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The Eastern Conference just got tougher.

The Pistons ’terrible season ended Tuesday night after winning the NBA Draft lottery. This gives Detroit an approximate No. 1 pick at Cade Cunningham, where he can play a point guard or winger at 6 feet 8 and begin recovery. The Pistons have set new hopes this season, promising Sadiq Bay and Killian Hayes to go alongside star Jerami Grant.

The best coefficient of Pistons, Rockets, and Magic was 14 percent. Of course, the Rockets take second place and put them in one of the Big 5 – Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, Jonathon Kuminga and Evan Mobley.

Cleveland is third, Toronto is fourth and Orlando is fifth. All of these teams fit into one of the elite groups.

When the Warriors won two lotteries, their 14th choice was determined because the Nicks want to rise above the 19th and 21st.

1. Detroit Piston

Kate Cunningham
Oklahoma (G / F, 6-8, 220 pounds)

Isn’t he a point guard? Is he a small forward? He is everything and will have a good look next to defender Hayes as a three-level scorer who does everything. Canning can shoot, transmit, drive and defend 3. Pistons can make the jump in the East.

2. Houston Rockets

Jalen Green
Turning on the G-League (SG, 6-6, 178)

A team deprived of all star power will go along with the player who has risen to the top. With his speed and ability to jump off the table, the high-scoring wing picked the top three, but did not dazzle the eye as expected in the G-League. It was more of a project than expected a few months ago, but ended with a strong bubble finish.

Jalen Suggs and Jalen Green will both be in the top five of the 2021 NBA Draft.
Jalen Suggs and Jalen Green will both be in the top five of the 2021 NBA Draft.
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3. Cleveland Cavaliers

Evan Mobley
USC (C, 7-0, 215)

The Cavaliers have a lot of keepers in the lineup, so they pass Jalen Suggs. Mobley is a big-time, block-blocker, versatile defender, and has 3 points potential, comparable to Chris Bosh. The only knock is that it doesn’t have a post-up game.

4. Toronto Raptors

Jalen Suggs
Gonsaga (PG, 6-4, 205)

Even though they have Fred VanVlit, Kyle Lowry is leaving. Suggs are great for getting through here, and VanVleet and Suggs can form a tandem. Suggs is a playmaker, a smart point guard, he dominates the transition period, and Gonzaga was a competitive contender for super power and advanced to the NCAA finals.

5. Orlando Magic

Jonathan Kuminga
Turning on the G-League (SF, 6-8, 220)

Orlando is fully recovered – again – and is taking the player to the top. Opened with 7-foot wings, this large wing can defend multiple positions and has the ability to create its own shot. The scouts liked him in the G-League bubble – although a small number of fans saw the player rise to second place in the entire draft.

6. Oklahoma City Thunderstorm

Scottie Barnes
Florida (F, 6-9, 227)

With a 7-2 swing rate, one can see the replacement of this horrible, versatile defender-enabled club with the Golden State. Oklahoma City is trying to set a record among first-round participants. Barnes, who moves the ball, has a high basketball odds but was disappointed with 3 balls (27.5 percent).

Scottie Barnes
Scottie Barnes
AP

7. Golden State Warriors (via Timberwolves)

Keon Johnson
Tennessee (G / F, 6-5, 186)

The Warriors are now trying to win and Johnson can help in defense. It’s his strong suit and he’s undoubtedly the best athlete in the project. But the high plus is not a deep threat that will play a potential role in the future.

8. Orlando Magic (via the Bulls)

Alperen Sengun
Turkey (PF, 6-10, 240)

With Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony on the roster, it doesn’t make sense to add a defender like Davion Mitchell to it, so don’t put the dice on the international harvest cream. Poor man Kristaps Porzingis, who turns 19 in July and flies under the radar despite being the MVP of the Turkish league. His company in the US is Kevin Love.

9. Sacramento Kings

Devion Mitchell
Baylor (PG, 6-2, 202)

A team that dreams of a Baylor guard could lead the Kings to trade in this contest. Mitchell isn’t coming back from anything because he helped Baylor win the NCAA title, lead the defense, and can hit 3 (44.7 percent). The concern is the lack of size.

10. New Orleans Pelicans

Frants Wagner
Michigan (SF, 6-9, 200)

The Pelicans could use more 3-point shooting to surround Zion Williamson. Mo Wagner’s brother, Franz, can be a strong 3 and D level, slightly improving his shot, which looks nice from behind the bow.

11. Charlotte Hornets

Muso Mudi
Arkansas (SG, 6-6, 211)

Danny Green is a potential youngster between the ages of 6 and 11 for a club in need of bigger defenders.

12. San Antonio Spurs

Kori Kispert
Gonsaga (SF, 6-7, 224)

It’s like Gregg Popovich looking for winners. When it comes to league shooting, Kispert is targeting the NCAA finalist with 44 points, or 3 points.

13. Indiana Paysers

James Bocknight
UConn (G, 6-4,190)

It would be very helpful if the Knicks were to trade in the late lottery here and trap Brooklyn, which is a pedestrian bucket. They need backcourt scores and he is a potential master who can improve from 3.

14. Golden State Warriors

Helen Johnson
Duke (SF, 6-9 220)

Imagine warriors buying this option. If not, they get the best player available in Johnson, who didn’t improve his reserves in college with an average first year and was fired before the end of the season. But he has high skills – an elite player of the transition season, good passes and a good side.

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