2011 NBA Mock Draft: Could Kyrie Irving Fall All the Way To Utah Jazz at No. 3?
I know, I know, Kyrie Irving is going first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Furthermore, if the Cavs are crazy enough to pass on him, the Minnesota Timberwolves must take him at No. 2, glut of point guards be damned. The kid is just that good.
But are we sure?
The consensus is that everyone in this draft—No. 1 through No. 60—is substantially flawed at this stage in his career. That includes Kyrie Irving, who suffered the weirdly serious ligament injury in his toe that ultimately limited his Duke career to 11 games. He was slick in those 11, but it’s still a small sample size.
Compare that to the more extensive look we got at Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight, both of whom had their moments of invincibility akin to what Derrick Rose is showing on a nightly basis in the Association.
So what if the Cavs decide they’d rather have Derrick Williams and settle for one half of the Walker-Knight tandem? And what if the T-Wolves simply refuse to believe they need another point guard; that Ricky Rubio is on his way for 2011-12?
Sure, those are a couple of LARGE ifs, but consider all the draft craziness over the years (including this year with Minnesota GM David Kahn openly questioning the integrity of the draft system).
Stranger things most definitely have happened.
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