2011 NBA Mock Draft: Does Brandon Knight Go Higher Than Kemba Walker?
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers- PG Kyrie Irving, Duke
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.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves- SF/PF Derrick Williams
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
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
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
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.