NBA Draft: Which Team Takes FSU’s Scottie Barnes?

Scottie Barnes is projected to be another NBA Draft prospect that is a one-and-done prodigy, Florida State has produced at least one NBA first-round pick over the last few years. The Seminoles have had a relevant basketball program because of head coach Leonard Hamilton.

Barnes is projected to be another NBA Draft Lottery selection. Scottie Barnes is raw in some areas, but he has a ton of upside to his basketball game. In a NBA Mock Draft, Scottie Barnes is projected to be the sixth overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to, his profile lists him as a guard. According to, they have him listed as a small forward/power forward. This goes to show that Scottie Barnes will have a ton of versatilty at the next level.

Barnes was one of the reasons why the Florida State Seminoles made it to the ACC Championship Game this past season. They lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

In the NCAA Tournament, Florida State was a number four seed and they lost in the Sweet 16 to the Michigan Wolverines. In 24 games last season with the Florida State Seminoles, he averaged 10.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.1 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.5 SPG.

Scottie Barnes was the heartbeat of the Florida State Seminoles basketball team this past season. He will most likely declare for the NBA Draft sooner rather than later.

All About Defense

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a young nucleus of Isaac Okoro, Collin Sexton, Dylan Windler, Jarrett Allen, and Darius Garland. Barnes would improve their defense tremendously.

Scottie Barnes has the potential to be an elite defender in the NBA. He can potentially guard all five positions, but his offensive game needs polishing. Barnes being selected in the first-round of the NBA will mean so much once again to the Florida State basketball program.

The latest Florida State player to be drafted in the first-round was Patrick Williams of the Chicago Bulls. He was selected fourth overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Barnes could also potentially be drafted a little bit higher or fall in the NBA Draft rankings. Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State, Evan Mobley of USC, and Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga are projected to be the top three picks in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft.

Scottie Barnes will be an effective pro. Being elite on the defensive end will promise him of having a spot on the roster. His offensive game must be better or Barnes will not be in the NBA for long.

Other Possibilities

Some of the other potential teams that he could be drafted by are the Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, and Sacramento Kings. Scottie Barnes will be happy to be drafted by any team as long as he can play in the NBA in some capacity.

It will be interesting to see what happen down the line here as well with Scottie Barnes. He will be more of the intriguing prospects in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft.

Where will Scottie Barnes be drafted in the 2021 NBA Draft and will he be good or no? Leave a comment below.

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