2021 NBA Mock Draft – NBA Lottery Edition

by Keith Lott
2021 NBA Lottery Mock Draft


The NBA Lottery took place on Tuesday night and the Detroit Pistons had the ping pong balls bounce their way to land the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. This is my NBA Lottery Edition mock draft. I will have a full first-round when we reach the NBA Finals!

The Minnesota Timberwolves did not land a top-three pick and the Golden State Warriors now have the seventh and 14th picks in the NBA Draft.

The Toronto Raptors jumped up and landed the fourth overall pick.

The Chicago Bulls will send their pick to the Orlando Magic as it did not land in the top three. Orlando now has two of the top 8 picks in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Just last week, the Boston Celtics traded Kemba Walker and the 16th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round draft pick. Walker joins Shai-Gilgeous Alexander in OKC's backcourt and they own five of the first 36 picks in the upcoming draft!

I love how the Atlanta Hawks attacked their rebuild process and it is nice to see a team do things the right way to reach the Conference Finals. Between them and the Phoenix Suns making deep runs this year, I hope more teams follow their lead when considering their rebuild process.

2021 NBA Mock Draft - NBA Lottery Edition

1Detroit PistonsCade CunninghamOklahoma StG
2Houston RocketsJalen SuggsGonzagaG
3Cleveland CavaliersJonathan KumingaIgniteF
4Toronto RaptorsEvan MobleyUSCF/C
5Orlando MagicJalen GreenIgniteG
6Oklahoma City ThunderKeon JohnsonTennesseeG/F
7Golden State Warriors
via Twolves
Scottie BarnesFlorida StF
8Orlando Magic
via Bulls
Moses MoodyArkansasG/F
9Sacramento KingsFranz WagnerMichiganF
10New Orleans PelicansDavion MitchellBaylorG
11Charlotte HornetsJalen JohnsonDukeF
12San Antonio SpursAlperen SengunBesiktasF/C
13Indiana PacersKai JonesTexasF/C
14Golden State WarriorsCorey KispertGonzagaG/F

The Detroit Pistons used the 7th overall pick in last year's draft to select Killian Hayes out of France and the 15th overall pick in 2019 to take Sekou Doumbouya, also by way of France. Hayes was limited to just 26 games in his rookie season. The Pistons also added Saddiq Bey and Saben Lee in last year's draft. Jerian Grant was one of the most improved players in the NBA last season and is that piece in place rebuilding teams need to really take the next step. Now they get to add Cade Cunningham or Evan Mobley to the mix in the Motor City.

The Houston Rockets did not have a plan for life after James Harden. I am not sure they will turn to Evan Mobley as the new face of the franchise which means they will have to do some serious scouting of Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga. Either way, this team is years away from being competitive in a very tough Western Conference. John Wall and Eric Gordon are on the roster, Christian Wood played great when healthy and Kevin Porter Jr. showed flashes last year but this team is nowhere near ready.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have to decide if Collin Sexton and Darius Garland can work together. I am not sure adding another guard in Suggs or Green is the best fit here. Despite taking Isaac Okoro in last year's NBA Draft with the fifth overall pick, Kuminga gives the Cavs depth on the wing.

The Orlando Magic will gladly allow the consensus top five players to work themselves out and take the last one remaining before worrying about a fit with the eighth pick in the draft. Moses Moody would provide Orlando with another much-needed perimeter shooter who can help space the floor

Oklahoma City is desperate for a wing player and Keon Johnson seems like a perfect fit with the Thunder who has the time to allow him to develop.

Scotie Barnes eventually takes over the Draymond Green role in a seamless transition for the Golden State Warriors. They then come back at pick 14 and add a piece that can contribute offensively in a reserve role as a rookie in Corey Kispert. It will be very telling what direction the Warriors are heading if they don't package these picks to chase one last NBA Championship.

With De'Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield in the backcourt, the Kings need to find players up front that can play in today's NBA. Franz Wagner and Jalen Johnson both fit that bill.

If the New Orleans Pelicans do indeed move on from Lonzo Ball, Davion Mitchell is the perfect player to step right into the starting lineup alongside Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

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