2011 NBA Draft: Derrick Williams and the 10-Best Post Scorers in the Draft
The 2011 NBA Draft class is one of the riskiest ones in recent memory. That being said, the big men in this class have a lot of potential to become productive NBA players.
They come from all across the world, they're big and supremely athletic. NBA teams are in constant search of big presences down low and many of these players have the potential to score a lot of points.
Here are the 10-best post scorers in this year's draft.
10. Nikola Vucevic
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Nikola Vucevic has great size (7-foot, 260 pounds) and made his presence known during his three years at USC.
He averaged 17.1 PPG and 10.3 RPG last season for the Trojans. Vucevic can be a force around the basket and even has some shooting range (35 percent from three-point land).
He’s a good, but not great athlete. Vucevic has a great frame for the center position and his combination of rebounding and scoring make him a good low-post presence. He could develop into a solid center in the NBA.
9. Markieff Morris
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One half of the Morris Brothers, Markieff Morris was a solid college player at Kansas.
He averaged 13.6 PPG and 8.5 RPG playing along side his brother. He’s an athletic big man and although his offensive game is developing, he still finds ways to score down low.
He’s not as talented as his brother, but Markieff will be drafted just outside of the lottery and get an opportunity to hone in his skills in the NBA.
If he could combine his very good defensive play with a great post-game he will be a dangerous player in the NBA.
8. Donatas Motiejunas
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Another big man from Lithuania, the lanky 7-foot, 220-pound Donatas Motiejunas is one of the most aggressive scorers in this entire draft class.
He plays meaningful minutes for his club team in Europe and has been waiting patiently for his chance to enter the NBA.
Although he needs to add strength to his skinny frame, Motiejunas is extremely quick in the paint and has great footwork in the post.
Not many players with his frame are as fast with the basketball. With some strength and NBA experience, he could become a very unique player.
7. Tobias Harris
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One of the youngest players in the draft, Tobias Harris can do it all as a basketball player.
The 6-foot-8, 223-pound freshman from Tennessee played a variety of positions for a Volunteer team that endured a season of turmoil and scandal. He still managed to average 15.3 PPG and 7.3 RPG.
He’s a bit small for the power forward position but makes up for it with a good jumper and unselfish play around the basket. He won’t jump out of the gym, but he’s a well-rounded basketball player and a versatile scorer.
6. Marcus Morris
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The better half of the Morris duo, Marcus Morris was the Big 12 Player of the Year averaging 17.6 PPG and 7.6 RPG.
He’s a great hustler and more importantly was the driving force behind Kansas’ success this past season.
He’s a good ball handler for his size (6-foot-9, 230 pounds), allowing him to attack the basket with ease. Like his brother, he is a bit of a tweener for the power forward spot, but his ability to penetrate the lane allows him to use his arsenal of scoring options.
5. Tristan Thompson
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Tristan Thompson is another tweener power forward at 6-foot-9, 230 pounds.
But he plays longer because of his 7-foot-2 wingspan and dominated the boards for Texas this year. Thompson is a pretty good athlete and, when he wants to be, an imposing presence down low.
He’s not amazing at any one thing, but with some added strength Thompson could develop into a solid contributor for an NBA squad.
4. Jonas Valaciunas
Jonas Valanciunas may be the most talented international player in this draft class.
The young center from Lithuania is yet another rail thin 6-foot-10, 230-pound offensive machine in the paint from across the Atlantic.
He’s pretty athletic for the center position and can take over a game around the basket. He definitely needs to get stronger if he wants to score at will in the NBA, but he’s got all the skills and talent dominant centers need.
His offensive talent, solid rebounding, and shot blocking are what have NBA scouts drooling over. Time will tell whether or not Valanciunas can live up to the hype.
3. Jan Vesely
Fire up a highlight tape of Jan Vesely and you’ll see firsthand just how athletic this guy is.
He’s 6-foot-11 but he’s really a small forward. He’s an electrifying dunker and he uses his athleticism to blow by people on drives. Not to mention, he can also shoot three-pointers with consistency.
Vesely is a classic example of a great talent who just needs some time to develop and add muscle to his great frame. He’ll be a lottery pick and, when he does play in the pros, he will be an awfully tough match-up at the small forward position.
2. Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter was the talk of the Chicago scouting combine.
Despite not playing in any games last season, Kanter proved he is still one of the best prospects in this draft class. The Turkish big man brings a profound toughness to his game. He can do just about anything around the basket.
Kanter’s size (6-foot-11, 260 pounds) and superb rebounding are the highlights of his game. He has the most potential of all the big men in this draft class and with the right coaching and work ethic could become a dominant center in the NBA.
1. Derrick Williams
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Was there a better scorer in college basketball last year then Derrick Williams?
Averaging 19.5 PPG, Williams displayed impressive power and force in the position as a power forward. However, Williams has enough creativity and explosiveness to overcome his size and take over basketball games.
He will be drafted second overall in the NBA Draft and get a chance to start right away. He’s the best overall scorer in this class and it won’t be long before Williams is imposing his will on a professional basketball court.