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Harbour's 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Version 3.0

Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:53 am
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Hey Everyone,

Measurements and athleticism measurements results have come in from the combine. Players are going to start working out with teams more and more and stocks will rise and fall as we head toward draft night.

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG, 6'3, Duke, Fr)
NBADraft.net switched their #1 pick back to Derrick Williams - and in other news, everybody else has Kyrie Irving at #1 - I can't see it happening any other way at the moment

#2 Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (SF/PF, 6'9, Duke, So)
Whoever has this pick is picking Derrick Williams.

#3 Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight (PG, 6'3, Kentucky, Fr)
They can draft a Center, Point Guard or wing in the draft. This has some thinking they'll go Kanter, then Fredette at #12. However, I'll stick with Knight at #3 for now at least.

#4 Cleveland Cavaliers - Enes Kanter (PF/C, 6'11, Kentucky, Fr)
Even though he hasn't played in a year, he is performing well enough at the combine (and assumingly at team workouts in the future) so he can't drop past here if he is still available.

#5 Toronto Raptors - Kemba Walker (PG, 6'1, UConn, Jr)
I'll say it once, I'll say it twice - It is my opinion that you don't want another euro-big to pair with Bargnani (ie Valancuinas, Motiejunas or Vesely). However, the Raptors front office may be tempted with Valancuinas or Vesely as they have Calderon and Bayless under contract.

#6 Washington Wizards - Jan Vesely (SF/PF, 6'11, Czech Republic)
I've read and heard repeatedly that the Wizards really like Vesely. It may be between Vesely and Leonard for this pick in the end.

#7 Sacramento Kings - Bismack Biyombo (PF, 6'9, Congo)
Cousins does the scoring, Biyombo plays the D. Kings draft the kid out of Congo since Kemba and Brandon Knight are off the board.

#8 Detroit Pistons - Jonas Valancuinas (PF, 6'11, Lithuania)
At 6'11 the Pistons may feel he can play Center. If he is still available here, the Pistons will take him. Much to the disappointment of certain Pistons fans I'm sure.

#9 Charlotte Bobcats - Kawhi Leonard (SF, 6'6, San Diego State, So)
They really need a Center - So Motiejunas could be in play here. However, Leonard is far too good to pass up at #9. They have Gerald Henderson, Stephen Jackson and Matt Carroll at the SG/SF positions. Leonard and Burks will be in play - but Leonard is likely more what they are looking for.

#10 Milwaukee Bucks - Alec Burks (SG, 6'6, Colarado, So)
They need a replacement for Redd. They also need a backup for Bogut and perhaps a partner for Bogut at PF. But you can't draft a PF here and expect him to start, you could draft one to backup Bogut and that's why I wrestled between the 7'0 Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas and Alec Burks. With Maggette and Salmons under-performing and Douglas-Roberts not locked up for next season - that a bigger need is Alec Burks.

#11 Golden State Warriors - Tristan Thompson (PF, 6'9, Texas, Fr)
They need DEFENCE. I feel like Tristan Thompson plays more D than Marcus Morris, not saying Marcus Morris is a bad player - just that Thompson is a better defender.

#12 Utah Jazz - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C, 7'0, Lithuania)
Utah would love to get Alec Burks I'm sure. They have a good squad with Okur, Favors, Millsap and Jefferson at bigs. Miles, Hayward and Bell on the wing plus Devin Harris and Brandon Knight (assuming this draft is in effect) at point. Motiejunas can be stored on the bench as a big, or if Milwaukee go for Motiejunas - Utah will jump on Burks to bring him off the bench with Hayward. I'm unsure whether they will re-sign Kirilenko at this stage, so I'm acting as though he won't be there.

#13 Phoenix Suns - Marcus Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Jr)
Phoenix will jump at the chance to get Marcus Morris at #13 - Almost a steal.

#14 Houston Rockets - Markieff Morris (PF, 6'9, Kansas, Sr)
The only other players to be included in more than one mock draft in the lottery (of the 5 that I have come to follow because they seem accurate and update regularly) is Jimmer Fredette and Jordan Hamilton. I think they'll take Markieff here.

#15 Indiana Pacers - Jimmer Fredette (PG, 6'2, BYU, Sr)
The Pacers have a good core of wings with Granger, Dunleavy (assuming they re-sign him), George, Rush and even Lance Stephenson. Hansborough and Hibbert are developing well, Foster and McRoberts are off-contract but I assume they'll re-sign one of them. They need a PG to backup Ford and eventually become a starting PG in the league. Fredette is the best available.

#16 Philadelphia 76ers - Jordan Hamilton (SG, 6'8, Texas, So)
Philadelphia has maintained they are drafting anyone 6'8 or above saying that they need a big man. Technically, Hamilton is 6'8 - and he is by far the best available for me. Iguodala, Turner, Young, Nocioni and Hamilton will become their core on the wings along with Holiday and Williams at the point.

#17 New York Knicks - Chris Singleton (PF, 6'9, Florida State, Jr)
Billups and Douglas at point. Fields and Melo locked up on the wing and I think they will bring back two of Mason, Walker, Azubuike, Carter to play minutes off the bench. Amare and Turiaf at big means that a PF or C is needed in the draft. Chris Singleton may be who they take here.

#18 Washington Wizards - Kenneth Faried (PF, 6'7, Morehead State, Sr)
Wizards were shoddy rebounders last season - so why not draft the leading rebounder in college?

#19 Charlotte Bobcats - Tobias Harris (PF, 6'8, Tennessee, Fr)
After drafting Leonard at #9, they draft a SF/PF here.

#20 Minnesota Timberwolves - Klay Thompson (SG, 6'7, Washington State, Jr)
I seriously have no idea what they should do here. They have Flynn and Ridnour at PG plus there's the Rubio situation. Wes Johnson, Matrell Webster, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams can play on the wing - but Williams and Beasley can also play some PF with Love, Milicic, Randolph plus Tolliver at bigs. Just not very good players. Flynn, Beasley, Love and Milicic are starters. Wes Johnson could start at SG. Webster, Derrick Williams, Randolph, Tolliver, Ridnour are bench players. Webster and Tolliver's contracts are up after next season so drafting a guy to become your SG backup could make sense - So Klay Thompson - Best Player Available.

#21 Portland Trail Blazers - Darius Morris (PG, 6'5, Michigan, So)
They have Matthews, Wallace, Batum, Babbitt, Roy and Fernandez on the wings. Wallace, Aldridge and Camby at bigs plus Miller at point. They need a better PG backup and a good big to come off the bench and play limited minutes. With Morris they get their backup PG - Sorry Patty Mills.

#22 Denver Nuggets - Tyler Honeycutt (SF, 6'8, UCLA, So)
Afflalo, JR Smith and Wilson Chandler could all potentially leave - leaving them with only Gallinari. They will likely re-sign at least one, but wing is a need. Honeycutt is a solid value pick at #22. Felton and Lawson at PG plus Harrington, Mozgov and Andersen at big (with Nene and Kenyon Martin off-contract - they could re-sign at least one) means that wing is their biggest need.

#23 Houston Rockets - Marshon Brooks (SG, 6'5, Providence, Sr)
With Jordan Hill, Luis Scola, Patrick Patterson and Brad Miller locked up and Chuck Hayes and Yao likely to be re-signed - they are set at PF and C. Kevin Martin is their only player on the wing as Budinger, Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams are support players and bench players. Lowry and Dragic at their PGs after trading Brooks. Marshon Brooks give them another wing player to increase their depth there.

#24 Oklahoma City Thunder - Nikola Vucevic (C, 7'0, USC, Jr)
Perkins, Ibaka, Collison are the core at PF/C. Durant, Sefolosha, Cook, Harden are the core on the wing. Robinson, Maynor and Westbrook are signed up for next season at PG. Vucevic can be brought in at Center to compete with Aldrich and BJ Mullens for minutes.

#25 Boston Celtics - Justin Harper (PF, 6'10, Richmond, Sr)
Youth coming in with Garnett, Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal coming out.

#26 Dallas Mavericks - Travis Leslie (SG, 6'4, Georgia, Jr)
I suspect Dallas will use their bird rights and re-sign Chandler, Barea and possibly one of Butler, Stevenson and Peja. Dallas could draft a PF or wing to develop in very limited minutes off the bench. I have them picking Leslie here.

#27 New Jersey Nets - Jordan Williams (PF, 6'9, Maryland, So)
I suspect the Nets will re-sign Humphries and then draft a PF like Harper to go with Petro and Lopez at big. On the wing they will likely look to sign a FA to go with Outlaw, Morrow and Damion James. Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar will hold down PG for them.

#28 Chicago Bulls - Josh Selby (PG, 6'3, Kansas, Fr)
The Bulls have all 10 of their core re-signed into next season (Kurt Thomas being #11 that isn't re-signed at the moment). They can afford to draft on potential in Selby.

#29 San Antonio Spurs - Jeremy Tyler (PF, 6'10, USA)
The Spurs take a chance on Tyler. Maybe.

#30 Chicago Bulls - Davis Bertans (PF, 6'10, Latvia)
Again, they can afford to draft a European who may or may not come to them straight away.


Five on the Border


JaJuan Johnson (PF, 6'10, Purdue, Sr)

Lucas Nogueira (C, 6'11/7'0, Brazil)

Charles Jenkins (PG/SG, 6'3, Hofstra, Sr)

Nolan Smith (SG, 6'3, Duke, Sr)

Kyle Singler (SF, 6'8/6'9, Duke, Sr)



There you have it. Until next time...

- Harbour
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