The Biggest Steals of the 2011 NBA Draft

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The Biggest Steals of the 2011 NBA Draft
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Every year, in every major professional sport, a draft is held to bring along the young stars of tomorrow. Dreams are fulfilled, franchises are saved and, every now and then, tears of joy are shed. Unfortunately, tears of sorrow and anguish are shed as well.

The 2011 NBA Draft was no different from any other year, as numerous talents fell deep into the depths of obscurity. The lottery picks came and went, and channels suddenly changed. The young men who worked their hearts out for the entirety of their lives were suddenly stripped of their dream of being a lottery choice. For some, this is a career-ending occurrence; their confidence is never the same, and in turn, their production on the court isn't either. For others, this form of exclusion is the worst thing that's ever their opponents.

The motivation is greater than ever, and before you know it, a true 'Steal of the Draft' has been born.

In the following slides, I will show you seven players who deserve that moniker. Some have begun to produce, while others have yet to receive the proper opportunity; no matter the situation, these players are going to make teams wish that they hadn't passed up on them after all.

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