2011 NBA Mock Draft, No. 8 Pick, Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs are secretly hoping that UConn's dynamic guard Kemba Walker falls to them at the No. 8 pick and they could even gamble on BYU sensational shooter Jimmer Fredette but they'll probably fortify their front line and tab Lithuanian sensation Jonas Valanciunas.
Valanciunas, an 18-year-old 6-11, 240-pound center, has had numerous battles with Turkey's Enes Kanter, another expected Top 10 pick in the draft. Valanciunas has an array of post moves, can run the floor and is known to attack the hoop, both with the ball and as an offensive rebounder.
With the majority of Cleveland's roster revolving around three-point shooters or rim attackers like Antawn Jamison, Baron Davis and J.J. Hickson, the Cavs could use an inside presence to score in the post and crash the boards. Valanciunas has shown he can compete on the international level and could be a solid NBA contributor with more seasoning and strength.
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