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 Houston guard Quentin Grimes.
Grimes’ three-point shooting took a big jump last season in terms of attempts and percentage and Houston benefitted tremendously. He shot 40.3 percent on 248 attempts after taking only 129 a season earlier. The guard also improved from the free throw line and in the rebounding department, but the shooting is the biggest draw for NBA teams. Grimes is also a decent defender who can use his size and physicality to get stops.
Grimes occasionally settled for contested shots and tried to do too much in situations where he was better off deferring to others. He doesn’t attack the basket as much as a result and could struggle to adjust if teams cut off the outside shot. He’s a true shooting guard and doesn’t have the makeup of a complementary ball handler at the next level.
When looking at comparable players for Grimes, Josh Hart and Spencer Dinwiddie jump out as two options. Buddy Hield is also a good comparison given the shooting ability. Grimes has the potential to be a strong 3-and-D player at the next level if everything comes together well.
Best Landing Spot
Grimes will be available in the late first and early second round and could provide value for a lot of teams in this area. The Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets will all take a look at Grimes. His best fit will be on a team that already has stars in place and can use him as a complementary piece. If the Lakers don’t take him at No. 22, the 76ers at No. 28 would be a great spot for Grimes.