2011 NBA Draft Lottery: What Does Cleveland Do with the No. 4 Pick?
(The 2011 NBA Draft Order was decided tonight when the friendly ping pong balls dropped for the worst 14 teams in the league in the annual NBA Draft Lottery.The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last season and had the best chance of getting the first pick, were denied. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick. Stay with Bleacher Report as we track the latest news, reaction and speculation for the NBA Draft, which will be held next month.)
Everyone will be speculating on the number one pick, and whether Kyrie Irving will be Cleveland’s next point guard, but do not discount the importance of the Cavalier’s fourth pick either.
Derrick Williams will likely be off the board, but besides that almost everyone will be in play for Cleveland, possibly even Turkish big man Enes Kanter.
Ryan Hollins, Semih Erden and Anderson Varejao are all serviceable centers, but none of the three are great big men for the Cavaliers. Enes Kanter would be a massive upgrade and would form a powerful inside-outside duo between Kyrie Irving and Kanter.
Toronto is in dire need of a point guard at pick three, and will likely select either Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight even if Kanter is on the board.
Instead, it will be more likely that Minnesota takes Enes Kanter at pick two. Kevin Love had a spectacular season playing the power forward position in 2010-2011. The Timberwolves could slide Kanter over the to the center position where he would be a major upgrade over Darko Milicic. This would form a great low post duo for Minnesota.
If Kanter is gone at pick four, expect Cleveland to strongly consider taking Bismack Biyombo of Brazil or Jonas Valanciunas of Lithuania.
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