Top 5 3-and-D prospects in 2021 NBA Draft

Corey Kispert

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Here is a look at the five best 3-and-D prospects in this year's class with analysis from NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes, Tyler Byrum and Mike DePrisco.

1. Corey Kispert: SG/SF, Gonzaga

Age: 22 Height: 6-7 Weight: 220 Wingspan: 6-7

2020/21 stats: 32 G, 18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 52.9 FG% (6.5/12.3), 44.0 3PT% (2.8/6.5), 87.8 FT%

Player comparison: Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 14th, Sports Illustrated 11th, Ringer 10th, NBADraft.net 13th, Bleacher Report 14th

Analysis: At the NBA Combine, Kispert compared his overall skill set to Klay Thompson. Ideally, Kispert would thrive in an off-ball shooting role, as Thompson has in Golden State. Like Thompson, Kispert is able to get his nose dirty on the defensive end. He isn't necessarily a lock-down defender, but there is positional versatility that he brings. 

Kispert is in a tier of his own when it comes to his shooting ability in this draft class. In his final season with Gonzaga, he posted elite percentages from the field. His 44.0% clip from deep came on 6.5 attempts per game. High volume, high efficiency. There's certainly the potential for him to be in the 50-40-90 conversation. A quick release and a fluid, consistent form will have him contributing right away - Byrum



2. Moses Moody: SF, Arkansas

Age: 19 Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 Wingspan: 7-0

2020/21 stats: 32 G, 16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.7 bpg, 42.7 FG% (5.2/12.1), 35.8 3PT% (1.8/5.1), 81.2 FT%

Player comparison: Mikal Bridges

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 11th, Ringer 15th, NBADraft.net 8th, Bleacher Report 11th

Analysis: A lot of the top wing prospects have questions regarding their jump shot, but that's not the case with Moody. He can really shoot it, as evidenced by his 35.8% mark from three on considerable volume and a solid 81.2% success rate at the free-throw line. Moody should be an effective spot-up shooter from Day 1 in the NBA, which is incredibly valuable for a player his size. 

Moody is a good, versatile defender already as well. He has the foot speed to handle guards and wings on the perimeter and the length to hold his own against bigger forwards. Moody already weighs 210 pounds but could afford to add a bit more muscle to unlock his defensive versatility. - DePrisco


3. Trey Murphy III: SF/PF, Virginia

Age: 21 Height: 6-9 Weight: 206 Wingspan: 7-1

2020/21 stats: 25 G, 11.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.4 bpg, 50.3 FG% (3.8/7.6), 43.3 3PT% (2.1/4.8), 92.7 FT%

Player comparison: Jae Crowder, Danny Green

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 25th, Sports Illustrated N/A, Ringer N/A, NBADraft.net N/A, Bleacher Report 35th

Analysis: Even though Murphy projects as a late-first round, early-second round prospect, he will be a fantastic fit if a team utilizes him in the proper role. When it comes to 3-and-D prospects, there isn't a player that fits the definition for that role more than Murphy. The lengthy small forward played his NBA role to a tee in his lone season at Virginia. Few prospects have the 3-point prowess that Murphy does. - Byrum


4. Franz Wagner: SF/PF, Michigan

Age: 19 (turns 20 in Aug.) Height: 6-9 Weight: 220 Wingspan: N/A

2020/21 stats: 28 G, 12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg, 47.7 FG% (4.4/9.3), 34.3 3PT% (1.3/3.6), 83.5 FT%

Player comparison: Kyle Kuzma, Deni Avdija

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 13th, Sports Illustrated 13th, Ringer 8th, NBADraft.net 15th, Bleacher Report 10th


Analysis: While Wagner likely profiles as a four at the NBA level, he has the potential to play some three and maybe even some five in small-ball lineups. He's a fluid athlete who can run the floor, pass and has flashed some potential to create off the dribble. Wagner is good at moving the ball in the halfcourt with quick passes.

While Wagner shoots fairly well for his size, he topped out at 34.3% from three as a sophomore. For him to reach his potential offensively, that number will have to go up in the NBA. - Hughes


5. Chris Duarte: SG/SF, Oregon


Age: 24 Height: 6-6 Weight: 190 Wingspan: 6-8

2020/21 stats: 26 G, 17.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.8 bpg, 53.2 FG% (6.2/11.6), 42.4 3PT% (2.3/5.5), 81.0 FT%

Player comparison: Gary Trent Jr.

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 23rd, Ringer 22nd, NBADraft.net 28th, Bleacher Report 19th

Analysis: Duarte is one of the best shooters in this draft and he's comfortable getting his shot off in a multitude of ways. He can hit triples spotting up, in pick and roll and coming around screens. Duarte shot over 40% from three on 5.5 3-point attempts per game while hitting 81% from the free-throw line. Shooting is the premium skill in the NBA and Duarte should be able to provide plenty of it to his next team. 

He's also a solid defender with good fundamentals, but he leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to versatility. Duarte usually isn't quick enough to slide with guards and smaller perimeter players, and he's not big enough to handle larger wings. Fundamentals can get you a long way in the NBA, especially when you're 6-foot-6, but if you're looking for an elite 3-and-D prospect, Duarte isn't all the way there. - DePrisco