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