Article written by Dylan Devine (3/22/21)
1) Cade Cunningham (PG/SG) (Oklahoma State)
Cade Cunningham is currently the most obvious choice for this years number one draft pick. He was the nations top ranked recruit going into college and hasn’t disappointed. Cunningham’s skill set and versatility makes him the best NBA Draft prospect in this years class. He is currently averaging 20.0 PPG, 3.5 APG, 6.3 RPG, and 1.5 SPG while shooting 44.5% from the field and 40.3% from behind the arc. Cunningham is a 6 foot 8 guard with quite the skill set. He has defensive versatility, manipulative passing, he has high basketball IQ and is a pick and roll creator. His gameplay is incredibly smooth and for a 19 year old his confidence and comfortability on the court is great. Simply put, Cunningham is going to be a star. He does everything on the court. Scoring, assisting, defending, and he completely controls the pace of the game.
2) Jalen Suggs (PG/SG) (Gonzaga)
Suggs has played a big role in Gonzaga’s undefeated season. Averaging 14.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.4 APG on 50.4% FG percentage he has quite the upside and brings a lot to the table. He is a very smart defender, has high basketball IQ, is a deadly transition threat, and excels at finishing at the rim. His athleticism definitely stands out amongst the rest of the prospects in this years class. He has the potential to be a top three pick if he ultimately decides to declare for the draft.
3) Evan Mobley (PF) (USC)
If both Cunningham and Mobley enter the draft, Mobley is the clear cut number two best option behind Cunningham. The seven footer has been one of the nations best big men this past year. Mobley is averaging 16.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, and a whopping 3.0 BPG. He has also shown the potential to be an outside shooter which would fit well in the NBA. He’s the type of player all NBA teams should be interested in.
4) Jalen Green (SG) (NBA G-League)
Green might be the best pure scorer in this years class. The 19-year-old has had a fantastic season apart of the NBA G-League. Averaging 17.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 2.8 APG on 46.1 FG percentage. He’s got a textbook jumper that is hard for defenders to stop and is simply put just a baller. His ability to shot create and launch threes off the dribble has him looking like a future star in the NBA. He’s the type of player that will immediately make an impact on any team that picks him.
5) Jonathan Kuminga (SF) (NBA G-League)
Kuminga is a six foot eight SF/PF that plays in the NBA G-League. He is the one prospect that is really still developing his game. Kuminga is a bit inefficient and inconsistent. The upside to him is that he is a fearless and confident shooter/player. He doesn’t back down from big plays/moments. Kuminga is a player that definitely will have to continue to develop, but once fully developed and matured he’s got all star potential. He’s currently averaging 15.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 2.7 APG with a field goal percentage of 38.7%. I personally believe he would fit in perfectly on the Sacramento Kings, but we’ll have to wait a few months to see where he lands.