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    This mock has us selecting Marcus Morris.. thoughts?

    Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke, 6-3, Fr.
    The Cavaliers own this pick via the Mo Williams/Baron Davis trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2011 NBA Draft Trades.

    The Cavs will probably lean toward taking Kyrie Irving over Derrick Williams even though they already have Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions at the point. It is hard to pass up a franchise point guard, and Irving is the best prospect in this class.


    Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona, 6-9, So.
    In this scenario, the Timberwolves settle for whomever the Cavs do not pick. Derrick Williams doesn't fit a need since Minnesota already has Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph who are combo forwards, but they would hard pressed to pick somebody over Williams. David Kahn could look to deal this pick as well in hopes of adding a more experienced player who fits a need.


    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.

    The Jazz could go in a number of directions with this selection. They could look to add a wing player like Kawhi Leonard or Jan Vesley, or a point guard like Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker. In the end, I think talent wins out and Enes Kanter is the third best player in the 2011 NBA Draft. That would create a log jam in the frontcourt with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors, but that is not a terrible problem to have.




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    Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, PF/C, Lithuania, 6-10, 1992
    The Cavaliers are likely hoping that Enes Kanter falls to them with this pick, but since he is off the board they'll likely turn their attention to either Jonas Valaciunas or Jan Vesely. I am giving the edge to Valanciunas since he provides more of a true physical presence in the paint.


    Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn, 6-1, Jr.
    I keep flip flopping between Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight here although the Raptors could also take a seriously look at Jan Vesely. I think Walker gives them something they do not currently have, a big shot maker who can use his quickness in the open floor so I will give him the nod, for now at least.


    Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic, 6-11, 1989
    The Wizards will look to upgrade their talent at small forward and likely choose between Jan Vesely and Kawhi Leonard. Leonard is more of a true small forward but Vesely should be able to play either forward spot.


    Sacramento Kings: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky, 6-3, Fr.
    In this scenario, the Kings settle for whomever Toronto does not take in Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker. Knight is actually a better fit alongside Tyreke Evans due to his ability to move without the ball and stroke it from deep. This would be a great get for Sacramento considering Knight could go third overall.


    Detroit Pistons: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State, 6-7, So.
    With Tayshaun Prince a free agent, the Pistons would be smart to add a versatile player like Leonard who can do a lot things on the floor just like Prince. They could also look to add a physical big like Bismack Biyombo or Tristan Thompson to complement the skill of last year's first-round pick, Greg Monroe.





    Charlotte Bobcats: Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State, 6-9, Jr.
    The Bobcats could go in one of two directions; a true big man or a small forward to help replace Gerald Wallace. With Valanciunas, Vesely and Leonard all off the board, Charlotte likely turns their attention to Chris Singleton or Marcus Morris. Since Singleton is one of the best defenders in this class, I give him the edge over Morris.


    Milwaukee Bucks: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado, 6-6, So.
    Bucks general manager John Hammond said the team will take the best available player which makes sense since they need to add some scoring punch at all positions off their bench. Alec Burks provides some depth on the wing since Michael Redd and Chris Douglas-Roberts are free agents.


    Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson, SG, Texas, 6-7, Jr.
    Klay Thompson's stock has steadily risen over the past couple of weeks and the Warriors seem to really like him. If they are serious about trading Monta Ellis, Thompson would make sense due to his ability to score the basketball.






    Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU, 6-2, Sr.
    Outside of the obvious connection of Jimmer Fredette staying in Utah, this pick actually makes a lot of sense since the Jazz need a backup point guard and outside shooter; both roles in which Jimmer could fill.


    Phoenix Suns: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas, 6-9, Fr.
    The Suns could ideally use some help on the wing, but they also lack any sort of rebounding presence at power forward and Tristan Thompson would be a great value here (even though I am not that high on him.)


    Houston Rockets: Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo, 6-9, 1992
    The Rockets ideally need a true center with this pick, and while Bismack Biyombo is only 6-9, he is extremely physical down low and possesses a 7-6 wingspan. He would be well worth the risk here considering he could go as high as the mid-lottery. I think Jordan Hamilton would make a lot of sense here too.


    Indiana Pacers: Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Jr.
    The Pacers could use some versatility in their frontcourt since they are very thin up front. Marcus Morris' ability to shoot the ball from the outside and play either forward position gives him the edge over Tristan Thompson.




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    This mock has us selecting Marcus Morris.. thoughts?

    Indiana Pacers: Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Jr.
    The Pacers could use some versatility in their frontcourt since they are very thin up front. Marcus Morris' ability to shoot the ball from the outside and play either forward position gives him the edge over Tristan Thompson.


    http://walterfootball.com/nbadraft2011mock.php
    If you look at all the probably-available prospects at 15, I don't think either Morris brother is one of the 3-4 players Bird has his eye on. Again, I'd say he's looking at Jimmer Fredette and Marshon Brooks, maybe Alec Burks, maybe some mystery player. It's truly hard to say, but I personally hope we don't pick either Morris. We won't know for a week.
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