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2011 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Prospects and Where They Could Be Headed

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJune 7, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 50 Prospects and Where They Could Be Headed

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    LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 22: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns smiles after drawing a foul from Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half of the game on January 22, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jami
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    The NBA Draft is quickly approaching.

    Everyone has their lists, whether they be mocks, big boards, or positional rankings.

    Using previous information coupled with new research, I will rank the top-50 players in the 2011 draft class and determine their most likely destination. For the top-30 I will list at least two or three possible destinations for each player.

    In the picture we have two of the top-50 in Kansas' Marcus Morris and Texas' Tristan Thompson, both players looking at snagging lottery spots.

    Thanks for reading!

50. DeAndre Liggins

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  DeAndre Liggins #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against 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 Houston, Texas
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    Most Likely Destination: Orlando Magic

     

    The Orlando Magic could use a shooting guard for the 2011-'12 season, and maybe instead of shopping for one (since Jason Richardson is almost certainly gone), they could draft Liggins and hope for the best.

    The Magic could really use a great perimeter defender as well, and Liggins fits the bill perfectly.

49. Jereme Richmond

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Jereme Richmond #22 of the Illinois Fighting Illini shoots over Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/
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    Most Likely Destination: Los Angeles Clippers

     

    If Richmond is selected by the Clippers, he could play an integral part of their future success.

    He would fit in just perfectly with the Clips because he has a defensive-oriented mind, and the youthful roster could use a boost or two on that side of the hardwood.

    When he is available at 47, Los Angeles will pounce.

48. Jimmy Butler

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  Jimmy Butler #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in action against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Newark, Ne
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    Most Likely Destination: Los Angeles Lakers

     

    The Marquette Golden Eagle has been so infrequently mentioned amongst NBA draft junkies that he is considerably underrated.

    He'll be a steal when the Lakers pick him with the 56th selection.

    He is a great on-ball defender and has tremendous leadership skills additionally, something the Lakers could use for the future.

47. Iman Shumpert

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    MILWAUKEE - MARCH 21:  Iman Shumpert #1 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets moves the ball while taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Bradley Center on March 21, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wi
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    Most Likely Destination: Atlanta Hawks

     

    Ever since speculation has run wild about Kirk Hinrich possibly departing Atlanta, there has been talk of the Hawks finding their new man.

    Well, they might have him here in Iman Shumpert.

    He might immediately step in and contend with Jeff Teague for playing time, but that's obviously a big "if."

46. Charles Jenkins

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    Most Likely Destination: Dallas Mavericks

     

    The Queens native might be able to provide some depth in the second round for the Dallas Mavericks, a team that will need it in the future.

45. Travis Leslie

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Travis Leslie #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs misses a last second three-pointer that would have tied the game against the Washington Huskies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable A
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    Most Likely Destination: Chicago Bulls

     

    The Chicago Bulls love physical athletes who bust their butts day after day.

    Travis Leslie is a perfect example of a player who would be eager to face those challenges.

    He has the tools to become a physical and impounding player in the NBA.


44. David Lighty

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  David Lighty #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in
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    Most Likely Destination: Golden State Warriors

     

    David Lighty might be a steal considering how quiet his draft stock is at the moment.

    As for the Warriors, he'd finally provide a viable option off the bench for Dorrell Wright. He also would bring a balanced game, something Wright doesn't specialize in.

    He's also a good defensive player, something Golden State isn't 100 percent certain even exists.

43. Andrew Goudelock

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    Most Likely Destination: Indiana Pacers

     

    The Pacers could use an athletic combo guard like Andrew Goudelock, and they could take a chance on him with their second-round pick.

    With T.J. Ford most likely on his way out, there's no reason to think that Goudelock will be passed on by Indiana.

42. Nikola Vucevic

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    Most Likely Destination: New Orleans Hornets

     

    The New Orleans Hornets aren't exactly packed with bigs, and they could use a performer like Vucevic to mix in with their regulars.

    Although Emeka Okafor had a fine season, it doesn't necessarily spell doom for the USC product if he is selected here.

    Other teams like the Bucks and Bobcats might be interested as well.

41. Cory Joseph

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Cory Joseph #5 of the Texas Longhorns goes up for a shot against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game at Sprint Center on March 12, 2011 in Kansas C
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    Most Likely Destination: Los Angeles Lakers

     

    Is it out of line to say that Cory Joseph is already a better point guard than the two who currently quarterback the system?

    Nonetheless, the 20-year-old is a quick and versatile athlete who will be a steal for how low he is on the chart.

40. Nicola Mirotic

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    Most Likely Destination: Charlotte Bobcats

     

    This 6-foot-10, 225-pound prospect is an amazing shooter, but it'll be interesting to see if Michael Jordan's team actually bites when they are on the clock.

    Nicola Mirotic is a defensive liability, though, and that is something that has undoubtedly killed his draft stock.

39. Shelvin Mack

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs with the ball while taking on Connecticut Huskies 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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    Most Likely Destination: Sacramento Kings

     

    Shelvin Mack will be that guy in the early second round who is at the top of everyone's list.

    Since he has proven he can become a legitimate backup, why not try him in the starters role in Sacramento?

    It's a longshot, but it sure is a nice fit.

38. Malcolm Lee

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Malcolm Lee #3 of the UCLA Bruins drives against 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. (Photo by J. Mer
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    Most Likely Destination: Milwaukee Bucks

     

    The Milwaukee Bucks will need a shooting guard and/or depth come summer time, and Malcolm Lee could help fulfill one, or even both.

    I could also see the Pacers, Bobcats, and Clippers chasing the UCLA product.

37. Keith Benson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Keith Benson #34 of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies goes up for a shot against Alexis Wangmene #20 of the Texas Longhorns during the second round game of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tuls
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    Most Likely Destination: Houston Rockets

     

    The Houston Rockets were one of the league's smallest teams this year.

    With the absence of Yao Ming, there was a gaping hole in which only a big could fill, but the entire roster had only one player over 6-foot-10. At 6-foot-11 and weighing 220 pounds, Keith Benson would bring size and athleticism to the crew.

    However, if he adds muscle by the end of June his stock could soar well into the first round.

36. Jordan Williams

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Jordan Williams #20 of the Maryland Terrapins looks on while playing against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in G
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    Most Likely Destination: Los Angeles Clippers

     

    Jordan Williams might be a nice fit for the Clippers if Chris Kaman dashes out of Los Angeles.

35. Jon Leuer

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jon Leuer #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after being called for a foul against the Butler Bulldogs during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New O
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    Most Likely Destination: Washington Wizards

     

    The Wizards already have a plethora of mediocre bigs, but adding Jon Leuer to the mix might help out the rotation and release pressure in the post.

    His jump shot and finesse will be greatly appreciated in our nation's capital.

34. JaJuan Johnson

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: JaJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago, Il
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    Most Likely Destination: Detroit Pistons

     

    JaJuan Johnson would help Detroit basketball move forth in a positive direction, and in turn, he could be a solid role player on a contending team in the future.

    He is athletic and his talents will be put to use with the Pistons.

33. Chandler Parsons

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26:  Chandler Parsons #25 of the Florida Gators talks to an offical during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 i
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    Most Likely Destination: Cleveland Cavaliers

     

    The Cavaliers need a real starting small forward, and Parsons, while perhaps not talented enough, could provide a spark off the bench at the 3-spot.

32. 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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    Most Likely Destination: Chicago Bulls

     

    We need to start giving this kid the credit he deserves as a great point guard.

    I see him going 30th to the Chicago Bulls.

    If I'm Chicago, I'm elated at the idea of having a legitimate backup to quarterback the offense when necessary.

    The Celtics and Nets might also be interested.

31. Kyle Singler

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play 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
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    Most Likely Destination: San Antonio Spurs

     

    Although he has the size to mesh with the best, Kyle Singler still will be a mystery when he is placed on an NBA roster.

    I'm not entirely sure where he can fit in with San Antonio, but the fact of the matter is that they need youth for their coming years. Singler might just be a small piece to the overall puzzle if selected.

    Kyle Singler is youthful at 22, yet experienced—the perfect combination for a San Antonio Spur.

30. Norris Cole

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    MIAMI - MARCH 20:  Guard Norris Cole #30 (R) of the Cleveland State University Vikings takes a shot over  guard L.D. Williams #42 (L) of Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Ai
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    Possibilities: Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks

     

    If Deron Williams stays on the Jersey Shore he'll need a legitimate backup, and Norris Cole could prove to be just that guy.

29. Nolan Smith

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on 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 Carolin
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    Possibilities: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks

    Most Likely Destination: Dallas Mavericks

     

    The Mavericks, while still a solid team, are aging, and Nolan Smith can provide youth, as well as experience.

    Outside Kyle Singler, perhaps no other player in the class has that same experience.

    In an unrelated matter, the Duke Blue Devils will be a mediocre team next season.

28. Jeremy Tyler

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    Possibilities: Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics

    Most Likely Destination: Miami Heat

     

    An excellent post player, Jeremy Tyler would be a great addition to the Heat frontcourt.

    Besides, the only Miami player that plays offense down low is Chris Bosh, and Tyler could relieve him of some of the duties.

27. Darius Morris

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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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    Possibilities: Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics

    Most Likely Destination: Boston Celtics

     

    It's not like the Celtics need another point guard, but it's always nice to stock up for the future and have some viable insurance in Darius Morris.

    If Delonte West is shopped this offseason, Morris could prove to be a legitimate backup.

    In an unrelated note, Darius will be the third player in the first round selected with the surname "Morris." That has to be nearing some sort of record.

26. Markieff Morris

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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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    Possibilities: Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls

    Most Likely Destination: Portland Trail Blazers

     

    Honestly, no post would be a tight fit for the Blazers right now. They have a future All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge, an aging Marcus Camby and an injury-prone Greg Oden.

    But, by way of default, Markieff Morris will be the best available, and there's no chance Portland passes up that kind of guy.

25. Josh Selby

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Richmond Spiders at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated R
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    Possibilities: San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Most Likely Destination: Chicago Bulls

     

    Despite all the question marks in his game, it should be noted that Josh Selby is a very intriguing draft prospect.

    The Bulls could use a shooting guard, and regardless of whether they sign one this offseason, Selby could be their man. He's hardly 20 years old, after all.

    The Spurs will be livid when the Bulls take their man.

24. Trey Thompkins

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Trey Thompkins #33 of the Georgia Bulldogs goes up for a dunk over Justin Holiday #22 of the Washington Huskies in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on
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    Possibilities: Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics

     

    Do the Thunder need a player like Trey Thompkins? Probably not, but he could become a reliable backup to incumbent and up-and-coming Serge Ibaka.

23. Justin Harper

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders puts up a shot against Mario Little #23 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 Anto
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    Possibilities: New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets

    Most Likely Destination: New Jersey Nets

     

    Justin Harper will be a great fit in New Jersey, mainly because he excels in nearly every facet of the power forward game. He could be one of the draft's biggest sleepers, something that might lead to him having a steal of a career as a Net. He has it in him to do just that.

    And who knows, if incumbent Kris Humphries is dealt and Dwight Howard is brought in, won't Superman need a sidekick in the frontcourt?

22. Marshon Brooks

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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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    Possibilities: Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets

    Most Likely Destination: Houston Rockets

     

    Marshon Brooks is a streaming example of someone whose stock has been raised in the past weeks.

    With the 23rd pick in the draft, the Houston Rockets would be stupid to pass up Brooks.

    Even though they seem prepared at the 2 with Kevin Martin, the former Friar might be too good a professional to overlook.

21. Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18,
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    Possibilities: Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Bobcats, Minnesota Timberwolves

     

    Charlotte can use another athletic guy like Harris at the small forward position.

    The Bobcats will be then loaded at the 3, having a trio of worthy players in Harris, Thomas and Dante Cunningham.

    However, Tyrus Thomas is a similar player for Charlotte, so if the two are going to mesh together, they will need to work immensely during the preparation period.

20. Davis Bertans

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    Possibilities: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards

    Most Likely Destination: Denver Nuggets

     

    The Nuggets certainly aren't getting any younger in the post. Incumbent power forwards Kenyon Martin, 33, and Al Harrington, 31, are definitely on the downside, and it might be nice to bring a young talent like Bertans to join the mix.

    Besides, his lack of defense compliments that of K-Mart and Danilo Galinari.


19. 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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    Possibilities: Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Most Likely Destination: Minnesota Timberwolves

     

    I can't tell how much of a bonus Singleton would be to the Timberwolves frontcourt. He provides everything that Michael Beasley, Kevin Love and Anthony Randolph can't do on the defensive end.

    If he slips this far, and I believe he will, there is no way the T'Wolves don't pounce.

    He is an absolutely perfect fit.

18. Marcus Morris

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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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    Possibilities: Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks

    Most Likely Destination: Houston Rockets

     

    The Houston Rockets are extremely thin at the small forward position, where really no one outside Chase Budinger is even decent at what they do.

    The 6-foot-9, 218-pound Morris will be a solid fit in Houston, where there will be a new coach and a fresh start for all Rockets to prove to coach Kevin McHale that they have what it takes.

    Does Marcus Morris have what it takes?


17. Kenneth Faried

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles dunks the ball 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.  (Photo by Justi
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    Possibilities: Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks

    Most Likely Destination: New York Knicks

     

    The New York Knicks are in need of a defense-oriented center. Unfortunately, the only guy that fits the bill entirely (Bismack Biyombo) has already been taken, so the Knickerbockers will naturally take Faried. He is a good defensive player that certainly rebounds extraordinarily, so he's as close as you can get.

    Faried will be a good fit in the Big Apple, mainly because his rebounding will definitely help the frontcourt, namely Amar'e Stoudemire, who isn't exactly Wilt Chamberlain when it comes to crashing the boards.

    One last thing: this guy has a skill set similar to a certain Hall of Famer. Do you know who I'm talking about?

16. Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins walks off the court dejected after they lost 73-65 against 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 Ta
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    Possibilities: New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards

    Most Likely Destination: Washington Wizards

     

    The Wizards, a little upset they didn't get luckier in the draft lottery, find a gem in Tyler Honeycutt, who perhaps will make those sour feelings disappear.

    If he bulks up there is no question he is going to be an exciting player to watch in the association.

15. Donatas Motiejunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania takes the ball to the hoop as Seth Curry of the United States defends during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centr
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    Possibilities: Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves

     

    Upset that Bismack Biyombo has already been taken, the Philadelphia 76ers make a good selection nonetheless in picking Donatas Motiejunas.

    The Sixers have made it known that they need a big man. The soft Spencer Hawes just isn't doing it in the city of brotherly love.

14. Jimmer Fredette

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars reacts after being injured during 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,
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    Possibilities: New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns

    Most Likely Destination: Utah Jazz

     

    Jimmer would be a solid fit in Salt Lake City with the Jazz for a few reasons.

    For one, he'd be playing right down the road from BYU, a place that already has fallen in love with him and his game.

    Secondly, he has the ability to reach great heights in this league, something that people will sometimes doubt. You can't ignore the facts, though, and he has the potential to be an All-Star.

    Last off, it would be perhaps the best destination to begin an illustrious career, seeing as the Jazz are in need of a point guard and Jimmer fits the bill. He complements incumbent defensive-minded starter Devin Harris very well.

13. Jordan Hamilton

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns looks on against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game at Sprint Center on March 12, 2011 in Kansas City, M
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    Possibilities: Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

    Most Likely Destination: Indiana Pacers

     

    The Indiana Pacers had a great season in 2010-'11, capped off by a postseason appearance.

    However, there was a missing link—a young and consistent shooting guard.

    Indiana, meet Jordan Hamilton, a young, consistent shooting guard.


12. Tristan Thompson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns walks off the court after their 70-69 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Pho
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    Possibilities: Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

    Most Likely Destination: Golden State Warriors

     

    The Golden State Warriors aren't exactly strong inside, and the acquisition of David Lee has proven to be a wasted one.

    Tristan Thompson, an all-around solid player, might be able to mend what needs to be fixed inside for Oakland's club.

11. Klay Thompson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars reacts after making a shot in the second half while taking on the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples
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    Possibilities: Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

    Most Likely Destination: Milwaukee Bucks

     

    One of the best perimeter players available in the draft, Klay Thompson is a good fit in Milwaukee, where depth at the 2 will be needed once Michael Redd skips town.

    The Milwaukee Bucks will finally ditch decade-long mainstay Redd, who has only played 61 games in the past three seasons, in favor of the more youthful Thompson, a budding star out of Washington State. 


10. Bismack Biyombo

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    Possibilities: Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors

    Most Likely Destination: Phoenix Suns

     

    Even after they miss out on Jimmer Fredette, the Phoenix Suns will still be selecting a gem in Bismack Biyombo.

    And even though he's a mysterious draftee, Biyombo will prove to be a great pick for the boys in Arizona. He's an undeniable defensive force who will be tougher than nails in the NBA.

9. Jonas Valanciunas

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    Possibilities: Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards

    Most Likely Destination: Sacramento Kings

     

    Now that Terrence Jones has returned to Kentucky for his sophomore season, Jonas is the next best option for the Kings, especially if a few of the post players currently in Sacramento skip town. Chances are they might, too.

    The center's quickness will be much appreciated if he took his talents to Sac town.

8. Kemba Walker

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play 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 Houst
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    Possibilities: Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings

    Most Likely Destination: Detroit Pistons

     

    The Detroit Pistons are trying to find themselves a new identity after a lost and forgotten 2010-'11 season. Kemba might be the perfect cornerstone to the renewed and rebuilding franchise.

    This pick would most likely happen if Rodney Stuckey, an unrestricted free agent, is let go by the team.

    If he can improve his decision making he could be a scary good pro.

7. Alec Burks

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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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    Possibilities: Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats

    Most Likely Destination: Charlotte Bobcats

     

    The Charlotte Bobcats are in search of a new identity, and Burks might be a big piece to them finding their true selves.

    He might have a chance to start at the shooting guard spot immediately, pending the availability of incumbent Stephen Jackson this summer, who could be shopped league-wide if Burks is selected.

6. Jan Vesely

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    Possibilities: Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings

    Most Likely Destination: Cleveland Cavaliers

     

    The Cavs will find favor in this, the top Czech prospect in the 2011 draft.

    He would fit in nicely with the club, and at 6-foot-11, he would give Cleveland much-needed help at the small forward position.

    Looks like it will turn out to be a nice draft for the Cavaliers after all.

5. 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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    Possibilities: Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons

    Most Likely Destination: Toronto Raptors

     

    Had the Cavaliers not selected Kyrie Irving with the first pick, Knight would have been their second selection undoubtedly.

    If he slips to the fifth spot, there is no way the Raptors pass him over.

    He's too good to ignore for Canada's club, who is in search of a franchise point guard.

    Brandon Knight, the 6-foot-3, 177-pound wonder, might just be that.

4. Kawhi Leonard

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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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    Possibilities: Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings

    Most Likely Destination: Washington Wizards

     

    The Washington Wizards would be thrilled to get a baller like Leonard with the sixth overall pick.

    If they don't trade up to get Enes Kanter, the San Diego State product would be the right choice.


3. Enes Kanter

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    Possibilities: Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Most Likely Destination: Minnesota Timberwolves (if they don't trade the pick)

     

    The likelihood of the Minnesota Timberwolves keeping the second overall pick is lower than Death Valley, but even so, Kanter would be a better fit than Derrick Williams.

    At least Kanter helps secure a gaping need. He has dominated European basketball the past few years and hopes to do the same in the USA.

2. Derrick Williams

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats looks on from the bench against the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, Cal
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    Possibilities: Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz

    Most Likely Destination: Utah Jazz

     

    A newly christened 20-year-old (as of two weeks ago), Derrick Williams is perhaps the draft class' most intriguing prospect. He is ready to become a professional basketball player, and he has the biggest upside of anyone entering June's festivities.

    Regardless of what the rumors say though, the Timberwolves aren't drafting Williams and trading Michael Beasley.

1. 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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    Possibilities: Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz

    Most likely destination: Cleveland Cavaliers


    Do I even need to explain this?

    He is no question the best player in the draft, and therefore, the Cavs will select him with the first overall pick.

    Who cares if they have Baron Davis or Ramon Sessions; soon they will have Kyrie Irving and forget all previous troubles at the position.



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