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 Florida guard Tre Mann.
He’s a strong rebounder for his position, but Mann’s biggest strength is his three-point shot. The Florida sophomore knocked down 40.2 percent of his triples on more attempts, showcasing his upside as a shooter. Mann’s progression from his freshman to sophomore season will entice teams.
Mann is not a great defender, even after his recent growth spurt. He occasionally gets careless with the ball as well. He had seven games with four or more turnovers, including both NCAA Tournament contests.
D’Angelo Russell is a good comparison for Mann. He has the skills and physical profile of the Timberwolves guard coming out of college. The strengths and weaknesses are also similar, but maybe Mann gets into a less strenuous situation than Russell did with the Lakers.
Best Landing Spot
This is another prospect who could go from the late teens to the end of the first round, depending on how teams feel. It’s unlikely Mann slips past 20, but the ideal situation for him is with the Denver Nuggets. Mann fits in well as a secondary guard alongside Jamal Murray or Monte Morris. He also fits the timeline of the team and can be a lethal shooter from the jump. The Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder or New York Knicks could grab Mann in the late teens if they feel he’s the real deal.