Here are the latest predictions of the 2021 NBA Draft order
The NBA Finals are over and we have officially entered the NBA offseason. The much-awaited 2021 NBA Draft is only a few days away.
As expected, all the NBA teams are locked in offseason preparation and are looking to win the most with every deal or move they make.
With informed speculation becoming more factual day by day, it’s a good time to take a closer look at how the draft night is shaping up.
Let us check the draft order and which team will get the best pick this year.
1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State
Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Cunningham is viewed as the safest choice for the Detroit Pistons. He has a versatile skillset, tailor-made to augment a modern offense, even if he’s not a full-time lead guard in the long run.
Cunningham can play and excel out of a wide range of spots on the floor, unusual for a prospect his age, and this makes the process of adding talent much more flexible in the long run.
If Cunningham becomes the No. 1 pick for Pistons, there’s no doubt that the Pistons are making the easy choice here, and Cunningham has the ability to change the course of the franchise.
2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, SG, G League Ignite
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Freshman
There are multiple reports suggesting that the Houston Rockets want Jalen Green at the No. 2 spot. It is also speculated that the Rockets are in favor of trading up with the Detroit Pistons to take Cunningham.
Green has the ability to create his own shot which gives him a chance to be a legitimate offensive threat, and the Rockets are positioned to take maximum benefit from this.
Overall, Green should be the ideal No. 2 pick for the Houston Rockets instead of the Cleveland Cavaliers who are just one pick after.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, F/C, USC
Height: 7′ 0″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 20 | Freshman
There is a good chance that Mobley is available at No. 3, and if it happens, it will be an extremely fortunate outcome for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mobley will be a near-perfect fit with the Cavaliers, bringing versatility to work on the perimeter and protect the interior with Jarrett Allen in the frontcourt. The youngster is a low-maintenance, high-impact performer and a potential franchise star. It is not often that two-way bigs like Mobley come along.
In the end, the high defensive floor and intriguing offensive ceiling make him an outstanding prospect and he should be the ultimate choice for the Cavs.
4. Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 205 | Age: 19 | Freshman
It is expected that Kyle Lowry will move on in the free agency and Jalen Suggs will take Lowry’s place. Suggs is an elite-level athlete, hard-nosed competitor, and comfortable sacrificing shots in the interest of team success.
Overall, Suggs will be an excellent fit for the Toronto Raptors roster and organizational culture. Speculations and reports suggest that Suggs is the best prospect available at pick No. 3, and the Raptors should not have any doubts about choosing him.
5. Orlando Magic: Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State
Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 225 | Age: 19 | Freshman
On paper, the pick of Scottie Barnes makes the most sense for the Orlando Magic. Barnes possesses the length and versatility that fits their traditional draft rules, and has a high character that could help stabilize their young locker room.
A frontcourt pairing of Barnes and Jonathan Isaac as a backbone for the rest of the team is a pretty interesting concept.
Nevertheless, there are speculations that Magic can also choose Jonathan Kuminga (F, G League Ignite, Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 18). Kuminga has good size, has the potential to create offense for himself, and also has a commendable defensive ability. These factors can play an important role in Orlando Magic’s third pick.
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