2011 NBA Mock Draft: Full 1st-Round Mock, Jimmer Fredette Landing in Phoenix
Everyone is interested in seeing where Jimmer Fredette falls on draft day, and he stays in the lottery here in this 2011 NBA mock draft.
Fredette was the Naismith College Player of the Year, but he is a risky pick in this year's draft because his game might not work at the next level. Jimmer is a lights out shooter but might struggle trying to separate from quicker NBA defenders.
My mock draft has Jimmer making the lottery and falling to Phoenix at No. 13. Take a look at Jimmer and the rest of the first round.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, G, Duke
Cleveland hits the jackpot again. The Cavaliers snuck up to grab the No. 1 spot right from Minnesota's hands.
Regardless of who was to pick first, it seemed like Kyrie Irving was going to be the first overall selection. Irving now tries to make a name for himself in Cleveland after LeBron James is long gone.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, F, Arizona
The Timberwolves lost out on Kyrie Irving, who they were hoping could fill their PG hole. Instead they draft No. 2. Even though Minnesota does not need a SF or a PF, there is no way that it passes on Derrick Williams.
Williams and Irving are the best players in this draft hands down. Minnesota will find some way to fit Williams into the system.
3. Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, F, Kentucky
Enes Kanter may be the best big man to enter the draft since Dwight Howard and Greg Oden. Now hopefully Kanter turns out better than Oden has.
You always have to think of injury concerns with these big men, and Kanter is no exception. He has had knee problems in the past, but the Jazz cannot pass on him.
Kanter is NBA-ready and will contribute right away. He can take over for Mehmet Okur, who will be in the last year of his contract.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, F, Lithuania
Not only do the Cavs hit the jackpot once, but they hit it twice. Cleveland was supposed to get the No. 2 and 8 picks and instead got the No. 1 and 4 overall picks.
After selecting their PG of the future, the Cavs take their big man of the future. Jonas Valanciunas is a 6'10" PF who has a great low-post game. If he can bulk up a little, this kid could be scary good.
5. Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, G, Kentucky
Not much is going well for the Raptors these days. Enes Kanter seemed like a perfect fit for Toronto, but the Raptors fell two spots due to the luck of the lottery balls.
With Brandon Knight still available, the Raptors take the best available player. Jerryd Bayless had a breakout second half of the season, but I do not see him being the future of the franchise like Knight can be.
6. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic
This may be a little bit of a reach for Jan Vesely, but he seems like he would be a good fit in Washington.
The Wizards need a new complement to their star PG John Wall. Vesely is a big PF who can run the floor like a guard. He is an explosive finisher who razzles and dazzles with his moves towards the rim. Seems like a good fit to me.
7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, G, UConn
No one may have improved his draft stock during the NCAA tournament more than Kemba Walker did in UConn's championship run.
The Kings need a PG because Tyreke Evans is not a true 1 guard. Evans and Walker in the same backcourt is very scary for opponents to think about. Walker not only brings his skills to Sacramento, but his huge heart and great attitude as well.
8. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, F/C, Congo
Bismack Biyombo is seen as a very risky pick in the top 10 because he is so raw. Biyombo is only 18 years old and does not have much playing experience. However, the potential is there for him to be great.
Biyombo is probably the most athletic center in this draft class and is solid on defense with his shot-blocking abilities. Detroit hopes he does not turn into another Darko Milicic.
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Kawhi Leonard, F, San Diego State
Charlotte badly needs a big man and would probably take a chance on Biyombo if he fell to the No. 9 pick. With him going right before them, the Bobcats have to take the best value here.
Kawhi Leonard is the best player left on my board. He happens to be a good fit for Charlotte, as he could bump Boris Diaw up to PF, assuming he is still on the team next season.
Leonard has a great motor and is a good rebounder. He has the ability to turn into another Gerald Wallace for the Bobcats.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Alec Burks, G, Colorado
The Bucks need another scorer to go along with Brandon Jennings in the backcourt. Alec Burks is one of the most unheard-of scorers coming into the draft.
Burks averaged over 20 points last season in the Big 12. He is a big SG who uses his quickness and size to be a slasher and strong scorer.
11. Golden State Warriors: Tristan Thompson, F, Texas
Golden State is another team that would love if this draft was deep at the center position. It is not, so the Warriors will have to go with the next best thing.
Tristan Thompson is a little undersized, but he is still big and athletic enough to be a force down low. He is a very good defender and is great on the offensive glass.
12. Utah Jazz: Jordan Hamilton, G/F, Texas
Two Longhorns go back to back here at No. 11 and 12. Utah needs help at the 2 and the 3, and Jordan Hamilton plays both those positions.
Hamilton is one of the purest scorers in this year's draft class. He has an excellent shot and the ability to create space for himself. The only bad thing with Hamilton is that he takes too many bad shots. His poor shot selection could cause him to fall out of the lottery.
13. Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, G, Brigham Young
In this edition, Jimmer Fredette stays in the top 15 and goes to Phoenix, which needs an off-guard who can score the basketball.
Phoenix might be without Vince Carter next season and will need someone who can score from the perimeter with Steve Nash driving and creating. Who knows if Jimmer will pan out in the NBA, but he deserves a chance.
14. Houston Rockets: Marcus Morris, F, Kansas
The Morris twins begin to be taken at No. 14. Marcus Morris is the first one off the board because of his versatility and skill set.
Marcus can play either the 3 or the 4 and just has better skills than his brother Markieff. Morris will try to replace Shane Battier, who the Rockets got rid of late last season.
15. Indiana Pacers: Markieff Morris, F, Kansas
The second Morris twin is not far behind the first. Markieff Morris is taken right after his brother by the Pacers.
Indiana needs help in its frontcourt. Roy Hibbert is a decent center, but power forward needs to be upgraded because Josh McRoberts should not be getting the time he saw late in the season. Morris plays just the PF position and will help the Pacers defensively and can rebound the ball.
16. Philadelphia 76ers: Kenneth Faried, F, Morehead State
Sixers fans loved Reggie Evans when he played in Philly. They loved the energy and the effort he put forth each night.
Kenneth Faried is the same type of player, but even better. Faried was the best rebounder in college last year and also has an offensive game that is still getting better. Faried will fit in well with the young and athletic Sixers rotation.
17. New York Knicks: Chris Singleton, F, Florida State
If the Knicks have one thing in mind this offseason, it should be to get better defensively. New York was one of the NBA's worst defensive teams last season and will need to improve if it wants to take its game to the next level.
Chris Singleton is limited offensively right now but is hands down the best defender in the draft.
18. Washington Wizards: Klay Thompson, G, Washington State
With Washington already getting their complementary big man for John Wall in Jan Vesely, the Wizards need to get a backcourt mate for Wall at the 2 guard spot.
Klay Thompson or Jimmer Fredette would be a good pick here for the Wiz. With Nick Young leaving, Washington will lose almost 20 points of scoring each night. Thompson will help with his excellent shooting for the outside.
19. Charolotte Bobcats: Donatas Motiejunas, F
The Bobcats continue to address their frontcourt with their second pick in the first round. Donatas Motiejunas is an athletic big man who has great offensive skills.
He needs to develop more, as he is only 20 years old and does not have a lot of playing experience.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Darius Morris, G, Michigan
Darius Morris is an incredible athlete who really broke out in his sophomore season at Michigan. From averaging just four points and 2.6 assists per game as a freshman, Morris averaged 15 and 6.7 in his second year.
After having such a good year, he declared for the draft and should be a good fit in Minnesota's system with Kevin Love, Michael Beasley and now Derrick Williams. Morris is a true floor general who does everything exceptionally.
21. Portland Trail Blazers: Reggie Jackson, G, Boston College
Portland needs an eventual replacement for the departing Andre Miller, so Reggie Jackson is a good value pick here at No. 21.
Jackson is an athletic and big PG who creates by penetrating and slicing through the defense. He is also a freak of a defender because of his seven-foot wingspan.
22. Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, F, Tennessee
Denver had a surprisingly successful season after it traded away Carmelo Anthony. Maybe he was the problem for the Nuggets.
To keep the success coming, Denver drafts Tobias Harris, who is an athletic swingman who can play on the perimeter and down low. He can replace Wilson Chandler in case he leaves this offseason. Harris is a very smart player who can do a bit of everything.
23. Houston Rockets: Josh Selby, G, Kansas
After the Rockets traded away Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry stepped up and played well for Houston down the stretch. However, Lowry is not a long-term answer at the position.
Josh Selby could be the answer if he continues to develop and play more like he did in high school. I do not know if it was the system at Kansas or Selby just not adjusting well, but his freshman year with the Jayhawks was anything but spectacular.
24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Davis Bertans, F, Latvia
The Thunder already have the same type of player in Kevin Durant, but it does not hurt to have two players that are that good.
Davis Bertans is a Dirk Nowitzki/Kevin Durant type of player who has amazing offensive skills and tremendous size. If Bertans develops, the Thunder will be a very good team for a very long time.
25. Boston Celtics: Jordan Williams, F/C, Maryland
If Boston had Kendrick Perkins, could it have beaten the Heat? We will never know, but it sure wouldn't have hurt them.
The Celtics need to replace him and upgrade their weak and aging frontcourt. Shaquille O'Neal may not come back, and Williams should be a good fit here for Boston. He is a big body that can play defense and offense well.
26. Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Honeycutt, G/F, UCLA
Tyler Honeycutt did not have the best of seasons at UCLA, but he may just need a change of scenery in order to reach his full potential.
He is a tall wingman who can play either the 2 or the 3. He is a good scorer and a great defender. Honeycutt will be most responsible for replacing Caron Butler, who will most likely leave via free agency.
27. New Jersey Nets: Justin Harper, F, Richmond
The Nets would love if Jordan Williams fell to them, but I do not see him getting past Boston. Brook Lopez is a better fit at the PF position.
Justin Harper is another PF that could be used in New Jersey's rotation. He is a good replacement for Kris Humphries because Humphries will probably get a sweet free agent deal this summer.
28. Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith, G, Duke
Nolan Smith was one of the best college basketball players in the country last year. He averaged over 20 points a game for a great Duke team.
Chicago needs a new off-guard that is able to score and complement Derrick Rose. Smith could also be used as a backup PG, so his versatility gives him even more value.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Mirotic, F, Serbia
Nikola Mirotic is a top-15 talent, but he will drop perhaps out of the first round because of his contract issues overseas.
Mirotic is a big and versatile forward who can play the 3 or the 4. He is an excellent shooter who has the ability to create his own shot and shots for others.
30. Chicago Bulls: Trey Thompkins, F, Georgia
Trey Thompkins became a household name during the NCAA tournament. He is a big-bodied PF who has a great offensive skill set. He has unbelievable range and such a soft touch for a big man.
On the defensive end, he is a relentless rebounder and gets after the ball on both sides of the court.