2011 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Kyrie Irving and the Rest of Lottery Selections

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Kyrie Irving and the Rest of Lottery Selections
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The 2011 NBA Draft is deeply dependent on the NCAA Tournament, which is currently underway.  

The NCAA Tournament is essentially a convention for employers and potential employees looking to find the right fit.  Scouts are watching intently from courtside seats for the players who could fill their holes, while also looking for anything that might be awry.

The basketball court is under a gigantic microscope as NBA talent evaluators scrutinize every part of a player that they see.  

The players are out there with one eye on the scoreboard and one eye on the stat sheet with competing team/personal interests.  They want to win a National Championship, but they also want to give the best impression possible for suitors.  

The hardest part of playing in the NCAA Tournament is balancing team and personal goals to maximize success, and only a few elite players are able to navigate that tension every year.

Many lottery bound players are still alive in the Tournament's Sweet 16, which comes as no surprise. They are jockeying for draft position and the elusive honor of being the No. 1 overall pick.

As of the Sweet 16 in late March, here is a projection of the NBA's lottery picks for June's draft.  

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