2011 NBA Draft

2011 NBA Mock Draft: How High Will Brandon Knight Go?

Justin BoninAnalyst IJune 8, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: How High Will Brandon Knight Go?

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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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    Brandon Knight may not be in the conversation for the first overall selection in this year’s draft, but he can still be great.

    Knight’s position in the draft will ultimately be determined by who goes second overall.  In this mock draft, I will look at one possible scenario that has Brandon Knight being drafted in the first half of the top five, but just high will that be?

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG, 6’2"

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by
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    Strengths

    Kyrie Irving is a pure point guard with excellent court vision, athleticism and quickness.  He shows a very good balance between passing and scoring.  He is an excellent slashing point guard but also has a good jump shot with three-point range that will only improve as he matures.  He has a very high basketball I.Q and is a good defender with the potential to become a lockdown defender as he develops.

    His court vision and playmaking abilities as well as his ability to take on the scoring load when needed have drawn him comparisons to Chris Paul, whether or not he will live up to these comparisons is yet to be seen.

     

    Weaknesses

    He missed most of the last college season due to injury but other than that he has very few weaknesses.

     

    How Kyrie Irving helps Cleveland

    Kyrie Irving will give the Cleveland Cavaliers a new hope.  On a team with so many holes, he fills perhaps the most important of all, point guard.

    Kyrie Irving is the type of player that a team can be built around, and that is exactly what Cleveland will try to do when they draft Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers: (Traded from Minnesota) Derrick Williams, SF/PF, 6’8"

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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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    Strengths

    Derrick Williams can do just about everything.  He is very athletic, can shoot the mid- and long-range jumper, drive to the rim, draw the contact, beat you at the free throw line or just post you up.  Williams has a good understanding of the game, showing great shot selection and maturity, and he can rebound and play good defense (which will only improve as he matures).  

     

    Weaknesses

    Williams is considered by many to be a tweener and too undersized to play power forward at the NBA level.  That being said, I would argue that Derrick Williams would be far more successful at the small forward position where is size would be an asset...not a weakness.

    How Derrick Williams Helps Cleveland

    Cleveland needs players at all positions. By trading up for Derrick Williams, they will end up with two great prospects at point guard and small forward and an excellent boost for year two of the post-LeBron rebuilding era.

    How the trade helps Minnesota

    This trade benefits Minnesota in two ways.  They will not only end up getting a great player who actually fills a hole on their team in Enes Kanter, but they will also get another player in return from the Cavaliers.  As for who that player is, I do not know; however, I think Ramon Sessions would be an excellent addition for the T-Wolves and provide them with some scoring at the two spot.

3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, PG, 6’3"

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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.  With Minnesota opting to trade its second overall pick to the Cavs, (or any team for that matter) who draft Derrick Williams second overall, the Jazz will likely pass on Enes Kanter and select Brandon Knight as their point guard of the future.

     

    Strengths

    Brandon Knight does just about everything well.  He can score and pass, and he is a good defender.  He can score going to the rim and shoot from medium and long range.  Combine all of this with his athleticism, high basketball IQ and the fact that he can play either guard position, and you have yourself a winner.

     

    Weaknesses

    He will need to improve his consistency from behind the arc but other than that, it is hard to go wrong with Brandon Knight.

     

    How Brandon Knight helps Utah

    As mentioned earlier, Brandon Knight will likely spell the end for Devin Harris in Utah.  They will look to trade Harris for some more depth or a replacement for Andrei Kirilenko at the three.  Speaking of replacements, the Jazz will hope Brandon Knight can fill the void left by Deron Williams.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves (traded from Cleveland), Enes Kanter, C/PF, 6’11"

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    The Timberwolves will opt out of trading the second overall pick and take Enes Kanter, filling their void at center.

    Strengths

    Despite his excellent mid-range jump shot ,Enes Kanter should in no way be described as a “soft European player." Rather, Kanter is a tough and physical center/power forward who loves to bang down low with his great post game and his plethora of post moves to beat his defender. 

    He is also an excellent rebounder along with his good ball-handling and passing skills.  Not to mention the fact that he has great length, his official draft combine measurements yielded a wingspan of 7’1.5" and his standing length was a whopping 9’1.5".

     

    Weaknesses

    The biggest knock on Kanter would have to be his lack of athleticism and leaping ability; however, he is able to make up for this in part with his high basketball IQ.  Aside from that, health could be an issue with Kanter.

    How Enes Kanter helps Minnesota:

    With the successful signing of Ricky Rubio, Minnesota can now move on fill the other big hole in its starting rotation, center.  Enes Kanter adds toughness and scoring and gives Minnesota an excellent young core of Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Ricky Rubio and Enes Kanter.

    Do expect Minnesota to...pursue veteran role players this offseason.

    Do not expect Minnesota to...be in the draft lottery next year.

5. Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, PG, 6’1"

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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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    Strengths

    Kemba Walker is a scoring machine.  He is also incredibly quick and is just plain explosive when he is driving to the rim.  I would not necessarily call him a lockdown defender, but he still averages many steals.  He showed improvement in his jump shooting and should continue to do so as he matures.  Finally, his heart and tenacity are rivalled by few others in this year’s draft. 

     

    Weaknesses

    The biggest knock on Kemba Walker would have to be that he is undersized, which may or may not hurt his chances of being successful in the NBA.  Aside from that, he is more of a scorer than a passer, which also hurts him since he is far too small to play SG. 

     

    How he helps Toronto

    With Brandon Knight no longer available, the Raptors will go with their backup choice, Kemba Walker.  The addition of Kemba Walker gives the Raptors two legitimate scorers in the backcourt and a very decent young core of DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Kemba Walker and Jerryd Bayless and Andrea Bargnani.

6. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard, SF/SG, 6’7"

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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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    Strengths

    Kawhi Leonard is a very athletic wing player and an excellent rebounder with great leaping ability and a big body with a ton of length.  His offensive game is still developing, but the size and athleticism are there for him. His offense, as well as improved defense, should come easily as he matures. 

    Weaknesses

    As mentioned earlier, his offensive game has yet to fully develop. 

     

    How Kawhi Leonard helps the Wizards

    He will not have an immediate impact in the NBA, but given a year or two to develop and adjust, he should be a great fit for the Wizards.

7. Sacramento Kings: Jan Vesely, PF/SF, 6’11"

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    Strengths

    Jan Vesely is a big athletic forward with a great jump shot and range beyond the three-point line as well as the ability to slash to the basket thanks in large part to his mix of size, athleticism and above-average ball-handling skills for a forward his size.

     

    Weaknesses

    If Vesely is to play power forward at the NBA level, he will have to get stronger and improve his post game.

     

    How he helps Washington

    As was the case with the Raptors, the Sacramento Kings will also be forced to go with their backup choice.  However, the Kings will not be as lucky as the Raptors, who had the luxury of still coming out of the draft with a very talented point guard.

    Instead, the Kings will look to upgrade at the small forward position and draft Jan Vesely.

8. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, PF/C, 6’9"

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    Strengths

    Bismack Biyombo is a long, athletic big man and a great defender as well as being a very good rebounder.  His offense could use some work, but that will come in due time. 

    Weaknesses

    As mentioned above, Biyombo will certainly need to improve on offense once he arrives in the NBA. That being said, he is still young, and that will likely come as he matures.  Other than that, he is a tad undersized at 6’9", but he makes up for that in part with his long wingspan and big-time hops.

    How Bismack Biyombo helps Detroit

    Bismack Biyombo gives the Pistons a very athletic defensive-minded big, something they desperately need.

9. Charlotte Bobcats: Jonas Valanciunas, C, 6’11"

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    Strengths

    Jonas Valanciunas is another player who is breaking the typical mold of the European big man.  He lives down low where he has a very soft touch.  On the defensive end, he is a good shot blocker and rebounder.

     

    Weaknesses

    Unlike many European big men, Valanciunas has a great inside game but must improve on his mid-range shooting. Other than that he is a great big man prospect, and if he can add strength and toughness as he matures, he will be just fine.

     

    How Jonas Valanciunas helps Charlotte

    Jonas Valanciunas is a talented young prospect at center, and although many consider him to be a risk, since it could be a couple years before he makes the jump to the NBA, I think there is far less risk with him falling to the ninth overall pick.  As a result, I would argue that he should be viewed more as an ace in the hole for Michael Jordan and the Bobcats rather than a risky lottery pick.

10. Milwaukee Bucks, Tristan Thompson, PF, 6’9"

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Head coach Rick Barnes of the Texas Longhorns speaks with Tristan Thompson #13 during the second round game against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa,
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    Strengths

    Tristan Thompson's greatest assets are his long 7’2" wingspan and great athletic ability, which translate into many blocked shots and rebounds, particularly on the offensive glass.  On offense, he can beat you in a variety of ways, and his offensive game is still developing.    

     

    Weaknesses

    Thompson plays a pretty well-rounded game but still needs some time to develop.  He must improve his perimeter game, which would allow him to move to SF, a position where he could have more success.

     

    How Tristan Thompson helps Milwaukee

    The Bucks cannot expect to rely on Drew Gooden, so enter Tristan Thompson.

11. Golden State Warriors: Marcus Morris, PF, 6’9"

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Markieff Morris #21 and Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks react during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011
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    Strengths

    Marcus Morris is a great scoring power forward who can beat you down low or from the perimeter.  His ball-handling and basketball IQ, along with his rebounding and scoring ability, allow him to play either forward position.

     

    Weaknesses

    As mentioned, he can play either forward position; however, he is a tad undersized to play the four and may not be quick enough for the three.

    How Marcus Morris helps Golden State 

    The Warriors need to improve their frontcourt, and although their biggest need is at center, Marcus Morris will certainly be a decent addition at the four.

12. Utah Jazz: Chris Singleton, SF, 6’9"

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles dunks against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texa
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    Strengths

    Chris Singleton is one of, if not the, best perimeter defenders in the draft.  He is long, athletic and possesses a good mid-range jumper as well as some three-point range, though he is inconsistent from beyond the arc.

     

    Weaknesses

    As mentioned above he is a streaky shooter from long range and he must also develop a post game in order to take advantage of his length and height.

     

    How Chris Singleton helps Utah

    There is a chance the Jazz may lose Andrei Kirilenko in free agency.  If this does in fact happen then they will be glad they took Chris Singleton and they will hope he can step up and provide them with the defensive intensity they would lose if AK47 decides to go elsewhere this summer.

13. Phoenix Suns: Alec Burks, SG, 6’6"

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes shoots the ball against the Kansas State Wildcats during their quarterfinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2011 in Kansas
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    Strengths

    Alec Burks is a long and athletic penetrating shooting guard who can get to the rim with relative ease and finish strong with some big dunks.  He has a lot of potential, and if he can improve his jump shot, he will become a very deadly scorer. 

     

    Weaknesses

    As mentioned earlier, he must improve his jump shot and range.  Aside from that, he could use some more strength and must learn to play better off the ball on offense.

    How Alec Burks helps Phoenix

    Rather than selecting Jimmer Fredette, as is the case in all of previous mock drafts, I instead see the Suns selecting Alec Burks with the 13th overall pick.  Vince Carter is the current starting shooting guard for Suns, but he will not be around for very much longer.  That being said, Alec Burks should do just fine when it comes time for him to take over for the aging Vince Carter at the two.

14. Houston Rockets: Donatas Motiejunas, PF, 7’0"

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    Strengths

    Athletic big man with the ability to score around the basket with both hands combined with a good mid-range jumper.  He is also a good passer and has a high basketball IQ.

     

    Weaknesses

    Needs to add strength and improve his consistency from long range if he plans to add that to his arsenal of offensive weapons.

     

    How Donatas Motiejunas helps Houston

    Even if Yao Ming does end up coming back to Houston, he will never again be the Yao Ming of old.  That being said, it is about time the Rockets look for someone to step up and take over, especially considering Chuck Hayes.

15. Indiana: Jimmer Fredette, PG, 6’2"

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 03:  Jimmer Fredette of BYU received the 2011 Naismith Trophy Presented by AT&T at the NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Program on April 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Strengths

    Jimmer Fredette is an absolute scoring machine with range all over the court and the confidence needed to be an elite NBA scorer.  He also has a very high basketball IQ and a big strong NBA body if he is to play point guard.  

    Weaknesses

    Must spend more time working on his defense must improve his playmaking abilities if he is to play point guard in the NBA.  

     

    How Jimmer Fredette helps Indiana

    Darren Collision is a decent young point guard; however, Jimmer Fredette has the potential to be something special.  I think Indiana is well aware of this, and the Pacers will take their chances on Jimmer. He and Collision should end up being a decent pairing at the point guard position.

16. Philadelphia: Markieff Morris, PF, 6’9"

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas
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    Strengths

    Markieff Morris is a lockdown defender in the post with great shot-blocking, rebounding and athletic ability.  His offense game is coming along, he is a good finisher down low and he is a good mid-range shooter. That being said, he still has quite a bit of room to grow on that side of the ball.

     

    Weaknesses 

    Needs to improve on offense and could work on his ball-handling.

     

    How Markieff Morris helps 76ers">76ers">76ers">76ers">76ers">76ers">76ers">Philadelphia 

    Philidelphia is set in the backcourt and at SF (if they hold on to Andre Iguodala), but in order to make a decent run in the playoffs, it must revamp its frontcourt.  Markieff Morris is a great initial step in upgrading its frontcourt, and pursuing a center in free agency would certainly be the next step.  

17. New York: Josh Selby, PG, 6’3"

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks goes up for a shot against the Boston University Terriers 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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    Strengths

    Josh Selby is a shooting guard in a point guard’s body.  He is athletic and is at his best when he is slashing to the rim.  In addition to his slashing ability, he is also a good jump shooter and a great defender.

     

    Weaknesses

    He must improve his playmaking ability if he hopes to become a good point guard in the NBA.  In addition, he must also improve his shot selection and become a more consistent jump shooter.

     

    How Josh Selby helps New York

    Although I would argue Chauncey Billups still has one or two solid seasons left in him, be they with the Knicks or any other team, New York will nevertheless decide to stockpile prospects at the point, as Josh Selby likely will become the third-string point guard behind Toney Douglas.

18. Washington: Marshon Brooks, SG, 6’5"

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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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    Strengths

    Marshon Brooks is a very athletic slashing shooting guard.  He has excellent length for a shooting guard with a wingspan of 7’1", and as you would imagine, he is a good rebounder.  Finally, he is also a great shooter and ball-handler, which in combination with his great slashing ability and size makes him one heck of a scoring threat.

     

    Weaknesses 

    He needs to work on his three-point shooting.

     

    How Marshon Brooks Helps Washington

    There is a chance Nick Young could leave this summer, and if so, Marshon Brooks is as good of a replacement as any.  That being said, if Young sticks around, Brooks’ scoring ability would be a great boost off the bench.

19. Charlotte: Jordan Hamilton, SF, 6’7"

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns dunks the ball against the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez
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    Strengths

    Jordan Hamilton is an excellent scorer who can make good on shots from just about anywhere on the court.  He is also a good rebounder who plays with toughness and grit.

     

    Weaknesses

    Needs to improve his shot selection, and he is not overly athletic.

     

    How Jordan Hamilton helps Charlotte 

    Stephen Jackson will not be around forever.  In the meantime Hamilton would serve as a decent backup for Captain Jack and possibly be his replacement down the road.

20. Minnesota: Klay Thompson, SG, 6’7"

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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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    Strengths

    Thompson is one of the best scorers/sharpshooters in the draft.  In addition, he has good point guard instincts for a scorer.

     

    Weaknesses

    He must broaden his game and become more than just a shooter.

     

    How Klay Thompson helps Minnesota

    After filling their void at point guard with the Rubio signing and the void at center by drafting Enes Kanter, the Timberwolves will look for a possible upgrade at the shooting guard position with Klay Thompson.  Whether or not Klay Thompson proves to be an upgrade over Wesley Johnson is yet to be seen. Nevertheless, Thompson would still be an excellent scoring punch to have coming off the bench.

21. Portland: Kenneth Faried, PF, 6’8"

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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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    Strengths

    Kenneth Faried is the best rebounder in the draft.  He is very long and is a great leaper, which also allows him to rack up the blocks.

     

    Weaknesses

    He is undersized for the power forward position but makes up for this in part with his length.  Faried must add strength and work on his offensive game, which is still quite raw.

     

    How Kenneth Faried helps Portland

    If Greg Oden manages to stay healthy and play alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, then Kenneth Faried should prove to be an excellent role player for the Trail Blazers.

22. Denver: Tobias Harris, PF, 6’8"

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers shoots over Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March
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    Strengths

    Tobias Harris plays a well-rounded game, can play multiple positions, has a high basketball IQ and is an unselfish team player.  His ball-handling skills and size leave him better suited to play SF in the NBA, as does his shooting ability.  He will become a decent NBA role player.

     

    Weaknesses

    Undersized at the PF position in the NBA, lacks athleticism and must add strength.

     

    How Tobias Harris helps Denver

    The Denver Nuggets are a very well-rounded team with no true star, but rather several good but not necessarily great players.  Tobias Harris would fit in nicely as a role player on this young Nuggets team.

23. Houston: Reggie Jackson, PG, 6’3"

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Reggie Jackson #0 of the Boston College Eagles shoots against Travis McKie #30 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro
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    Strengths

    Reggie Jackson is a quick and athletic point guard with a 7’0" wingspan and great rebounding ability for his position.  His jump shot improved quite a bit last season.  He has the ability to score and set up his teammates.   

     

    Weaknesses

    Although he showed improvements in his jump shooting, he still has a ways to go and must also work on his awareness and discipline on the court.

     

    How Reggie Jackson helps Houston

    He should beat out Goran Dragic and become Kyle Lowry’s backup next season, allowing Houston to move Dragic and possibly acquire a decent center in return, especially if Chuck Hayes leaves town this offseason.

24. Oklahoma City: Nikola Mirotic, SF, 6’10"

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    Strengths

    Nikola Mirotic plays quite the well-rounded game.  He can play either forward position but with his ball handling and size advantage, he is an ideal fit at SF.  He is a good shooter with three-point range and a solid defender.

     

    Weaknesses

    Lacks athleticism and strength, is a poor rebounder and may take a few years to come to the NBA.

     

    How Nikola Mirotic helps Oklahoma City

    Could prove to be a valuable role player for the Thunder as a backup to both Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka.

25. Boston: Nikola Vucevic, C, 7’0"

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11:  Nikola Vucevic #5 of the USC Trojans shoots over Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half in the semifinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 11, 2011
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    Strengths

    Nikola Vucevic is very big.  He stands at 7’0" and has a 7’5" wingspan.  He has a soft touch around the basket, is a decent rebounder and has range out to the three-point line, where his huge wingspan will make it extremely difficult to block him.

     

    Weaknesses

    Lacks athleticism and is a poor ball-handler. That being said, he is seven feet tall.

     

    How Nikola Vucevic helps Boston

    The Celtics need a center, and Vucevic is a legit seven-footer and a steal at 25th overall.

26. Dallas: Davis Bertans, SF, 6’10"

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    Strengths

    Davis Bertans is both a sharpshooter and a player at the SF with height advantage.  He has range out to the three-point line.

     

    Weaknesses

    Needs to add strength and improve his shot selection.

     

    How Bertans Helps Dallas

    Davis Bertans will be the second coming of Peja Stojakovic for the Mavs.    

27. New Jersey: Jeremy Tyler, C, 6’11"

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    Strengths

    Jeremy Tyler is big, strong and freakishly athletic.  He raised quite a few eyebrows at the draft combine.

     

    Weaknesses

    Has been criticized for his choice to play overseas and skip both high school and college.  That being said, he is still very athletic and has quite a bit of potential. Tyler just needs a good coach to be patient and help him transform that potential into success.    

     

    How Jeremy Tyler helps New Jersey

    Jeremy Tyler will most likely take a while to develop; however, he could be a good young backup for Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries.

28. Chicago: Tyler Honeycutt, SF, 6’8"

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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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    Strengths

    Tyler Honeycutt has a very high basketball IQ and really understands the game.  He has great athleticism, can play lockdown defense and is also a good shot blocker and very good passer.

     

    Weaknesses

    Must add strength and become more of a scorer.

     

    How Tyler Honeycutt helps Chicago

    Honeycutt’s excellent understanding of the game and defensive greatness make him a perfect fit for the Bulls. Unfortunately, his average scoring ability is synonymous with the current Bulls roster as well.  Nevertheless, he would be great backup for Luol Deng.

29. San Antonio: Lucas Nogueira, C, 6’11"

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    Strengths

    Lucas Nogueira is a long and athletic center (7’6" wingspan) with great rebounding and shot-blocking ability. 

     

    Weaknesses

    Must add strength and must vastly improve on offense.

     

    How Lucas Nogueira helps San Antonio

    Lucas Nogueira will not have an immediate impact with the Spurs, but could become a very valuable role player who can come off the bench and provide both rebounding and shot blocking.

30. Chicago: Charles Jenkins, PG, 6’3"

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    Strengths

    Charles Jenkins is a scoring machine.  He can drive to the basket and shoot from mid and long range.  

     

    Weaknesses

    Lacks athleticism and is a shooting guard in a point guard’s body.

     

    How Charles Jenkins helps Chicago

    The Bulls need scorers, and this is exactly what Charles Jenkins is.  He will come off the bench as a backup to Derrick Rose and whoever the Bulls get this offseason to come in and start at SG.  He has the potential to be a very good sixth man in the NBA. 

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