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NBA Draft 2021

NBA draft 2021: which players have been selected by each team and main transfers?

Cade Cunningham and Scottie Barnes went early in the NBA Draft but who else was picked in the two rounds of intense selection process ahead of the new season.

NBA draft 2021: which players have been selected by each team and main transfers?
Nic AntayaAFP

The 2021 NBA draft is over and thanks to the many of you who joined Jennifer for our live coverage (here it is for those who missed it). As it turned out, the first three picks went as expected, before the Toronto Raptors surprised us a bit by not going with Jalen Suggs, with the Gonzaga star having to wait an extra pick to be drafted.

We saw a number of international players go in the top 10 as well, with Australian Josh Giddey, Jonathan Kuminga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Franz Wagner from Germany all getting their chance early.

2021 NBA draft: a look at the picks and moves

Detroit Pistons took Cade Cunningham with the first overall pick and players with similar skill sets went off the board soon after. Longstanding positional terms like guard, forward and center have gone out the window as athletic players like NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets have taken over the league, and Cunningham leads the latest crop of versatile options.

Checking in at 6-foot-8, Cunningham often plays like a point guard, leading his team down the floor – exactly the kind of headache-inducing matchup teams are seeking these days.

After the Houston Rockets took guard Jalen Green second overall and the Cleveland Cavaliers used the third pick on big man Evan Mobley, the Toronto Raptors surprised many prognosticators by taking another of those positionless players at number four with Scottie Barnes.

1. Pistons draft Cade Cunningham

2. Rockets draft Jalen Green

3. Cavaliers draft Evan Mobley

4. Raptors draft Scottie Barnes

5. Magic draft Jalen Suggs

6. Thunder draft Josh Giddey

7. Warriors draft Jonathan Kuminga

8. Magic draft Franz Wagner

9. Kings draft Davion Mitchell

10. Pelicans draft Ziaire Williams (officially traded to Grizzlies)

11. Hornets draft James Bouknight

12. Spurs draft Joshua Primo

13. Pacers draft Chris Duarte

14. Warriors draft Moses Moody

15. Wizards draft Corey Kispert

16. Thunder draft Alperen Sengun (officially traded to Rockets)

17. Grizzlies draft Trey Murphy (officially traded to Pelicans)

18. Thunder draft Tre Mann

19. Knicks draft Kai Jones (officially traded to Hornets)

20. Hawks draft Jalen Johnson

21. Knicks draft Keon Johnson (officially traded to Clippers)

22. Lakers draft Isaiah Jackson (officially traded to Pacers via Wizards)

23. Rockets draft Usman Garuba

24. Rockets draft Josh Christopher

25. Clippers draft Quentin Grimes (officially traded to Knicks)

26. Nuggets draft Nah’Shon Hyland

27. Nets draft Cameron Thomas

28. 76ers draft Jaden Springer

29. Suns draft Day’Ron Sharpe (officially traded to Nets)

30. Jazz draft Santi Aldama (officially traded to Grizzlies)

At 6-foot-9, his role at Florida State was similar to Cunningham's at Oklahoma State, running the offence while defending across multiple positions.

The Okahoma City Thunder then took yet another 6-8 talent in Australia's Josh Giddey at number six in a move that caught many off guard.

It was more of the same with the following pick as the Golden State Warriors took Jonathan Kuminga, a player who can defend anyone and is unafraid to launch from three-point range.

It was that kind of night as NBA teams added young talent while trading players and picks in this and future drafts.

Because most transactions cannot become official until August 6, teams selected players they know they will not keep due to deals made ahead of and during the draft.

Those types of moves prevailed in the latter half of the first round, with numerous reported trades on the cards.

31. Bucks draft Isaiah Todd (officially traded to Wizards via Pacers)

32. Knicks draft Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (officially traded to Thunder)

33. Magic draft Jason Preston (officially traded to the Clippers)

34. Thunder draft Rokas Jokubaitis (officially traded to Knicks)

35. Pelicans draft Herbert Jones

36. Thunder draft Miles McBride (officially traded to Knicks)

37. Pistons draft JT Thor (officially traded to Hornets)

38. Bulls draft Ayo Dosunmu

39. Kings draft Neemias Queta

40. Pelicans draft Jared Butler (officially traded to Jazz via Grizzlies)

41. Spurs draft Joe Wieskamp

42. Pistons draft Isaiah Livers

43. Pelicans draft Greg Brown (officially traded to Blazers)

44. Nets draft Kessler Edwards

45. Celtics draft Juhann Begarin

46. Raptors draft Dalano Banton

47. Raptors draft David Johnson

48. Hawks draft Sharife Cooper

49. Nets draft Marcus Zegarowski

50. 76ers draft Filip Petrusev

51. Grizzlies draft BJ Boston (reportedly traded to Clippers via Pelicans)

52. Pistons draft Luka Garza

53. 76ers draft Charles Bassey

54. Pacers draft Sandro Mamukelashvili (officially traded to Bucks)

55. Thunder draft Aaron Wiggins

56. Hornets draft Scottie Lewis

57. Hornets draft Balsa Koprivica (officially traded to Pistons)

58. Knicks draft Jericho Sims

59. Nets draft RaiQuan Gray

60. Pacers draft Georgios Kalaitzakis (officially traded to Bucks)

Among them, yet another versatile big man in Turkey's Alperen Sengun, who was drafted at number 16 by the Oklahoma City Thunder but reportedly will play for Houston.

The 6-foot-10 Sengun told reporters he believes his passing abilities will help him excel as other European imports have done before him.

"With my new team, Houston, I will bring something different on the court," he said. "I will do whatever it takes and whatever is needed."

As the lines between positions and roles continue to blur in the NBA, that approach has increasingly become the default setting across the board.


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