The Sacramento Kings raised quite a few eyebrows when they selected Davion Mitchell with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. It had nothing to do with Mitchell’s talent; he was just much older than his peers.
Only time will tell if Mitchell was the right pick for the Kings, but teams at the top of the draft already have a good idea of what the future holds for them, the Cleveland Cavaliers especially.
Though the Cavaliers didn’t have the No. 1 pick in the 2021 Draft, the results of this week poll show a majority of fans think he deserves to win Rookie of the Year.
In 38 games for the Cavaliers — all of which have been starts — Mobley has averaged 15 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Even on a team with as much young talent as the Cavaliers, Mobley projects to be the best of them all. And the best part is: they’re eight games above .500.
The Kings have done a better job of drafting in recent years, but teams like the Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies highlight the important of hitting every one of your picks.