NBA 2021 Draft

The Detroit Pistons are in pole position to pick up hot prospect Cade Cunningham as the NBA 2021 Draft gets underway on Thursday night in New York.

One of the most anticipated nights of the basketball calendar will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn – the home of the Brooklyn Nets.

As always, the best young players are up for grabs as they bid to play their first seasons in the

Spanish interest comes in the form of Usman Garuba – who is hoping to be in the first 15 picked – and Santi Aldama.

A total of 60 players will feature in the draft, with 30 in the first round and 30 in the second.

The first four picks of the first round were determined by a lottery, with the rest decided by the team’s performances last season – with the worse teams getting the earlier picks.

The event is back to taking place in person, having been conducted virtually last year due to the coronavirus.

The picks are expected to begin at around 02:00 CET on Friday morning (20:00 ET).

2021 NBA Draft order

  1. Detroit Pistons
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Orlando Magic
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Golden State Warriors
  8. Orlando Magic
  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. Boston Celtics
  17. Memphis Grizzlies
  18. Oklahoma City Thunder
  19. New York Knicks
  20. Atlanta Hawks
  21. New York Knicks
  22. Los Angeles Lakers
  23. Houston Rockets
  24. Houston Rockets
  25. LA Clippers
  26. Denver Nuggets
  27. Brooklyn Nets
  28. Philadelphia 76ers
  29. Phoenix Suns
  30. Utah Jazz

Going into the 2021 draft at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, here is the list of college basketball teams with the most NBA first-round draft picks.

  1. Kentucky – 54
  2. North Carolina – 52
  3. Duke – 48
  4. UCLA – 39
  5. Kansas – 33
  6. Michigan – 27
  7. Indiana – 26
  8. Arizona – 24
  9. Louisville – 24
  10. Syracuse – 24
  11. Ohio State – 23
  12. Michigan State – 21
  13. Notre Dame – 20
  14. Connecticut – 20
  15. Maryland – 20
  16. Georgia Tech – 19
  17. Texas – 18
  18. North Carolina State – 16
  19. Minnesota – 16
  20. St. John’s – 16

And it’s Kentucky of the Southeastern Conference that top the pile with a giant 54 players.

North Carolina of the Atlantic Coast Conference come next with 52 first-round picks, and the strength of that division is highlighted by the fact that Duke are third with 48 first-round picks.

No school has more number one picks than Duke either, with their four players picked first being: Art Heyman (1963, New York Knicks), Elton Brand (1999, Chicago Bulls), Kyrie Irving (2011, Cleveland Cavaliers) and Zion Williamson (2019, New Orleans Pelicans).

Last year it was Georgia’s Anthony Edwards that took the top spot as he headed for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cade Cunningham is well-backed to be the number one pick, and with the Detroit Pistons in line to take first dibs, that’s where the 6’8″ point guard could be making his NBA debut next term.

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