Jonathan Givony has released his first mock draft for 2021 with Cade Cunningham at No. 1. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic also has Cunningham at No. 1 in his first mock, which was also released on Tuesday.
"The race for the No. 1 pick is still fairly open right now, though not quite to the extent that it was in 2020," writes Cunningham.
Cunningham is a big point guard at Oklahoma State with "ideal physical tools, outstanding feel for the game, pick-and-roll savvy and increasingly effective jump shot."
Vecenie writes that Cunningham's shooting has been inconsistent during his career, but "a source at Oklahoma State told me that he’s come to preseason workouts and been the team’s second-best shooter behind 3-point marksman Ferron Flavors."
The main competitors for No. 1 will be Jalen Green and B.J. Boston.
Green will spend the 20-21 season in the G League, while Boston is at Kentucky.