2011 NBA Draft Lottery: What the Experts Are Saying

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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: What the Experts Are Saying
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With the possibility that a lockout eliminates a good portion, if not the entirety, of the 2011 NBA season, many of the top college prospects in the country elected to stay in school.

From Baylor's Perry Jones III to Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and UNC's Harrison Barnes, an almost unprecedented amount of college basketball's top talent decided not to make itself eligible for the draft. 

This has left a huge void of talent at the top of draft boards, with many predicting that the 2011 draft will be the worst since 2001. That year, Kenyon Martin went No. 1 overall, Mike Miller won the Rookie of the Year award and none of the 57 players taken became a consistent All-Star.

Many lottery teams—from the L.A. Clippers to the New Jersey Nets were so unimpressed with this year's crop of players that they traded out of the first round entirely. For the teams that stayed, good scouting will be more important than ever, as there is little consensus amongst the experts about the top players in this year's draft.

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