The 2021 NBA draft will take place Thursday, July 29 with the Detroit Pistons holding the No. 1 pick. The Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic round out the top five selections.
We take a look at some of the prospects available in this draft, gauge their strengths, weaknesses, NBA comparisons and best landing spot within the player’s projected draft range. Here’s a breakdown for Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert.
Shooting, shooting and more shooting. Kispert is dynamite from behind the arc and has enough ability to create shots for himself when windows close. He’s an excellent defensive prospect as well given his effort and energy on that end of the floor, although his quickness can improve.
Kispert struggles to facilitate for others on offense. He’s not going to offer much in terms of ball handling either. His ceiling is fairly low at 22 and he hasn’t shown enough outside of his shooting ability to suggest he can make major strides to become a complete offensive weapon.
Joe Harris is a good comparison as the Brooklyn Nets guard has developed past his three-point chucking days, but Kispert does offer more on the defensive end. Harris made enough strides beyond his shooting to ink a four-year, $75 million contract and there’s no reason Kispert can’t also get to that point.
Best Landing Spot
Because of the shooting ability, Kispert could go anywhere from the late lottery to the early 20s. The Golden State Warriors could absolutely use Kispert at No. 14 if they retain the pick. The Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies are also excellent landing spots for the Gonzaga forward. If he slips into the 20s, the Houston Rockets could package their picks and move up to get him.