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NBA Draft 2011: 5 Most Overhyped Prospects on the Draft Big Board

John BurkeContributor IJune 15, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: 5 Most Overhyped Prospects on the Draft Big Board

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars walks off of the court rejected after their 74 to 83 loss to the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on Ma
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    The draft is little more than a week away. On June 23rd, we will finally find out where all the players will fall.

    As the draft approaches, executives will begin to take a closer look at their needs. Drafting a player is a huge choice, that if not done correctly can affect a team for many years (I'm looking at you Minnesota).

    And the 2011 draft is filled with players who are surrounded by question marks. 

    Here is five players GM's will want to scrutinize even further before they are drafted.

Jimmer Fredette

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars reacts during their 74 to 83 loss to the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    Jimmer Fredette was a great college player. There is no debating that. 

    But his ability to make an impact in the NBA is a massive question mark at this point. 

    He is too small to do much in the paint, and his defense is suspect at best. For those reasons, it is not likely Fredette will become the star many predict. 

    Instead, his best bet would be to find a niche as a role player. 

Jan Vesely

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    Like all big men to come out of Europe, Jan Vesely is being touted as the next Dirk Nowitzki. 

    Uh, lets not get ahead of ourselves. 

    To be in the same realm as Dirk, Vesely needs to do many things. 

    First, he needs to put a little muscle on his frame. 

    Then, Vesely needs to develop a game away from the hoop and work on his consistency from behind the arch. 

    And until those things happen, Vesely does not deserve all the hype. 

Kyrie Irving

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils lays the ball up against the Hampton Pirates during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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    In this draft, Kyrie Irving is the best available. While it is no guarantee, Irving is as close to a "lock" as possible in 2011. 

    After only playing 11 games for Duke last season, Irving is known more for his injuries than his play.

    His offensive isn't great and his passing is lacking. Irving can be a solid point guard in the league, but he will not be in the top three.

Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Richmond Spiders at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated
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    Marcus Morris is a solid player, don't get me wrong. He has a solid jumper and a refined inside game. 

    Morris' problem lies in his size. 

    I simply do not see what position he can play. He is too undersized to play power forward in the NBA.

    Yet, Morris does not possess the speed to play small forward. 

    I believe Morris will contribute in the NBA, I just don't believe he is as good as many seem to think. 

Enes Kanter

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    Enes Kanter has the most upside of any player in the draft.

    The problem?

    He is unproven. 

    While Kanter blew scouts away at the 2010 Nike Hoops Summit, the Summit is not a true test of basketball. It is an All-Star tournament, which does not necessarily prove basketball prowess.

    If Kanter had time to prove himself, he could easily be worth the hype.

    But for now, he does not deserve any of it. 

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