Tag:2011 NBA Draft Lottery
Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 4:08 pm

Enes Kanter skips interviews with 3 lottery teams

Turkish center Enes Kanter reportedly will not meet to interview with three lottery teams. Posted by Ben Golliver. enes-kanter

The long, strange journey of Turkish center Enes Kanter took another twist on Friday, when ESPN reported that Kanter "stood up" three teams with lottery picks at the Chicago pre-draft combine.

Kanter reportedly refused to participate in interviews with the Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks. The Jazz hold the No. 3 and No. 12 picks in the draft, the Raptors are the No. 5 pick and the Bucks are the No. 10 selection. Update: a second ESPN report notes that Kanter is now scheduled to meet with the Jazz on June 2.

This early in the process, refusing to interview with teams is highly unusual. The only explanations: Kanter doesn't want to play for those teams or he does want to play for someone else.

On Thursday, CSNWashington.com reported that Kanter's preference was the Washington Wizards, who hold the No. 6 pick. In Washington, Kanter would be in a major market on the Eastern seaboard and would have plenty of playing time. He would also be playing with a dynamic point guard in John Wall.

So what to make of the three teams he stood up?

Utah has a fairly loaded frontline with Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap already in place. Indeed, DraftExpress.com reports: "Doesn't want to play for them according to his camp. Too many big men?"

Toronto could certainly use a low-post presence to pair with Andrea Bargnani, but they've also got rookie Ed Davis already in the development cycle and there's the whole "playing in Canada rather than the United States" thing, which trips up some people.

As for the Bucks, Kanter will almost certainly be gone by No. 10 so other than courtesy there wasn't much point in meeting with them anyway. Also, Andrew Bogut is in place, and a Bogut/Kanter pairing might be a bit redundant. 

Kanter sat out all of last season with NCAA eligibility issues and has reportedly told teams he will conduct only solo workouts.
Posted on: May 17, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 9:09 pm

2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Cavs get top pick

Cleveland Cavaliers win No.1 overall pick in 2011 NBA Draft. Utah Jazz move up to No. 3. 

Posted by Matt Moore

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2011 NBA lottery, giving them a chance to move forward. The Minnesota Timberwolves managed not to fall out of the top three, landing at No.2, while the Utah Jazz jumped up to the No.3 spot. So two teams that lost their superstar in the past 12 months get a chance to start over in a top-heavy, shallow draft. The big losers are the Raptors, Wizards, and Kings who drop down significantly. 

The question has to start right now, where is Baron Davis going to play next year? Kyrie Irving is the consensus No.1 overall pick, and the piece to build around for the Cavs. Meanwhile, the Wolves have a big man cluster to deal with, as Derrick Williams will be on the board for a team with Kevin Love, Darko Milicic, and Wes Johnson brought in in the past two years. 

Lots of questions. We'll have an updated mock draft soon on CBSSports.com.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
3. Utah Jazz
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Toronto Raptors
6. Washington Wizards
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Charlotte Bobcats
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Golden State Warriors
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Houston Rockets
15. Indiana Pacers
16. Philadelphia 76ers
17. New York Knicks
18. Washington Wizards
19. Charlotte Bobcats
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
21. Portland Trail Blazers
22. Denver Nuggets
23. Houston Rockets
24. Oklahoma City Thunder
25. Boston Celtics
26. Dallas Mavericks
27. New Jersey Nets
28. Chicago Bulls
29. San Antonio Spurs
30. Chicago Bulls
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