The NBA Rookies to watch in 2021|
It might not be a surprise that Cade Cunningham, the best prospect with the most upside, is the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Nonetheless, the rookie class comes with pleasant surprises. So here is a list of the best rookies you should expect to see in the NBA's next season and also the ones that appear the most in the lists of sites like Bettingsider24.
1. Cade Cunningham, G, Pistons
As a freshman, Cade averaged 20.1 points, 3.5 assists on a 40 percent shooting distance, and 6.2 rebounds. This makes him one of the players that can potentially make the franchise cornerstone in this year's draft. Hence, Code is set to receive ample opportunities for putting up significant numbers as a rookie.
2. Jalen Suggs, G, Rockets
Jalen is best described as a dominant two-way stud. Why? Jalen consistently stopped the opposing team's top offensive player. He also managed to bag an average of 14.4 points with 1.9 steals, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists while shooting on a 50 percent distance. This makes him one of the top rookies in the NBA in 2021.
3. Jalen Green, SG, Magic
Thirty-six minutes after entering the ignite league, Green saw an average of 20.2 points, 3.2 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. The six-foot-six guard also shot 46 percent from the field and 37 percent from a distance in the NBA level competition. As of now, Green is the face of Houston's rebuild.
4. Evan Mobley, C, Cavaliers
Mobley is set to get significant playing time next to his teammates in the frontcourt next season. He has managed to become a top-end prospect in 2021 with his 17.4 points average and 9.2 rebounds per 36 minutes.
5. Josh Giddey, G, Thunder
A mismatch waiting to happen, Giddey is a 6 foot 8 point guard that can play point forward even though he has a much more developed shooting skill. And since he is waiting to get ample minutes for rebuilding his position as a rookie, Josh Giddey is set to make an immediate impact.
6. Davion Mitchell, G, Kings
It is not surprising that Davion is rising among the rookie ranks fast. He is currently a two time Big 12 All-Defensive performer and has earned all-tournament honors. Davion can also run an offence with some of the best players on the field. He managed to see 15.3 points while shooting 45 percent from a distance with six assists.
7. James Bouknight, G, Hornets
Bouknight managed 18.7 points shooting at 45 percent from the field with 5.7 rebounds. Even though he has struggled from a distance, being in a mid-range game can help the young guard make a sudden impact that will keep him as one of the reigning NBA rookies of the year.
8. Scottie Barnes, F, Raptors
On the fourth pick was Scottie Barnes, who was taken much faster than Jalen Suggs by the Toronto team. This was surprising following Barnes failure to score last season on the Florida State. He is also not a prolific scorer.
9. Moses Moody, G, Warriors
This is one player that has proved he can make history out of the gate. In all the 32 games for the Razorbacks, Moses's 6-foot-6 guard managed to get 16.8 points while shooting at a distance of 36 percent and 5.8 rounds. He will become a legitimate NBA rookie of the year when he gets excellent playing time for the warriors.
10. Jalen Johnson, F, Hawks
Big things should come from Jalen Johnson, who has managed an 18.9 point average with 3.8 assists and 10.2 rebounds per 36 while shooting 52 percent from a distance. After all, he has been a dominant force for the Blue Devils.
The 2021 NBA rookie draft did not go according to plan since most of the teams in the top three took several curveballs that resulted in an exciting draft night. Nonetheless, this rank of the best rookies in the class of 2021 is an excellent selection of players.