Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:58 AM
NBA Mock Draft
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, F, Duke: After such a tumultuous season, New Orleans fans have already begun being rewarded.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, G, Murray State: With Mike Conley shipped to Utah, the keys are waiting for the South Carolina native who played in neighboring Kentucky.
3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, G/F, Duke: He'll be New York's best pick since Kristaps Porzingis and is already a top-five guy since they chose Patrick Ewing in '85.
4. New Orleans Pelicans: Darius Garland, G, Vanderbilt: His ability to pull up and burn teams with his jumper could set him up for a big career. The Pels may deal this pick to the higest bidder for his services.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: De'Andre Hunter, F, Virginia: John Beilein's first building block will be the top-two way player available.
6. Phoenix Suns: Coby White, G, North Carolina: An ideal backcourt mate for Devin Booker since he can start a break or punish a double-team from the perimeter.
7. Chicago Bulls: Jarrett Culver, F/G, Texas Tech: He could be long gone by this point, but if available, the Bulls will ace this draft based on a dream scenario falling in their lap.
8. Atlanta Hawks: Cam Reddish, F, Duke: If they don't move up, Reddish's ability to run the floor and hit the 3-ball make him an ideal fit for a team that wants to kick their already fast tempo up a few notches.
9. Washington Wizards: Sekou Doumbouya, F, Guinea: This would be a great value pick for the Wizards, who can use some good news after last year's disaster as the finally move on from Ernie Grunfeld.
10. Atlanta Hawks: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas: Considering they've been careful with John Collins' minutes, getting him a bodyguard and adding another athletic marvel Trey Young could throw lobs to would work.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga: With Andrew Wiggins being shopped, minutes would be available for him and last year's pick, Josh Okogie, on the wing.
12. Charlotte Hornets: Bol Bol, F/C, Oregon: We missed out on seeing him in the NCAAs, but he dominated in Eugene before being injured. Michael Jordan can't pass up the top talent on the board over fears he may not be durable.
13. Miami Heat: Kevin Porter, Jr., G, USC: There are other options on the wing, but the Heat need to add scoring punch there most of all and take the lefty guard most capable of generating offense.
14. Boston Celtics: Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia: He worked out for the Celtics, who won't have Al Horford back and value a stretch-five in Brad Stevens' system.
15. Detroit Pistons: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G, Virginia Tech: The Canadian checks a lot of boxes for the Pistons, filling an area of need. He's versatile enough to help in a number of ways.
16. Orlando Magic: Nassir Little, F/G, North Carolina: He played his high-school ball in Orlando and has wowed in workouts, removing the stench from a disappointing year at UNC where he was unable to make his mark.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Romeo Langford, F/G, Indiana: He’s got all the physical tools but hasn’t put it together yet due to injuries and poor shooting, but he’d be joining the right team if this pick comes to fruition.
18. Indiana Pacers: Brandon Clarke, F, Gonzaga: Adding another forward who can lock you down to the mix would be a huge coup for Indy, who will look to continue defending effectively.
19. San Antonio Spurs: P.J. Washington, F, Kentucky: The Spurs are all set in the backcourt but will take the best player available , which from a ceiling standpoint, would make this a no-brainer for them.
20. Boston Celtics: Cameron Johnson, F, North Carolina: Another shooter to help the cause would be a solid get here presuming Danny Ainge doesn’t package the pick to move on.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyler Herro, G, Kentucky: If perhaps the draft’s top shooter remains available by the time this pick rolls around, OKC would be able to address an area of need.
22. Boston Celtics: Ky Bowman, G, Boston College: Celtics scouts saw plenty of him in their own backyard. This would be a reach, but I’m convinced he’ll be a good pro and Boston may soon have two point guards to replace.
23. Utah Jazz: Keldon Johnson, F, Kentucky: The Jazz can't pass him up here despite their need for more shooting. This would be a great value pick.
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Matisse Thybulle, G, Washington: The 76ers love this perimeter defender and may have promised they would add him despite him being a borderline first-rounder.
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Luka Samanic, F, Croatia: He may not come over next season, which would suit the Blazers since they've got a pretty full roster back.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers: KZ Okpala, F, Stanford: If he slips to Beilein, the new regime will be off to a great start in identifying the type of player they want to bring in.
27. Brooklyn Nets: Chuma Okeke, F, Auburn: The Nets go with the best player available here, even if they may not get him back on the floor until 2020.
28. Golden State Warriors: Talen Horton-Tucker, G/F, Iowa State: He's on the young side, but should be a walking matchup problem and can really fill it up.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Grant Williams, F, Tennessee: Gregg Popovich should find some way to take advantage of his brute strength. He fits the Spurs' way.
30. Detroit Pistons: Nic Claxton, C, Georgia: The Bucks traded this pick in additional to Tony Snell to clear some cap space, so Detroit can go best-available here and can get Andre Drummond someone to help mold.