The 2011 NBA draft class wasn't as bad as many assumed.
There weren't too many great vibes about anyone heading in. There wasn't even much hype surrounding the No. 1 pick in the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. Scouts and analysts had him as the consensus No. 1 pick, but the public had only short opportunities to view him in action. Irving played only nine games at Duke University.
Nearly three months later, Irving is reviving the Cavaliers franchise, along with fellow top five draft pick Tristan Thompson, and actually has them nearing a playoff berth. Irving is a surefire Rookie of the Year and has the potential to become an All-Star extremely soon.
There have been players with similar success. Derrick Williams has been excellent coming off the bench for Minnesota, Brandon Knight is fitting in well to a young Detroit team and Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo are beginning to show a glimmer of hope for a decrepit Charlotte Bobcats team.
However, not all of the draft class has been a success story. We feature the five players who probably wish they stuck around another year on their tournament bound college teams.