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2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Mock Draft: Who is going No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts?

The 2021-22 NBA season is almost here, set to tip-off on Oct. 19. With preseason games beginning this weekend, on Sunday, Oct. 3, NBA action is right around the corner.

You know what that means: Fantasy Basketball season is upon us and the best part of the season - the fantasy draft - is quickly approaching.

Feeling behind on your Fantasy Basketball research? Don't sweat it. We have you covered with an entire 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Draft Kit here.

In addition, 13 members of our NBA.com Global Staff came together to supply you with an outline of how your fantasy draft may turn out. This mock draft is to provide you with an idea of where players might get selected so you know the exact range of when to take all of your favourite players.

See the full list of 130 players drafted below, along with a round-by-round breakdown of notable selections.

Note: We drafted in "snake draft" order, meaning the last person to pick in the first round gets the first pick of the second round, so on and so forth. The roster format was point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center, two utility players and three bench players.

2021-22 Fantasy Basketball Mock Draft Board

Team Owner Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10
Benyam Kidané (@BenyamKidane) Nikola Jokic Michael Porter Jr. Zion Williamson DeMar DeRozan Tyrese Haliburton Mikal Bridges Matisse Thybulle Saddiq Bey De'Andre Hunter Cole Anthony
Nacho Losilla (@Losilla_) Giannis Antetokounmpo De'Aaron Fox Khris Middleton Richaun Holmes Jrue Holiday Mitchell Robinson Bogdan Bogdanovic Seth Curry Dillon Brooks Blake Griffin
Yash Matange (@yashmatange2694) Luka Doncic Jimmy Butler Jusuf Nurkic Kristaps Porzingis Pascal Siakam Bobby Portis Norman Powell Josh Giddey Mike Conley Dwight Howard
Scott Rafferty (@crabdribbles) James Harden Anthony Davis Zach LaVine Myles Turner Malcolm Brogdon Jalen Suggs Miles Bridges Robert Covington Kemba Walker Harrison Barnes
Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) Karl-Anthony Towns Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Devin Booker Brandon Ingram Cade Cunningham Robert Williams RJ Barrett Aleksej Pokusevski Aaron Gordon Eric Bledsoe
Carlan Gay (@TheCarlanGay) Kevin Durant Clint Capela Jonas Valanciunas CJ McCollum Kyle Lowry Keldon Johnson Collin Sexton Kyle Anderson Duncan Robinson Kevin Huerter
Sergio Rabinal (@S_Rabinal) Russell Westbrook Rudy Gobert Julius Randle Anthony Edwards Jerami Grant Dennis Schroder Joe Harris Montrezl Harrell TJ McConnell Nerlens Noel
Kyle Irving (@KyleIrv_) Stephen Curry LaMelo Ball Jaylen Brown John Collins Gordon Hayward Isaiah Stewart Evan Mobley Marcus Smart Tyler Herro Larry Nance Jr.
Alex Novick (@ANov_SN) Domantas Sabonis Paul George Ja Morant Dejounte Murray Draymond Green Lonzo Ball Kevin Porter Jr. Kelly Olynyk Jakob Poeltl Kenyon Martin Jr.
Leandro Fernández (@FernandezLea) Damian Lillard Bam Adebayo Donovan Mitchell OG Anunoby Caris LeVert Darius Garland PJ Washington Derrick White Daniel Gafford Jae'Sean Tate
Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21) LeBron James Nikola Vucevic Fred VanVleet Christian Wood Terry Rozier Jaren Jackson Jr. Jordan Clarkson Chris Boucher Devonte' Graham Tim Hardaway Jr.
Juan Estévez (@JuanEstevez90) Joel Embiid Bradley Beal Chris Paul Kyrie Irving Ben Simmons Jarrett Allen Evan Fournier Jonathan Isaac Marcus Morris Sr. Buddy Hield
Agustín Aboy (@AboyAgustin) Trae Young Jayson Tatum Tobias Harris Deandre Ayton Jalen Green Spencer Dinwiddie Bojan Bogdanovic D'Angelo Russell Mason Plumlee Klay Thompson

ROUND 1

No. 1 - Nikola Jokic

The reigning MVP was slighted in most fantasy drafts last year, going in the mid-to-late first round. Managers that had Jokic fall into their lap were rewarded handsomely, as the Nuggets superstar had the best season of his young career, averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

He finished head-and-shoulders above the pack in year-end Fantasy Basketball rankings and although there are sexier names available when you have the No. 1 pick, don't overthink it. It's Nikola Jokic.

Nos. 2 and 3 - Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic

These two stars get grouped together because there is no wrong answer. One of these two players should be the No. 2 pick and whoever remains should surely go No. 3. Feel free to attack this pick based on preference, because Antetokounmpo and Doncic are both in line for monster seasons again this year.

No. 7 - Russell Westbrook

Westbrook slid into the second round of most fantasy drafts last year and while Jokic was surely the MVP of the Fantasy Basketball regular season, the triple-double king stole the title of MVP in the Fantasy Basketball playoffs. Playing alongside LeBron, it's likely that owners will forget just how productive Westbrook was a season ago and lose sight of how great he could be next to his new superstar teammates.

Don't let him slide too far - he shouldn't drop out of the first round under any circumstance.

No. 11 - LeBron James

And speaking of the Lakers, this is lower than I would have expected James to be selected. Even with Westbrook by his side to share some counting stats, LeBron is still worthy of a first-round pick. Should he go before or after Westbrook? That could be based on personal preference. Until he shows otherwise, James will still produce at a high level and be a force in fantasy.

ROUND 2

No. 17 - Paul George

With Kawhi Leonard expected to be sidelined for the majority of the year as he recovers from offseason ACL surgery, George will be the Clippers' go-to guy. To give you an idea of the numbers he might produce: he averaged 29.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.6 3-pointers and 1.4 steals per game in the playoffs once Leonard went down. He'll be a fantasy stud this year.

No. 19 - LaMelo Ball

This might be slightly early for Ball to be selected, but you should feel strongly about the season the 2020 Rookie of the Year has ahead of him. After averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game as a starter last year, the Hornets have reloaded with talent around the young star point guard and he should be the biggest beneficiary of the group.

No. 23 - Anthony Davis

It's fair for fantasy managers to feel snake-bitten after likely selecting Davis in the early first-round last season, but don't let him fall this far in your draft. He is still one of the 10 best players in the NBA and if he stays healthy, he'll surely finish as a top-10 fantasy player, too. Expect a stat line closer to his 2019-20 championship season, where he averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game.

ROUND 3

No. 29 - Jusuf Nurkic

Even though Nurkic is a solid fantasy player, this is too early for him to go off the board. There will be other players still available who can make a bigger contribution across all stats, and the center position is fairly deep to get someone of similar value later, too. Look for Nurkic around the sixth-to-eighth-round stage of your draft.

No. 33 - Julius Randle

Randle is a steal at the 33rd pick. The reigning Most Improved Player of the Year is coming off of a season in which he averaged 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game while notching 41 double-doubles and six triple-doubles. Don't let his 2021 NBA Playoff performance scare you away - Randle will have another huge fantasy season this year.

ROUND 4

No. 41 - Kyrie Irving

Irving's fantasy draft stock will remain unclear until it is announced if he will be able to participate in Nets' home games (due to a city-imposed vaccination mandate). You don't want to waste an early pick on a player that will play a maximum of 41 games, but at the same time, you don't want to let a talent of Irving's caliber fall by the wayside if it is later announced he can play at home. This is about the right range to roll the dice on the All-Star guard.

No. 42 - Christian Wood

Don't forget about how awesome Wood was last season prior to his season-altering ankle injury. The breakout forward was in hot pursuit of Most Improved Player of the Year through his first 15 games in Houston, averaging 23.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 assists. He was still productive upon his return, but his health limited him to just 41 games. With the expectation that Wood is back to full strength, don't let him slip through the cracks of your fantasy draft.

ROUND 5

No. 55 - Pascal Siakam

Siakam is expected to be sidelined until November at the earliest as he works his way back to a full recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Don't let the injury designation fool you in the draft lobby - Siakam should be available for the majority of the season and will be in a position to produce big numbers as one of the Raptors' go-to guys. This is the right range to take a swing on him.

No. 57 - Cade Cunningham

The first rookie off the real 2021 NBA Draft board and likely, your Fantasy Basketball draft board as well. The keys to the Pistons' franchise will be handed over to Cunningham, who will have a huge usage rate this year to put up big numbers. He's well-worth an early-round pick as a player that will stuff the stat sheet in just about every category.

No. 62 - Caris LeVert

Highlighting LeVert here to mention that this draft was done before Adrian Wojnarowski's report stating he suffered a stress fracture in his back. Even though it's minor and he "could return around the start of the season," select LeVert later than this spot and with caution due to a lengthy injury history.

No. 64 - Ben Simmons

When to draft Simmons just might be one of the trickiest questions of the 2021-22 Fantasy Basketball season. My gut says it's worth taking a swing on him prior to this pick, because he will return to being a top-tier fantasy player whenever he makes his return to the floor - presumably, when gets his wish to be traded from the Philadelphia 76ers. If he receives an injury designation because of his absence, don't be afraid to draft-and-stash him earlier than here.

ROUND 6

No. 71 - Isaiah Stewart

Stewart was one of the breakout fantasy players at the end of last season, highlighted by a stretch of three-straight double-doubles where he averaged 17.3 points, 16.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. While that isn't the stat line you should expect from the second-year player, he should be much more productive with a more consistent role in Detroit this season. He's one of the biggest sleepers in Fantasy Basketball this season.

No. 75 - Jalen Suggs

Suggs will take the reins in Orlando, immediately becoming the most valuable fantasy player on the roster. He posted a balanced stat line in one season at Gonzaga and I expect him to do the same at the NBA level with a high usage rate. There's a case to be made that Suggs could be the first rookie that should go off the board, but he's definitely 1B to Cunningham's 1A.

ROUND 7

No. 82 - Miles Bridges

Bridges elevated his game to another level down the home stretch of last season before he had to miss roughly two weeks due to the league's health and safety protocols. Even with the six-game gap, Bridges averaged 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 3-pointers, 2.8 assists and 1.0 blocks while shooting 51.1 percent from the field 43.5 percent from 3 over the last two months of the season.

It will be interesting to see his level of production with Gordon Hayward returning to full strength and the offseason addition of Kelly Oubre Jr., but Bridges is worth taking a flier on in the late rounds in case he picks up where he left off last season.

No. 87 - Kevin Porter Jr.

Porter will be a consensus favourite sleeper in fantasy this season. With the reports that John Wall is looking to be traded out of Houston, Porter should take over full-time point guard duties as the Rockets begin to look toward the future. Going for 50 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in a game last season gives you an idea of why people are so high on the upside of the 21-year-old guard.

ROUND 8

No. 93 - Jonathan Isaac

Isaac was having a breakout fantasy season in 2019-20, becoming a specialist for defensive counting stats. He missed all of last season recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in the bubble and it appears that will carry into this season, but he's still well worth a draft pick in the later rounds of your fantasy draft. Averaging 2.3 blocks and 1.6 steals per game over 34 games in 2019-20, that type of production in those categories will be invaluable.

ROUND 9

No. 111 - Tyler Herro

Herro was certainly over-drafted last year with many owners likely reaching to grab the 2020 NBA bubble standout rookie. He had a down year relative to expectations, but he'll have an even better opportunity to step up this season. The Heat have title aspirations but their depth has thinned out a bit despite adding star guard Kyle Lowry into their starting lineup. That means Herro will have a major responsibility to carry the second unit, and 35-year-old Lowry also missed 36 games last season. With Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn no longer on the roster, Herro will take on any available guard minutes.

ROUND 10

No. 118 - Klay Thompson

Thompson isn't expected to make his debut until after Christmas but it's safe to assume he'll slot right back into the starting lineup for a solid Warriors team upon his return. After missing the past two seasons healing from an ACL and Achilles injury, respectively, Thompson will be back to provide an abundance of points and 3s. He may even be worth a draft-and-stash higher than this slot because he should hit his stride around the fantasy playoffs.

No. 129 - Blake Griffin

Getting Griffin in the 10th round could be considered a steal. He averaged a modest 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a member of the Brooklyn Nets last season, but he shot the ball efficiently, contributing to 3s as well. Surrounded by nothing but talent, Griffin's production will vary from night-to-night but he'll be a solid bench player all fantasy season long.

Notable undrafted players

Kawhi Leonard (ACL)

My guess is if our mock draft went even one more round, Leonard would have landed on a roster. Recovering from offseason ACL injury, Leonard didn't rule out returning at some point this season and you don't need me to tell you that he's well worth holding down an IR spot all year just in case he comes back. When the talent pool gets thin in the later rounds, use a pick on Leonard. He'll be an ace up your sleeve for a potential playoff push.

Jamal Murray (ACL)

In a similar light as Leonard, Murray will also miss time recovering from an ACL injury suffered last season. However, Murray went down in April, meaning he's much more likely to return this season than Kawhi. He'll still spend the majority of the year in your IR slot, but he's worth taking even before Leonard off of the expectation that he will be available at some point this year.

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