Last night was 2021 NBA Draft Lottery on the Woodward Sports Network. Teams who did not make the playoffs found out where their team will draft for the first round in the draft. The Detroit Pistons were the winners of the lottery. The Pistons will have the number one pick.
Following them are the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and then the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors moved up in the lottery and only had an 8.5% chance of winning the fourth pick.
With the Pistons earning the number one pick, the team will most likely draft top prospect Cunnigham. Cunningham played his college ball at Oklahoma State. He was one of the elite college basketball players to watch. Cunningham is known to be a high-volume shooter who averaged 20.1 points per game. Also, he shot 40.3% from the field and 43.8% of three-point land.
The Pistons will keep a very close eye on Cunnigham as the draft nears at the end of July. But for now, here is the Woodward Sports mock draft for the top 10 picks post lottery.
1. Detroit Pistons – Cade Cunningham
PG/SG – Oklahoma State – 19 Years Old- 6’8″
The Pistons hit the jackpot last night by getting the number one pick. Cunningham will fit right in with the Pistons young core. He will be joining forces with Isaiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey, who were selected for all-rookie teams. Also, Cunningham will be starting in the backcourt with young point guard Killian Hayes. Hayes missed most of the season last season due to an injury. So it should be fun watching the two, possibly during the NBA Summer League together. As Hayes might take the trip down to Las Vegas.
2. Houston Rockets- Jalen Green
SG- G-League Ignite- 19 Years Old- 6’5″
Last season went entirely downhill for the Rockets. As the team traded away stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Green will be a match made in heaven with the Rockets. On the court, Green is known for his explosiveness on both the offense and defense. He possibly could join alongside Jae’Sean Tate, who earned first-team all-rookie honors. The Rockets are in complete rebuild mode, and Green could exceed that rebuild tremulously.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers- Evan Mobley
C- USC- 19 Years Old- 7’0″
The Cleveland Cavaliers need another big man on their roster. The Cavaliers last season bought out all-star center Andre Drummond to the Los Angeles Lakers. Last season, Mobley was the best big man in all of college basketball. Mobley is an incredible rim defender has. He averaged three blocks a game. But without only averaging 1.8 fouls per game. He could join forces with Jarret Allen, a part of the James Harden last season. Allen and Mobley could be a duo not to mess around against. At the same time, guard Collin Sexton and Darius Garland run the backcourt for the Cavaliers.
4. Toronto Raptors- Jalen Suggs
PG/SG- Gonzaga- 19 Years Old- 6’4″
The Toronto Raptors finished a disappointing end to their season. The Raptors did not make the playoffs since 2014. If the Raptors drafted Suggs, he would make a significant impact right away for them. Suggs is known for incredible speed down the floor on the fast break. As well as being a fantastic defender and stealer. The Raptors could pair Suggs at the backcourt with either Fred Vanvleet or Kyle Lowery. That could be very dangerous as the Raptors hope to have a bounce-back season next year.
5. Orlando Magic- Scottie Barnes
SF/PF- Florida State- 19 Years Old- 6’9″
Orlando Magic has two top 10 picks in this draft. The Magic have a lot to work within this draft and significantly to expand on the young core. Barnes could be a great addition to Magic’s young developing core. Barnes is not only is from the state of Florida. But he can play the game at an elite level. Barnes is known for having great handles and high intensity on the defensive end. Barnes would be pairing up with raising stars Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton.
6. Oklahoma City Thunder- Jonathan Kuminga
SF/PF- G-League Ignite- 19 years old- 6’8″
The Oklahoma City Thunder are stacked on draft picks these next few years as the team accumulated 18 first-round picks for the next seven drafts. The Thunder are in need of a lockdown defender. Last season, the Thunder ranked 24th in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Johnathan Kuminga makes a significant impact on the defensive end for the Thunder. Kuminga was one best defensive players in the G-League bubble last season. He can guard anyone on the floor no matter what position.
7. Golden State Warriors- Davion Mitchell
PG- Baylor-22 Years Old- 6’2″
Golden State Warriors are back in the lottery for the second year in a row. With Klay Thompson coming back next season. The Warriors will be at full strength again. The Warriors could use another piece to help them get back to the playoffs and compete for championships once again. Davion Mitchell is that guy for the Warriors. Mitchell had championship experience before as he won the national title with Baylor last season. On the floor, Mitchell is known for being a bucket from downtown as he shot 44.1% from three-point. Also, Mitchell is an elite defender as he can defend at the perimeter. Mitchell can one of the key factors that gets the Warriors back to the NBA playoffs.
8. Orlando Magic- Keon Johnson
SG- Tennessee- 19 Years Old-6’5″
With the Orlando Magic having two lottery picks. The Magic has lots of options to choose from. Another player that can help the Magic is Keon Johnson. Johnson is known on the court for his two-way playing ability. He brings physically on the defensive end and a boost on the offensive end. Johnson could team up in the backcourt with raising player Cole Anthony. In the future, the two can be one of the best duos in the back in the NBA.
9. Sacramento Kings- Moses Moody
SG- Alabama- 18 Years Old- 6’6″
The Sacramento Kings are back in the lottery once again. Last season, the Kings got a steal in the draft by selecting Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton was chosen on the all-rookie first team last season. And the Kings want to find someone who can help the Kins make it back to the playoffs. Moses Moody is an excellent fit for the Kings. On the floor, Moody is known as an incredible three and D wing player. Not only is Moody a superb defender. But, Moody is fire from the downtown as he averaged 35.8% from the three-point range. Moody be the final piece to the puzzle to get Kings over the hump and back in the NBA playoffs.
10. New Orleans Pelicans- Corey Kispert
SF- Gonzaga- 22 Years Old- 6’7″
The New Orleans Pelicans in search of another player to add to their roster. Pelicans are looking for another player that will complain to star Zion Williamson. Corey Kispert will be an excellent addition to the Pelicans. Last season, the Pelicans bought out JJ Reddick. They need a guy who can catch and shoot from downtown. Kispert can be that guy for the Pelicans. Kispert shot 44% from the 3-point line and 52.9% from the field goal range. Also, he made the 91 3-point shots made and made the 7th most 3-pointers in the nation last season. Kispert can be that catch-and-shoot man for the Pelicans, just like Joe Harris in Brooklyn.