NBA Draft 2011: Power-Ranking Enes Kanter and All the International Prospects
Although there are a lot of international players in the 2011 NBA Draft, not all of them will be drafted.
With that said, let's take a look at the top international players—the ones who are most likely to be selected.
Although Enes Kanter may be at the top of everyone's international prospects list, there are several foreign-born guys in the draft who can challenge him as the best international player.
Here's a look at the power rankings for international prospects entering this year's NBA Draft.
9. Bojan Bogdanovic, Croatia
Bogdanovic is a very versatile forward who can do just about anything. He's a good shooter from mid-range, a good ball-handler and good at penetrating to the basket.
Although Bogdanovic is not the greatest athlete in the draft, he is a very good scorer and can score in a variety of ways.
8. Davis Bertans, Latvia
Although Davis Bertans is 6'10'', he is a very good shooter and passer. He has deep range on his shot and a very quick release to go along with it.
Bertans is capable of creating his own shot and he has great size for the small forward position.
7. Lucas Nogueira, Brazil
The 6'11" center from Brazil is an absolute rebounding machine.
Nogueira has great leaping ability, which goes hand-in-hand with his size.
In the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Lucas dominated. He recorded 27 blocks during the tournament, and you can only imagine how he dominated on the boards.
Against Team USA, he recorded 22 points and 14 rebounds.
6. Nikola Mirotic, Serbia
Nikola Mirotic is a very crafty forward who can play both forward positions. He's a very good shooter with range, and a good passer who can get to the basket.
Mirotic has a very high basketball IQ and is also a very good defender.
5. Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania
Motiejunas is very athletic for his size. He runs the floor well and is a great passer and very quick. He is also a very good shooter.
If Motiejunas can bulk up he will be very hard to cover in the post.
And anywhere on the court, for that matter.
4. Bismack Biyombo, Spain
Bismack Biyombo is a freak on the boards. He is 6'9", but his wingspan is 7'7".
Biyombo has great leaping ability, so you can only imagine how well that matches up with his size.
In the FIBA Americas U18 Championship against Team USA, Biyombo had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in just 28 minutes.
3. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania
Valanciunas has great size at 6'10", which goes along nicely with his rebounding skills.
He makes his living with dunks, rebounds and shot-blocks. If he could add some more strength, he would be a nightmare to guard and rebound over.
With some experience and time, Valanciunas will be a very good NBA player. He is one of the most highly rated international players entering the draft.
2. Jan Vesely, Czech Republic
Vesely is a very lengthy forward who's currently playing SF in Europe but can play the four as well. He stands 6'11", and although he is known for his post presence Vesely is a very good shooter and ball-handler.
Vesely is very athletic and capable of running the floor and shooting from behind the arc. Adding some bulk will only make Vesely a better player and a more dangerous presence down low.
1. Enes Kanter, Turkey
Enes Kanter is a very tough and physical player. At 6'10", Kanter is one of the top prospects in the entire draft.
He could also very well be the best center in this year's class. He's a very dominant, physical player in the paint and has shooting range that stretches all the way out to the three-point line.
Kanter loves to draw contact when going to the rim, which shows his tough playing style.
One of Kanter's best attributes: he is a very good rebounder. He's a nightmare for opponents under the rim, to say the least.
Enes Kanter is the best international prospect going into the 2011 NBA Draft.
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