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When is the NBA Draft 2021?

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

Houston Rockets: Strengths and weaknesses of the top NBA Draft prospects

Space City Scoop 20 July, 2021 - 05:30am

The 2021 draft is one of the best in recent memory because of its incredible depth at the top. It’s rare for a draft to have five or more players that flash the potential to be a perennial all-star, but this draft truly does.

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The Rockets are rumored to have their eyes on a move up to the top spot but Rafael Stone has also suggested that they’re open to the idea of moving back. Whatever decision they make will come down to their confidence in this draft’s top prospects. 

If the Rockets think there is no difference between Evan Mobley and Jalen Green, why not move back to third, add a few picks, and land whichever one falls to you. Conversely, if the Rockets think that only Cade Cunningham has MVP potential then an aggressive move up to the top spot makes all the sense in the world. 

What separates these players isn't what they do well as much as what they can't do. As the NBA increasingly becomes a perimeter and positionless game, players' weaknesses are easier than ever to exploit.

The Rockets need to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each player at the top of the 2021 NBA draft. Not only will it help them make the right decision with the 2nd pick, but it'll also let them know if they need to move up in the draft or if moving back is the right decision. Look no further than Ben Simmons to see how one weakness can cap a player's ceiling.

Every player who is drafted in the top five oozes potential and it's their strengths that capture the imagination. However, a player’s weaknesses, or lack thereof, are usually what determines their ultimate upside. These are the top-six prospects’ strengths and weaknesses and whether the Rockets should target them in the draft.

Does Evan Mobley have a higher ceiling than Cade Cunningham?

Trojans Wire 20 July, 2021 - 02:34am

The unending debate involving Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green, and Jalen Suggs has finally reached its peak. With the NBA draft just days away, now is the time for things to get ironed out as far as trade partners go.

While Cunningham has long been slated as the top pick in the draft and the Detroit Pistons gushing over him, there is a possibility they might still trade the pick to somebody — it’s not very likely, but not to be completely ruled out. After all, the top pick is being overvalued this year, according to Insider Chad Ford.

“Virtually every team in the league covets Cunningham — which makes the pick extremely valuable. But as good as he is, any gap between Cunningham, Mobley and Green is small. In fact, Mobley and Green have higher ceilings.”

As Ford says, everybody wants Cunningham–and for good reason. The kid can play and should immediately help virtually any team he goes to. However, the difference between Cunningham, Mobley, and Green isn’t that much, and Ford adds that the latter two arguably have higher ceilings than Cunningham.

The NBA draft is set for July 29. Teams are already making calls and preparing offers to move up to get Cunningham. If the Pistons trade out of the pick, it is almost certain they will drop only a few spots, although that could change the landscape of the draft.

Where will Evan Mobley go in the draft? Nobody knows, but keep an eye on the movement and trade options heading into the draft.

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