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The Toronto Raptors selected Florida State forward Scottie Barnes with the fourth-overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday.

The 19-year-old averaged 10.3 points and 4.1 assists last season and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year.

Barnes, six-foot-eight, 225-pounds, hails from West Palm Beach, Fla., and has a nearly seven-foot-three wing span.

The Detroit Pistons selected Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham with the first pick, the Houston Rockets chose Jalen Green of the NBA G League Ignite second and the Cleveland Cavaliers took USC centre Evan Mobley third overall.

Barnes marks Toronto’s highest selection since 2006 when the Raptors chose Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick.

The Raptors also hold the 46th and 47th picks in this year’s draft.

The draft is later than its traditional late-June slot for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic that interrupted the 2019-20 season. The 2021-22 season is scheduled to return to its normal schedule, with next year’s draft set for June again.

Pistons pick Cade Cunningham at No. 1

Cade Cunningham, the first player in Oklahoma State history to be picked No. 1 overall, joins a Pistons franchise that has won 20 games for two straight seasons. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons selected Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

Cunningham had been widely expected to be the first name called in New York, though Pistons general manager Troy Weaver wouldn’t reveal plans earlier this week and said the team would look at every scenario, including trades.

In the end, Detroit stuck with the 19-year-old mentioned as a potential top pick before ever stepping foot on the Oklahoma State campus.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound point guard from Arlington, Texas, lived up to expectations with his size and fluid game to become a first-team Associated Press All-American. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists with a game that allowed him to hit from 3-point range, score off the dribble or find teammates out of traps.

Cunningham attended the draft wearing a dark suit, shirt and tie with sparkles on his collars and cuffs. When the pick was announced, Cunningham kissed 2-year-old daughter Riley, sitting on his lap, then hugged family members and took the stage alongside NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to don a blue Pistons hat.

“It’s still pretty surreal to me,” Cunningham said. “I know how much responsibility comes with being the No. 1 pick. I know how much responsibility a city will put on the guy that they take No. 1. I’m more than excited to take on those tasks and try to deliver to the city of Detroit.”

Cunningham — the first player in Oklahoma State history to be picked No. 1 overall — joins a Pistons franchise that has won 20 games for two straight seasons and hasn’t finished better than .500 for five straight years.

Rockets grab Jalen Green

Houston followed at No. 2 by grabbing preps-to-pros teenager Jalen Green, who bypassed college basketball to play in the G League. The 6-foot-6 Green averaged 17.9 points on 46 per cent shooting 15 games, showing off high-flying dunks, a willingness to attack the rim and a promising shooting touch.

Green is now part of Houston’s rebuilding project after the James Harden trade to Brooklyn. The Rockets entered the night with three first-round picks after having a league-low 17 wins.

“They’re going to say it’s a great choice because the goals I have for myself,” Green said. “I plan on reaching them.”

Mobley to Cavs, Suggs to Magic rounds out top 5

Next up was Southern California freshman big man Evan Mobley, who went to Cleveland at No. 3. The 7-footer has potential as a mobile big man with length and the versatility to switch on switches. He swept Pac-12 individual honours while ranking as one of the nation’s top shot blockers and helped the Trojans reach an NCAA regional final for the first time in 20 years.

Toronto adding Barnes bumped Gonzaga freshman point guard Jalen Suggs down to No. 5 with the Orlando Magic, followed by another surprise in Oklahoma City grabbing 6-foot-8 playmaking teenager Josh Giddey – considered a potential lottery prospect — from Australia.

International talent

For the second time in five years, the Oklahoma City Thunder went Down Under to find a first-round pick, taking Josh Giddey at No. 6.

The 18-year-old Giddey, a 6-foot-8 guard from Melbourne, Australia, attended the NBA Global Academy in 2019-20 and played last season for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia’s National Basketball League. He was named the league’s rookie of the year after averaging 10.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and a league-best 7.6 assists per game.

In 2017, the Thunder used the No. 21 overall pick on Terrance Ferguson, who had played for the 36ers the previous season.

The Golden State Warriors selected forward Jonathan Kuminga with the No. 7 pick after he played last season with the G League Ignite following a 2016 move from his home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

With the Ignite, the development team for top prospects ahead of the draft, the 6-foot-8 Kuminga averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists over 13 games. The 18-year-old Kuminga attended high school in Hillside, New Jersey.

Magid added German forward Franz Wagner eighth with their second pick of the night.

Wagner, who averaged 12.5 points in his one season at the University of Michigan, could join his brother, Moritz Wagner, in Orlando. Mo averaged 12.5 points in 11 games with the Magic this past season.

Kings add Davion Mitchell

The Sacramento Kings selected Baylor two-way guard Davion Mitchell with the ninth overall pick.

Mitchell averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds while helping the Bears to their first national championship in more than 50 years last season.

The 22-year-old was the Naismith defensive player of the year, averaging 1.9 steals during his final season at Baylor. His defence earned Mitchell the nickname “Off Night” because of his opponents’ tendency to have a poor shooting game against him.

Complete list of picks

   1. Detroit, Cade Cunningham, G, Oklahoma State.
   2. Houston, Jalen Green, G, NBA G League Ignite.
   3. Cleveland, Evan Mobley, C, USC.
   4. Toronto, Scottie Barnes, F, Florida State.
   5. Orlando, Jalen Suggs, G, Gonzaga.
   6. Oklahoma City, Josh Giddey, G, Adelaide (Australia).
   7. Golden State (from Minnesota), Johnathan Kuminga, F, NBA G League Ignite.
   8. Orlando (from Chicago), Franz Wagner, G/F, Michigan.
   9. Sacramento, Davion Mitchell, G, Baylor.
   10. New Orleans, Ziaire Williams, F, Stanford.

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