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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Who'll Be Cleveland's Double Whammy?

Peter HillCorrespondent IIJanuary 8, 2017

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Who'll Be Cleveland's Double Whammy?

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after defeating the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
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    For NBA buffs like me, the NBA Draft is one of the most exciting parts of the season. Teams like Cleveland, who currently have two picks in the top four selections, have a serious chance to rebuild for next year.

    Now that the draft is just weeks away, the time for speculation is now. Cleveland is rumored to trade for the second overall pick, giving them a chance to land the best players in the draft.

    Many things will have to fall in place for that to happen, but it seems like a likely scenario given the conditions of the teams.

    The combine ended last week and many surprising results came in. With time to assess the evaluations of the incoming rookies, we can better predict where they will land.

    Let's get this started. Here is your full first round mock draft, including the future plans of the Cleveland Cavaliers

1. Cleveland Cavaliers Select Kyrie Irving

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Height / Weight: 6'2", 175 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Point guard "feel"

    Biggest Weakness: Durability concerns

    Why he’s drafted here: It won’t come as shocking news that Cleveland needs to start over. Why not pick a guy that can run an offense for you?

    Kyrie Irving is one of the many pieces Cleveland needs to get back into NBA relevancy. The Cavs front office is already in love with Kyrie, so this pick seems obvious.

    Irving has a really well rounded game and will be good in Cleveland’s system for years to come. The only question after Irving is who else will join him in the rebuilding project in Cleveland.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers Select Derrick Williams

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats dunks the ball against the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
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    Height / Weight: 6'8", 240 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Versatility

    Biggest Weakness: "Tweener" label

    Why he’s drafted here: Yes, I believe that Cleveland will successfully trade up and get the number two pick. With that pick they will take the super athletic forward Derrick Williams.

    Williams has tons of potential, yet does not have a defined position in the NBA. Since Cleveland does not have a star anywhere on the floor, Williams will be able to find his own in the NBA and get comfortable at the position he fits into.

    However, Williams will be more impactful at the small forward spot. With his body and explosiveness, few would be able to contain him from getting to the hole.

    This is a pretty risky pick, but Cleveland needs a high risk high reward guy to go alongside Kyrie Irving.

3. Utah Jazz Select Brandon Knight

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    Height / Weight: 6'3", 185 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Size and speed combination

    Biggest Weakness: Needs a more point guard "feel"

    Why he’s drafted here: The Jazz will be elated to have a talent like Knight fall to them. All indications in the Jazz front office point away from Devin Harris, meaning Knight is the guy of the future.

    Knight will be able to step in and play from day one. He has an NBA body and will be able to use it against smaller point guards.

    With his blend of speed, quickness, size and strength, Knight fits the mold of the new look of point guards in the NBA.

    Knight is a safe pick here at number three, making this a win-win for the Jazz.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves Select Enes Kanter

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    Height / Weight: 6'11", 235 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Size and passion for the game

    Biggest Weakness: Overall offensive game

    Why he’s drafted here: Kanter did as good of job as anyone improving his stock at the draft combine. Kanter was tall, quick, and showed all the necessary moves to make him a legit NBA center.

    Kanter has the post moves, body control, scoring prowess, big body, good hands and high basketball IQ to be an All-Star in the NBA.

    Kanter is super smooth, being able to play center or power forward.

    His knees have long been in question, but he showed no signs of bad knees during the combine.

    With Minnesota’s major need for a center, Kanter should come in and start right away. Kevin Love will be the happiest player about this pick.

5. Toronto Raptors Select Jan Vesely

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    Height/Weight: 6'11", 235 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Size and passion

    Biggest Weakness: Overall offensive game

    Why he’s drafted here: Vesely is an interesting pick in Toronto. Like Andrea Bargnani, Vesely is a craft European player who will find his way in the NBA.

    Unlike Bargnani, Vesely is super quick, goes 100 percent at all times and runs the floor with ease. Also unlike Bargnani, Vesely has almost no offensive game.

    However, Vesely contributes with his intangibles. With his long arms, high motor and ability to be around the rim, Vesely will be a good addition in Toronto.

    Vesely could turn into the best player in this draft with some serious work on his offensive game.

6. Washington Wizards Select Kawhi Leonard

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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 19:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs dunks against the Temple Owls during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/
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    Height / Weight: 6'7", 225 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Quickness and Intangibles

    Biggest Weakness: Ability to create off the dribble

    Why he’s drafted here: Leonard has seen his stock rise as much as anyone since the season ended. Leonard generally impacts the game with his intangibles.

    He has huge hands, has an incredibly high motor, plays lock down defense and rebounds very well for his size.

    Washington could really use an “X” factor type of guy in this position. Since they are very weak on the perimeter, Leonard makes sense with the sixth pick.

    If Leonard can fall this far, Washington will definitely scoop him up.

7. Sacramento Kings Select Kemba Walker

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the net after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium
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    Height / Weight: 6'0", 170 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Ability to score

    Biggest weakness: Decison making

    Why he’s drafted here: This is best case scenario for the Kings. They really need a proven winner who is also a high character guy. Kemba is both.

    Kemba is portrayed as a great leader and all-around team player.

    Kemba would fit right in with the Kings, moving Tyreke Evans over to the two guard position. Evans isn’t a pure point guard, so a guy like Walker should make Evans more comfortable on the floor.

    Sacramento has the opportunity to hit a home run for the third year in a row in this year’s draft.

8. Detroit Pistons Select Jonas Valanciunas

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    Height / Weight: 6'11", 240 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: NBA potential

    Biggest Weakness: Body strength

    Why he’s drafted here: Detroit has found their center alongside Greg Monroe in Jonas Valanciunas.

    The 6’11” center appears to be the European version of Dwight Howard coming into the NBA. Jonas has big broad shoulders that can certainly acquire more muscle.

    Jonas is also only 18-years-old, so the possibility of him growing well over seven feet is good.

    He is somewhat raw at this stage, but he can still contribute immediately. With his huge hands, active feet, and long arms, Jonas can alter shots in the NBA without second thought.

    Valanciunas can be seen as “project,” but the prize is well worth it.

9. Charlotte Bobcats Select Bismack Biyombo

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    Height / Weight: 6’9”, 245 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Athleticism and shot blocking

    Biggest weakness: Anything involving offense

    Why he’s drafted here: This will be the “head scratcher” pick of the first round. Biyombo is incredibly raw and will need serious coaching to become effective in the NBA.

    Why will he go here? It’s simple. Michael Jordan is the owner and is willing take risks.

    Since there isn’t elite talent in the class, Jordan will take the guy with the biggest risk and try to turn him into a stud.

    Sorry Charlotte fans, but Bismack Biyombo will never be anything close to Serge Ibaka.

10. Milwaukee Bucks Select Alec Burks

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes shoots a free throw againet the Iowa State Cyclones during the first round of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2011 in Kansas City, M
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    Height / Weight: 6'6", 190 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Athletic ability

    Biggest Weakness: Body strength

    Why he’s drafted here: It’s widely known that Milwaukee needs helps on the perimeter next to Brandon Jennings. After John Salmons' terrible year in 2010-2011, Milwaukee will select Burks with the tenth pick.

    Burks can help Milwaukee in several ways.

    Burks is athletic, explosive, has good body control, plays solid defense and has the big time potential the Bucks need.

    The one knock on Burks is his body strength, which is obviously something that can change over time.

    Burks has progressed very well in two years of college, showing his ability to work hard and listen to coaches. Scott Skiles will love just that, and will reward the eager rookie with major minutes before you know it.

11. Golden State Warriors Select Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots against the Richmond Spiders during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated
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    Height / Weight: 6'8", 230 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Versatility

    Biggest Weakness: "Tweener" label

    Why he’s drafted here: Golden State would love the versatility of Marcus Morris in their lineup. Since they already play quick and athletic basketball, the better of the Morris twins would thrive in their rotation.

    Golden State is very weak at small forward, making it that much more important they snag a guy like Morris.

    Morris can shoot from outside, grab rebounds down low, dribble the ball on the perimeter and post up players when he needs to.

    The label of “tweener” might actually work towards Morris’s advantage in this case.

12. Utah Jazz Select Klay Thompson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars shoots over Darnell Gant #44 of the Washington Huskies in the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on Ma
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    Height / Weight: 6’7”, 205 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Shooting
    Biggest Weakness:
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    Why he’s drafted here: Utah lacks a big time shooter on the perimeter. Enter Klay Thompson.

    Thompson is possibly the best shooter in this draft, even above Jimmer Fredette. Thompson has a pure shooting stroke and can drain the ball from almost anywhere.

    With Thompson, Utah won’t have to worry about the “tweener” label that Jimmer carries around.

    Thompson comes in at 6’7” and plays within his ability. He will never wow you with his athleticism, but he rarely makes mistakes that leave you wondering what he is thinking.

    Thompson is a very smart and safe pick for Utah at 12.

13. Phoenix Suns Select Jimmer Fredette

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoots over Chandler Parsons #25 of the Florida Gators in the second half during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on Marc
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    Height / Weight: 6'2", 195 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Shooting stroke

    Biggest Weakness: NBA level athleticism

    Why he’s drafted here: Jimmer Fredette is possibly the biggest household name in this entire draft. Unfortunately for Jimmer, he may have to do some sitting on the bench before his time comes.

    However, who is a better player to learn the point guard position from than Steve Nash? Nash could teach Fredette the ins and outs of the game, making Jimmer a legitimate point guard down the road.

    Scouts say that Fredette can’t play defense, but Nash doesn’t play a lick of defense to start with.

    If Phoenix can get Fredette with the 13th pick, they may have found themselves their point guard of the future.

14. Houston Rockets Select Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Tex
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    Height / Weight: 6'9", 230 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Defensive prowess

    Biggest weakness: Transitioning to small forward

    Why he’s drafted here: Singleton is easily the best defensive player in this class. With his length and quickness, Singleton is easily able to guard three or four positions.

    He is great at disrupting the passing lanes, stripping players of the ball, crashing the boards and blocking or altering shots.

    The former Florida State standout can help on offense too. He is a decent dribbler, shoots threes at a solid rate and is great in transition.

    With Houston’s lack of standout wing players, Singleton to the Rockets makes tons of sense.

15. Indiana Pacers Select Jordan Hamilton

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns goes up for a shot against Jesse Perry #33 of the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (P
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    Height / Weight: 6'7", 225 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Versatility

    Biggest weakness: Nothing big steps out about his game

    Why he’s drafted here: Indiana has made questionable picks the last few years, and nothing changes here. With no big need for a wing, Larry Bird and company will select another middle tier wing player.

    Since Indiana already has a plethora of wings, don’t be surprised if Indiana ships out Hamilton or other players for trade compensation.

    Hamilton is a high potential player that will need serious coaching to ever reach it.

    Once again, don’t be surprised if Indiana trades this pick to another team in need.

16. Philadelphia 76ers Select Tristan Thompson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns dunks the ball against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Rona
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    Height / Weight: 6'9", 225 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Ability to impact the game

    Biggest weakness: Inconsistencies

    Why he’s drafted here: The 76ers have to be salivating if Thompson can fall to them at 17. The physical power forward is an ideal pickup for Doug Collins' team.

    Philadelphia also has an aging front court. Power forward Elton Brand is on the last leg of his career, making the need for power forward even greater.

    On top of that, Doug Collins refuses to give Mareese Speights consistent minutes.

    Thompson has the body, tools, and energy to impose his will down low. Thompson does nothing great, but everything good.

    This is a moderately risky pick, with the upside to become an everyday starter for the 76ers.

17. New York Knicks Select Josh Selby

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks goes up for a shot against the Boston University Terriers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Rona
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    Height / Weight: 6’3”, 195 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Athleticism

    Biggest Weakness: Durability concerns

    Why he’s drafted here: Let’s get this out of the way. Josh Selby had a terrible freshman season at Kansas. Now that we all know that, it’s time to focus on how good he can be in the NBA.

    Selby is incredibly athletic and is capable of doing anything on the court. In his first game for Kansas, Selby exploded for 21 points against USC.

    Just one year ago, Selby was the ”can’t miss” prospect coming out of high school.

    After putting up a 42” vertical at the combine, Selby will see his stock rise every single work out.

    With Selby’s ability to score, he would be a great for D’Antoni’s run and gun system.

    Don’t be shocked if Selby sneaks his way into the lottery.

18. Washington Wizards Select Kenneth Faried

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles dunks reacts after a play against the Richmond Spiders during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Pho
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    Height / Weight: 6'8", 225 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Intensity and passion

    Biggest weakness: Undersized

    Why he's drafted here: With two picks in the first round, the Wizards have a serious chance to grab some quality talent. At the 18th pick, Washington should pick up tenacious rebounder Kenneth Faried.

    Faried is a monster on the boards, exploding off the floor. He leaps off the floor like Blake Griffin, while attacking the glass like Gerald Wallace.

    Faried is generously listed at 6’8”, meaning he will be an undersized power forward in the NBA.

    However, plenty of undersized power forwards make it in the NBA. Guys like DeJaun Blair, Jason Maxiell and Brandon Bass are examples of the player Faried could be.

    Fortunately for Faried, none of those guys can jump like him. Faried’s energy and explosiveness will keep him in the NBA for years.

19. Charlotte Bobcats Select Markieff Morris

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after a play against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo
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    Height / Weight: 6'9", 245 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Good all-around game

    Biggest Weakness: Nothing overly flashy to his game

    Why he’s drafted here: Markieff Morris at pick 19 is a steal in this draft. Morris has the all-around ability to be a solid contributor in the NBA for years.

    Charlotte basically needs every position, so getting the best player available here makes sense.

    Looking over Charlotte’s roster, Markieff will have the opportunity for major minutes in his rookie season.

    With more seasoning and time to step out of his brother’s shadow, Markieff could turn into one of the better value picks in this year’s draft.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves Selects Donatas Motiejunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania tries to get past Gordon Hayward of the United States defends during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centre on Jul
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    Height / Weight: 7'0", 225 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: High potential due to size and ability

    Biggest Weakness: Mental motor

    Why he’s drafted here: At this point, Minnesota simply cannot pass on a talent like Motiejunas. Even though they took Kanter with the fourth pick, Minnesota could really bolster their front court with Motiejunas.

    Motiejunas is an extremely versatile player, doing a lot of things that resemble Andrea Bargnani.

    Motiejunas is a 7’0” post man who plays like a 6’7” small forward. He can dribble, knock down threes, find the open man and present serious matchup problems.

    Best case scenario, Motiejunas is the next Bargnani or Nowitzki, which is exactly what the Timberwolves will draft him to be.

21. Portland Trail Blazers Select Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers lays the ball up in front of Stu Douglass #1 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Ar
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    Height / Weight: 6'8", 225 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Polish and feel for the game

    Biggest weakness: Rebounding aggressiveness

    Why he’s drafted here: With a front office that is in complete disarray, it’s hard to say where Portland will go with this pick.

    Though Portland doesn’t really need a small forward/ power forward mold, Harris has plenty of upside to help the team off the bench.

    Everything about his offensive game is promising. Harris is a good ball handler, has three-point range, can beat his man off the dribble and can find the open man.

    Leaving after his freshman year, Harris’s game has plenty of room to expand.

    He needs to work on his aggressiveness and rebounding, something Gerald Wallace should be able to teach him throughout the season.

22. Denver Nuggets Select Jeremy Tyler

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    Height / Weight: 6’10”, 265 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: NBA body/ potential

    Biggest Weakness: Maturity

    Why he’s drafted here: Jeremy Tyler will be a big late round pick for the Nuggets. Oozing with potential, Tyler is somewhat of an unknown in this year’s draft.

    Tyler became famous for skipping his senior year of high school and electing to play overseas for two years. Now ready for the draft, Tyler will have to prove he can play with the big boys.

    Tyler has the NBA body teams love. All he needs to do now is just figure out how he can use it to make an impact in the NBA.

    With the aging front court of the Nuggets, Tyler may just find himself in a position to get some minutes in the second half of the season.

    Don’t be surprised if George Karl and Nene can mold Tyler into one heck of an NBA center.

23. Houston Rockets Select Darius Morris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Darius Morris #4 of the Michigan Wolverines moves the ball while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Height / Weight: 6’5”, 190 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Size and passing

    Biggest Weakness: Speed and athleticism

    Why he’s drafted here: Even though Kyle Lowry had a great season in 2010-2011, he can’t be considered the point guard of the future.

    Hate to say it, but Kyle Lowry is the size of a bowling ball going down the lane. If he has three more cheeseburgers this offseason he could find himself on the bench.

    Darius Morris would be a very nice player to bring into the front court of Houston. He is almost the opposite of Lowry in his physical representation.

    Morris is tall and skinny, which is the flip side of Kyle Lowry.

    Morris also had a good combine, which will raise his stock going forward.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder Select Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins attempts a shot agaisnt the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 73-65. (P
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    Height / Weight: 6'8", 185 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Defense and athleticism

    Biggest Weakness: Creating off the dribble

    Why he’s drafted here: Honeycutt could fill in several holes for the Thunder. He is like a more athletic version of Thabo Sefolosha, while he is a better defender than Daequan Cook.

    With the 24th pick, the Thunder would get great value here in Honeycutt.

    Honeycutt has a lot of potential to be a Tayshaun Prince type of player down the road. They both are good at defense due to their length and quickness.

    Honeycutt would be a solid role player off the bench for Oklahoma City for years to come.

25. Boston Celtics Select Reggie Jackson

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Reggie Jackson #0 of the Boston College Eagles moves the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Gr
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    Height / Weight: 6’3”, 200 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Length and Defense

    Biggest Weakness: Jump shot

    Why he’s drafted here: The Boston Celtics realized just how important a viable backup point guard is when Rajon Rondo went down with a gruesome elbow injury during the playoffs.

    A two armed Delonte West wasn’t even as valuable as a one armed Rondo, making the need for a backup point guard significant.

    Reggie Jackson could fit in with Boston for several reasons. First of all, Jackson went to Boston College so he would immediately be a fan favorite.

    Second, Jackson has the long arms and quick feet that Rondo does. Not only do they have those similarities, Jackson can’t shoot, just like Rondo.

    Boston should take the poor man’s version of Rondo with the 25th pick.

26. Dallas Mavericks Select Travis Leslie

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Travis Leslie #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs dunks the ball in the first half while taking on the Washington Huskies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 i
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    Height / Weight: 6’4”, 205 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Athleticism

    Biggest Weakness: Offensive Skills

    Why he’s drafted here: Leslie is quite possibly the biggest athletic specimen in this draft. At 6’4”, Leslie has the explosiveness to soar through the air for dunks.

    His speed, quickness, and leaping ability alone make him a late first round pick.

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban has never been a guy scared to take a risk, so why not Leslie with all his potential?

    Leslie has plenty of work to do on his offensive game, but with a set veteran lineup the former Georgia Bulldog shouldn’t be needed for a while anyways.

27. New Jersey Nets Select Justin Harper

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders puts up a shot against Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San A
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    Height / Weight: 6'10", 230 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Shooting stroke

    Biggest weakness: "Tweener" label

    Why he’s drafted here: Justin Harper would be a great fit in New Jersey. Alongside Deron Williams, Harper could have a successful rookie season if he can crack Avery Johnson’s tough rotation.

    Harper is tall, agile, quick, and can knock down shots from anywhere.

    Harper is a definite “tweener” at this point, but the improvements can be made. Harper needs to work on his perimeter defense to make the full transition to small forward.

    Once again, if Harper has the character and work ethic to get in Avery Johnson’s rotation, don’t be surprised if Deron Williams is kicking the ball out to him for three after three in 2011.

28. Chicago Bulls Select Shelvin Mack

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs celebrate after a shot to end the first half against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium o
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    Height / Weight: 6'2", 215 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Ability to score in many ways

    Biggest weakness: True position

    Why he's drafted here: Shelvin Mack to Chicago would be an underrated draft pick for several reasons.

    First, Chicago needs scoring and production from the shooting guard position. While Mack is undersized to play two, his scoring makes up for it.

    The Bulls currently play Keith Bogans and Ronnie Brewer at shooting guard, something that surely haunted them in the playoffs.

    Second, Mack is somebody Derrick Rose can kick the ball out to. Since Rose is so good at driving to the bucket, he needs an outlet like Mack who can drain open threes.

    Last is the “instant offense” effect. Mack is Ben Gordon-esque in his abilities to score the ball. Mack can do it off the dribble, coming off screens, or just creating his own shot.

    Having another scoring guard on the floor makes Rose and company much more dangerous.

29. San Antonio Spurs Select Kyle Singler

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts while taking on the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charl
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    Height / Weight: 6'8", 240 lbs.

    Biggest strength: Ability to score

    Biggest weakness: Athleticism

    Why he's drafted here: Singler to the Spurs might be the most obvious pick in the draft.

    San Antonio has drafted James Anderson, DeJaun Blair, and George Hill the last three years of the draft. Notice anything about those guys?

    They are all very accomplished college players who rarely make dumb mistakes. Singler is no different. He has had a long and distinguished college career, taking home one national title with Duke.

    Singler is able to score in many ways, whether it’s off the dribble, on a pull up jumper, or after setting a screen.

    Singler is a high IQ guy that Spurs front office executives love.

30. Chicago Bulls Select Marshon Brooks

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 5:  Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars takes a jump shot over Chris Wright #4 of the Georgetown Hoays during a college basketball game on February 5, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  The Hoyas won 83-81.  (P
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    Height / Weight: 6’5”, 200 lbs.

    Biggest Strength: Scoring and Shooting

    Biggest Weakness: “Ball hoggish” tendencies

    Why he’s drafted here: Since Chicago is incredibly weak at shooting guard, why not shore up on the position with both first round picks?

    Brooks is one of the best scorers in the entire draft. His senior year he averaged a whopping 24.6 points per game, second in the country behind Jimmer Fredette.

    Brooks may have some “me over the team” type shots, but that should be fixed very quickly when he enters the NBA.

    At 6’5”, Brooks has the prototypical mold of an NBA shooting guard. Chicago fans should be elated if they land Brooks,  who is easily one of the best and most underrated shooting guards in this draft.

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