2021 NBA Mock Draft: All 60 picks post-early entry deadline

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With the lottery well in the rear-view mirror, teams around the NBA have ramped up preparations for the draft by hosting prospects for interviews and private workouts.

Teams’ draft boards have likely shifted some over the past couple of weeks following the conclusion of the NBA G League Elite Camp and draft combine. Several prospects helped their stock following strong performances at both events.

Additionally, some underclassmen elected to withdraw their names from draft contention ahead of the early-entry deadline on Wednesday. Players like Terrence Shannon Jr. and Johnny Juzang were among those to withdraw and return to school just before the deadline.

With the combine and early-entry deadline having now passed, we took a look at all 60 picks in the latest Rookie Wire Mock Draft. Player fit is taken into consideration in the picks.

Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

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Height: 6-7 Weight: 220 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Despite some rumors that the Pistons are said to be high on Jalen Green, Cunningham should still have a strong chance to land in Detroit. Cunningham, who became the first player in program history to be named to the Associated Press All-American first team, is only expected to meet with the Pistons before the draft, likely settling any doubt as to who Detroit will pick. He is widely considered the top pick this year and is viewed as a franchise-changing talent at the next level. He wants to go to a team that will prioritize his development and this pairing certainly makes sense. The Pistons allowed their rookies to play through mistakes last season, and Cunningham should have that luxury, as well.

Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, NBA G League Ignite

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Height: 6-6 Weight: 186 lbs. Year: N/A Position: G Green impressed those that played with him and watched him last season in the NBA G League, and appears to be a strong option for the Rockets to consider. The potential of Green to develop into a superstar in the NBA has many liking the pairing next to Kevin Porter Jr. in the backcourt, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. Green even is buying into the hype, telling Porter on Instagram that they would make a "scary" backcourt duo. Of course, Green is highly touted for his potential and ability on the court as a dynamic playmaker, something the Rockets desperately need. Some believe Green can eventually be the best scorer from this draft, and he showed that throughout the G League bubble, averaging 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 assists in 15 games. He has drawn comparisons to Zach LaVine and Bradley Beal, and it is easy to see that given his knack for scoring.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, USC

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Height: 7-0 Weight: 215 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: F Mobley was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year after averaging 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 2.4 assists in 33 games. He proved to be dominant in the paint last season and has the potential to be a strong defender at the next level given his length. While he can certainly work in the paint, many believe he is among the most versatile prospects in the draft given his overall skill set and ability to score from all over the floor. Cleveland will be doing its due diligence during the pre-draft process and will meet with other players projected to go in this range, including Jonathan Kuminga. However, the Cavaliers likely can't pass up on adding a versatile defender in Mobley, one that can switch and hold his own on guards.

Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 205 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Suggs is highly touted for his ability to play both guard positions and his athleticism on the court. Certainly, his poise to hit the game-winning shot over UCLA in the Final Four backs up his winning mentality and ability to step up in crunch time. Gonzaga teammate Corey Kispert may have said it best when describing Suggs recently. "He is a crazy competitor, wants to win more than anything," Kispert said. "He plays with amazing pace, doesn't turn it over. All of the comparisons people make about him playing high school football and how he sees the court are all true. He sees the court really well, learns the game unbelievably for a 20-year-old. Whoever is fortunate enough to land Jalen is going to get a really good guy."

Orlando Magic: Jonathan Kuminga, NBA G League Ignite

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Height: 6-8 Weight: 222 lbs. Year: N/A Position: F Kuminga averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and one steal in 13 games with the Ignite. He produced four 20-point games and four double-doubles during the truncated season before he missed the final three contests with knee soreness. He possesses the physical tools that would make for a smooth transition to the next level and his 7-foot wingspan certainly offers some intrigue. The Cavaliers are said to be open to taking him with the third pick, but it would appear the Magic at No. 5 is the ceiling for Kuminga. While the Magic didn't nearly land as high as they wanted to in the lottery, drafting a player like Kuminga figures to give the organization a prospect that can potentially develop into a key player for years to come.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Scottie Barnes, Florida State

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Height: 6-8 Weight: 225 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: F Barnes, who measured in at 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds at the combine, intrigued teams and scouts with his size and athleticism. He recorded a 7-foot-2 wingspan at the combine and the second-fastest shuttle run, clocking in at 2.99 seconds on the court. As a result, Barnes has gained some more fans in the NBA as some believe the 19-year-old could go in the top five on draft night. Because of his defensive ability, and overall willingness to do the little things, Barnes has drawn comparisons to Draymond Green and appears to be a lock to go in the 4-6 range. He should be a no-brainer to go to Sam Presti & Co.

Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota): Moses Moody, Arkansas

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Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Moody is busy showcasing his shooting ability during the pre-draft process, something that should intrigue the Warriors. The SEC Freshman of the Year converted on 35.8% of his 5.8 attempts from 3-point range last season and registered a 7-foot wingspan at the combine. He projects to be a strong 3-and-D prospect at the next level and could be able to step in and help Golden State immediately. They have been rumored into wanting to move this pick so it will be worth monitoring to see if they are on the clock at this point of the draft.

Orlando Magic (via Chicago): Keon Johnson, Tennessee

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 184 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Johnson, who was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, registered an incredible 48-inch max vertical leap at the combine, which shattered the previous mark of 45.5 inches. He has shown promise on defense, with his size and instincts, and could be a strong 3-and-D prospect with an improved shot. The Magic often take the best player available each year in the draft and, barring a player falling, Johnson appears to be that guy here at No. 8.

Sacramento Kings: Franz Wagner, Michigan

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Height: 6-9 Weight: 220 lbs. Year: Sophomore Position: G Wagner could provide the Kings with a solid playmaker at this point of the draft. He was named to the All-Big Ten second team after averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, 1.3 steals and one blocked shot. Chad Ford, a longtime draft expert, believes the pairing of Wagner and the Kings is inevitable because of the analytics and his potential to develop into a good defender at the next level. With an improved shot, Wagner could develop into just that but his playmaking alone should also be valued for the Kings here.

New Orleans Pelicans: James Bouknight, UConn

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 190 lbs. Year: Sophomore Position: G Bouknight was named to the All-Big East first team after averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 15 games. In two years, Bouknight established himself as a strong scorer who can do so at all three levels. Last year, he became the first freshman in nine years to score 20 points in three straight contests. He has worked extensively on his shooting during the pre-draft process and, with some improvement, could be one of the top offensive players in the class.

Charlotte Hornets: Jalen Johnson, Duke

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Height: 6-9 Weight: 209 Year: Freshman Position: F After dealing with a foot injury and opting out of the season in February, Johnson logged only 13 appearances with the Blue Devils. He averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocked shots on 52.3% shooting from the field. Despite the shortened season and overall questions regarding his durability, Johnson still projects to bring plenty of defense and post-scoring to the NBA. Of note, Johnson recorded the largest hand size at the combine by length (9.75 inches) and width (10.5 inches).

San Antonio Spurs: Josh Giddey, Adelaide 36ers (NBL)

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Height: 6-8 Weight: 220 Year: N/A Position: PG Giddey, who was named the NBL Rookie of the Year, produced a sensational season with the 36ers, averaging 10.9 points, 7.6 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 28 games. He led all players in assists while he finished sixth in rebounding and was the youngest Australian player in the NBL to register a triple-double. He narrowly missed the cut to join the Australian 12-man roster for the Olympics, which could prevent some scouts from seeing him on the world stage. Still, Giddey should hear his name called late in the lottery with the Spurs being a strong fit.

Indiana Pacers: Davion Mitchell, Baylor

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Height: 6-1 Weight: 202 lbs. Year: Junior Position: G Mitchell was named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 14.1 points, 5.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals 30 games. He also became the first player in program history to be named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Mitchell projects to be one of the most NBA-ready players with his defensive ability and shot-making after converting on 44.7% from 3-point range on 4.7 attempts per game. Given his ability on defense, he projects to be a good fit here with the Pacers, who could use another stopper on that end of the floor.

Golden State Warriors: Corey Kispert, Gonzaga

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Height: 6-7 Weight: 223 lbs. Year: Senior Position: F Kispert was a consensus All-American first-team player last season after averaging 18.6 points, five rebounds and 1.8 assists in 32 games. He shot a career-high 44% from 3-point range on 6.5 attempts per game and ranked fifth in the country in points (595) and seventh in 3-pointers (91). He has been working aggressively to improve his defense, speed and ballhandling during the pre-draft process. He even tied Florida State forward Scottie Barnes for the second-fastest shuttle run at the combine, clocking in at 2.99 seconds. His ability as a shooter alone should get him some looks in the middle of the first round and the fit here with Golden State could be a match made for both sides.

Washington Wizards: Kai Jones, Texas

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Height: 6-11 Weight: 221 lbs. Year: Sophomore Position: F With Jones still on the board, the Wizards would be taking the best available player here. The Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year projects to fill a few needs as a player that can defend the paint and space the floor. He averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 26 games last season on 38.2% from 3-point range. Depending on how you rank some other bigs, Jones has the potential to be behind Evan Mobley as the second-best in this draft class.

Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston): Jaden Springer, Tennessee

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 202 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Viewed as one of the best defenders in the class, Springer could step in and help give the Thunder a strong stopper on a defense that ranked 26th in the league. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 25 games with the Vols and proved a solid offensive player. He is viewed as one of the most NBA-ready prospects, and with plenty of development opportunities available in OKC, Springer could be an option.

Memphis Grizzlies: Alperen Sengun, Besiktas (Turkish League)


Height: 6-10 Weight: 243 lbs. Year: N/A Position: F Sengun is fresh off of a solid showing with Turkey in the Olympic qualifying tournament from Canada. He averaged 11.3 points, six rebounds and two assists in three games as Turkey lost to Greece in the semifinals. He is widely considered one of the most versatile bigs in the draft this year with his ability to score in the paint and create for his teammates. He flashed that skill set off in the qualifying tournament and would give the Grizzlies a nice offensive weapon off the bench.

Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami): Usman Garuba, Real Madrid

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Height: 6-8 Weight: 230 lbs. Year: N/A Position: F/C With a reported 7-foot-3 wingspan, he is viewed as one of the top defensive prospects in the draft and has drawn comparisons to OG Anunoby and P.J. Washington. He will have an opportunity to improve his draft stock in the Olympics with Spain and showcase his overall skill set. Some are not convinced he can be a strong offensive option, but he still converted on 30.3% of his shots from beyond the arc this season. He would also give the Thunder some needed size in the frontcourt.

New York Knicks: Chris Duarte, Oregon

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Height: 6-6 Weight: 190 lbs. Year: Sophomore Position: G Despite his recent comments that he believes he is a lottery pick, Duarte has been heavily linked to the Knicks to this point of the pre-draft process. He was named to the All-Pac 12 first team last season after averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals in 29 games as a senior. He was one of only two Division I players to average at least 17 points and 1.9 steals on 50% shooting from the field. His ability to play both guard positions, plus his defensive acumen, make him worth a look here for New York, who are on the clock again at 21.

Atlanta Hawks: Sharife Cooper, Auburn

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 165 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Despite playing in just 12 games due to eligibility issues, Cooper was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after averaging 20.2 points, 8.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and one steal. He was one of just seven players to average at least 20 points and eight assists over the last 25 years. Offensively, he has the skills to create for himself while using his athleticism to get to the rim and draw contact; his 8.6 free-throw attempts per game would have led the nation over a full season. The Hawks showed in the playoffs that they could use another playmaker when Trae Young is off the court, and Cooper projects to fill that role well.

New York Knicks (via Dallas): Isaiah Jackson, Kentucky

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Height: 6-10 Weight: 206 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: F/C Jackson was named to the SEC All-Defensive team after averaging 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots in 25 games as a freshman. He led all SEC players in blocks while he ranked 15th in the nation, recording at least three blocks in nine games. Certainly, his 7-foot-5 wingspan was on full display last season and that could be highly intriguing for the Knicks.

Los Angeles Lakers: Tre Mann, Florida

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 177 lbs. Year: Sophomore Position: G Mann believes he is the best player in the draft when it comes to shooting, either off the catch or dribble. He shot 40.2% from 3-point range last season and certainly has the credentials to become a knockdown shooter at the next level. With much uncertainty surrounding the pending free agency of Dennis Schroder, and other roster issues, Mann could be a strong option to step in and fill a need in the backcourt with his ability to create for himself and others

Houston Rockets (via Portland): Cameron Thomas, LSU

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Height: 6-4 Weight: 210 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Thomas led all freshmen in the country in scoring and finished with 22 20-point games, the most in program history since Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. His early exit from the draft combine sparked some rumors that he could have a promise from a team. Based on his ability to score, Thomas could be a coveted option this late in the draft and yet another piece for the Rockets to build around.

Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee): Nah’Shon 'Bones' Hyland, VCU

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Height: 6-3 Weight: 169 Year: Sophomore Position: G Hyland essentially played himself into the back end of the first round after an excellent showing at the NBA draft combine. In his first scrimmage game, Hyland produced a game-high 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and one steal in 23 minutes. His athleticism and physical tools, plus his 6-foot-9 wingspan, figures to be an intriguing option for the Rockets, who worked Hyland out this week. He would give the Rockets a player capable of creating for himself with the potential to develop into a solid bench option in the future.

Los Angeles Clippers: Trey Murphy III, Virginia

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Height: 6-9 Weight: 206 lbs. Year: Junior Position: G Murphy averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25 games last season. He shot 50.3% from the field and 43.3% from 3-point range, ranking seventh among all ACC players in 3-pointers made (2.1) per game. He is highly touted as a shooter and projects to be a good addition as a floor spacer. Murphy could go even higher with his ability to step in and play now so this pick should be a no-brainer if he is still on the board.

Denver Nuggets: Ziaire Williams, Stanford

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Height: 6-10 Weight: 188 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G An inconsistent freshman campaign with Stanford has dropped Williams down most draft boards. He started the season projected by most to be a top-10 pick, but he mostly failed to live up to that hype. The talent level is there, and put into the right situation, Williams could begin to show what made him so highly touted. The Nuggets have often taken players in need of development and Williams could be the latest beneficiary.

Brooklyn Nets: Roko Prkacin, KK Cibona (Croatia)


Height: 6-9 Weight: 225 lbs. Year: N/A Position: PF With KK Cibona, Prkacin averaged 13.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in the Adriatic League while shooting 39.4% from beyond the arc. His size, which was measured at the combine, is solid for his position and he should be able to hold his own on defense. Given his ability to handle the ball, and professional experience, Prkacin projects to be a versatile option for the Nets to consider.

Philadelphia 76ers: Jared Butler, Baylor

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Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 Year: Junior Position: G Butler should easily be on teams' radars as a lottery pick, but a heart condition has his future up in the air. He was referred to the Fitness-to-Play panel by the NBA and must now be cleared from the condition in order to play or practice. He tried to squash those concerns recently after saying he did not plan to work out at the combine and would only interview with teams. On the court, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and two steals in 30 games last season, earning All-Big 12 first-team honors as the Bears claimed the national title. He also shot 41.6% from 3-point range on 6.2 attempts per game, making him a prime target for a team. However, teams will certainly be wary about selecting him but, if he can be cleared, the fit with the Sixers appears to be there.

Phoenix Suns: JT Thor, Auburn

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Height: 6-9 Weight: 203 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: F Thor was among the standouts at the NBA draft combine after dazzling teams and scouts with his athleticism and improved shot. He averaged 9.4 points, five rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots last season and finished the season as one of five freshmen in the country to register at least 250 points, 100 rebounds and 30 blocks. He eventually pulled out of scrimmages at the combine, prompting many to speculate that he received a first-round promise. The Suns could be a team to watch that can help him develop along without rushing him into action.

Utah Jazz: Joshua Primo, Alabama

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Height: 6-5 Weight: 189 lbs. Year: Freshman Position: G Primo, who is the youngest player projected to be drafted at 18 years old, was another prospect that had a tremendous showing at the combine. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after averaging 8.1 points and 3.4 rebounds on 38.1% shooting from 3-point range last season. In addition to his shooting stroke, Primo also has the ability to handle the ball and drive to the basket at the next level. The Jazz can certainly use more players that can shoot and handle the ball, making Primo a good target.

Second Round

31. Milwaukee Bucks (via Houston): Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois 32. New York Knicks (via Detroit): Miles McBride, West Virginia 33. Orlando Magic: Aaron Henry, Michigan State 34. Oklahoma City Thunder: Day’Ron Sharpe, North Carolina 35. New Orleans Pelicans (via Cleveland): Brandon Boston Jr., Kentucky 36. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Minnesota): Quentin Grimes, Houston 37. Detroit Pistons (via Toronto): Josh Christopher, Arizona State 38. Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans): Greg Brown III, Texas 39. Sacramento Kings: Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky 40. New Orleans Pelicans (via Chicago): Herbert Jones, Alabama 41. San Antonio Spurs: David Johnson, Louisville 42. Detroit Pistons (via Charlotte): Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova 43. New Orleans Pelicans (via Washington): Kessler Edwards, Pepperdine 44. Brooklyn Nets (via Indiana): Joel Ayayi, Gonzaga 45. Boston Celtics: Luka Garza, Iowa 46. Toronto Raptors (via Memphis): Joe Wieskamp, Iowa 47. Toronto Raptors (via Golden State): Rokas Jokubaitis, Zalgiris 48. Atlanta Hawks (via Miami): Filip Petrusev, Mega Bemax 49. Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta): Jericho Sims, Texas 50. Philadelphia 76ers (via New York): Isaiah Todd, NBA G League Ignite 51. Memphis Grizzlies (via Portland): Sandro Mamukelashvili, Seton Hall 52. Detroit Pistons (via LAL): Neemias Queta, Utah State 53. New Orleans Pelicans (via Dallas): Austin Reaves, Oklahoma 54. Indiana Pacers (via Milwaukee): Daishen Nix, NBA G League Ignite 55. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver): Isaiah Livers, Michigan 56. Charlotte Hornets (via LAC): Vrenz Bleijenbergh, Antwerp (Belgium) 57. Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn): E.J. Onu, Shawnee State 58. New York Knicks (Philadelphia): Matthew Hurt, Duke 59. Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix): Juhann Begarin, Paris Basketball 60. Indiana Pacers (via Utah): RaiQuan Gray, Florida State