2021 NBA mock draft: How this year's draft decisions change the next class

How Cole Anthony is preparing for the draft in NYC (1:36)

Cole Anthony tells Richard Jefferson how he is preparing for the NBA draft while social distancing in his home in New York City. (1:36)

NBA scouts were significantly more excited about next year's draft than this June's class even before the coronavirus pandemic brought enough uncertainty to cause several prospects to decline entering their names in the 2020 draft.

Headlined by two potential franchise players in Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green, who both would have likely been top picks in this year's draft, the 2021 draft has considerable star power. It also has more depth than usual, as several players who would have been candidates to hear their names called on draft night this year decided to withdraw due to the uncertainty around what the pre-draft process will look like.

Note: Any player who has publicly made himself eligible for the 2020 NBA draft was not considered for this mock.