NBA Mock Draft 2011: Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes Would Be Good for Cavs

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NBA Mock Draft 2011: Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes Would Be Good for Cavs
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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Are Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes locks for the Top Five?

For this particular Cavs fan, there’s an alternate incentive to be watching the NCAA Tournament.

The vast majority of it has to do with answering the bolded (and assigned) question above, while the rest has to do with distracting myself from Cleveland’s, at present, 13-57 record.

I think I speak for all of Dan Gilbert's children when I say that with two picks (hopefully) in the top eight, we want to believe the days of sub-.200 winning percentages will not linger past this season.

The stars of the tournament are our hopes that they will not.

On that note, are Harrison Barnes are Jared Sullinger locks for the top five?

They're close—I have them both rated as top five players in the draft—but I'd stop short of calling them locks.

The team needs are too varied, the foreign influence on this draft too as of yet undefined. 

As of 3/25/11, here is my Big Board:

1. Kyrie Irving

2. Perry Jones

3. Harrison Barnes

4. Terrence Jones

5. Jared Sullinger

5a. Derrick Williams 

Just for comparison’s sake, here is Chad Ford's:

1. Kyrie Irving

2. Derrick Williams

3. Harrison Barnes

4. Jared Sullinger

5. Perry Jones

For my list, I wanted to put Kemba Walker in there, but that might be overreacting a bit to his tournament. The good news is that when I look at Walker, I see a guy who can play his college game in the NBA. Sullinger? Not so much.

That’s not to say I don’t think Sullinger will be effective—he’ll be very, very solid—but he doesn't have the NBA potential of any of the guys listed in my top four.

Where will he ultimately end up?

Continue on to see my picks for everyone in the top of the first round.

For now, pre-lottery, we’ll be going in your standard NFL-ian sequential order.

The Wizards are back on the clock.

(The draft is in intermission while David Stern tends to matters elsewhere on the site. Update coming soon.)

The Board:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

3. Washington Wizards

4. Sacramento Kings

5. Toronto Raptors

6. Utah Jazz (from New Jersey Nets)

7. Detroit Pistons

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LA Clippers)

9. Milwaukee Bucks

10. Charlotte Bobcats

11. Golden State Warriors

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

15. Indiana Pacers

16. New York Knicks

17. Philadelphia 76ers

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies)

19. Washington Wizards (from Atlanta Hawks)

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