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Who got the first pick in the NBA Draft 2021?

The Detroit Pistons selected Cade Cunningham, a point guard from Oklahoma State, with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft. The Washington PostNBA draft 2021 updates: Pistons select Cade Cunningham first overall

Who did Detroit Pistons draft?

The Detroit Pistons selected Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham with the first overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Pistons won the draft lottery after finishing in the bottom-3 in the NBA this past season. DraftKings NationPistons draft picks: Detroit selects Cade Cunningham with first pick in 2021 NBA Draft

Who did the Orlando Magic draft 2021?

2021 NBA Draft grades: Orlando Magic select Jalen Suggs with No. 5 pick. The Orlando Magic have selected Jalen Suggs No. 5 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. CBSSports.com2021 NBA Draft grades: Orlando Magic select Jalen Suggs with No. 5 pick

Who went number one in the NBA draft?

Detroit Pistons grab Cade Cunningham at No. 1 in NBA draft. Associated PressDetroit Pistons grab Cade Cunningham at No. 1 in NBA draft

The Orlando Magic's 2021 NBA Draft Could Finally Change the Franchise's Direction - Sportscasting | Pure Sports

Sir Charles in Charge 31 July, 2021 - 10:18am

The Magic finally pushed the little red button on a franchise rebuild last year, trading away franchise stalwarts Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic in addition to starting guard Evan Fournier. Part of Orlando’s return came in the form of additional draft picks, and the Magic also acquired the ability to free up cap space.

And, in a rare piece of luck, the first-round pick the Magic received from the Chicago Bulls in the Vucevic deal ended up landing at No. 8 in the lottery. Orlando’s own selection at No. 5, coupled with the Bulls’ pick, gave the Magic two selections in the top eight. And they didn’t waste them.

Orlando has taken big swings the last few drafts. According to Basketball-Reference, the franchise’s most recent first-round picks were Cole Anthony in 2020, Chuma Okeke in 2019, Mo Bamba in 2018, and Jonathan Isaac in 2017.

Anthony is the most skilled of the bunch, but all those players have one major attribute in common: athleticism. The Magic front office has subscribed to the idea that drafting athletes first and developing their skills second is the best way to build a team.

Well, last season Orlando finished in the bottom five in the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency, according to NBA.com, so perhaps that plan isn’t working. Luckily, things changed in the 2021 draft.

Orlando has a — lets’ be nice and call it unlucky — draft history in the lottery.

With its own selection at No. 5, Orlando picked Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs. With the pick it received from Chicago, the Magic took Michigan forward Franz Wagner.

Suggs is a fantastic athlete, but he brings plenty more to the table. He’s an intelligent playmaker and has spades of intangibles Orlando’s most recent selections lack. Suggs led the Bulldogs to an appearance in the NCAA Championship Game as a 19-year-old freshman. He also showed his clutch gene, drilling a game-winner against UCLA in the Final Four to bring the Zags to the title game.

Wagner rose into the draft’s top 10 as a shooter, playmaker, and intelligent, versatile defender. He also brings a feel for the game that no one on Orlando’s current roster has.

Suggs will compete for, and likely win, the Magic’s starting point guard spot on day one. Wagner’s unique skillset may also earn him a spot in the starting lineup. At worst, the 6-foot-10 forward will play a ton of minutes off the bench.

According to RealGM, Orlando has won five total playoff games in the last decade. It hasn’t won a playoff series since the franchise’s brief foray into relevancy during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns.

The selections of Suggs and Wagner bring completely contrasting skills to the rest of the Magic’s roster. But, when coupled with the pure athleticism of Isaac, Okeke, and to a lesser extent Bamba (who has yet to find his footing in the NBA), Orlando might have something brewing.

The Magic also have more future picks coming in the next few years, and will have cap space to go along with them. The Magic’s altered draft strategy brings new elements to the team, and as the pieces come together, the franchise may finally be headed in the right direction.

The Orlando Magic won only 21 games last season and finished second to last in the Eastern Conference. Believe it or not, though, Orlando took steps in the right direction after a decade of mediocrity (at best).

The Magic finally pushed the little red button on a franchise rebuild last year, trading away franchise stalwarts Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic in addition to starting guard Evan Fournier. Part of Orlando’s return came in the form of additional draft picks, and the Magic also acquired the ability to free up cap space.

And, in a rare piece of luck, the first-round pick the Magic received from the Chicago Bulls in the Vucevic deal ended up landing at No. 8 in the lottery. Orlando’s own selection at No. 5, coupled with the Bulls’ pick, gave the Magic two selections in the top eight. And they didn’t waste them.

Orlando has taken big swings the last few drafts. According to Basketball-Reference, the franchise’s most recent first-round picks were Cole Anthony in 2020, Chuma Okeke in 2019, Mo Bamba in 2018, and Jonathan Isaac in 2017.

Anthony is the most skilled of the bunch, but all those players have one major attribute in common: athleticism. The Magic front office has subscribed to the idea that drafting athletes first and developing their skills second is the best way to build a team.

Well, last season Orlando finished in the bottom five in the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency, according to NBA.com, so perhaps that plan isn’t working. Luckily, things changed in the 2021 draft.

Orlando has a — lets’ be nice and call it unlucky — draft history in the lottery.

With its own selection at No. 5, Orlando picked Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs. With the pick it received from Chicago, the Magic took Michigan forward Franz Wagner.

Suggs is a fantastic athlete, but he brings plenty more to the table. He’s an intelligent playmaker and has spades of intangibles Orlando’s most recent selections lack. Suggs led the Bulldogs to an appearance in the NCAA Championship Game as a 19-year-old freshman. He also showed his clutch gene, drilling a game-winner against UCLA in the Final Four to bring the Zags to the title game.

Wagner rose into the draft’s top 10 as a shooter, playmaker, and intelligent, versatile defender. He also brings a feel for the game that no one on Orlando’s current roster has.

Suggs will compete for, and likely win, the Magic’s starting point guard spot on day one. Wagner’s unique skillset may also earn him a spot in the starting lineup. At worst, the 6-foot-10 forward will play a ton of minutes off the bench.

According to RealGM, Orlando has won five total playoff games in the last decade. It hasn’t won a playoff series since the franchise’s brief foray into relevancy during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns.

The selections of Suggs and Wagner bring completely contrasting skills to the rest of the Magic’s roster. But, when coupled with the pure athleticism of Isaac, Okeke, and to a lesser extent Bamba (who has yet to find his footing in the NBA), Orlando might have something brewing.

The Magic also have more future picks coming in the next few years, and will have cap space to go along with them. The Magic’s altered draft strategy brings new elements to the team, and as the pieces come together, the franchise may finally be headed in the right direction.

5 Biggest Steals From The 2021 NBA Draft

RealGM.com 31 July, 2021 - 09:38am

The 2021 NBA Draft saw the best young prospects led by Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, and Evan Mobley make the jump to the big league and land at their respective destinations. However, a handful of talents also slipped through the cracks and surprisingly fell off the board on Thursday night.

Out of all the teams, the Detroit Pistons may have had the most impressive haul as they took the No. 1 overall pick in Cunningham along with two overlooked prospects that made it to this list. Ultimately, these young players are sure to carry a chip on their shoulders as they try to prove their worth and make an impact on their teams next season.

Here are the top five steals of the recently-concluded draft proceedings.

Michigan product Isaiah Livers may not be as well-known as his peers on this list but he definitely showed his potential to be a good NBA player during his four-year tenure with the Wolverines. Last season, he averaged career-best numbers of 13.1 points on 43.1% shooting to go with 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23 appearances.

Despite having a good senior year, Livers still fell in the 2021 NBA Draft, as he was nabbed with the 42nd pick by his hometown Pistons. He is definitely a steal as he can knock down shots from the perimeter and has good size to play the forward spot at 6-foot-7. His defensive skills will need some polishing to be effective in the NBA but the Pistons still got a guy who can come off the bench and be a solid rotational player moving forward.

Tennessee Volunteers guard Jaden Springer is definitely not considered as a finished product as of the moment, especially after only having a one-and-done season in college. In 25 games, he averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists as an irregular starter for the Volunteers in 2020-21.

Those numbers may not be eye-popping but Springer is still a valuable talent, given his ability to defend opposing guards highlighted by his average of 1.4 steals per game last season. Despite having a similar playing style with Tyrese Maxey, the Philadelphia 76ers still took a chance on him with the 28th pick in a bid to add another defensive ace to one of the league’s best defenses today.

Given how the Ben Simmons situation is turning out for the Sixers, Springer may potentially find himself in a good position to contribute right away to the team next season.

Former Iowa standout Luka Garza doesn’t need any introduction as he was previously named the National Player of the Year last season. Throughout his amateur career, Garza has shown his continuous development as he emerged as the main man of the Hawkeyes with averages of 24.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in 2020-21.

Despite earning a ton of accomplishments in college, many teams still chose to pass on the 22-year-old until he was selected by the Pistons with the 52nd pick. Though his ability to defend pick-and-rolls remains to be in question, Garza can definitely score in bunches and help any team stretch the floor on the offensive end.

Hopefully, him dropping 25 to 30 pounds prior to the 2021 NBA Draft will help him as he tries to prove to many that he is capable of translating his game to the next level.

The Golden State Warriors hit the lucky strike on Thursday night as they scored not one but two talented prospects with their lottery picks. In his lone season with the Arkansas Razorbacks, Moses Moody showed out with 16.8 points on 42.7% shooting from the field to go with 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 32 appearances.

Heading to the 2021 NBA Draft, he was already projected to be a lottery pick but no one expected him to fall at No. 14 where he was grabbed by Bob Myers and company. With his 7-foot-1 wingspan, Moody can definitely help a Warriors side that is in dire need of a 3-and-D weapon that can contribute on both ends of the floor.

It remains to be seen if his offensive game can be effective in the pros but if it does, then Golden State will surely have a player that can be a huge part of their future moving forward.

Out of all the names on this list, none waited longer than Auburn star Sharife Cooper who had a first-round projection but fell all the way to the second round of the draft. In 12 games, the New Jersey native balled out as he averaged 20.2 points, 8.1 assists, and 4.3 rebounds for the Tigers last season.

His numbers definitely showed his level of talent but many still questioned his ability to compete at the next level, given his small size at 6-foot-1. Coincidentally, those remarks were also previously thrown at Trae Young who is now his teammate after the Atlanta Hawks drafted him with the 48th pick.

If the team can successfully mold him to be an effective playmaker like Young in the years to come then it is safe to say that they had the biggest steal of the 2021 NBA Draft in Cooper.

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