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2021 NBA mock draft: How 2020 decisions change things

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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)

Editor's note: This mock draft has been updated since it was originally published on April 27.

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. And when the dust settled on the NCAA's Aug. 3 deadline to withdraw from the draft, at least another half dozen prospects who had strong chances to hear their name called in 2020 elected to return to school, further bolstering the depth of the 2021 class.

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 a huge number of upperclassmen college basketball stars who shunned the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 pre-draft process to return to campuses.

Here's our updated look ahead to 2021. Get out new Top 100 rankings for 2020 here.