2021 NBA Mock Draft: 1st Round Pick-by-Pick Analysis

1. Houston Rockets — Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State

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This pick makes a world of sense for Houston. Cunningham 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.

Landing the No. 1 pick would be an absolute coup for a Rockets franchise that has bid adieu to James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul over the last 24 months. Cunningham has the tools to become a franchise cornerstone, and would build an excellent foundation alongside Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr.

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