Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, PG/SG, Oklahoma State
I hope Detroit fans enjoy the draft because they’ll likely have a top-two pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in addition to this selection. Check out my 2022 NFL Mock Draft to see whom the Lions will select.
The Pistons have some young guards they like, but none of them are on the level of Cade Cunningham, who is the heavy favorite to be the first-overall choice.
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Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, SG, G-League
The Rockets need everything, including a guard. John Wall put forth zero effort in most games last year, so the Rockets would love to land Jalen Green as a new guard.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, PF/C, USC
The Cavaliers have to be done with Kevin Love, who puts forth zero effort at times. They have many needs, but finding a big man matches the best player available in this situation.
Toronto Raptors: Jalen Suggs, PG, Gonzaga
There was some chatter about Kyle Lowry being dealt at the trade deadline. Toronto kept him, but he could be moved soon, possibly to the 76ers. Here’s a replacement.
Orlando Magic: Scottie Barnes, SF/PF, Florida State
Orlando blew up its roster in a late-season trade, dealing Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. They need help at every position now, save for point guard (Cole Anthony), so here’s a new forward to replace Gordon.
Oklahoma City Thunder: James Bouknight, SG, Connecticut
The Thunder had the worst roster down the stretch when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was sidelined. The team needs upgrades at every position, save for Gilgeous-Alexander’s.
Golden State Warriors: Franz Wagner, SF/PF, Michigan
The Warriors need a better No. 3 scorer to go along with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They were very weak at small forward this past season.
Orlando Magic: Jonathan Kuminga, SF/PF, G-League
Another forward makes sense for the Magic, who are very weak in that area. Most expect Jonathan Kuminga to be chosen seventh overall, so if he’s available, the Magic might be too excited not to pick him.
Sacramento Kings: Moses Moody, SG, Arkansas
The Kings could stand to add another guard to start next to De’Aaron Fox. That said, it sounds like the Kings want to trade down.
Memphis Grizzlies: Josh Giddey, PG, Australia
Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks are an excellent guard duo, but the Grizzlies could use a third guard to play a smaller lineup in the wake of their decision to trade Jonas Valanciunas.
Charlotte Hornets: Kai Jones, C, Texas
The Hornets had Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo start way too many games. They need a solution at the five. However, the best players available are wing athletes, and the Hornets are desperate for help here as well.
San Antonio Spurs: Alperen Sengun, C, Turkey
It’s never clear what Gregg Popovich is thinking because he’s always ranting like a lunatic, but perhaps he’s lucid enough to know that he needs a new big man after letting go of LaMarcus Aldridge.
Indiana Pacers: Corey Kispert, SG/SF, Gonzaga
Doug McDermott was hurting the team as a starter. He’s a solid backup, but the Pacers need to get him out of the lineup.
Golden State Warriors: Davion Mitchell, PG, Baylor
Steph Curry is in the second half of his career, so the Warriors may think about finding his eventual replacement.
Washington Bullets: Keon Johnson, SG/SF, Tennessee
The Bullets could use another wing to go along with Bradley Beal (assuming he remains on the roster.) Anyone who can play some sort of defense would help.
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