Jason McIntyre NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Will Green or Cunningham go No. 1?

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The 2021 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. NBA CA2021 NBA Draft: Key prospects to know in the mid- to late-lottery range

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Cade Cunningham attends Detroit Tigers game; fans chant 'we want Cade'

Detroit Free Press 22 July, 2021 - 01:11am

Pistons general manager Troy Weaver has played it coy, but the rumblings are growing that Cunningham will be the pick, barring a stunning last-minute trade down.

More Cunningham to Detroit indicators popped up Monday.

Cunningham, alongside his cousin and trainer Ashton Bennings, attended Monday night's Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park against the Texas Rangers — a 14-0 win for the surging home team.

Cunningham took a picture outside the stadium with three fans, posted a short story to his Instagram account from his seats with the caption "Detroit, Michigan," and Bennings posted a short video of Cunningham reacting to fans chanting, "we want Cade."

"Detroit showing mad love 💯💯," Bennings captioned on his post.

Cunningham is in Detroit for his predraft workout with the Pistons.

Cunningham, who played one season with the Cowboys before declaring for this year's draft, is from Arlington, Texas, so we're not sure where his allegiance is ... right now.

The 19-year-old is expected to be the top pick — USA TODAY's new mock draft continued the trend.

The Pistons also own three second-round picks.

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Detroit Pistons: West Virginia’s Derek Culver a good fit

Piston Powered 22 July, 2021 - 01:11am

West Virginia Mountaineers forward Derek Culver (1). Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons have four picks in the 2021 NBA Draft. With only one first-round draft pick, it’s pretty clear that the Pistons are going to select Cade Cunningham, a standout do-all star from Oklahoma State. What they do in the second round with their three picks is more of a mystery. Derek Culver could solve the mystery.

They could try and package some picks to get another first-rounder, but if that doesn’t happen then Detroit will have the task of finding real talent among a bunch of potential scrubs. In round two, the Pistons should draft for fit.

In an offseason filled with trade rumors, Mason Plumlee is a name that is brought up a lot. In many mock trades, he is the lone player Detroit sends out with the first overall pick.

I don’t think trading Plumlee is a great idea, but if Detroit opts to move on, then they need an offensive-minded big to pair with Isaiah Stewart. Preferably, this would be someone who would be ready to make an immediate impact.

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Derek Culver, a power forward/center from West Virginia, has a high ceiling as an offensive weapon. In his junior season for the Mountaneers, he averaged nine rebounds and 14 points on 48% shooting.

He is a good low-post and midrange scorer, who can create his own space to shoot or back down opposing bigs. In the paint, he is an absolute force and a very good athlete. At 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, he has the strength to overpower, making him an elite rebounder.

Isaiah Stewart is also a good offensive rebounder, so it will be second chance points galore in Detroit as he and Culver have fun with opponents shots.

As a high flyer, he immediately could establish himself as a pick-and-roll lob threat for dazzling passer Killian Hayes.

The downsides of his game are his total unwillingness to shoot from deep, and his only average defense. He will probably not evolve to be a two-way player, and he probably won’t be able to be an oversized wing.

Culver is a pure big man, and if Plumlee were to leave, then he would be a perfect offensive weapon to pair down low with ‘Beef Stew’. With a backcourt of Hayes, Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey plus a frontcourt of Culver, Jerami Grant and Stewart, the Pistons are poised to be one of the better dynamic young teams in today’s game.

Perhaps with the mentorship of Grant, Culver could evolve to be a three-level scorer and/or a better defender. In the second round, I’d be more than happy if he could add either of those aspects to his game.

I’m not sure where Detroit would pick him in the draft, the end of the first round and the second round are pretty fluid. But if Plumlee were to be traded away, and GM Troy Weaver wanted to draft for fit, the West Virginia All-Big 12 honoree is the farthest he needs to look.

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NBA mock draft: Pistons nab Cade Cunningham, Rockets take Jalen Green

The Athletic 21 July, 2021 - 07:34am

With the 2021 NBA Draft just eight days away, Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham remains the overwhelming favorite to go No. 1 to the Detroit Pistons. But what about No. 2?

In his latest mock draft, The Athletic's Sam Vecenie has the Houston Rockets taking guard Jalen Green from the G League Ignite, but Vecenie doesn't think Houston has made a final decision. USC center Evan Mobley and Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs also appear to be in play.

Mobley (No. 3 to the Cleveland Cavaliers) and Suggs (No. 4 to the Toronto Raptors) round out the top four to complete what Vecenie sees as a clear top tier of prospects. After that, there isn't much certainty, as opinions vary wildly on prospects and several picks could be available via trade.

Will the Warriors use both the seventh and 14th picks? Could they trade for a veteran? Where will the first international prospect — likely Turkish League MVP Alperen Sengun — come off the board? A shakeup in Vecenie's top 10 has Sengun rising.

Read Vecenie's full mock draft in the Go Deeper section below. The Athletic's 2021 Draft Guide can be found here.

Jalen Green? Evan Mobley? Perhaps even Jalen Suggs? Kelly Iko talks to draft guru Sam Vecenie about who to take with the No. 2 pick.

USC men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield spoke to The Athletic about the type of player and teammate Mobley is.

Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs and Jalen Green are the most likely top-four picks of the draft. Who will the Raptors get?

Jalen Green? Evan Mobley? Perhaps even Jalen Suggs? Kelly Iko talks to draft guru Sam Vecenie about who to take with the No. 2 pick.

USC men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield spoke to The Athletic about the type of player and teammate Mobley is.

Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs and Jalen Green are the most likely top-four picks of the draft. Who will the Raptors get?

NBA Draft: Ranking the last 11 NBA Drafts by the #1 pick

Piston Powered 21 July, 2021 - 06:30am

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts against the Oregon State Beavers during the second half in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

In case you have been on another planet for the last few weeks, the Detroit Pistons will be choosing first in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Having the first overall draft pick is the best asset an NBA team can ever have. With it, teams have the potential to build a franchise around a generational talent. Often, teams go with the most hyped prospects, or the front-runner is clear months before the actual draft.

Other years, the owner of the first overall pick gets to choose from a wealth of talent, like what happened in 1984 with Hakeem Olajuwon or 2003 with LeBron James. This year, there are four players who rise to the top. Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, and Cade Cunningham. Cunningham is the presumptive number one pick, although no one can doubt that there is plenty of talent in this draft.

For some years, the first pick matters less because there is no clear option. This is not one of those years. Value changes based on the draft class, and the last decade has shown us how much the value differs year to year.

Rudy Gobert and Giannis Antetokounmpo were drafted this year, but don’t let that fool you. Some of the top picks were Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Oh yeah, and Anthony Bennett went first overall. He ended up being a bigger bust than Darko Milicic. There was no clear-cut number one option in this year’s draft, the best you could hope for was to get a mediocre talent who would stay healthy.

Frankly, if it weren’t for the Anthony Bennett debacle, this would be the forgotten draft. It’s fun to laugh at the Cavaliers though, so we keep them in the back of our memory for when we need it.

Unlike in 2013, there was a clear #1 pick. Andrew Wiggins didn’t surprise anyone when he was the first guy to walk across the stage. That being said, “Maple Jordan” never panned out, and with no other clear-cut top options, the pick became somewhat meaningless.

The 76ers managed to get Joel Embiid at the third overall pick this year, but he overachieved a lot and managed to become (arguably) the best player out of this draft, ahead of Nikola Jokic. There was some talent to be found, but most of it came a lot later in the draft, so picking first overall really didn’t matter too much.

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