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Meet the 2021 NBA Draft Class

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A strong class overall with as many as five franchise players projected to go into the lottery and a ton of good role players, the 2021 NBA Draft took place in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Here is the complete breakdown with the relative information on the preliminary projections for every player that was drafted in the 1st Round based on what we’ve seen and know so far:


No. 1: Cade Cunningham (G/F) to the Pistons 8E6556B5 E9E7 421C BAB0 9280C644B38F
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.5AST, 40% 3PT on 5.7 3PG

NBA Comp: Shaun Livingston with a jumper

Cunningham possesses the frame of a forward with a skill set of a guard and he looks about as safe as it gets for heavy production out of the gate!

A5F2CCEB 8E78 43BB B1C3 21F184BD3A78No. 2 Jalen Green (G) to the Rockets

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.8 APG

NBA Comp: Tracy McGrady

Green has immense scoring potential but figures to go through some growing pains as he learns to rein in all of his athleticism; a stud who will bring a ton of highlights to NBA fans all over the world!

No. 3 Evan Mobley (F/C) to the Cavs 32A8D730 523B 40CC AC89 93B8FEF53BC0
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 3.7 combined defensive stats

NBA Comp: Chris Bosh

A polished big on the defensive end as a rim protector, he shows flashes of massive two-way upside and has impressive ball handling skills for a big with his size.

 


No. 4 Scottie Barnes (F) to the Raptors

C8550A91 CF02 49C7 9BC2 B618EC2C7260Notable 2020-21 Stats: 10.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.1 APG

NBA Comp: Nic Batum

Fans probably should never expect Barnes to become a big-time scorer, or even an exceptional 3-point option, but his hustle and versatility could turn him into the sort of a glue guy that chips in everywhere else across the box. Like Patrick Williams, who also went no. 4 last year, Barnes won ACC Sixth Man of the Year with Florida State.

No. 5. Jalen Suggs (G) to the Magic AAA1B835 94CE 449D 9773 8588B277E8FB
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.4 PPG, 4.5 APG, 5.3 RPG, 2.8 SPG

NBA Comp: Brandon Roy, shades of Jrue Holiday

Suggs’ polish and intangible skills will make him one of the higher-floor players in the class, and he’s liable to emerge with plenty of minutes from the jump as a result.

 


No. 6 Josh Giddey (G) to the Thunder
71932CEC 668F 4189 BC1F 273D0B4169D3Notable 2020-21 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 7.5 APG

NBA Comp: Ben Simmons

A top-class passer with excellent vision and understanding of how to thread the needle, the Thunder decided to swing for the fences making him a high lottery pick even though he hasn’t played at the highest level yet . 

 

No. 7 Jonathan Kuminga (F) to the WarriorsCB442792 83A2 45C5 80EC 8C3D8C5F6B71
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.8PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.7 APG

NBA Comp: Shades of Jaylen Brown

An athletic wing with outstanding physical tools, he probably has the biggest upside of the entire draft class.

 


No. 8 Franz Wagner to the Magic
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Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.0 APG

NBA Comp: Mike Dunleavy Jr. 

Versatility is the name of the game with Wagner, who can slot into different roles on both sides of the floor. He may never be a go-to scorer but does a little bit of a lot thanks to an outstanding feel for the game. Wagner doesn’t boast superstar potential but looks like a solid glue guy.

No. 9 Davion Mitchell (G) to the Kings0ECC5601 97E9 4C11 A708 DF883903EAED
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, 2.7 RPG

NBA Comp: Jarrett Jack

Mitchell is an older prospect and may have less of a ceiling as a result, but his playmaking and defense are skills that should get him on the floor early.

 


5127A293 1196 42F7 AA45 075C898E5B95No. 10 Ziaire Williams (SF) to the
Pelicans (officially traded to Grizzlies)
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 10.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.2 APG

NBA Comp: Josh Jackson

Williams is a score-first athletic wing who can pass a bit, but how all of his raw skills carry over will likely depend on his development environment.

No. 11 James Bouknight (SG) to the HornetsBEBF863F AB25 42A3 A6FC 375F879DAB4B
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 18.7 PPG, 1.8 AST, 5.7 REB

NBA Comp: CJ McCollum

Bouknight’s a fabulous finisher who can heat up in an instant, though he’s far more comfortable creating his own shot than being stationary and playing off a lead ball-handler

 


No. 12 Joshua Primo (SG) to the Spurs
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.8 AST

NBA Comp: Thinner OG Anunoby 

A 6’4” guard with a 6’9” wingspan, he shot 40% from 3 and nearly 90% from the line and is one of the youngest players in the draft with tons of upside.

No. 13 Chris Duarte (SG) to the Pacers 920AD6D6 6E8D 4604 A1DB E2D0E656327A

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.7 APG

NBA Comp: Landry Shamet 

Duarte is one of the older prospects in the draft class but also boasts a track record as a knockdown shooter, culminating in a .424 mark from distance last year.

 


F61110CE 7A1C 4162 BF35 A8E4533B13BANo. 14 Moses Moody (SG) to the Warriors

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, .379 3P%

NBA Comp: Trevor Ariza

A 6’6” wing with a plus wingspan, Moody uses size and length to be disruptive on the defensive end and is good at many things with a ceiling that’s unknown, but it certainly looks like he’ll have a steady NBA job for years.

No. 15 Corey Kispert (SF) to the WizardsB47BADED E2AF 4FA2 93B9 66AF2F03C9CE
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 18.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG, .444 3P%

NBA Comp: Joe Harris

Kispert’s 3-point ability is his standout quality and he’s got the potential to be a plus contributor in the efficiency categories.

 

 


8AF667A0 730B 40F2 85DA E51C7F3FA1DFNo. 16 Alperen Sengun (PF) to the Thunder (officially traded to Rockets)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 19.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.7 BLK

NBA Comp: Mehmet Okur

Sengun came into the season with a lot of questions about whether he is a legit prospect but after playing is 37 games in a solid league he was named the MVP of the regular season in Turkey and his stock has risen. His numbers seem to have been inflated and he is not a great athlete whose body needs some work but he is a smart kid, great in pick-and-roll action and has shown the ability to dominate in the middle.

No. 17 Trey Murphy (SF) to the Grizzlies (officially traded F537C0A6 FB8E 4A9A 88CF F2F9D4EC96EDto the Pelicans)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.2 APG

NBA Comp: Rasual Butler

Murphy’s shaping up as an efficient 3-and-D wing who makes the most of low usage. He’s got an easy, smooth release and has deep range on his shot which could help him earn minutes stretching the floor.

14D96251 8193 4AF7 A18E B5CC0EB5311ENo. 18 Tre Mann (SG) to the Thunder

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.5 APG, .402 3P%

NBA Comp: Devin Harris, Lou Williams

Tre can seriously space the floor with unlimited shooting range and the swagger to match and he looks like he could become a microwave scorer but there’s definitely upside beyond that.

No. 19 Kai Jones (PF/C) to the Knicks (reportedly traded to 903BD955 9D3C 4921 8EAD 3212A77FDCDAHornets)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG

NBA Comp: Anthony Randolph

There’s boom-or-bust potential here as Jones is going to need to balance adding strength without losing quickness, but he also offers 3-point upside and can hang on the perimeter, if not in the paint. He’s one of the riskier bets among the “top” prospects in the class.

No. 20 Jalen Johnson (PF) to the Hawks

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 2.4 combined defensive stats in 21.2 mpg

NBA Comp: Al Farouq-Aminu

A standout playmaker from the forward spot, Johnson doesn’t have a ton of offensive skill with a poor shooting track record but he has the looks of a major contributor if he can really lean into pumping out defensive stats and crashing the glass.

97B9B3DC D5D4 4D6A 8CBC 21F2B6D4CB05No. 21 Keon Johnson (SG) to the Knicks (officially traded to
Clippers)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.5 APG

NBA Comp: athletic Ron Artest

Johnson’s an extremely raw player who relies on explosiveness more than anything. The fact that he’s able to impress while currently living on drives and mid-rangers suggests long-term scoring upside.

No. 22 Isaiah Jackson (PF) to the Lakers  (reportedly traded to E1058CEF 72B1 43C5 A019 286607D5392BPacers via Wizards)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.6 BPG

NBA Comp: Stromile Swift

Jackson’s an explosive leaper and lob threat who has the quickness to keep up defending in space and his elite defensive upside is going to make him a popular guy around the league  


B0E8A937 26DA 4E05 8AB5 56135509DAD5No. 23 Usman Garuba (PF) to the Rockets

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 5.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.1 APG

NBA Comp: Draymond Green

Garuba is one of the draft’s more intriguing players as someone who can make immediate waves on defense with a relatively cloudy outlook on the opposite end of the floor.

No. 24 Josh Christopher (SG) to the Rockets 

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 APG

NBA Comp: Nick Young

An elite athlete with excellent handles he is not a primary playmaker but could definitely be a secondary playmaker.

No. 25 Quentin Grimes (G) to the Clippers (officially traded to 7151D326 10D4 4A03 98EA 9F1D025A1B6DKnicks)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.0 APG

NBA Comp: Mini Derrick Rose

Such a Thibs pick, Grimes is a unique player given his combo of strengths and weaknesses. He put up big 3-point numbers on massive volume last season but shot under 39% inside the arc. He’s a decent rebounder but turns the ball over just as frequently as he drops dimes.

71C3B072 C618 4AB2 AB18 F5238AEA80D2No. 26 Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland (PG) to the Nuggets

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 19.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.1 APG

NBA Comp: Immanuel Quickley

A skilled guard with unbelievable shooting range, Hyland looks like a decent bet as someone who scored efficiently on big volume and the Nuggets nailed another one deep draft pick in recent years .

No. 27 Cameron Thomas (SG) to the Nets3792C7E2 892E 40C4 91BB C9CE35B871E9

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 23.0 PPG, .325 3P%, .882 FT%

NBA Comp: Lou Williams

A score-first guard who can step in immediately as a bench sparkplug, the Nets get a prefect complimentary guy for their big-3.

 

 


44424C55 D867 4FF4 BA0B 1FB7EBE3DB0CNo. 28 Jaden Springer (SG) to the Sixers
Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.3 SPG

NBA Comp: DeShawn Stevenson

Springer won’t wow anybody, especially given his lacking ability to create shots, but is just one of those players that makes all the right plays at the right time.


No. 29 Day’Ron Sharpe (PF) to the Suns (reportedly traded DCDC6DCE 6F2E 496E B3EE C79EF95BBF51to the Nets)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 9.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.4 APG

NBA Comp: bigger Kenneth Faried 

Sharpe is going to make his money down low as a total non-shooter with limited reasons for optimism (.505 at the line last year). He is an instinctive, agile defender and looks like a potential asset as a roll-man.

No. 30 Santi Aldama (PF/C) to the Jazz (reportedly traded to the Grizzlies)

Notable 2020-21 Stats: 21.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.7 BPG

NBA Comp: Juancho Hernangomez, Alex Len

A player that I was lucky enough to watch a couple summers ago and once thought to be Spain’s next best thing, Santi Aldam led his national team to the FIBA U-18 European Championship, averaging 18.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.9 steals, while being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He played for the Loyola Greyhounds and he is a dynamic two-way stretch big who lacks the strength for the next level but is somewhat of a dark horse.

 

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