The 2021 NBA playoffs are over, which means the 2021 NBA Draft won’t be too far behind. Here is the 2021 NBA Mock Draft July 23.
Draft order from nbadraftnet.com.
1. Detroit Pistons- Cade Cunningham, F, Oklahoma State
Rumors are swirling about whether the Pistons will take Cunningham or trade the pick. If they keep the pick, they need to draft Cunningham, who is the best player in the draft.
2. Houston Rockets- Jalen Green, G, G-League
The Rockets are in a rebuilding mode, but have John Wall on the books for the next two seasons. Taking Green will give him a nice scoring guard to play off of.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers- Evan Mobley, F/C, USC
The Cavaliers have taken plenty of guards and wings over the last few years in the draft. Now, they can take a young big man in Mobley, who has great mobility.
4. Toronto Raptors- Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga
Kyle Lowry is likely going to leave Toronto this offseason and the Raptors need a point guard of the future.
5. Orlando Magic- Jonathan Kuminga, F, G-League
Orlando seems like they are in a perennial rebuild, but they do have a solid young point guard in Cole Anthony. Surrounding him with a good wing will help his development.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder- Scottie Barnes, G/F, Florida State
Barnes is the current favorite to be the first pick for the Thunder. He has experience playing point forward, but won’t open up the floor much for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
7. Golden State Warriors- Jalen Johnson, F, Duke
Johnson opted out of the season after it started, but he plays a unique style. He has good body control and ball-handling ability. The Warriors could use a forward that can score.
8. Orlando Magic- Keon Johnson, G, Tennessee
The Magic can use Johnson as a good defender and driver until he can develop his range a little better to help spread out the offense.
9. Sacramento Kings- Franz Wagner, F, Michigan
With De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, the Kings are set on the perimeter. They could use a versatile forward like Wagner to help fill out their roster.
10. New Orleans Pelicans- Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor
The Pelicans need to improve their perimeter defense if they are going to make the playoffs. Mitchell is a great two-way player.
11. Charlotte Hornets- Kai Jones, C, Texas
Charlotte has had a lot of trouble finding reliable big men and need to take another one here.
12. San Antonio Spurs- Corey Kispert, G/F, Gonzaga
The Spurs ranked near the bottom of the league in 3-point percentage and need to spread the floor better.
13. Indiana Pacers- James Bouknight, G, UConn
Bouknight knows how to score from the perimeter, which will greatly help the Pacers and their two good big men.
14. Golden State Warriors- Moses Moody, G, Arkansas
With two first picks in the first half of the first round, the Warriors will get some key players to help them get back to the playoffs if they stay healthy. Moody can be good insurance in case Klay Thompson isn’t fully recovered.
Late First Round Picks
15. Washington Wizards- Alperen Sengun, C, Turkey
The Wizards found a solid big in Daniel Gafford, but that shouldn’t stop them from adding to the frontcourt with already having Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal in the backcourt.
16. Oklahoma City Thunder- Cameron Thomas, G, LSU
Thomas knocks down shots and could help spread things out for Gilgeous-Alexander.
17. Memphis Grizzlies- Ziaire Williams, F, Stanford
Williams can dribble well for his size and is athletic. His ability to create will help the Grizzlies.
18. Oklahoma City Thunder- Isaiah Jackson, F, Kentucky
Jackson will be able to protect the rim, but needs to develop his offensive game.
19. New York Knicks- Josh Giddey, G, Australia
The Knicks are still in search of a point guard and can take a bigger one in Giddey.
20. Atlanta Hawks- Na’Shon “Bones” Hyland, G, VCU
If Lou Williams doesn’t return, Hyland can provide a scoring punch from the bench.
21. New York Knicks- Sharife Cooper, G, Auburn
When the Knicks have been without a great point guard for so long, it makes sense to try and take two in the first round and try to strike gold for one.
22. Los Angeles Lakers- Miles McBride, PG, West Virginia
The Lakers need to find good role players to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis. McBride can be an excellent role player with his ability to shoot and defend well on the perimeter.
23. Houston Rockets- Usman Garuba, C, Spain
At this point, the Rockets need to take the best player available, because they have so many holes on their roster. Garuba has professional experience and could provide some athleticism to the frontcourt.
24. Houston Rockets- Trey Murphy, F, Virginia
With a guard and center already taken, the Rockets could elect to draft Trey Murphy, who has been rising up draft boards.
25. Los Angeles Clippers- Tre Mann, PG, Florida
Reggie Jackson played out of his mind in the playoffs, but the Clippers could find a better point guard for the future.
26. Denver Nuggets- Chris Duarte, G, Oregon
Duarte can pick up steals on the perimeter and could be a nice rotational piece for the Nuggets.
27. Brooklyn Nets- Josh Primo, G, Alabama
The Nets will need to find good bench players if their stars can stay healthy next year.
28. Philadelphia 76ers- Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois
Philadelphia may trade Ben Simmons and will need help at guard if they do.
29. Phoenix Suns- Jared Butler, PG, Baylor
Chris Paul can’t play forever, but maybe he can help guide the next Suns point guard.
30. Utah Jazz- Josh Christopher, G, Arizona State
Christopher needs to develop his shot, but he can create for himself.
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