[NBA Draft]: Comparison of Actual 2021 Draft vs. Final Mock Drafts

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We spend a lot of time following all of the top NBA Draft analysts for months as they post and tweet about intel and update their big boards and mock drafts leading up to draft day. But once that day comes and goes, it’s easy to shift focus to how the rookies will fit on their new rosters, summer league, and the next draft, so I thought it might be nice to compile all of the final versions of these mock drafts and compare them to the actual 2021 draft picks for easy reference in the future.

After all the hard work this year, even the mock draft accuracy from the top shelf analysts was obliterated early in the 1st round with the trifecta of Toronto choosing Scottie Barnes over Jalen Suggs at #4, OKC going with Josh Giddey at #6 instead of James Bouknight or Jonathan Kuminga, and (the grand finale) the Spurs pick of Josh Primo at #12, who was projected to go in the 25-40 range. All of that, plus a Russell Westbrook trade to the Lakers made for a wild night of twists and turns that surpassed what we have come to expect.

Here is the actual 2021 NBA Draft from July 29th versus the final mock drafts from Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, ESPN’s Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony, NBA Big Board’s Chad Ford, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, and The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, and Tankathon.com:

Pick/TeamDraft TradesACTUAL
DRAFT
ORDER
B/R
(7/29)
NBA Big Board
(7/29)
The Ringer
(7/29)
ESPN
(7/29)
SI
(7/29)
The Athletic
(7/29)
Tankathon
(7/25)
1. DETCade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
Cade
Cunningham
2. HOUJalen
Green
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
Jalen
Green
3. CLEEvan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
Evan
Mobley
4. TORScottie
Barnes
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
Jalen
Suggs
5. ORLJalen
Suggs
Scottie
Barnes
Scottie
Barnes
Scottie
Barnes
Scottie
Barnes
Scottie
Barnes
Scottie
Barnes
Scottie
Barnes
6. OKCJosh
Giddey
James
Bouknight
James
Bouknight
James
Bouknight
Jonathan
Kuminga
James
Bouknight
James
Bouknight
Jonathan
Kuminga
7. GSWJonathan
Kuminga
Jonathan
Kuminga
Franz
Wagner
Franz
Wagner
James
Bouknight
Jonathan
Kuminga
Franz
Wagner
James
Bouknight
8. ORLFranz
Wagner
Franz
Wagner
Jonathan
Kuminga
Jonathan
Kuminga
Moses
Moody
Franz
Wagner
Jonathan
Kuminga
Franz
Wagner
9. SACDavion
Mitchell
Alperen
Sengun
Alperen
Sengun
Alperen
Sengun
Franz
Wagner
Alperen
Sengun
Alperen
Sengun
Alperen
Sengun
10. MEMMEM
to NOP
Ziaire
Williams
Josh
Giddey
Josh
Giddey
Josh
Giddey
Josh
Giddey
Josh
Giddey
Josh
Giddey
Josh
Giddey
11. CHAJames
Bouknight
Moses
Moody
Corey
Kispert
Moses
Moody
Corey
Kispert
Kai
Jones
Moses
Moody
Moses
Moody
12. SANJoshua
Primo
Kai
Jones
Trey
Murphy
Corey
Kispert
Alperen
Sengun
Moses
Moody
Corey
Kispert
Keon
Johnson
13. INDChris
Duarte
Chris
Duarte
Chris
Duarte
Davion
Mitchell
Chris
Duarte
Davion
Mitchell
Davion
Mitchell
Davion
Mitchell
14. GSWMoses
Moody
Davion
Mitchell
Davion
Mitchell
Chris
Duarte
Davion
Mitchell
Chris
Duarte
Chris
Duarte
Jalen
Johnson
15. WASCorey
Kispert
Trey
Murphy
Moses
Moody
Usman
Garuba
Trey
Murphy
Corey
Kispert
Trey
Murphy
Corey
Kispert
16. OKCBOS
to OKC

OKC
to HOU
Alperen
Şengun
Jalen
Johnson
Ziaire
Williams
Jalen
Johnson
Keon
Johnson
Ziaire
Williams
Ziaire
Williams
Usman
Garuba
17. NOPNOP
to MEM
Trey
Murphy
Corey
Kispert
Cameron
Thomas
Cameron
Thomas
Ziaire
Williams
Trey
Murphy
Jared
Butler
Chris
Duarte
18. OKCTre
Mann
Jared
Butler
Isaiah
Jackson
Keon
Johnson
Jalen
Johnson
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Kai
Jones
Jaden
Springer
19. NYKNYK
to CHA
Kai
Jones
Ziaire
Williams
Usman
Garuba
Trey
Murphy
Kai
Jones
Isaiah
Jackson
Usman
Garuba
Isaiah
Jackson
20. ATLJalen
Johnson
Cameron
Thomas
Keon
Johnson
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Cameron
Thomas
Josh
Primo
Keon
Johnson
Trey
Murphy
21. NYKNYK
to LAC
Keon
Johnson
Nah'shon
Hyland
Jaden
Springer
Kai
Jones
Nah'shon
Hyland
Keon
Johnson
Jaden
Springer
Ziaire
Williams
22. LALLAL
to WAS

WAS
to IND
Isaiah
Jackson
Keon
Johnson
Kai
Jones
Ziaire
Williams
Usman
Garuba
Usman
Garuba
Sharife
Cooper
Sharife
Cooper
23. HOUUsman
Garuba
Isaiah
Jackson
Sharife
Cooper
Sharife
Cooper
Sharife
Cooper
Brandon
Boston
Isaiah
Jackson
Kai
Jones
24. HOUJosh
Christopher
Sharife
Cooper
Isaiah
Todd
Isaiah
Jackson
Isaiah
Jackson
Jalen
Johnson
Jalen
Johnson
Jared
Butler
25. LACLAC
to NYK
Quentin
Grimes
Usman
Garuba
Josh
Christopher
Jared
Butler
Jared
Butler
Nah'shon
Hyland
Miles
McBride
Day'Ron
Sharpe
26. DENBones
Hyland
Josh
Primo
Josh
Primo
Isaiah
Todd
Quentin
Grimes
Cameron
Thomas
Josh
Primo
Cameron
Thomas
27. BKNCameron
Thomas
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Jaden
Springer
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Miles
McBride
Cameron
Thomas
Ayo
Dosunmu
28. PHIJaden
Springer
Jaden
Springer
Brandon
Boston
Josh
Primo
Josh
Primo
JT
Thor
Nah'shon
Hyland
Quentin
Grimes
29. PHXPHX
to BKN
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Ayo
Dosonmu
Miles
McBride
Miles
McBride
Tre
Mann
Kessler
Edwards
Joel
Ayayi
Joel
Ayayi
30. UTAUTA
to MEM
Santi
Aldama
Miles
McBride
Ayo
Dosunmu
Tre
Mann
Miles
McBride
Quentin
Grimes
Ayo
Dosonmu
Tre
Mann
31. MILMIL
to IND
Isaiah
Todd
JT
Thor
Quentin
Grimes
Ayo
Dosunmu
Jaden
Springer
Ayo
Dosunmu
Herbert
Jones
Rokas
Jokubaitis
32. NYKNYK
to OKC
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Quentin
Grimes
Jalen
Johnson
Jason
Preston
Ayo
Dosonmu
Sharife
Cooper
Quentin
Grimes
Jason
Preston
33. ORLORL
to LAC
Jason
Preston
Josh
Christopher
JT
Thor
Rokas
Jokubaitis
JT
Thor
Jaden
Springer
Tre
Mann
Josh
Christopher
34. OKCOKC
to NYK
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Tre
Mann
Brandon
Boston
Nah'shon
Hyland
Josh
Christopher
Jared
Butler
Day'Ron
Sharpe
Brandon
Boston
35. NOPHerbert
Jones
Isaiah
Todd
Tre
Mann
Josh
Christopher
Isaiah
Todd
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Joe
Wieskamp
Nah'shon
Hyland
36. OKCOKC
to NYK
Miles
McBride
Brandon
Boston
Vrenz
Bleijenbergh
Brandon
Boston
Joel
Ayayi
Joel
Ayayi
JT
Thor
Filip
Petrusev
37. DETDET
to CHA
JT
Thor
Joel
Ayayi
Greg
Brown
Charles
Bassey
Brandon
Boston
Tre
Mann
Austin
Reaves
Josh
Primo
38. CHIAyo
Dosunmu
Charles
Bassey
Nah'shon
Hyland
Joel
Ayayi
Kessler
Edwards
Jason
Preston
Brandon
Boston
Juhann
Begarin
39. SACNeemias
Queta
Herbert
Jones
Herbert
Jones
Austin
Reaves
Charles
Bassey
Isaiah
Todd
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Herbert
Jones
40. MEMMEM
to UTA
Jared
Butler
Joe
Wieskamp
Rokas
Jokubaitis
JT
Thor
Juhann
Begarin
Josh
Christopher
Santi
Aldama
JT
Thor
41. SANJoe
Wieskamp
Kessler
Edwards
Neemias
Queta
Juhann
Begarin
David
Johnson
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Isaiah
Todd
Neemias
Queta
42. DETIsaiah
Livers
Jason
Preston
Jason
Preston
Quentin
Grimes
Filip
Petrusev
Juhann
Begarin
Josh
Christopher
Greg
Brown
43. NOPNOP
to POR
Greg
Brown
Juhann
Begarin
Joe
Wieskamp
Aaron
Henry
Jason
Preston
Joe
Wieskamp
Filip
Petrusev
Miles
McBride
44. BKNKessler
Edwards
Aaron
Henry
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Herbert
Jones
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Charles
Bassey
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Isaiah
Livers
45. BOSJuhann
Begarin
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Aaron
Henry
David
Johnson
Austin
Reaves
Austin
Reaves
Jason
Preston
Daishen
Nix
46. TORDalano
Banton
Filip
Petrusev
Raiquan
Gray
Joe
Wieskamp
Herbert
Jones
Aaron
Wiggins
Juhann
Begarin
Kessler
Edwards
47. TORDavid
Johnson
David
Johnson
Charles
Bassey
Greg
Brown
Aaron
Wiggins
Herbert
Jones
Isaiah
Livers
Aaron
Wiggins
48. ATLSharife
Cooper
Rokas
Jokubaitis
Juhann
Begarin
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Jericho
Sims
David
Johnson
Greg
Brown
Isaiah
Todd
49. BKNMarcus
Zegarowski
Jericho
Sims
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Kessler
Edwards
Joe
Wieskamp
AJ
Lawson
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
50. PHIFilip
Petrusev
Austin
Reaves
Filip
Petrusev
Sam
Hauser
Aaron
Henry
Aaron
Henry
David
Johnson
Vrenz
Bleijenbergh
51. NOPNOP
to LAC
Brandon
Boston
Vrenz
Bleijenbergh
Amar
Sylla
Luka
Garza
Isaiah
Livers
Duane
Washington
Kessler
Edwards
Joe
Wieskamp
52. DETLuka
Garza
Isaiah
Livers
Jericho
Sims
Aaron
Wiggins
Daishen
Nix
RaiQuan
Gray
Vrenz
Bleijenbergh
Aaron
Henry
53. PHICharles
Bassey
Aaron
Wiggins
Santi
Aldama
Vrenz
Bleijenbergh
Greg
Brown
Jericho
Sims
Aaron
Henry
Luka
Garza
54. INDIND
to MIL
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Greg
Brown
Luka
Garza
Isaiah
Livers
Luka
Garza
Amar
Sylla
Charles
Bassey
Raiquan
Gray
55. OKCAaron
Wiggins
Santi
Aldama
David
Johnson
Filip
Petrusev
Santi
Aldama
Santi
Aldama
Neemias
Queta
McKinley
Wright
56. CHAScottie
Lewis
Luka
Garza
Isaiah
Livers
McKinley
Wright
Vrenz
Bleijenbergh
Filip
Petrusev
Justin
Champagnie
Charles
Bassey
57. CHACHA
to DET
Balša
Koprivica
Neemias
Queta
Joel
Ayayi
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
McKinley
Wright
Greg
Brown
Jericho
Sims
Matthew
Hurt
58. NYKJericho
Sims
McKinley
Wright
Justin
Champagnie
Daishen
Nix
Jeremiah
Robinson-Earl
Neemias
Queta
Luka
Garza
Jay
Huff
59. BKNRaiQuan
Gray
Sam
Hauser
Daishen
Nix
Neemias
Queta
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Vrenz
Bleijenbergh
Moses
Wright
David
Johnson
60. INDIND
to MIL
Georgios
Kalaitzakis
Sandro
Mamukelashvili
Chris
Smith
Santi
Aldama
Neemias
Queta
Sam
Hauser
Matthew
Hurt
Austin
Reaves

Summary of all transactions leading up to and during the Draft:

NBA.com

References:

ESPN/Draft Express [Jonathan Givony/Mike Schmitz]

The Ringer [Kevin O’Connor]

Bleacher Report [Jonathan Wasserman]

The Athletic [Sam Vecenie]

Sport Illustrated [Jeremy Woo]

NBA Big Board [Chad Ford]

Tankathon

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