2011 NBA Mock Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Pushing for No. 2 Pick as Well
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
15. Indiana Pacers: Klay Thompson, G Washington State
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.