National basketball player Alperen Şengün was selected in the 16th place by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the American Basketball League (NBA) 2021 draft, while the Houston Rockets took the rights of the player.
This year’s NBA drafts were held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Alperen Şengün, who attracted attention with his performance in Beşiktaş Icrypex last season, was drafted in the first round. Houston Rockets, who received the Oklahoma City Thunder’s draft pick, preferred Alperen Şengün with the 16th pick.
The young basketball player showed the Turkish flag inside his jacket after being selected. Making a statement after the draft, 19-year-old Alperen stated that he was waiting for the NBA games to start as soon as possible and that he wanted to go to the field with legendary players.
First row Cade Cunningham
The Detroit Pistons, who have the right to choose a first player in the draft, preferred 19-year-old point guard Cade Cunningham, who plays for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the American Intercollegiate Basketball League. Cunningham, who is 2.03 meters tall, finished his college career averaging 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds.
Second choice Houston Rockets chose 19-year-old US shooter Jalen Green. The third pick was the 20-year-old US center Evan Mobley, preferred by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The basketball players selected in the first round of the 2021 NBA draft and the teams they went to are as follows:
Rank Player Team
1 Cade Cunningham Detroit Pistons
2 Jalen Green Houston Rockets
3 Evan Mobley Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Scottie Barnes Toronto Raptors
5 Jalen Suggs Orlando Magic
6 Josh Giddey Oklahoma City Thunder
7 Jonathan Kuminga Golden State Warriors
8 Franz Wagner Orlando Magic
9 Davion Mitchell Sacramento Kings
10 Ziaire Williams New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Memphis Grizzlies)
11 James Bouknight Charlotte Hornets
12 Joshua Primo San Antonio Spurs
13 Chris Duarte Indiana Pacers
14 Moses Moody Golden State Warriors
15 Corey Kispert Washington Wizards
16 Alperen Şengün Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to Rockets)
17 Trey Murphy Memphis Grizzlies (traded to the Pelicans)
18 Tre Mann Oklahoma City Thunder
19 Kai Jones New York Knicks (traded to Hornets)
20 Jalen Johnson Atlanta Hawks
21 Keon Johnson New York Knicks (traded to Los Angeles Clippers)
22 Isaiah Jackson Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Wizards)
23 Usman Garuba Houston Rockets
24 Josh Christopher Houston Rockets
25 Quentin Grimes Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Knicks)
26 Nah’Shon Hyland Denver Nuggets
27 Cameron Thomas Brooklyn Nets
28 Jaden Springer Philadelphia 76ers
29 Day’Ron Sharpe Phoenix Suns (traded to Nets)
30 Centi Deception Utah Jazz (traded to Grizzlies)