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2021 NBA Mock Draft: Cade Cunningham is No. 1, Jalen Suggs goes No. 2 but margin is thin among top five

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Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

20.1

RPG

6.2

APG

3.5

3P%

40%

Cunningham is a point guard with size who often took over games in his one season at Oklahoma State. His ability to reliably make plays and sink shots are why he’s likely to be the first player selected before developing into somebody who can be the face of a franchise for a decade.

Gonzaga

• Fr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

14.4

RPG

5.3

APG

4.5

3P%

33.7%

Suggs is a top-shelf athlete who can impact the game on both ends of the court. He’s a big reason why the Zags went 31-1 in his one season on campus, and it’ll hardly be a surprise if he’s selected higher than any Gonzaga player has ever been selected in an NBA Draft.

Southern California

• Fr

• 7’0″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Orlando

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

16.4

RPG

8.7

APG

2.4

3P%

30%

The center position has never been less valued in the NBA than it is right now, which isn’t ideal for Mobley. But the one-and-done reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year should still go in the top three based on his ability to rim-protect and stretch the floor.


Jalen Green


SG

USA

• 6’5″

/ 172 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

30.0

RPG

5.0

APG

7.0

3P%

30%

The decision to skip college and play for the G League Ignite did not harm Green’s draft status in any meaningful way. He’s a scoring guard with size who starred against other professionals and made perimeter shots consistently enough to solidify himself as a consensus top-five prospect.


Jonathan Kuminga


SF

Congo

• 6’8″

/ 205 lbs

PPG

15.8

RPG

7.2

APG

2,7

3P%

24.6%

The fact that Kuminga only shot 24.6% from 3-point range with the G League Ignite was disappointing given the importance of perimeter shooting in the NBA. But he’s such an explosive athlete and generally gifted prospect that slipping out of the top five seems like an unlikely outcome.

Baylor

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

14

RPG

2.7

APG

5.5

3P%

44.7%

Arguably the biggest star of the NCAA Tournament, Mitchell was among the reasons Baylor crushed everybody it faced in the bracket on the way to winning the national championship. He’s a super-athletic point guard who can distribute and shoot at a high level, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be impactful in the NBA from Day One.

Florida State

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 227 lbs

Projected Team

Sacramento

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

10.3

RPG

4

APG

4.1

3P%

27.5%

Essentially guaranteed to be Florida State’s third lottery pick in a span of two drafts, Barnes proved capable of playing four different positions in one year of college and is maybe only a reliable jumper away from really becoming a dangerous offensive weapon.

Connecticut

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

18.7

RPG

5.7

APG

1.8

3P%

29.3%

When he got going this season, almost nobody was as offensively overwhelming as Bouknight was for UConn. The guard with size was limited to just 15 games because of a midseason elbow injury, but he showed enough scoring ability in those contests to turn himself into a likely lottery pick.

Arkansas

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Toronto

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

16.8

RPG

5.8

APG

1.6

3P%

35.8%

The leading scorer and second-leading rebounder for Arkansas, Moody was one of the keys to the SEC program making the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995. His poor shooting throughout the Razorbacks’ NCAA Tournament run wasn’t ideal, but he still showed enough from November to March to make himself worthy of being selected in the lottery.

Tennessee

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 186 lbs

Projected Team

Orlando

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

11.3

RPG

3.5

APG

2.5

3P%

27.1%

Johnson got off to a bit of a slow start for a Tennessee team that returned a lot of experienced pieces, but he eventually developed into a reliable double-digit scorer. His athleticism and size on the wing should give him a chance to be a nice two-way player for many years to come.

Florida

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

16

RPG

5.6

APG

3.5

3P%

40.2%

Returning for a second season at Florida benefited Mann immensely as he averaged 10.7 more points per game, and shot 12.7% better from 3-point range, than he did as a freshman. He’s now considered a lock for the top 20 and somebody who can possibly flourish at three different positions in the NBA.

Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Indiana

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

8.4

RPG

6.6

APG

0.7

3P%

0%

Jackson’s block percentage of 12.7 ranked eighth nationally, according to KenPom. He still needs to develop significantly on the offensive end, but the size and athleticism to be special someday are inarguably in place.

Tennessee

• Fr

• 6’4″

/ 204 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

12.5

RPG

3.5

APG

2.9

3P%

43.5%

Springer went from playing just nine minutes in the season-opener to finishing as Tennessee’s leading scorer. He made above 43% of his 3-point attempts in his one year of college, which is an encouraging stat even if it was on limited attempts.

LSU

• Fr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Golden St.

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

23

RPG

3.4

APG

1.4

3P%

32.5%

Thomas is a big-time scorer who led the SEC in points per game in his one season at LSU. The efficiency numbers weren’t great, but that’s largely because he was responsible for creating an unusually high percentage of the Tigers’ offense.

Auburn

• Fr

• 6’1″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

20.2

RPG

4.3

APG

8.1

3P%

22.8%

Cooper is a little on the small side, which will likely be the thing that prevents him from being seriously considered for the top 10. But he’s such a gifted passer and playmaker that he’s worth a look in the teens after averaging an SEC-best 8.1 assists per game.

Illinois

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 200 lbs

PPG

20.1

RPG

6.3

APG

5.3

3P%

38.6%

Dosunmu improved enough as a shooter in his third season at Illinois to lock up a spot in the first round. The regularity with which he took over games in the Big Ten suggests he can be a big-scoring guard at the next level.

Gonzaga

• Sr

• 6’7″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

18.6

RPG

5

APG

1.8

3P%

44%

Kispert’s lackluster performance in the Final Four didn’t leave a great last impression. But he’s still a wing with size who can really, really shoot it, and players like that are incredibly valuable these days.

Texas

• Soph

• 6’11”

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

New York

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

8.8

RPG

4.8

APG

0.6

3P%

38.2%

Selecting Jones in the top 20 is little more than a bet on his upside given that he was a mostly unproductive player in two seasons at Texas. But the potential to be a stretch-big at the next level is obviously present considering he made 13 of the 34 3-pointers he attempted this season.

Oregon

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Memphis

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

7th

PPG

17.1

RPG

4.6

APG

2.7

3P%

42.4%

Some might discount Duarte as a prospect because he’s already 23 years old, and because he’s not an elite athlete. But the former National Junior College Player of the Year is an accomplished player who made better than 42% of the 5.5 3-pointers he attempted per contest this season, and there’s little doubt he has a game that’ll translate to the NBA.

Stanford

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Boston

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

8th

PPG

10.7

RPG

4.6

APG

2.2

3P%

29.1%

Williams operated mostly off of the national radar in his one season of college basketball while playing for a Stanford team that finished tied for sixth in the Pac-12, and he largely struggled down the stretch. But he’s still an athletic wing with size who can theoretically be a matchup problem in the NBA.

Michigan

• Soph

• 6’9″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

New York

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

12.5

RPG

6.5

APG

3

3P%

34.3%

Wagner is a wing with size who has great feel and is a good passer. His 3-point shot must improve for him to meet expectations, but the fact that he shot 83.3% from the free-throw line suggests he’s capable of being an above-average shooter in time.

Baylor

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

16.7

RPG

3.3

APG

4.8

3P%

41.6%

Butler earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the Final Four after scoring 22 points in the title-clinching win over Gonzaga. He’ll enter the NBA with lead-guard skills and as one of the most accomplished shooters in his rookie class.


Josh Giddey


SF

Australia

• 6’8″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Lakers

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

7th

Giddey is the son of a professional basketball player, which is considered a plus these days by most front offices. At 6-8, he can play on or off the ball, and he’s already proven himself against professionals in the same league where LaMelo Ball played before coming to the NBA.

Duke

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

11.2

RPG

6.1

APG

2.2

3P%

44.4%

Johnson’s underwhelming play at Duke that preceded him quitting the team has him projected to go much lower now than he was projected a year ago. Regardless, it remains hard to imagine him slipping into the 30s given the versatility he possesses as a 6-8 wing who shot above 44% from 3-point range over a span of 13 games.


Alperen Sengun


C

Turkey

• 6’10”

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Sengun has been a professional in Turkey since 2018 even though he’s still just 18 years old. He’s more of a throwback center than a modern center, but he’s already very comfortable catching the ball at the elbow and using a face-up game with nice footwork to score and draw fouls.

Virginia

• Jr

• 6’9″

/ 206 lbs

Projected Team

Brooklyn

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

16th

PPG

11.3

RPG

3.4

APG

1.2

3P%

43.3%

Murphy had no problem adjusting to the ACC after spending his first two years of college at Rice. He’s proven over the span of three seasons to be a consistent high-level shooter, one who should be able to carve out a niche in the NBA.

Villanova

• Soph

• 6’9″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

15.7

RPG

8.5

APG

2.2

3P%

28%

Robinson-Earl was the leading scorer and rebounder for a Villanova team that won the Big East by multiple games. He’s not the best athlete, but his understanding of how to play, and his ability to be a pick-and-pop 4, should serve him well at the next level.

Duke

• Soph

• 6’9″

/ 235 lbs

PPG

18.3

RPG

6.2

APG

1.4

3P%

44.4%

Whether evaluators like Hurt or not comes down to what they focus on — the things he can do or the things with which he struggles. But almost any 6-9 forward who made 44.4% of 5.3 attempts from beyond the arc for a program like Duke deserves serious consideration as a first-round prospect.

Texas

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Phoenix

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

9.3

RPG

6.2

APG

0.4

3P%

33%

Brown is such a bouncy athlete that he’s worthy of first-round looks based on potential alone. If his 3-point shot continues to improve to the point where he’s a legitimate big who can stretch the floor, he’ll prove to be a steal at this point in the draft.

Arizona State

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Utah

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

10th

PPG

14.3

RPG

4.7

APG

1.4

3P%

30.5%

Things didn’t go well for Christopher at Arizona State, where he only played 15 games because of what was described as a back injury. But the guard with size did enough when he was on the court to display the type of scoring ability that makes him an intriguing prospect regardless of the fact that his time with the Sun Devils left something to be desired.



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