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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 1.0

Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:12 am
Hey everyone,

I've decided it's time - as the withdrawal deadline just passed, so our draftees are locked in - to make my first mock draft of the season. More analysis will come after the actual NBA season is over and the lottery order is decided.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves - Kyrie Irving Duke, 6'1, PG, Fr

2. Cleveland Cavaliers - Derrick Williams
Arizona, 6'9, SF/PF, Fr

3. Toronto Raptors - Enes Kanter Kentucky, 6'10, PF, Fr

4. Washington Wizards - Jonas Valancuinas Lithuania, 6'11, PF

5. Sacramento Kings - Jan Vesely Czech Republic, 6'11, SF/PF

6. Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight
Kentucky, 6'3, PG, Fr

7. Detroit Pistons - Kemba Walker
UConn, 6'0, PG, Jr

8. Cleveland Cavaliers - Alec Burks
Colarado, 6'6, SG, So

9. Charlotte Bobcats - Tristan Thompson
Texas, 6'9, PF, Fr

10. Milwaukee Bucks - Donatas Motiejunas
Lithuania, 7'0, PF

11. Golden State Warriors - Kahwi Leonard
San Diego State, 6'6, SF, So

12. Utah Jazz - Bismack Biyombo
Congo, 6'9, PF

13. Phoenix Suns - Marcus Morris
Kansas, 6'9, PF, Jr

14. Houston Rockets - Markieff Morris
Kansas, 6'10, PF, Sr

15. Indiana Pacers - Jordan Hamilton
Texas, 6'7, SG, So

16. Philadelphia 76ers - Tobias Harris
Tennessee, 6'8, SF/PF, Fr

17. New York Knicks - Jimmer Fredette
BYU, 6'2, PG, Sr

18. Washington Wizards - Reggie Jackson
Boston College, 6'3, PG, Jr

19. Minnesota Timberwolves - Chris Singleton
Florida State, 6'9, PF, Jr

20. New Orleans Hornets - Klay Thompson
Washington State, 6'6, SG, Jr

21. Charlotte Bobcats - Kenneth Faried
Morehead State, 6'8, PF, Sr

22. Denver Nuggets - Tyler Honeycutt
UCLA, 6'8, SF, So

23. Phoenix Suns - Darius Morris
Michigan, 6'4, PG, So

24. Boston Celtics - Jordan Williams
Maryland, 6'10, PF, So

25. Oklahoma City Thunder - Trey Thompkins
Georgia, 6'10, PF, Jr

26. Dallas Mavericks - Nolan Smith
Duke, 6'3, SG, Sr

27. New Jersey Nets - Kyle Singler
Duke, 6'8, SF, Sr

28. Chicago Bulls - Justin Harper
Richmond, 6'10, PF, Sr

29. San Antonio Spurs - Travis Leslie
Georgia, 6'4, SG, Jr

30. Chicago Bulls - Josh Selby
Kansas, 6'1, SG, Fr

Five on the Border:
Jereme Richmond, Davis Bertans, Lucas Noguiera, Nikola Mirotic, Keith Benson

- Harbour

Category: NBA

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 6:56 pm

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 1.0

7. Detroit Pistons - Kemba Walker UConn, 6'0, PG, Jr
Like the pick, the Pistons need a leader badly. They need someone who can be the "go-to guy" for them. Kemba has proven he can be that, that doesn't mean he's a Superstar in waiting but it means that he can lead this team in clutch situations as well as be the guy the gets them going when other players are flat.

The problem with the Pistons isn't so much as talent, on paper they actually should of made it to the playoffs in the East with the talent they have. However they could never really find any way to balance that talent and build chemistry. That's because the team lacked a leader, a facilitator. If a way past the prime, injured Tracy McGrady is your facilitator things aren't very good for your team. If we can get a better primary ball handler like Kemba Walker we'd be much better off. Also that would really help out guys like Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon that thrive off the PG. Look their production has dropped after losing their PGs, for Rip it was when Chauncey was traded and for Gordon it was when he left D. Rose and the Bulls.

Also I just don't want to see them take either of the Euro bigs, Jonas Valancuinas or Jan Vessley. If they go after a big I'd like it to be someone that can compliment Greg Monroe, which means strong interior defense, can block shots, and rebound.

I like that Bismack guy but he seems to be very raw and I don't know a lot about him, also like Kenneth Faried and really like JaJuan Johnson. I think Johnson is going to be a solid player, think Taj Gibson but much better.

Or if we luck out and win the the lottery we can get Kyrie Irving!

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