Thomas Stapleton's Final 2021 NBA Mock Draft:

Thomas Stapleton's Final 2021 NBA Mock Draft:


Thomas Stapleton's Final 2021 NBA Mock Draft:


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  1. Detroit Pistons – Cade Cunningham

The Pistons of course have to do their due diligence and look at other top prospects like Jalen Green and Evan Mobley but Cade Cunningham is going to be the selection here. He’s the draft’s only three-level scorer with high level pick and roll creation and incredible passing vision at 6-foot-8. The Pistons need a lot of things, and Cade could bring it all.

  1. Houston Rockets – Jalen Green

Jalen Green seems to be locked in as the second player off the board in this draft. Talking about why Evan Mobley would be a better pick here would be a boring and repetitive exercise, so we need to look instead at what Green can bring to the table. He’s an electrifying scorer with incredible athleticism and he fits the mold for the perfect modern two guard. With his flashes of defensive tenacity and pick and roll playmaking, there’s hope that he can round out the rest of his game similar to Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell. Green may not be best pick available here, but he is no doubt a future star in this league.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Evan Mobley

Evan Mobley being the third overall pick in this class just speaks to how special this group of players is. Mobley is a generational prospect because of his movement tools, flashes of offensive skill, and ridiculous defensive upside. He’s a big who you can run your offense through because of his combination of passing, scoring, and feel for the game. On top of that, he’s a defensive superstar who can protect the rim, switch onto guards, and defend anyone on the floor. He can be the main defensive piece for a championship team and his offense should be good enough to make him one of the top centers in the league.

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