NBA Draft 2011: Derrick Williams and 10 Prospects with the Highest Basketball IQ

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NBA Draft 2011: Derrick Williams and 10 Prospects with the Highest Basketball IQ
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There are a lot of talented players in the 2011 NBA Draft, but many fewer have something else just as vital to a successful NBA career.

Intelligence.

If talent and athleticism are a sports car, basketball IQ is the key. You can have as powerful and beautiful a car as you want, but without the key, you can't drive it. 

The same goes for a basketball player. You can be the greatest athlete on the planet, but you'll fail in the NBA if you don't possess nuance, awareness and the ability to adjust/improvise.

Conversely, a less talented and athletic player has had many a successful NBA career because of basketball smarts.

In a world full of world-class athletes, brains and knowledge still rule. What sits between your ears is still more important than how high you can jump, how strong you are and how much range is on your jumpshot.

So who are the players that will separate themselves from their contemporaries as rookies in next year's NBA?

Let's find out with the 10 prospects possessing the highest basketball IQ.

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