analytically-driven entrance workplaces, and the very fact he’s nonetheless 18 and seen as extra of a long-term prospect will make him extra interesting in some locations than others. Not each playoff-bound group will rush to pick an adolescent. However Springer does have actual upside, and could possibly be a commerce goal for groups if he begins to slide into the 20s. He battled accidents throughout a productive freshman yr, and tasks as a stable defender with an unorthodox however efficient flooring sport. He’s nonetheless one of many extra divisive gamers within the class, as scouts stay cut up on the place his upside lies.
31. Bucks (from Rockets): Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois
32. Knicks (from Pistons): Sharife Cooper, PG, Auburn
33. Magic: Josh Christopher, SG, Arizona State
34. Thunder: Jared Butler, PG, Baylor
35. Pelicans (from Cavs): Joel Ayayi, G, Gonzaga
36. Thunder (from Wolves): Isaiah Todd, PF, G League Ignite
37. Pistons (from Raptors): Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, PF, Villanova
38. Bulls (from Pelicans): Jason Preston, PG, Ohio
39. Kings: Kessler Edwards, F, Pepperdine
40. Grizzlies (from Bulls): Rokas Jokubaitis, PG, Zalgiris
41. Spurs: Juhann Begarin, SG, Paris Basket
42. Pistons (from Hornets): BJ Boston, SG, Kentucky
43. Pelicans (from Wizards): Joe Wieskamp, SG, Iowa
44. Nets (from Pacers): Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
45. Celtics: Austin Reaves, G, Oklahoma
46. Raptors (from Grizzlies): Aaron Wiggins, SG, Maryland
47. Raptors (from Warriors): Herbert Jones, F, Alabama
48. Hawks (from Warmth): David Johnson, G, Louisville
49. Nets (from Hawks): AJ Lawson, G/F, South Carolina
50. 76ers (from Knicks): Aaron Henry, SG, Michigan State
51. Pelicans (from Blazers): Duane Washington, SG, Ohio State
52. Pistons (from Lakers): RaiQuan Grey, F, Florida State
53. 76ers (from Mavericks): Jericho Sims, C, Texas
54. Pacers (from Bucks): Amar Sylla, F, Oostende
55. Thunder (from Nuggets): Santi Aldama, F, Loyola (MD)
56. Hornets (from Clippers): Neemias Queta, C, Utah State
57. Hornets (from Nets): Greg Brown, F, Texas
58. Knicks (from 76ers): Filip Petrusev, C, Mega Basket
59. Nets (from Suns): Vrenz Blijenbergh, F, Antwerp
60. Pacers (from Jazz): Sam Hauser, F, Virginia
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