NBA Draft 2011: Derrick Williams and the Top 10 Do-It-All Prospects
The 2011 NBA Draft may not be loaded with potential, but there is a lot of talent that will be valuable for teams at the next level.
The players on this list did a little bit of everything for their college team. Whether is was playing multiple positions or defending multiple positions, they did whatever the coach asked for.
These players were exceptional on the court at many things.
Here are the most versatile players in this year's draft.
Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA
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Tyler Honeycutt is a 6’8" wing player who can play shooting guard or small forward.
His best attribute is his defense. Even as a wing defender, he averaged better than two blocks a game for UCLA. He has quick feet and a long frame that denies his man slashing opportunities.
Honeycutt is an unselfish player who can make passes you wouldn’t expect from a swingman.
He moves well without the ball and is good at spotting up. His three-point shot improved his sophomore year, and he should be able to keep developing his jump shot.
An underrated aspect of his game is his rebounding ability—he averaged over seven boards a game.
David Lighty, Ohio State
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David Lighty, a fifth-year senior, seems like he has been at Ohio State forever. He is very mature and has one of the higher basketball IQs in the draft.
He has a shooting guard's body, but has enough skill to play the point when needed. Smaller defenders have a hard time with him, and he has the handle to take people off the dribble.
Lighty can effectively guard any position from point guard to small forward because he plays with great intensity. His intensity also helps him secure rebounds normal guards wouldn’t.
Along with his dribbling ability, he has improved his three-point shot every year at Ohio State. He lacks the upside, but with hard work he could be a mainstay on an NBA roster because of all he can do for a team.
Jordan Hamilton, Texas
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Jordan Hamilton is a strong small forward who can also play shooting guard if necessary.
He is good off the catch-and-shoot and possesses a quick release. A credit to his versatility, though, Hamilton is not solely a spot-up shooter; he can take defenders off the dribble and has a nice pull-up jump shot.
Hamilton would thrive best in an up-tempo-style offense because he is a great finisher in the open court. He is also a pesky defender when he commits himself.
Kyle Singler, Duke
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Kyle Singler could have left Duke after his junior year when they won the national championship, but he chose to stay another year.
He has one of the highest basketball IQs of any player in this draft, and uses it well to negate his lack of athleticism.
He scores in all different fashions. He can post up small defenders and is capable of driving to the basket when a defender falls asleep.
He can knock down the outside shot with consistency, and can create spacing using head fakes and ball fakes. He is most comfortable spotting up and shooting, though.
Marcus Morris, Kansas
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Marcus Morris has been a standout at Kansas ever since he stepped on campus. He is slightly better than his twin brother, Markieff, but both are still very good prospects.
Marcus is a physical player who spent time playing the 3, 4, and 5 while in college. He is powerful enough to back people down, but savvy enough to use subtle moves to create space when facing the basket.
He has range to step out to the thee-point line, but is good at taking contact around the rim. He is an explosive finisher who also thrives in pick-and-pop situations.
Kansas coach Bill Self called Marcus the best all-around player he has ever coached.
Markieff Morris, Kansas
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Markieff Morris is an efficient player who doesn’t need a lot of minutes to be productive. He only averaged 24 minutes a night at Kansas, but still averaged double digits in points and eight rebounds.
He is a natural power forward, but does have enough skill to play the small forward position. He shoots above 40 percent from three-point range, and is excellent in the pick-and-pop.
He doesn’t demand the ball, which makes him even more dangerous. He plays a smart game and doesn’t force things that aren’t there.
If he is at the 3 position, he will easily take advantage of a smaller defender on offense and on the boards. If playing the 4, he will cause matchup problems because of his ability to play offense so far away from the basket.
Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech
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Iman Shumpert was an excellent college player at Georgia Tech. He can do everything on the court offensively. In one game against Virginia Tech this year, he posted 22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and seven steals.
At 6’5", he carries a 6’9" wingspan and is incredibly athletic. At the NBA combine, he posted a 42” vertical leap.
He is a bit tall for a point guard, but can run an offense flawlessly. His size would be a mismatch nightly for point guards, even at the NBA level.
He gets up and down the court within seconds, and is great in transition. Also, Shumpert is a good slasher who uses his muscular frame to absorb contact without letting it affect his shot.
An added bonus about Shumpert: he is already a lock-down defender, which should keep him on an NBA roster until he proves himself offensively.
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
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Kawhi Leonard is a go-to player who doesn’t dominate the ball. He is content with the garbageman duties on the court, and will wait for easy opportunities to present themselves.
He hits the boards with intensity, especially on offense. His high motor is a valuable asset when things are not going his way.
He can guard multiple positions on the court, and can take advantage of small defenders. He has great court vision to find open teammates to go along with his superb driving ability.
Alec Burks, Colorado
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Alec Burks is the best combo guard in this year’s draft by far.
He is 6’6" with a 6’10" wingspan, and can play the point with great efficiency. He has great ball-handling skills that allow him to get to the basket consistently.
His athleticism lets him get to the rim and finish fluently with either hand, even with contact. He also shoots above 80 percent from the free throw line and gets there eight times a night.
Burks does well with the ball in his hands, but can also play without the ball. He is explosive in transition and can create for others as well.
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Derrick Williams is a hybrid forward who can take advantage of anyone guarding him.
If you put a power forward on him he can use his speed, handles, and athleticism to blow by him or keep him off balance. Also, his shooting range will draw power forwards farther from the bucket than they are used to defending.
A small forward virtually doesn’t stand a chance against him. If Williams can’t get by him with his ball handling, he can certainly post him up to draw double teams and fouls.
His versatility has him as a guaranteed top pick in the draft. Once he adjusts to the NBA game, he should be a star for years to come.