2011 NBA Mock Draft: Ricky Rubio to Minnesota Timberwolves Shakes Up the Draft

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Ricky Rubio to Minnesota Timberwolves Shakes Up the Draft
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Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, last week finally agreed to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2011 season.

The Timberwolves hold the second pick in the upcoming 2011 NBA Draft, and it was widely accepted that they'd take Arizona forward Derrick Williams.

However, with Kevin Love as a legitimate building block and a top-five talent (Rubio) already in his pocket, David Kahn needs to start boosting his team with right-now talent, and that means dealing the second pick for a veteran contributor.

Several teams, including the Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Washington Wizards have expressed interest in trading up to select Williams, who put on an absolute clinic in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

With that in mind, here's my updated projected first round. With the lottery shaken up, the top 10 picks are scrambled from my last mock draft (refer to this link for further explanation on picks; I'll try not to repeat myself), while much of the later first round remains the same.

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