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Updated: June 23, 2011, 7:25 p.m.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers: Nikola Vucevic, PF, USC, 6-10, Jr.
    The Sixers are looking for size in the 2011 NBA Draft, and likely consider 7-footers Nikola Vucevic and Donatas Motiejnuas. Vucevic is more of a true center so he gets the nod. Jordan Hamilton and Marcus Morris are also options in case the 76ers deal Andre Iguodala.

  2. New York Knicks: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado, 6-6, So.
    Since the Knicks need depth all over, they'll likely take the best available player. A lot of people would be in play here including Alec Burks, Marshon Brooks, Jordan Hamilton, Josh Selby, and Kenneth Faried, or Nikola Vucevic or Iman Shumpert if they fall. Burks is a great value here.

  3. Washington Wizards: Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas, 6-8, So.
    The Wizards own this pick from the Hawks via the Kirk Hinrich trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2011 NBA Draft Trades.

    With Nick Young a restricted free agent and the need for depth at small foward, this would be a great get for Washington. I really like Jordan Hamilton and think this could end up being one of the draft steals due to his ability to score the ball from anywhere on the floor and the Wizards needing upgrades on the wing.

  4. Milwaukee Bucks: Marcus Morris, F, Kansas, 6-9, Jr.
    The Bucks obviously moved down from No. 9 with a player in mind that would still be on the board. I am not sure that Marcus Morris was their target but since they dealt Corey Maggette, Morris is a solid replacement due to his physicality and ability to play inside or on the perimeter.

  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence, 6-5, Sr.
    The Timberwolves own this pick via the Al Jefferson trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2011 NBA Draft Trades.

    Marshon Brooks would be a great complement for Ricky Rubio in Minnesota's backcourt.

  6. Portland Blazers: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State, 6-7, Sr.
    This pick should come down to a point guard since Andre Miller is entering the final year of his deal, or a post player since Marcus Camby is getting up there in age and Greg Oden is walking wounded. Kenneth Faried is undersized but a relentless rebounder who would be a rotation guy and a nice complement up front alongside LaMarcus Aldridge.

  7. Denver Nuggets: Donatas Motiejunas, F/C, Lithuania, 7-0, 1990
    Considering Donatas Motiejunas could be a late lottery pick, this would be a great value for a Nuggets team that needs frontcourt depth since Kenyon Martin is an unrestricted free agent and Nene has a player option on the final year of his deal. With J.R. Smith an unrestricted free agent and Aaron Afflalo a restricted free agent, Denver could elect to add some depth at the two.

  8. Houston Rockets: Nikola Mirotic, PF, Montenegro, 6-10, 1991
    The Rockets own this pick from the Suns (via the Magic Jason Richardson/Vince Carter trade) from the Aaron Brooks trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2011 NBA Draft Trades.

    Since they already grabbed a small forward at No. 14 and there is no big here like Houston needs, Daryl Morey could take a player like Nikola Mirotic who has lottery talent, but will not come to the NBA for a couple of seasons due to the buyout situation with his European contract. Patience will be the key with whomever drafts Mirotic.

  9. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Singler, SF, Duke, 6-9, Sr.
    I really like the match between Kyle Singler and the Thunder since Singler would fit in perfectly chemistry wise and possibly play a valuable role off the bench. I have had this marriage since the ping pong balls were announced and feel even more confident about it with Nikola Mirotic off the board.

  10. Boston Celtics: JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue, 6-10, Sr.
    With Shaq retiring, and Glen Davis and Nenad Kristic free agents, Boston would ideally like to add some frontcourt depth with this pick. There are a lot of options with late first-, early second-round potential, and the Celtics will choose their favorite. I like Johnson's ability to knock down jumpers and his length on defense, but he needs to get stronger.

  11. Dallas Mavericks: Tobias Harris, SF, Tennessee, 6-8, Fr.
    The Mavs have some key free agents in Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea, Caron Butler, Peja Stojakovic and DeShawn Stevenson, so they could use depth all over. This is a bit of a drop for Tobias Harris but I think his tweener forward status hurts him on draft night.

  12. New Jersey Nets: Reggie Jackson, G, USA, 6-3, Jr.
    The Nets own this pick via the Joe Smith/Sasha Vujacic trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2011 NBA Draft Trades.

    There are a ton of possibilities here from one of the many combo guards available or one of the several power forwards on the board. I think grabbing a potential steal here in Jeremy Tyler is worth the late first-round risk. Plus, there will be plenty of quality combo guards available when the Nets pick at No. 36.

  13. Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler, SF, Marquette, 6-8, Sr.
    Chicago owns this pick from Toronto via Miami from the James Johnson trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2011 NBA Draft Trades.

    Jimmy Butler will make his mark in the NBA due to his versatility on the defensive end. Again, Tom Thibodeau preaches defense and Butler would fit well off Chicago�s bench. It is also very possible the Bulls could end up dealing one of their first round picks.

  14. San Antonio Spurs: Davis Bertans, F, Latvia, 6-10, 1992
    Davis Bertans is a great outside shooter but needs to get stronger before he can make an impact in the NBA. The Spurs have had success finding steals in the late first round, and Bertans could be the next in line.

  15. Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith, G, Duke, 6-3, Sr.
    The Bulls failed to add some scoring punch off their bench prior to the trade deadline and look to do so with one of their picks. Nolan Smith should be able to play either guard position and possibly find a spot in Chicago's rotation right away.

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Pistonsfan 03-06-2011 11:55 am (total posts: 6)
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Obviously he didn't put a lot of stock into who needs what. All he really did was rank the players from best to worst. The only way Detroit takes a PF is if Sullinger or Williams are available. If Terrence Jones were available they would undoubtably take him, but if not I would think they would take Kemba, or possibly Jimmer, if they see him as a point. Right now I say Kemba because he's a true PG. The last thing they need is another Stuckey situation where they draft a player to run the point when really they're a combo gaurd.
jfjdndkdkkdxk 03-05-2011 02:21 am (total posts: 1)
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why do tha kings need 3 big peopl. They already have Cousins and Thompson. Tha Kings needz a PG like Kyrie Irving. He was phenomanol a duke b4 he broke a toe. Andz where is the seniorr frum College of Charrlestun. hewas amazin. And the guy from St Bonaventure he looked reallly good.

P.S. It pisses me off that tha person says Kenneth Faried is to short at 6 8 and Derrick Williams and Sullinger are 6 9
Kyle 03-04-2011 06:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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Taylor from Wisconsin....hello?
lj 03-04-2011 05:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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its an alright draft but how do you not have jonathan mitchell from rutgers on this list hes phenominal
J_TRAIN 03-04-2011 02:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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im starting to like this draft more and more as the college basketball season goes on ur starting to see the true potential and skill of the players at the college level as the big dance moves closer and closer at the begening of the year i thought this was a horribly weak draft but now as ur seeing how the players have matured and improved theyre games i think it has quickly become a prety deep draft u dont have the "cant miss" guys that we have seen the past few yrs but u do have guys going in the middle of the second that could sneak theyre way in to the late picks of the 1st round,it shoul be a good rest of the college season and a prety interesting draft
Micky-D 03-02-2011 01:38 pm (total posts: 3)
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By the way, i like the griz, so i want to know what u guys think of their current roster, and if there are any guys that could help the roster in this draft
Mickey-D 03-02-2011 01:34 pm (total posts: 3)
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u guys think that sully is the #1 pick this year, cuz if not, how bout Terrrence Jones?
Mickey-D 03-02-2011 01:30 pm (total posts: 3)
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hey, don't the t-wolves have the griz first round pick or is that the jazz that has it
Pistonsfan 03-01-2011 06:09 pm (total posts: 6)
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You really think Kalin Lucas sucks. The guy has been averaging around 20 points in his last eight games. Both he and Durrel Summers have NBA potential, especially if he finds consistency. Also, MSU has been heating up and has the potential to make a deep tournement run. Judging by the name you used, you're probably just some pissed off Cleveland fan. By the way, this is a terrible mock. You really think Detroit will take a PF. We need a PG which is why it makes sense to take Jimmer. If not Norris Cole would make a real nice second round pick. The guy's haircut is retarded but the guy's a 6'2 PG who averages over 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Any PG who can score 40, grab 20 rebounds and get 10 assists should probably be picked higher up.
hdfh 03-01-2011 01:30 am (total posts: 1)
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love cavs but this is prolly the worst draft ever
Knight_Light 02-28-2011 03:50 pm (total posts: 2)
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did the jazz pick up the nets 2011 or 2012 pick?
Knight_Light 02-28-2011 03:50 pm (total posts: 2)
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did the jazz pick up the nets 2011 or 2012 pick?
Lakers 02-28-2011 04:32 am (total posts: 1)
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Cavs will probably take Terrance Jones 1st overall due to his ability to play multiple positions . He'd be a good player to build a team around .
Trailblazers 4 Life 02-28-2011 01:30 am (total posts: 17)
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For the last time kyrie is not going to the dang draft.The cavs at best with those 4 picks will take Probably a cente4r sf sg and a backup PF/C and at best they will have a 28-30 win season.
Wilson 02-28-2011 01:30 am (total posts: 3)
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if cavs land well eventually land kyrie irving so that will be their franchise point guard they will get either kemba walker or harrison barnes cuz they get the clippers first round pick when they get them two they should trade baron davis for a first round pick for next year if they do they will be amazing some good picks for next year are austin rivers michael gilichrit anthony davis james mcadoo lebryan nash all those could be a good fit for da cavs n if day get one of them they will be talened and they will be 50 caliber team win

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