- The Detroit Pistons selected Cade Cunningham with the no. 1 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft.
- Jalen Green of the G League Ignite is heading to the Houston Rockets at no. 2.
- With the third pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers went with USC big man Evan Mobley.
The best NBA betting sites were spot one with the Top 3 picks of the 2021 NBA Draft.
Leading to the Draft, the best NBA betting sites had Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, and Evan Mobley going 1-2-3 in Thursday’s draft. They were absolutely correct.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 28, 2021
As expected, the Detroit Pistons grabbed Cunningham with the no. 1 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft while the Houston Rockets took the next best talent in Jalen Green. The Cleveland Cavaliers meanwhile, went with USC’s Evan Mobley with their third pick.
Motor City Bound
🏀 MOTOR CITY BOUND 🏀
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 30, 2021
There was absolutely no question that Cade Cunningham would go first in the 2021 NBA Draft as he was a massive betting favorite to be the first player taken. The only question was whether the Detroit Pistons would be the team that would be picking first on Thursday.
Ever since the Pistons won the draft lottery, there have been speculations that the team could trade the top pick for an established superstar or they would trade down in the draft to get additional picks. In the end, Detroit kept the pick and made Cunningham the first ever player from Oklahoma State to become the top pick of an NBA draft.
The last time the Pistons picked 1st overall was in 1970 and they picked a future Hall of Famer in Bob Lanier. Detroit hopes to get the same luck with Cunningham as they embark on a mission to become relevant in the Eastern Conference once again.
Detroit has made the playoffs just thrice in the last dozen seasons and have not won a playoff game since 2008 when they reached the Eastern Conference Finals for a sixth consecutive season.
Green to H-Town
The Rockets have selected Jalen Green as the 2nd overall pick.
Welcome to H-Town, Jalen! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/vXdeTSarcl
— Rockets Nation (@RocketsNationCP) July 30, 2021
With the second pick, the Houston Rockets picked the player that had been linked to them in recent weeks – Jalen Green. Once a five-star recruit, Green skipped college to play in the G League. He made history last year when he was one of the player named to the first ever G League Ignite team.
The 19-year old explosive guard starred for the Ignite team and averaged 17.9 points while shooting 36.5% from three-point range during the G League bubble in Orlando. A three-time gold medalist with Team USA at the juniors level, Green was the MVP of the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup.
In Houston, Green will become the centerpiece of the rebuilding Rockets that that traded franchise player James Harden last season. He will play alongside Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr., and Kenyon Martin Jr. in a young team that is led by second-year head coach Stephen Silas.
Cavs Pick Mobley
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) July 30, 2021
With Cunningham and Green already taken, the Cavs took USC big man Evan Mobley with the third pick of the 2021 NBA Draft. Like Green, draft experts believed that if this were another draft year, Mobley would’ve gone first overall. A lot of teams talked to the Cavs about trading the third pick. But with the chance to get a top pick-caliber player, Cleveland rejected all offers.
Mobley is a positional fit for the Cavs who drafted perimeter players with their lottery picks during the previous three seasons- Collin Sexton (2018), Darius Garland (2019), and Isaac Okoro (2020). Cleveland has another young big man in Jarrett Allen but the Cavs are reportedly excited about the prospect of playing Allen alongside Mobley.
Mobley averaged 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.9 blocks per game as a freshman with the Trojans. He swept all Pac-12 individual awards, winning Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Pac-12 MVP honors.