NBA Mock Draft 2011: Will Duke's Nolan Smith or Kyle Singler Be Selected First?

Shane DePutronCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2011

NBA Mock Draft 2011: Will Duke's Nolan Smith or Kyle Singler Be Selected First?

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    As the NBA regular season winds down and the NCAA tournament enters the Sweet 16, we are now getting a better and better view as to how the 2011 NBA draft will ultimately play out.

    Therefore, it's time to formulate another 2011 NBA mock draft.

    There have been a number of changes since the last mock draft, as the trade deadline passed with many franchises swapping their picks, while also seeing their team needs change.

    Moreover, some NBA squads have raised their levels of play, while others have faded down the stretch, and consequently, the NBA standings—and the draft order—have witnessed significant changes.

    But that's not all, as the stock of many draft prospects have fluctuated, with some rising and others falling.

    So keeping all of these factors in mind, the following mock draft will provide a profile of each selection, as well as a description as to why each franchise would pick the player and how they would fit in with the team.

    (This mock draft was formulated under the premise that a new NBA collective bargaining agreement will be reached and a lockout will be avoided.)

No. 30: San Antonio Spurs: Tobias Harris, Tennessee

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    Coming in as a highly-touted recruit, Tobias Harris certainly lived up to expectations in his now-complete freshman campaign.

    Displaying a surprisingly polished, all-around game, the 6'8", 226-pound forward managed to put up 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.7 steals and 0.7 threes per game.

    And at just 18 years old, Harris has plenty of room for improvement.

    Nevertheless, with Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl recently being fired, it wouldn't be too surprising to see Harris enter the NBA draft, where a team like the Chicago Bulls would likely scoop him up with the No. 28 pick.

    As a Spur, Harris would join DeJuan Blair and Tiago Splitter in providing some relief to the team's aging frontcourt of Tim Duncan, Antonio McDyess and Matt Bonner.

    Consequently, he would likely see limited playing-time early on, although teaming up with Duncan and being given time to develop could be instrumental to his professional success.

No. 29: Boston Celtics: JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

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    JaJuan Johnson has dealt with concerns about his weight and strength since he first stepped on campus at Purdue.

    And while it is still somewhat of a nagging issue, Johnson has still managed to develop into a highly effective player.

    In his senior senior season, the 6'10", 220-pound power forward has managed to net averages of 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 0.9 steals per contest.

    Moreover, the long and athletic 22-year-old has developed a jump shot which will be highly valuable at the next level.

    Consequently, he would be very appealing to the Boston Celtics at the No. 29 spot, since they could use his size inside to help deal with the departure of Kendrick Perkins and the aging of Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal.

    And being picked by the Celtics, Johnson would likely immediately compete for time at the backup three, four and five, against Jeff Green and Glen Davis.

No. 28: Chicago Bulls: Keith Benson, Oakland

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    After entering and then withdrawing from the 2010 NBA draft, Oakland center Keith Benson returned for his senior season as a significantly better player.

    Most notably, the 6'11", 230-pounder worked to extend his range to beyond the three-point arc, shooting a cool 39.1 percent from deep on just below one attempt per contest.

    Furthermore, the long and athletic big was able to post per-game averages of 17.9 points (54.7 percent shooting), 10.1 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 1.1 assists and 0.8 steals.

    And even though he is currently lacking the strength of a traditional NBA pivot, Benson has been able to more than hold his own against NBA-caliber bigs, posting double-doubles this year against the likes of Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, Tennessee's Tobias Harris and Texas' Tristan Thompson.

    So when that is combined with the fact that he almost lead his Oakland squad to an NCAA tournament upset of Texas, a first-round selection by the Chicago Bulls at No. 28 overall seems very reasonable.

    Here, the young center would provide depth at both forward and center, with a chance to ultimately provide relief if Joakim Noah or Carlos Boozer are injured again, or if Kurt Thomas finally calls it quits.

No. 27: New Jersey Nets: Justin Harper, Richmond (from the Los Angeles Lakers)

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    Despite a solid four-year career with Richmond, Justin Harper only really gained national recognition recently, as the senior forward has helped to lead his team to a Sweet 16 berth in a breakout season.

    Nevertheless, as an athletic 6'10", 225-pound combo forward, with an impressive face-up game and great stroke from deep, Harper certainly looks the part of an NBA player.

    Moreover, his stat line of 17.8 points (53.5 field goal percentage), 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 threes (45.2 three-point percentage), 1.3 blocks, 1.2 assists and 0.6 steals per contest shows his versatility on the court.

    And following his most recent 19-point performance against Kenneth Faried of Morehead State, Harper has undoubtedly gained the attention of NBA scouts.

    Therefore, he could very well hear his name called by the New Jersey Nets at No. 27.

    With the Nets, Harper would help to stretch the floor and open up the middle for center Brook Lopez, while also showing the ability to play some time at the three, four and five.

No. 26: Dallas Mavericks: Kyle Singler, Duke

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    A season after winning a national championship and the Final Four Most Outstanding Player award, Kyle Singler returned to Duke for his senior year, again bringing his well-rounded brand of basketball.

    And although his numbers are down from last season, the 6'8", 230-pound forward has still been impressive as one of the best players on one of the best teams in the nation.

    Moreover, Singler is a relatively safe pick in the draft, since the highly skilled 22-year-old has limited upside due to his age, size and athleticism.

    Consequently, he would be a great fit for the Dallas Mavericks at No. 27, as he could help the team by providing a youthful scoring punch off the bench behind Dirk Nowitzki, Peja Stojakovic and Shawn Marion.

No. 25: Chicago Bulls: Chris Singleton, Florida State (from the Miami Heat)

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    Chris Singleton of Florida State is one of the best athletes in in the nation, and standing 6'9", 225 pounds, the forward has used his physical tools to become a standout defender.

    And with averages of 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks on a Sweet 16 team, his defense is reason enough for him to be worthy of a first-round selection.

    However, he has been a solid, albeit unspectacular, player on offense as well, scoring 13.0 points and connecting on 1.3 threes per game.

    Moreover, the junior has seen his offense gradually improve in each of his years at FSU, so he has the potential to become even better on this front.

    And what better place for him than the defensive-oriented Chicago Bulls at No. 25?

    Here, Singleton could step in behind Luol Deng at the three, or even shift Deng to shooting guard, providing head coach Thibodeau with a lock-down defender, while also being benefited by the spectacular point guard play of Derrick Rose. 

No. 24: Oklahoma City Thunder: Trey Thompkins, Georgia

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    Junior forward Trey Thompkins capped off another impressive campaign for Georgia with a dominant NCAA tournament performance, posting 26 points and 11 rebounds on 11-for-14 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from three.

    Nevertheless, Thompkins' team lost, and he was sent home in what may have been his final game as a Bulldog.

    On the year, he posted averages of 16.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 threes per game.

    Now, the highly skilled 6'10", 245-pound forward-center will look to utilize those two factors—size and skills—to carry him to the NBA, since he lacks elite athleticism.

    And a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder could gladly grab the 20-year-old Thompkins with the No. 24 overall selection.

    With the Thunder, Thompkins would help to provide the frontcourt scoring punch which the team has been missing since they dealt away Jeff Green in their trade for Kendrick Perkins.

No. 23: Phoenix Suns: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State (from the Orlando Magic)

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    Morehead State's Kenneth Faried is another individual who bust onto the national scene this year.

    After leading the nation in rebounding by a wide margin, breaking the Division I record for all-time rebounding and coming one double-double shy of tying Tim Duncan's record for consecutive double-doubles, Faried is primed to become a first-round selection.

    However, rebounding isn't all that Faried can do, as he posted an average of 17.3 points (62.3 percent shooting), 14.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.9 steals per game.

    So as a record-breaking, ultra-athletic, high-motor player who made waves in the NCAA tournament by upsetting Louisville, the 6'8", 225-pound power forward could very well come off the board at the No. 23 spot to the Phoenix Suns.

    As a Sun, Faried would provide some interior relief to the team which was still stinging somewhat from the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire.

    Consequently, he would help Marcin Gortat, Robin Lopez and Channing Frye, while being greatly aided on offense by the brilliant point guard play of Steve Nash.

No. 22: Denver Nuggets: Markieff Morris, Kansas

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    After his twin brother Marcus had previously stolen the spotlight, Markieff Morris finally made a name for himself in his junior campaign at Kansas.

    Posting 13.9 points (60.5 percent shooting), 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.7 threes per contest, the 6'10", 245-pound Morris has proven to be more than just a big athlete.

    Consequently, the rapidly improving 21-year-old would make a great selection for the Denver Nuggets at No. 22.

    With the Nuggets, Morris could fill in for the aging and injury-prone Kenyon Martin, the under-performing Al Harrington and Nene, should he decide not to re-sign with the team.

No. 21: Washington Wizards: Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA (from the Atlanta Hawks)

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    Tyler Honeycutt played well for the UCLA Bruins throughout the 2010-11 season, posting per-game averages of 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.1 blocks, 1.7 threes and 0.7 steals.

    However, these numbers aren't exactly eye-popping.

    Nevertheless, it has been the flashes of brilliance by the extremely athletic 6'8", 188-pound wing which has scouts intrigued.

    Moreover, the 20-year-old sophomore has outstanding potential, so his selection at No. 21 by the Washington Wizards would be very reasonable.

    As a Wizard, Honeycutt could step in and immediately contribute at the three, while helping to make Washington one of the most promising, young teams in the league.

No. 20: Portland Trail Blazers: Tristan Thompson, Texas

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    The play of freshman Tristan Thompson was essential to the success of the Texas Longhorns throughout the 2010-11 season.

    And while he is only 19 years old, the forward-center has used his uncanny combination of size, length and athleticism to post per-game averages of 13.1 points (54.6 percent shooting), 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 0.9 steals.

    Consequently, his upside is off the charts, while at 6'9", 225 pounds, he could still likely contribute right away.

    Therefore, he could very well be grabbed by the Portland Trail Blazers with the No. 20 overall pick.

    With the Blazers, he would provide some inside relief to LaMarcus Aldridge and the aging Marcus Camby, while giving Gerald Wallace a chance to slide back to his natural small forward position.

No. 19: New Orleans Hornets: Jordan Hamilton, Texas

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    After a freshman year where he was routinely criticized for his poor decision making, Jordan Hamilton returned to Texas for his sophomore campaign as a greatly improved player. 

    And while he still struggles with streakiness and a lack of NBA-caliber athleticism, Hamilton has still managed to compile gaudy averages of 18.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 threes, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks per contest.

    So should the scoring-oriented 6'7", 220-pound wing enter the draft, he could easily be selected in the No. 19 spot by the New Orleans Hornets.

    With the Hornets, Hamilton would serve as a much-needed scoring option from the two or three, where he would compete for time with Trevor Ariza, Marco Belinelli, Willie Green and Quincy Pondexter.  

No. 18: Minnesota Timberwolves: Nolan Smith, Duke (from the Memphis Grizzlies)

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    After freshman Kyrie Irving went down with an injury, Nolan Smith stepped into the role of point guard for Duke, going on the win the ACC Player of the Year award.

    And with averages of 21.0 points, 5.2 assists. 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 threes and 1.3 steals per game, the senior guard has really proven that he can handle the load at lead guard.

    Moreover, the 6'3", 185-pound senior has played excellent defense, and should his team advance even further in the NCAA Tournament, he could see his draft stock rise even further.

    Consequently, at No. 18 Smith would be a great addition to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have been unimpressed with the play Johnny Flynn and have been settling with Luke Ridnour at the point for much of this season.

    And so long as Ricky Rubio doesn't join the team for the 2011-12 campaign, then Smith would have a legitimate shot at winning the starting point guard role with the team.

No. 17, Philadelphia 76ers: John Henson, North Carolina

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    While John Henson may never become the player he was initially projected to be, the North Carolina sophomore's freakish length and athleticism still makes him an intriguing prospect.

    On the year, the 20-year-old has accumulated per game averages of 11.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 0.6 steals.

    But at 6'10", 210 pounds, however, Henson definitely needs to add more strength and polish to his extremely raw game.

    And should he do so, Henson could develop into a fantastic player—a fact which could very well warrant his selection at the No. 17 spot by the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Here, Henson would have a chance to compete for time at center against Spencer Hawes and Marreese Speights, while also being given an opportunity to come off the bench behind an again Elton Brand.

No. 16: New York Knicks: Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State

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    Kawhi Leonard exploded onto the scene this year as the leader of a San Diego State team which was one of the better teams in the nation and is still alive in the Sweet 16.

    And with per-game averages of 15.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.7 threes and 0.6 blocks, it's easy to understand why.

    And seeing as though the 6'7", 225-pound sophomore forward possesses interior toughness, decent ball handling, and all-around skill on the court, he would likely be very attractive to the New York Knicks with the No. 16 selection.

    With the Knicks, Leonard would provide depth and toughness to their front line—which is extremely shallow behind Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony—ultimately competing with Shawne Williams and Jared Jeffries for playing time.

No. 15: Indiana Pacers: Brandon Knight, Kentucky

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    After an up-and-down freshman season for Kentucky, Brandon Knight finally put on a breakthrough performance in the NCAA tournament, posting a career-high 30 points in a win over West Virginia.

    On the whole, Knight is putting up 17.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 threes per contest.

    And while there are still some doubts about whether or not he is a true point guard, it seems certain that 6'3", 185-pound 18-year-old has a future in the NBA.

    Therefore, it would not be entirely unreasonable for him to be selected as the No. 15 pick by the Indiana Pacers.

    As a Pacer, Knight would have the opportunity to back up Darren Collison at the point, while possibly earning some minutes at shooting guard if he competes well with the likes of Paul George, Brandon Rush and Dahntay Jones.

No. 14: Houston Rockets: Kemba Walker, Connecticut

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    As one of the most prolific players in college basketball today, Kemba Walker is continuing his breakout year—in which he has averaged 23.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.9 threes per game—into the Sweet 16.

    And as an ultra-quick, skilled and clutch performer, the 6'1", 172-pound guard is also in the running for the National Player of the Year award.

    So given his performance this season, Walker could certainly be drafted by the Houston Rockets at No. 14 overall.

    With the Rockets, Walkers could possibly compete for time at point with first-year starter Kyle Lowry, and even possibly get some run in a two-guard lineup, like the Rockets often ran before dealing away Aaron Brooks.

No. 13: Phoenix Suns: Alec Burks, Colorado

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    Colorado's Alec Burks put in a fantastic season in 2010-11, posting 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 threes per contest.

    However, his team was left out of the NCAA tournament, despite a 21-13 record with wins over Texas, Missouri and three over Kansas State.

    Nevertheless, Burks and Colorado are still alive in the NIT, as he is continuing to bring his ultra-athletic, slashing style of offense to the court.

    And seeing as the the 6'6", 185-pound shooting guard is only 19 years old, it's clear that he still has plenty of room for potential improvement.

    Consequently, Burks could easily be selected with the No. 13 pick by the Phoenix Suns, where he would help to provide the team with even more offensive firepower, while serving as a long-term replacement for the aging Vince Carter.

No. 12: Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young

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    As arguably the biggest star in all of college basketball this season, BYU senior Jimmer Fredette has led the nation in scoring for the majority of the year.

    Moreover, he has displayed decent point guard skills, on his way to averages of 28.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 threes and 1.3 steals per game.

    And by almost single-handedly leading his squad to the Sweet 16, the 6'2", 195-pound guard has all but guaranteed himself a spot in the first round.

    What's more, it would not be shocking to see him taken at the No. 12 spot by the Utah Jazz.

    Here, Fredette would spend some time backing up Devin Harris at the point, while also cracking the rotation at shooting guard, seeing as though he would only have to oust CJ Miles and Raja Bell.

No. 11: Golden State Warriors: Marcus Morris, Kansas

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    With his team primed for a run at the national championship, Kansas' team-leading forward Marcus Morris has certainly earned a spot up on the radar of various NBA squads.

    And as a big player skilled both inside and out, Morris has been able to notch per-game averages of 17.3 points (58.2 percent shooting), 7.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.7 threes and 0.6 blocks per contest.

    Moreover, the 6'9", 225-pound junior has achieved this despite less-than-ideal athleticism.

    Nevertheless, Morris could very well be taken with the No. 11 pick by the Golden State Warriors, where he would likely challenge the likes of Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh and Vladimir Radmanovic for time, while effectively providing guards Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis with a frontcourt scoring complement.

No. 10: Milwaukee Bucks: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania

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    Playing for the Lithuanian national team at the U16 and U18 European Championships, 18-year-old center prospect Jonas Valanciunas brought home two gold medals and two MVP trophies, instantly garnering international acclaim.

    However, what makes him even more attractive to NBA scouts is that he—as opposed to most European bigs—relies upon a traditional post game, using his good hands, soft touch, decent athleticism and an effective close-range jumper.

    Moreover, he is a solid shot-blocker inside, and although he currently lacks ideal strength, his 6'11", 240-pound, broad-shouldered frame will certainly be able to put on weight.

    And with so much upside, Valanciunas would seem like a natural fit for the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 10.

    Here, he would be able to serve as the backup for frequently injured center Andrew Bogut, while possibly even being given a chance to crack the rotation at the four.

No. 9: Charlotte Bobcats: Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania

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    As the second Lithuanian frontcourt player featured in this mock, Donatas Motiejunas is definitely the more polished product.

    A 7'0", 220-pound forward-center, the 20-year-old has used his length and athleticism to become a decent shot-blocker, and moreover, he has the ability to score in a variety of ways, whether it be from the post, the mid-range, the perimeter or when attacking the basket.

    However, he currently lacks necessary strength, toughness and drive to play inside, but at a relatively young age, he still has lots of room for improvement.

    And given the fact that he may have been a lottery selection had he entered the draft last year, rather than returning to Europe—where he is excelling in the Italian league—it seems as though Motiejunas would certainly attract the attention of the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 9.

    Here, Motiejunas would likely be able to contribute immediately to the team's depleted frontcourt, having to fight for time against Kwame Brown, Tyrus Thomas and Boris Diaw.

No. 8: Cleveland Cavaliers: Terrence Jones, Kentucky (from the LA Clippers)

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    After contributing an excellent stat line of 16.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.6 threes per game, freshman forward Terrence Jones has helped his Kentucky squad to a Sweet 16 berth.

    However, despite Jones' unquestionable talent, he struggled to maintain such gaudy numbers down the stretch, only topping 15 points once during his last nine games.

    Nevertheless, that type of thing can be expected from a 19-year-old player.

    And standing 6'8", 244 pounds, Jones could certainly be selected in the No. 8 spot by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he could become an immediate contributor, earning time at both forward spots for the struggling franchise.

No. 7: Detroit Pistons: Jan Vesely, Czech Republic

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    After withdrawing from last year's NBA draft, Czech forward Jan Vesely returned to Europe to tighten up his game for a run at the 2011 draft.

    As a 6'11", 240-pounder, Vesely has displayed a decent jumper as well as an ability to face up and attack the basket, although his post game is currently lacking.

    The 20-year-old is a decent athlete, however, which has allowed him to develop into an effective shot blocker on D.

    And while he could certainly use some more strength, the Detroit Pistons would likely jump at the opportunity to select him with the No. 7 pick.

    Here he would join in the wide-open competition between Charlie Villanueva, Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince for time at the three and four spots, while also looking to fill in for the diminishing role of Ben Wallace.

No. 6: Utah Jazz: Perry Jones, Baylor (from the New Jersey Nets)

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    As an extremely long and athletic prospect, Perry Jones struggled to find consistency and live up to expectations in his freshman season.

    The 6'11", 220-pound forward ended up averaging 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks for a disappointing Baylor team, while being routinely outplayed by less gifted players.

    Nevertheless, potential is off the charts, and therefore, the Utah Jazz would definitely consider taking him if he were available at the No. 6 spot.

    With the Jazz, Jones would probably not get much time right away, and instead, he would probably be brought along slowly behind the likes of Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko.

No. 5, Toronto Raptors: Enes Kanter, Kentucky

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    The last time Enes Kanter was playing basketball, he was wreaking havoc on the U16 and U18 competition.

    However since then, Kanter enrolled at Kentucky, and shortly thereafter, the NCAA ruled the big man ineligible for receiving compensation when playing in his native Turkey.

    So now, the 6'11", 260-pound 18-year-old is left sitting out from any type of competition, following word that his appeal had been denied.

    And while his being disallowed to play collegiate ball has hurt his draft stock to some extent, he has way too much talent to slip very far in the draft.

    So with extraordinary strength, a feel for the game, good touch inside and a respectable jumper, Kanter is a rather complete interior player.

    And even though he previously suffered some knee injuries and lacks elite athleticism, he should still expect to be selected by a lottery team like the Toronto Raptors at No. 5.

    Here, Kanter would have an opportunity to fight for playing time against Ed Davis, Amir Johnson and Reggie Evans, providing a physical inside presence to compliment the finesse game of current Raptors center Andrei Bargnani.

No. 4: Washington Wizards: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

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    After struggling early on in the year, North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes, the consensus No. 1 recruit, finally got back on track as the season wound down.

    And despite being labeled as not being aggressive enough or being merely a supporting player, Barnes has managed to average 20 points per contest over his past 12 games, including a 40-point outburst in the ACC Tournament.

    So with season averages of 15.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 threes, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals, the 18-year-old, 6'8" freshman forward should still expect to be taken by a team like the Washington Wizards with the No. 4 overall selection. 

    As a Wizard, Barnes would have a chance to step in and immediately contribute at the small forward, while helping to make Washington one of the most promising, young teams in all of the NBA.

No. 3: Sacramento Kings: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

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    Freshman forward-center Jared Sullinger has consistently performed as the best player on an extremely talented Ohio State team this season.

    The 6'9", 280-pound 19-year-old has managed to put up a per-game average of 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks, while managing to shoot an impressive 54.3 percent from the field.

    Moreover, with his size, strength, knowledge of the game and diverse offensive arsenal, Sullinger can easily expect to be taken with the No. 3 overall pick of the Sacramento Kings.

    With the Kings, Sullinger would be able to team up with DeMarcus Cousins to create one of the more physically imposing frontcourts in the NBA.

No. 2: Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona

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    Derrick Williams has had quite the sophomore year thus far for Arizona, averaging 19.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 threes and 0.7 blocks per game—all while shooting a blistering 60.0 percent from the field and 58.1 percent from three.

    Moreover, he propelled his team to a Sweet 16 berth with two consecutive clutch performances—blocking the final game-tying shot attempt in one game, and then hitting the game-tying shot, getting fouled while doing so and converting on the game-winning free throw in the next game.

    And while the 6'8", 241-pound forward is not the best athlete in the world, he can still reasonable expect to be considered as the No. 2 overall pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    In Minnesota, Williams would be able to step in from day one, using his well-rounded offense to take some of the scoring pressure off of Kevin Love.

No. 1: Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke

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    Before injuring his toe and missing a huge chunk of time, Duke point guard Kyrie Irving was performing like one of the best players in the nation.

    However, he has since returned from the setback without showing any lingering health concerns, while also helping his Duke team to advance to the Sweet 16.

    And with season per-game averages of 16.4 points (51.7 percent shooting), 4.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 threes, 1.5 steals and 0.6 blocks, the 6'2", 180-pound freshman is clearly the best point guard prospect in the nation.

    Moreover, seeing as though the NBA has become a point-guard-dominated league, expect Irving to be taken off the table with the No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Here, Irving would have the opportunity to take over the point guard position after the departure of Mo Williams, while serving as the cornerstone of the franchise for years to come.