21. Philadelphia 76ers — Kira Lewis Jr., G, Alabama
There has been a real need for the 76ers to add some backcourt talent with shot creation ability. While Shake Milton has shown some signs, that’s not enough. Going with Kira Lewis Jr. would be a solid option for Philadelphia as he can develop his playmaking skills gradually.
2021 NBA Championship Odds for 76ers (via DraftKings): +3000
22. Denver Nuggets — Aleksej Pokusevski, C, Olympiacos B
There is little reason to expect whoever is drafted by the Nuggets at this spot to actually end up playing much. There is already a logjam of prospects with potential. Going with the highest upside prospect available and waiting to see if anything amounts from it is the best course of action.
2021 NBA Championship Odds for Nuggets (via DraftKings): +2000
23. Utah Jazz — Desmond Bane, G/F, TCU
The staggeringly short wingspan that Desmond Bane possesses along with underwhelming athleticism is simply too much to ignore— along with his low release point on jump shots. Once that is seen at the NBA Scouting Combine under a microscope, it could cause him to fall a bit.
2021 NBA Championship Odds for Jazz (via DraftKings): +4000
24. Milwaukee Bucks — Cole Anthony, G, North Carolina
The shooting ability that Cole Anthony has is evident and he’s got a high-level finishing package. However, he often settles for tough shots and doesn’t project as being much of an impact player on defense. He also has already undergone a knee surgery.
Odds for No. 1 Pick (via DraftKings): +10000
25. Oklahoma City Thunder — Malachi Flynn, G, San Diego State
The high understanding of the game and pick-and-roll precision that Malachi Flynn has is a set of attributes worth taking this late in the first round. He could end up being a cohesive complementary backcourt partner for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in lineups.
2021 NBA Championship Odds for Thunder (via DraftKings): +8000