2021 NBA Draft order following Grizzlies and Pelicans trade

2021 NBA Draft Jonas Valanciunas Steven Adams Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
2021 NBA Draft Jonas Valanciunas Steven Adams Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2021 NBA Draft is just days away, and fans got the first significant shake-up of the offseason. Yes, Kemba Walker was traded during the playoffs with Boston sending their first-round pick to Oklahoma City. This deal saw the Grizzlies jump into the top ten. See Adrian Wojnarowski’s tweet below breaking the news.

Memphis took back both Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams to move into the top ten. The Pelicans upgrade by acquiring Jonas Valanciunas and created some extra cap space for the free agency bonanza beginning on Aug. 2. The move will turn into a victory for New Orleans if they can land a marquee free agent this summer.

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The Dallas Mavericks do not have a selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. They traded their first-round pick to the Knicks in the Kristaps Porzingis deal and their second-rounder to New Orleans to acquire J.J. Redick at the deadline. Here is a look at the updated order following the Pelicans and Grizzlies swap.

2021 NBA Draft order: First round

1. Detroit Pistons

2. Houston Rockets

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Orlando Magic

6. Oklahoma City Thunder

7. Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)

8. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)

9. Sacramento Kings

10. Memphis Grizzlies (via New Orleans Pelicans)

11. Charlotte Hornets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Indiana Pacers

14. Golden State Warriors

15. Washington Wizards

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics)

17. New Orleans Pelicans (via Memphis Grizzlies)

18. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat)

19. New York Knicks

20. Atlanta Hawks

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. LA Clippers

26. Denver Nuggets

27. Brooklyn Nets

28. Philadelphia 76ers

29. Phoenix Suns

30. Utah Jazz

2021 NBA Draft order: Second round

31. Milwaukee Bucks (via Houston Rockets)

32. New York Knicks (via Detroit Pistons)

33. Orlando Magic

34. New Orleans Pelicans (via Cleveland Cavaliers)

35. Oklahoma City Thunder

36. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Minnesota Timberwolves)

37. Detroit Pistons (via Toronto Raptors)

38. Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans Pelicans)

39. Sacramento Kings

40. Memphis Grizzlies (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)

45. Boston Celtics

46. Toronto Raptors (via Memphis Grizzlies)

47. Toronto Raptors (via Golden State Warriors)

48. Atlanta Hawks (via Miami Heat)

49. Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta Hawks)

50. Philadelphia 76ers (via New York Knicks)

51. New Orleans Pelicans (via Portland Trail Blazers)

52. Detroit Pistons (via Los Angeles Lakers)

53. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas Mavericks)

54. Indiana Pacers (via Milwaukee Bucks)

55. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver Nuggets)

56. Charlotte Hornets (via LA 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)

The Pelicans currently have five selections in the 2021 NBA Draft. Memphis is happy to move into the top ten as they continue to build their roster around Ja Morant. It will give the Grizzlies a chance to add another young talent to their core, but losing Jonas Valanciunas will hurt. Steven Adams does not give Memphis the same floor spacing but will be a dominant presence in the paint.

The Dallas Mavericks could trade into the draft before Thursday. This will not be the last deal fans see leading into what figures to be a wild week in the NBA. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks.

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