2011 NBA Mock Draft: Does Brandon Knight Go Higher Than Kemba Walker?

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IJune 7, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Does Brandon Knight Go Higher Than 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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    Throughout history there have been people all over the world who have tried to predict the end of the world. One popular belief especially around Lake Michigan is that the world will end when the Cubs win the world series.

    The Cubs have been America's "Lovable Losers" for over a century. Here is a list/time-line of ten moments that give every cubs fan a reason hide their teary eyes with their blue baseball cap.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers- PG Kyrie Irving, Duke

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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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    Kyrie Irving is clearly the best prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft, coming out of Duke where he learned under one of the greatest coaches in collegiate history. 

    Irving shows a lot of promise, as he can drive to the basket and make all the passes needed to turn around the Cleveland Cavaliers who went from first to worst in a year. Last season, Irving averaged 17.5 points per game and 4.5 assists.

    While he isn't as talented as John Wall or Derrick Rose were when they were coming out of school, Irving has a high ceiling to continue his production.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves- SF/PF Derrick Williams

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of 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, Cali
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    The Minnesota Timberwolves already have talented big men in Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, but they wont pass up on Derrick Williams, who has the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick. 

    Versatile enough to play both small and power forward positions, Williams will be a great option coming off the bench. 

    With Ricky Rubio expected to join the team after his decision to play in Europe, the 'Wolves could be in a prime position to be contenders in 2011. 

3. Utah Jazz- C/PF Enes Kanter, Turkey/Kentucky

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    The Jazz could opt to grab Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker to make up for the loss of Deron Williams, but Enes Kanter is too solid of a prospect to pass on. 

    He wasn't eligible to play at Kentucky due to receiving improper benefits from his Turkish team, but this seven-footer will bring a low post presence back that they lost when Carlos Boozer bolted for the Chicago Bulls.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers- C Jonas Valanciunas, Lithiuania

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    Jonas Valanciunas is clearly a top five pick, but the Cavaliers may be wary of drafting the big man due to his current contract with his European team. However, many sources have said that his contract should be relatively easy to buy out.

    The Cavaliers don't have a true center, and adding Valanciunas with Kyrie Irving could be a tandem that will help them return to the postseason.  

5. Toronto Raptors- PG Brandon Knight, 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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    There you have it! Brandon Knight will be taken before Kemba Walker in the 2011 NBA Draft. The former standout from Pine Crest High School led Kentucky to the Final Four, which really improved his draft stock. 

    Knight may be a bit of a project as of now, but you can count on him being an impact player in the NBA for years to come.