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2021 NBA Draft Big Board

It’s finally here. The 2021 NBA Draft. This is one of the deepest classes I’ve scouted in my opinion. There are arguably two legitimate prospects that are worthy of the #1 overall pick in Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green. Additionally, I truly think that there will be plenty of players drafted in the late first round and even second round that end up having really good NBA careers. I know these rankings will be wrong in a few years but I tried to rank the prospects in terms of who I would bet on based on upside and how safe of a prospect they were. Let me know what you think, tweet at us, and tell me why I’m wrong.

  1. Cade Cunningham
  • smooth movements remind me of Jayson Tatum
  • has always carried the burden of being #1 prospect
  • graceful player to watch, very rarely makes the wrong play
  • doesn’t have Jalen Green’s level of athleticism

2. Jalen Green

  • will be one of the best athletes in the NBA from day 1
  • not the prettiest jumper but has shown he can shoot
  • should develop into an elite two way player at NBA’s most important position 

3. Evan Mobley

  • looks like the next great big man
  • 7 footer with multiple scoring moves, old school jump hook, midrange shot, has to work on greater range from 3
  • game comes easy to him, gets KG comps but see a lot of similarity to Jaren Jackson

4. Jalen Suggs

  • the most NBA ready point guard of the class
  • has ability to blow by guards and he looks like a better three point shooter than #s say
  • smaller sized guard who is less of a shot creator and more of a clutch player 

5. Davion Mitchell

  • national champion, older prospect but has natural burst for a point guard, one of the best defenders in the class, safest player in the draft? winner
  • shown to be an efficient shooter, can beat you off dribble on ISO possessions
  • sometimes has tunnel vision, forces shots, concerns about older age? 

6. Moses Moody

  • smooth shot, sneaky hops shown in workouts, seems like a leader
  • long arms and wingspan, tall wiry frame, efficient rebounder

7. Scottie Barnes

  • possibly the best defender in the class, tree trunk legs
  • terrific switch defender, high energy player, versatile defender
  • limited offensively, reminds me a tad of Ben Simmons/OG Anunoby

8. Keon Johnson 

  • really fun tape to watch, best vertical in the draft
  • has natural bounce, can glide in air, and bully way in paint, dog on defense
  • hasn’t shown a consistent jumper yet

9. James Bouknight

  • has a vintage NYC playing style, all about flare
  • good handle, bounce, and 3 pt shot% is more due to shot selection than shot form, looks like a natural 3 level scorer
  • inconsistent shooter, should diversify skillset

10. Alperen Sengun

  • look up his incredible #s for a 19 yr old in turkey 
  • advanced post game and has fluid shooting mechanics, great vision for a big, questions on defense
  • reminds me of a young Pau Gasol 

11. Sharife Cooper

  • small guard but with extraordinary vision and passing ability, reminds me a lot of Rajon Rondo
  • plays at his own pace and has some elusiveness near basket, not afraid of contact even at smaller size
  • questions about the shot, not a fan of the lean back/hitch in his shot, needs to be fixed
  • liability defensively, but can draw charges

12. Tre Mann

  • looks for teammates, good size, in position for rebounds, not afraid to shoot it, not overly quick or strong to the basket, a la D’Lo, pro day showed bounce
  • is he a true point guard? needs to clean up passes, work on explosiveness 

13. Josh Giddey

  • has intrigue as a guard, not a great shooter but can find open shooters
  • has to improve ball handling 
  • joe ingles, intelligent player, young age makes him intriguing at 6’8”
  • has to use his size more to be a starter

14. Jared Butler

  • national champion, looks like a 2 guard who can be capable with spurts at the point
  • excellent open 3 pt shooter, very tough nosed defender
  • cerebral player, makes the right reads and passes
  • can’t create his own shot, medical cardiac concerns

15. Trey Murphy III

  • one of the safest players in class, more than prototypical 3 and D wing, bouncy, wingspan
  • easy comp here is Mikal Bridges

16. Kai Jones

  • Tools, tools, tools, track star
  • Runs the floor extremely well and wants to be more than just a lob threat
  • hasn’t shown in games but has lottery level talent

17. Jalen Johnson

  • unique power forward who is uber athletic, can ball handle in the transition, looks like a good post defender
  • questions about his jump shot, has a very specific skillset

18. Jonathan Kuminga

  • has prototypical athletic body of a 4 who looks like he can play some at the 3 if he can shoot consistently 
  • physical young player with post potential but his #s in g league weren’t good, hard to say what his calling card will be

19. Jaden Springer

  • pretty jumper, young guard who impresses with his ability to be a tough man to man defender
  • think he has unseen passing ability, can score in midrange if needed, terrific shooting %
  • explosiveness near basket missing, needs to be more aggressive, rebounding #s can be better

20. Miles McBride

  • tough nosed defender (WVU ofc), not afraid to hoist up contested shots if need be
  • plays with hair on fire, should be great in transition  
  • i.e. Marcus Smart, excellent 3 pt shooter stat wise

21. Chris Duarte

  • one of the best shooters in the class, strong frame for a 2/3, can move/cut w/o the ball, not strictly a shooter, has some hops, active hands, confidence
  • age, not the fastest guy, limited ceiling? dillon brooks
  • should be a plug and play guy from day 1

22. Corey Kispert

  • aka Kye Korver, tall shooter, can catch and shoot, shoot off the dribble, good stats
  • not a terrific athlete so limited ceiling?

23. Ziaire Williams

  • intelligent young PF who had a disappointing freshman season, can score from midrange, has potential to score ISO, can ball handle a bit
  • needs to work on jumper, tweener (3 vs 4?)

24. Quentin Grimes

  • contests jump shots, active wing defender, great 3 pt shooting %s, will rarely find a shot he dislikes
  • seems like a winner, one of the few knocks is age and efficiency on him and ball handling 

25. Brandon “BJ” Boston

  • Great size for a guard, potential as a good defender on switches, not hard to see why he was top recruit
  • inconsistent jump shot, hasn’t shown ability to get others involved and needs to use size as advantage, will require development 

26. Na’Shon “Bones” Hyland

  • seems like a great kid, will be charismatic
  • not afraid to shoot 30 foot 3 pt shots
  • easy comp is IQ/Lou Will
  • ball sticks to hands, can he take contact with his frame?

27. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

  • your typical Villanova solid NBA player who is underrated
  • still only 20 yrs old, looks like a versatile defender who’s not afraid to use his size and looks like a better shooter than numbers suggest

28. Cameron Thomas

  • walking bucket, interesting big frame for a guard
  • seemingly has a hitch in his shot but that doesn’t stop him from shooting (any other skill?)
  • can be physical on defense, shoots deep 3s, solid bench piece ala clarkson?

29. Franz Wagner

  • nice shooting mechanics, good height, should be able to defend wings
  • may be limited to role player role, shooting #s could be better

30. Usman Garuba

  • 19 but plays like a grizzled vet, probably the best all around defender in the draft, strong base with active hands
  • the catch: expect no offense except for transition layups/dunks

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