NBA Draft 2011: Derrick Williams and the 10 Best Dunkers
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The 2011 NBA draft is full of talent, and although many consider it a weak class, I think they will be surprised by the production these players will bring to their respective teams.
In every draft, players have different specialties that suit different teams well. One of the more exciting qualities a player can have is being an incredible dunker of the ball.
Continue reading to find out the 10 best dunkers in this year's draft class...
Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
Terrence Jones is a talented left-handed forward who played for the Kentucky Wildcats last season. His position in the NBA as well as potentially unpolished game are in question, but one thing that isn't is his leaping ability.
Jones is very quick for his size and very explosive, making him a very tough cover on the court, and in the open floor, your best bet as a defender would be to move out of the way.
Bismack Biyombo (Congo)
Bismack Biyombo may be an unknown to some, but come draft day, he could be a lottery pick. Biyombo is 6'9'', very muscular and the guy gets up very high.
Biyombo isn't very skilled yet, but NBA teams will be looking to work with a guy with the athleticism that he possesses.
Scotty Hopson (Tennessee)
Hopson won't be one of the best players in the draft and may not even be picked, but he is easily one of the better dunkers in the class. Hopson is very athletic, and that is basically what gets him by on the basketball court.
I'm sure Bruce Pearl wasn't happy he went for a 360 in a game as shown in the video, but that dunk clearly shows you that the guy can fly.
Norris Cole (Cleveland State)
For those who didn't know about Norris Cole early in the season, I'm sure you heard about his 41-point, 20-rebound and nine-assist performance over the year for Cleveland State. Did I mention that these 20 rebounds came from a 6'1'' point guard.
For a guard to be able to rebound the ball like that, he must have some incredible hops...and that he does. Cole is a phenomenal dunker, not only for a guy his height but for all of college basketball, and he deserves a spot in this Top 10.
Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State)
Kawhi Leonard is an extremely versatile player who I think could be a steal late in the first round this year. Leonard is long for a wing player and is very smart. On top of his polished game, he is also extremely athletic.
Leonard gets up high and throws the ball down hard. He's not a guy you want to be guarding if he's running, and this video shows you why.
Alec Burks (Colorado)
Another player who flew under the radar this season was Colorado's shooting guard, Alec Burks. Oddly enough, this unknown player is almost a guaranteed Top 10 pick in this year's draft.
Burks is an NBA-ready shooting guard who can do anything on the floor and is going to make an immediate impact for whichever team that drafts him.
Burks also happens to be a great finisher at the rim.
Justin Brownlee (St. John's)
Justin Brownlee was a big part of the St. John's turn around this season, and a lot of that was because of his defense and intensity.
Brownlee has a lot of passion for the game, and when you that on top of some explosiveness, that makes him a very tough guy on the basketball court.
Brownlee doesn't have too complete of an offensive game, but he can dunk the ball very well—with a lot power.
Kenneth Faried (Morehead State)
If you know who Kenneth Faried is, good for you. If you don't, then you probably didn't watch the NCAA tournament.
Faried was part of the biggest first-round upset in which Morehead State defeated Louisville.
All tournament, Faried was praised for his shot-blocking and dunking ability, and it was with good reason. Faried gets up, and for a guy with bad asthma, it's quite impressive.
Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
Barnes still hasn't decided whether or not he is going to enter the draft, but I think he'll end up making the right choice and entering.
With some of the top picks already deciding to go back to college, Barnes would be a guarantee to go Top Five and maybe even Top Three.
Barnes isn't known for his dunking, but he still is easily one of the Top 10 dunkers in this draft class.
He has great timing and tremendous athleticism to go along with his already polished and mature offensive game.
Derrick Williams (Arizona)
If it wasn't clear already, I saved the best for last.
Williams is most likely going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, and a lot of that is due to his leaping ability.
Williams is a big body who can get up in a hurry and that makes him nearly impossible to guard.
If you didn't think he was that good of a dunker, you must not have watched him play against the defending National Champions from Duke.