2021 NBA Draft Grades

Wow what a night of seeing young men become millionaires, I know I was on the edge of my seat the whole night wondering who would be selected next.

Now that the dust has settled, let’s hand out some grades for the 1st round, where the big names will either make an impact for years to come on their team, or will flop and really hurt the future of their team, putting them right back in position to make another high draft pick.

Just as a heads up, you probably will not like your team’s grade, because we are honest and aren’t sugar coating it like other sites who are too afraid to call out a team over a horrendous pick.

Most places hand out high grades like they’re candy on Halloween, with most receiving A or B grades. That’s insanely unrealistic, and there is no way almost all of the players drafted end up earning a passing grade over their careers.

So we’re going to give you an honest, well-thought-out assessment of each pick and what it means in the immediate future.

Without further ado, let’s get to grading!

1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, G, G League Ignite

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, F, USC

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

4. Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

5. Orlando Magic: Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Giddey, G, Adelaide 36ers (Australia)

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

7. Golden State Warriors: Jonathan Kuminga, F, G League Ignite

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

8. Orlando Magic: Franz Wagner, SF, Michigan

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

9. Sacramento Kings: Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

10. Memphis Grizzlies: Ziaire Williams, F, Stanford

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

11. Charlotte Hornets: James Bouknight, G, UConn

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

12. San Antonio Spurs: Josh Primo, G, Alabama

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

13. Indiana Pacers: Chris Duarte, SG, Oregon

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

14. Golden State Warriors: Moses Moody, G, Arkansas

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

15. Washington Wizards: Corey Kispert, G, Gonzaga

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston): Alperen Sengün, F/C, Besiktas (Turkey)

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

17. New Orleans Pelicans (from Memphis): Trey Murphy, F, Virginia

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami): Tre Mann, G, Florida

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

19. New York Knicks: Kai Jones, C, Texas

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

20. Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Johnson, F, Duke

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

21. New York Knicks (from Dallas): Keon Johnson, SG, Tennessee

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

22. Los Angeles Lakers: Isaiah Jackson, C, Kentucky

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

23. Houston Rockets (from Portland): Usman Garuba, F/C, Real Madrid (Spain)

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

24. Houston Rockets (from Milwaukee): Josh Christopher, SG, Arizona State

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Quentin Grimes, G, Houston

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

26. Denver Nuggets: Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland, SG, VCU

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

27. Brooklyn Nets: Cameron Thomas, SG, LSU

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

28. Philadelphia 76ers: Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

29. Phoenix Suns: Day’Ron Sharpe, C, North Carolina

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

30. Utah Jazz: Santi Aldama, F, Loyola (MD)

He has not yet played one game in the NBA. He’s an intriguing prospect, but only time will tell if he will turn into a quality NBA player.

Grade: C

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