Yahoo Sports NBA draft analyst Krysten Peek offers up the latest rumblings entering Thursday night's 2021 NBA draft.
KRYSTEN PEEK: The NBA draft is this Thursday, and this is one of the most talented and deepest draft classes in recent memory. There could end up being plenty of trades on draft night, but the top four looks to be set. Let's take a look at three storylines heading into the draft.
Oklahoma State point guard Cade Cunningham is a consensus lock at number 1 to the Detroit Pistons, and the rest of the top five looks to be falling into place with 6 foot 6 shooting guard Jalen Green heading to Houston at number 2, USC center Evan Mobley to the Cavs at number 3, and the Toronto Raptors taking Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs at number 4. To round out the top five, Scottie Barnes, a point forward from Florida State, is favored to go number 5 to Orlando.
A player rising up draft boards and into the top 10 is 6 foot 5 guard out of UConn, James Bouknight. He averaged 18.7 points per game his sophomore season and is a player that a lot of teams like in the 6 to 9 range due to his explosiveness in the lane and ability to create for others. He can be plugged in at the one or two guard position and could go as high as number 6 to Oklahoma City, and I don't see him dropping past number 8 to the Magic.
Another player sneaking into the late lottery after a round of great interviews and workouts, it's 6 foot 10 wing Ziaire Williams. Williams played one year at Stanford and struggled offensively, shooting just 29% from three and averaging 11 points per game. However, Williams spent the entire summer last year working out with Tyrese Haliburton, Josh Green, and Malachi Flynn and held his own, so I think that gave him a lot more confidence heading into this draft process, and it's shown in workouts.
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