Last month we completed the first collaborative mock draft for the 2021 NBA Draft with a tremendous group.
Now it’s time for an updated 2.0 version with some more games out of the way, including many G League Bubble games taking place since then. March Madness is right around the corner as well, so NBA Draft talk is undoubtably about to heat up.
What better time to get this mock draft in than right before the start of the All-Star Break?
(Order simulated via Tankathon– fairly boring simulation with very little movement)
- 1. Pistons- Cade Cunningham- PG (@BrandonSimberg)
- 2. Wolves- Evan Mobley- C (@BryanKalbroksy)
- 3. Rockets- Jonathan Kuminga- F (@MavsDraft)
- 4. Magic- Jalen Suggs- PG (@NotZay22)
- 5. Cavs- Jalen Green- SG (@CainePurnell)
- 6. Wizards- Keon Johnson- G/W (@DomTesoriero)
- 7. Thunder- Corey Kispert- Wing (@BrandonSimberg)
- 8. Kings- Moses Moody- SG (@BryanKalbrosky)
- 9. Pelicans- James Bouknight- SG (@MavsDraft)
- 10. Hawks- Scottie Barnes- F (@NotZay22)
- 11. Pacers- Franz Wagner- W/F (@CainePurnell)
- 12. Bulls- Ziaire Williams- W/F (@DomTesoriero)
- 13. Grizzlies- Marcus Bagley- W/F (@BrandonSimberg)
- 14. Warriors- Jaden Springer- G (@BryanKalbrosky)
- 15. Raptors- Kai Jones- F/C (@MavsDraft)
- 16. Thunder (via MIA)- Jalen Johnson- F (@NotZay22)
- 17. Hornets- Usman Garuba- F/C (@CainePurnell)
- 18. Knicks- Sharife Cooper- PG (@DomTesoriero)
- 19. Celtics- Daishen Nix- PG (@BrandonSimberg)
- 20. Knicks (via DAL)- Bennedict Mathurin- Wing (@BryanKalbrosky)
- 21. Nuggets- Jeremiah Robinson-Earl- F/C (@MavsDraft)
- 22. Spurs- Brandon Boston Jr.- Wing (@NotZay22)
- 23. Rockets (via POR)- Alperen Sengun- C (@CainePurnell)
- 24. Bucks- Bones Hyland- G (@DomTesoriero)
- 25. Lakers- Jared Butler- PG (@BrandonSimberg)
- 26. Clippers- Miles McBride- G (@BryanKalbrosky)
- 27. Nets- Isaiah Jackson- C (@MavsDraft)
- 28. 76ers- Tre Mann- PG (@NotZay22)
- 29. Suns- David Johnson- PG (@DomTesoriero)
- 30. Jazz- Josh Giddey- PG (@CainePurnell)
My next 15 prospects:
- 1) Davion Mitchell- SG, Baylor
- 2) Kessler Edwards- F, Pepperdine
- 3) Josh Christopher- SG, Arizona State
- 4) Greg Brown III- F/C, Texas
- 5) Ayo Dosunmu- G/W, Illinois
- 6) Chris Duarte- W, Oregon
- 7) Aaron Henry- W, Michigan St.
- 8) Cameron Thomas- SG, LSU
- 9) Day’Ron Sharpe- C, North Carolina
- 10) Rokas Jokubaitis- CG, Zalgiris
- 11) Roko Prkacin- F, Cibona
- 12) Julian Champagnie- F, St. John’s
- 13) Terrence Shannon Jr.- W, Texas Tech
- 14) David Duke- G, Providence
- 15) Trey Murphy III-, W/F, Virginia
The top 5
Ultimately, this went as expected with Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jonathan Kuminga, Jalen Suggs and Jalen Green. This seems to be the general consensus top five around many draft circles, though the order of those five is still very much up for debate.
The Corey Kispert to Oklahoma City pick is loads of fun, as you could plug him next to Shai Gilegous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort on the perimeter and have a diverse, impactful trio to build around. OKC also wound up with a nice value play from an upside perspective with Jalen Johnson at 17.
James Bouknight to the Pelicans alongside Kira Lewis would give them an electric backcourt to pair with Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. I also really liked the Franz Wagner to Indiana pick, as his skill-set fits exactly what the Pacers like to do on both sides of the floor.
Marcus Bagley went a lot higher than expected at 13, but Memphis does desperately need a wing defender that can space the floor, and he checks both of those boxes for the Grizz.
The Usman Garuba to Charlotte pick makes a ton of sense for a team that could use some front court help defensively. His defensive prowess alongside PJ Washington would give them a versatile duo up front to pair with their exciting young core led by LaMelo Ball.
The Knicks coming out with Sharife Cooper and Bennedict Mathurin with the 18th & 20th picks would be quite the haul, with that duo giving them significant upside plays at the guard and wing positions respectively.
Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland to the Bucks would be an incredible fit. His ability to play on and off both Giannis and Middleton as a dynamic floor spacing threat could optimize him immediately.
Miles “Deuce” McBride on the Clippers getting to learn from Patrick Beverley on how to harness that pestering on-ball defense and serve as a complimentary guard to their two star wings would be ideal.
The Nets landing a rim protector like Isaiah Jackson at this stage of the draft was a major win, with the glaring need for interior defense on that team. I also enjoyed how the draft concluded with the two large point guards in David Johnson and Josh Giddey rounding out the last two picks for the top two teams out West.
Also be sure to follow everyone involved, their twitter profiles are linked in the text.
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