2021 NBA Draft: Most Common Mock Draft Picks 1-14
OrlandoMagic.com scanned through various 2021 NBA Mock Drafts around the internet to find out who the consensus picks are at each slot. Below is a breakdown of the most common mock draft choices made for selections 1-14 along with analysis of each prospect. The web sites surveyed include ESPN, The Athletic, Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Ringer, Bleacher Report, SI.com, USA Today and SB Nation.
The draft predictions in this article are just the common picks from external publications. They are not the opinions of anyone affiliated with the Orlando Magic or the team's partners or sponsors.
1. Cade Cunningham | Detroit Pistons
College: Oklahoma State
Media Outlets with him at #1: ESPN, The Athletic, The Ringer, SI.com, Yahoo Sports, Bleacher Report, USA Today, CBS Sports, SB Nation
Strengths: Offensive Creativity, Playmaking, Shooting, Footwork, Craftiness, Size, Initiating Contact, Rebounding, Defensive Potential
Weaknesses: Speed, Explosiveness, Turnovers, Ball Handling Ingenuity
NBA Comparisons: Luka Doncic, Grant Hill, Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons
A 6-foot-8, 220-pound crafty hybrid point guard/small forward who possesses elite court vision, instincts, playmaking ability, shooting range and defensive versatility.
Makes up for a lack of quickness and explosiveness with a high basketball IQ and polished moves rivaled by very few currently in the NBA.
Led the Big 12 in 2020-21 in points and was eighth in rebounds and 10th in assists.
2. Jalen Green | Houston Rockets
Previous Team: G League Ignite
Media Outlets with him at #2: ESPN, The Athletic, The Ringer, SI.com, Yahoo Sports, Bleacher Report, USA Today
Strengths: Three-Level Scorer, Athleticism, Explosiveness, Transition Offense, Shiftiness, Size
Weaknesses: Defensive Effort, Passing Accuracy, Shot Selection Quality
NBA Comparisons: Zach LaVine, Eddie Jones, Vince Carter (early career version)
A 6-foot-6 three-level scoring assassin with a host of shot-creating moves and ingenuity.
Possesses a complete offensive package, including an advanced step-back jumper, acrobatic/ambidextrous finishing on drives and a smooth outside shooting touch.
Scored 30 points for the G League Ignite in a playoff game against Raptors 905.
3. Evan Mobley | Cleveland Cavaliers
Media Outlets with him at #3: ESPN, The Athletic, The Ringer, SI.com, Bleacher Report, USA Today, CBS Sports
Strengths: Finesse, Face-Up Offense, Inside Touch, Body Control, Footwork, Versatility, Length, Lateral Quickness, Defensively Switchable, Rim Protection
Weaknesses: Shooting Range, Motor, Strength, Aggressiveness, Speed
NBA Comparisons: Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis, Deandre Ayton, Noah Vonleh
A supremely gifted and mobile 7-footer with a finesse-oriented offensive game and advanced defensive qualities.
Not just an elite rim protector, he can effectively switch in pick-and-roll on the perimeter and defend speedsters on an island.
Named the 2020-21 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after ranking No. 1 in the conference in points, rebounds and blocks.
4. Jalen Suggs | Toronto Raptors
Media Outlets with him at #4: ESPN, The Athletic, The Ringer, SI.com, USA Today, SB Nation
Strengths: Game Management, Vision, Athleticism, On-Ball Defense, Transition Offense, Unselfishness, Reliable Floater
Weaknesses: Ambiguous Scoring Arsenal, Take-Over Mentality, Outside Shooting Efficiency, Drawing Contact
NBA Comparisons: Chauncey Billups (pace/poise/defense), Chris Paul (game management), George Hill (size/skill), Eric Bledsoe (athleticism/explosion)
An extremely athletic floor general with near-faultless game management skills and excellent vision.
Flies up and down in transition and locks opponents up on the perimeter with textbook man-to-man defense.
Also a quarterback in high school, he was named Minnesota’s first-ever simultaneous Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball his senior year at Minnehaha Academy.
5. Scottie Barnes | Orlando Magic
College: Florida State
Media Outlets with him at #5: ESPN, The Athletic, The Ringer, SI.com, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation
Strengths: Playmaking, Basketball IQ, Size, Strength, Defensive Versatility, On-Ball Defense, High Energy, Length, Transition Offense
Weaknesses: Shooting Range, Scoring Creativity, Free Throw Shooting, Dribbling Artistry, Speed
NBA Comparisons: Draymond Green, Ben Simmons, Lamar Odom, Tayshaun Prince
A 6-foot-9, 227-pounder with remarkable court vision and instincts who led the Seminoles in assists as a freshman.
Also a uniquely talented defender in that he can effectively guard multiple positions and even hang with opposing ball handlers in a full court press.
Played at three different Florida high schools before enrolling at Florida State. He started at Cardinal Newman in West Palm Beach, then transferred to NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale and finished up at Montverde Academy, where he played alongside fellow 2021 NBA Draft prospect Cade Cunningham.
6. Jonathan Kuminga | Oklahoma City Thunder
Previous Team: G League Ignite
Media Outlets with him at #6: ESPN, The Athletic, The Ringer, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation
Strengths: Crafty Movements, Footwork, Aggressiveness, Athleticism, Hard Drives, Defensive Versatility, Switchable, Off-Ball Cutting, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Efficiency, Shooting Range, Unpolished, Shot Creation Patience, Dribbling Artistry
NBA Comparisons: Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown, OG Anunoby, Andrew Wiggins, Jerami Grant
A raw but dynamic two-way talent with unlimited potential because of his physical profile, athleticism, body control, hang time and defensive instincts.
The combination of having a 6-foot-11 wingspan and fast-moving feet makes him someone that NBA coaches can plug into a variety of roles in today’s NBA.
From the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 to play high school basketball.
7. James Bouknight | Golden State Warriors
Media Outlets with him at #7: The Athletic, The Ringer, USA Today
Strengths: Advanced Ball Handler, Scoring Creativity, Crafty Finisher at Basket, Slithery, Relentlessness, Athleticism, Initiating Contact, Trickery
Weaknesses: Outside Shooting Efficiency, Shot Selection, Defensive Effort, Playmaking, Tunnel Vision
NBA Comparisons: Jamal Murray, Jordan Clarkson, Jordan Poole, Nickeil Alexander-Walker
A true bucket-getter – or a microwave scorer as some say – with nifty handles and shifty movements at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds.
So relentless on offense that sometimes he settles for contested, low percentage shots, but his aggressiveness, toughness and confidence are favorable traits.
Scored a career-high 40 points in a game during his sophomore season with the Huskies against Creighton.
8. Davion Mitchell | Orlando Magic
Media Outlets with him at #8: The Ringer, CBS Sports
Strengths: On-Ball Defense, Lateral Quickness, Fast First Step, Shiftiness, Strength, Improved 3-Point Shooting
Weaknesses: Already at Ceiling? (will be 23 in September), Free Throw Shooting, Length, General Point Guard Skills
NBA Comparisons: Jrue Holiday, Marcus Smart, Jarrett Jack, Donovan Mitchell
A bulldog on defense unafraid to take contact through his chest and also a crafty, efficient scorer who gets to the rim in a blink of an eye using some nifty dribbling combinations.
Arguably the most improved college basketball player in 2020-21, going from averaging a shade under 10 points on 41 percent shooting overall and 32 percent from 3-point range in 2019-20 to averaging 14 points on 51 percent shooting from the floor and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Started his college career at Auburn before transferring to Baylor after his freshman campaign. Led the Bears to the national title in 2021. He will be 23 years old by the time he starts his NBA career.
9. Franz Wagner | Sacramento Kings
Media Outlets with him at #9: The Ringer, The Athletic, SI.com, Yahoo Sports, Bleacher Report
Strengths: Pick-and-Roll Playmaking, Size, Length, Defensive Versatility, Basketball IQ, Ball Protection, Decision Making
Weaknesses: Speed, Explosiveness, Perimeter Shooting Accuracy, Initiating Contact
NBA Comparisons: Hedo Turkoglu, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Andrei Kirilenko, Deni Avdija
A dynamic playmaker and versatile defender at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds. He could be this draft’s basketball unicorn.
Superb vision and instincts on offense, especially out of pick-and-roll, and a unique defender in that he guards the paint and the perimeter equally well.
The younger brother of Moritz Wagner, who also attended the University of Michigan.
10. Josh Giddey | New Orleans Pelicans
Previous Team: Adelaide 36ers
Media Outlets with him at #10: ESPN, The Athletic, Yahoo Sports
Strengths: Vision, Passing Accuracy, Pizzazz, Size, Rebounding
Weaknesses: Scoring Arsenal, Perimeter Shooting, Lateral Quickness, Turnovers, Negative Wingspan
NBA Comparisons: Ricky Rubio, Pete Maravich, LaMelo Ball, Joe Ingles
A 6-foot-8 lead orchestrator who plays with pizzazz and flair.
With the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s NBL this past season, his passing, decision-making and length stood out.
Both of his parents also played professional basketball in Australia.
11. Kai Jones | Charlotte Hornets
Media Outlets with him at #11: The Ringer, SI.com, Bleacher Report
Strengths: High Motor, Rim-Running, Athleticism, Length, Bouncy, Rolling to Basket, Handles, Driving Ability (unique at his size), Transition Speed, Efficiency Inside, Developing Outside Shot, Defensive Versatility, Switchable
Weaknesses: Unpolished, Awkward Body Movements, Reckless, Initiating Contact, Decision-Making, Strength
NBA Comparisons: Jaren Jackson Jr., Jaxson Hayes, Pascal Siakam, Christian Wood
A unique big man in that he can drive to the basket using his slick handles and footwork and also do the things that players his size – 6-foot-11, 220 pounds – are more accustomed to doing such as rim-running, rolling to the hoop and rebounding.
Could be the latest player over 6’10 from the University of Texas to be chosen in the lottery portion of the NBA Draft. Tristan Thompson (2011), Myles Turner (2015), Jarrett Allen (2017), Mo Bamba (2018) and Jaxson Hayes (2019) were all lottery picks.
Shot 64.2 percent on two-point attempts during his sophomore college season, the second best mark in the Big 12 in this category in 2020-21.
12. Jalen Johnson | San Antonio Spurs
Media Outlets with him at #12: ESPN, The Athletic
Strengths: Playmaking, Size, Athleticism, Transition Offense, Passing, Ambidextrous Finisher, Defensive Instincts, Coordination
Weaknesses: Questionable Outside Shooting, Initiating Contact, Lateral Movements, Low-Post Defense
NBA Comparisons: Ben Simmons, Aaron Gordon, James Johnson
An exceptionally good passer and a coordinated athlete at his size – 6-foot-9, 220 pounds with a 6’11 wingspan – who thrives in transition.
Had an incredible college debut with 19 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting to go along with 19 rebounds, five assists and four blocks against Coppin State.
Only appeared in 13 games at Duke before deciding to walk away from college to prepare for the NBA Draft.
13. Moses Moody | Indiana Pacers
Media Outlets with him at #13: USA Today
Strengths: Outside Shooting, High IQ, Balance, Size, Strength, Length, Initiating Contact, Rebounding, Defensive Intensity
Weaknesses: Offensive Creativity, Playmaking, Speed
NBA Comparisons: Mikal Bridges, Wesley Matthews
A prototypical 3-and-D prospect with excellent range and defensive instincts.
Not much of an iso or pick-and-roll scorer but showed some shot creation potential during his one season with the Razorbacks.
Ranked third in the SEC this past season in points per game (16.8) and sixth in made 3-pointers (58).
14. Chris Duarte | Golden State Warriors
Media outlets with him at #14: The Ringer, The Athletic, Bleacher Report
Strengths: 3-Point Shooting, Efficiency, Craftiness, Off-Ball Movement, Defensive Anticipation
Weaknesses: Burst, Right-Hand Dominant, Playmaking, Already at Ceiling? (24 years old)
NBA Comparisons: Kevin Huerter, Jeremy Lamb
One of this draft class’ most efficient scorers from both inside and outside the arc despite lacking explosiveness and burst.
Also a terrific defender, he led the Pac-12 in steals and was 15th in the conference in blocks.
Won the 2021 Jerry West Award, which is given each year to the top men’s collegiate shooting guard.