2011 NBA Mock Draft: Will Some Team Select Jimmer Fredette over Kemba Walker?

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Will Some Team Select Jimmer Fredette over Kemba Walker?

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    Jimmer Fredette remains a hot topic leading up to this year's draft.  The latest buzz?  Some mock drafts have him being selected before national champion Kemba Walker.

    The chances of that actually happening seem extremely small to me, but depending on where the ping-pong balls land, it could happen.

    They would fit essentially the same need on whatever team drafts them, as their games are fairly similar.  If most teams had to choose one or the other, they'd go with Walker.

    One team that would almost certainly take Jimmer first is the Utah Jazz.  Because of the connection he already has with Utah fans, Fredette would immediately become a huge draw on that team.

    They have two lottery picks this summer, and if they get lucky and have both their picks fall in place within the first five or six, Jimmer could go before Kemba.

    If the order doesn't change through the lottery, Kemba will probably be selected first.

    Here is a mock draft with the order based on records and trades—of course, it will most likely change after the May 17 lottery.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kyrie Irving

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 180 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Chris Paul

     

    Kyrie Irving's return to Duke for the Big Dance helped his stock.  He didn't get a lot of assists, but he showed his ability to score in a big way.

    He averaged almost 18 points in Duke's three tournament games (including a 28-point outburst against Arizona).

    With Kevin Love and Michael Beasley on the roster, the Timberwolves will likely select Irving over Arizona's Derrick Williams (even with Ricky Rubio in limbo).  

    As far as point guards go, he's the closest to a sure thing in this draft.

     

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2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Derrick Williams

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, Cali
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 241 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Michael Beasley/Thaddeus Young

     

    Derrick Williams officially became a legitimate top overall pick possibility after he thrashed Duke.

    In that game, he scored 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting (including 5-of-6 threes), and grabbed 13 rebounds.

    That was his signature game, but he's been nothing short of spectacular all season long.

    For the year, he averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds a game.  Plus, he shot 60 percent from the field and 57 percent from three-point range.

    The Cavaliers can use help at every position, but the biggest hole in their roster is still the one that LeBron James left behind.

     

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3. Toronto Raptors: Enes Kanter

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 255 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Luis Scola

     

    We didn't get a chance to see Kanter at all this year because he played professional basketball overseas before he came to play for Kentucky.

    Even still, it looks like he's almost a lock to be selected in the top 10 of this year's draft.

    Think of him as a longer, more athletic version of Luis Scola.

    The Raptors really aren't set at any position, so they'll try to select the best player available (or at least the one with the most potential).

     

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4. Washington Wizards: Jonas Valanciunas

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Nenad Krstic

     

    He still needs to add a lot of strength, but his solid fundamentals should help him transition into the NBA.

    The Wizards have a solid, young backcourt in place with John Wall, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford.  They can still upgrade at power forward.

     

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5. Sacramento Kings: Brandon Knight

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Comparison: Tyreke Evans/Jason Terry

    Age: 18

     

    John Calipari has sent four freshman point guards to the NBA in the last three years.  Athletically, Knight is similar to those guys, but he's a better outside shooter than any of them.

    He really showed off that ability against North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

    Knight's stock has been rising steadily over the last couple weeks.  He and Tyreke Evans could be a very dynamic, young backcourt.

     

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6. Utah Jazz: Jan Vesely

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 240 lbs.

    Position: PF/SF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Tyrus Thomas/Andrei Kirilenko

     

    Vesely has great size and length for a small forward, but he's still very unpolished at this point.  He needs a lot of work on offense, specifically in the post.

    Considering their roster, you'd think Utah doesn't need a power forward.  However, they may be moving Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap this offseason. 

    Plus, if Vesely adds some strength, he could eventually play center.

     

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7. Detroit Pistons: Terrence Jones

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats goes up for the layup against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in H
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 244 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Lamar Odom

     

    John Calipari continues to send multiple one-and-dones into the league each year.

    Terrence Jones has a great deal of potential.  He's very athletic and naturally talented, but he also already has a decent skill set as well.

    He needs to become more consistent from the perimeter, but his versatility could help him become a great player for years to come.

    The Pistons will probably let Tayshaun Prince walk this offseason, and Jones could fill in for him right away.

     

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8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kemba Walker

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the net after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium
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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 172 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Brandon Jennings/Ben Gordon

     

    Kemba Walker led his Huskies on one of the most ridiculous runs in the history of college basketball this month.  He did so with more than just his scoring.

    He's a solid distributor, an underrated rebounder and he works hard on defense.

    On the season, he averaged 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

    He's not a very efficient scorer (43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range), but he has a hunger that may be unparalleled in this draft class.

    He's proven to be a great leader, and his success in March could very well get him drafted in the top five.

    If he slips to this spot, Cleveland should snag him in a heartbeat.  Adding Derrick Williams and Walker could have the Cavaliers well on their way to a bright future.

     

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9. Charlotte Bobcats: Alec Burks

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes controls the ball against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first round of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Mis
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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: SG

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Brandon Roy

     

    Alec Burks is my dark-horse pick for 2012 Rookie of the Year (for a lot of the same reasons I thought Brandon Roy would win it).

    He's a very polished, complete scorer.  He has a prototypical NBA shooting guard's build.  He's long and athletic.  In addition to being a great scorer, he does just about everything else well, too.

    After Gerald Wallace was dealt, the Bobcats fell out of the playoff picture and a spot in their starting lineup opened up.  Stephen Jackson could slide over to small forward and start opposite of Burks.

     

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10. Milwaukee Bucks: Bismack Biyombo

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 243 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 18

    Comparison: DeJuan Blair/Ben Wallace

     

    Biyombo has burst onto the scene of this draft class in the last couple weeks.

    He's come out of nowhere to become a very legitimate first-round possibility.

    He's long (7'7" wingspan) and athletic, but like most 18-year-old prospects, he is very raw.

    Milwaukee needs a backup point guard and they could also use a younger wing player, but Biyombo's upside will probably be too much to pass up here.

    In a couple years, he and Andrew Bogut could be one of the best frontcourts in the league.

     

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11. Golden State Warriors: Tristan Thompson

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns dunks the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during their semifinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City,
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Brandon Bass

     

    First he was in the draft, then he was out.  Now he's back in.  If his status stays the same, he'll almost certainly be a lottery pick.

    Thompson is a bit undersized for an NBA big man, but he has a wingspan (7'2") that makes up for his lack of standing height.

    He plays hard, and that helps him on defense and on the offensive glass.

    He still has to work on his perimeter game a bit, but that will come in time.  If he can develop a reliable midrange jumper, he could become very effective.

     

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12. Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars passes the ball during the championship game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Stephen Curry/Deron Williams

     

    Fredette put up huge numbers in the tournament, but he missed a lot of shots in BYU's loss to Florida.

    His critics focus on his 11-of-29 shooting, and ignore some good things he showed.

    The experts have been telling us all year that Jimmer wouldn't be able to get his own shot off against quicker defenders, but he blew by Florida's Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker whenever he wanted to.

    Then he showed the ability to finish over legitimate big men.  If only someone on BYU's coaching staff could have compelled him to keep attacking, the result of that game may have been different.

    The legitimate question mark on Fredette has to do with defense.  I'm not sure if he can guard anyone at the next level, but that's the same thing all the experts said about Steve Nash when he entered the league.

    The Jazz probably won't be able to pass on Fredette here because of the emotional connection many of their fans already have with him.

     

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13. Phoenix Suns: Jordan Hamilton

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns looks on against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game at Sprint Center on March 12, 2011 in Kansas City, M
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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Kyle Korver/Martell Webster

     

    Hamilton has been a fantastic offensive player this year, averaging 19 points and eight rebounds a game. He shot 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.

    His numbers are pretty similar to what Kyle Korver put up in college (plus they have similar builds). However, I think he might develop into a better all-around player.

    Phoenix really isn't set anywhere on their roster, but Hamilton may be the most NBA-ready prospect at this stage of the first round.

     

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14. Houston Rockets: Donatas Motiejunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania tries to get past Gordon Hayward of the United States defends during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centre on Jul
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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: C/PF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Andrea Bargnani/Kevin Durant

     

    His game is a lot like Bargnani's, and his toothpick-ish arms and legs are reminiscent of Kevin Durant (when he was a freshman at Texas).

    He needs to get a lot stronger and needs to develop every part of his game, but he could become a decent big man.

    The Rockets already have a lot of talent on their roster, but they still need to find a legitimate replacement for Yao Ming.

     

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15. Indiana Pacers: Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots against the Richmond Spiders during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated
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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 235 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Al Harrington/Carlos Boozer

     

    Marcus Morris is considered by most experts to have more upside than his brother Markieff.  What's clear is that Marcus has the more polished offensive game.

    Indiana already has the starting frontcourt of their future in place with Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert, but they need a solid backup big.  

    Jeff Foster is getting older and the Pacers may take another shot at trading Josh McRoberts for O.J. Mayo.

     

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16. Philadelphia 76ers: Kenneth Faried

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles dunks reacts after a play against the Richmond Spiders during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Pho
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Paul Millsap/Louis Amundson

     

    He may be undersized, but he has everything else that a great rebounder needs (work ethic, wingspan, explosiveness).  

    He led the nation in rebounding at nearly 15 a game (after averaging 13 in each of the last two years).

    He should follow the example of Paul Millsap and work hard on every aspect of his offensive game.

    With Elton Brand aging rapidly, Philadelphia would be wise to select Faried.  He has the potential to become an elite defender and rebounder, and would be a nice addition to the 76ers' young core.

     

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17. New York Knicks: Markieff Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 245 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Carlos Boozer/Al Harrington

     

    Markieff Morris is a great rebounder and defender, and was a huge part of Kansas' great season.  He averaged almost 14 points and just over eight rebounds a game.  

    Plus, he shot 42 percent from three-point range.

    The Knicks are in desperate need of a defensive-minded center, and that's exactly what Markieff is.  Plus, his ability to knock down 19-foot jumpers will help him fit in Mike D'Antoni's system.

     

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18. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard

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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 19:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs drives against the Temple Owls during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Im
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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 19

    Comparison: Shawn Marion

     

    Kawhi Leonard is anything but polished on offense, but his athleticism, intensity and defensive prowess could get him drafted in the lottery.

    Plus, he's an elite rebounder for a 6'7" player (he averaged nearly 11 a game this year).

    If he plays with a great distributor like Marion did for much of his career, he could put up some solid numbers.

    If you add him to a young core of John Wall, Nick Young and JaVale McGee, Washington's future starts to look pretty bright.

     

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19. Charlotte Bobcats: Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers lays the ball up in front of Stu Douglass #1 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Ar
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 226 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 18

    Comparison: James Johnson

     

    Harris does just about everything well, but nothing really well.

    He could very well be drafted in the first round, but may have a hard time finding his way onto the court during his rookie season.

    Charlotte does need to fill the hole left by the Gerald Wallace trade, and Harris may be able to develop into that kind of player.

     

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20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Klay Thompson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars looks on in the second half against the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 i
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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 202 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Martell Webster/Marco Bellinelli

     

    Thompson needs to add some strength, and improve his ball-handling, but he does have some very important foundational skills in place.

    Most importantly, this guy can really shoot.  In his three years at Washington State, he's averaged 18 points a game while shooting 39 percent from three-point range.  And he's shown he can hit from NBA range.

    A lot of experts think he may sneak into the lottery.  If he falls this far, he'd be a solid pick for the Timberwolves.

     

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21. Portland Trail Blazers: Trey Thompkins

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Trey Thompkins #33 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after hitting a 3 point shot against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Geor
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 245 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Al Harrington/Channing Frye

     

    The Blazers need to add size, and Thompkins' offensive tools would be nice to have behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby.  He can play inside and out, and has NBA range on his jump shot.

    The team needs depth and defense inside, and he's already a decent rebounder and shot-blocker.

     

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22. Denver Nuggets: Lucas Nogueira

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 218 lbs.

    Position: C

    Age: 18

    Comparison: Tyson Chandler

     

    To call Nogueira raw would be an understatement.  He has a special set of natural tools, but has a ton of room to improve on his skills.

    His length (7'6" wingspan) and athleticism could help him become an impact player on defense within his first few years in the league.

     

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23. Houston Rockets: Reggie Jackson

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Reggie Jackson #0 of the Boston College Eagles moves the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Gr
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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 208 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Jrue Holiday

     

    The Rockets will likely address their need inside with their first pick of the draft.  They may look to add some depth behind Kyle Lowry with this pick.

    Jackson is an extremely long (7'0" wingspan) and athletic point guard who can score from all over the floor.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see him take Goran Dragic's role as Houston's backup point guard within his first couple months in the league.

     

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24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Tex
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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

     

    Singleton could become a great perimeter defender at the next level.  He's very long and athletic and could give some of the league's small forwards a few headaches.

    His offensive game needs a lot of work, but his defense could help him be an impact player early.

    The Thunder are pretty much set at every position, but they could use a more reliable backup small forward to relieve Kevin Durant.

     

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25. Boston Celtics: Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins attempts a shot agaisnt the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 73-65. (P
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 188 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 20

    Comparison: Josh Childress/Landry Fields

     

    In terms of numbers, Honeycutt's season at UCLA has been very similar to Chandler Parsons' at Florida.

    He rebounds and passes well, but is never terribly aggressive as a scorer.

    His game is a bit like fellow Pac-10 guy Fields, while his physical tools are similar to Childress'.

    The Celtics are slowly transitioning into their post-"Big Three" era.  A young core of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and Honeycutt could help them remain competitive as their stars fade away.

     

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26. Dallas Mavericks: JaJuan Johnson

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    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 09:  JaJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Mackey Arena on January 9, 2011 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue won 75-52. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 221 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Amar'e Stoudemire/Hakim Warrick

     

    Purdue got knocked out in its second game of the tourney, but you can't blame Johnson.  He scored 41 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in those two contests.

    He had a great season at Purdue, and his solid all-around game could help him stay in the league for a while.

    He's shown great athleticism and a decent midrange game all year.  In a best-case scenario, he could develop into a player like Stoudemire.  Or, he could be a career backup like Hakim Warrick.

    The Mavericks need a solid backup big man who can relieve Dirk Nowitzki.

     

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27. New Jersey Nets: Kyle Singler

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts while taking on the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charl
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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: SF

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Mike Dunleavy/Grant Hill

     

    Singler came back to Duke this year to win a second national championship.  He didn't, and he may have hurt his draft stock in the process.

    Pretty much across the board, his stats dipped a bit, and he didn't look nearly as consistent this year as he has in the past.

    Rest assured, I didn't compare him to Dunleavy just because they're both white and played at Duke.  

    They actually have very similar bodies and numbers.  Krzyzewski recruits players to fit his system and these two had the same role.

    The biggest hole in New Jersey's lineup right now is at small forward.  Singler is a mature player that could thrive playing with a distributing point guard like Deron Williams.

     

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28. Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils calls a play as he brings the ball up the court against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Colis
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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 185 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    Comparison: Kyle Lowry/Devin Harris

     

    Nolan Smith had a fantastic senior season.  He averaged career highs with about 21 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.

    He played point guard for most of this season, but has a skill set that may be more suited for shooting guard.

    He could be a perfect fit for the Bulls, who have two picks at the end of the first round.

     

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29. San Antonio Spurs: Scotty Hopson

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Scotty Hopson #32 of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts during their game against the Florida Gators in the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin
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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 200 lbs.

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Trevor Ariza

     

    A lot like Boston, San Antonio is quietly putting together a decent young core behind its veteran stars.

    Scotty Hopson is an athletic, scoring wing who would fit nicely in a lineup with George Hill and DeJuan Blair.

     

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30. Chicago Bulls: Justin Harper

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders puts up a shot against Mario Little #23 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Anto
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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Comparison: Channing Frye

     

    Harper has a great outside game for a big man but still needs a ton of work on his rebounding, defense and low-post skills.

    On the year, he averaged 18 points and seven rebounds a game while shooting 53 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range.

    His outside shooting could help him be a role player for the Bulls as early as his rookie year.  

    As he learns the game from a veteran like Carlos Boozer over the next couple seasons, he could become a great player.

     

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Second Round: 31-40

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts to a play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during their quarterfinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2011 in Kansas C
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    31. Miami Heat

    Josh Selby (6'2" PG, Kansas)

    After struggling as a freshman, Selby would be best served returning to school for at least one more year.  His raw talent will still get him drafted.

     

    32. Cleveland Cavaliers

    Travis Leslie (6'4" SG, Georgia)

     

    33. Detroit Pistons

    Darius Morris (6'4" PG, Michigan)

     

    34. Washington Wizards

    Jereme Richmond (6'7" SF, Illinois)

     

    35. Sacramento Kings

    Davis Betrans (6'10" SF/PF, Latvia)

     

    36. New Jersey Nets

    Charles Jenkins (6'3" SG/PG, Hofstra)

     

    37. Los Angeles Clippers

    Chandler Parsons (6'9" SF, Florida)

    To me, this is one of the most underrated prospects of this class.  He could become a great point forward.

     

    38. Houston Rockets

    Malcolm Lee (6'5" PG, UCLA)

     

    39. Charlotte Bobcats

    Norris Cole (6'1" PG, Cleveland State)

     

    40. Milwaukee Bucks

    Nikola Vucevic (6'10" PF/C, USC)

Second Round: 41-50

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20:  Ben Hansbrough #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish communicates with teammates in the first half against the Florida State Seminoles during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on Marc
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    41. Los Angeles Lakers

    Shelvin Mack (6'3" PG, Butler)

     

    42. Indiana Pacers

    Ben Hansbrough (6'3" PG, Notre Dame)

    Hansbrough is a perfect fit in Indiana.  They need a backup point guard and uniting with his brother would cause some buzz.

     

    43. Golden State Warriors

    Keith Benson (6'11 C, Oakland)

    Benson seems like a perfect fit here.  They need size and defense, and he provides those things in addition to outside shooting.

     

    44. Chicago Bulls

    Demetri McCamey (6'3" PG, Illinois)

     

    45. New Orleans Hornets

    Bojan Bogdanovic (6'7" SF, Serbia)

     

    46. Los Angeles Lakers

    Jordan Williams (6'10" C, Maryland)

     

    47. Los Angeles Clippers

    Marshon Brooks (6'5" SG, Providence)

     

    48. Atlanta Hawks

    Cory Joseph (6'3" PG, Texas)

     

    49. Memphis Grizzlies

    Jon Leuer (6'10" PF/C, Wisconsin)

     

    50. Philadelphia 76ers

    Jeremy Tyler (6'11" C/PF, United States)

    Tyler is on a strange path into the NBA after foregoing his senior year of high school to play professionally overseas.

Second Round: 51-60

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    51. Portland Trail Blazers

    Isaiah Thomas (5'9" SG/PG, Washington)

     

    52. Denver Nuggets

    E'Twaun Moore (6'4" SG, Purdue)

     

    53. Orlando Magic

    Reggie Johnson (6'10" C, Miami)

    This team has needed a backup center since they traded Marcin Gortat.  The 303-lb Johnson takes up a ton of space.

     

    54. Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jimmy Butler (6'7" SF, Marquette)

     

    55. Boston Celtics

    Augusto Lima (6'10" PF, Brazil)

     

    56. Los Angeles Lakers

    Jamie Skeen (6'9" PF/SF, Virginia Commonwealth)

    Skeen took himself from complete unknown to legitimate draft prospect during his team's run through March Madness

     

    57. Dallas Mavericks

    Robin Benzing (6'11" PF/SF, Germany)

     

    58. Los Angeles Lakers

    Iman Shumpert (6'5" PG, Georgia Tech)

     

    59. San Antonio Spurs

    Tu Holloway (6'0" PG, Xavier)

     

    60. Sacramento Kings

    Jacob Pullen (6'0" SG/PG, Kansas State)