The 2021 NBA Draft takes place on July 29. The playoffs are in full swing, but the eliminated teams have already turned their attention to the offseason. Fans should expect a wild summer that will coincide with the Olympics. There will be plenty of basketball to enjoy, even after an NBA champion is crowned.
The race for the top spot in this draft has five candidates. Cade Cunningham is the consensus number one overall selection, but four other players would be top picks in most years. The 2021 NBA Draft could produce the most star power the league has ever seen. Teams will be holding their breath on lottery night as they attempt to jump into the top four.
The rest of the first round is starting to take shape. Here is a look at the projected first 30 picks in this year’s event before the combine begins on June 21.
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The Dallas Mavericks do not have a selection in this draft. They traded their first-rounder to acquire Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks in 2019. Dallas dealt their second-round pick at the trade deadline to acquire J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli. The Mavs could trade their way into the second round, but they may sit it out as they attempt to take another step towards championship contention in 2022.
The 2021 NBA Draft lottery takes place on place on June 22. The order 15 through 30 is set, but things will get shaken up soon enough. Since things are not set in stone, this mock draft features a lottery simulation from Tankathon. If teams moved up or down in the mock lottery, it will be noted. Here is a closer look at the first 30 projected picks in this draft.
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