The 2021 NBA draft will take place Thursday, July 29 with the Detroit Pistons holding the No. 1 pick. The Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic round out the top five selections.
We take a look at some of the prospects available in this draft, gauge their strengths, weaknesses, NBA comparisons and best landing spot within the player’s projected draft range. Here’s a breakdown for UConn guard James Bouknight.
Bouknight is an explosive ball-handler who is strong off the dribble. His ability to attack opens up the offense for others and Bouknight is a capable passer. His assist numbers weren’t great at UConn, but that’s primarily because he was asked to score. He’s a strong finisher at the basket.
Bouknight is a very inconsistent shooter. He can get hot at times, but struggles to consistently make perimeter shots. His free throw percentage offers hope for more consistent production. He’s also a mediocre defender at the moment and will have to improve on that side of the ball.
The best comparison for Bouknight is Jordan Clarkson, who just won Sixth Man of the Year. Clarkson improved as a shooter during his career and there’s no reason Bouknight can’t do the same. Expect the UConn guard to follow a similar career path as Clarkson.
Best Landing Spot
Bouknight is expected to go in the first round, but after the lottery. The New York Knicks and Houston Rockets are strong options for the athletic guard. The Knicks will be looking for a guard to run their second unit right away. It’s rare for New York to be considered a great landing spot for a draft prospect, but the roster lines up well Bouknight’s skills.