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2021 NBA Draft Open Thread

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The Detroit Pistons are officially on the clock.

2021 NBA Draft Lottery Photo by Steve Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images

Date: Thursday, July 29th
Location: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Time: 7:00 pm CST
TV: ESPN & ABC (streaming on the Watch ESPN app)


Despite the NBA Finals wrapping up just a little over a week ago, the 2021 NBA Draft is officially upon us. After securing the first overall pick by winning the 2021 NBA Lottery back in late June, the Detroit Pistons are on the clock, followed by the Houston Rockets and then the Cleveland Cavaliers. The entire first round order (as it stands now) can be found below:

  1. Detroit Pistons — Cade Cunningham, Guard/Wing, Oklahoma State
  2. Houston Rockets — Jalen Green, Guard, G-League Ignite
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers — Evan Mobley, Big, USC
  4. Toronto Raptors — Scottie Barnes, Wing, Florida State
  5. Orlando Magic — Jalen Suggs, Guard, Gonzaga
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder — Josh Giddey, Wing/Guard, Adelaide 36ers
  7. Golden State Warriors — Jonathan Kuminga, Wing, G-League Ignite
  8. Orlando Magic — Franz Wagner, Wing, Michigan
  9. Sacramento Kings — Davion Mitchell, Guard, Baylor
  10. Memphis Grizzlies — Zaire Williams, Wing, Stanford
  11. Charlotte Hornets — James Bouknight, Wing, Connecticut
  12. San Antonio Spurs — Joshua Primo, Guard, Alabama
  13. Indiana Pacers — Chris Duarte, Guard, Oregon
  14. Golden State Warriors — Moses Moody, Wing, Arkansas
  15. Washington Wizards — Corey Kispert, Guard, Gonzaga
  16. Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to HOU) — Alperen Sengun, Big, Turkey
  17. New Orleans Pelicans — Trey Murphy, Forward, Virginia
  18. Oklahoma City Thunder — Tre Mann, Guard, Florida
  19. New York Knicks (traded to CHA) — Kai Jones, Forward, Texas
  20. Atlanta Hawks — Jalen Johnson, Forward, Duke
  21. New York Knicks (traded to LAC) — Keon Johnson, Guard, Tennessee
  22. Los Angeles Lakers (traded to WAS, traded again to IND) — Isaiah Jackson, Big, Kentucky
  23. Houston Rockets — Usman Garuba, Big, Real Madrid
  24. Houston Rockets — Josh Christopher, Guard, Arizona State
  25. Los Angeles Clippers (Traded to NYK) — Quentin Grimes, Guard, Houston
  26. Denver Nuggets — Bones Hyland, Guard, VCU
  27. Brooklyn Nets — Cam Thomas, Guard, LSU
  28. Philadelphia 76ers — Jaden Springer, Guard, Tennessee
  29. Phoenix Suns — Day’Ron Sharpe, Big, North Carolina
  30. Utah Jazz (traded to Memphis) — Santi Aldama, Forward, Loyola (MD)

As you can see, the “Minnesota Timberwolves” are nowhere to be found in the first round (or the second round) of the 2021 NBA Draft. That’s because of the well-documented and well-discussed Andrew Wiggins for D’Angelo Russell trade, which will finally be completed later tonight after Golden State makes their first selection at #7 (where the Wolves originally were slotted before sending the pick to the Bay Area). Nevertheless, I’d personally be shocked if the Wolves didn’t either trade or simply buy their way into the second round to grab a player they have their eyes on.

We will update this thread throughout the night if/when any major news breaks (including Wolves-related items), but for now, all eyes tonight are on the 60 or so players who are welcomed to The Association. Good luck, fellas!


UPDATE: 5:03 PM CT

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade PG Ricky Rubio to the Cleveland Cavaliers for SF Taurean Prince, cash, and a 2022 second-round pick.

The move also buys Minnesota about $4.8 million in relief against the luxury tax line.


UPDATE: 7:18 PM CT

Trade alert!

This trade was rumored all throughout Thursday afternoon, and the only real holdup appeared to be the draft compensation that would exchange hands between Washington and Los Angeles.

While Twitter may LOVE this deal, I personally don’t see how this addresses any issues whatsoever for the Lakers, especially come playoff time. While Westbrook will bring a plethora of energy to take the burden off of both LeBron James and Anthony Davis, his lack of an outside shot will likely lead to countless spacing issues when things get tight come late April/early May.

After an 11-year stint in Oklahoma City, this will now be Russell Westbrook’s third team in three years.

UPDATE: 7:33 PM CT

In a bit of a surprise, Jalen Suggs falls to pick number 5 to the Orlando Magic. I’m not going to pretend to be a draft expert, but I fail to understand how Suggs went behind Scottie Barnes. Only time will tell, I suppose.

UPDATE: 7:52 PM CT

Orlando comes away with what looks like a haul tonight, after adding Franz Wagner to Jalen Suggs. They have really bolstered their perimeter defense, with a lot of IQ and upside on the offensive end of the floor.

UPDATE: 8:29 PM CT

The Warriors walk away with Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga, which is a ... fine haul for them. I’m not very high on Kuminga but ultimately think Moody at pick 14 is a really nice get. Moody can really shoot and should be able to help them both now and down the road. Good for them, I guess.

UPDATE: 9:20 PM CT

One of the sliders of the evening gets taken by the Knicks at 21, as Keon Johnson heads to the Big Apple. This dude is as explosive as they come, and he’ll give some real pop to New York off the bench. He’s an interesting short-term bet with a lot of intrigue long-term if he can improve the jumper a bit. Aaaaand it sounds like this pick will actually go to the Clippers.

UPDATE: 10:03 PM CT

Daryl Morey makes my favorite pick of the night, getting Jaden Springer at pick 28. Springer is incredibly young, but shows a high-level feel for the game, and will make for a really strong backcourt of the future with 2020 first-rounder Tyrese Maxey. That’s a home run of a pick for Philadelphia at 28.