2021 NBA mock draft: lottery picks

Who doesn’t love a good mock draft? Especially so for fans of teams drafting in the lottery, mock drafts are one of the best ways to tide you through until the real things.

So with only a couple of days until the 2021 NBA Draft, here is the first official Raptors Insider mock draft!

1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, guard, Oklahoma St.
This is the easiest pick to mock. In a deep draft, Cunningham is the best player and he has a chance to be very special. (Read our profile on Cunningham here.)

2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, guard, G Leauge Ignite
It appears as though Green is locked in as the Rockets selection at number two. There are rumours that they want to move up to number one for Cunningham, but Green offers Houston a chance at a star one year after trading James Harden. (Read our profile on Green here.)

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, big, University of Southern California
Despite not having at need for a big, Mobley is easily the best player left on the board and has a chance to be one of the best big men in the NBA. You take the talent and figure it out. (Read our profile on Mobley here.)

4. Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs, guard, Gonzaga
I refuse to believe that the rumours on Scottie Barnes, Jonathan Kuminga, or James Bouknight. Suggs is a good fit and the best player available. He’ll be an impact player right away for a Raptors team looking to make the playoffs again next season. (Read out profile on Suggs here.)

5. Orlando Magic: Jonathan Kuminga, wing, G League Ignite
The Magic would love to get their hands on one of the top four, but Kuminga is a nice consolation prize. He’ll take a bit of time to develop at the offensive end but the Magic certainly have the time. (Read our profile on Kuminga here.)

6. Oklahoma City Thunder: James Bouknight, guard, University of Connecticut
While I have my reservations about Bouknight, he would benefit playing next to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and not having the large offensive burden that he was forced into in college. (Read our profile on Bouknight here.)

7. Golden State Warriors: Davion Mitchell, guard, Baylor
It’s a big rise for Mitchell, but if the Warriors aren’t able to move this and the number 14 pick, they will need someone who can impact right away. Enter a three year player who started 60 total games the last two seasons.

8. Orlando Magic: Keon Johnson, guard, Tennessee
After taking a high-upside swing with Kuminga, Orlando goes back to the well on high upside prospects with Johnson. He’ll form a nice back court trio with Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony.

9. Sacramento Kings: Scottie Barnes, wing, Florida State
The Kings have been searching for a wing to pair with their young core and the high energy Barnes should fit right in. (Read our profile on Barnes here.)

10. Memphis Grizzlies: Josh Giddey, guard, Adelaide 36ers
The Grizzlies could go a number of directions with this pick, but adding an intriguing talent in Giddey to an already exciting young core.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Kai Jones, big, Texas
There’s some temptation to mock Turkey’s Alperen Sengun here, but with Charlotte’s up-tempo style, Kai Jones is a better stylistic fit. He won’t be ready right away, but Jones will have the time to develop chemistry with Charlotte’s guards.

12. San Antonio Spurs: Franz Wagner, wing, Michigan
I think people get tempted to try to project Wagner to his brother, but Franz is a much better prospect and has the chance to be a lot better than Mo.

13. Indiana Pacers: Moses Moody, guard, Arkansas
I think Moody should go higher than this, it feels like he’s being slept on a little bit in this process. This is a good high upside swing for a Pacers team that could use some extra guard depth.

14. Golden State Warriors: Corey Kispert, wing, Gonzaga
The Warriors don’t need more shooters, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to get arguably the best shooter in the draft. He’s another guy who can step in right away and contribute for the Warriors as the try to compete next year.

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