2021 NBA Draft Top Prospects Ranked 1-50: Scouting Reports On Best Picks
Here are The Game Day’s 2021 NBA Draft Top Prospects Ranked 1-50. As we head into the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29, see our rankings of college, foreign, and NBA G League players who are eligible to be selected. See where they stand among the 2021 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings.
This is an exciting NBA Draft, since the valuations of players are all over the board. It appears Cade Cunningham as the top overall prospect is the only thing essentially everyone agrees on, and for good reason.
While the gap between Cunningham and the group in the next paragraph is closer than you’d think, he clearly looks like the best of the 2021 NBA Draft Top Prospects. He is an unbelievable scorer in isolation, hits the three-point shot at a high clip, and makes terrific passes. Simply, Cunningham looks more built to succeed in the NBA than college basketball.
Following the first pick, the next several are very much about the team selecting and what role they need filled. Evan Mobley is a big rim-protector who is also capable of knocking down shots. Jalen Suggs already resembles an experienced guard, and he will kill teams in transition.
Following these two, we have two players from the NBA G League, in Jonathan Kuminga and Jalen Green, who are great athletes that fill different roles as well. NBA teams should also have more insight into these NBA G League players entering the draft, which will be something interesting to watch over the next couple of years.
This is a deep NBA Draft, with gems to be found in the late second round. Big Ten Player of the Year Luka Garza is expected to be sitting there. Offensively, he is one of the best big men in the draft. However, his defense is suspect. This is a trend with these later players. Many excel in one or two categories but really struggle in another. It means these NBA prospects could fill specific roles, as long as they develop in the NBA G League and NBA Summer League.
2021 NBA Draft Top Prospects Ranked 1-50
|Rk||NBA Draft Prospect||POS||School/Country||NBA Draft Prospect Scouting Report|
|1||Cade Cunningham||G||Oklahoma State||
The 6-foot-8 ball-handler is a terrfic athlete. Cunningham also has the ability to cover multiple positions and create his own offense.
Suggs already looks like a mature guard who can be trusted in big moments. He needs to improve his shooting, but he is a strong athlete who can be dangerous in transition.
While he needs to put on some weight, Mobley has the tools to be an elite rim protector in today’s NBA. He also is an explosive leaper and can knock down jump shots.
|4||Jonathan Kuminga||F||NBA G League||
With a 7-foot wingspan, athletic build and solid quickness, Kuminga can become an elite defender. He also has great mechanics and is capable of knocking down the open shot.
|5||Jalen Green||G||NBA G League||
Green has the speed and explosiveness, along with strong finishing skills, to destroy teams in transition. While he could use more size, he is more of a shooting guard than a true point.
Johnson is an unbelieable athlete, and he shows it on both ends of the floor. He is a versatile defender than possesses great playmaking instincts.
Mitchell is an elite scorer, knocking down shots from anywhere. He is also one of the best on-ball defenders in the draft
Johnson has the size and skills to play any position on the floor. He needs to work on his shooting and overall scoring, but his versatility on both ends of the floor makes him an interesting prospect to develop.
|9||Scottie Barnes||G||Florida St.||
Barnes has a 7-foot-2 wingspan, strong frame and a high motor. He has the ability to switch onto any position and win his battle. What he lacks on offense, he makes up for on defense.
Bouknight has the athleticism and skills to become a solid defender. He is also among the more talented scorers in the draft, especially when finishing at the rim.
Jones has the tools to be a strong defender in the NBA, and he can run the floor to get easy transition buckets. His overall offense needs polish, but he has good footwork and can do enough on that end to carve out a role.
Moody is a good athete who has a 7-foot wingspan. He is a solid all-around player, but he isn’t a specialist at anything except free throw shooting.
|13||Franz Wagner||G||Michigan||While he isn’t a great athlete, Wagner is a solid shooter that is NBA-ready.|
Springer is a solid scorer at all levels. He also has the ability to get his own shot, using his strength, speed and burst.
Dosunmu needs to get stronger, but he is a pure playmaker. He is able to dictate the pace of the game with the ball and find open teammates. Dosunmu is also a versatile scorer and defender.
Williams has the tools to contribute on both ends of the floor. His 6-foot-10.5 wingspan and shotmaking potential makes him a versatile player overall.
Thomas is a natural scorer who can put up points in a variety of ways. However, his defense leaves a lot to be desired.
Mann has a pure shooting stroke and has grown as a playmaker. He does lack some of the athleticism to boost his draft stock higher.
Butler is a consistent all-around player. He’s NBA-ready, can score from all over, and is natural with the ball in his hand, despite not being a pure point guard.
Giddey has the rare combination of site, ball-handling and playmaking ability. He isn’t the quickest, but he’s a strong outside shooter.
Kispert may be the best overall shooter in the draft, hitting 48% of his three-point attempts this season. He is incredibly smart and possesses many of the skills to play in the NBA, but his size could prevent him from thriving consistently.
Garuba is a high energy player and smart defender. The majority of his offensive success is with dunks and finishing at the rim.
Duarte can be a solid 3-and-D player at the next level. He is a big guard that can shoot and defend the perimeter.
Cooper is undersized, but very quick. While he struggles with his shooting, he is a great passer and ball-handler.
Hyland is a lanky combo guard who can be a dangerous scorer at the next level. His mindset is to score first, making him an interesting option off the bench.
|26||Day’Ron Sharpe||F||North Carolina||Sharpe is a big-bodied bruiser on the inside who can also distibute the ball and set up teammates.|
|27||Greg Brown||F||Texas||Brown has terrific athleticism and shooting. but he turns the ball over too often and struggles on defense.|
|28||Josh Christopher||G||Arizona St.||
Christopher is a bit inconsistent with his three-point shooting and shot selection, but he has the tools and skills to succeed in the NBA.
|29||Charles Bassey||C||Western Kentucky||
Bassey is a defensive-minded player who could benefit from time in the G League to develop further. Still, he has the potential to be a solid rim protector in the NBA.
|30||Aaron Henry||F||Michigan St.||
Henry is a great slasher and defender. He ranks lower down the list because of his three-point shooting, or lack thereof.
Robinson-Earl is a high IQ player who seems to always be in the right place on the court. However, he’s not a consistent shooter and he could grow on defense.
|32||Miles McBride||G||West Virginia||
McBride is a strong, athletic point guard who can be a terrific defender in the NBA. He also has the ability to knock down the open shot.
The Kentucky big man has a 9-foot-5 standing reach, and he is athletic enough to run the floor an thrive. He needs to put on weight, but he is a natural rim protector.
We do not know whether Juzang will enter the draft or not. Still, he is a natural, pure shooter who can bring the energy off the bench for an NBA team.
|35||Marcus Bagley||F||Arizona St.||Bagley is athletic and has a pretty jumper, but he lacks the ability to create for himself.|
Grimes is strong, a good rebounder and he has the ability to knock down any shot. However, he is an inconsistent shooter, struggles against quicker guards and can play a bit wreckless.
|37||Daishen Nix||G||NBA G League||
Nix has incredible court vision and is a true flor general. However, he needs to work on his own scoring as well.
Sengun is a big-bodied post who has a soft touch around the rim. However, he isn’t a great athlete and could struggle defending the pick and roll.
Hurt is an efficient shooter with a soft touch. However, he lacks length for his size and he isn’t the strongest defender.
While we don’t know if Timme will enter the draft, his draft stock spiked in the NCAA Tournament. He is an incredibly skilled passer for his size and he is great at finishing near the rim.
Roko is a solid below-the-rim combo forward. He has a high IQ and has improved on his jumper. Still, he’s a better creator than scorer.
Ayayi has good size and strength, and he thrives as the pick and roll ball handler. He is also an opportunistic shooter.
Clarke is a natural athlete with great body control. However, he needs to work on consistency across the board.
Edwards has shown the ability to score in bunches in a variety of ways. His consistency throughout his college career should earn him some looks.
Boston really lacks strength, but he does have nearly a 7-foot wingspan, and he can score in a variety of ways.
Reaves is a solid playmaker and can create his own shot. However, he has limited upside and is an average athlete.
|47||Terrence Shannon Jr.||G||Texas Tech||
Shannon Jr. is a strong, athletic slasher who has improved upon his shooting, but still needs to work on his range.
Flanigan is a good scorer off the dribble, but he has an inconsistent shot. He also is a great athlete, but struggling defender.
|49||Isaiah Livers||F||Michigan||Livers is a decent all-around player who seems built to be a role player in the NBA.|
The Big Ten Player of the Year has the size and shooting ability for his game to translate to the NBA. However, he is not very mobile and he struggles on defense.
2021 NBA Draft Top Prospects Honorable Mention
- Max Abmas, G, Oral Roberts
- Ariel Hukporti, C, Germany
- Juhann Begarin, G, France
- Isaiah Todd, G, NBA G League
- Trey Murphy III, G, Virginia
- Rokas Jokubaitis, G, Lithuania
- Bennedict Mathurin, G, Arizona
- David Johnson, G, Louisville
- Taevion Kinsey, G, Marshall
- Justin Champagnie, F, Pittsburgh
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