2011 NBA Mock Draft

With the NBA Draft just one day away, I figured I would take a go at an NBA Mock Draft.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke: Kyrie Irving is the best prospect in this draft and has drawn comparisons to Chris Paul. While I don’t think he will be that good, he will give the Cavs a face of their franchise and a future All Star.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, SF/PF, Arizona: Derrick Williams is a versatile forward who could pair with Wesely Johnson, Kevin Love, and Michael Beasly to give them a very deep and young front-court.

3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky: This is the popular pick right now and it makes sense. Knight is a phenomenal player with tons of potential and could replace Deron Williams.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, PF/C, Kentucky: The Cavs are hoping that the Jazz pick Knight because that means that Kanter will be available here. He will give the Cavs a legitimate center to pair with J.J. Hickson.

5. Toronto Raptors: Jan Vesley, PF, Serbia: Vesley has an NBA body and his size would be a nice compliment to Bargaini in the front court. He could give the Raptors flexibility and skill in the front-court.

6. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State: Leonard is a versatile SF that can provide defense and energy as well as a good mid-range game.

7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut: Walker is the best leader in this draft and can pair with Tyreke Evans to give the Kings a talented back-court.

8. Detroit Pistons: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas: Thompson is a tenacious rebounder that can pair with Greg Monroe in the Pistons front-court.

9. Charlotte Bobcats: Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State: Singleton is the best defensive wing in this draft and could replace Gerald Wallace at the SF spot.

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Alex Burks, SG, Colorado: Burks has a great offensive skill set that will pair nicely with Brandon Jennings.

11. Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State: Thompson can shoot the ball from anywhere and has a great game going to the basket. Defense is not his strength, but who says the Warriors play defense.

12. Utah Jazz: Marcus Morris, SF/PF, Kansas: Morris is a good faceup PF that can also play some SF. He has good range and is a decent rebounder/defender.

13. Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, PG/SG, BYU: Fredette can provide a nice scoring threat off the bench and will sell a lot of tickets while also being groomed as the PG of the future.

14. Houston Rockets: Jonas Valanciunas, PF/C, Lithuania: With the reports that Jonas will be able to come to the NBA in 2012, his stock could go back up but I think he lands in a good situation. The Rockets need to move on from Yao and Jonas has a great skill set, similar to Yao’s.

15. Indiana Pacers: Markeiff Morris, PF, Kansas: Morris is a versatile PF who can step out and knock down jumpers as well as play with his back to the basket. He rebounds well and can also block a shot or two.

16. Philadelphia 76ers: Donatas Motiejnuas, PF/C, Lithuania: Donatas is a very skilled PF/C that could develop under Doug Collins and could become a very good player for the sixers.

17. New York Knicks: Nikola Vucevic, PF/C, USC: Vucevic has flown up draft boards and he fills a huge need for the Knicks. He is a legitimate 6’11” and has a great offensive game as well as possessing very good positional defense, as in he won’t block shots but he sure as heck will frustrate you.

18. Washington Wizards: Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence: Brooks will give the Wizards a great back-court mate to pair with John Wall. He can flat out shoot the ball and also has good size to become a solid defender.

19. Charlotte Bobcats: Bismack Biyombo, F/C, Congo: This is a huge drop that likely won’t happen but I think teams will be scared of Biyombo’s offensive deficiencies come draft day. He, however, does have great potential as well as already solid shot blocking and rebounding.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jordan Hamilton, SG/SF, Texas: Hamilton has a ton of skill and lands in a good situation in Minnesota. Rubio, Hamilton, Williams, Beasly, and Love is a talented and young starting lineup and they also will have Flynn and Johnson coming off the bench.

21. Portland Blazers: Imam Shumpert, PG/SG, Georgia Tech: Shumpert’s ability to play both the PG and SG spot is not what will get him drafted this high. It is his phenomenal defense and athleticism that will put him in the first round. He is probably the best defender at the guard spot in this entire draft.

22. Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State: Faried lands in a good situation where he can use his rebounding and defensive skills to help solidify the Nuggets front-court.

23. Houston Rockets: Tyler Honeycutt, SF, UCLA: Honeycutt will give the Rockets a good SF to pair with the young Chase Budinger.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder: JuJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue: Johnson is a lanky, face-up PF built in the Jeff Green mode. He has range out to 18 feet and will provide offense off the bench for the Thunder.

25. Boston Celtics: Nikola Mirotic, PF, Montenegro: Mirotic will not be in the NBA until at least 2013 and possibly all the way until 2015 but the Celtics can ride Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green until Mirotic is ready to play in the NBA. He has top 5 talent so long term, this could be a huge steal.

26. Dallas Mavericks: Tobias Harris, SF, Tennessee: Harris has a lot of potential and is built in the mold of a Caron Butler. He can get to the basket, defend, and rebound very well for his position.

27. New Jersey Nets: Nolan Smith, PG/SG, Duke: Smith will give the Nets a great combo guard to score and share the ball for them off the bench.

28. Chicago Bulls: Josh Selby, PG/SG, Kansas: Selby has a ton of potential and pairing him with Derrick Rose could be deadly. He could also be a great 6th man spark for the Bulls, who lacked offense from their bench.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Davis Bertans, SF/PF, Latvia: Bertans is a phenomenal shooter who needs a year or two to put on weight. The Spurs have done a phenomenal job finding European talent late in the draft and Bertans could be another one.

30. Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler, SF, Marquette: Butler is a versatile player who is a great defender. He would be a good compliment to Luol Deng and would give the Bulls even more depth.

Round 2

1. Miami Heat: Norris Cole, PG, Cleveland State: Cole is one of many 2nd round PG’s that will go in this range but I think Cole’s ability to score as well as pass and defend will make the Heat take him.

2. Cleveland Caviliers: Kyle Singler, SF, Duke: Singler’s ability to shoot the ball will make him valuable in the 2nd round.

3. Detroit Pistons: Reggie Jackson, PG, Boston College: Jackson has the potential to be a very good NBA PG.

4. Washington Wizards: Darius Morris, PG, Michigan: Morris’ vision is unmatched and he would be a great backup to John Wall.

5. Sacramento Kings: Jeremy Tyler, PF, USA: Tyler has a ton of potential and could give the Kings another big body.

6. New Jersey Nets: Jon Leuer, PF, Wisconsin: Leuer is a face-up PF who would be insurance in-case Kris leaves to free agency.

7. Los Angeles Clippers: Justin Harper, PF, Richmond

8. Houston Rockets: Charles Jenkins, PG/SG, Hofstra: Jenkins is a gifted scorer who can be a spark off the bench.

9. Charlotte Bobcats: Malcolm Lee, SG, UCLA

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Goudelock, PG, Charleston: Goudelock is the best shooter in this draft and would be a good backup PG.

11. Los Angeles Lakers: Shelvin Mack, PG, Butler: Mack can be the long term replacement for Derrick Fisher and can start the Lakers rebuilding process.

12. Indiana Pacers: Bojan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, Croatia

13. Trey Thompkins: E’Twaun Moore, SG, Purdue

14. Golden State Warriors: Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia: Thompkins is a big body who can rebound and defend, which we know the Warriors need.

15. New Orleans Hornets: Jordan Williams, PF/C, Maryland

16. Los Angeles Lakers: Travis Leslie, SG, Georgia

17. Los Angeles Clippers: Keith Benson, C, Oakland

18. Atlanta Hawks: Chandler Parsons, SF, Florida

19. Memphis Grizzlies: Greg Smith, PF/C, Fresno State

20. Philadelphia 76ers: David Lighty, SG/SF, Ohio State

21. Portland Blazers: Diante Garret, PG, Iowa State

22. Detroit Pistons: DeAndre Liggins, SG/SF, Kentucky: Liggins will give the Pistons some much needed defensive help on the wing.

23. Orlando Magic: Jerome Richmond, SF, Illinois

24. Cleveland Cavaliers: Scotty Hopson, SG, Tennessee

25. Boston Celtics: Jeremy Hazell, SG, Seton Hall: Hazell will give the Celtic’s an offensive spark off the bench and a possible replacement for the aging, but still effective, Ray Allen.

26. Los Angeles Lakers: Willis Reed, PF, St. Louis

27. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Dunigan, C, USA

28. Los Angeles Lakers: Malcolm Thomas, F, San Diego State

29. San Antonio Spurs: Cory Joseph, PG, Texas: Joseph is a gifted athlete who under coach Pop’s tutelage, could become a late round steal and Tony Parker’s replacement.

30. Sacramento Kings: Malcolm Thomas, SF, San Diego State: Thomas is a versatile wing who can defend and attack the rim.

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