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2011 NBA Mock Draft

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
2011 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2
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Updated: June 23, 2011, 7:25 p.m.
  1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke, 6-3, Fr.
    There have been rumblings that the Cavs will indeed take Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick instead of Derrick Williams. Cleveland already has Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions at the point, but it is hard to pass up a franchise point guard and Irving is the best prospect in this class.

    We've already graded the Kyrie Irving pick in our 2011 NBA Draft Live Grades. Check back on draft night (Thursday) to see our live NBA Draft grades for each pick just moments after each selection.

  2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona, 6-9, So.
    In this scenario, the Timberwolves settle for whomever the Cavs do not pick. There has been a ton of discussion about the T-Wolves trading out of this pick since Derrick Williams doesn't fit as they already has Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph who are combo forwards. David Kahn did throw out the possibility of taking Enes Kanter but that appears to be a bluff in hopes of finding a trade partner.

  3. Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky, 6-11, Fr.
    Utah owns this pick via the Deron Williams trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2011 NBA Draft Trades.

    This pick will come down to Enes Kanter or Brandon Knight, and it appears to be a toss-up at this point. I think Kanter is the better prospect and ultimately wins out even though Knight seems to fit the bigger need.

  4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, PF/C, Lithuania, 6-10, 1992
    If the Cavs go Irving at No. 1, they are praying Utah takes Knight so Enes Kanter falls to them at No. 4. Since I have Kanter going to the Jazz, the Cavs turn their attention to Jonas Valanciunas assuming they cannot trade down. Cleveland reportedly is very high on Valnciunas but will have to wait a year before he comes to the NBA.

  5. Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky, 6-3, Fr.
    The Raptors reportedly want to go defense with Kawhi Leonard and Bismack Biyombo both in play. However, Brandon Knight is the better long-term prospect and probably get the nod since he falls to this spot.

  6. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic, 6-11, 1989
    The Wizards really need a true small forward and should take a hard look at Kawhi Leonard and Jan Vesely. Vesely is probably more of a power forward but could also play the three, and Washington reportedly likes him a lot.

  7. Charlotte Bobcats: Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo, 6-9, 1992.
    The Bobcats traded up to reportedly grab Bismack Biyombo or Tristan Thompson with this pick. Biyombo is more of a center than Thompson which Charlotte needs so I'll give him the edge.

  8. Detroit Pistons: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas, 6-9, Fr.
    The Pistons likely turn their attention to Tristan Thompson or Bismack Biyombo; whomever Charlotte doesn't take at No. 7.

  9. Charlotte Bobcats: Klay Thompson, SG, Wash St., 6-7, Jr.
    Since the Bobcats traded Stephen Jackson, they suddenly have a hole at two guard. Corey Maggette gives them a viable option at the three so suddenly a scorer like Klay Thompson is more important than a small forward like Kawhi Leonard.

  10. Sacramento Kings: Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU, 6-2, Sr.
    I hate that this looks like it is going to happen. But it appears the Kings are taking Jimmer over Kemba. Kawhi Leonard could be a possibility if he falls here.

  11. Golden State Warriors: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State, 6-7, So.
    Golden State has been high on Klay Thompson for quite some time but since he is off the board, defensive-minded wings like Kawhi Leonard or Chris Singleton become the focus.

  12. Utah Jazz: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn, 6-1, Jr.

  13. Phoenix Suns: Iman Shumpert, G, Georgia Tech, 6-5, Jr.
    The biggest riser in the draft. The Suns really like Shumpert and even though I cannot believe they would take him over Alec Burks, it is likely to happen.

  14. Houston Rockets: Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State, 6-9, Jr.
    The Rockets need a true center and will consider Nikola Vucevic. I think Chris Singleton is the better value here though as the gives Houston a lockdown, versatile defender. Marcus Morris could also be an option.

  15. Indiana Pacers: Markieff Morris, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Jr.
    The Pacers could use some versatility in their frontcourt since they are very thin up front, and since Larry Bird tends to play it safe on draft night rather than take risks, I think Markieff Morris gets the nod over a player like Biyombo.

    Go to 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Picks 16-30
    Sorry for cutting this into two halves; I've received complaints about load times and putting the mock draft on two pages saves bandwith.

    Go to 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2

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Wilson 02-28-2011 01:24 am (total posts: 3)
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Cavs gunna rebuild next year with kyrie irving there record next year is gunna be either 41-41 or 42-40
toraptors 02-27-2011 07:38 am (total posts: 1)
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you have the raptors taking a power forward? Seriously why did you even bother.
Jimmer Fredette 02-26-2011 02:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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Dan Gilbert 02-25-2011 11:13 am (total posts: 5)
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Cavs also have clippers unrestricted 1st round pick now. So 4 picks in the first 40 of the draft.
PCFAN 02-24-2011 08:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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I just saw Marshon Brooks drop 52 points on Notre Dame hes a 1st rounder on my board now
cd 02-23-2011 09:25 pm (total posts: 5)
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malik- i wouldnt wanna be in charge of the cavs eitherlol

-and cavs do have 2 second round picks
yo momma 02-22-2011 09:03 pm (total posts: 5)
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i dont c dan gilbert passing up both hometown guys in sully,and norris cole
Blake 02-22-2011 07:59 pm (total posts: 1)
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Bulls Own The #28 pick as Toronto Just Traded The Pulls That Pick For F James Johnson
LeBum 02-22-2011 03:02 pm (total posts: 5)
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Kalin Lucas sucks and so does MSU, he'll be in the D league for a while nut sack
Kalin Lucas 02-22-2011 12:05 am (total posts: 1)
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"He knows how to run a team but doesn't excel in any other area."
You obviously have never seen me play dumbass.
Malik 02-21-2011 10:45 pm (total posts: 2)
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Irving's probably staying at Duke anyways. I wouldn't want to be in charge of the Cavs anyways lol.
EFF the king 02-21-2011 10:09 pm (total posts: 5)
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Really sessions over irving is who you would want as your future PG?? Just because of a couple ok games. Im glad your not in charge of the Cav's
Malik 02-21-2011 05:41 pm (total posts: 2)
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Wouldn't it make more sense for Cleveland to get Sullinger? Seems like Ramon Sessions is the future starting PG for them/
Chris 02-20-2011 11:40 am (total posts: 2)
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Even better than nolan, the bulls could get austin freeman, who i think is the next big sharpshooter. He isnt very athletic, but i dont think the bulls necessarily need a super athletic 2, i think we need someone who can make shots reliably, and do everything else as well. On that note, i think we also could look at lighty, or one of the small school guys or the dude from croatia whom all of which i know nothing about, but they sound pretty good. Ultimately, i would be estatic if ferdette somehow fell all the way to the bulls.
Chris 02-20-2011 11:35 am (total posts: 2)
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I dont think that the bulls will get a PF, thats our strongest position lol. With boozer then gibson behind him were set there for years. I think we will get nolan smith at SG, bogans is really old and i dont know if brewer or korver are near starting ready. In a season or two nolan smith i think has the potential to be a star with his midrange game. My only issue with him is hes very similar fundamentally to rose, but i think he is more of a shooter also.

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