• With two weeks until draft day, it’s time to start digging into the class and get our prep work done. As always, it’s a team effort, with David Williams, Corban Ford, Dio Nikiforos and Mike Passador all chipping in to help get you more familiar with a group that includes some potential fantasy studs.

    We’ve been tracking mock drafts and the rumor mill to get you a brief overview of the prospects that are on this year’s draft board. We’ll be adding to this list over the next couple of weeks so be sure to keep checking back as more profiles get added! Enjoy!

    Cade Cunningham
    SG, College

    Team: Oklahoma State
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: 1
    Player Type: Lead Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Pistons, Rockets

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.5AST, 40% 3PT on 5.7 3PG

    General Comments: large enough frame to play either forward position at 6’8”, 220lbs… frame of a forward with skill set of a guard … BBIQ and skill set allow him to be a serious three-level scoring threat… uses his strength to absorb and finish through contact

    Injury History: minor ankle injury in March of 2020, did not keep him out of the NCAA tournament

    Fantasy Outlook: Cunningham is almost certain to be the top pick in the draft and should arrive with the associated usage. His shooting splits are elite for an NBA prospect and he’s also a quality wing defender, so it’s unlikely that the Pistons (presumably) see much reason to take him off the floor. Beware the hype but Cunningham is a versatile, efficient player on the perimeter with great feel for the game. He’s going to be a top pick in dynasty formats and looks about as safe as it gets for production out of the gate.

    Evan Mobley
    PF/C, College

    Team: USC
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Top-5
    Player Type: Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Rockets, Cavs, Raptors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.4 APG, 3.7 combined defensive stats

    General Comments: polished on the defensive end as a rim protector using his length and athleticism to be disruptive…flashes of massive two-way upside..impressive ball handling from a big

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Could end up on a team that has a big role for him from the jump, and offensive versatility should make him a nice fit in most lineup configurations. He’s unselfish and versatile on both ends of the floor but Mobley needs to improve his shot and will have to bulk up in the long-term. How he handles larger NBA players will go a long way but there’s serious potential here. A top dynasty option but more of a wait-and-see for redrafters, depending on where he lands. A worthy late-round flier in most cases.

    Jalen Green
    SG, College

    Team: G League Ignite
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Top-5
    Player Type: Scoring Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Rockets, Cavs, Raptors, Magic

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.8 APG

    General Comments: Explosive athlete… plays above the rim… plays through contact… when hot not many ways for defenses to stop him… streaky shooter… may be limited in most defensive matchups

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Green has immense scoring potential but figures to go through some growing pains as he learns to rein in all of his athleticism. What worked at lower levels won’t quite work in the NBA and Green will need to develop his playmaking ability in order to make opponents pay for the attention he’s sure to command. Volume scorers who run hot and cold can be dangerous in fantasy, so the early returns might not deliver on the hype here. Still a top dynasty selection, however, and certainly someone who should at least be worth your time in points leagues.

    Jalen Suggs
    PG, College

    Team: Gonzaga
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Top-5
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Rockets, Cavs, Raptors, Magic

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.4 PPG, 4.5 APG, 5.3 RPG, 2.8 SPG

    General Comments: Athletic guard with superior intangibles… excellent leader… great handle… capable of playing with or without the ball… 3-point shot can improve… unselfish passer with strong vision

    Injury History: Left Ankle (2020), Right Leg (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Suggs’ polish and intangible skills will make him one of the higher-floor players in the class, and he’s liable to emerge with plenty of minutes from the jump as a result. He, like Green and Mobley, are in the mix to land with a Raptors team that’s intent on winning now and has the infrastructure to develop a variety of young players. That’s incredibly encouraging for anyone’s long-term outlook, and Suggs has some serious upside as a floor general if he can space the floor reliably. Expect some adjustment if Suggs ends up being a team’s lead ball-handler, but he’s got the ability to lift a team from both ends of the court and has the looks of a well-rounded guard that can help fantasy teams early on. There’s a well-rounded stat set with defensive contributions that can push him into years of middle-round fantasy production.

    Jonathan Kuminga
    F, College

    Team:G League Ignite
    Age on Draft Day: 18
    Consensus Rank: Top-10
    Player Type: Athletic Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Raptors, Magic, Thunder, Warriors, Kings

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.8PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.7 APG

    General Comments: great combination of size and athleticism at 6’7” with a plus wingspan… excellent finisher at the rim… outside shot needs refinement … extremely raw but has outstanding physical tools

    Injury History: Ankle (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Kuminga is unlikely to play a large role for any team in his first year outside of one that’s purely hoping to land atop the lottery again. He’s got the attributes that a strong development staff will fall in love with but some bad habits that will need to be coached out of his game. Only shooting .246 from distance is a bad sign, and he’ll need to figure out how to adjust when teams wall off the paint. That’s only going to play into his ball-stopping tendencies as well, but he should soon discover that easier shots result from playing team ball. Kuminga is a big upside bet that needs to be rostered in dynasty but his early career contributions may be limited.

    Scottie Barnes
    F, College

    Team:Florida State
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Top-10
    Player Type: Combo Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Magic, Raptors, Thunder, Warriors, Kings, Pelicans

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 10.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.1 APG

    General Comments: High motor, two way player… great vision, passer… can run the offense from the perimeter and the post… versatile defender with great lateral quickness… guards 1-5

    Injury History: Ankle (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Barnes is going to attract the attention of GMs (in fantasy and reality) that like floor-raising, lower-risk prospects with a key skill to hang their hat on. For Barnes that’s defense, as he’s shaping up to be NBA-ready on that side of the floor. He’ll need to crush that responsibility to deliver fantasy value, however, as Barnes is a bit of an odd duck offensively. He played lots of PG in college and is a willing passer but isn’t an outside shooting threat and prefers to do damage from down low. Fantasy managers probably should never expect Barnes to become a big-time scorer, or even an exceptional 3-point option, but his hustle and versatility could turn him into the sort of fantasy glue guy that chips in everywhere else across the box.

    Davion Mitchell
    PG, College

    Team:Baylor
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Lottery
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Spurs, Pacers, Warriors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, 2.7 RPG

    General Comments: quick guard with good vision, deep shooting threat that went 44% from 3 on high volume… plus defender widely regarded as one of the best on-ball defenders in the country

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Mitchell’s an older prospect and may have less of a ceiling as a result, but his playmaking and defense are skills that should get him on the floor early. Fantasy-wise, a lot of his offensive output will ride on whether last season’s 3-point shooting marks are legit — he shot about 64% at the line and was only 31% from deep in his first two college seasons. There’s dynasty appeal here but the playmaking is what will set Mitchell apart, so he’ll need lots of volume in order to deliver early. There’s definitely scenarios where Mitchell becomes an immediate bench contributor though, so dynasty managers can make moves and bet on some longer-term upside.

    Franz Wagner
    F, College

    Team:Michigan
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Lottery
    Player Type: Versatile forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Magic, Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Spurs, Pacers, Warriors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.0 APG

    General Comments: good handle… solid rebounder… defensive versatility, able to guard 2-4… high BBIQ… upside as a shooter…83% from the line

    Injury History: Wrist Fracture (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: Versatility is the name of the game with Wagner, who can slot into different roles on both sides of the floor. He may never be a go-to scorer but does a little bit of a lot thanks to an outstanding feel for the game. He knows how to facilitate, cut, screen — you name it. Wagner doesn’t boast superstar potential but looks like a solid glue guy in both fantasy and reality. He could certainly become a top-100 option in time.

    Alperen Şengün
    C, International

    Team:Besitkas J.K., Turkey
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Lottery
    Player Type: Traditional big
    Possible Landing Spots: Warriors, Wizards, Spurs, Thunder

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 19.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.7 BLK

    General Comments: Excellent handle for a big…can rebound and run the break…can take other bigs off the dribble…playmaking/facilitating ability… named Turkish league MVP

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Sengun feels like he’s from a different era. The big man has a deep, deep bag of post moves and is a beast on the glass. He’s not a shooter yet — he went 80% at the stripe but took just 21 3-pointers and clicked at 19% — but there is potential for long-term growth. The fact that Sengun is a skilled passer is immensely helpful but he’s also got room to improve as a defensive presence. It’s a stat set that can result in early-round numbers with the caveat that he might top out as more of a double-double threat. A little risk but Sengun is a safe enough dynasty prospect with major upside if his game rounds out. He’s just a dominant offensive player.

    Corey Kispert
    SG, College

    Team:Gonzaga
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Lottery
    Player Type: Elite Shooter/Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Pacers, Warriors, Wizards, Thunder, Grizzlies, Knicks

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 18.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG, .444 3P%

    General Comments: elite shooter…could argue best in draft…great moving without the ball…lateral quickness could cause issues on defensive end…able to attack downhill if defense closes out aggressively

    Injury History: Broken Foot (2017), Knee Injury (2017)

    Fantasy Outlook: Kispert’s 3-point ability is his standout quality and he’s got the potential to be a plus contributor in the efficiency categories. He may not be asked to do much else beyond launch bombs but was able to improve in each of his four college seasons, so perhaps there’s more under the hood. Kispert did shoot incredibly well inside the arc by playing off aggressive contests on the perimeter. Even so, we know that huge 3-point output with positive percentages is a recipe for sneaky top-100 output. There’s a range of outcomes there for top-175 pure specialist value and middle-round numbers, so Kispert is a safe dynasty selection with a more moderate ceiling.

    Keon Johnson
    G/F, College

    Team:Tennessee
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Late Lottery
    Player Type: Athletic Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Magic, Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Spurs, Pacers, Warriors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.5 APG

    General Comments: athletic wing… great instincts…buys in on defensive end of the floor… attacks downhill… good shot selection, can finish at the rim or in the midrange… shot needs improvement from range, shot only 27% from deep this season

    Injury History: Meniscus (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: Johnson’s an extremely raw player who relies on explosiveness more than anything. That shouldn’t be surprising for a player who only started playing organized hoops in high school, and it also shouldn’t be surprising that players on that development path typically aren’t fantasy contributors without some extra seasoning. Johnson’s shot needs mechanical work and he simply needs more reps to improve his decision-making and ball-handling. The fact that he’s able to impress while currently living on drives and mid-rangers suggests long-term scoring upside but Johnson is more of a dynasty than a redraft selection this season.

    Jalen Johnson
    F, College

    Team:Duke
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Late Lottery
    Player Type: Playmaking Defensive Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Hornets, Pelicans, Spurs, Kings, Wizards, Thunder, Memphis

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 2.4 combined defensive stats in 21.2 mpg

    General Comments: Versatile, athletic…point forward abilities…above average vision with playmaking potential…44% from 3 on low volume…switchable defender can guard 2-5

    Injury History: Foot Injury (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: A standout playmaker from the forward spot, Johnson will need that and defensive versatility to carry the day as his scoring game is very underdeveloped. Outside of transition play, Johnson doesn’t have a ton of offensive skill with a poor shooting track record. As far as fantasy is concerned, Johnson doesn’t have the looks of a major contributor unless he can really lean into pumping out defensive stats and crashing the glass. A late-round stat set has Johnson profiling as a late dynasty stash selection.

    Kai Jones
    C, College

    Team:Texas
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Late Lottery/First Round
    Player Type: Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Spurs, Warriors, Pacers, Thunder

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG

    General Comments: Raw prospect… only been playing around five years…flashes high upside with size and athleticism…good one-on-one defender… not a true rim protector yet…shot 38% from 3, albeit low volume

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Jones is a bit of a blank canvas in that you can look at what he does now and project it out to some tantalizing numbers if he’s developed right. Unfortunately, he’s limited to rim-running and drives as an offensive player, though he did shoot well from distance (on just 33 attempts) despite often hesitating whenever he’s not rolling right to the rack — and that includes in the post. Defensively, he’s going to struggle with the strength of NBA players and does more to deter attempts than outright block shots. There’s boom-or-bust potential here as Jones is going to need to balance adding strength without losing quickness, but he also offers 3-point upside and can hang on the perimeter, if not in the paint. He’s one of the riskier bets among the “top” prospects in the class. Low-usage, wiry bigs who aren’t great shot blockers tend to be late-round fantasy options at best — but what if?

    Josh Giddey
    PG, International

    Team:Adelaide 36ers, NBL, Australia
    Age on Draft Day: 18
    Consensus Rank: Late Lottery/First Round
    Player Type: Playmaking Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Spurs, Pacers, Warriors, Wizards, Thunder, Grizzlies

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 7.5 APG

    General Comments: 6’8” guard with elite vision… high BBIQ… good rebounder, biggest question is shooting… shot only 29% from 3 in the NBL last season… size and playmaking abilities dampen worries.

    Injury History: Ankle Injury (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Giddey is a top-class passer with excellent vision and understanding of how to thread the needle, but his inability to space the floor is a serious concern. Fit will matter a lot here even if Giddey’s rebounding abilities make him a low-key triple-double threat. It’s possible to be a non-scoring fantasy asset but for that to happen Giddey will need to sharpen up defensively. Smarts are an attribute worth betting on and Giddey’s got those, but he’s looking like a moderately appealing fantasy player who might only deliver in a couple of the popcorn categories for a bit. A worthwhile dynasty selection, but a later one.

    Moses Moody
    F, College

    Team:Arkansas
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Late Lottery/First Round
    Player Type: Projected 3&D wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Warriors, Magic, Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Spurs, Pacers, Wizards

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, .379 3P%

    General Comments: 6’6” wing with a plus wingspan…uses size and length to be disruptive on the defensive end…high spacing IQ allows for him to be in the “right spot” often

    Injury History: Ankle and a string of undisclosed injuries in 2018. Ankle(2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Moody’s good at many things with a ceiling that’s unknown, but it certainly looks like he’ll have a steady NBA job for years. He’s a solid defender and a capable floor-spacer, even if he can’t create his own shots just yet. Might not have the highest upside of players in the lottery but is also a better choice if you’re not going the draft-and-stash route in dynasty. Good 3-and-D role players can hit top-80 fantasy production and that’s a reasonable outcome for Moody over time.

    Usman Garuba
    F/C, International

    Team: Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: First Round
    Player Type: Versatile Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Warriors, Thunder, Knicks, Lakers, Rockets

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 5.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.1 APG

    General Comments: High motor big…polished on the defensive end…rim protector upside…limited offensive bag…average midrange…needs to improve outside stroke…day one impact on defensive end…been a part of Real Madrid since age 11

    Injury History: Knee Injury (2017)

    Fantasy Outlook: Garuba is one of the draft’s more intriguing players as someone who can make immediate waves on defense with a relatively cloudy outlook on the opposite end of the floor. He shot .314 from distance and .656 at the line but is a switchable big who can defend in space, with the intelligence and hustle to check multiple players on every possession. While he himself isn’t an accomplished offensive player, Garuba is a solid passer who can make most reads and is a better ball-handler than you might expect. That profile sounds a lot like a certain unnamed forward who has a history of early-round fantasy numbers, which is obviously Garuba’s ceiling. He’s a decent home run cut for dynasty managers.

    James Bouknight
    G, College

    Team:UCONN
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: First Round
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Thunder, Knicks, Magic, Kings, Pelicans

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 18.7 PPG, 1.8 AST, 5.7 REB

    General Comments: athletic slashing guard…can play with or without the ball…three-level scorer…explosive finisher

    Injury History: Left Elbow (2021), torn meniscus in high school

    Fantasy Outlook: Bouknight’s a fabulous finisher who can heat up in an instant, though he’s far more comfortable creating his own shot than being stationary and playing off a lead ball-handler. He’ll likely be a bench scorer to start his career, but his lack of playmaking vision will also work against him — he plays better with the ball but becomes a bit of a one-note player in such situations. Bouknight should be a late flier in dynasty formats for his scoring upside.

    Tre Mann
    G, College

    Team:Florida
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: First Round
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Houston, Clippers, Nuggets, Nets, 76ers, Suns, Jazz

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.5 APG, .402 3P%

    General Comments: pace-controlling combo guard…three-level scoring threat…small frame, needs to add muscle to finish through contact efficiently

    Injury History: Concussion (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: Mann can seriously space the floor with unlimited shooting range and the swagger to match. He’s not overly athletic and is a subpar defender so his shooter’s touch will carry most of the weight. Mann looks like he could become a microwave scorer but there’s definitely upside beyond that. He’s a later dynasty selection, even with his weaknesses, given the scarcity of scoring outside the early rounds in fantasy drafts.

    Ziaire Williams
    F, College

    Team:Stanford
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: First Round
    Player Type: Long Athletic Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Magic, Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Spurs, Pacers, Warriors, Wizards, Thunder, Grizzlies

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 10.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.2 APG

    General Comments: extremely athletic wing…college stats not indicative of talent…will be drafted first round on perceived upside from size/athleticism

    Injury History: Knee Injury (Not basketball related, 2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Williams is a score-first guy who can pass a bit, but how all of his raw skills carry over will likely depend on his development environment. He shot poorly from distance (.291) but was good enough at the line (.796) to suggest that improvement is on the way, which will be key considering his current lack of strength really limits him as a finisher. It’s not a great stat set for fantasy but Williams is worth a look in deeper dynasty formats on the chances he gets his jumper straightened out.

    Cameron Thomas
    G, College

    Team:LSU
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Late First Round
    Player Type: Scoring Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Knicks, Lakers, Rockets, Thunder

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 23.0 PPG, .325 3P%, .882 FT%

    General Comments: great finisher… has ability to weave through traffic and defense with his dribbling ability… expert shot creation ability

    Injury History:

    Fantasy Outlook: Thomas is a score-first guard who can step in immediately as a bench sparkplug, though he will need to improve his vision and ability to play within an offense rather than turn all of his touches into isolation showdowns — not that he doesn’t have the moves to succeed in such a way. Points are the siren song of fantasy so Thomas is worth a dynasty selection even if his stat set offers very limited avenues to more than top-100 value in the long run.

    Sharife Cooper
    PG, College

    Team:Auburn
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Late First Round
    Player Type: Playmaking Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Knicks, Rockets, Clippers, Thunder, Nets, 76ers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 20.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.1 APG

    General Comments: excellent playmaker…creates for himself and teammates…superior court vision…great anticipation and ability to maintain dribble and control defenders…outstanding hesi when attacking bigs off the dribble… adept at drawing fouls

    Injury History: Left Ankle (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Crafty but undersized, Cooper looks to be one of the best passers in the draft class. He has no jumper to speak of (.228 from distance last year) but does have some floaters in his bag of tricks and also shot well at the line, which speaks to potential future improvement. The size and poor shooting are some major impediments to playing time, however, and Cooper might never hit starter level. He’s a floor general who might become an assists specialist against more ruthless NBA defenses, and is just a late-round dynasty option as such. His landing spot will determine whether he’s viable at the back of standard dynasty formats or better left for deeper ones.

    Chris Duarte
    PG, College

    Team:Oregon
    Age on Draft Day: 24
    Consensus Rank: Late First Round
    Player Type: Shooting Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Knicks, Hawks, Lakers, Rockets, Clippers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.7 APG

    General Comments: elite shooter…three-level scoring threat…age and lack of athleticism likely to affect where he ends up…promising impact on defensive end of the floor

    Injury History: Broken Finger on shooting hand (2020), Ankle (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Duarte’s got a lower ceiling as one of the older prospects in the draft class but also boasts a track record as a knockdown shooter, culminating in a .424 mark from distance last year. He’s not a great playmaker and is basically a one-position defender, though he could be a target for a team with a pressing need for spacing in a win-now environment. He’s probably closer to contributing than most late-firsts but isn’t an overly strong target in fantasy. Duarte’s limited game makes him more of a target in deeper dynasty leagues.

    Jaden Springer
    SG, College

    Team:Tennessee
    Age on Draft Day: 18
    Consensus Rank: Late First Round
    Player Type: All-Around Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Knicks, Hawks, Lakers, Rockets, Clippers, Nuggets, Nets, 76ers, Suns, Jazz

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.3 SPG

    General Comments: can play on or off the ball…good facilitator…shot 43% from 3 on low volume…encouraging tenacity on the defensive end, recorded 3+ steals in five games.

    Injury History: Left Ankle (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Springer won’t wow anybody, especially given his lacking ability to create shots, but is just one of those players that makes all the right plays at the right time. A coach’s dream, Springer’s a poised player that battles on defense and makes quick, heady decisions on offense. It’ll be tough for him to break down NBA defenders one-on-one and he looks like a better NBA player than a fantasy one, so while Springer’s overall abilities make him someone who should be a role player, his fantasy appeal is more modest. He’s a late flier in dynasty leagues.

    Jared Butler
    G, College

    Team:Baylor
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Late First Round
    Player Type: Point Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Knicks, Hawks, Lakers, Rockets, Clippers, Nuggets, Nets, 76ers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.7 PPG, 4.8 APG, 3.3 RPG, 2.0 SPG

    General Comments: talented scorer…can create space for himself or score off the catch…high BBIQ…comes into the league as a plus defender…2.4 combined defensive stats last season

    Injury History: Referred to Fitness-To-Play Panel at Draft Combine for undisclosed reasons

    Fantasy Outlook: Butler’s a solid shooter with improving playmaking potential. He’s undersized and not all that athletic, but can offer quick scoring pop from day one. That plus his defensive work puts him on the map as a guy with top-125 upside down the line, though the pace of his development will likely rely on which team takes the plunge.

    Isaiah Jackson
    PF/C, College

    Team:Kentucky
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Rim Protector
    Possible Landing Spots: Thunder, Lakers, Rockets, Clippers, Nets, 76ers, Suns, Jazz

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.6 BPG

    General Comments: Athletic big man who excels running the floor…relentless shot blocker…enormous wingspan at 7’5”…inconsistent offensive game…hasn’t flashed ability to shoot from range…limited bag

    Injury History: Ankle (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Jackson’s a highly intriguing fantasy prospect because of that elite shot-blocking potential, but like so many before him, dazzling stats can be his downfall on the court. He’s going to have to bulk up at the next level and will need to rein it in; team defense takes priority over chasing blocks even if his own stats will suffer. Still, Jackson’s an explosive leaper and lob threat who has the quickness to keep up defending in space. Refinement is necessary but Jackson has elite defensive upside if he can improve his fundamental play, and that’s going to make him a popular target in dynasty formats.

    Ayo Dosunmu
    PG, College

    Team:Illinois
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Nuggets, 76ers, Suns, Jazz, Bucks, Knicks, Magic

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 6.3 APG, 5.2 RPG

    General Comments: Elite combo guard…explosive first step…first-rate step back…good decision maker…three-level scorer…excellent ability to manipulate defense in PNR

    Injury History: Broken Nose (2021), Left Leg (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Dosunmu showed equal ability to play either on or off the ball, which bodes well considering the role he’ll play at the nex level. Questions about his finishing and 3-point shooting ability cast doubt over his offensive upside, but Dosunmu is a solid playmaker and leaned on his elite work ethic to improve throughout his college career. A late dynasty flier but a player whose intangibles should allow him to hold down a rotation spot early on.

    Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
    F, College

    Team:Villanova
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Low-Usage Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Spurs, Kings, Pistons, Pelicans, Raptors, Celtics

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.2 APG

    General Comments: 6’9” forward capable of guarding multiple positions…good rebounder…nice midrange jumper…can score with back to the basket as well…good BBIQ…top tier help defender

    Injury History: Broken Nose (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Robinson-Earl is a high-energy, versatile defender who has a somewhat limited offensive game. That seems to be fine by him, as he’s relentless about relocating without the ball and doing the dirty work that generates open shots for his teammates. That unselfishness is going to appeal to many organizations, and JRE could definitely become a valuable role player. Unfortunately he doesn’t quite have enough statistical pop in his profile to make him more than a late dynasty flier, and perhaps one that’s better left to deeper leagues.

    JT Thor
    PF, College

    Team:Auburn
    Age on Draft Day: 18
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Long Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Jazz, Suns, Bucks, Knicks, 76ers, Magic, Thunder

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 9.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.4 BPG

    General Comments: incredible guard-like skills paired with excessive length…good handle for his size…30% from 3 on 2.7 attempts per game…unique prospect with unlimited upside

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Rail thin but 6’8” with a 7’3” wingspan, Thor is undoubtedly going to draw comparisons to Chris Boucher. It’s not a bad comparison as far as fantasy outlook goes, but it does underscore the need for patience here. Thor’s elite length will cover up for a lack of speed but he needs to improve his shot despite fairly fluid mechanics. Dynasty managers will be drawn in by the tools and upside but it’s unlikely that Thor makes waves in the NBA for at least a season, so prepare to hunker down.

    Rokas Jokubaitis
    G, International

    Team:Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Nets, Pistons, Pelicans, Pacers, Hornets

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 7.5 PPG, 3.4 APG, 1.7 RPG

    General Comments: 6’4” guard can play with or without the ball…athleticism in question (common with European players)…lefty guard that can score in multiple ways…flashes upside as PnR ball handler

    Injury History: Left Thumb (2019), Ankle (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: Stats are a bit deceiving since Jokubaitis played mostly off-ball overseas, and there’s still untapped upside as a playmaker and 3-point shooter. Shooting indicators make him an interesting dynasty target that could sneak up on people. He might also be a draft-and-stash for NBA teams, which will change your calculus too.

    Roko Prkačin
    PF, International

    Team:KK Cibona, Croatia
    Age on Draft Day: 18
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Versatile Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Nuggets, Nets, 76ers, Suns, Jazz, Bucks, Knicks

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.9 APG

    General Comments: Athleticism not in question with 6’9”, 225 lb frame and an explosive vertical… can handle the ball and is capable of being a secondary playmaker… ball security needs to improve

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Prkacin is likely a draft-and-stash player so dynasty managers will need to be patient, but there’s some interesting upside for the second-youngest guy in the class who just wrapped up a season in a pro league. Decent mobility means he can become a decent defender with more mental reps, and his rebounding numbers are encouraging since he often played more on the perimeter at 6’9”. Shooting indicators are mixed as Prkacin went 35% from deep but 65% at the line, so that bears watching as his career unfolds.

    Update: Prkacin has since withdrawn from the draft.

    Na'Shon 'Bones' Hyland
    G, College

    Team:VCU
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Scoring Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Nets, 76ers, Nuggets, Suns, Jazz, Bucks, Knicks

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 19.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.1 APG

    General Comments: skilled guard with unbelievable shooting range…shot 39.9% from deep on 331 attempts while playing for VCU…size limits position as he is not a true point guard…scoring/shooting should have no issues translating to the next level

    Injury History: Right Foot Sprain (2021), Knee Injury (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: Hyland looks like a decent bet as someone who scored efficiently on big volume, but defensive ineptitude and a game that might be more score-only than score-first are concerns. To say nothing of his defense — Hyland racked up plenty of steals but those might very well be a product of an aggressive VCU system. Bones is a gunner through and through and can bully his way to value as a scoring threat but he’ll need to put in some work in order to get the minutes to do so. He’s a viable late-round pick in mid-size dynasty formats and beyond.

    Aaron Henry
    G/F, College

    Team:Michigan State
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Wing Stopper
    Possible Landing Spots: Jazz, Raptors, Hawks, Nets, 76ers, Grizzlies, Pistons

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.6 APG

    General Comments: Elite defender…inconsistent shooter…questions about his ability to score at the NBA level…likely to be drafted on defensive prowess alone.

    Injury History: Quad Strain (2021), Ankle Injury (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Henry’s defense will play from the jump but he figures to be more impactful in real life than fantasy. It’s possible he becomes a 3-and-D guy with some heavy work on his shot, or a steals specialist, but the fantasy upside just doesn’t appear to be there. 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per game makes you think twice, but that came in 32.5 mpg. He’s a roll of the dice in deep dynasty formats if not a watch list guy.

    Josh Christopher
    SG, College

    Team:Arizona State
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Thunder, Knicks, Magic, Lakers, Rockets

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 APG

    General Comments: elite athlete…excellent handle…not primary playmaker but could definitely be a secondary playmaker…only 30% from 3 but high FT% indicates shooting could improve… needs to improve defensive effort and limit fouls

    Injury History: Leg (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Christopher will need to iron out the tunnel vision that seemed to dominate his game in college — his life will be easier once he does. That can be a painful process, however, and Christopher’s swings between outstanding defensive possessions and lackadaisical reaches on blow-bys will frustrate his coach. There’s low-floor potential here, at least early, but Christopher is used to getting tough buckets and is a nice transition player. Take the long view if you’re going for Christopher in a dynasty draft.

    Miles McBride
    PG, College

    Team:West Virginia
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Second Round (Ascending)
    Player Type: Point Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Bucks, Knicks, Magic, Thunder, Pelicans, Pistons, Bulls

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.9 PPG. 4.8 APG, 2.7 RPG

    General Comments: Sniper shot 41% on nearly four 3-point attempts per game last season…microwave scorer…capable playmaker…plays more like a 2 but size will limit ability to be effective as a 2 in the league.

    Injury History: Left Foot (2018)

    Fantasy Outlook: McBride’s not the biggest guy (6’2”) and struggles to get to the rim, which harms his efficiency, but can drill it from distance and boasts a strong steal rate (3.1 per 100 possessions last season) with a solid wingspan. He’s a hard-working guard and is a late flier in larger dynasty leagues, and possibly shallower ones as well. McBride isn’t generating lottery buzz (yet) but looks like he could be a quick NBA contributor.

    Greg Brown
    F, College

    Team:Texas
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Athletic Wing/Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Bucks, Knicks, Magic, Thunder, Pistons, Spurs, Kings

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 9.3 PPG, 6.2 REB, 1.6 combined defensive stats

    General Comments: Explosive athlete…bounce for days…excellent versatility on defensive end and can guard 2-5…definite swing at upside type player…has all the physical tools to make it work but what type of offensive production will be there at the next level?

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: A selection of Brown is a bet on his raw abilities coalescing into something more dynamic under the watch of a pro development staff, but that will take some time. Ball-handling, shooting and defensive awareness are all red flags so patience will be required. Not necessarily a must-draft outside of deeper dynasty formats.

    Trey Murphy
    F, College

    Team:Virgina
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Late First/Early Second
    Player Type: 3-and-D Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Hawks, Knicks, Lakers, Nuggets, Bucks, Magic

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.2 APG

    General Comments: Long athletic wing…excellent shooter…over 40% from deep on five attempts per game…uses length well to be disruptive on the defensive end…underrated bounce…long lanky steps to help finishing efficiency…projected 3&D guy

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Murphy will need to keep the shots falling because otherwise he’s walking the NBA tightrope. A little too small to hang as a small-ball four and lacking the shot-creation to play on the wing, Murphy’s shaping up as an efficient role player who makes the most of low usage. It’s not an overly intriguing fantasy stat set but efficient 3-point shooting offers some specialist appeal down the line.

    Herbert Jones
    G/F, College

    Team:Alabama
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Nets, Pelicans, Pistons

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.3 APG

    General Comments: projects to be a 3&D type player at the next level…lacks confidence in outside shot…shot only 35% from 3 on less than two attempts per game…willing passer…excellent cutter…good rebounder… versatile defender

    Injury History: Broken Left Wrist (2020), Lower Back/Hip (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Jones is on the older side of the class but is still growing as an offensive player, making more 3-pointers last season (20) than his first three combined. If teams can coax more out of him on that end we might have something here, because Jones is a terrific perimeter defender with a 6’8” frame and a knack for making the little plays. Until he ratchets up the offense, however, Jones won’t cause much fervor in fantasy outside of very deep dynasty leagues.

    Day'Ron Sharpe
    F/C, College

    Team:UNC
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Bucks, Thunder, Pelicans, Pistons, Bulls, Spurs, Celtics

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 9.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.4 APG

    General Comments: High motor, athletic big…great rebounder…thrives scoring in the paint…decent playmaking abilities for a big…rim protector upside

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Sharpe is going to make his money down low as a total non-shooter with limited reasons for optimism (.505 at the line last year). He is an instinctive, agile defender and looks like a potential asset as a roll-man, but Sharpe’s immediate limitations likely keep him off the radar outside of deeper dynasty formats.

    BJ Boston
    G/F, College

    Team:Kentucky
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Athletic Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Knicks, Magic, Bucks, Jazz, Thunder, Pelicans

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.6 APG

    General Comments: subpar shooting and inconsistency…former Mr. Basketball in California…went .384 inside the arc… leans on slashing and cutting more than jumpers

    Injury History: Ankle (2021), Finger on Left Hand (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Boston was a projected lottery pick headed into his freshman season at UK, and his 6’6” frame and 7’0” wingspan are certainly eye-catching. He sputtered however, even accounting for the sharing of wealth that comes with a program like Kentucky. The truth lies somewhere in between what Boston was in high school and the disappointing play he offered up in college, but right now he’s only a watch list guy in dynasty.

    Joshua Primo
    SG, College

    Team:Alabama
    Age on Draft Day: 18
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Guard/Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Knicks, Magic, Thunder, Pelicans, Pistons

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.8 AST

    General Comments: 6’4” guard with a 6’9” wingspan…shot 40% from 3 and nearly 90% from the line…definite upside pick…one of the youngest players in the draft

    Injury History: Left MCL sprain (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Any team picking Primo is banking on upside because his season wasn’t overly impressive. Largely a floor-spacer who wasn’t asked for much more, Primo at least delivered efficiently. His college stats don’t scream “fantasy contributor” so Primo is more of a watch list candidate.

    Kessler Edwards
    F, College

    Team:Pepperdine
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Nets, Grizzlies, 76ers, Pistons, Hawks, Raptors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.2 BPG

    General Comments: excellent shot maker…3&D type upside with a 6’11” wingspan…versatile defensively

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Edwards might’ve feasted on weaker competition, and gotten away with some bad habits in the process, but he’s a multi-positional player with a respectable record as a 3-point shooter. He’s a developmental project that can be tucked on dynasty watch lists.

    Joel Ayayi
    G, College

    Team:Gonzaga
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Thunder, Grizzlies, Hornets, Knicks, Nets, Pacers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.7 APG

    General Comments: combo guard capable of playing with or without the ball…shot 39% from deep on three attempts per game…can create for himself or teammates…size/length makes him versatile on defensive end of the floor…excellent rebounder

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Ayayi is a bit of a mystery as a secondary player on a loaded Gonzaga team but he’s got plenty of talent, with his out-of-position rebounding looking particularly interesting. Beyond that it’s a lot of question marks because Ayayi just didn’t get enough opportunity to show exactly what his game entails. Dynasty managers can wait and see.

    Filip Petrusev
    C, International

    Team:KK Mega Soccerbet, Serbia
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Stretch Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Pistons, Pelicans, Pacers, 76ers, Nets, Thunder

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 21.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.5 APG

    General Comments: holds all the tools to be a legitimate stretch big man…shot 46% from 3 on nearly three attempts per last season…lacking on the defensive end…needs to add some muscle at 6’11”, 225

    Injury History: Right Ankle (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Petrusev was in the mix to be drafted last year but withdrew out of Gonzaga and went overseas, which may actually help his case since he can now be draft-and-stashed. There was significant improvement in his shot, as Petrusev was previously a paint-bound big man, but until he rounds out as a defender (and gets in NBA shape) you can leave him for dynasty watch lists.

    David Johnson
    PG, College

    Team:Louisville
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Thunder, Pacers, Knicks, Nets, Pelicans

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.2 APG

    General Comments: guard capable of playing with or without the ball…excels off the ball using motion (DHOs coming off screens)…inconsistent shot…39% from 3-point range on 4+ attempts per…long wingspan but underwhelming defender

    Injury History: Shoulder Injury (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: An improved shot from distance is encouraging but came in a small sample, and Johnson’s other shooting indicators, plus his proclivity for turnovers, are not good signs. A 6’10 wingspan is an intriguing raw tool but Johnson was too slow-footed to defend at the college level even with that length. Out-of-position rebounding intrigues but Johnson’s only a watch list candidate in dynasty.

    Isaiah Todd
    PF, College

    Team:G League Ignite
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Stretch 4
    Possible Landing Spots: Pistons, Bulls, Kings, Pelicans, Thunder

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.3 PPG, 4.9 REB, 0.8AST

    General Comments: elite athlete…shot 36% from 3 for the G League Ignite team in the bubble…signs of creating for himself…questions on discipline and decision making…excellent FT shooter at 82% last season.

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Todd has a sweet shooting stroke but still has to keep adding. Right now he’s prone to shying away from contact and doesn’t hold his ground in the paint. A player that needs more G League development time, Todd can probably be ignored in dynasty drafts.

    Sandro Mamukelashvili
    PF, College

    Team:Seton Hall
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Ball-handling Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Bulls, Pistons, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.2 APG

    General Comments: not your prototypical big man…6’11” with 7’1” wingspan but comfortable with the ball in his hands…can initiate PNR…capable passer…not afraid to shoot from outside …lack of athleticism raises questions on defensive ability at the next level

    Injury History: Broken Right Wrist (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: Mamukelashvili is caught in between, a bit too thin to play five but not a strong enough shooter to play the four. He could certainly improve either area and would be an interesting fantasy prospect if so, but for now he’s best viewed as a late stash pick in deep dynasty leagues.

    Luka Garza
    C, College

    Team:Iowa
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Pistons, Pelicans, 76ers, Pacers, Hornets

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 24.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 2.3 combined defensive stats

    General Comments: award winning big man…traditional big with shooting upside…shot 44% from deep on 3+ attempts per game…lateral movement issues bring up concerns for defensive effectiveness at the next level…good rebounder and shot blocker but not a full-on rim protector

    Injury History: Groin injury (2021), Ankle (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Garza’s measurables are terrible and his defensive play is even worse. That might keep him out of the NBA entirely but some team may roll the dice on the big man becoming merely below-average as a defender given his elite offensive skills. A serious upside swing, but not a great bet considering the way the league is headed.

    Charles Bassey
    C, College

    Team: Western Kentucky
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Athletic Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Spurs, Hornets, Pelicans, Nets, Celtics, Raptors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.6 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 3.1 BPG

    General Comments: elite finisher around the rim…dominant rebounder…good shot blocker/rim protector…limited offensive bag…shows promise as a shooter 75% FT shooter and 30% from 3 on limited attempts.

    Injury History:Tibial Plateau Fracture (2019 required surgery)

    Fantasy Outlook: Bassey has a shot at growing into a more complete offensive player but his floor seems fairly projectable as an energy big with a high motor. The fact that he’s so raw means that some patience will be required but the scarcity of blocks, and Bassey’s production in the category, makes him one of the more interesting late-draft fliers you could take in mid-size dynasty leagues and beyond.

    Austin Reaves
    G, College

    Team: Oklahoma
    Age on Draft Day: 23
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Thunder, Hornets, Knicks, Nets, Pacers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 18.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.6 APG

    General Comments: limited upside prospect…good midrange but struggles from 3, shooting only 30% on 4+ attempts per…good rebounder…capable playmaker…excellent free throw shooter…possible shooting upside

    Injury History: Torn Labrum (2016)

    Fantasy Outlook: Reaves’ current shortcoming from behind the arc is a strange one considering the rest of his skill set, but the fact that he’s such a polished, efficient scorer elsewhere leaves the door open for improvement. Only a watch list option in deep dynasty formats to start out.

    Carlos Alocen
    PG, International

    Team: Real Madrid, Spain
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Pass-First Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Pacers, Nets, Hawks, 76ers, Pistons, Pelicans

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 3.8 PPG, 2.2 APG, 1.3 RPG

    General Comments: skilled guard…excels scoring off the dribble…outside shot needs improvement…free throw shooting needs improvement…good playmaker with ability to create for self and teammates…limited athleticism

    Injury History: Finger (2020), Shoulder (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: A superb passer, Alocen may be limited at the next level by his limited athleticism but he’s a smart enough defender to compete, even if he can’t always finish plays. He’ll be primarily a playmaker at the NBA level and holds some long-term intrigue as a source of assists, but dynasty managers can probably hold off outside of deeper leagues.

    Update: Alocen has since withdrawn from the draft.

    Joe Wieskamp
    SG, College

    Team: Iowa
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Spacing Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Celtics, Raptors, Hawks, Nets, 76ers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 46% from 3

    General Comments: elite shooter…impressive showing at Draft Combine sent his draft stock on a cosmic rise…has tools to be secondary playmaker if needed…46% from deep on high volume

    Injury History: Right Leg (2021), Ankle (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Wieskamp had a big junior year, particularly as a shooter, but his overall track record is a bit more modest, though that’s balanced out by plus contributions in the rebounding department. That’s a late-round stat set if it all pans out since he’ll subsist on cuts and kick-outs, so Wieskamp shouldn’t be a priority target, but he looks like a higher-floor option in the later rounds of dynasty drafts.

    David Duke
    PG, College

    Team: Providence
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Pistons, Pelicans, Nets, Spurs, Kings, Celtics, Raptors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.8 APG

    General Comments: combo guard with good shooting stroke…moves well without the ball…playmaking abilities…not the best defender

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Duke’s lack of athleticism is going to be the limiting factor for him. His large frame means he can get to the paint, but struggles to finish, and he’s shaping up to be a volume scorer with modest-or-worse efficiency. You could take a late flier in deeper dynasty leagues to see if he can get it all clicking, with some playmaking potential adding to the cause, but it’s not the highest-upside bet.

    Neemias Queta
    C, College

    Team: Utah State
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Versatile Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Hornets, Celtics, Raptors, Pistons, Hawks

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.9 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 3.3 BPG

    General Comments: rim protector…excellent rebounder…decent playmaker as a big…high motor…limited offensive bag

    Injury History: Left Knee (2019)

    Fantasy Outlook: Queta is going to get a shot because of his size (he had the largest height measurement of anyone at the combine, 6’11.25” without shoes) but there’s more to his game than just being big. Queta’s a capable rim protector and actually a skilled passer for a center, and has a few down-low moves to lean on. He’s not the most athletic player, however, and is relatively untested as a defender in space, so there’s some downside. Queta’s skills make for a nice little stat set with middle-round upside in the long term, so he’s a guy to remember in the final few rounds of dynasty drafts.

    Moses Wright
    PF, College

    Team: Georgia Tech
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Tweener Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.4PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 3.1 combined defensive stats

    General Comments: ACC player of the year…developed into the best player for Georgia Tech last season…good rebounder…promising shot, putting up 41% from 3 as a senior…high motor…lacks confidence in outside shot despite decent percentage

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Wright’s a bit caught between center and power forward; he’s not quite big enough to hang with larger centers but also a bit too slow for some power forwards. If he can continue to improve as a shooter he’ll have a shot but Wright isn’t someone to target in fantasy drafts as of now.

    Daishen Nix
    PG, College

    Team: G League Ignite
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Lead Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Grizzlies, Pacers, Thunder, Hornets, Knicks, Nets

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.1 APG

    General Comments: ridiculous court vision…elite passer…excellent positional rebounder…struggles with outside shot

    Injury History:None

    Fantasy Outlook: Nix is still a long-term project at this point and could use another year or two of G League time, especially after failing to impress at the combine in Chicago. With weak shooting numbers and shaky athleticism, Nix’s dynasty stock is currently minimal.

    Matthew Hurt
    F, College

    Team: Duke
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Stretch 4
    Possible Landing Spots: Nets, Hornets, Pacers, Pelicans, Pistons

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 18.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.4 APG

    General Comments: no true position…not strong enough to guard 4s/5s…not fast enough to guard wings…elite shooter…high BBIQ…will need to improve strength to be effective defensively against NBA level talent at the 4

    Injury History: Broken Hand (2017)

    Fantasy Outlook: Hurt’s combination of size and shooting prowess will likely attract some team, but his playing time (or even job) will be entirely dependent on whether his shots are dropping or not. Hurt doesn’t offer much impact beyond spacing, so fantasy managers need not spend too much time investigating here. Even with that skill, his poor defense and lack of strength might not get him on the court.

    RaiQuan Gray
    PF, College

    Team: Florida State
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Raptors, Hawks, Nets, 76ers, Pistons, Pelicans

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.2 APG

    General Comments: plays well off the ball…good low-post scorer…quick hands leading to steals…good athlete but can improve conditioning

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: The immediate questions about Gray all revolve around his fitness, or potential lack thereof — relatively speaking, of course. Gray clocked in with 17.3% body fat at the combine and teams will definitely want that to come down (and for his shooting to improve), but it didn’t stop him from being a multi-position defender in college. Gray also scored well inside the arc and is more than a big-bodied bully. Physical limitations might take him out of the conversation for fantasy at this point in time, but Gray is someone you could roll the dice on at the end of deep dynasty leagues in case it all comes together.

    Quentin Grimes
    SG, College

    Team: Houston
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Nets, Pelicans, Raptors, Celtics, Spurs, Kings

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 17.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.0 APG

    General Comments: long guard…good shooter in final season…great movement without the ball…superior on-ball defender…lockdown defender qualities

    Injury History: Ankle (2021), Hip pointer (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Grimes is a unique player given his combo of strengths and weaknesses. He put up big 3-point numbers on massive volume last season but shot under 39% inside the arc. He’s a decent rebounder but turns the ball over just as frequently as he drops dimes. And the shooting potential is up for debate, as he’s a bad free throw shooter who didn’t really pop as a longball threat until last year. Grimes will need to prove that it wasn’t a fluke in order to stick at the next level which means fantasy managers can safely wait and see.

    Jericho Sims
    PF, College

    Team: Texas
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Rim-Runner
    Possible Landing Spots: Thunder, Hornets, Knicks, Nets, Pacers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 9.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG

    General Comments: explosive athleticism…44.5 inch vertical at NBA Combine…excellent rebounder…strong post scoring…great vision on when/where to cut

    Injury History: Ankle (2019), Back (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Sims doesn’t do a ton — the blocks aren’t quite where you’d want them to be and he can’t do much beyond dunk the ball on offense — but he’s got immense gravity as a rim-runner and can at least keep up in space on defense. Sims occupies a narrow lane and doesn’t look like much of a fantasy target until further development uncovers new areas of his game.

    RJ Nembhard
    G, College

    Team: TCU
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots:

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.0 APG

    General Comments: secondary playmaker…can create for himself and teammates…streaky shooter…average defender…moves well off the ball

    Injury History: Groin (2020), Knee Injury (2017)

    Fantasy Outlook: Nembhard has potential as an interesting fantasy contributor because of his ability to do a little bit of a lot. He can chip in multiple categories and has proven to be a reasonable 3-point shooter at times. Nembhard has also improved every year of his college career and offers further upside if he can improve his decision-making. He’ll be a late flier in deeper dynasty leagues if he has his name called in the NBA draft.

    E.J. Onu
    PF, College

    Team: Shawnee State
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Stretch Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Celtics, Pacers, Grizzlies, Thunder, Hornets, Raptors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.5 BPG

    General Comments: extremely long big man…intriguing skill set…shot 40% from 3 last season…massive impact on defensive end…rim protector

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Onu is one of the draft’s most statistically impressive prospects, Onu is coming off a four-year college career in which he racked up an absurd 529 blocks. He’s athletic and agile (with a background in track and field underscoring his ability to play with pace) and is a menace in the interior, with a 7’8” wingspan erasing shots. He’s also not rail-thin, at 220 lbs, and has a decent handle on some of the more nuanced aspects of defending. The big question is how his game carries over at a higher level after he dominated the NAIA ranks. Onu is definitely a developmental project but the ceiling here is sky-high, which makes him a lottery ticket at the end of mid-sized dynasty leagues.

    Aaron Wiggins
    SG, College

    Team: Maryland
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Pelicans, Pistons, Pacers, Celtics, Thunder, Raptors

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 14.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.5 APG

    General Comments: tons of shooting upside…shot 41% from deep on 4+ attempts per as a freshman…good positional rebounder…projected 3&D type player at the next level

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Wiggins has the chops to handle a modern role player slate of responsibilities, but unfortunately that’s not a great recipe for fantasy success in and of itself. If he remains a deadeye 3-point threat then it’s possible, but Wiggins doesn’t hold the upside that you’re looking for if you’re hunting for dynasty options in the second round of the draft.

    Juhann Begarin
    G/F, International

    Team:Paris, LNB Pro A, France
    Age on Draft Day: 18
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Guard/Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Nets, Pistons, Pelicans, Knicks

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.7PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.9 APG

    General Comments: elite athlete…raw prospect…massive wingspan could lead to him being extremely effective on defensive end…34% from 3 at 18yrs old…young with high upside

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Begarin, one of the youngest players in the class, is an upside pick who needs plenty of seasoning and is likely to be drafted-and-stashed. As such he’s a long way off from the NBA and probably not someone you’ll need to even think about unless you’re in a crazy deep dynasty league.

    Mario Nakic
    SF, International

    Team: B.C Oostende, Belgium
    Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Thunder, Pistons, Pelicans, Hornets, Knicks, Pacers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 9.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.7 APG

    General Comments: shooting upside…shot 56% from 3 on low volume…crafty finisher…subpar athleticism…good help defender

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: With a decent set of base skills but a need for more athleticism, Nakic looks like a potential stash option for pick-heavy teams. He’s not on the fantasy radar but another year or two of continued elite efficiency as a shooter would help his case.

    Update: Nakic has since withdrawn from the draft.

    Isaiah Livers
    F, College

    Team: Michigan
    Age on Draft Day: 23
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Combo Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Hornets, 76ers, Grizzlies, Pelicans, Pistons, Nets, Pacers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 13.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG

    General Comments: elite shooting upside…51% in catch and shoot situations last season…good on-ball defender with superior footwork…uses body to absorb
    contact and finish…shooting off the dribble needs improvement

    Injury History: Right Foot (2021), Ankle (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Livers has the looks of a glue guy at the next level, with his shooting potential really the only thing that speaks to long-term fantasy appeal. His toughness and overall malleability might give him a safe floor but it’s probably not one that will impact the vast majority of fantasy leagues.

    Marcus Garrett
    G/F, College

    Team: Kansas
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Pacers, Thunder, Hornets, Knicks, Nets, Pistons

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 11.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.7 APG

    General Comments: good shooter…3FG% improved each of his four years at Kansas…size and length allow for him to be versatile…played 1-4 at Kansas…solid all-around game…3&D potential

    Injury History: Foot Injury (2020), Ankle Injury (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Garrett’s an unselfish, team-first guy with a flaky jumper, so that’s not a particularly strong case for fantasy appeal. If he sorts out his jumper he’ll have a shot, but his multi-positional ability will help give him different routes to a low-usage role in the league.

    Jason Preston
    PG, College

    Team: Ohio
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Nets, Thunder, Pacers, Pistons

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.7 PPG, 7.3 APG, 7.3 RPG

    General Comments: High BBIQ…good positional rebounder…good floater…excellent vision…good shooter, 39% from deep on 4+ attempts per…good defender

    Injury History: Hamstring (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: Preston won’t dazzle with sheer athleticism or skill but he’s a sharp player who always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time. That level of basketball intelligence is always a decent tie-breaker when it comes to late-draft darts, whether that’s in fantasy or the NBA itself. Preston might get overpowered by players at the next level but he knows how to run a team and has some multi-cat potential. He makes for an reasonable end-of-draft flier in deeper dynasty leagues.

    Ismael Kamagate
    C, International

    Team: Age on Draft Day: 20
    Consensus Rank: Undrafted
    Player Type: Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 13 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.8 BPG

    General Comments: Athletic big…good footwork…sting finisher around the basket…rebound and run threat…shooting upside…79% from FT line last season

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Kamagate is a mobile big who fits the archetype of a modern center but he’ll need a few years of further growth before making a splash at the NBA. He’s a watch list guy in deep dynasty leagues.

    John Petty
    SG, College

    Team: Alabama
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.9 APG

    General Comments: good defender…good shooter…38% from deep in 6+ attempts per for his career at Alabama…can impact the game even when shot is not falling

    Injury History: Right Elbow (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Petty will need to carve out a role as a floor-spacing specialist at the next level, or else his moderate basketball IQ will be his undoing. He’s a well-rounded player but can be a slow decision-maker and will have the occasional defensive lapse. There’s knockdown shooter potential but that alone won’t be enough to generate fantasy appeal considering the grind he’ll have to go through to make the NBA.

    Sam Hauser
    SF, College

    Team: Virginia
    Age on Draft Day: 23
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Shooter/Stretch Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Pacers, Thunder, Hornets, Grizzlies, Pistons

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 42% from 3

    General Comments: excellent shooter…C&S and coming off screens…good rebounder…lacks ability to create his own shot

    Injury History: Hip (2018)

    Fantasy Outlook: The 3-point shooting is NBA level, but that’s about all Hauser brings to the table barring some big improvements — which seems unlikely given that he’s a fifth-year senior. Not a player to think too much about in dynasty leagues.

    Matthew Mayer
    SF, College

    Team: Baylor
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Versatile Forward
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG

    General Comments: good shooter from 3…poor free throw shooting…high energy…struggled to find playing time on a loaded Baylor roster

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Mayer never started a game in his three years at Baylor but he can shoot, handle the ball a bit, defend multiple positions and had a worthwhile steal rate. How that translates moving forward is up for debate because he’s working in a smaller sample of minutes, but there’s some potential here. He might become a passable bench player in the NBA but should only be considered a roll of the dice in the deepest of dynasty leagues.

    Update: Mayer has since withdrawn from the draft.

    MaCio Teague
    SG, College

    Team: Baylor
    Age on Draft Day: 24
    Consensus Rank: Undrafted
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 15.9 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.7 APG

    General Comments: good shooter on high volume…playmaking ability…can create own shot…struggles in traffic…tunnel visioned at times

    Injury History: Wrist (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: An older prospect, Teague might appeal to teams with more win-now windows as a safer combo guard who can shoot and make plays without standing out in any one area. Only a watch list option in deep dynasty leagues.

    M.J. Walker
    SG, College

    Team: Florida State
    Age on Draft Day: 23
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 12.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.5 APG

    General Comments: smooth stroke and high FT% indicate 42% from 3 is sustainable…three-level scorer…good defender.

    Injury History: Right Ankle (2020)

    Fantasy Outlook: Walker’s continuous improvements in college and a high motor give him a chance to be an NBA player, though he’ll be a glue guy in a bench role. Not a strong dynasty target.

    Scottie Lewis
    G/F, College

    Team: Florida
    Age on Draft Day: 21
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Defensive Wing
    Possible Landing Spots: Pistons, Thunder, Nets, Pacers

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 7.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG

    General Comments: high level of athleticism…good on-ball defender…excellent instincts on defensive end led to 2.6 combined defensive stats last season…inconsistent shooting

    Injury History: Ankle (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: The combo of athleticism and defensive skills make Lewis a guy that teams should be looking at closely at the end of the second round. His offense is closer to non-existent than you’d like to see but a good development staff should be able to coax a workable shot out of him over time. The defensive prowess makes for some fantasy appeal but Lewis might end up being a one-way player, limiting him to late-round intrigue in large dynasty formats.

    Yves Pons
    PF/C, College

    Team: Tennessee
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Energy Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 8.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.8 BPG

    General Comments: high motor/undersized big…elite shot blocking potential…good rebounder…explosive athleticism…offensive game is lacking

    Injury History: Knee (2021)

    Fantasy Outlook: That Pons racked up all those blocks despite being 6’7” is encouraging, but one wonders how much rim protection he’ll do playing mostly PF at the NBA level (should he get there). Couple that with a limited offensive game and room for improvement as a shooter, and there’s potential for a flameout even with that upside. The athleticism and strength are there, as is the effort, however, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Pons could carve out a third center spot with a strong camp. He’s someone to keep tabs on in deep dynasty leagues, but not necessarily someone you’ll need to spend a pick on.

    Javonte Smart
    SG, College

    Team: LSU
    Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Undrafted
    Player Type: Combo Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 16.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.0 APG

    General Comments: great handles…solid playmaker…elite speed…high-level crossover…good shooter

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Smart is a combo guard with a score-first lean, and only really solidified his status as a decent shooter in the last year of his college career. The athleticism and quickness are good signs but it’ll be an uphill battle for him to establish a role that leads to fantasy value.

    DJ Steward
    PG, College

    Team: Duke
    Age on Draft Day: 19
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Point Guard
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 13.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.4 APG

    General Comments: Great FT shooter…good catch and shoot…excellent lateral quickness…high motor…smart cutter

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: A drive-first guard who can get active on defense, Steward will need to keep rounding out his shooting arsenal (there’s promise) and figure out whether he’ll be a score-first PG or an undersized SG. The playmaking and floor general skills aren’t quite there yet. He’s only a lottery ticket in large dynasty leagues.

    Aamir Simss
    PF/C, College

    Team: Age on Draft Day: 22
    Consensus Rank: Second Round/Undrafted
    Player Type: Shooting Big
    Possible Landing Spots: Unknown

    Notable 2020-21 Stats: 13.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.7 APG

    General Comments: good finisher around the rim…excellent positional playmaking ability…versatile defender can guard 3-5…shooting upside, 40% from 3 on low volume

    Injury History: None

    Fantasy Outlook: Simms isn’t overly athletic, but he’s got good passing skills and some interesting shooting numbers under his belt. Unfortunately he’s not much of a rebounder or rim protector, so the fantasy outlook is relatively bleak despite some out-of-position intrigue. It’s unclear if he can keep up in the NBA from an athleticism standpoint but there’s rotation potential. He’s a higher-floor target if you’re at the back of a large dynasty draft.

    Stay tuned for the next wave of prospects that will be added to our list!

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