2021 Mock Draft 2.0
- By Andrew Taylor, Day Offseason, 2021
Welcome to Mock Draft 2.0. This edition factors in several events that have occurred since the publication of the first mock draft. Firstly, the lottery has been conducted which resulted in two 2 changes to our initial projected draft order. Secondly, the first trade of the offseason between the Thunder and Bullets involved the exchange of several first round picks which also alters the draft order. Thirdly, the scouting services have completed their final rankings following the conclusion of the CJBL tournament. Finally, several GMs have indicated that their ideas vary from initial projections. Where applicable this feedback will be incorporated into the mock draft.
1. Toronto Huskies (15-41)SELECTION - QUAVIUS WILLIAMSON (PF/C)
The scouting services have rewarded Williamson for his strong tournament play by making him the highest average ranked player available. In taking home the CJBL championship scouts were impressed with Quavius’ increased focus on defending the post and involving his teammates which are both reflected in his tournament statistics. Given the Huskies clear need at the PF position we are now comfortable saying with certainty that Quavius Williamson will be the 1st pick of the 2021 draft.
2. Miami Cyclones (16-40)SELECTION – JOSH GAMBLE (PG)
Following a strong tournament performance in which he almost dragged Texas to the championship, falling short in the final against Syracuse, we now anticipate that Josh Gamble will be selected 2nd in the draft. Whilst PG is not the largest position of need for the Cyclones given the late season play of Lucious Barclay we anticipate that the team will not be able to look past a player of Gamble’s talent. Given the already significant war chest of picks accrued by GM Laser we don’t anticipate the team trading down but we would not be surprised to find Gamble of Barclay available for trade shortly after the completion of the draft.
3. Mexico City Jaguars (18-38)SELECTION - JARVIS McSWINE (PF/SF)
Whilst Jarvis McSwine has seen a small drop in his overall ranking following the tournament this is more a result of other players climbing than his own performance. Leading Ohio State to the Elite 8 he saw increases to his PPG, RPG and APG despite only a slight increase in playing time. The Jaguars may also consider Uman Akele at this pick after his strong tournament saw him shoot up the rankings however we ultimately see the team favouring the multi positional versatility that McSwine provides.
4. Boston Crusaders (EXP)SELECTION – UMAN AKELE (SF)
The Boston Crusaders will select first amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best available player. As such we believe they will select Uman Akele, following a tournament in which he led to the #28 ranked North Carolina State to the Elite 8.
5. Cincinnati Kings (18-38)SELECTION - DEVON HARRELL (PG)
With a new GM determined to embrace the process it looks increasingly likely that the team will part ways with their star veterans Pace LaGarde and Jamar Strickland this offseason, potentially prior to the draft. However even if the team parts with LaGarde, which was previously unanticipated, we still believe that PG is the greatest position of need given the presence of Turner and Richardson as young sophomore players on the wing. As such we project the Kings will select Devon Harrell, who jumped up the rankings after a solid tournament leading Kansas to the round of 16.
6. Denver Dragons (EXP)SELECTION – ODELL BRACEY (SG)
The Denver Dragons will select second amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. Given the home court advantage that fast-paced teams can foster in the Mile High City we believe that the team will select ULCA SG Odell Bracey after his tremendous tournament performance where he averaged 30ppg in leading UCLA to the Final Four.
7. Detroit Mustangs (22-34)SELECTION – IDRIS BERKLEY (SF/SG)
Lady luck has favoured the Mustangs who have moved up to the 7th pick in the draft. They will still be searching for a dynamic wing to pair with Demetric Vaughn and the obvious selection remains Idris Berkley who has climbed in the scouts rankings after a strong tournament in which he lifted his scoring by more than 10 points per game.
8. Portland Lumberjacks (EXP)SELECTION – JAMAYA SPRINKLE (C)
The Portland Lumberjacks will select third amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. As such we believe the team will select Arizona C Jamaya Sprinkle who the Wildcats to the Final Four before they finally went down by a point to Texas.
9. Philadelphia Warriors (18-38)SELECTION – DETREZ OWENS (SF/SG)
Unfortunately for the Warriors dropping two spots from their projected draft positioning will likely cost them a shot to draft Sprinkle as their future center. Whilst there will be several other centers available to select any of them at this point would qualify as a significant reach. As such we expect that the Warriors will change course and utilize this pick to address their other need at SG, as Akua Frazier is likely to be unprotected and then selected in the expansion draft. We anticipate that the team will select UCLA SF/SG Detrez Owens who slid down the final scout rankings despite matching his regular season production in the tournament.
10. Oklahoma City Barons (EXP)SELECTION - KENDRICK HILL (PG/SG)
The OKC Barons will select fourth amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. As such we believe the team will select Marquette PG/SG Kendrick Hill.
11. Phoenix Vultures (23-33)SELECTION – DERON BENTLEY (SG)
With the retirement of JBL legend Ben Winder and the likely loss of all-star Johan Arden in free agency the Vultures have holes at SG and C. With project Dimitri Ilic already on the roster at center and no other plausible center prospects at this stage of the draft we anticipate that the Vultures will select SG Deron Bentley who slid down the rankings due to Alabama’s failure to make the tournament.
12. Minneapolis Blizzards (EXP)SELECTION – DEANDRE MORGAN (PG/SG)
The Minneapolis Blizzards will select fifth amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. As such we believe that the team will select North Carolina PG/SG DeAndre Morgan.
13. Kansas City Knights (24-32)SELECTION – ZACH LYNCH (PG)
In the first mock draft we identified PF and PG as the Knights’ needs, ultimately leaning towards PF based on the assumption that the team could elect to protect Curtis Price. However with Syracuse PG Zach Lynch climbing the rankings after his CJBL championship win we now anticipate that the team will select Lynch and leave Price unprotected, saving the team almost $15m in salary.
14. Charlotte Drones (EXP)SELECTION – GARRETT CUE (SF)
The Charlotte Drones will select 6th amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. As such we believe that the team will select Memphis SF Garrett Cue.
15. 1. Atlanta Devils (26-30)SELECTION – JAVION EDWARDS (SF)
The Atlanta Devils benefited from some lottery luck and will now select 15th in the draft. Given their big man rotation it is expected that the team will target a wing. As such we anticipate that the team will select Georgetown SF/SG Javion Edwards.
16. Pittsburgh Vipers (EXP)SELECTION – KHALEN ANTHONY (C)
The Pittsburgh Vipers will select 7th amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. As such we believe that the team will select USC center Khalen Anthony.
17. Houston Lightning (25-31)SELECTION – JAMARCUS THYBULLE (PF/SF)
The Lightning have slid down 2 places in the draft but this won’t hurt them to much as their greatest position of need is PF ahead of anticipated losses in the offseason and expansion draft. Luckily JaMarcus Thybulle has slid down the rankings slightly and should be available. His positional versatility will be particularly valuable should the Lightning fail to retain Hayes in FA.
18. 1. New Orleans Hurricanes (29-27)SELECTION – JADANTE HICKS (SG)
The Seattle Thunder received this pick from the Bullets in exchange for 3 later picks in the draft. Their two primary positions of need are backup PG, should Parker leave in FA, and wing depth. Given the retirement of Ray McArdle and the free agency of Devan Carroll we anticipate the team will focus on securing additional wing depth with the selection of Mitchell Van Bree who has climbed the rankings after Arizona’s trip to the Final Four.
19. New Orleans Hurricanes (29-27)SELECTION - JACKSON MEYERS (SG)
The New Orleans Hurricanes had the best season in their history last year but fell short of the playoffs due to a substandard wing rotation that they will be aiming to address this offseason. As such we anticipate the team will aim for the best available wing player available, Kentucky SG JaDante Hicks.
20. Dallas Predators (EXP)SELECTION – RAHMOND THOMPSON (C/PF)
The Dallas Predators will select 9th amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. As such we believe the team will select Western Kentucky C/PF Rahmond Thompson.
21. Cincinnati Kings (Via New York Renegades, 32-24)SELECTION – RANDALL DOZIER (PF/SF)
Having taken a PG with their first pick it is expected that the Kings will seek to draft a PF to cover the likely loss of Odiambo in the expansion draft. Randall Dozier has the added advantage of being able to play SF which makes him additionally desirable should the Kings ultimately move on from SF Pace LaGarde this offseason.
22. Louisville Colonels (EXP)SELECTION - EVAN COLEMAN (PG)
The Louisville Colonels will select last amongst the expansion teams and we anticipate that they will select the best player available. As such we believe the team will select Louisville Cardinals star PG Evan Coleman in a move sure to excite the local fans.
23. St. Louis Skyhawks (32-24)SELECTION – JACKSON MEYERS (SG)
The St. Louis enter the draft facing the possibility of losing SF Kellen Chambers in free agency and having lost their ability to play 3 big men with the retirement of Brian Oliver. As such we anticipate that the team will address it’s wing depth with the selection of Illinois SG Jackson Meyers.
24. Austin Rockets (33-23)SELECTION – DONOVAN GALLOWAY (C/PF)
Assuming the Rockets elect to leave Shandon James unprotected the team will have two distinct needs in the draft. However due to the presence of sophomore SF Mejia we believe that PF is the teams most pressing need. As a result we anticipate that the Rockets will select Georgia Tech C/PF Donovan Galloway who plummeted down draft boards following the tournament. At #24 he represents excellent value.
25. Los Angeles Fireballs (34-22)SELECTION – ZACH MCCRAY (PF/SF)
The Fireballs will be looking for depth at PF or C due to the advanced age of playoff hero Colin Stafford. As such we anticipate that the team will select Duke PF/SF Zach McCray who has jumped up the draft boards post tournament.
26. Nashville Stars (37-19)SELECTION – JALAN HOWARD (SF/SG)
The Nashville Stars will be looking to add wing talent behind starters Craig and Peeler. SG will likely take priority with Peeler entering free agency and Draper already in place as Craig’s backup. However the selection of Michigan State’s Jalan Howard would allow the team to meet address both positions.
27. Baltimore Bullets (Via Seattle Thunder, Via Oakland Tritons, 38-18)SELECTION – DAQUAN WHITE (SF)
The Baltimore Bullets will be the last expansion team to make a selection in the draft due to their trade with the Seattle Thunder. We anticipate that the team will utilize their inaugural selection of CJBL leading scorer SF DaQuan White of Detroit Mercy.
28. Oakland Tritons (Via Las Vegas Scorpions, 39-17)SELECTION – JACK DONLON (PG)
In the first mock draft we identified the Tritons needs at PG and SF and suggested the team would ultimately select a SF. However with no strong SF candidate at this stage of the draft we anticipate that the team will now address its need at the point with the selection of Mississippi State PG Jack Donlon.
29. Baltimore Bullets (Via Seattle Thunder, 40-16)SELECTION – DORIAN MCCLEARY (SG)
Having taken a SF with their first selection, and with an array of solid big men contributors available in the expansion draft the Bullets will likely take the best available player with their 29th selection. At this time this would result in the selection of Virginia SG Dorian McCleary.
30. Chicago Jailbirds (41-15)SELECTION - HEATH BRUTON (SG)
With the final selection in the first round the Chicago Jailbirds will likely pursue wing depth behind Cheaney and Carter in an attempt to reduce their workload next year. Despite all the changes present in this mock this would result in the selection of Illinois SG Heath Bruton, just as in the Mock Draft V1.0.