With the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select ….
We now know the Pistons will be the first team to draft after winning the 2021 NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night. And we’ll officially find out the rest of that opening line during the July 29 draft, although it’s fully expected to be Oklahoma State Guard Cade Cunningham.
The Pistons, who had the second-worst league record last season at 20-52, won the lottery for the first time in franchise history after entering with a 14% chance of winning the first pick. Ben Wallace, representative for the Detroit lottery team, tapped the table and clapped in celebration when it was revealed the Pistons had won the Cunningham draw.
The Houston Rockets, who had the worst record last season at 17-55, got the second pick. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors both jumped, with the Cavs getting the third pick and the Raptors getting the fourth.
The last time the Pistons, Cavaliers, and Raptors were all in the top four was in 2003 when the Cavs picked LeBron James, the Pistons took on Darko Milicic and the Raptors, after the Denver Nuggets picked Carmelo. Anthony, took Chris Bosh.
Here are the full results of the 2021 Draft Lottery:
1. Detroit Pistons
2. The Houston rockets
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. The magic of Orlando
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Golden State Warriors (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
8. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls)
9. The Kings of Sacramento
10. New Orleans Pelicans
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Indiana Pacers
14. Golden State Warriors
The Timberwolves sent their No.7 pick to the Warriors as part of the Andrew Wiggins-D’Angelo Russell trade, giving the Warriors a pair of lottery picks. The Bulls’ No.8 pick went to the Magic to complete Nikola Vucevic’s trade, giving the Magic two top 10 picks.
ESPN Adrien Wojnarowski reported that Cunningham will only visit the Pistons ahead of the NBA Draft, and if selected, he will add much-needed firepower and playing ability to Detroit’s backcourt.
In his lone season at Oklahoma State, Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 43.8% from field and 40% from depth. It’s listed as an overwhelming favorite for being the overall top pick at -800, according to our partner, PointsBet. USC big man Evan Mobley and playmaker Gonzaga Jalen Suggs each have +900, and G League’s Jalen Green is +1500.
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