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The Detroit Pistons, owners of the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft, are conducting individual workouts with some of the top prospects in the draft pool this week, sources told ESPN.

The Pistons hosted Cade Cunningham for a light workout in Detroit on Tuesday, and are slated to bring Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs in for private workouts in the coming days. The Pistons would like to bring Evan Mobley in, but have yet to schedule a visit, sources said.

Cunningham, the longtime front-runner for the top overall selection, is not planning on conducting any additional visits, sources said, and would be extremely pleased to land in Detroit. Green, the No. 2 prospect in the ESPN 100, is currently only planning on conducting one additional workout: at the training facility of the Houston Rockets, owners of the No. 2 pick.

Mobley and Suggs are widely expected to be the next two players off the board, with the No. 3 and No. 4 picks currently held by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.

Scottie Barnes, the projected No. 5 pick in the draft, was in Tampa working out for the Raptors on Tuesday, a source said.

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Pistons To Workout Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Possibly Evan Mobley

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The Detroit Pistons are conducting individual workouts with some of the top prospects in the draft this week.

The Pistons hosted Cade Cunningham for a light workout in Detroit on Tuesday, and will also bring in both Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs in the coming days. Detroit would also like to bring in Evan Mobley, but he has yet to be scheduled.

While Cunningham is the front runner to go No. 1, the Pistons are doing their due diligence on other prospects. Cunningham doesn't plan on working out for any other teams. 

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Toronto Raptors: 3 advantages Jalen Suggs has over Jalen Green

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 03: Jalen Suggs #1 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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The Toronto Raptors were gifted the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and the expectation according to the mock draft experts seems to be that the Raptors will choose Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, though USC center Evan Mobley and G League guard Jalen Green remain viable options.

Considering the team’s need at center, Toronto will likely take Mobley if he falls to them at No. 4. However, the team will need to figure out which of the two Jalens they prefer, as both of them could impact the Raptors in different fashions given their contrasting styles.

While Suggs is a ready-made point guard with a feel for the game that betrays his age, Green might have more offensive potential given how he can score at will. While both look like future stars in this league, the Raptors will need to eventually pick one of these two to settle on.

Green might have a higher ceiling as a scorer, but Suggs could end up as the better player. Suggs has 3 clear advantages over Green that the Raptors need to consider before finalizing their selection.

Houston is heavily leaning toward Jalen Green at No. 2, sources tell @talkhoops.

However, there are people within the Rockets’ decision-making process pushing for Jalen Suggs.

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While this may be obvious considering Suggs profiles as a traditional point guard and Green looks like a wing scorer, the degree to which Suggs has overtaken green in this department is astonishing. Don’t let the assist averages fool you, as they aren’t always the best barometer of passing instincts.

Suggs’ flashy passing ould really start to shine if he goes to Toronto, as Nick Nurse’s offense has generally been able to coax high assist numbers out of points like Kyle Lowry. While Green did improve his passing in the G League as compared to his high school days, he isn’t the best at making tough passes off of the dribble just yet.

While the Raptors could theoretically move Fred VanVleet to point guard and make Green the full-time shooting guard, making Suggs the primary ball-handler in tandem with VanVleet could make the offense even deadlier.

Green proved that when the ball arrives in his hands, he can isolate and score as well as anyone in this class. However, when looking purely at how these two would fit into Toronto’s offense, Suggs might be a better jigsaw piece for the high-octane, free-flowing puzzle Nurse wants to create.

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