The 2011 NBA Draft could turn out to be quite a snooze-fest, according to Bill Simmons and Chad Ford of ESPN. The following top 10 projections for an NBA mock drafts for 2011 start – and end in the minds of many – with Duke’s Kyrie Irving.
How about Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG (Duke)
Kyrie Irving is really great and will be a top-15 point guard most likely, although he is not amazing. Baron Davis was never good enough for the Cavs. Irving may be just what the team needs.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Enes Kanter, Center (Turkey) as an option
While on the Wolves, Kevin Love showed off a fantastic season. Still, the team could work on getting better. Keeping Love around may be hard. They may need a large man to help. The 6-foot-11, 272-pound Kanter is considered a gamble by some, however many scouts see him as a high-energy rebounder and defender who would make opposing guards think twice about strolling down the lane.
Utah Jazz to pick Derrick Williams, SF (Arizona)
Even though Williams was a power forward as a Wildcat, he will most likely be a small forward in the NBA. Utah may simply give up on the rest of the 2011 NBA Draft crop and ask for a popular male. This would be BYU’s Fredette.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, C (Lithuania)
The Cavs need a big male so Anderson Varejao is not alone. Valanciunas could be the perfect pick.
Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, PG (Connecticut) chances
Toronto seriously needs Kembra Walker. He can be the new point guard to help the Raptors out.
Washington Wizards have the choice of Kawhi Leonard, SF (San Diego State)
Leonard is a fantastic athlete while very good at rebounding and could be an excellent complement to John Wall with the Wizards. Leonard may be perfect to go with John Wall on the Wizards. He is an excellent rebounder and athlete.
Sacramento Kings: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky possibility
Speed, defense and a good outside shot from the point in Knight would allow the Kings to use Beno Udrih as the super backup or 2nd ball-handler the offense needs to really get moving.
Detroit Pistons: Jordan Hamilton, SF (Texas) possibility
With Tayshaun Prince leaving as a free agent, small forward becomes top priority. Hamilton can both shoot and rebound the ball.
Charlotte Bobcats wants Jimmer Fredette, Shooting Guard (BYU) just like everyone else
In order to make sure there is at least one consistent scorer, Charlotte will hope to get Fredette. Otherwise, Bismack Biyombo from the Congo should amp up the frontcourt athleticism while aggressively challenging shots.
Milwaukee Bucks: Tristan Thompson, PF (Texas)
Thompson is athletic and can run even though he is 225 pounds and 6-foot-8. If the Bucks are not gun shy following the failed Yi Jianlian pick from 2007, they may go international and snag Biyombo if he’s available.
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