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Kemba Walker will make Cleveland fans very happy if they pass on Kyrie Irving at the top of this draft.
I'm probably going to take some heat for this, but I don't really care. Do I think Williams is a better player than Irving? No, but it's close.
Williams was the dominant force in the NCAA Tournament matchup between Arizona and Duke, not Irving. This doesn't mean that he will be the better NBA player, particularly with Irving coming off injury and not looking 100 percent in that game.
Many people think Williams is a tweener, but the same things were said about Blake Griffin when he was the top overall pick. It took an extra season, but I think Griffin has made everybody realize that having a position in the NBA is slightly overrated.
Outside of point guard and center, where it's hard to find true studs, there are plenty of swingmen who can play two spots and plenty of forwards who fit at the small and power forward positions. Williams fits into the latter group, possessing the athleticism and shooting ability to play the 3 and the size (6'8'', 240) to fit at the 4.
But this combination is less about Williams, as it's a toss-up between him and Irving at the top. I simply love Kemba Walker, and in my eyes, he's the third-best player in this year's draft.
Watching Walker improve from his sophomore season to his junior season was a sight, and one that I did not expect during the 2009-10 college basketball campaign. I thought Walker was a nice player, but he blossomed into a full-blown superstar last season.
Walker is not a great shooter at this stage of his career, but he still finds a way to score. Whether he's using his insane speed, quickness and ball-handling ability to get to the basket where he finishes better than most 6'0'' guards, or using that same quickness to create space for his mid-range game, Walker is virtually unstoppable with the ball in his hands.
People knock his height, but they did the same thing with Ty Lawson when he came out. Lawson wasn't as proficient a scorer in college as Walker but his game has translated very well to the NBA, so why not Walker's?
I think he can work on his jump shot, which was nowhere near as good during his sophomore season as it was during his junior year. Walker is a shorter Derrick Rose if we are comparing players, as they both have similar speed, finishing ability and questions about their jump shooting.
Walker is also a winner and a leader; he proved that by taking the third-seeded Huskies to a national title. I don't think he's that far behind Irving as far as point guards go in this draft, but Williams is the best forward.
Cleveland will be happy with Irving and Kanter, but I think they should be ecstatic if the picks are Williams and Walker.