ESPN Draft 2021: Who are the top NBA prospects?
The NBA Draft 2021 has begun, and the first three teams to qualify to the 2019 NBA Playoffs are the New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz.
With that said, there are some key takeaways from the ESPN draft 2021 rankings that you may not have heard about.1.
The Pelicans are the first team to qualify.
The NBA has no history of having teams with more than four NBA draft picks qualify.
This is a good thing, as the Pelicans had just three picks in the first round of the draft last year.
They had four in 2019, which was enough to get them in position to snag Anthony Davis and potentially help get them over the top with a top-five pick.2.
The Hawks are the only team to make it to the finals.
With a few years of experience under their belts, the Hawks are still in a rebuilding phase and can be viewed as a dynasty contender if they can make the playoffs again.3.
The Lakers are the biggest underachievers, at one point having only two players in the top 25 of the NBA draft.
They also had a disappointing season in 2019 that ended with them losing three games in the conference finals.
They have a ton of young talent, but they also have a lot of baggage and baggage from last season that will take a while to clean up.4.
The Spurs have the highest number of prospects in the draft, with more picks than any other team.
The draft class of 2019 is dominated by big-name recruits like Kawhi Leonard, Josh Jackson and Tim Duncan.
With the talent at the center of the Spurs’ rebuild, it will be interesting to see how they fare if they are successful in the playoffs.5.
The Jazz are in a better position than any team in the history of the league, thanks to a strong roster of young prospects.
Utah has a ton to be excited about with its future as a contender.
They are loaded with young talent that can be very good, and they have a chance to add some young talent if they’re successful.6.
The Celtics are the most underachieving team, and their draft class will be a major story to follow for a while.
Boston had a very bad season in 2020, and it’s still young and inexperienced.
The talent is there for them to compete, but their team-building needs are still pretty big.7.
The Cavaliers are one of the most underrated teams in the NBA, but the fact that they made the playoffs in the last three years doesn’t mean they’re not a top contender.
The Cavs are a team that can get by with one of their young players at the two-spot, and this year they had a healthy Isaiah Thomas and Dion Waiters.
The next few years will tell if the team can keep its young core together and make it all the way to the NBA Finals.8.
The Warriors are the highest-ranked team in every category, but with a lot more talent than any of the other teams.
The 2017-18 team had a lot to be optimistic about, but its rebuilding process will take some time.
If the Warriors can continue to build their roster and have a healthy Kawhi Durant and Stephen Curry next year, they should be a very dangerous team for the next several years.9.
The Kings are the second most underwhelming team, but there are several young players who will help the team build.
Kings point guard Ty Lawson and guard Willie Cauley-Stein are both excellent players who have an opportunity to play for a Stanley Cup championship team in 2019.10.
The Pacers were the biggest underdog, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they have an awful record.
They just got unlucky last season.
The 2016-17 team was an underachiever for the first time since 2003-04.
This year’s Pacers have a new coach, George Hill, and a new team, which will hopefully help improve their fortunes.11.
The Raptors have the second-most underachieved team in all of basketball, but Toronto is still a team to be proud of.
The front office has a solid foundation that can build a team with a ton more talent.12.
The Bucks are in the middle of rebuilding mode, and Milwaukee was a rebuilding team last season, but it was a pretty good one.
They will be better this season.13.
The Suns were one of a few teams to make the postseason last season and still finished with a losing record.
The team’s front office and coaching staff has a chance this season to make a big turnaround.14.
The Heat have been a consistent contender for years, but last season’s team was disappointing and will be looking for a new direction this season, and hopefully the front office will find a way to make this team even better this year.15.
The Grizzlies will be one of three teams that will make the Finals for the third straight season. That