Rigged for Cleveland? 2011 NBA Mock Draft

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Rigged for Cleveland? 2011 NBA Mock Draft
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I have a theory about the NBA Draft Lottery. It's a theory that's not new, or anything groundbreaking. However, it involves an insidious commissioner and a series of intriguing lottery victors. Wait, that sounds too much like my next basketball/mystery novel "Bouncing Balls: The Game Behind the Game.

In all seriousness, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers were the team who hit it big in this year's version of the NBA Draft Lottery. After an offseason in which they lost the best player in the history of their franchise, Cavs fans needed something to make them feel better about renewing their tickets, and...

OK, I'll stop with the consipracies. With the draft order having now been set in concrete, it's time to do a proper NBA Mock Draft. The Cavaliers obviously were the big winners, receiving the first and fourth overall picks this year. Were they really winners, though? This draft class seems to be weak at the top, but filled with several solid athletes who may make careers as role players.

The question is: Where will those athletes end up? That's a question that I aim to answer with my crystal ball, tarot cards and computer.

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