2011 NBA Mock Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Select Jonas Valanciunas, PF, at No. 8
Cleveland Picks Another Star From Lithuania In Jonas Valanciunas
Ever since a certain someone left Cleveland, the Cavaliers have been a lost franchise searching for their next difference-maker.
They may find it in the 2011 NBA Draft through native Lithuanian, Jonas Valanciunas.
Valanciunas will no doubt be the forward of the future in Cleveland and will be a great building block for Cavs brass to build their new team around.
The Cavs have been known to covet the big men from Lithuania, just ask Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Ilgauskas left when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, so now it’s time for Valanciunas to step up and fill the void in the Cavs depth chart.
Valanciunas is an athletic 6’10” big man that comes with a lot of promise. The next big thing out of Lithuania, Valanciunas lives around the basket and will show that his defense is just as good, if not better, than his offense.
As a hardworking kid always trying to improve, Valanciunas will no doubt make a name for himself in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers at pick No. 8.
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|1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke||16. Philadelphia 76ers: Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania|
|2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona||17. New York Knicks: Markieff Morris, PF/C, Kansas|
|3. Toronto Raptors: Enes Kantor, PF, Turkey||18. Washington Wizards: Klay Thompson, PG, Washington State|
|4. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, PF, Czech Republic||19. Charlotte Bobcats: Reggie Jackson, PG, Boston College|
|5. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn||20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Mirotic, SF, Serbia|
|6. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky||21. Portland Trailblazers: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State|
|7. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo||22. Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, PF, Tennessee|
|8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, PF, Lithuania||23. Houston Rockets: Darius Morris, PG, Michigan|
|9. Charlotte Bobcats: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State||24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyler Honeycutt, G, UCLA|
|10. Milwaukee Bucks: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas||25. Boston Celtics: Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State|
|11. Golden State Warriors: Terrence Jones, SF, Kentucky||26. Dallas Mavericks: Davis Bertans, SF, Latvia|
|12. Utah Jazz: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado||27. New Jersey Nets: Justin Harper, PF, Richmond|
|13. Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU||28. Chicago Bulls: Charles Jenkins, SF, Hoftstra|
|14. Houston Rockets: Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas||29. San Antonio Spurs: Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil|
|15. Indiana Pacers: Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas||30. Chicago Bulls: Bogan Bogdanovic, SF, Croatia|
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