The NBA Draft Lottery is now behind us and teams like the San Antonio Spurs now know when they'll be picking in the first round. While there are still some questions to be answered surrounding some draft prospects and the NBA Draft Combine is still underway, the Spurs should already have a good idea of who they will be going after on draft night.
Earlier this month, we came out with the first version of our Draft Big Board, which contains the names of several potential picks for the Spurs as well as some notes on what skills they could bring to the team. Now that we know the order of the lottery, we have a better idea of which players will be taken off the board first and which players will still be realistic choices at the number 12 spot.
Here, we'll go over one possible outcome for the Draft this coming July 29, including what player the Spurs may decide to go with. Without further ado, this is the first version of our 2021 NBA Lottery Mock Draft.
San Antonio Spurs Mock Draft 1.0: Picks 1 and 2
With the first overall pick, the Detroit Pistons make the obvious choice and pick Cade Cunningham out of Oklahoma State University. While some rumor has been floating around of the Pistons' interest in Jalen Green, the two-way versatility that Cunningham brings to the table will likely be too much for them to pass up.
With a current roster of Jerami Grant, Saddiq Bey, Killian Hayes, Isaiah Stewart, and Sekou Doumbouya, adding Cade Cunningham to the mix will make for a very interesting young team with a lot of upside. In my mind, this is a no-brainer.
With the second pick of the draft, I have a feeling that the Houston Rockets will surprise many and go for Jalen Green over Evan Mobley. While I think Mobley could be the better fit for the team, and it would allow for Christian Wood to play as the power forward rather than the center, Green seems like a player that the Rockets would reach for.
Green could very well end up becoming the best scorer of this year's draft and has all-world athleticism. His step-back jumper that he was able to show off during his time with the G-League Ignite was something that reminded me quite a bit of James Harden, and I think the Rockets will be on the market for another scorer like him. While there are questions about Green's fit next to Kevin Porter Jr., the Rockets were bad enough this past season that team fit should not be a primary concern.