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2021 NBA Draft: Stiffs Big Board 2.0

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With the NBA Draft just 2 weeks away, we are excited to present an updated big board for the class of 2021.

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The NBA Draft is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 29th and the Denver Nuggets currently own the 26th overall pick. Up to this point in the draft process, Denver have almost exclusively been mocked taking combo guards and wings. According to spotrac, Will Barton’s deadline to decide on wether he will be opting-in to one more year on his current contract with Denver for just under 14,670,000 dollars is this Saturday, July 17th. If Thrill does opt-out, look for this mock draft trend to continue and perhaps rightfully so.

Since our last big board at the beginning of July, the NBA Draft Combine has conclude and the team workout and interview process is now in full swing. Additionally, four players that were prominent top-60 ranked prospects decided to withdraw from the draft. These aforementioned players are Terrence Shannon Jr., Johnny Juzang, Marcus Bagley, and Max Abmas. Losing these prospects and some others from the draft pool, along with hype beginning to build for previously more under-the-radar players, has resulted in a handful of hoopers making significant jumps or falls in the majority of big boards across the internet.


Denver Stiffs 2021 Big Board 3.0

Current Rank Previous Rank Diff. Player Draft Age School/Team Position Ht. Wt.
Current Rank Previous Rank Diff. Player Draft Age School/Team Position Ht. Wt.
1 1 Cade Cunningham 19.8 Oklahoma State Guard/Forward 6'8" 220
2 2 Evan Mobley 20.1 USC Big 7'0" 215
3 3 Jalen Suggs 20.2 Gonzaga Combo Guard 6'4" 205
4 4 Jalen Green 19.5 G League Ignite Wing 6'5" 178
5 6 1 Scottie Barnes 20 Florida State Forward 6'8" 227
6 5 -1 Jonathan Kuminga 18.8 G League Ignite Forward 6'7" 223
7 7 Davion Mitchell 22.9 Baylor Combo Guard 6'2" 205
8 8 Josh Giddey 19 Adelaide 36ers Guard/Forward 6'8" 216
9 9 Franz Wagner 19.9 Michigan Forward 6'9" 220
10 10 Moses Moody 19.2 Arkansas Wing 6'6" 205
11 11 Alperen Şengün 19 Beşiktaş J.K. Big 6'10" 243
12 12 Corey Kispert 22.4 Gonzaga Wing 6'7" 220
13 14 1 James Bouknight 20.9 UConn Wing 6'5" 190
14 13 -1 Keon Johnson 19.4 Tennessee Wing 6'5" 186
15 15 Jalen Johnson 19.6 Duke Forward 6'9" 215
16 16 Chris Duarte 24.1 Oregon Wing 6'6" 190
17 21 4 Jared Butler 21.9 Baylor Combo Guard 6'3" 190
18 17 -1 Usman Garuba 19.4 Real Madrid Forward 6'8" 229
19 19 Kai Jones 20.5 Texas Big/Forward 6'11" 218
20 18 -2 Jaden Springer 18.8 Tennessee Combo Guard 6'4" 204
21 24 3 Trey Murphy III 21.1 Virginia Wing 6'9" 199
22 22 Miles McBride 20.9 West Virginia Combo Guard 6'2" 200
23 20 -3 Isaiah Jackson 19.5 Kentucky Big 6'11" 206
24 23 -1 Ayo Dosunmu 21.5 Illinois Combo Guard 6'5" 200
25 25 Sharife Cooper 20.1 Auburn Lead Guard 6'1" 180
26 26 Tre Mann 20.5 Florida Combo Guard 6'5" 190
27 27 Ziaire Williams 19.9 Stanford Wing 6'9" 188
28 28 Quentin Grimes 21.2 Houston Guard/Wing 6'5" 205
29 31 2 Josh Christopher 19.6 Arizona State Wing 6'5" 215
30 29 -1 Cam Thomas 19.8 LSU Wing 6'4" 210
31 32 1 Joel Ayayi 21.4 Gonzaga Guard/Wing 6'5" 180
32 30 -2 JT Thor 18.9 Auburn Forward 6'10" 205
33 33 Josh Primo 18.6 Alabama Combo Guard 6'5" 189
34 41 7 Bones Hyland 20.9 VCU Combo Guard 6'3" 169
35 37 2 Kessler Edwards 22 Pepperdine Forward 6'8" 200
36 36 Day'Ron Sharpe 19.7 UNC Big 6'11" 265
37 39 2 Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 20.7 Villanova Forward 6'9" 231
38 43 5 Herb Jones 22.8 Alabama Wing/Forward 6'8" 210
39 42 3 Aaron Henry 21.9 Michigan State Wing 6'6" 210
40 40 Neemias Queta 22 Utah State Big 7'0.5" 248
41 38 -3 Filip Petrušev 21.3 KK Mega Soccerbet Big 6'11" 225
42 35 -7 Charles Bassey 20.8 Western Kentucky Big 6'10" 239
43 48 5 B.J. Boston 19.7 Kentucky Wing 6'7" 185
44 50 6 Isaiah Todd 19.8 G League Ignite Forward 6'10" 199
45 52 7 Rokas Jokubaitis 20.7 BC Žalgiris Lead Guard 6'4" 194
46 45 -1 Jason Preston 22 Ohio Combo Guard 6'4" 181
47 46 -1 Joe Wieskamp 21.9 Iowa Wing 6'7" 205
48 51 3 David Johnson 20.4 Louisville Combo Guard 6'5" 210
49 47 -2 Greg Brown III 19.9 Texas Forward 6'9" 205
50 49 -1 Isaiah Livers 23.4 Michigan Forward 6'7" 230
51 44 -7 Daishen Nix 19.5 G League Ignite Lead Guard 6'5" 227
52 56 4 Juhann Bégarin 19 Paris Basketball Wing 6'5" 192
53 N/A Vrenz Bleijenbergh 20.8 Port of Antwerp Giants Wing/Forward 6'10" 200
54 54 McKinley Wright IV 22.8 Colorado Lead Guard 6'0" 192
55 55 Sam Hauser 23.6 Virginia Forward 6'8" 217
56 N/A Jericho Sims 18.7 Texas Big 6'9" 210
57 57 Matthew Hurt 21.3 Duke Forward 6'9" 235
58 58 Trendon Watford 20.7 LSU Forward 6'9" 237
59 59 David Duke Jr. 21.8 Providence Guard/Wing 6'5.5" 204
60 N/A Aaron Wiggins 22.6 Maryland Wing 6'5" 190

As you can see, there was very little movement in the initial quarter of the rankings (1-15) and some activity in the second quarter (16-30). Where it really got interesting is the back half, where the only two players that stayed in the same slot as the first board were Jeremiah Robinson-Earl at 39 and E.J. Onu in the very last spot.

With so many different factors driving prospects’ stock, most of them have only seen slight variation from board to board. There are some players, however, that have been fairly consistently climbing or dropping on most website’s rankings. While this doesn’t directly indicate NBA front offices’ big boards are reflecting these same ranking changes, it’s also true that reporters with inside sources sometimes help the rest of us get a pulse on how front offices feel about certain prospects. Let’s take a look at the three most significant jumps from our first and second boards.

Three biggest risers

59 - 46 | Joe Wieskamp, Wing, Iowa | +13

Wieskamp’s 46.2% three point shooting in his junior season at Iowa is an eye-catching number that has drawn the attention of most scouts. He wasn’t just a one year wonder either, he finished with a very respectable 41.2% on 4.6 attempts per game throughout his collegiate career. Combine that three point stroke with good rebounding, sneaky good athleticism and defense, and you have a potential role player at the next level. While plenty of others have also pushed Wieskamp higher on their boards in the last few weeks, I was clearly sleeping on Joe’s game when I initially ranked him 59th overall. At the very least, he should have a ready made role as an end of bench, three point specialist option.

47 - 40 | Neemias Queta, Big, Utah State | +7

While I wanted to rank Neemias in the top 40 of my initial board, I saw too many other rankings that had him in the 60’s to feel comfortable with placing him much higher than 50. Well, it seems other scouts are starting to come around on Queta’s skillset. The athletic big from Utah State is a rim runner and rim protecter with potential as a passer, scorer, and defender. Oh and It also probably didn’t hurt his stock when he measured in at 7’0.5” in shoes with a 7’4” wingspan at the combine. At 22 years old, Neemias is a bit less polished than you’d hope an upperclassmen would be and this is the likely the primary reason he’s not seen as a first round pick by many. I’m not convinced his stock will continue to rise, but Neemias Queta does now feel like a lock to be drafted on July 29th.

Not Ranked - 45 | Jason Preston, Combo Guard, Ohio | +16?

I’m honestly ashamed for not including Jason Preston in my first big board. He was a player I was considering, but barely didn’t make the cut. The do-it-all guard out of Ohio filled up the box score with 15.7/7.3/7.3 splits in his Junior season. Preston has potential to be a three level scorer with lead guard playmaking ability. He’s much stronger than he looks as well, bullying guards in the paints for boards and buckets. The slightly lower level of competition in the MAC conference is surely playing a factor in Jason’s draft stock, but he currently seems to be headed towards being selected in the early second, potentially even the end of the first. The Nuggets did recently have Preston in for a pre-draft workout and if he really impressed the right people, I wouldn’t be overly surprised if Jason were to be Denver’s pick at 26th overall.