We're not going to be doing 2011 NBA mock drafts for much longer. The actual draft is a little over a month away. And with the NBA Playoffs still in the spotlight, the draft will be here before you know it.
Obviously, there were some pretty major developments concerning the NBA draft this week. The lottery was held on Tuesday, and the Cleveland Cavaliers lucked out with the No. 1 overall pick (although some would say there was more than luck involved).
As of right now, the general consensus is that there is only one player who is truly deserving of the top overall pick, and that's Duke point guard Kyrie Irving (pictured). If all goes well, he'll become the next Chris Paul, which is definitely a good thing.
However, Irving does come with red flags. He only played 11 games in his freshman season thanks to a toe injury, and then he decided to skip the combine. As a result, he may very well fall out of consideration for the top pick.
Beyond Irving, there's no point in denying that this is not a very strong draft class. Teams are going to have to find whatever value they can when they can, and there are virtually no guarantees that any player taken in the first round is going to become a star.
Nevertheless, I'm going to go ahead and put on my GM cap and see what I can do. If you're up for some mock draft goodness, all you have to do is keep it here and wait for all 30 first round picks to be revealed.