2011 NBA Mock Draft, No. 1 Pick, Kyrie Irving, Duke, Minnesota Timberwolves
While the exact draft order hasn't been set, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the inside track on the top pick with a 25 percent chance of winning the draft lottery. Wouldn't it just be like the T-Wolves to take another point guard with a first-round pick? European sensation Ricky Rubio refused to sign with Minnesota after being tabbed in the 2009 NBA Draft and fellow 2009 first-round selection Jonny Flynn hasn't been the solution at the point.
With Rubio's status uncertain, the T-Wolves may want to opt for Arizona forward Derrick Williams, a great blend of inside muscle and outside shooting touch. However, since Rubio may never want to play in Minnesota—and really, would you?—the best move is for the T-Wolves to package Rubio to get some additional scoring help inside to go along with Kevin Love and take the best point guard available in Duke's Kyrie Irving.
Despite an injury-riddle freshman year, Irving proved himself to be the top NBA prospect with an explosiveness to the hole and the power and body strength to finish in traffic. In my opinion, he's the anti-Dukee, a college who's destined for NBA success, unlike previous star guards Bobby Hurley and Jay Williams.
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