The 2021 NBA Draft takes place on 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 perspectives available in this draft, assess their strengths, weaknesses, NBA comparisons, and the best landing point in the player’s projected draft range. Here’s a breakdown for Houston goalie Quentin Grimes.
Grimes’ three-point shot made a big jump last season in both attempts and percentage and Houston profited tremendously. He shot 40.3% on 248 attempts after taking just 129 a season earlier. The goalie has also improved on the free throw line and in the rebounding department, but shooting is the biggest draw for NBA teams. Grimes is also a decent defender who can use his size and physique to get saves.
Grimes would settle for contested shots at times and try to overdo it in situations where it was best to rely on others. As a result, he doesn’t attack the basket as much and might have a hard time adjusting if the teams cut the outside shot. He is a true shooting guard and does not have the makeup of a complementary ball manager at the top level.
Looking at comparable players for Grimes, Josh Hart and Spencer Dinwiddie present themselves as two options. Buddy Hield is also a good comparison considering the shooting ability. Grimes has the potential to be a solid 3-and-D player to the next level if all goes well.
Best landing point
Grimes will be available at the end of the first and the start of the second round and could add value to many teams in this area. The Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets will all be looking at Grimes. His best fit will be in a team that already has stars in place and can use it as a complementary piece. If the Lakers don’t take it at No.22, the 76ers at No.28 would be a great place for Grimes.