We thought that we had a good idea of how the first round would play out, but everything changed last night during the NBA draft lottery. Those lottery balls have a way of shuffling the deck and creating mayhem.
Owner Dan Gilbert and Cleveland Cavalier fans everywhere rejoiced as they landed not only the top overall pick in the draft, but also the fourth pick as well. Minnesota, meanwhile, added another page to their growing history of NBA lottery disappointments.
The Timberwolves will have the second selection in the draft and they will be forced to adjust to Cleveland’s move with the first pick.
The draft pecking order has been shuffled, to say the least. It is now time to examine which players will benefit from the new draft order and which prospects are set for a fall.
Here is the updated 2011 NBA draft first-round mock “post-lottery edition.” This article will be updated all day, so continue to check back as the day progresses for continued selections. Read along, as we not only examine which top-tier prospects will go in the top five, but also which tweeners will squeeze their way into the end of the first round.