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    2011 NBA Mock Draft 1.0 The city known for having some of the worst luck in sports caught a break Tuesday. Cleveland won the draft lottery with a pick that had a 2.8 percent chance of becoming No. 1. Thus, after a 19-63 season on the heels of LeBron James' departure, the Cavaliers have restored some hope by landing the first and fourth selections in the June 23 draft. Here's our first look at how the draft could unfold.





    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    1



    PG




    Kyrie Irving



    Duke


    Fr.

    6-2

    180




    He's not LeBron, but he's the closest thing this draft has to offer. And considering this pick came courtesy of the Clippers in the February trade that netted point guard Baron Davis, it's only fitting that he gracefully pass the backcourt baton and play the mentor role for Irving in these final two seasons of his contract.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    2



    SF




    Derrick Williams



    Arizona


    So.

    6-8

    241




    If Williams had his druthers, he would be known more as a small forward than a power forward. It's a revealing reality of his identity crisis, as his perimeter game is advanced to the point that he resists being identified as a brutish banger. That might come in handy with the Wolves, who already have Kevin Love and Michael Beasley at the power forward spot but aren't likely to pass up on Williams. The pick should have significant value if they decide to trade it to one of the many teams that would welcome Williams no matter how he sees himself.







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    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    3



    PG




    Brandon Knight



    Kentucky


    Fr.

    6-3

    185




    The Deron Williams trade with New Jersey in February was the foundation of the rebuilding effort, and now Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor needs to find his new point guard of the future for the post-Devin Harris era. Enter Knight, a quality two-way player with shooting range and an ability to distribute.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    4



    C




    Enes Kanter



    Kentucky


    Fr.

    6-11

    262




    The Turkish center is a bit of a mystery man to scouts and personnel types, at least when it comes to seeing him in person on a regular basis. He was disqualified by the NCAA during his one season at Kentucky, and his greatest Stateside performance to date was a 34-point, 13-rebound outing at the Nike Hoop Summit last year. But it's not hard to see why his skills should translate, and the Cavs would be better with his gritty rebounding, scoring and defense down low.







    PICK

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    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    5



    PF




    Jonas Valanciunas



    Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)


    ---

    6-11

    240




    As long as possible hang-ups with Valanciunas' overseas contract don't keep him out of the league next season, his pairing with Andrea Bargnani in the frontcourt could be formidable. Valanciunas, 19, is skilled offensively, and his knack for offensive rebounding would come at a good time because forward Reggie Evans will be a free agent this summer.







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    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    6



    PF




    Jan Vesely



    KK Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)


    ---

    6-11

    240




    Last year's No. 1 pick, point guard John Wall, needs another high-octane talent to help push the Wizards' offense into a new gear. He would have it with the 21-year-old Czech big man.







    PICK

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    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    7



    PF




    Donatas Motiejunas



    Benetton Treviso (Italy)


    ---

    7-0

    215




    The Kings could have one of the most dynamic young frontcourts in the game if they go with Lithuanian 7-footer Motiejunas. Last year's lottery pick, DeMarcus Cousins, had a solid rookie season and showed plenty of offensive versatility in the post, but the creative Motiejunas, 20, would take it to another level. Defense would be a concern, making it all the more important that the Kings re-sign center Samuel Dalembert in the summer as they plan to do.







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    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    8



    PF




    Bismack Biyombo



    Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)


    ---

    6-9

    240




    Motor City, meet the next Ben Wallace. The biggest question surrounding Biyombo at this juncture is how much of what he does so well is legal in the NBA. The Congolese forward is a relentless defender, ferocious rebounder and the perfect complement to last year's top pick, Greg Monroe, in the Pistons' frontcourt.







    PICK

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    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    9



    SF




    Kawhi Leonard



    San Diego State


    So.

    6-7

    225




    The Bobcats are desperate for rebounding and scoring, and Leonard offers both in the same spot that Gerald Wallace just so happened to leave vacant when he was dealt to Portland in February. Coach Paul Silas wants to run, and Leonard can do that, too.







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    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    10



    PG




    Kemba Walker



    Connecticut


    Jr.

    6-1

    172




    This might ruffle a few feathers (namely Brandon Jennings) or spark comparisons to Minnesota general manager David Kahn among skeptics (for his flurry of point guard picks in recent years), but it would be great value on the pick as well. Walker as Jennings' backup would be potent, and there could be trade value there as well.







    PICK

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    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    11



    PF




    Marcus Morris



    Kansas


    Jr.

    6-9

    235




    New Warriors owner Joe Lacob will tell anyone who asks what his team was lacking last season: an offensive threat in the post. A veteran who fits that bill would be better, but Morris would be as good a fit as Lacob will find in this draft.







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    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    12



    SG




    Alec Burks



    Colorado


    So.

    6-6

    195




    The Jazz need to juice up their offense, and Burks could help do that off the bench in a big way. He is a creative scorer and slasher whose shot continues to improve.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    13



    PF




    Markieff Morris



    Kansas


    Jr.

    6-10

    245




    It may be delusional to think the Suns will go against their own grain and pick the defensive presence here, but it would be a wise one. They need the sort of size and strength that Hakim Warrick and Channing Frye don't provide.







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    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    14



    SF




    Chris Singleton



    Florida State


    Jr.

    6-9

    225




    The Rockets are well aware that they must improve defensively. Grabbing one of college basketball's best defenders would help on that front, as the void on the perimeter remains after the loss of Shane Battier in a midseason trade with Memphis.







    PICK

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    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    15



    PF




    Tristan Thompson



    Texas


    Fr.

    6-8

    225




    The Pacers are a balanced team, meaning it's time to simply take the best talent available at this point in the first round. Thompson might not see a ton of time while playing with Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George, but it's worth it to find a fit for him here.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    16



    SF




    Tobias Harris



    Tennessee


    Fr.

    6-8

    226




    He won't move the needle among the Philly fans, but his steady play and well-respected work ethic would certainly work for coach Doug Collins. Harris can play both forward positions.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    17



    SF




    Jordan Hamilton



    Texas


    So.

    6-7

    224




    There aren't a lot of shots to be had once the ball goes through the hands of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but Hamilton could provide scoring punch off the bench. The Knicks, of course, could use more defensive-minded players, but they will be hard-pressed to pass on Hamilton at this spot.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    18



    SG




    Klay Thompson



    Washington State


    Jr.

    6-6

    202




    He's no John Wall, and that would be a good thing for the Wizards in at least one respect: Thompson's outside-shooting prowess would give Washington a different look off the bench. He's also big enough to pair up with Wall in the backcourt on occasion.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    19



    PF




    Kenneth Faried



    Morehead State


    Sr.

    6-8

    225




    The Bobcats are looking for bigs who can assist with their rebounding woes, and no one in this draft does that better than Faried. His athleticism and his focus on dominating the glass are a potent combination.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    20



    SF




    Tyler Honeycutt



    UCLA


    So.

    6-8

    188




    He has been compared to Tayshaun Prince, which would be just fine for a Wolves team that isn't sure yet how Wesley Johnson is going to pan out on the wing. Honeycutt is said to be on the rise, though, so he may not be available in this neighborhood by the time the draft rolls around.







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    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    21



    C




    Lucas Noguiera



    MMT Estudiantes (Spain)


    ---

    7-0

    225




    The 18-year-old Brazilian center is a project, to be sure. But his 7-foot-6 wingspan and unfulfilled frame have left some scouts wondering if he could be a defensive force someday. And for an organization that has been suffering through the Greg Oden years for what seems like so long now, there's no harm in taking a flyer on a player who could be its center of the future.







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    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    22



    SG




    Jimmer Fredette



    BYU


    Sr.

    6-2

    195




    The Nuggets will be down a shooter if J.R. Smith leaves as a free agent this summer, and what better way to fill that gap than with BYU's beloved gunner from the state next door? George Karl would be just the sort of veteran play-caller Fredette needs to help him find his niche in the NBA.







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    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    23



    PG




    Reggie Jackson



    Boston College


    Jr.

    6-3

    208




    With Aaron Brooks in Phoenix now, Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic are manning the point guard duties for the Rockets. But Jackson's size and shooting would offer a different kind of depth.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    24



    SF




    Kyle Singler



    Duke


    Sr.

    6-8

    230




    Singler is an experienced, tough and accomplished player. That combination could serve the Thunder bench well as Oklahoma City continues on this path to perennial playoff contention.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    25



    C




    Jordan Williams



    Maryland


    So.

    6-10

    260




    The Kendrick Perkins trade with Oklahoma City left the Celtics relying on the likes of an aging and injured Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal. Williams would provide a sliver of youthful hope up front. He's a big body who hits the boards and won't break nearly as easily.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    26



    PG




    Josh Selby



    Kansas


    Fr.

    6-2

    183




    The fountain of youth at the Mavericks' facility will go dry at some point, leaving them to find a replacement for Jason Kidd. Selby may or may not be that player, but it's worth finding out this late in the draft.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    27



    PF




    Trey Thompkins



    Georgia


    Jr.

    6-10

    245




    There are serious questions about his drive, but he has an NBA body and might be capable of producing an NBA body of work. If he starts meeting his potential, Thompkins could find a good home here with a team whose starting power forward, Kris Humphries, is a free agent.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    28



    PF




    Nikola Mirotic



    Real Madrid (Spain)


    ---

    6-10

    210




    The Bulls' Gar Forman was given the NBA's Co-Executive of the Year award this season, and he could add to that résumé with this pick. While the 20-year-old Mirotic, from Montenegro, has a large buyout with his Real Madrid team that could keep him overseas, he also has the sort of talent for which the Bulls could afford to wait.







    PICK

    TEAM

    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    29



    SF




    Davis Bertans



    Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)


    ---

    6-10

    210




    As was the case with Kanter, Bertans was a Nike Hoops Summit superstar. The Latvian forward may not play in the league anytime soon, but grabbing his rights now could pay off down the road for the Spurs. His versatile offensive game and shooting ability just might be worth it.







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    POSITION

    PLAYER

    CLASS

    HEIGHT

    WEIGHT



    30



    SG




    Travis Leslie



    Georgia


    Jr.

    6-4

    205




    The Bulls have the luxury of trying to get lucky with this pick, too, and Leslie's athleticism alone should inspire them to take him here. He can be


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    Cleaned it up a little:

    2011 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
    The city known for having some of the worst luck in sports caught a break Tuesday. Cleveland won the draft lottery with a pick that had a 2.8 percent chance of becoming No. 1. Thus, after a 19-63 season on the heels of LeBron James' departure, the Cavaliers have restored some hope by landing the first and fourth selections in the June 23 draft. Here's our first look at how the draft could unfold.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    1 PG
    Kyrie Irving
    Duke
    Fr. 6-2 180
    He's not LeBron, but he's the closest thing this draft has to offer. And considering this pick came courtesy of the Clippers in the February trade that netted point guard Baron Davis, it's only fitting that he gracefully pass the backcourt baton and play the mentor role for Irving in these final two seasons of his contract.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    2 SF
    Derrick Williams
    Arizona
    So. 6-8 241
    If Williams had his druthers, he would be known more as a small forward than a power forward. It's a revealing reality of his identity crisis, as his perimeter game is advanced to the point that he resists being identified as a brutish banger. That might come in handy with the Wolves, who already have Kevin Love and Michael Beasley at the power forward spot but aren't likely to pass up on Williams. The pick should have significant value if they decide to trade it to one of the many teams that would welcome Williams no matter how he sees himself.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    3 PG
    Brandon Knight
    Kentucky
    Fr. 6-3 185
    The Deron Williams trade with New Jersey in February was the foundation of the rebuilding effort, and now Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor needs to find his new point guard of the future for the post-Devin Harris era. Enter Knight, a quality two-way player with shooting range and an ability to distribute.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    4 C
    Enes Kanter
    Kentucky
    Fr. 6-11 262
    The Turkish center is a bit of a mystery man to scouts and personnel types, at least when it comes to seeing him in person on a regular basis. He was disqualified by the NCAA during his one season at Kentucky, and his greatest Stateside performance to date was a 34-point, 13-rebound outing at the Nike Hoop Summit last year. But it's not hard to see why his skills should translate, and the Cavs would be better with his gritty rebounding, scoring and defense down low.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    5 PF
    Jonas Valanciunas
    Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
    --- 6-11 240
    As long as possible hang-ups with Valanciunas' overseas contract don't keep him out of the league next season, his pairing with Andrea Bargnani in the frontcourt could be formidable. Valanciunas, 19, is skilled offensively, and his knack for offensive rebounding would come at a good time because forward Reggie Evans will be a free agent this summer.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    6 PF
    Jan Vesely
    KK Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
    --- 6-11 240
    Last year's No. 1 pick, point guard John Wall, needs another high-octane talent to help push the Wizards' offense into a new gear. He would have it with the 21-year-old Czech big man.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    7 PF
    Donatas Motiejunas
    Benetton Treviso (Italy)
    --- 7-0 215
    The Kings could have one of the most dynamic young frontcourts in the game if they go with Lithuanian 7-footer Motiejunas. Last year's lottery pick, DeMarcus Cousins, had a solid rookie season and showed plenty of offensive versatility in the post, but the creative Motiejunas, 20, would take it to another level. Defense would be a concern, making it all the more important that the Kings re-sign center Samuel Dalembert in the summer as they plan to do.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    8 PF
    Bismack Biyombo
    Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)
    --- 6-9 240
    Motor City, meet the next Ben Wallace. The biggest question surrounding Biyombo at this juncture is how much of what he does so well is legal in the NBA. The Congolese forward is a relentless defender, ferocious rebounder and the perfect complement to last year's top pick, Greg Monroe, in the Pistons' frontcourt.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    9 SF
    Kawhi Leonard
    San Diego State
    So. 6-7 225
    The Bobcats are desperate for rebounding and scoring, and Leonard offers both in the same spot that Gerald Wallace just so happened to leave vacant when he was dealt to Portland in February. Coach Paul Silas wants to run, and Leonard can do that, too.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    10 PG
    Kemba Walker
    Connecticut
    Jr. 6-1 172
    This might ruffle a few feathers (namely Brandon Jennings) or spark comparisons to Minnesota general manager David Kahn among skeptics (for his flurry of point guard picks in recent years), but it would be great value on the pick as well. Walker as Jennings' backup would be potent, and there could be trade value there as well.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    11 PF
    Marcus Morris
    Kansas
    Jr. 6-9 235
    New Warriors owner Joe Lacob will tell anyone who asks what his team was lacking last season: an offensive threat in the post. A veteran who fits that bill would be better, but Morris would be as good a fit as Lacob will find in this draft.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    12 SG
    Alec Burks
    Colorado
    So. 6-6 195
    The Jazz need to juice up their offense, and Burks could help do that off the bench in a big way. He is a creative scorer and slasher whose shot continues to improve.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    13 PF
    Markieff Morris
    Kansas
    Jr. 6-10 245
    It may be delusional to think the Suns will go against their own grain and pick the defensive presence here, but it would be a wise one. They need the sort of size and strength that Hakim Warrick and Channing Frye don't provide.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    14 SF
    Chris Singleton
    Florida State
    Jr. 6-9 225
    The Rockets are well aware that they must improve defensively. Grabbing one of college basketball's best defenders would help on that front, as the void on the perimeter remains after the loss of Shane Battier in a midseason trade with Memphis.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    15 PF
    Tristan Thompson
    Texas
    Fr. 6-8 225
    The Pacers are a balanced team, meaning it's time to simply take the best talent available at this point in the first round. Thompson might not see a ton of time while playing with Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George, but it's worth it to find a fit for him here.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    16 SF
    Tobias Harris
    Tennessee
    Fr. 6-8 226
    He won't move the needle among the Philly fans, but his steady play and well-respected work ethic would certainly work for coach Doug Collins. Harris can play both forward positions.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    17 SF
    Jordan Hamilton
    Texas
    So. 6-7 224
    There aren't a lot of shots to be had once the ball goes through the hands of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but Hamilton could provide scoring punch off the bench. The Knicks, of course, could use more defensive-minded players, but they will be hard-pressed to pass on Hamilton at this spot.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    18 SG
    Klay Thompson
    Washington State
    Jr. 6-6 202
    He's no John Wall, and that would be a good thing for the Wizards in at least one respect: Thompson's outside-shooting prowess would give Washington a different look off the bench. He's also big enough to pair up with Wall in the backcourt on occasion.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    19 PF
    Kenneth Faried
    Morehead State
    Sr. 6-8 225
    The Bobcats are looking for bigs who can assist with their rebounding woes, and no one in this draft does that better than Faried. His athleticism and his focus on dominating the glass are a potent combination.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    20 SF
    Tyler Honeycutt
    UCLA
    So. 6-8 188
    He has been compared to Tayshaun Prince, which would be just fine for a Wolves team that isn't sure yet how Wesley Johnson is going to pan out on the wing. Honeycutt is said to be on the rise, though, so he may not be available in this neighborhood by the time the draft rolls around.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    21 C
    Lucas Noguiera
    MMT Estudiantes (Spain)
    --- 7-0 225
    The 18-year-old Brazilian center is a project, to be sure. But his 7-foot-6 wingspan and unfulfilled frame have left some scouts wondering if he could be a defensive force someday. And for an organization that has been suffering through the Greg Oden years for what seems like so long now, there's no harm in taking a flyer on a player who could be its center of the future.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    22 SG
    Jimmer Fredette
    BYU
    Sr. 6-2 195
    The Nuggets will be down a shooter if J.R. Smith leaves as a free agent this summer, and what better way to fill that gap than with BYU's beloved gunner from the state next door? George Karl would be just the sort of veteran play-caller Fredette needs to help him find his niche in the NBA.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    23 PG
    Reggie Jackson
    Boston College
    Jr. 6-3 208
    With Aaron Brooks in Phoenix now, Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic are manning the point guard duties for the Rockets. But Jackson's size and shooting would offer a different kind of depth.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    24 SF
    Kyle Singler
    Duke
    Sr. 6-8 230
    Singler is an experienced, tough and accomplished player. That combination could serve the Thunder bench well as Oklahoma City continues on this path to perennial playoff contention.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    25 C
    Jordan Williams
    Maryland
    So. 6-10 260
    The Kendrick Perkins trade with Oklahoma City left the Celtics relying on the likes of an aging and injured Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal. Williams would provide a sliver of youthful hope up front. He's a big body who hits the boards and won't break nearly as easily.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    26 PG
    Josh Selby
    Kansas
    Fr. 6-2 183
    The fountain of youth at the Mavericks' facility will go dry at some point, leaving them to find a replacement for Jason Kidd. Selby may or may not be that player, but it's worth finding out this late in the draft.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    27 PF
    Trey Thompkins
    Georgia
    Jr. 6-10 245
    There are serious questions about his drive, but he has an NBA body and might be capable of producing an NBA body of work. If he starts meeting his potential, Thompkins could find a good home here with a team whose starting power forward, Kris Humphries, is a free agent.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    28 PF
    Nikola Mirotic
    Real Madrid (Spain)
    --- 6-10 210
    The Bulls' Gar Forman was given the NBA's Co-Executive of the Year award this season, and he could add to that résumé with this pick. While the 20-year-old Mirotic, from Montenegro, has a large buyout with his Real Madrid team that could keep him overseas, he also has the sort of talent for which the Bulls could afford to wait.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    29 SF
    Davis Bertans
    Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
    --- 6-10 210
    As was the case with Kanter, Bertans was a Nike Hoops Summit superstar. The Latvian forward may not play in the league anytime soon, but grabbing his rights now could pay off down the road for the Spurs. His versatile offensive game and shooting ability just might be worth it.

    PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
    30 SG
    Travis Leslie
    Georgia
    Jr. 6-4 205
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    Thank you hoop, I would not be disappointed with Thompson I suppose.

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    After watching the Bulls/Heat game, I want to either draft, sign or trade for an athletic Frontcourt Player that can rebound, block shots and defend the paint.
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    I was wondering if Houston would trade their #23 pick for Rush and then we could take Reggie Jackson at 15 and Jordan Williams. Houston has Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee, Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger, but I would think Rush would add a defensive ability with outside shooting.

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    The Pacers are going to get a good bench player at 15. I am really starting to like
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    Does anyone else think that Kemba Walker at 10 is way too high? I just get the feeling that that guy can flat out play and win.

    Maybe in a deeper draft he should fall that far, but not this one. Especially when a lot of the top ten are pure foreign prospects, albeit with tremendous upside.

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    Is there anyway Bismack falls? Getting an athletic big like will please me SOOOO much.

    Plus, it would be awesome every time he blocked somebody we could say, "You just got BiSMACKED!".
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    Is anyone surprised if Jimmer would wall this far? Not me. A 6'2.5 shooting guard in a point guard's body. Doesn't have that great of a PURE shot. He thumbs the ball. Doesn't move without the ball well. Iffy defense. Can get caught in the open court. Not real good speed for someone his size. I don't see most of his shots getting past a lot more athletic big men in the NBA. big men in college were mostly made up of 6'7-6'9 guys with some taller , big men in NBA are USUALLY at minimum , 6'8 or 6'9 with much more 6'11 -7'0 guys. I see potential to be a microwave type player off the bench. But I don't see a 25+ minutes per game starter leading a GOOD team.
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    Is anyone surprised if Jimmer would wall this far? Not me. A 6'1 shooting guard in a point guard's body. Doesn't have that great of a PURE shot. He thumbs the ball. Doesn't move without the ball well. Iffy defense. Can get caught in the open court. Not real good speed for someone his size. I don't see most of his shots getting past a lot more athletic big men in the NBA. big men in college were mostly made up of 6'7-6'9 guys with some taller , big men in NBA are USUALLY at minimum , 6'8 or 6'9 with much more 6'11 -7'0 guys. I see potential to be a microwave type player off the bench. But I don't see a 25+ minutes per game starter leading a GOOD team.
    Jimmer is almost 6"3

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    Is there anyway Bismack falls? Getting an athletic big like will please me SOOOO much.

    Plus, it would be awesome every time he blocked somebody we could say, "You just got BiSMACKED!".
    no there is talk that minny could take him at two. He isnt falling past detroit.

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    Jimmer is almost 6"3
    oops I was thinking of someone else's size. 6,2.5 is almost 6,2 too.

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    If Jimmer is there than Bird takes him. Right or wrong Jimmer is a Bird type of player. Experienced, mature and has a competitive spirit that is backed by his ability to score.

    I would be shocked if he didn't pick him.

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    If Jimmer is there than Bird takes him. Right or wrong Jimmer is a Bird type of player. Experienced, mature and has a competitive spirit that is backed by his ability to score.

    I would be shocked if he didn't pick him.
    Yeah...that's my thinking too...the same reason why Hansbrough was drafted....I'd think that he'd do the same for Jimmer if he was there at 15. My preference is a Frontcourt Player like Fariad....at the very least, despite his size...I really think that he can be a serviceable Rotational Frontcourt Player.
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    Does anyone else think that Kemba Walker at 10 is way too high? I just get the feeling that that guy can flat out play and win.

    Maybe in a deeper draft he should fall that far, but not this one. Especially when a lot of the top ten are pure foreign prospects, albeit with tremendous upside.
    I think Kemba can be the best player in this draft. I have the same feeling that he can flat out play and win. I mean just look at what he did through the Big East tourney and the NCAA tourney. His size isn't that bad either because he is 6'1" officially.

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    Tristan Thompson is who I want. If he went to a different school he'd be a higher pick, but Texas was so up and down this year it hurt his consistency. He is going to be one of the top 5 players out of this draft. He is a perfect fit for our team with his hustle, athleticism, rebounding, defense and potential. He's the only guy we could conceivably get who could make us better down the road.

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    Yeah...that's my thinking too...the same reason why Hansbrough was drafted....I'd think that he'd do the same for Jimmer if he was there at 15. My preference is a Frontcourt Player like Fariad....at the very least, despite his size...I really think that he can be a serviceable Rotational Frontcourt Player.
    Its funny that a lot of mocks have Jimmer falling to us and we are picking him becuase everyone knows Bird likes these type of players. If the Jazz go with a Brandon Knight at 3 then I think Jimmer gets to the Suns and then all bets are off.

    Personally I don't like Faried at 15 at all. If he was a second round pick or late first then I would love him but at 15 its a reach for a guy like him. He is going to get tossed around by NBA pf's IMO.

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    I find it really hard to believe we keep our 1st round draft pick. If we do, Jimmer wouldn't shock me if he was the pick.

    I think it's going to be traded, but I thought that last year as well, and was wrong.

    If it is traded, I wouldn't be shocked if our 2nd round pick is little Hansbrough, if he's still on the board

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    Its funny that a lot of mocks have Jimmer falling to us and we are picking him becuase everyone knows Bird likes these type of players. If the Jazz go with a Brandon Knight at 3 then I think Jimmer gets to the Suns and then all bets are off.

    Personally I don't like Faried at 15 at all. If he was a second round pick or late first then I would love him but at 15 its a reach for a guy like him. He is going to get tossed around by NBA pf's IMO.
    I don't know why he'd get tossed around by NBA PF's, just because of his frame. There's more to it. He's supposed to play with great technique. Someone like KG has played over a decade as an NBA PF despite being pretty thin.

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    I don't know why he'd get tossed around by NBA PF's, just because of his frame. There's more to it. He's supposed to play with great technique. Someone like KG has played over a decade as an NBA PF despite being pretty thin.
    In a half court playoff game like the Pacers just played the guy will get rooted out of position.

    He will get some hustle rebounds but I don't see him as a big time rebounder in the NBA. Certainly not some of the players that some posters here compare him to.

    Edit: Lets face it the guy benefited greatly from the zone and camped out much of time under the basket which always put him in a better position to rebound.
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    Thompson is a good pick, especially if PG is ready to take over at the 2, or play most of his minutes there.

    I still like Selby as well. I can't believe he would fall that far. Especially in a draft with Brandon Knight mocking at 3. I like Knight, but I feel like he's barely a lottery pick in most years.

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    I'm starting to think that JaJuan Johnson is highly underrated, being the Big Ten Player of the Year this past season and being a legit 6'10" in shoes with 7'2" reach, decent low-post offensive moves and very good defense (2.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game). With recent success of Purdue players in the NBA (Brad Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Carl Landry), maybe we're overlooking the familiar that's right up I-65. JJ might be a good backup center behind Roy and a good match with Tyler.

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    I'm starting to think that JaJuan Johnson is highly underrated, being the Big Ten Player of the Year this past season and being a legit 6'10" in shoes with 7'2" reach, decent low-post offensive moves and very good defense (2.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game). With recent success of Purdue players in the NBA (Brad Miller, Brian Cardinal, and Carl Landry), maybe we're overlooking the familiar that's right up I-65. JJ might be a good backup center behind Roy and a good match with Tyler.

    JJ is very underated, but he cannot play backup center. He is way to skinny. He would be a good pickup if we traded down a few spots. He has a deadly 20 footer to pair with DC on the pick and roll.

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    I'm stunned that none of the mocks I've seen have Utah taking Jimmer at #12. They have the #3 pick as well where they can get a legit player, and with the craptastic talent in this draft, the fact that the Jazz love their white guys coupled with the fact that Jimmer is a God in Utah, I just can't see them not picking him.

    In other words, I don't think we'll get stuck with him. If Faried is available at #15 (I doubt he will be) we have to take him, right?

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    I think sitting at #15, if you can get either the guy that led the NCAA in rebounding or scoring and is an upperclassman, that they would serisously consider them. Despite the limitations for both.

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