2011 NBA Mock Draft: Kyrie Irving a Surprise Selection by Minnesota Timbervolves
Kyrie Irving becomes top pick in 2011 NBA draft by the point guard-crazed Minnesota Timberwolves
If David Kahn has done anything during his bizarre run in Minnesota, it's remain a picture of hope.
Even while the losses keep piling up, Ricky Rubio still shows no interest in coming to the United States and Jonny Flynn just gets worse, Kahn continues to say there are brighter days ahead.
No matter how bad he has screwed up in the last two drafts, Minnesota's embattled general manager is due to get it right this year.
The Timberwolves need a point guard who can play immediately, and Kyrie Irving has as much potential as any player in the draft.
Early in the 2011-12 college hoops season, Duke looked almost unbeatable with Irving in the lineup. His individual production was a bit inconsistent, but his versatility and athleticism are difficult to overlook.
Unlike many of his counterparts in the draft, Irving has enough strength to crack the starting lineup right away. His personality is more about getting results than garnering individual attention, which makes him a good fit in the Twin Cities alongside Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.
Pro Projection: NBA All-Star
Irving might not have a great rookie season, but it won't take him long to become a fixture at All-Star games. More of a pure scorer than a distributor, he has the look of a 20 ppg scorer for many years.
Pick Grade: A
Finally, David Kahn makes a smart pick in an NBA draft.
Derrick Williams is a tempting talent, but the Timberwolves have absolutely cornered the market on forwards who can play either the three or the four.
Ricky Rubio is all but a dream at this point. Either bring back Stephon Marbury for another run, or take the can't-miss prospect.
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