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NBA Draft 2021: pick order, rumours

The 2021 NBA Draft takes place at the Brooklyn Nets' Barclays Center on Thursday at 8pm EDT, with Cade Cunningham expected to be the first overall pick.

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NBA Draft 2021: pick order, rumours
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Ahead of the 2021/22 NBA season, which is due to begin on 19 October, the 2021 NBA Draft is to take place in Brooklyn on Thursday, as teams look to boost their rosters for the campaign ahead by picking from the latest crop of top basketball prospects.

Follow 2021 NBA Draft live with AS English

Having been held virtually in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year sees the event return to its regular format at the Brooklyn Nets’ Barclays Center.

Proceedings are scheduled to get underway at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT. You’ll be able to follow live-text coverage of the Draft right here at AS English.

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Cunningham expected to be first pick

The Detroit Pistons have the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and are widely expected to select point guard Cade Cunningham, who has excelled for Oklahoma State.

With the second pick, the Houston Rockets seem likely to go for NBA G League Ignite shooting guard Jalen Geen, although USC center Evan Mobley and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs are also possible choices for the Rockets.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Houston are minded to go for Green, with the Cavaliers using their third pick to take Mobley to Cleveland.

Australian Josh Giddey is being tipped as 10th overall pick.
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Sengun, Giddey lead the international prospects in NBA Draft

There are also international talents in Thursday’s Draft, including Australian point guard Josh Giddey, who ESPN and SB Nation are both tipping to be picked 10th overall and go to Memphis as part of a trade deal between the Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Turkish center Alperen Sengun, who currently plays for Besiktas, is in the frame for to be a top-10 pick, potentially going to the Sacramento Kings at number nine.

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

8. Orlando Magic

9. Sacramento Kings

10. New Orleans Pelicans

11. Charlotte Hornets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Indiana Pacers

14. Golden State Warriors

15. Washington Wizards

16. Oklahoma City Thunder

17. Memphis Grizzlies

18. Oklahoma City Thunder

19. New York Knicks

20. Atlanta Hawks

21. New York Knicks

22. Los Angeles Lakers

23. Houston Rockets

24. Houston Rockets

25. Los Angeles Clippers

26. Denver Nuggets

27. Brooklyn Nets

28. Philadelphia 76ers

29. Phoenix Suns

30. Utah Jazz

Second round

31. Milwaukee Bucks

32. New York Knicks

33. Orland Magic

34. Oklahoma City Thunder

35. New Orleans Pelicans

36. Oklahoma City Thunder

37. Detroit Pistons

38. Chicago Bulls

39. Sacramento Kings

40. New Orleans Pelicans

41. San Antonio Spurs

42. Detroit Pistons

43. New Orleans Pelicans

44. Brooklyn Nets

45. Boston Celtics

46. Toronto Raptors

47. Toronto Raptors

48. Atlanta Hawks

49. Brooklyn Nets

50. Philadelphia 76ers

51. Memphis Grizzlies

52. Detroit Pistons

53. Philadelphia 76ers

54. Indiana Pacers

55. Oklahoma City Thunder

56. Charlotte Hornets

57. Charlotte Hornets

58. New York Knicks

59. Brooklyn Nets

60. Indiana Pacers

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