2011 NBA MOCK DRAFT
June 17, 2011 by Sydrick Salazar
The draft is a few days away and just like any other sports site, I am obliged to predict on what will happen in the 2011 NBA Draft. Last year, we saw John Wall becoming a spectacle and Evan Turner groping to form.
Did anyone saw the production of Landry Fields?
The draft is a hit or miss event. For every Blake Griffin… there is a Hasheem Thabeet. I hope Thabeet makes up for his lackluster seasons now that he is with the Houston Rockets because the word â€œbustâ€ should by now get on his nerves.
Anyway, here are my predictions!
GAME STARTS NOW!
1 KYRIE IRVING
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (FROM LAC)
PG â€“ DUKE
Cleveland needs a superstar and I believe they have it in Irving. The guy came from an outstanding collegiate institution and the Cavs need a winning tradition more than ever. I am a cynic in terms of getting small players in the top spot but after seeing Allen Iverson and Derrick Rose plus the anomaly that is Kwame Brown, I am now a believer.
2 DERRICK WILLIAMS
PF â€“ ARIZONA
I am not sold in their backcourt and when Irving becomes available at this spot, they should claim him. However seeing that he is almost a lock in Cleveland, they might as well settle for Derrick Williams. Williams however will be joining a crowded frontline. Although except for Kevin Love, all of the Wolvesâ€™ frontliners are expendable.
3 ENES KANTER
C â€“ KENTUCKY
Critics think that Brandon Knight will get a call but if Iâ€™m Utah, Iâ€™d pick Kanter. Memo Okur was non-existent last season and if heâ€™s not fit to play in the coming season, then they need size more than guard depth. Sure, they have Derrick Favors but I think itâ€™s best for the Jazz to at least give Devin Harris a free reign at the starting spot before abandoning on that thought.
4 BRANDON KNIGHT
PG â€“ KENTUCKY
I think Iâ€™ll get flak with this pick but hereâ€™s the thing â€“ if they canâ€™t get Kanter to play for their squad, they might as well get the best possible player and use this said player as trade bait. They can either drop down and with cash considerations or trade this pick as a combo for a rising star. Still, Knight is no patsy. I wouldnâ€™t freak out if he becomes a better player in the near future.
5 JONAS VALANCIUNAS
C â€“ LITHUANIA
The draft depth is lacking at the center spot which is why we suddenly have two Euros at the top of the list. Canada would rather love Un-Americans because at the sight of free agency they wouldnâ€™t leave in a heartbeat. With that said, the team is desperately in need of big men. Hopefully this international talent can be a threat on the inside as much as he is on the outside.
6 KAHLI LEONARD
SF â€“ SAN DIEGO ST.
If Iâ€™m going to call the shots for the Wizards, I will pick a player that can stabilize their small forward spot. Leonard can play both slashing positions and I think can suit the squad if they put Rashard Lewis as a 3 or a 4. Sure, Kemba Walker is still available but with John Wall in the team, Walker will just languish on the bench.
7 JAN VESELY
C â€“ CZECH REPUBLIC
With Marcus Thornton now playing for the Kings, Sacramento must solve their frontcourt woes. I have no idea what Vesely brings to the table but the Kingsâ€™ success rate with these Euro stars could happen again with this guy. Also, he could easily give the team stability if and when the emergence of DeMarcus Cousins fails to happen in the coming season.
8 KEMBA WALKER
PG â€“ CONNECTICUT
I think the Rodney Stuckey push needs to end. He couldnâ€™t lift the team to greatness given the fact that he has 60 percent of the Detroit championship starting lineup in his grasp. Sure, they are old and probably brittle, but this also brings me to another point. Itâ€™s time to change the landscape of Motor City. It will be either Walker or Jimmer Fredette. I donâ€™t have any beef with Stuckey but they need to revamp their quarterback spot.
9 BISMACK BIYOMBO
PF â€“ CONGO
At 18, this Spanish League vet could pretty much be a project at best for Charlotte but Michael Jordan and his henchmen are praying ardently for this player to become a huge fraction of what was Dikembe Mutombo. Charlotte needs an inside force desperately and if they canâ€™t get it on the draft I will not be surprised if they try to trade this for one.
10 DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS
PF â€“ LITHUANIA
Milwaukee deserves a big player who is not like Luc Mbah a Moute who is an undersized PF or Ersan Ilyasova who is an oversized SF. Sure, they have Drew Gooden and Larry Sanders but the team also needs another big man if and when their injury prone main man Andrew Bogut gets injured. The problem when picking these Euro bigs though is that you are not sure if they would play or stay in Europe.