2021 NBA draft scouting notes
Excellent versatile scorer, good playmaker, elite athlete, handle needs to be tightened up a bit,
6’6 combo guard with good size and length, especially for position with a 7’0.25 wingspan. 3 point shot also could use improvement.
Elite scoring ability reminds me of prime Carmelo Anthony can score the basketball with the best of them. 6’5 athletic guard,solid length with a 6’7.5 wingspan and 8’5 standing reach. Quick first step in the open floor. Light on his feet and glides on the court. Explosive and natural athlete. Flashes elite quickness.
Jalen Johnson possesses Lebron like passing ability and high level scoring ability.
Needs to add bulk but the talent to be elite is pretty obvious.
Evan Mobley- Unicorn like 7 footer who must have been created by the CIA. The secret is out very real superstar ability if he can add muscle and bulk up. Elite scorer and high end rebounder with defensive tools that boggle the mind.
This is our first mock draft for the 2021 NBA draft. Keep in mind it's early in the NBA season so the team draft order is far from set. Many of these prospects are still in high school so this is a raw projection based on high school playing tape.
7. New Orleans
8. New York
* Team needs have not been taken into account
In August we posted our season projections:
Thus far the results have been mixed. We picked the Hawks and Knicks to make a leap and make the playoffs. Atlanta is in the mix but NY has had a slow start. We had the Sacramento Kings as a bottom playoff seed and they have started 0-5. The Cleveland Cavaliers have surprised us the most thus far out performing our projections and being in the playoff hunt.
Basketball Rehab's most controversial projection is looking strong however. We had the Golden State Warriors missing the playoffs and Zion Williamson being injury prone. Both are looking strong early on.
A reminder these are some of the reasons why we projected Golden State Warriors to miss the playoffs:
Poor Bench Play
Lack of Starter Quality Talent
Klay Thompson Injury
Defensive Drop Off
Nostradamus will be back soon to tell us more of the basketball future so stay tuned.
Detroit Piston's fans probably are tired of hearing about Blake Griffin's durability and health concerns however the issue remains Griffin is nearing 30 with a injury history that is the stuff of nightmares.
I will admit the toe injury and broken hand are not long term concerns and they seemed like one time events.
What does concern us here at Basketball Rehab is Griffin's left leg. Blake Griffin has had the following injuries to this leg. Broken kneecap, bone bruise, torn meniscus, and torn quadriceps and knee swelling that led to a cleaning out of loose bodies.
There are two primary points of concern when it comes to long term effect. Osteoarthitis and loss of athleticism. Griffin is so dependent on his athleticism that any loss of it could be devastating.
Arthritis is associated with pain and swelling of a joint.
Osetoarthritis is a degeneration of the cartilage of the knee, trauma such as ligament tears and broken bones typically make this more likely to develop.
Arthritic joints continue reducing flexibility and increasing pain. Amare Stoudamire had his career shortened by knee arthritis our concern is Blake Griffin will suffer a similar fate.
Agree or disagree? Tell us in the comments.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. It stretches from the bones of your heel to your calf muscles. You can feel it -- a springy band of tissue at the back of your ankle and above your heel. It lets you point your toes toward the floor and raise up on your tiptoes. This tendon is also known as the calcaneal tendon, is a tendon of the back of the leg, and the thickest in the human body. It serves to attach the plantaris, gastrocnemius (calf) and soleus muscles to the calcaneus (heel) bone.
Achilles injuries typically occur from trauma or overuse. One of the most common causes of Achilles tendon injuries is playing competitive sports such as basketball or running.
A minor Achilles strain is when you have hyperextended this tendon but it did not tear. Ian Mahimi of the Washington Wizards is a recent example of this. Mahimi will miss six weeks partly as a precaution as an Achilles rupture can have devastating effects.
Have you ever injured your Achilles? Any questions? Let us know in the comments.
China's official basketball association has announced it will suspend cooperation with the Rockets after general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. In a statement chairman Yao Ming stated.
"The Chinese Basketball Association said Sunday on its Twitter-like Weibo account that Morey had made "improper remarks regarding Hong Kong" to which it expressed its "strong opposition."
Morey's now-deleted tweet read: "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong."
In a statement tweeted Sunday, Morey attempted to clarify the matter.
"I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China," Morey said in the statement. "I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives."
The NBA has issued a statement saying that all perspectives have value and are supported by them.
At Basketball Rehab we strive to bring you the most up to date content. We will be doing our share of detective work to bring you as many of the updated NBA player heights as possible for 2019 before the NBA does their official release. Why wait when you can bookmark this page!
Come back often to get updated official NBA player heights.
Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans 6'6"
Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets 6'10"
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers 6'11"
Mike Conley Utah Jazz 6'0"
Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz 6'2"
Marvin Bagley III Sacramento Kings 6'11
Lebron James LA Lakers 6'7"
Draymond Green 6'5
Philly 76ers Player heights:
Josh Richardson 6'5
Mike Scott 6'7.25
Hayward Highsmith 6'4.25
Zhaire Smith 6'3
Kyle O'Quinn 6'8.75
James Ennis III 6'6
Tobias Harris 6'7.5
Shake Milton 6'5
Raul Neto 6'0.75
Joel Embiid 6'11.75
Matisse Thybulle 6'5
Trey Burke 6'0.25
Ben Simmons 6'9.5
Furkan Korkmaz 6'7
Al Horford 6'9.25
Jonah Bolden 6'8.25
Brooklyn Nets Player Heights:
Rodions Kurucs 6'9
David Nwaba 6'5
Taureen Prince 6'7
Henry Ellenson 6'10
DeAndre Jordan 6'11
Spencer Dinwiddie 6'5
Kyrie Irving 6'2
Caris Levert 6'6
Luka Doncic 6'6.75
Kristaps Porzingis 7'2.75
JJ Barea 5'10
Boban Marjanovic 7'3.5
New York Knicks
Kadeem Allen 6'2
RJ Barrett 6'7"
Iggy Brazdeikas 6'7"
Reggie Bullock 6'7"
Daymean Dotson 6'6"
Wayne Ellington 6'5"
Taj Gibson 6'10
Bobby Portis 6'11
Kevin Knox 6'8
Marcus Morris 6'9
Elfrid Payton 6'4
Julius Randle 6'9
Trevor Ariza 6'8
Harrison Barnes 6'8
Buddy Hield 6'4'
Bogdan Bogdanovic 6'6
Marvin Bagley 6'11
Cory Joseph 6'3
De'Aaron Fox 6'3
Tyler Ullis 5'10'
Jaylen Brown 6'6
Jayson Tatum 6'8
Enes Kanter 6'10
Gordon Hayward 6'8
Kemba Walker 6'0
Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma has signed a 5 year endorsement deal with Puma.
Kuzma was already rocking Pumas at Lakers’ media day last Friday, even though the deal had yet to be formally announced.
Right now Kuzma is sidelined with a stress reaction in his foot that will have him out through at least training camp with the Lakers. It came up during his time with Team USA — he said he woke up one morning after an off day and his foot hurt, so he knew something was wrong — but is not expected to be chronic.
The move is part of a rebrand strategy by Puma that has included several new signings including Ny Knicks G RJ Barrett. Puma has named Kyle Kuzma the face of their brand.
The deal will pay Kyle Kuzma about 3 million annually.
As much intrigue as Zion Williamson holds for his athletic tools, his question marks spark just as much debate. At a height of 6’7” and weighing 285 pounds Zion’s measurements cause real concern about his non traditional proportions.
Although not obese to our knowledge his BMI of 32 puts him in that range. Let’s take a look at some of the high BMI and high weight risk factors and the research on how much more prevalent injuries become.
A study in the American Journal of Medicine showed a potential link between obesity or high weight and a higher prevalence of injuries. This includes anything relatively minor for sake of context. In another study it was shown shin splints and ankle sprains were more common to anyone with a high weight and or BMI.
My bigger concern however are Zion’s knees his dependence on his athleticism means a knee injury would be devastating. Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a key stabilizer of your knee and guides your tibia (shin bone) through a normal, stable range of motion.
The ACL is a broad, thick cord the size of your index finger with long collagen strands woven together in a way that allows it to withstand up to 500lbs of force.
A study in the Oxford journal of medicine shows that high weight can contribute to osteoarthritis a type of arthritis caused by heavy use of the joints and commonly seen in your 30’s. As far ligament damage ligament sprains seem to be more prevalent but could an ACL tear be more likely? Let’s keep digging.
Some risk factors that make ACL tears more prevalent are genetics, anatomy which can include weight and proportion, being female or obese. Zion is not female that we know of. Genetics definitely does play a role but for the purpose of this we don’t know Zion’s genetic profile.
It would seem his weight, proportions and the process of cutting, running and the strain playing basketball mean Zion is at a higher risk of an ACL tear. Zion’s weight is heavier than you would like for his height and it would seem increases his risk of a potential ACL tear.
We see a fairly strong chance Zion is injury prone. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
As many son's of NBA legends can testify to being in your father's spotlight provides expectations, challenges and opportunity. Zaire Wade is no stranger to this world. Currently a 3 star prospect per 247 sports the younger Wade has some real flaws to his game that still need to be addressed.
Zaire Wade is 6'3" Point Guard with a strong first step , excellent shooting touch and good court vision. Zaire does lack driving and finishing ability with his off hand. This is one of his major flaws that still needs work.
We project Zaire Wade to have solid NBA starter potential and to be a likely mid 1st round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.