Who are the 10 players from the 2011 NBA Draft that could help a team in the postseason next year?
First of all, the players on this list will have to fall to legit playoff contenders next season. That roughly leaves about 10 teams out of the equation.
These mock draft positions are from ESPN's Chad Ford.
Chad Ford has Enes Kanter being selected fourth by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kanter was denied his freshman season at Kentucky because he played professional basketball in Europe.
At 6'11" Kanter carries a 7'2" wingspan with a nice touch around the rim. His ability to stretch the defense at a young age is too dynamic to pass on.
He isn't an unbelievable athlete, but if Zach Randolph has taught us anything, craftiness works just as well.
Who's to say that the Cavaliers can't make a run at the eighth-seed next season in a weak Eastern Conference?
Chad Ford has Kyrie Irving being selected first to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mix Irving with Kanter and players that the Cavaliers already have, and the eighth seed in the weak Eastern Conference isn't a stretch.
The Cavaliers finished the season with a 19-63 record. Bringing in two top-tier talents should see an instant impact to the franchise.
Maybe they go out and add a couple of free agent pieces to the puzzle to help Irving and Kanter.
At 6'4" Irving has the size to be a dynamic point guard in the NBA. He can score the basketball but is a pure point guard.
He averaged 18 points, three rebounds and four assists in 11 games this season. His injury and lack of playing is a tiny concern but his skills remind me of Chris Paul.
Chad Ford has Jordan Hamilton being selected 16th to the Philadelphia 76ers.
I think Markieff Morris has a great chance of being selected by the 76ers with this pick. He will provide defense and rebounding; both are what the 76ers need.
Hamilton will be a solid selection if they do select him with their pick. He is a 6'9" small forward from Texas, who averaged 19 points and eight rebounds in his sophomore season.
He struggled in his freshman campaign with shot selection but has improved on that area drastically this past year.
The 76ers were a playoff team this year and Doug Collins will probably have them in the postseason again.
Chad Ford has Markieff Morris being selected 19th to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Markieff Morris is a better rebounder than his brother Marcus. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds in his junior season at Kansas.
His defense and rebounding ability is deserving of a mid-first round pick. I'm not sure if Ford is right on this one though. Philadelphia needs what Markieff provides; defense and rebounding. Throw in the fact that he is from Philadelphia and that seems like a solid selection.
Whether it is the 76ers or Bobcats, Morris will have a great shot of being on a playoff team.
The Bobcats finished three games out of the Eastern Conference Playoffs with a 34-48 record. The Eastern Conference is weak from top-to-bottom therefore teams like Charlotte have a shot at the postseason.
Chad Ford has Marcus Morris being selected ninth to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Marcus is the better scorer than his brother Markieff Morris.
He averaged 17 points and eight rebounds in his junior season at Kansas. Versatility is one of his major qualities as a 6'9" forward. He can score in the paint and from the perimeter.
Like I said in the previous slide, the Bobcats were close to the playoffs, even with the horrible record that they had, and adding two first-round picks could put them in contention.
Chad Ford currently has Jenkins being selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 30th pick.
Jenkins is a 6'3" guard from Hofstra. He averaged 23 points, three rebounds and five assists while shooting 43 percent from distance in his senior season.
He can both drive and shoot extremely well. His build gives him an advantage when driving the lane. Jenkins is from Queens, NY, so you would expect him to not only drive the basketball but finish as well.
Toughness is a quality that many New York players have in their blood and Jenkins is no different.
Chicago needs another big time scorer and Jenkins could both relieve Rose or play shooting guard.
Seeing how the Bulls did this season, I expect the same results next year and that is why Jenkins could be a perfect fit for 2012.
Nolan Smith is listed as a second round prospect by Chad Ford.
Smith was one of the best players in the country last season at Duke. He averaged 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in his senior season.
He could potentially be picked late in the first round by a team that will most likely be in the postseason. This would give him the opportunity to step in right away and contribute in the playoffs next year.
Smith is a combo-guard that likes to get to the bucket. He lacks consistency as a jump-shooter but has the leadership and desire you want in a player.
His ability to lock down guards is a quality that will be looked for late in the first round.
Chad Ford has Alec Burks being selected 10th to the Milwaukee Bucks.
He is a 6'6" shooting guard from Colorado that can beat you in many different ways offensively. He averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists a game this past season.
Burks has an inconsistent outside shot but he makes up for it with his ability to finish around the rim.
I think he may hold the highest upside in the NBA Draft.
Milwaukee finished two games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. They are just a few wins away from making it back to the postseason and Burks could help get them there.
Chad Ford has Josh Selby being selected 17th to the New York Knicks.
He is one the biggest risk/reward players in the NBA Draft because he did so little in his freshman season at Kansas. His upside is worth the risk in the middle of the first round.
The 6'3" guard averaged eight points, two rebounds and two assists coming off the bench. He does have an athletic body who loves to attack the basket. He has also shown the ability to hit from the perimeter.
There isn't a question about the Knicks making the playoffs next season so Selby could play a major role depending on how well he improves.
Chad Ford has Jimmer Fredette being selected 15th to the Indiana Pacers.
Indiana made the postseason with a 37-45 record this year. They played the Bulls tough in the first round.
Fredette could step into that situation and be a spark off the bench with his scoring ability.
Some may think that Fredette won't be a quality player in the NBA but I think he could have a solid career. That doesn't mean he will be an all-star but rather an instant offense type of player.
Who knows, maybe Fredette will be a starter by the end of the season and play an even bigger role.
He averaged 29 points three rebounds and four assists in his senior season at BYU. I love his leadership and high basketball IQ, both of which should help a playoff contender.