Which prospect will hear his name called first at the 2021 NBA Draft?
The Pistons hold the No. 1 overall pick this year, and they are discussing a trio of talented players: Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Evan Mobley. Multiple reports have pegged Cunningham as the most likely choice, but it appears Detroit is not locked in just yet.
Detroit’s internal meetings are still revolving around three players for the No. 1 pick on Thursday night — Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green and Evan Mobley, sources tell ESPN. Detroit isn’t fully there yet on committing to Cunningham with their first overall choice.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 26, 2021
In addition to the early selections, trades could also have a domino effect on the draft board. As always, rumors will be flying all over the place, providing plenty of intrigue on Thursday night.
Below is the complete list of all NBA Draft picks in 2020 from No. 1 overall to No. 60.
NBA Draft order 2021
|6.||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|7.||Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|8.||Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)|
|10.||New Orleans Pelicans|
|12.||San Antonio Spurs|
|14.||Golden State Warriors|
|16.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics)|
|18.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)|
|19.||New York Knicks|
|21.||New York Knicks (via Dallas Mavericks)|
|22.||Los Angeles Lakers|
|23.||Houston Rockets (via Portland Trail Blazers)|
|24.||Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee Bucks)|
|25.||Los Angeles Clippers|
|31.||Milwaukee Bucks (via Houston Rockets)|
|32.||New York Knicks (via Detroit Pistons)|
|34.||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|35.||New Orleans Pelicans (via Cleveland Cavaliers)|
|36.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|37.||Detroit Pistons (via Toronto Raptors)|
|38.||Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans Pelicans)|
|40.||New Orleans Pelicans (via Chicago Bulls)|
|41.||San Antonio Spurs|
|42.||Detroit Pistons (via Charlotte Hornets)|
|43.||New Orleans Pelicans (via Washington Wizards)|
|44.||Brooklyn Nets (via Indiana Pacers)|
|46.||Toronto Raptors (via Memphis Grizzlies)|
|47.||Toronto Raptors (via Golden State Warriors)|
|48.||Atlanta Hawks (via Miami Hawks)|
|49.||Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta Hawks)|
|50.||Philadelphia 76ers (via New York Knicks)|
|51.||Memphis Grizzlies (via Portland Trail Blazers)|
|52.||Detroit Pistons (via Los Angeles Lakers)|
|53.||New Orleans Pelicans (via Dallas Mavericks)|
|54.||Indiana Pacers (via Milwaukee Bucks)|
|55.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver Nuggets)|
|56.||Charlotte Hornets (via Los Angeles Clippers)|
|57.||Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn Nets)|
|58.||New York Knicks (via Philadelphia 76ers)|
|59.||Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix Suns)|
|60.||Indiana Pacers (via Utah Jazz)|
How many rounds are in the NBA Draft?
The NBA Draft consists of only two rounds, the fewest of the four major North American sports leagues. Start to finish, 60 players will be drafted from the 2021 class.
How is the NBA Draft order determined?
The order of the first round is set by the draft lottery and regular-season standings. The first four picks (Pistons, Rockets, Cavaliers, Raptors) were determined during June’s draft lottery. The other lottery teams pick in inverse order of the regular-season standings.
Nos. 15-30 in the first round and the entire second round are also determined by regular-season record.
2021 NBA mock draft
SN’s latest mock draft, curated by Mike DeCourcy, breaks down the entire first round of the 2021 NBA Draft. DeCourcy predicts the Pistons will take Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 overall pick.
Here is SN’s projected top five for this year’s draft:
- Pistons: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
- Rockets: Jalen Green, G League Ignite
- Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, USC
- Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga, G League Ignite
- Magic: Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga