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Top 5 NBA-ready prospects of 2021 Draft class

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

1. Jalen Green, SG (G-League Ignite)

Age: 19 Height: 6-6 Weight: 180 Wingspan: 6-7

2020/21 stats: 15 G, 17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.3 bpg, 46.1 FG% (6.3/13.6), 36.5 3PT% (2.1/5.7), 82.9 FT%

Player comparison: Zach LaVine

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 2nd, Sports Illustrated 2nd, Ringer 2nd, NBADraft.net 2nd, Bleacher Report 2nd

Analysis: Green's scoring prowess is at an elite level already, figuring to be an impactful edition in this year's draft. Because he was playing against other professionals, Green's game rounded out in the G-League. The shooting guard already has 'the Harden step-back' in his repertoire. He also can attack the rim with circus-like finishes.  - Byrum

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2. Davion Mitchell, G, (Baylor)

Age: 22 Height: 6-1 Weight: 202 Wingspan: 6-4

2020/21 stats: 30 G, 11.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.4 bpg, 51.1 FG% (5.3/10.3), 44.7 3PT% (2.1/4.7), 64.1 FT%

Player comparison: Marcus Smart, Lu Dort

 

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

Analysis: Mitchell is known for his physical defense on the perimeter. He was a driving force for the national champion Baylor Bears, winning Big 12 defensive player of the year. He averaged 1.9 steals per game. Mitchell is very quick and was able to stay in front of some of the best guards in the nation as a college player. He will have to do that against even faster and much bigger guards in the NBA. But he's got a strong upper body and does a good job of initiating contact to make opponents uncomfortable. - Hughes

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3. Corey Kispert, 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 13th, Ringer 12th, NBADraft.net 13th, Bleacher Report 17th

Analysis: What's perhaps the most impressive about Kispert is that his numbers come without him being the primary focus of an offense. Kispert plays within his role and does it well without overstepping. Aside from running in transition, rarely do you see him trying to put the ball on the floor. Even if his shots are limited, he's fine playing in the system and being efficient. - Byrum

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4. Trey Murphy III, SF (Virginia)

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

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 15th, Sports Illustrated 17th, Ringer 19th, NBADraft.net 17th, Bleacher Report 15th

Analysis: Even though Murphy projects as a late-first 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

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5. Chris Duarte, G, (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 19th, Sports Illustrated 15th, Ringer 14th, NBADraft.net 15th, Bleacher Report 14th

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... The Oregon wing isn't just a shooter, however. Duarte is one of the more polished offensive prospects in this class. His ability to hit jumpers from all over the floor certainly helps, but he's a confident ball-handler in pick-and-roll when looking for his shot and is a solid finisher at the rim. Duarte shot 53% from the floor last season with the Ducks and it was no considering the depth of his offensive skill set. - DePrisco

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