2021 NBA Mock Draft: Way-Too-Early Top 5 Projections

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NBA Draft season is upon us and with the NBA Draft being a little over three months away, it is time to start talking about who this year’s top prospects are and what teams have a chance to grab one of these high-level prospects. The 2020-21 NBA season is entering the final month of the regular season and while some teams are putting together a final run to the playoffs, other teams are battling for draft position. 

As things stand right now, the Timberwolves, Rockets, Pistons and Magic are the league’s four worst teams and all still have a chance to end up with the worst record in the league, thus giving them great odds to obtain the #1 overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. 

It is kind of weird to be “applauding” these teams for having the worst records in the league, but nonetheless, between these four teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder; none of these teams are going to make the playoffs, so it is time for them to start shifting their focus towards next year. 

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One thing all of these teams have in common is that they are all relatively young teams that are either on the “come up,” or are looking to rebuild and find the new face of their franchise. Wit the NBA Draft Lottery, the three worst teams record wise at the end of the season have a 14% chance to obtain the #1 overall pick, with the worst team in the league being guaranteed a Top-5 pick, the second-worst team being guaranteed a Top-6 pick and so on and so on. 

If the season was to end today, the Minnesota Timberwolves would have the worst record in the league, followed by the Rockets, the Pistons, the Magic and the Cavaliers. With that said, let’s assume this is the draft order for the 2021 NBA Draft and take a look at each team’s needs and which NBA Draft prospect would be the best fit for them at this position in the draft. 

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