2021 NBA Mock Draft: Pick-by-Pick Breakdown with Pro Comparisons

1. Minnesota Timberwolves — Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State

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This pick makes a world of sense for Minnesota. Cunningham’s ceiling as an elite player might be somewhat limited. He’s not an explosive athlete — nor is he a monster defensively. With that said, he plays the game with considerable maturity and poise. At 6-foot-8, Cunningham’s passing ability is accentuated even further by the fact he can see over opposing defenses. He’s got good enough ball skills to function as a true point forward.

Having Anthony Edwards off the ball and Karl-Anthony Towns in the paint/using Cunningham in pick-and-pop situations is a very natural fit. The Wolves likely will have to get rid of D’Angelo Russell — though Cunningham’s potential arrival could result in Minnesota climbing out of the Western Conference’s cellar.

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