NBA Draft: Buying or selling the top 10 prospects as future stars

NBA Draft prospect Keon Johnson (John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)
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NBA Draft prospect Cade Cunningham (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via USA TODAY NETWORK) /

Buying or selling the top 10 prospects in the 2021 NBA Draft as potential stars. 

The goal of every team selecting in the top 10 of the NBA Draft is to find the next superstar and possibly a face for the franchise, a player that the team could build around for the next decade. However, unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

In fact, it’s more often than not that a player isn’t going to live up to his potential (for one reason or another, and sometimes not the fault of the player himself). How many stars will emerge from the 2021 NBA Draft class?

We play Buy or Sell on the star potential for each player ranked in the top 10 of the 2021 NBA Draft class.

NBA Draft Prospect: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

Since the beginning of the collegiate basketball season, Cade Cunningham has sat atop most draft rankings. There aren’t many that are willing to question this ranking and all signs point to Cunningham ultimately being the top pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

And there’s plenty to like about Cunningham as a prospect. He’s 6-foot-8 with a 7-plus foot wingspan. He is a good playmaker and an electric all-around offensive player. If there is any question in Cunningham as a prospect, it’s likely his lack of elite athleticism.

That said, we’ve seen plenty of recent stars emerge in the NBA without such athleticism. Cunningham likely translates as a playmaker right away and will need to fine-tune the other aspects of his offensive game to reach the potential many believe he has.

Star potential: Buy