2011 NBA Mock Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Pushing for No. 2 Pick as Well

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIJune 2, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Pushing for No. 2 Pick as Well

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for the ball against Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 201
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    Everyone has been talking about who will go first in June's NBA draft, but it might not even matter. Most 2011 NBA mock drafts have Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams going No. 1 and No. 2 overall. So why won't it matter?

    Reports came out earlier this week that the Cleveland Cavaliers were trying to acquire the No. 2 overall pick to add to the No. 1 selection that they already have.

    The deal would involve three teams and it looks like the Cavs would absorb Rip Hamilton's contract from Detroit and give up the No. 4 overall selection.

    If this trade does go through, Cleveland will have two new kings to crown in the city that lost LeBron James last year.

    Here is my latest mock draft with Cleveland having the first two picks.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, G Duke

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by
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    With Cleveland picking the first two players off the board, it has to strategize on who to give the No. 1 money to. The smart move would be to take Kyrie Irving first. Irving has the potential to be a superstar. Derrick Williams will be good, but he may not grow into a star because of his "tweener" size.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Minnesota): Derrick Williams, F Arizona

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for a rebound against Jamal Coombs-McDaniel #4 and Charles Okwandu #35 of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at
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    There is no doubt that Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams are the two best players in this year's draft.

    By taking both of them, Cleveland now has the potential to contend almost immediately—and for a long time. Irving and Williams are two players you can build a team around. With Baron Davis coming off the books soon, the Cavs can sign a veteran star to play alongside the young duo.

3. Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, F/C Kentucky

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    Utah moves up a few spots thanks to the lottery balls falling their way. With their first pick, the Jazz take the best player available on their board who should be Enes Kanter.

    The Jazz have Mehmet Okur, but he will be gone next year. Utah needs another post presence besides Al Jefferson...plus Jefferson is not a true center.

4. Minneosota Timberwolves (From Cleveland): Brandon Knight, G Kentucky

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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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    I like the trade by Minnesota. I think Derrick Williams will be an excellent player, but where would he play in the T-Wolves' lineup? They already have Michael Beasley and Kevin Love.

    The big concern for Minnesota is in their backcourt. Will Ricky Rubio ever play for them? Johnny Flynn certainly has not stepped up. It is time to get a reliable franchise point guard.

5. Toronto Raptors: Jan Vesely, F Czech Republic

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    It is a shame that the Raptors miss out on Enes Kanter because he would have been a perfect fit in Toronto's lineup.

    With him off the board, Toronto searches across the Atlantic to select the top international prospect on most boards. Jan Vesely is a do-it-all big forward who can play down low or on the perimeter. Andrea Bargnani and Vesely together, oh my!

6. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard, F San Diego State

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs dunks the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, Calif
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    Kawhi Leonard has been shooting up draft boards ever since mock drafts have been being conducted this year.

    Leonard led a San Diego State team to the Elite Eight, where they lost to the eventual champions.

    Leonard is a slasher who can move and score with the basketball. He has drawn comparisons to Gerald Wallace.

7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, G UCONN

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies handles the ball against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston,
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    I have had Kemba Walker going to the Kings here for at least the last four mocks. Walker just seems like a perfect fit in Sac-town.

    The Kings need a point guard because Tyreke Evans is not a true point man. With Walker and Evans together in the backcourt, that creates one heck of a duo to go along with DeMarcus Cousins down low.

8. Minnesota Timberwolves from Cleveland: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania

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    After picking a point guard with their first pick, Minnesota will use this pick they got from Cleveland on a big man to put alongside Kevin Love.

    Jonas Valanciunas is the second best center prospect in the draft behind Enes Kanter. He is 6'11'' and very athletic for his size. The Timberwolves have the makings of a good young core.

9. Charlotte Bocats: Bismack Biyombo, C Congo

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    No one pick may be more of a question mark than Bismack Biyombo. Biyombo is a very raw 6'9" forward who is super athletic and has a huge wingspan.

    He is very raw so his potential is through the roof. The question is will he ever reach his potential or will he be just all hype?

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Marcus Morris, F Kansas

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks handles the ball against Ed Nixon #50, Jamie Skeen #21 and Bradford Burgess #20 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball t
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    The Bucks need help in the front court. There is no question about that. When Andrew Bogut is healthy, the Bucks have a great go-to man down low. Again, when he is healthy.

    Marcus Morris is an athletic big man who can play either the three or the four, which is exactly where the Bucks need an upgrade.

11. Golden State: Donatas Motiejunas, F Lithuania

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    Donatas Motiejunas may have the most potential out of any of the international prospects. He compares to a Dirk Nowitzki or an Andrea Bargnani type of player.

    He is 7'0" and can handle the basketball like a guard. He has a developing offensive game that can soon become a lethal weapon.

12. Utah Jazz: Alec Burks, G Colorado

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes drives with the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during their semifinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City
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    If it was not for Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker, people would be talking about Alec Burks in the "best scorer" conversations.

    Burks averaged over 20 points a night at Colorado, who was snubbed from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Burks gives the Jazz a shooter to put alongside Devin Harris in the backcourt.

13. Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, G Brigham Young

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars warms up prior to their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    Jimmer Fredette finally gets picked at No. 13 overall. The National Player of the Year finds a good home in Phoenix where he will fit in well with Steve Nash and the run n' gun system.

    Fredette may not turn into a starting NBA player, but will be a great addition to a team that needs a shooter.

14. Houston Rockets: Markieff Morris, F Kansas

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas
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    Markieff Morris is the more physical player of the two Morris twins. He stands at 6'9" and is more of a power forward. Houston is going to need some help down low now that they will not have Yao Ming penciled into the lineup.

15. Indiana Pacers: Klay Thompson, G Washington State

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars looks on in the second half against the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 i
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    I have a hard time saying that Indiana will pass on Tristan Thompson, but I think the Pacers will look for some backcourt help with their first selection.

    Darren Collison has turned into the team's starting point guard and Thompson could offset Collison's great ball skills with his great shooting abilities.

16. Philadelphia 76ers: Tristan Thompson, F Texas

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for a shot against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklaho
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    If Klay Thompson slips to the Sixers, I think they grab him. Tristan Thompson is not a bad consolation prize though. The Sixers need help pretty much anywhere but point guard.

    Thompson is the best player on the board and should improve greatly under the tutelage of Elton Brand.

17. New York Knicks: Chris Singleton, F Florida State

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles handles the ball against Jamie Skeen #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March
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    Defense. Defense. Defense. If the Knicks want to improve, they have to get much better defensively. Drafting Chris Singleton would be a start. He is hands down the best defender in the draft.

    He also brings an adequate offensive game as well.

18. Washington Wizards: Jordan Hamilton, G/F Texas

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns goes up for a shot against Brady Morningstar #12 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game at Sprint Center on March 12, 2
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    With Nick Young becoming a free agent, the Wizards need a replacement scorer in their lineup. Jordan Hamilton is one of the most pure scorers in the draft.

    The only problem is that he can get a little wild at some times. His shot selection causes him to drop out of the lottery.

19. Charlotte Bobcats: Tobias Harris, F Tennessee

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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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    After selecting a big man to replace Kwame Brown, the Bobcats take another big man to replace Boris Diaw.

    Tobias Harris is a young player who showed a lot of potential at Tennessee. He is an athletic big man for his size and can play either the three or the four.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Marshon Brooks, G Providence

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars brings the ball up court against Jimmy Butler #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfit
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    Marshon Brooks is another guard who can absolutely score at will. Playing at Providence limited his national exposure, but he averaged 25 points a game in the Big East. He was the nation's second leading scorer and will provide another piece to the young T-Wolves.

21. Portland Trail Blazers: Darius Morris, G Michigan

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Darius Morris #4 of the Michigan Wolverines lays the ball up 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, Nor
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    The Blazers are going to need an eventual replacement to the aging Andre Miller. Darius Morris may be the perfect fit. He even has drawn comparisons to Miller.

    Morris is a big point guard who likes to use his body backing down defenders. Morris is a good distributor of the basketball as well.

22. Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried, F Morehead State

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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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    Nene might be gone after the offseason for Denver so they are going to have to replace the big man down low. Kenneth Faried looks like a serviceable replacement to me. Both have the same nitty-gritty type of attitude and are willing to help in any fashion.

    Faried is a monster rebounder who consistently gets you 15 boards a night.

23. Houston Rockets: Josh Selby, G Kansas

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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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    After the trade of Aaron Brooks, Houston has left itself without a point guard for the future. Kyle Lowry should not be a starting guard.

    Josh Selby had a terrible freshman season, but still enters the draft hoping to be picked on his high school hype. It seems to work for Houston.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Davis Bertans, F Latvia

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    The Thunder are very close to getting to the next level. They need another shooter alongside Kevin Durant in case he goes cold or gets double-teamed. That was obvious in their playoff run.

    Davis Bertans is one of the best shooters in the draft and can provide some wingman help to Durant on the outside.

25. Boston Celtics: Trey Thompkins, F Georgia

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Trey Thompkins #33 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
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    With Glen Davis probably leaving and apparently Shaq retiring, the Celtics need to look seriously at getting some frontcourt depth for next season.

    Trey Thompkins seems like a perfect candidate for Boston. He is a versatile big man who can rebound and also make the perimeter shot.

26. Dallas Mavericks: Justin Harper, F Richmond

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders drives against the Kansas Jayhawks 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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    The Western Conference champs do not need much help, but another big man would not hurt. Tyson Chandler may be leaving after the season, so another center should be added.

    Jason Thompson is too small for a center, but can fill in at the position at times. Thompson can also step out to the perimeter and consistently hit shots behind 18 feet.

27. New Jersey Nets: Tyler Honeycutt, G/F UCLA

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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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    I have mocked the Nets taking a big man here in just about every one of my mock drafts. With most of the big men off the board and Tyler Honeycutt slipping, I have the Nets taking the swingman from UCLA. 

    Honeycutt is a young player with a lot of potential. His ability to play the two or the three makes him even more valuable to a team like New Jersey that needs help at every position.

28. Chicago Bulls: JuJuan Johnson, F Purdue

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    INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Center JuJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers celebrates after a play against the Northwestern Wildcats during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2010 in Indiana
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    Chicago has two picks at the end of the first round and should use one to sure up the front court and one shooter for the back court.

    JuJuan Johnson could be a good change of pace player off the bench for Chicago. He will be much more of an athletic threat than Carlos Boozer.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Jeremy Tyler, F USA

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    Jeremy Tyler was supposed to be another one-and-done freshman. Instead, he decided to skip college and play overseas for a year.

    Tyler, who already had trouble getting playing time overseas, is a good project player. The Spurs have been great a developing young players and Tyler can be the next one on the list.

30. Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith, G Duke

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Nolan Smith #2 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 C
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    Like I said before, the Bulls need some backcourt help as well. Keith Bogans can only do so much as a starter.

    Drafting Nolan Smith will provide Derrick Rose with a better one-two punch. Smith can score and defend, which is exactly what they need.