2021 NBA Mock Draft 7-29-21 Final Update


The NBA Draft is July 29, with the Draft Lottery set to be held on June 22. The Draft Combine will take place June 21-27. Welcome to our first 2021 NBA mock draft, team needs have not been taken into account at this time.

Some player descriptions have been filled out, but the others will be completed at a later date.

Far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business site that does a mock draft for all four major sports. Here’s the links to the latest mocks for the NFL, MLB and NHL.

1. Detroit, Cade Cunningham, PG, Oklahoma State

This is a draft in which we have a consensus #1 overall pick, and it’s definitely this guy.

2. Houston, Jalen Green, SG, G-League

3. Cleveland, Evan Mobley, C, USC

4. Toronto, Jalen Suggs, PG/SG, Gonzaga

He isn’t the highest upside prospect of all time, but he’s also the safest bet possible. His on court energy and overall ambition ensures he’ll be a huge contributor in the league for a long time.

For more, go here.

5. Orlando, Scottie Barnes, PF, Florida State

He’s a 6-9 point forward/wing that draws Magic Johnson and Draymond Green comps due to his versatility.

For more go here

6. Oklahoma City, James Bouknight, SG, UConn

7. Golden State, Jonathan Kuminga, SF, G-League

8. Orlando, Franz Wagner, F, Michigan

He’s a silky smooth forward who can space out the floor, pass out of double teams and guard different positions. For more, go here

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9. Sacramento, Jalen Johnson, SF/PF, Duke

Disappointed this season, but expect him to be on a fast curve and live up to the hype once he gets to the league.

8. Orlando via CHI, Moses Moody, SG, Arkansas

10. New Orleans, Cory Kispert, SF, Gonzaga

An elite shooter with good height, you can easily deem him the best three point shooter in this class. For more, go here

11. Charlotte, Keon Johnson, SG, Tennessee

12. San Antonio, Kai Jones, C, Texas

Would fit in very well in a Gregg Popovich system.


13. Indiana, Davion Mitchell, SG.PG, Baylor

14. Memphis, Alperen Sengun, C, Turkey

15. Washington, Chris Duarte, SG, Oregon

16. Oklahoma City, Usman Garuba, PF, Spain

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17.  New Orleans, Trey Murphy III, SF/SG, Virginia 

18. Oklahoma City, Jaden Springer, SG/SF, Tennessee 

19. New York, Jared Butler, PG, Baylor

20. Atlanta, Isaiah Jackson, PF/C, Kentucky

Jackson’s ability and athleticism were evident early in his freshman campaign and he transformed into an All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team and Defensive Team performer by the season’s end. The freshman forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in 25 games with 18 starts.

Isaiah made unbelievable strides to put himself in a position to test the waters,” UK head coach John Calipari said.

“He grew throughout the year and became more confident on both ends of the floor.”

21. New York, Josh Giddey, PG, Australia

22. Lakers, Ayo Dosunmu, PG/SG, Illinois

Forget the fact that he was AWOL MIA in his final collegiate game, the Masked Mamba was the USA Today Player of the Year. Honestly, he should be projected much higher, given all that he’s accomplished.

It’s hard to predict where Dosunmu will go because the NBA Draft isn’t really about selecting the best basketball player. Sounds silly to say, but it’s true.

The NBA Draft has long been a beauty pageant for boys, where measurables take precedence over accomplishment, but in recent years this has gotten more obnoxious.

If the entertainment value of consuming NBA Draft content seems to be diminishing to you, well, you’re not alone. Consuming more college basketball doesn’t always make you more familiar with who will get selected on draft night. It’s more about combine stuff than what’s done on the court these days.

Dosunmu is lauded for having great handles, creative shot-making ability, tremendous passing and vastly improved shooting.

As Ayo Dosunmu draft stock is a topic we have covered extensively the past three years, you can go here, here and here for more on this subject matter.

23. Houston, Cameron Thomas, SG, LSU

24. Houston, Sharife Cooper, PG, Auburn

25. Clippers, Nah’Shon Hyland, SG/PG, VCU


26. Denver, Josh Chrisopher, PG, Arizona St. 

27. Brooklyn, Miles McBride, PG, West Virginia

28. Philadelphia, Tre Mann, PG, Florida

29. Phoenix, Joel Ayayi, PG/SG, Gonzaga

He’s got the athleticism, size and playmaking ability to project well at the next level, with a 3pt shot to boot. For more, go here

30. Utah, BJ Boston, SG, Kentucky

Boston made 24 starts in 25 appearances for the Wildcats this season. He averaged a team-high-tying 11.5 points per game and his 4.5 rebounds per outing led UK’s guard group.

“It was an honor for me to play for the Big Blue Nation this season and to suit up for one of the best coaches in the country,” Boston said of his one year in Lexington.

“I want to thank Coach Cal, the staff, and my teammates for pushing me day in and day out to be the best player I could be. I’m proud of the progress I made on the court and off it this season.”

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America” and “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports Illustrated and the  Chicago Tribune.

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