2011 NBA Mock Draft with Video: Is Harrison Barnes a Lock to Go No. 1?
NBA mock drafts are starting to take place with the college basketball season under way.
The most enticing prospect is Harrison Barnes, who's widely considered to be the best pro prospect in this year's draft class.
However, he's not alone.
Kyrie Irving and Perry Jones have a legitimate shot at challenging Barnes for the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NBA draft.
No. 1: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
The preseason All-American has been long considered the consensus No. 1 overall pick for the 2011 NBA Draft.
While he's been a bit of a disappointment with the Tar Heels thus far, it's only a matter of time before he kicks it up a notch and shows why he's the most coveted freshman in the country.
Barnes is the archetypal small forward with an NBA-ready body. He's quick and extremely athletic, and he has a high basketball IQ. His jump shot is smooth, and he has great range.
No. 2: Kyrie Irving, Duke
Kyrie has made a seamless transition to the college level.
As Duke's floor general, he's making the reigning champions even better, if that's even possible.
Irving has often been compared to Chris Paul, and he could be the next great point guard to enter the NBA. He has great instincts as a playmaker with signs of a strong pick-and-roll game.
Kyrie is lightning-quick, which allows him to blow by his man to get into the lane or find an open spot for an uncontested jumper.
No. 3: Perry Jones, Baylor
Perry Jones has unparalleled upside as a draft prospect.
Standing at 6'11", Jones is a prospect like no other. He has often been described as having a similar skill set to Tracy McGrady, which is absurd for a player of his height.
Perry has advanced ball-handling skills and strong footwork and is a phenomenal athlete.
While Jones is long with an incredible wingspan, he's not that strong of a defender. If he wants to play along the wing, he needs to work on his jumper and playmaking abilities.
Jones has had a solid start to his freshman year at Baylor, and as he continues to get more comfortable in the system, his numbers should only get better.
No. 4: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
Even if he's not playing for Kentucky, Enes Kanter is simply too talented to not be drafted in the lottery.
Kanter has the size and strength to compete at the NBA level. For a player of his size, he has an incredible amount of athleticism and agility.
He uses his high basketball IQ, soft touch and versatile offensive game to score in bunches. He can go into the low post or shoot from mid-range.
No. 5: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Jared Sullinger joins a long list of dominant big men to come out of Ohio State.
Sullinger has exploded onto the college scene and really opened eyes in a mid-November game against Florida.
Even though Jared only stands at 6'9", he has an imposing frame that he can use to bully opponents around in the paint.
He's a strong rebounder but has trouble on defense. His slow feet and size limitation are likely the culprits when it comes to defense.
No. 6: Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Terrence Jones' biggest asset is his versatility. He has the size to play the 3 or 4 with ease.
He is a playmaker at heart, and he can break down defenses off the dribble or with his passing abilities.
Jones has advanced footwork, and he's a crafty scorer.
No. 7: Kemba Walker, UConn
Kemba Walker is yet another combo guard that has a dubious future role in the NBA.
Standing at 6'0", Walker must develop his decision-making and passing abilities if he wants to make an impact aside from being a scorer.
Speaking of scoring, Kemba has been torching opponents in his third year at UConn. His best game of the season came against Vermont, where he scored 42 points.
Walker is currently averaging 30 points per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 88.6 percent from the line and 40.6 percent from behind the arc.
Kemba uses his blazing speed to get by opponents practically at will.
No. 8: Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas is the next European big with great range.
He's often compared to Andrea Bargnani, and if you've seen him play, you can see why.
Standing at 7'0", he will become a nightmare to guard if he can add strength and weight to his frame in order to play the power forward position.
The Lithuanian can take players inside on the low post or spot up and shoot from range.
No. 9: Derrick Williams, Arizona
Derrick may be an undersized power forward, but he has all the tools to be able to produce at the next level.
He has a high basketball IQ and has a plethora of moves to utilize to score.
Williams will need to work on his jump shot and add some bulk to his frame, but he has a bright future ahead.
No. 10: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Brandon has all the tools to excel at the next level.
While he's capable of running the point, Knight is more of a tweener. He's had a rough start in Kentucky, with his turnovers nearly doubling his assist numbers.
Knight has an excellent jump shot, and he can really pour in buckets when called upon.
To top it all off, Brandon is an excellent defender and can really make an impact on both sides of the ball.
No. 11: Jan Vesely
Measured at 6'11", Jan has some question marks surrounding his game, but he has great potential.
Hailing from the Czech Republic, Jan decided to stay another year overseas instead of entering the 2010 NBA draft.
Vesely could play at the 3 or the 4. If he's slotted into the power forward position, he becomes a matchup nightmare with his ability to put the ball on the floor and shoot from long range.
No. 12: Josh Selby, Kansas
Josh is an athletic combo guard capable of scoring practically at will.
He plays with intensity on the offensive end and can take games over. His strong shooting touch and incredible athleticism make him difficult to guard. Josh is an amazing and creative slasher, getting most of his buckets near the rim.
The problem with Selby at the NBA level is his mediocre playmaking abilities. Not what teams are looking for in their point guard.
Selby is too small to handle shooting guards, so he'll need to improve his court vision and passing abilities if he wants to stick around the NBA.
No. 13: Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA
Tyler is a versatile wing with great athleticism. He's capable of playing both the guard and small forward positions but would need to bulk up a bit to play along the wing.
Honeycutt has good defensive instincts, and he has the length and athleticism to become a defensive stopper at the pro level.
He's a solid scorer, but he could use some work on his jumper and ball-handling skills.
No. 14: Trey Thompkins, Georgia
Trey is not very athletic, but this huge power forward is an incredibly gifted player.
He's a very smart forward with a high motor.
Thompkins is great in the post with a number of moves at his disposal. He has a good jump shot, particularly for a player of his size, and he can put the ball on the floor when needed.
No. 15: Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas is a bit of a project, but with enough time he can develop into a solid big man in the NBA.
He has strong instincts in the post, but he doesn't have a large repertoire of moves to turn to.
While he measures at 6'11", Jonas still needs to bulk up and add some strength to battle against the power forwards and centers of the NBA.
No. 16: C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State
C.J. is an extremely talented and versatile forward that has great potential at the NBA level.
He's long and athletic—standing at 6'9"—with highlight-reel dunking ability. He's also extremely quick for someone of his size, which will help him make up for his solid but not spectacular ball-handling abilities.
A more consistent jump shot would also go a long way toward helping his offensive abilities.
Leslie's ability to do it all makes him very enticing as a prospect, and he may even move up if he impresses in pre-draft workouts.
No. 17: Rodney Williams, Minnesota
Rodney was highly touted coming out of high school but failed to impress in his first year at Minnesota. Entering his sophomore year, this could be a make or break year for him.
His greatest strength is his near unparalleled athleticism. He has highlight-reel play potential written all over him, and he is great in an up-tempo offense that gets out in transition.
Williams can knock down the three, and he has all the tools to be a special player in the NBA. However, it has yet to be seen if he can put it all together to become a complete player.
No. 18: Mason Plumlee, Duke
A 6'11" giant, Mason plays on a stacked Duke squad. He didn't show a whole lot in his freshman year due to being buried on the depth chart, but he has a lot of potential.
He has been a bit inconsistent this season, but he's shown flashes of brilliant play on both ends of the court.
His best performance was a 25-point, 12-rebound effort against Marquette, and if he can continue to show flashes like that, he will be a top 20 player.
No. 19: Tobias Harris, Tennessee
A 6'8" small forward at Tennessee, Tobias is easily the most talented player on the Volunteers.
He's off to a great start to his freshman season, averaging 16.7 points and 5.8 rebounds.
While he doesn't shoot from long range a whole lot, he has great range on his jumper.
No. 20: Marcus Morris, Kansas
Now a junior at Kansas, this Jayhawk has solid potential at the next level.
Marcus is a matchup problem for other power forwards due to his ability to iso players and put the ball on the floor or knock down the mid-range shot. He can even stretch out to the arc to knock down shots when called upon, which will be a great asset in the NBA.
The problem is that while he plays the power forward position, he's undersized and not strong enough to handle the bigger 4s of the NBA. If he can bulk up, then he has a bright future ahead.
No. 21: Nolan Smith, Duke
Coming out of Duke, Nolan is fresh off an NCAA championship with another one in sight this year.
Smith is more of a combo guard, capable of being a big time scorer with some playmaking skills.
He has improved dramatically since his freshman season, and the four years at Duke should have him well prepared for the NBA.
No. 22: Jimmer Fredette, BYU
A senior at BYU, Jimmy has been on the radar for years now.
Jimmy may not be very athletic, but he is a deadly shooter from all corners of the court, and he'll be a zone buster in the NBA.
He'll need to continue to develop his playmaking abilities since he's only 6'2", but he can come right off an NBA bench next season and provide near instant offense for a team.
His 49 points last year against Arizona was where his stock skyrocketed.
No. 23: Kris Joseph, Syracuse
A junior at Syracuse, Kris is the prototypical small forward. He is long with great athleticism and explosive hops.
However, he needs to work on his jump shot and ball-handling skills before he becomes a threat on offense.
He plays with a lot of energy but doesn't have the greatest feel for the game.
While he is considered a work in progress, he has a high ceiling and could develop into an impact player in the NBA.
No. 24: Renardo Sidney, Mississippi State
Renardo is a massive player. He stands at 6'10" with over 270 pounds to back that frame up.
For a big man, he's much more mobile than he looks at first glance, and he has great vision out of the post. To top it all off, he can shoot jumpers, showing solid form.
His eligibility issues are definitely hurting his stock since he can't showcase his game, but he's definitely on the radar.
He will be a bit of a project once he enters the NBA, but the talent is there. It's only a matter of his drive and motivation.
No. 25: Elias Harris, Gonzaga
Elias hails from Germany, where he played in the German ProB league. He is currently enrolled at Gonzaga in his sophomore year.
He is extremely athletic and has a solid frame capable of handling the rigors of the NBA.
Harris' biggest weakness is his ball-handling abilities. The fact that he's forced to play power forward at Gonzaga compounds this deficiency because he's not given time to develop it.
He's not a great shooter, which may develop into a problem if he's unable to develop better ball-handling skills, as he'll have difficulty creating his own shot.
No. 26: Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt
Jeff Taylor fits into the mold of the typical NBA off guard. He measures up at 6'5" with a great wingspan and excellent athleticism, but he'll need to add some weight to his frame.
He has a solid mid-range jumper, but it is fairly inconsistent, like the rest of his play. When called upon, he can stretch the floor behind the arc.
His lack of aggression will become a problem if he can't find ways to motivate himself on the court.
No. 27: Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
Kawhi is an unbelievable athlete, which makes him enticing as a potential draft prospect.
He plays with a high energy level, and he's a good rebounder.
While he has the frame of a small forward at the NBA level, his poor shooting abilities will become an issue. His mediocre ball-handling skills will also hinder his ability to get off shots.
No. 28: Durrell Summers, Michigan State
Coming out of Michigan State as a senior, Durrell is a gifted athlete. He has all the physical abilities to succeed in the NBA; it's just a matter of him focusing on improving his game.
Durrell has had a lot of ups and downs in his time in Michigan.
One of his main issues is his consistency. If he checks out of a game mentally, he practically disappears; well, at least nothing shows up in the box score.
Summers has a lot of work ahead of him, but if he can find a coaching staff to motivate him, he can carve out a solid career in the NBA.
No. 29: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Kenneth is an undersized power forward out of Morehead State.
He is an amazing rebounder and is pound for pound the best in that department. He plays with a high level of energy and is constantly working on the glass.
However, there's not much polish in his offensive game, but he has good hands and can finish strong around the rim. He'll definitely need to work on his jumper.
At 6'8", he will have trouble playing the power forward position in the NBA. With his lack of perimeter skills, he may have problems playing at the 3.
No. 30: Chris Singleton, Florida State
Chris is one of the best defenders at his position in college, but he seems almost allergic to offense. He has no post moves, a poor jump shot and is not a great finisher at the rim.
Right now, he'll be drafted on pure defensive ability with the hope that he can develop an offensive game.
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