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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Kyrie Irving and Other Smart Picks for Each Lottery Team

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Kyrie Irving and Other Smart Picks for Each Lottery Team

Every year, we fans dream of bright futures for "our teams."

We dream of: selfless point guards who make anybody look good; quality shooting guards who provide that off-the-ball outside threat; thrashing small forwards who spread the floor and create opportunities; explosive power forwards who wear down opponents with their incredible athleticism; dominant centers who demand respect and control the paint; and hybrid prospects who possess more than one of these traits.

We look for that star player who can instantly change our franchise. Sadly, such players are rare and usually out of reach. When draft day comes around, smart teams draft based on their needs—not popular consensus. This is, of course, because you can't always believe the hype.

No team can worry about drafting the next Jordan; even "His Airness" wasn't picked first. Each team must draft players according to their specific needs. After all, Jordan won six championships spanning 14 seasons.

That left eight championship titles to other competitive franchises. At the end of the day, great teams win championships and great players win individual accolades.

The following slides are meant to highlight what I feel each team's weaknesses are, and what picks are smartest for each team out of the given options.

The draft order here is based solely on team record. Even though team draft positions may change, I've specified each team's weaknesses and likely thought-process, narrowing down their selection.

If a team doesn't land a particular pick, each slide will provide the general area in which that team would look to fix, and hopefully give an idea as to what alternative moves would be made.

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