Drafting the best player available makes sense if that player can maximize his potential within his NBA team's roster and system.
Certain prospects may need a specific role in order to take off. And some lineups should want to steer clear of a prospect whose weaknesses could amplify a team's problems.
For these teams in the bottom 10 of the projected lottery standings, we identified a prospect whom general managers should avoid because of questions about fit and clashing styles.
The 2021 draft lottery will take place June 22, while the draft is scheduled for July 29.
Avoid: Jalen Green
Green's identity: Explosive scorer
Cons to Green: Isolation-heavy, pull-up happy
Teams interested in Jalen Green will be picturing a potent scorer who can create his own offense. But he's not what the Minnesota Timberwolves need after they drafted Anthony Edwards and re-signed Malik Beasley.
Green is similarly pull-up happy, prefers one-on-one, takes tough shots and isn't a great playmaker.
There wouldn't be enough passing or defense with a lineup of D'Angelo Russell, Green, Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. Jalen Suggs and Cade Cunningham should be targets for the Wolves, who'd value their reputations as two-way players with more versatility and better track records of elevating the play of their teammates.
Houston Rockets: Keon Johnson
Avoid: Keon Johnson
Johnson's identity: Two-way energizer with room to grow offensively
Cons to Johnson: Limited creator and shooter
The Houston Rockets can't go wrong if they land a top-five pick. Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga would all fit. They have to be careful if bad luck strikes during the lottery.
The Rockets could be tempted by Johnson's explosiveness and theoretical upside. But he's too raw and unpolished for a team that ranks No. 27 in offense and 29th in three-point shooting.
Johnson graded in the 21st percentile as a pick-and-roll ball-handler and shot just 13-of-48 from deep in 27 games. He can provide athletic and hustle plays and defense right away, but the Rockets already have Jae'Sean Tate, a similar lower-skill, high-energy player.
Avoid: Jonathan Kuminga
Kuminga's identity: Combo-forward scorer
Cons to Kuminga: Isolation-heavy, shooting, defensive motor
Assuming the Detroit Pistons value Saddiq Bey's shooting, there isn't much room for Kuminga, who left the G League bubble at 24.6 percent from three with 35 assists to 34 turnovers.
He'll draw top-five interest from teams that picture him as a scoring mismatch at 6'8", 220 pounds, with the skills to create and shot-make. But unless the Pistons have plans to trade Jerami Grant, Kuminga isn't a fit for a team that needs savvy guard play and creation, perimeter firepower or a centerpiece at the 5.
Any of the other four projected top-five picks—Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Evan Mobley, Jalen Green—would be more useful to Detroit.