|2021 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||July 29, 2021|
Brooklyn, New York
ABC (first round only)
|60 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons)|
The 2021 NBA draft was the 75th edition of the draft where National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur United States college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. It was held on July 29, 2021 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and televised nationally by ESPN, while ABC televised the first round only. The Detroit Pistons held the right to select the first overall pick and selected Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State.
|PG||Point guard||SG||Shooting guard||SF||Small forward||PF||Power forward||C||Center|
|#||Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
|Rnd.||Pick||Player||Pos.||Nationality[n 1]||Team||School / club team|
|1||1||Cade Cunningham#||PG/SG||United States||Detroit Pistons||Oklahoma State (Fr.)|
|1||2||Jalen Green||SG||United States||Houston Rockets||G League Ignite (G League)|
|1||3||Evan Mobley||C||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||USC (Fr.)|
|1||4||Scottie Barnes||SF/PF||United States||Toronto Raptors||Florida State (Fr.)|
|1||5||Jalen Suggs||PG/SG||United States||Orlando Magic||Gonzaga (Fr.)|
|1||6||Josh Giddey||PG||Australia||Oklahoma City Thunder||Adelaide 36ers (Australia)|
|1||7||Jonathan Kuminga#||SF||DR Congo||Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota)[A]||G League Ignite (G League)|
|1||8||Franz Wagner||SF||Germany||Orlando Magic (from Chicago)[B]||Michigan (So.)|
|1||9||Davion Mitchell||PG||United States||Sacramento Kings||Baylor (Jr.)|
|1||10||Ziaire Williams||SF||United States||New Orleans Pelicans (rights traded to Memphis)[a]||Stanford (Fr.)|
|1||11||James Bouknight||SG||United States||Charlotte Hornets||UConn (So.)|
|1||12||Joshua Primo||SG||Canada||San Antonio Spurs||Alabama (Fr.)|
|1||13||Chris Duarte||SG||Dominican Republic||Indiana Pacers||Oregon (Sr.)|
|1||14||Moses Moody||SG||United States||Golden State Warriors||Arkansas (Fr.)|
|1||15||Corey Kispert||SF||United States||Washington Wizards||Gonzaga (Sr.)|
|1||16||Alperen Şengün||C||Turkey||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston,[C] rights traded to Houston)[b]||Beşiktaş (Turkey)|
|1||17||Trey Murphy III||SF||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (rights traded to New Orleans)[a]||Virginia (Jr.)|
|1||18||Tre Mann||PG||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami via Phoenix to Philadelphia to LA Clippers)[D][E][F]||Florida (So.)|
|1||19||Kai Jones||C||Bahamas||New York Knicks (rights traded to Charlotte)[c]||Texas (So.)|
|1||20||Jalen Johnson||SF||United States||Atlanta Hawks||Duke (Fr.)|
|1||21||Keon Johnson#||SG||United States||New York Knicks (from Dallas,[G] rights traded to LA Clippers)[d]||Tennessee (Fr.)|
|1||22||Isaiah Jackson#||C/PF||United States||Los Angeles Lakers (rights traded to Indiana)[e]||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|1||23||Usman Garuba||PF/C||Spain||Houston Rockets (from Portland)[H]||Real Madrid (Spain)|
|1||24||Josh Christopher||SG||United States||Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee)[I]||Arizona State (Fr.)|
|1||25||Quentin Grimes||SG||United States||Los Angeles Clippers (rights traded to New York)[d]||Houston (Jr.)|
|1||26||Nah'Shon Hyland#||SG/PG||United States||Denver Nuggets||VCU (So.)|
|1||27||Cameron Thomas||SG||United States||Brooklyn Nets||LSU (Fr.)|
|1||28||Jaden Springer||SG||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Tennessee (Fr.)|
|1||29||Day'Ron Sharpe#||C||United States||Phoenix Suns (traded to Brooklyn)[f]||North Carolina (Fr.)|
|1||30||Santi Aldama#||PF/C||Spain||Utah Jazz (rights traded to Memphis)[g]||Loyola (MD) (So.)|
|2||31||Isaiah Todd#||PF||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston,[I] rights traded to Washington via Indiana)[h][e]||G League Ignite (G League)|
|2||32||Jeremiah Robinson-Earl||PF||United States||New York Knicks (from Detroit via Philadelphia to LA Clippers[J][E][K] rights traded to Oklahoma City)[i]||Villanova (So.)|
|2||33||Jason Preston#||PG||United States||Orlando Magic (rights traded to LA Clippers)[j]||Ohio (Jr.)|
|2||34||Rokas Jokubaitis#||PG||Lithuania||Oklahoma City Thunder (rights traded to New York)[i]||Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)|
|2||35||Herbert Jones||SF||United States||New Orleans Pelicans (from Cleveland via Atlanta)[L]||Alabama (Sr.)|
|2||36||Miles McBride||PG||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Minnesota via Golden State,[A][M] rights traded to New York)[i]||West Virginia (So.)|
|2||37||JT Thor||PF||United States||Detroit Pistons (from Toronto via Brooklyn,[N] traded to Charlotte)[k]||Auburn (Fr.)|
|2||38||Ayo Dosunmu||PG||United States||Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans)[O]||Illinois (Jr.)|
|2||39||Neemias Queta#||C||Portugal||Sacramento Kings||Utah State (Jr.)|
|2||40||Jared Butler||SG||United States||New Orleans Pelicans (from Chicago,[O] rights traded to Utah via Memphis)[a][g]||Baylor (Jr.)|
|2||41||Joe Wieskamp#||SF||United States||San Antonio Spurs||Iowa (Jr.)|
|2||42||Isaiah Livers#||SF||United States||Detroit Pistons (from Charlotte via New York)[P]||Michigan (Sr.)|
|2||43||Greg Brown#||PF||United States||New Orleans Pelicans (from Washington via Utah to Cleveland to Milwaukee,[Q][R][S] rights traded to Portland)[l]||Texas (Fr.)|
|2||44||Kessler Edwards#||SF||United States||Brooklyn Nets (from Indiana)[T]||Pepperdine (Jr.)|
|2||45||Juhann Begarin#||SG||France||Boston Celtics||Paris (France)|
|2||46||Dalano Banton||PG||Canada||Toronto Raptors (from Memphis via Sacramento)[U]||Nebraska (So.)|
|2||47||David Johnson#||SG||United States||Toronto Raptors (from Golden State via New Orleans to Utah)[V]||Louisville (So.)|
|2||48||Sharife Cooper||PG||United States||Atlanta Hawks (from Miami via Portland to Sacramento)[W]||Auburn (Fr.)|
|2||49||Marcus Zegarowski#||PG||United States||Brooklyn Nets (from Atlanta)[X]||Creighton (Jr.)|
|2||50||Filip Petrušev#||C||Serbia||Philadelphia 76ers (from New York)[Y]||Mega Basket (Serbia)|
|2||51||Brandon Boston Jr.#||SG||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (from Portland via Cleveland to Detroit to Dallas,[Z] traded to LA Clippers via New Orleans)[a][m]||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|2||52||Luka Garza#||C||United States||Detroit Pistons (from LA Lakers via Detroit to Houston to Sacramento)[AA]||Iowa (Sr.)|
|2||53||Charles Bassey||C||Nigeria||Philadelphia 76ers (from Dallas via New Orleans)[AB]||Western Kentucky (Jr.)|
|2||54||Sandro Mamukelashvili||C||Georgia||Indiana Pacers (from Milwaukee via Cleveland to Houston,[R][AC] rights traded to Milwaukee)[h]||Seton Hall (Sr.)|
|2||55||Aaron Wiggins#||SG||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Denver via Philadelphia to Golden State)[AD][M]||Maryland (Jr.)|
|2||56||Scottie Lewis#||SG||United States||Charlotte Hornets (from LA Clippers)[AE]||Florida (So.)|
|2||57||Balša Koprivica#||C||Serbia||Charlotte Hornets (from Brooklyn,[AF] rights traded to Detroit)[k]||Florida State (So.)|
|2||58||Jericho Sims||PF||United States||New York Knicks (from Philadelphia)[AG]||Texas (Sr.)|
|2||59||RaiQuan Gray#||PF||United States||Brooklyn Nets (from Phoenix)[AH]||Florida State (Jr.)|
|2||60||Georgios Kalaitzakis||SF||Greece||Indiana Pacers (from Utah,[AI] rights traded to Milwaukee)[h]||Panathinaikos (Greece)|
Further information: List of National Basketball Association undrafted players
These players were not selected in the 2021 NBA draft, but have played at least one game in the NBA.
|Justin Champagnie||SF||United States||Pittsburgh (So.)|
|Aaron Henry||SF||United States||Michigan State (Jr.)|
|Marcus Garrett||PG||United States||Kansas (Sr.)|
|Austin Reaves||SG||United States||Oklahoma (Sr.)|
|McKinley Wright IV||PG||United States||Colorado (Sr.)|
Prior to the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between teams.
Draft-night trades were made after the draft began. These trades are usually not confirmed until the next day or after free agency officially begins.
Prior to the NBA Draft Combine, the 2021 NBA G League Elite Camp, which took place on June 19-21 at the Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis in Chicago, Illinois, provided another chance for players not originally invited to the combine to impress scouts. The best performers from this camp were given invites to the main combine.
The NBA Draft Combine was held on June 21–27 at the same site sponsored by Microsoft. A total of 69 players attended the NBA Draft Combine 2021, with these players undergoing a series of interviews, five-on-five games, drills, and measurements. Lottery-projected pick Keon Johnson broke the combine's vertical leap record with a vertical leap of 48 in (1.2 m) [previously 45.5 in (1.16 m), held by Kenny Gregory]. The combine also featured some recent graduates of the inaugural NBA G League Ignite team, which is a developmental basketball program meant to provide prospects with a paid alternative to playing NCAA college basketball. The success of these players, Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix, and Isaiah Todd, may pave the way for more top prospects to participate in the G League system pre-draft.
Projected top picks who decided not to attend the NBA Draft Combine include potential No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham and likely top-four pick Jalen Suggs. Numerous other potential prospects, especially those playing overseas, also decided to skip the Combine.
The NBA draft lottery was held on June 22. It was also televised nationally on ESPN.
|Denotes the actual lottery result|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||22–50||115||11.5%||11.4%||11.2%||11.0%||7.4%||27.1%||18.0%||2.4%||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|New Orleans Pelicans||31–41||45||4.5%||4.8%||5.2%||5.7%||-||-||-||-||-||60.6%||17.9%||1.2%||<0.1%||<0.1%|
|San Antonio Spurs||33–39||16||1.6%||1.8%||2.0%||2.2%||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||84.8%||7.5%||0.1%|
|Golden State Warriors||39–33||5||0.5%||0.6%||0.6%||0.7%||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||97.6%|
Main article: Eligibility for the NBA draft
The draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's 2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its players' union, with special modifications agreed to by both parties due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft. but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss further charges.
The NBA announced on February 26, 2021 that for this draft only, all college players who wished to enter the draft, regardless of class, had to formally declare eligibility. In October 2020, COVID-19 led the NCAA to declare that the 2020–21 season would not be counted against the college eligibility of any basketball player. The exact language of the CBA with regard to automatic eligibility of college seniors is "The player has graduated from a four-year college or university in the United States, and has no remaining intercollegiate basketball eligibility." Due to the NCAA ruling, every college senior in the 2020–21 season had remaining eligibility. The league was required to consult with the players' union and the NCAA to determine whether it would require seniors to opt out of the draft (which was implemented by the NFL for its 2021 draft, affected by a similar NCAA ruling for football) or require opt-ins, with the latter option being chosen.
Players who were not automatically eligible had to declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than at least 60 days before the event. For the 2021 draft, the date fell on May 30. Under the CBA a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration deadline, which usually falls 10 days before the draft at 5:00 pm EDT (2100 UTC). Under current NCAA rules, players usually have until 10 days after the draft combine to withdraw from the draft and retain college eligibility. In 2021, however, they must have withdrawn on or before July 7, 22 days prior to this draft.
A player who has hired an agent retains his remaining college eligibility regardless of whether he is drafted after an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Players who declare for the NBA draft and are not selected have the opportunity to return to their school for at least another year only after terminating all agreements with their agents, who must have been certified no later than August 1, 2020.
The NBA released its official list of early entrants on June 2, 2021, consisting of 296 players from college and other educational institutions and 57 international players. The current version of the list found in this article omits players who withdrew from the draft after June 2.
Terrence Clarke, a freshman guard from Kentucky, declared for the draft, but died on April 22, three months before the draft. At the draft, the NBA honored him with an honorary selection.
"Redshirt" refers to players who were redshirt seniors in the 2020–21 season. "Graduate" refers to players who were graduate transfers in 2020–21.
International players that declared for this draft and did not previously declare in another prior draft could drop out 10 days before the event, on July 19. A total of 51 international players withdrew their names from consideration for the draft, with only the following eight prospects remaining after the international deadline.
Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:
As noted above, the NCAA's COVID-19 eligibility waiver for 2020–21 resulted in all college seniors having remaining eligibility, leading to the NBA and its players' union agreeing that seniors would have to declare for the 2021 draft.
Players who meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:
|Owen Hulland||Adelaide 36ers (Australia)||Left Hawaii in 2020; playing professionally since the 2020–21 season|||
|Filip Petrušev||Mega Basket (Serbia)||Left Gonzaga in 2020; playing professionally since the 2020–21 season|||
|Isaac White||Illawarra Hawks (Australia)||Left Stanford in 2020; playing professionally since the 2020–21 season|||