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2021 NBA Draft preview: Top prospects, draft order, team needs

The NBA stars of tomorrow will learn where they'll begin their careers during the 2021 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York on July 29.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The 2021 NBA Draft will take place in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday, July 29.

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With that in mind, let's take a look at the first-round order, top prospects and team needs in this year's draft.

How to watch, event information

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

TV channel: ABC, ESPN

Live Stream:  Watch ESPN

First-round draft order

  1. Detroit Pistons
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Orlando Magic
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota)
  8. Orlando Magic (via Chicago)
  9. Sacramento Kings
  10. New Orleans Pelicans
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. San Antonio Spurs
  13. Indiana Pacers
  14. Golden State Warriors
  15. Washington Wizards
  16. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston)
  17. Memphis Grizzlies
  18. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami via Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia and Phoenix)
  19. New York Knicks
  20. Atlanta Hawks
  21. New York Knicks (via Dallas)
  22. Los Angeles Lakers
  23. Houston Rockets (via Portland)
  24. Houston Rockets (via Milwaukee)
  25. Los Angeles Clippers
  26. Denver Nuggets
  27. Brooklyn Nets
  28. Philadelphia 76ers
  29. Phoenix Suns
  30. Utah Jazz

Top prospects

(via ESPN.com)

  1. Cade Cunningham, PG, Oklahoma State
  2. Jalen Green, SG, G-League Ignite
  3. Evan Mobley, C, USC
  4. Jalen Suggs, PG, Gonzaga
  5. Jonathan Kuminga, PF, G-League Ignite
  6. Scottie Barnes, SF, Florida State
  7. Davion Mitchell, PG, Baylor
  8. James Bouknight, SG, Connecticut
  9. Keon Johnson, SG, Tennessee
  10. Franz Wagner, SF, Michigan
  11. Josh Giddey, SG, Australia
  12. Jalen Johnson, SF, Duke
  13. Corey Kispert, SF, Gonzaga
  14. Alperen Sengun, C, Turkey
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Prolific Prep's Jalen Green pauses during the team's high school basketball game against La Lumiere at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Green and other elite players have shifted gears and are taking a new route to reach the ranks of the NBA by playing in the developmental G League. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Team needs

Detroit Pistons

  1. Point guard
  2. Power forward
  3. Shooting guard

Houston Rockets

  1. Shooting guard
  2. Power forward
  3. Point guard

Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. Power forward
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Small forward

Toronto Raptors

  1. Point guard
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Center

Orlando Magic

  1. Small forward
  2. Point guard
  3. Power forward

Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. Small forward
  2. Power forward
  3. Shooting guard

Golden State Warriors

  1. Small forward
  2. Power forward
  3. Point guard

Sacramento Kings

  1. Power forward
  2. Center
  3. Small forward

New Orleans Pelicans

  1. Shooting guard
  2. Point guard
  3. Center

Charlotte Hornets

  1. Small forward
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Center

San Antonio Spurs

  1. Small forward
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Center

Indiana Pacers

  1. Small forward
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Point guard

Washington Wizards

  1. Small forward
  2. Point guard
  3. Center

Memphis Grizzlies

  1. Small forward
  2. Center
  3. Power forward

New York Knicks

  1. Point guard
  2. Small forward
  3. Center

Atlanta Hawks

  1. Power forward
  2. Small forward
  3. Shooting guard

Los Angeles Lakers

  1. Shooting guard
  2. Point guard
  3. Center

Los Angeles Clippers

  1. Point guard
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Center

Denver Nuggets

  1. Point guard
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Small forward

Brooklyn Nets

  1. Small forward
  2. Center
  3. Point guard

Philadelphia 76ers

  1. Point guard
  2. Power forward
  3. Shooting guard

Phoenix Suns

  1. Power forward
  2. Point guard
  3. Small forward

Utah Jazz

  1. Point guard
  2. Power forward
  3. Small forward

Milwaukee Bucks

  1. Shooting guard
  2. Point guard
  3. Center

Chicago Bulls

  1. Point guard
  2. Power forward
  3. Shooting guard

Boston Celtics

  1. Point guard
  2. Shooting guard
  3. Center

Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. Small forward
  2. Power forward
  3. Point guard

Miami Heat

  1. Point guard
  2. Power forward
  3. Shooting guard

Dallas Mavericks

  1. Small forward
  2. Center
  3. Shooting guard

Portland Trail Blazers

  1. Point guard
  2. Power forward
  3. Small forward