2011 NBA Mock Draft: Entire First Round Plus What Cleveland Does at No. 1 and 4
Let's keep rolling out the 2011 NBA mock drafts now that the draft order is set.
Cleveland was the big winner last night after getting the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks. Before the Lottery, the Cavaliers were expected to get the No. 2 and No. 8 picks. After losing King James, Cleveland's luck may be turning around.
Cleveland will now have two picks in the top five and has plenty of options. After Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams are off the board, the talent level drops off so the Cavs could look to trade down and possibly get another first-round pick.
Here is what the Cavs do with their two picks in my latest post-lottery NBA mock draft.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG Duke
There seems to be a growing consensus that Kyrie Irving is going to the be the No. 1 overall pick. After only playing in a limited numbers of games as a freshman, it seems Irving has proven to enough people that he can be possibly the next Chris Paul.
The Cavs acquired Baron Davis last season, but that was not a long-term solution. Kyrie Irving is the long-term solution in Cleveland and will quickly erase all the LeBron James memories of years past.
Cleveland will now crown Irving as the new prince.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, F Arizona
Minnesota continues to have bad luck when it comes to the draft. Derrick Williams is not the player that the Timberwolves need, but he will have to do. Drafting Williams is the worst case scenario for the T-Wolves.
Derrick Williams is not a bad player, but Minnesota already has Kevin Love and Michael Beasley. Their questions at the PG position made Kyrie Irving the dream pick.
3. Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, F/C Turkey
Utah also ended up being a winning in last night's lottery drawing. The Jazz ended up grabbing the third and 12th picks in the first round.
Enes Kanter has been mocked as the third-best player, and I am keeping him here. Many mocks have Brandon Knight crawling up to the Jazz here, but I think Kanter is the better pick.
Kanter is the only truly good C that can start on day one in this draft class. Mehmet Okur is in the final year of his deal, and the Jazz need some depth in the frontcourt.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, F/C Lithuania
After Cleveland selected their PG of the future, they select their new big man of the future.
Jonas Valanciunas probably has the potential to be the best international prospect in this draft. He is a 6'10" PF/C who has great hands and and a soft touch around the basket.
All of a sudden, Cleveland's future is bright again.
5. Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, G Kentucky
Brandon Knight can be that guy. It is unfortunate that Toronto fell two spots and are not able to pick up Enes Kanter or Jonas Valanciunas.
Knight, DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani make a pretty athletic looking lineup.
6. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, F Czech Republic
Vesely, at 6'10" can run the floor like a guard and can finish with authority. He has a good outside game but must continue to fill out because he is a little weak.
7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, G UCONN
Kemba Walker seems like the perfect fit for Sacramento. Tyreke Evans is not a true PG and must be moved over to the two-guard spot.
Walker will team up with some of the best athletes in the NBA in Sacramento. If they can re-sign Marcus Thornton, watch out for the Kings next season.
8. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, F Congo
Bismack Biyombo is an extremely raw talent coming over from Africa. He is a young, athletic big man who is a great defender. He can rebound and shot block with the best in the league.
The Pistons definitely are not going anywhere soon so they have time to develop this kid.
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Tristan Thompson, F Texas
Tristan Thompson is a little undersized for a PF in the NBA, but he will make up for it with his long arms and athleticism.
Thompson stands at just 6'8" but has a 7'2" wingspan. Charlotte needs a big man down low that can defend and rebound the basketball.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Alec Burks, G Colorado
The Bucks have been looking for a scorer ever since Michael Redd faded out of the lineup. Alec Burks was one of the best scorers in the country last season at Colorado.
Burks could offer a good complement to Brandon Jennings and could also give him a rest at the PG spot.
11. Golden State Warriors: Kawhi Leonard, F San Diego State
Kawhi Leonard could go as high as No. 6 or as low as the late first round. He has the athletic ability to be a good role player in the NBA but lacks true offensive abilities.
Leonard is a motor guy who will work for every point down low. He is a great rebounder at the three position.
12. Utah Jazz: Jordan Hamilton, G/F Texas
The Jazz need another scorer from the two or three spots. Jordan Hamilton is one of the best pure scoring forwards in this draft class and will provide an immediate impact in Utah.
The Jazz could also go for a PG here but selecting Darius Morris or Reggie Jackson this high is a little risky.
13. Phoenix Suns: Klay Thompson, G Washington State
Klay Thompson is much needed in Phoenix. His shooting and offensive skills will be thrust right into the starting lineup most likely.
The Suns will need a shooter on the wing if Vince Carter leaves. Thompson can also try out the PG position and possibly replace Steve Nash next year.
14. Houston Rockets: Marcus Morris, F Kansas
Lucky for the Rockets, Marcus Morris is almost the same exact player. He can play the three or the four and is very versatile. He can play down low or on the perimeter.
15. Indiana Pacers: Markieff Morris, F Kansas
The Morris twins go back-to-back here with Markieff Morris going to the Pacers at No. 15. The Pacers need a big man down low who can rebound the basketball.
Markieff Morris is an athletic big man who can also pop out and show off his range and soft touch. Morris will be a workhorse for Indiana down low.
16. Philadelphia 76ers: Kenneth Faried, F Morehead State
Sixers fans love athletic big men who give 100 percent each night. Kenneth Faried falls to the Sixers here and coach Doug Collins should be loving it.
Faried led the nation in rebounding last year and would provide depth in a very weak Sixers frontcourt. Faried has an endless motor that Sixer fans will fall in love with.
17. New York Knicks: Chris Singleton, F Florida State
If the Knicks need to make one improvement for next season, it has to be something to do with getting better defensively. They were one of the worse defensive teams in the league and will not go anywhere giving up 120 points.
Chris Singleton is the best defender in the draft and could be a quick fix to their defensive problems.
18. Washington Wizards: Jimmer Fredette, G Brigham Young
The National Player of the Year finally gets taken off the board with the 18th pick. I think this is a great scenario for Jimmer and the Wizards both.
The Wizards need a complement to John Wall after Nick Young will depart this offseason. After the Wizards already selected a big-man complement in Jan Vesely, Jimmer fits the backcourt complement.
19. Charlotte Bobcats: Donatas Motiejunas, F Lithuania
The Bobcats extremely need frontcourt help so going big with their first two picks is not out of the question.
Donatas Motiejunas is more of a project player but could become a great player in the NBA. He has great size and can score the basketball from the four position. At only 20 years old, he needs to develop and fill out his body though.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Darius Morris, G Michigan
The Timberwolves need to figure out what to do with their PG situation. After missing out on Kyrie Irving, the position must be addressed with their second pick.
Darius Morris is a big PG who broke out last season in Ann Arbor. Morris is an athletic guard who can play both sides of the court tremendously.
21. Portland Trail Blazers: Reggie Jackson, G Boston College
With Andre Miller likely not returning next season, the Blazers need to find an athletic guard who can step in and fill in his shoes right away.
Their best option is Reggie Jackson who can play the "modern day" PG role in the NBA. He is a penetrating guard who loves to create his own shot and shots for others.
22. Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, F Tennessee
Tobias Harris can continue to help the team's new foundation. Harris is a big, NBA-ready player who can play the three and the four. He is only 18 years old but is a very smart player and will fit well in Denver's new style of play.
23. Houston Rockets: Josh Selby, G Kansas
Josh Selby did not have a great freshman season at Kansas, but he obviously felt it was good enough to enter the draft. If he stayed in school, he could have improved his draft stock to maybe top 10 status.
Regardless, Selby is picked in the first round solely based on his high school play and his potential. Selby was one of the top recruits coming out of school because of his ability to score and create havoc on offense.
24. OKC Thunder: Davis Bertans, F Latvia
Chad Ford is already comparing Davis Bertans to Dirk Nowitzki. If Bertans turns out to be even 50 percent of what Nowitzki is, then this is a steal for the Thunder.
Bertans is a long athletic big man who mightily impressed scouts during the Nike Hoops Summit. He is great on offense and loves to look for the open man.
25. Boston Celtics: Jordan Williams, F/C Maryland
Jordan Williams will never fully replace Perkins, but his size is much needed in Boston's weak and aging frontcourt.
26. Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Honeycutt, G/F UCLA
Tyler Honeycutt is a potential sleeper in the draft. He is 6'8" and can play the two or three positions. He has the skill set to turn into a scorer in the NBA, but he has to develop his entire game.
He is still a little raw but has the tools to become a replacement for Caron Butler.
27. New Jersey Nets: Justin Harper, F Richmond
It remains to be seen whether the Nets will try to re-sign Kris Humphries or not. Even if they did, the Nets frontcourt is terrible, and it needs improvement.
An athletic PF like Justin Harper should fit well with the young group in New Jersey. He has range that extends out to the perimeter and has the potential to be a starter for the Nets in year one.
28. Chicago Bulls: Marshon Brooks, G Providence
Other than Jimmer Fredette, Marshon Brooks might have been the best scorer in college last year.
Brooks was not in the spotlight because he played at Providence, but he averaged almost 25 points in the toughest conference in the country.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Mirotic, F Serbia
The Spurs have had some good success with developing international players in the past. Picking with the second to last pick in the first round, why not take a chance again and develop someone with a lot of potential.
Nikola Mirotic should be a top 10 pick, but his contract issues in Europe may cause him to not play in the NBA for awhile. The Spurs are one team that has time to develop and wait for a prospect like this.
30. Chicago Bulls: Trey Thompkins, F Georgia
After the Bulls found their scorer in Brooks, they will look to upgrade their frontcourt depth with Trey Thompkins. At age 20, Thompkins is already a huge body, standing at 6'10" and 245 pounds.
For being his size, Thompkins is very versatile and is able to jump out to the perimeter and hit open shots. Down low, his size helps him to get position and rebound the basketball.
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