2021 NBA Mock Draft: Round One – Picks 16-30

2021 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1, Picks 1-15 (Walt’s)
Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2021. 4:10 p.m. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jalen Johnson, SF, Duke
    The Thunder, as mentioned earlier, need help everywhere around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. This includes finding a new wing.

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  2. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Murphy, SG, Virginia
    The Pelicans would’ve made the playoffs if they weren’t coached by a dope. Stan Van Gundy was so inept that he couldn’t figure out that he had to remove the low-effort Eric Bledsoe from the lineup. Bledsoe is gone, so here’s a replacement.

  3. Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Thomas, SG, LSU
    Again, the Thunder has a horrible roster outside of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, so it needs help at every position.

  4. New York Knicks: Chris Duarte, PG/SG, Oregon
    The Knicks need offense very badly. They couldn’t score in their playoff series against the Knicks.

  5. Atlanta Hawks: Day’Ron Sharpe, C, North Carolina
    The Hawks had no chance against Joel Embiid in the playoffs, so they may want to add another big man, especially if they can trade down.

  6. New York Knicks: Isaiah Jackson, PF, Kentucky
    Julius Randle was a huge disappointment in the playoffs. Perhaps he’ll be better next year, but the Knicks need better depth behind him regardless.

  7. Los Angeles Lakers: Jared Butler, PG/SG, Baylor
    Kenatvious Caldwell-Pope is a liability in the Lakers’ lineup, so an upgrade is needed.

  8. Houston Rockets: Usman Garuba, PF/C, Spain
    The Rockets need everything, including some frontcourt help that they can solve with this pick.

  9. Houston Rockets: Zaire Williams, SG/SF, Stanford
    Name a position, and the Rockets must upgrade it. They should just pick the best players available.

  10. Los Angeles Clippers: Sharife Cooper, PG, Auburn
    The Clippers missed Lou Williams in the playoffs, as Rajon Rondo was not a good replacement. Here’s someone to take Williams’ place.

  11. Denver Nuggets: Jaden Springer, SG, Tennessee
    Denver’s backcourt play fell off a cliff when Jamal Murray got hurt, so here’s some help in that area.

  12. Brooklyn Nets: Miles McBride, PG, West Virginia
    The Nets need someone to run the offense when Kyrie Irving gets hurt again next year.

  13. Philadelphia 76ers: Joshua Primo, SG, Alabama
    Seth Curry is an inconsistent player, so I imagine the 76ers will want to get a better shooting guard at some point.

  14. Phoenix Suns: Tre Mann, PG, Florida
    Chris Paul was great for the Suns this season, but he’s obviously not the long-term answer.

  15. Utah Jazz: Ayo Dosunmu, PG/SG, Illinois
    The Jazz looked completely lost when Donovan Mitchell was out of the lineup, so they should do something about that.

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