The NBA playoffs have concluded, but as the saying goes, basketball never stops. The NBA Draft has arrived.

This year’s draft class is strong at the top with potentially franchise-changing prospects such as Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham and USC’s Evan Mobley. As always, draft night could see a lot of movement with front offices also preparing for free agency, which will quickly follow the annual event.

Which teams will land future All-Stars? Which selections will leave NBA Twitter stunned? And which general managers will be aggressive and move up the draft board?

Sporting News will provide instant grades and analysis as the picks are announced on Thursday. Check out our 2021 NBA Draft tracker below.

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NBA Draft grades 2021: Live picks, analysis from Round 1

Round 1

1. Detroit Pistons — Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

There’s a lot to love about Cunningham, including his 3-point shooting touch, which is rare in this class. There is his command of the court; he is not one of those passers who sees what isn’t there, like a Jason Kidd or Penny Hardaway, but Cunningham always sees the pass that’s available, even if it’s a difficult angle or a player on the opposite side of the court.

What should matter most to the Pistons, hopefully, is that Cunningham is a winner. He was outstanding at the FIBA U-19 World Cup in 2019. He battled through a hotly contested Big 12 regular season and got Oklahoma State to its conference tournament title game. In a draft with no obvious superstar but lots of quality prospects, it makes great sense to draft someone who has both promise and a proven track record as a competitor. 

2. Houston Rockets

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Orlando Magic

6. Oklahoma City Thunder

7. Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)

8. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)

9. Sacramento Kings

10. New Orleans Pelicans

11. Charlotte Hornets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Indiana Pacers

14. Golden State Warriors

15. Washington Wizards

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics)

17. Memphis Grizzlies

18. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics)

19. New York Knicks

20. Atlanta Hawks

21. New York Knicks (via Dallas Mavericks)

22. Los Angeles Lakers

23. Houston Rockets (via Portland Trail Blazers)

24. Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee Bucks)

25. Los Angeles Clippers

26. Denver Nuggets

27. Brooklyn Nets

28. Philadelphia 76ers

29. Phoenix Suns

30. Utah Jazz

Round 2

Pick Team
31. Milwaukee Bucks (via Houston Rockets)
32. New York Knicks (via Detroit Pistons)
33. Orlando Magic
34. Oklahoma City Thunder
35. New Orleans Pelicans (via Cleveland Cavaliers)
36. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
37. Detroit Pistons (via Toronto Raptors)
38. Chicago Bulls (via New Orleans Pelicans)
39. Sacramento Kings
40. New Orleans Pelicans (via Chicago Bulls)
41. San Antonio Spurs
42. Detroit Pistons (via Charlotte Hornets)
43. New Orleans Pelicans (via Washington Wizards)
44. Brooklyn Nets (via Indiana Pacers)
45. Boston Celtics
46. Toronto Raptors (via Memphis Grizzlies)
47. Toronto Raptors (via Golden State Warriors)
48. Atlanta Hawks (via Miami Hawks)
49. Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta Hawks)
50. Philadelphia 76ers (via New York Knicks)
51. Memphis Grizzlies (via Portland Trail Blazers)
52. Detroit Pistons (via Los Angeles Lakers)
53. New Orleans Pelicans (via Dallas Mavericks)
54. Indiana Pacers (via Milwaukee Bucks)
55. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Denver Nuggets)
56. Charlotte Hornets (via Los Angeles Clippers)
57. Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn Nets)
58. New York Knicks (via Philadelphia 76ers)
59. Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix Suns)
60. Indiana Pacers (via Utah Jazz)





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