Sports NBA draft tracker 2021: Live pick-by-pick analysis and updates
Who will go No. 1 at 2021 NHL Draft? Owen Power, Luke Hughes among 10 candidates for top spot
The NHL Draft will be held virtually July 23-24.There was no player that everyone had to know before the year. There was not going to be a #FallinForDahlin, #LoseForHughes, or even a #FailForNail tanking slogan. This was always going to be a draft in which there would be a year-long, thorough discussion about who deserved to become the 58th No. 1 pick in NHL Draft history.
The NBA welcomes its newest class of rookies to the league Thursday night during the 2021 draft from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Draft night is always a time for trades, and this year could feature some prominent names and picks on the move. Several teams have multiple first-round picks and additional draft capital to potentially swing major deals that could significantly alter the league's landscape entering the 2021-22 season.
Join USA TODAY Sports'and during the night for all the latest updates on rumors and deal, plus live analysis for each pick in the first round.
Title rewards Antetokounmpo's decision to commit to Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — This could have been the offseason in which Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the free-agent market and perhaps teamed up with another superstar to try winning multiple NBA titles together. Antetokounmpo instead will spend the summer celebrating a championship he won with the team that picked him. “I could go to a superteam and just do my part and win a championship,’’ Antetokounmpo said Tuesday as he was flanked by the Larry O’Brien trophy and his NBA Finals MVP trophy. “But this is the hard way to do it and this is the way to do it. And we did it.
1. Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
Cunningham is a versatile 6-8 guard who play on the ball or off the ball and has the skillset to do both. He shoots 3-pointers, mid-range jumpers and gets to the rim and has the strength to absorb contact and finish with either hand. He didn’t post great assist statistics but he can be playmaker. He drew multiple defenders and is adept at finding the open man. In his one college season, he averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 40% on 3s. He’s a vocal leader and relishes the big moment in the close games.
2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green, G-League Ignite
Green took the unconventional route with playing for the G-League Ignite team instead of attending college. And he believes playing against G-League players in an NBA environment will prepare him significantly. So much that Green considers it a realistic goal to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award and land on an All-NBA Defensive Team. One NBA scout told USA TODAY Sports that he's enamored with Green's physicality and aggressiveness as a listed 6-foot-5, 172-pound guard. But the scout added that Green needs to improve his consistency as a shooter and ball handler.
Canadiens Notebook: NHL Draft is even more of a crapshoot this year
For the second straight year, the NHL Draft will be done virtually because of COVID-19. The draft is always a bit of a crapshoot, but it will be even more so this year because of the pandemic. Junior teams in the QMJHL played between 26 and 40 games this season, while no team in the WHL played more than 24 regular-season games and there were no games at all in the OHL. The first round of the NHL Draft will be held Friday (8 p.m., SN, TVA Sports) with Rounds 2 through 7 on Saturday. “It’s interesting,” Trevor Timmins, the Canadiens’ assistant general manager, said Thursday.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley, Southern California
Mobley looks like a perfect fit as a big man in the modern NBA. He’s a 7-footer who can play in the post with a soft touch at the rim and step outside and shoot 3s. He will have to adjust to the NBA long-range distance but that shouldn’t be a problem as he adds strength. In his one season at USC, he averaged 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks and shot 57.8% from the field. It will be interesting and perhaps fun to see how the Cavaliers use Mobley alongside Jarrett Allen, if Allen re-signs with the Cavs.
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Orlando Magic
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Orlando Magic
9. Sacramento Kings
10. Memphis Grizzlies
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Indiana Pacers
14. Golden State Warriors
15. Washington Wizards
16. Oklahoma City Thunder
17. New Orleans Pelicans
18. Oklahoma City Thunder
19. New York Knicks
20. Atlanta Hawks
21. New York Knicks
22. Los Angeles Lakers
23. Houston Rockets
24. Houston Rockets
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Denver Nuggets
27. Brooklyn Nets
28. Philadelphia 76ers
29. Phoenix Suns
30. Utah Jazz
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NBA free agency winners and losers: Heat upgrade roster; Pelicans, Knicks make confusing moves .
Let's roll through the early winners and losers from NBA free agency based on what we know so far.Several players still haven't reached agreements with teams, but 13 of Sporting News' top 20 free agents are already off the market. Kawhi Leonard, the No. 1 player in SN's rankings, is technically available, but he is widely expected to sign a new deal with the Clippers at some point in the near future.