2011 NBA Mock Draft: Breaking Down Picks 10-6

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Breaking Down Picks 10-6
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Although the NBA's 2011 draft class is weaker than it has been in recent years, there is still talent to be had.

Without talents like Blake Griffin or John Wall, clear cut number one selections who became immediate difference makers, the task for the holders of the top 10 picks is to unearth the players in this draft who will become capable professional players.

This may mean taking a chance on players with less refined talents, like Jordan Hamilton, or gambling on a lesser-known foreign player like Jonas Valanciunas.

This mock draft is based on projected draft order, which could (and most certainly will) change a number of times before the draft itself.

So the projections that follow are based on team need. In a draft far less rich in talent than we have seen recently, striking the right balance between team need and players skill could mean the difference between NBA relevance and many more years of rebuilding.

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