2011 NBA Mock Draft: Top 10 Selections

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 25, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Top 10 Selections

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    DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 01:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils watches on during their game against the Michigan State Spartans at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    With all the recent trades including draft picks, the draft order has been shaken up.

    The Cavaliers most likely locked up the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but also gained another top 10 pick in the Baron Davis/Mo Williams deal.

    The Utah Jazz acquired a top 10 pick from the Nets in the Deron Williams trade.

    This current class is not filled with depth throughout the draft, but have a few above average players at the top.

    Here is a top 10 NBA Mock Draft.

10. Charlotte Bobcats Select PF Donatas Motiejunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania walks off after losing the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centre on July 8, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by
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    The sweet shooting lefty from Lithuania has been playing like a lottery pick for the past two years.

    For a 7' Motiejunas is a great scorer, both shooting and posting up.

    Offense is not the concern for Motiejunas. He still is not aggressive on the boards and does not offer much defending big men. 

    The Bobcats could use a power forward like Motiejunas. 

9. Milwaukee Bucks Select SF Jordan Hamilton

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    GREENSBORO, NC - DECEMBER 18:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Greensboro Coliseum on December 18, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The 6'7'' Hamilton is one of the best scorers in the nation. Hamilton is averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. 

    Hamilton has unlimited range from the outside and is very aggressive on the offensive end.

    This season, Hamilton has become more disciplined, showing better shot selection.

    He has great size for a wing forward and has improved on his man-to-man defense. 

    The Bucks need another scorer that could take the pressure off of Brandon Jennings. 

8. Cleveland Cavaliers Select SF Harrison Barnes

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    GREENSBORO, NC - DECEMBER 18:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels against the Texas Longhorns at Greensboro Coliseum on December 18, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Though he is the prototypical NBA size wing player, Barnes has not lived up to the enormous hype at North Carolina.

    His talent still allows him to be drafted in the top 10.

    Harrison can create his own shot and direct an offense at the small forward position.

    The rebuilding Cavaliers could potentially get a steal here at eight with Barnes.

7. Detroit Pistons Select C Jonas Valanciunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Tautvydas Slezas of Lithuania dunks the ball during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centre on July 8, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Ha
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    The 6'10'' Valanciunas has the most potential out of any international prospect.

    He plays with great quickness and energy and is a solid defender and rebounder.

    Though he may lack the elite athleticism for a big man, the 18-year-old Valanciunas can provide toughness in the middle for the Pistons. 

    The Pistons need help on the front line, and Valancianus provides a solid inside presence.

6. Utah Jazz Select SF Terrence Jones

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 31: Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center on December 31, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    The 6'8'' 230 lbs. Terrence Jones is versatile and brings athleticism to the Jazz.

    Jones can handle the ball and has unlimited range from the outside. He sometimes likes to just play on the perimeter, limiting his upside, but he can be taught to drive to the hoop more.

    Jones has the potential to post up smaller defenders as well.

    The Jazz acquired this pick from the Nets in exchange for superstar Deron Williams, and will likely need another wing player to complement new point guard Devin Harris' skills. 

5. Toronto Raptors Select PF Enes Kanter

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15:  Hidayet Türkoglu  of Turkey shoots at the basket during the game between Great Britain and Turkey as part of the Game On event at the O2 Arena on August 15, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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    Though we wil never get the chance to see Enes Kanter play for Kentucky this season, he is a very talented big man. 

    He is a physical and can score from anywhere on the court. 

    He can post up and has a solid outside jump shot.

    The Raptors could pair Kanter with Andrea Bargnani.

4. Washington Wizards Select PF Jared Sullinger

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    COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 15:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots a free throw while playing the Michigan State Spartans on February 15, 2011 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Sullinger averages 17 points and 10 rebounds per game and is likely going to be the next Ohio State big man to declare after the freshman year.

    Sullinger is physical down low and is arguably the best low-post scoring threat in the draft.

    He plays with great energy as well on the defensive side of the ball.

    Sullinger could form a great tandem with rookie phenom John Wall.

3. Sacramento Kings Select SF Derrick Williams

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 27:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks fouls Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats during the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kansas won 87-7
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    Derrick Williams' great improvement from his freshman year will be huge when teams evaluate him.

    Williams is averaging 19.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Wildcats.

    He is a tremendous athlete and has improved his perimeter game.

    Williams athleticism is elite and can terrorize the opponent with strong dunks.

    The Kings will form a nice nucleus with Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Williams. 

2. Minnesota Timberwolves Select SF Perry Jones

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    HOUSTON - MARCH 28: Brian Zoubek #55 of the Duke Blue Devils grabs a rebound from Anthony Jones #41 and Josh Lomers #50 of the Baylor Bears during the south regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium on March 28, 2010 i
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    His recent struggles have not hurt his draft stock. 

    Jones has elite athleticism and can get to the rim at will. He can pass very well for a big man and has solid range on his ump spot.

    Jones has averaged 14 points and seven rebounds this season, but he is a terrific rebounder.

    Though a little raw, Jones has the great blend of size and potential. 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers Select PG Kyrie Irving

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    DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 01:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils watches on during their game against the Michigan State Spartans at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Irving is quick with the basketball and is a playmaker.

    His basketball IQ impressed others, especially because he knew when to make the right decision with the ball.

    Irving can score and is a pure point guard, with his passing abilities. 

    He could be a perfect player to revive the Cleveland Cavaliers.