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Cavs Nation 16 July, 2021 - 01:01am 6 views

When is the NBA Draft 2021?

NBA Draft 2021 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN platforms will exclusively televise the NBA Draft for the 19th consecutive year and for the first time it will air on both ABC and ESPN. NBA.comNBA Draft 2021 to be held at Barclays Center on July 29

The Rockets don’t have to finalize their plans for the 2021 NBA draft until July 29, and it seems that they plan to use the time to their advantage. According to longtime NBA draft insider Chad Ford, Houston’s front office is split between the two most popular options at No. 2 overall — assuming they stay at that spot in the first round.

Those two leading options are University of Southern California (USC) big man Evan Mobley and G League Ignite guard Jalen Green. In his latest mock draft, which was published Thursday, Ford writes:

The consensus around the league right now is that it will be either Green or Mobley. You can make the case for either player in Houston, and sources say that there’s an internal debate as well with the analytics side favoring Mobley and the more traditional scouting side favoring Green.

Either player would be a major upgrade for the Rockets, but for now I’m sticking with Mobley here. His size and analytics advantages are just too good to pass on.

However, in confirmation of other widely reported news, Ford also reports that the Rockets are looking to potentially move up to Detroit’s spot at No. 1 overall. According to Ford, that could explain the recent rumor linking Houston to active trade talks with Indiana. He writes:

The Rockets are working hard to acquire more draft picks in an effort to move up to No. 1 to select Cade Cunningham. They’ve dangled Eric Gordon and one of their late first round picks to the Pacers in exchange for the No. 13 pick, in hopes that a combination of 2 and 13 would be enough for the Pistons to move down one spot in the draft.

Ford reports that all signs point to Cunningham being the top pick. At this point, it’s a matter of which team ultimately holds that slot.

But: “The Rockets are working hard to acquire more draft picks in an effort to move up to No. 1 to select Cade Cunningham.”

— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) July 15, 2021

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Cavs NBA Draft: Who’s best fit among Jalen Green, Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs?

King James Gospel 16 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

USC Trojans big Evan Mobley takes the ball down the floor. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

With the 2021 NBA Draft quickly approaching, the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in a position to potentially draft the franchise savior who can carry the mantle after LeBron James’ departure in 2018.

Though they aren’t picking at #1 with the chance to likely take Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, there are still three other players who can blossom into All-Stars with the Cavaliers.

USC Center Evan Mobley, G League Ignite guard/wing Jalen Green and Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs all have shown their capability of becoming special down the road; however, deciding which player best fits on this young Cavaliers roster is an important decision that the Cavs need to make in their rebuild so far.

Now, two of the three will seemingly be available at Cleveland’s spot, but here, we’ll take a look at which of the three would be the best fit with the Cavs.

With rumblings of the Cavs potentially trading shooting guard Collin Sexton, of which you can view more about here, the Cavs might be in the business of adding another wing scoring threat next to their young point guard, Darius Garland. To that point, Jalen Green can fill that void of team leading scorer.

Green showcased elite scoring potential in his G League bubble play with the Ignite, and while we’d have to see if he’d be there, as both Detroit and Houston are reportedly very high on him, if he were there, he could become Cleveland’s primary option fairly early on.

He averaged 17.9 points per game on some very encouraging shooting splits while showing he can put up buckets from anywhere on the court. Green could slide in either wing position for this young Cavaliers team, and would help with scoring and providing depth.

7-foot center Evan Mobley was stellar during his single season at USC. In just 33 games for the Trojans, Mobley showcased his ability as a versatile scorer averaging 16.8 points per game while posting double digits in points all but two games. He was also a monster on defense, averaging 2.9 blocks per game.

In the previous months, he has raised up 2021 NBA Draft boards during a single season, racking up awards, including the Pac-12 Player of the Year, while leading his team to the Elite 8, where they fell to Gonzaga.

If drafted to the Cleveland Cavaliers, you can make a case that he has an ideal fit in Cleveland as a potential Mobley-Allen frontcourt pairing could present defensive problems for any team they face. Mobley can slide to the 4, too, in plenty of stretches, as his skill and ability to shoot, which we could very well see more of in the NBA, could make him the ideal big to play next to Allen.

There’s others in the mix of course, but long term, those two could be a really good duo for the Cavs.

Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs was great during his time with the Bulldogs. He shined as the floor general making big-time plays, leading his team to a near-undefeated record.

He was solid in terms of production, averaging 14.5 points per game to go along with 4.5 assists. But furthermore, he showcased elite athleticism and uncanny ability to get it done on both ends of the floor that at times has drawn him comparisons to two-way point guards such as Jason Kidd and De’Aaron Fox.

Though the fits don’t feel as seamless as Mobley and Green, Suggs’ role can be a third guard to go with the Cavs’ dynamic backcourt of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton, similar to Tyrese Haliburton’s role on the Sacramento Kings.

Suggs can potentially come off the bench and provide an offensive and defensive spark that will be much needed on this Cavaliers roster next season. Or he could mesh well with Garland at the 2 if Sexton ends up being moved.

Albeit overall, any of the three taken would fit well on this Cleveland Cavaliers roster that is building towards bringing another talent to Cleveland.

But if I had to say the best fit for now, in the long term sense with the Mobley-Allen duo, I’d say Mobley would be the ideal one, provided the shooting is shown fairly early on.

With his defensive abilities though, that, with Garland-Sexton and Allen could be the most favorable long term of these three prospects.

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Cavs NBA Draft: Jonathan Kuminga is intriguing, but at #3? Come on

King James Gospel 16 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

G League Ignite wing Jonathan Kuminga drives. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

G League Ignite wing/forward Jonathan Kuminga looks to finish on the interior. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The way things are shaping up, the Cleveland Cavaliers seem most likely to end up with Evan Mobley, and while there are questions with him, I do believe it’s brought along gradually off the bench more so in Year 1, he’ll be just fine.

The 215-pound big out of USC does need to get stronger, and while I buy his perimeter shot long term, I do get if some question if he and Jarrett Allen long term in this sense can be a viable pairing for significant stretches. I get that, but with the touch he’s shown in other areas, guard-like handle, vision, regardless of position, defensive versatility, athleticism and rim protection qualities, I firmly believe he’ll be a star in this league.

If I’m wrong, whether or not Mobley does end up with the Cavs via the 2021 NBA Draft, you can let me know in four years.

From there, while I’m not high on him with a near-ideal situation at Gonzaga, Jalen Suggs could be in-play for Cleveland, and though it seems unlikely, perhaps the Cavaliers could consider Scottie Barnes, Jonathan Kuminga at #3. I wouldn’t anticipate those last two being that serious as options for the Cavaliers at the #3 spot in the draft though, and I wouldn’t expect Cleveland to trade down, frankly.

But to that last point, while I’m probably higher on Barnes than those other two, with his 6-foot-9 size, point forward abilities and defensive versatility/impact qualities, I do definitely get intrigue with Kuminga.

Kuminga, while the shooting splits didn’t show it, with him hitting only 38.7 percent of his shots and 24.6 percent of his three-point attempts in the G League bubble with the G League Ignite, does have a better looking stroke than Barnes. And Kuminga is still a sturdy 6-foot-6, 210-pound wing with a 7-foot wingspan that with his functional strength and capability to wall up to shut off drivers and also feel in the post, can be effective at the 4 in some lineups too, I believe.

That said, at #3, in the event he could potentially be there, Jalen Green or Evan Mobley would appear to be the move for Cleveland.

Nonetheless, I do understand why the Cavs have been doing their due diligence, and per a report from Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Cleveland recently hosted Kuminga for his second private workout with them. Even so, based on comments in his report, it still seems unlikely that Kuminga is feasibly in-play for the Cavaliers at that #3 spot in the 2021 NBA Draft.

At say, #5 down, I’d have gotten that much more, and the Cavs were slotted at the #5 spot heading into the lottery, but they were fortunate.

Putting it simply here, if the Cavaliers were to draft Kuminga that highly, it wouldn’t be a great call.

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