2021 NBA mock draft: Rest of the lottery

6. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Houston): James Bouknight, guard, Connecticut

NBA mock draft: James Bouknight, Warriors
Dec 20, 2020; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard James Bouknight (2) warms up before the start of the game against the Creighton Bluejays at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

We mentioned above just how good Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been for the Thunder. He’s going to be a perennial All-Star point guard moving forward. It’s in this that Oklahoma City needs to find a legitimate two-guard to team up with him. Bouknight is just that. He averaged a resounding 18.7 points to go with 5.7 rebounds on 45% shooting for Connecticut this season. Getting him and Kuminga within the first six-picks of the 2021 NBA draft would be something else.

7. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jalen Johnson, forward, Duke

NBA mock draft: Jalen Johnson, Duke
Jan 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jalen Johnson (1) reacts after fouling out of the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Some say that Johnson’s decision to opt out of the remainder of the season at Duke might impact his draft stock. I am just not seeing it. The Blue Devils were going nowhere. Why risk injury or COVID? A top-11 recruit last year, the 6-foot-9 Johnson more than proved enough to be a lottery pick. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds on 53% shooting as a freshman. Johnson also fills an area of need in the frontcourt for a Cavaliers team that has perimeter options in Collin Sexton, Garius Garland and rookie lottery pick Isaac Okoro.

8. Toronto Raptors: Ziaire Williams, small forward, Stanford

NBA Mock Draft: Ziaire Williams
Feb 13, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Ziaire Williams (3) plays defense during the first half against the Utah Utes at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Raptors are going to need more talent in the frontcourt with Pascal Siakam moving forward. Williams would change that in a big way. The former top-six recruit can play both small forward and power forward. He’s your typical three-and-D wing that teams value in today’s NBA. Williams averaged 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds on 37% shooting as a freshman for Stanford. He’s a project. But the upside is there.

9. Orlando Magic (from Chicago): Scottie Barnes, forward, Florida State

NBA Mock Draft: Scottie Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Florida State Seminoles guard Scottie Barnes (4) drives to the basket while being guarded by Michigan Wolverines guard Eli Brooks (55) during the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Mandatory Credit: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY Sports

Having moved off both Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon at the NBA trade deadline, the Magic need to find more help out on the wing. That’s where the impressive Barnes would come into play in this most-recent NBA mock draft. A top-five recruit of the 2020 class, the 6-foot-8 Barnes averaged 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds on 50% shooting as a freshman for the Seminoles. He boasts unlimited upside moving forward.

10. New Orleans Pelicans: B.J. Boston, guard, Kentucky

NBA Mock Draft: B.J. Boston, Kentucky
Nov 29, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Brandon Boston Jr. (3) dribbles around Richmond Spiders forward Tyler Burton (3) in the second half at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

It’s by now well known that New Orleans was looking to move off point guards Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe ahead of the trade deadline. They want a true shooting guard to team up with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram in the frontcourt. Why not add a two-guard in Boston who has untapped potential? The former top-four recruit struggled with Kentucky as a freshman. Hence, why he slips to the bottom half of the lottery. But the kid has all the tools to be special.

11. Sacramento Kings: Terrence Clarke, wing, Kentucky

NBA mock draft: Terrence Clarke, Kentucky
UK guard Terrence Clarke defends the ball during the University of Kentucky basketball game against the University of Richmond at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Kentucky Basketball Richmond

You can never have enough help out on the wing. At 6-foot-7, Clarke can play both the two-guard and the three. He’s a former top-eight recruit and flashed some brilliance as a freshman for Kentucky this season. The idea here would be for the Kings to find someone to replace Harrison Barnes at the three, teaming up with De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton in the process. This NBA mock draft could not have gone any better for Sacramento.

12. Indiana Pacers: Josh Christopher, guard, Arizona State

2021 NBA Mock Draft: Josh Christopher
Dec 3, 2020; Berkeley, California, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils guard Josh Christopher (13) celebrates his teamÕs 70-62 victory over the California Golden Bears following an NCAA basketball game at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most-underrated players in the draft, Christopher has drawn comparisons to DeMar DeRozan. this would be a pretty big get for a Pacers team that needs more scoring from the perimeter. Christopher (6-foot-5) averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds on 43% shooting from the field as a freshman. He’d be an immediate impact producer for Indiana.

13. Golden State Warriors: Greg Brown, forward, Texas

NBA mock draft: Greg Brown, Cavaliers
Dec 16, 2020; Austin, TX, USA; Sam Houston State Bearkats forward Tristan Ikpe (12) scores a basket against Texas Longhorns forward Greg Brown (4) in the second half at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman via USA TODAY NETWORK

The freshman top-eight recruit averaged 9.3 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshamn for Texas. He also found a shot from behind the three-point line. The idea here would be to team Brown up with Draymond Green, Eric Paschall and James Wiseman in the frontcourt to build a ton of depth. It’s pretty much a luxury pick, too. Why not take a chance on a high-upside player.

14. Memphis Grizzlies: Moses Moody, guard, Arkansas

NBA mock draft: Moses Moody, Arkansas
Feb 9, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Moses Moody (5) looks for an opening while being guarded by Kentucky Wildcats guard Davion Mintz (10) during the first half of the game at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

It’s now clear that Memphis needs to find some more scoring in the backcourt with point guard Ja Morant. Give him a traditional two-guard and see where things go. In helping lead his team to the Elite 8, the 6-foot-6 Moody is averaging 17.0 points and 5.6 rebounds on 37% shooting from distance this season. He’d be a perfect fit with Morant. This NBA mock draft takes tha tinto account.

2021 NBA Mock Draft: Non-lottery picks

15. Houston Rockets (from Miami): Day’Ron Sharpe, center, North Carolina

16. Atlanta Hawks: Keon Johnson, guard, Tennessee

17. Boston Celtics: Corey Kispert, guard, Gonzaga

18. Charlotte Hornets: Franz Wagner, forward, Michigan

19. New York Knicks: Sharife Cooper, guard, Auburn

20. New York Knicks (from Dallas): Isaiah Jackson, forward/center, Kentucky

21. San Antonio Spurs: Alperen Şengün, center, Turkey

22. Denver Nuggets: Jaden Springer, guard, Tennessee

23. Houston Rockets (from Portland): Usman Garuba, forward/center, Spain

24. Los Angeles Lakers: Sharife Cooper, guard, Auburn

25. Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee): Daishen Nix, guard, G-League

26. Los Angeles Clippers: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, power forward, Illinois

27. Brooklyn Nets: Cameron Thomas, shooting guard, LSU

28. Phoenix Suns: Charles Bassey, center, Western Kentucky

29. Philadelphia 76ers: Xavier Foster, center, Iowa State

30. Utah Jazz: Matthew Hurt, power forward, Duke

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