The 2021 NBA season is under way, which means the 2021 NBA Draft won’t be too far behind. Here is the 2021 NBA Mock Draft May 4.
Draft order from nbadraftnet.com
1. Houston Rockets- Cade Cunningham, G/F, Oklahoma State
The Rockets are rebuilding and can get a nice player to build around in Cunningham if they get the first pick. He can score and make plays for his teammates, which is impressive given his size.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves- Jalen Suggs, PG, Gonzaga
While the Timberwolves have had some solid rosters over the last few seasons, they just can’t figure things out. They need to take the best player available and move pieces around in order to move forward.
3. Detroit Pistons- Evan Mobley, PF/C, USC
4. Orlando Magic- Jalen Green, G, G-League
Getting a backcourt mate to pair with Cole Anthony will be important for the Magic’s growth. Green has averaged nearly 18 points per game in the G-League and is a good athlete.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers- Jonathan Kuminga, F, G-League
6. Oklahoma City Thunder- 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.
7. Washington Wizards- Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State
The Wizards have a solid backcourt and can now get a point forward to go with it. Barnes played point guard at Florida State and could use those talents well in the NBA.
8. Toronto Raptors- Moses Moody, G, Arkansas
Moody is a three-level scorer who needs to develop other areas of his game, but the Raptors could use some scoring threats.
9. Sacramento Kings- Kai Jones, PF/C, Texas
10. Orlando Magic- Corey Kispert, G/F, Gonzaga
With two great athletes in Anthony and now Green, the Magic can get a solid shooter to stretch the floor for them.
11. New Orleans Pelicans- Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor
Defense has been a problem for the Pelicans and they can get a great two-way palyer in Mitchell. His stock rose a lot during the 2021 NCAA Tournament due to his ability to create and defend.
12. Indiana Pacers- Keon Johnson, G, Tennessee
Johnson didn’t perform up to expectations at Tennessee, but he provided flashes of getting to the basket.
13. Golden State Warriors- Franz Wagner, F, Michigan
14. San Antonio Spurs- Isaiah Jackson, F, Kentucky
Jackson is a great athlete who will be able to protect the rim right away in the NBA.
15. New York Knicks- Josh Giddey, PG, Australia
The Knicks have a point guard of the future in Immanuel Quickley, but he can also play off ball if they want to pick Giddey.
16. Charlotte Hornets- James Bouknight, G, UConn
Bouknight is a great scorer and could benefite from playing with a point guard like LaMelo Ball.
17. Memphis Grizzlies- Ziaire Williams, G/F, Stanford
While Williams needs to improve on his outside shot, he can be an asset to pair with Ja Morant.
18. Boston Celtics- Usman Garuba, F/C, Spain
The Celtics have lacked a solid interior presence all season.
19. Houston Rockets- Alperen Senguin, C, Turkey
Senguin is gifted offensively on the interior and has been very effective in Turkey.
20. Atlanta Hawks- Cameron Thomas,G, LSU
Thomas isn’t afraid to shoot, but he needs better shot selection to be more efficient. He may be able to take some pressure off of Trae Young.
21. New York Knicks- Brandon Boston, G/F, Kentucky
Boston will have some familiarity with assistant coach Kenny Payne who helped recruit him to Kentucky. He didn’t play up to expectations in his one year in college, but has a nice game to develop.
22. Houston Rockets- Jared Butler, PG, Baylor
The Rockets built their franchise on players who could space the floor. They need to get a few more players who can do that after starting their rebuild.
23. Los Angeles Lakers- Johnny Juzang, G, UCLA
24. Houston Rockets- Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois
Dosunmu can score and create for teammates well and can learn under John Wall.
25. Denver Nuggets- Sharife Cooper, PG, Auburn
With Jamal Murray recovering from a torn ACL, the Nuggets will need some point guard depth next season.
26. Los Angeles Clippers- Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee
Springer was a good 3-point shooter at Tennessee and has to continue to become a better creator.
27. Brooklyn Nets- Miles McBride, G, West Virginia
The Nets have all the offense they need, but they need players who are going to buy in on defense as role players.
28. Philadelphia 76ers- Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
A long-term back up for Joel Embiid is needed.
29. Phoenix Suns- David Duke, PG, Providence
The Suns can get a solid young point guard to develop behind Chris Paul.
30. Utah Jazz- Josh Christopher, G, Arizona State
Christopher could help provide a developmental bench scorer for the Jazz.
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