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NBA Mock Draft: Who Will the Golden State Warriors Take At No. 11?

Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIJune 8, 2011

NBA Mock Draft: Who Will the Golden State Warriors Take At No. 11?

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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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    Now the draft process can officially begin for the Golden State Warriors. They have named their next head coach, a solid assistant coach and hired a basketball legend as an adviser to the team.

    Things are looking up in Golden State.

    As for the business at the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA draft on June 23, the available options are nothing to write home about.

    The upcoming draft is already being written down as a four-man draft with a boatload of players from Europe. How those players from Europe will do in the NBA will be discovered in the next few years.

    The Warriors, however, have not been shy in stating what they want in this draft. Owner Joe Lacob has said they will draft the best available player, but the increasing need of a big man under the basket, as well as a good defender somewhere on the floor, has got to be a top priority for the team.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils draws contact against Kyryl Natyazhko #1 and Lamont Jones #12 of the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on M
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    Position: PG
    Height: 6'4" 
    Weight: 191 
    Age: 19
    School: Duke

    Undoubtedly the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Irving is the safest pick in the draft, by far. He handles the ball well, and we all saw what he can do playing for Duke, even in his limited time.

    The only faulty part of Irving is the toe injury he sustained in his freshman year at Duke. He did come back for the NCAA Tournament, but many wonder if injuries could plague him in the NBA.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves, 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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    Position: SF
    Height: 6'9" 
    Weight: 249
    Age: 20
    School: Arizona

    Williams' rise to fame and a high draft stock did not really come until his Arizona Wildcats made their run the NCAA Tournament. He was able to take over games with his athletic ability and patience with the ball in his hands down the stretch.

    Although many are not certain Williams can become a superstar in the NBA, he is the best available for the T-Wolves, who need an athletic forward with highlight reel capability.

3. Utah Jazz, 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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    Position: PG
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 177
    Age: 18
    School: Kentucky

    Again, Knight is another player whose talents came out in the NCAA Tournament. He is a sure-handed point guard who continued to learn under coach John Calipari at Kentucky, which allowed Knight to better his play in every game of March Madness.

    He is the perfect fit in Utah because of their trade of Deron Williams last season. The Jazz are looking for a new franchise point guard, and Knight seems to be the best available option at that specific position in the draft.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers, Enes Kanter

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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'11"
    Weight: 260
    Age: 19
    Country: Turkey

    The Cavaliers drafting Kanter is the last guarantee in this draft. The first four picks are set, and the duo of Kanter and Irving is a good jump start in Cleveland.

    Kanter has showed up to workouts in shape and has showed himself to be a legitimate NBA center prospect.

    How Kanter will matchup with other NBA centers is another discussion, but he sure has the measurements for the position. He will need good coaching in the NBA to be able to take his game to the next level.

5. Toronto Raptors, Jan Vesely

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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'11"
    Weight: 240
    Age: 21
    Country: Czech Republic

    The Raptors have two choices here. They can get their point guard of the future in Kemba Walker, or they can go after a high-octane player like Vesely that can contribute this year.

    Vesely lives above the rim and on the fast break, but his ability to shoot the ball at a high percentage is still a part of his game that needs work. Although he is working at it, Vesely will be drafted for his high level of play at such a young age and the potential of being someone like a Josh Smith or Andrei Kirilenko down the line.

6. Washington Wizards, 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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    The Wizards are looking for someone that can play alongside John Wall, and can contribute tomorrow. The only player that can do that within a few reasonable picks is Leonard.

    He is long and physically gifted, which makes him an NBA team's dream.

    Although there are questions about his tenacity in big games, as we saw in the NCAA Tournament, his athletic build is too good to pass up at #6 for the Wizards.

7. Sacramento Kings, Kemba Walker

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies handles the ball 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 Houston,
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    Position: PG
    Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 184
    Age: 21
    School: UConn

    The Kings have a no-brainer here. They need a point guard, and Walker will be available if the Raptors do no scoop him up at No. 5.

    Walker brings athletic ability, heart and determination to a team that needs it now more than ever.

    Sacramento will now have a good core of Tyreke Evans, Walker and DeMarcus Cousins to build around for the future.

8. Detroit Pistons, Bismack Biyombo

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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 243
    Age: 18
    Country: Congo

    Not much is known about Biyombo, except that he is 18 years old with freakish physical build, but the Pistons will be drafting the best available player at No. 8.

    Another viable option at this pick is Jonas Valanciunas, who is widely considered the best European talent in this draft. Although the Pistons will be taking a serious look at him, Biyombo's length and athleticism will be something that the Pistons need and cannot pass up at this position in the draft.

9. Charlotte Bobcats, Tristan Thompson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns dunks the ball against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Rona
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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 228
    Age: 20
    School: Texas

    Although this is a bit of a reach at No. 9, especially with Valanciunas still on the board, the Bobcats could use an athletic player at the 3 and 4 positions on the floor. Plus, Thompson just looks like a guy that Michael Jordan would reach and take a risk to get.

    Thompson can play the 3 or 4 on the floor, and has incredible upside and potential if given the opportunity.

10. Milwaukee Bucks, Jonas Valanciunas

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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'10"
    Weight: 230
    Age: 19
    Country: Lithuania

    The Bucks will strike it rich at No. 10 by landing the best European player in the draft at a position that they are in dire need of talent at.

    Milwaukee could definitely use a lengthy power forward and there is zero chance that they pass up on the tall and already talented Valanciunas.

11. Golden State Warriors, Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles handles the ball against Jamie Skeen #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March
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    Position: SF
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 230
    Age: 21
    School: Florida State

    The Warriors have two options at No. 11 at this point. They can go with the safe power forward in Marcus Morris, or with the lengthy defender in Singleton.

    Owner Joe Lacob has said that he will pick the best available player, but the defensive need is killing team.

    Singleton would provide height at the SF/PF position to make up for the undersized backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. Plus, he would automatically be the best defender on the floor with an ability to guard anyone from a guard to a power forward.

12. Utah Jazz, 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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    Position: SG
    Height: 6'6"
    Weight: 193
    Age: 19
    School: Colorado

    I'm sure the Jazz will not pass up on an athletic gift like Burks at No. 12. After already snagging Knight at No. 3, the Jazz will be looking for a versatile guard to build alongside him. Burks fits that role.

    After averaging 17 PPG and 20 PPG in his freshman and sophomore seasons at Colorado, it seems that Burks is a born scorer, which the Jazz can use in these next few years.

    It may take awhile for Burks to adjust to the NBA, but he has the physical abilities to do it.

13. Phoenix Suns, Jordan Hamilton

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns drives with the ball against Will Hudson #4 of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Okl
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    Position: SF
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 229
    Age: 20
    School: Texas

    Hamilton has impressed in his workouts so far. He has showed an ability to shoot the ball at a good percentage, as well as show a good total instinct at the offensive end of the floor.

    Although Hamilton will have to earn his time in Phoenix, he is to good of a talent to pass up at No. 13.

14. Houston Rockets, Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks goes to the basket against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Anto
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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 230
    Age: 21
    School: Kansas

    With the Rockets not sure how Yao Ming will come back from injury after missing another year, they will be looking at depth in the frontcourt.

    Morris' slip all the way to No. 14 will be a gift for the Rockets, who could use a PF with an ability to shoot the ball from mid-range.

    Also look for the Rockets to reach for sharp shooters like Jimmer Fredette or Klay Thompson with this pick.

15. Indiana Pacers, Jimmer Fredette

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoots over Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators in the second half during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March
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    Position: SG
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 196
    Age: 22
    School: Brigham Young

    The Pacers need a bona fide scorer next to Danny Granger, and they will find it at No. 15 with one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA history.

    Indiana could use someone to play alongside Darren Collison, which is why Fredette fits perfect at this pick.

16. Philadelphia 76ers, Markieff Morris

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after a dunk against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo
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    Position: PF/C
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 241
    Age: 21
    School: Kansas

    The lesser of the Morris twins will fit right at home in Philadelphia.

    Honestly, it comes down to the fact that the 76ers need a big man, and Morris is as close as it gets, unless they plan on reaching for Donatas Motiejunas or Kenneth Faried.

17. New York Knicks, Klay Thompson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars shoots over Darnell Gant #44 of the Washington Huskies in the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on Ma
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    Position: PG
    Height: 6'7"
    Weight: 206
    Age: 21
    School: Washington St.

    The Knicks will need a guard to play in Mike D'Antoni's system, and Thompson would fit in perfectly.

    He has the ability to play the point guard, but will most likely make his home at shooting guard for the NBA.

    The Knicks will be looking to re-energize their fanbase with an athletic guard. Whether they choose to take advantage of that with Thompson or hit and miss with that in Josh Selby, is up to them.

18. Washington Wizards, Josh Selby

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks goes to the basket against Cedrick Lindsay #2 of the Richmond Spiders during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San A
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    Position: PG
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 195
    Age: 20
    School: Kansas

    After picking Kawhi Leonard at No. 6, the Wizards will want to address the 3 and 4 positions, since Nick Young is heading for free agency.

    Enter Josh Selby. His upside is huge, but his play at Kansas has some scratching their heads as to what type of a player he can potentially be.

    Selby will play alongside John Wall, and rival for time with another case of young potential in Jordan Crawford.

19. Charlotte Bobcats, Marshon Brooks

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 5:  Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars takes a jump shot over Chris Wright #4 of the Georgetown Hoays during a college basketball game on February 5, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  The Hoyas won 83-81.  (P
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    Position: SG
    Height: 6'5"
    Weight: 195
    Age: 22
    School: Providence

    Brooks has been wowing the scouts in workouts this offseason, and the Bobcats could use a definitive scorer at the guard position.

    With the Bobcats taking Tristan Thompson with their first pick in the draft and solidifying their SF position, they will be looking for Brooks to bolster the backcourt.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves, Donatas Motiejunas

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    Position: PF
    Height: 7'0"
    Weight: 220
    Age: 19
    Country: Lithuania

    This one is pretty simple. The Wolves need size under the basket, and if Motiejunas is available, they will take him.

    Motiejunas' size and physical assets are overwhelming to some, but the 19-year-old is still a project in the NBA. If coached right and given time, he could become a key force under the rim in the future.

21. Portland Trailblazers, 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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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'8"
    Weight: 225
    Age: 21
    School: Morehead State

    ESPN long ago said that Faried was on the Blazers' radar last year, so if Faried is available at No. 21, which many think he will, then how can they pass up on him?

    Faried is the all-time leading rebounder in NCAA history, and players that can rebound well in college have shown to rebound well in the NBA.

    Faried, although undersized, plays much bigger than he looks with his enormous wingspan. Think of him as a DeJuan Blair form San Antonio, who went on to have a very good rookie season.

22. Denver Nuggets, Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers lays the ball up in front of Stu Douglass #1 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Ar
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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'8"
    Weight: 223
    Age: 18
    School: Tennessee

    At this point, Denver will be going with the best available player, and Harris is just that.

    Harris can play the 3 or 4 in the NBA, and although he is not a very good offensive threat, he is very well-rounded when it comes to the entire game of basketball.

    Harris has the potential to be a spark off the bench for the Nuggets.


23. Houston Rockets, 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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    Position: PG
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 208
    Age: 21
    School: Boston College

    Although Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic are satisfactory at the point guard position for the Rockets, Houston will be looking for an athletic player to push those two. Jackson fits just that with an athletic skill set.

    Honestly, the Rockets will be taking the best available point guard at this pick, and Jackson is all that is left at this position for awhile.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder, Davis Bertans

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    Position: SF
    Height: 6'10"
    Weight: 210
    Age: 18
    Country: Latvia

    By the way Bertans is impressing everyone in workouts, it will be hard for the Thunder to pass him up.

    Sure, he is a definite project, but his shooting and offensive prowess are gifts with his length at the small forward position.

25. Boston Celtics, Nikola Vucevic

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    DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Nikola Vucevic #5 of the USC Trojans handles the ball against D.J. Haley #33 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Phot
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    Position: C
    Height:7'0"
    Weight: 260
    Age: 20
    School: USC

    The Celtics need length, and they need it now. After parting ways with center Kendrick Perkins, Boston has needed an inside presence to take down the teams of the Eastern Conference.

    Unfortunately for them, they will not find it for the next few year.

    They will draft size in Vucevic, but the timetable for his impact in the league could be a good ways away. Either way, this is the best available option at No. 25.

26. Dallas Mavericks, Nikola Mirotic

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    Position: SF
    Height: 6'10"
    Weight: 226
    Age: 21
    Country: Serbia

    Everyone will be passing on Mirotic because of the fact that he will not be able to play in the NBA for some time because of his massive buyout. So Dallas will be thinking about the future here.

    Mirotic's measurements are professional and this is quite a steal at No. 26, but the fact that teams will have to wait to get him to the NBA may scare some.

27. New Jersey Nets, Justin Harper

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders drives against the Kansas Jayhawks during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated
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    Position: PF
    Height: 6'9"
    Weight: 228
    Age: 21
    School: Richmond

    Harper is a much underrated talent in this draft, and this is a huge steal at No. 27.

    The Nets need both a 3 and 4 to bolster their depth on the court and Harper gives them both.

    There is huge upside for this player that can really flourish if given the opportunity in New Jersey.

28. Chicago Bulls, Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins attempts a shot agaisnt 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. (P
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    Position: G/F
    Height: 6'8"
    Weight: 187
    Age: 20
    School: UCLA

    The Bulls will be looking for a shooting guard if they cannot trade for one beforehand. Honeycutt is the best available guard at this point.

    He is a moderately good shooter that could find a home off the bench in Chicago.


29. San Antonio Spurs, Charles Jenkins

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    Position: SG
    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 217
    Age: 22
    School: Hofstra

    We are accustomed to seeing unknown players become borderline superheroes in San Antonio. Jenkins may be another one of those.

    He will help bolster the backcourt and has the ability to backup Tony Parker at the point guard if necessary.

30. Chicago Bulls, Jeremy Tyler

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    Position: C
    Height: 6'11"
    Weight: 263
    Age: 19
    Team: Tokyo Apache

    What is a 6'11" 263-pound behemoth doing playing in Tokyo? Read up on his story on the internet if you are interested.

    Tyler's potential has been through the roof since he was in high school, but bad decisions have plagued him since then.

    He is a project, but one that can pay large dividends. The Bulls passed on him at No. 28, but will not at No. 30.

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