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Cade Cunningham tops 2021 NBA Draft class, Fil-am sensation Jalen Green goes No. 2

Jul 30, 2021, 7:10 AM
Nicole Pulido

Nicole Pulido

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Cade Cunningham made history as the first player from Oklahoma State to be picked No. 1 overall in the NBA.

CADE Cunningham topped NBA Draft as the Detroit Pistons selected the Oklahoma State guard as the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday (July 29), while Fil-Am Jalen Green was selected by the Houston Rockets as the 2nd overall pick at New York.

The Pistons had been projected to pick Cunningham since winning the lottery last month.

He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists and was Big 12 Player of the Year during his lone college season with the Cowboys.

Cunningham then made history as the first player in Oklahoma State history to be picked No. 1 overall in the NBA.

Fil-Am Green who skipped college to play pro hoops in the G League with Team Ignite led the team by averaging 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in the regular season and went on to score his career-high in points in his lone lone playoff game, putting up 30 markers along with seven assists and five rebounds.

"The guys that I've been around -- the Paul Georges, the Kobe Bryants, guys like that who were also the targets of the other team's best defensive players and their scouting report, they figured out a way to get it done,"Team Ignite’s head coach Brian Shaw said about the young 6-foot-6 Green.

With Cunningham and Green already taken, the Cleveland Cavaliers were left with an easy choice with Southern California freshman big man Evan Mobley at 3rd overall pick.

The 7-footer USC alumnus swept the Pac-12's major awards -- conference player of the year, freshman of the year and defensive player of the year -- after averaging 16.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.9 blocks in 33 games for the Trojans.

The Toronto Raptors then selected Scottie Barnes at No. 4, with former Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs dropping to the Orlando Magic at No. 5.

Here are the rest of the top 10 picks for this year’s draft:

No. 6 Josh Giddey, Australia to Oklahoma City Thunder

No. 7 Jonathan Kuminga, G League Ignite to Golden State Warriors (from Timberwolves)

No. 8 Franz Wagner, Michigan to Orlando Magic (from Bulls)

No. 9 Davion Mitchell, Baylor to Sacramento Kings

No. 10 Ziaire Williams, Stanford to Memphis Grizzlies (from Pelicans)

Tags: #basketball, #NBA, #NBADraftClass, #CadeCunningham


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