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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Up to Draft Derrick Williams

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Up to Draft Derrick Williams
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When LeBron James left Cleveland, he created a figurative crater of epic proportions. Losing the best player in the league left the Cleveland Cavaliers with no scoring, no dynamic offensive talent and, most importantly, no leadership.

If one is forced to think of one positive outcome of LeBron leaving Cleveland, it's that Cleveland was bound to have a streak of good karma.

That good karma manifested itself when the Cavaliers turned a midseason deal with the Los Angeles Clippers into the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Cavaliers will look to capitalize even further on that good karma by dealing with the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Completing such a deal would give Cleveland the opportunity to draft the only "sure things" in the draft, cerebral Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and crazy-athletic Arizona forward Derrick Williams.

The rookie duo would give the rebuilding Cavaliers an instant boost and would help rally the already passionate city around the new core.

After LeBron left, Dan Gilbert guaranteed Cleveland a championship before LeBron. Seeing the Miami Heat progress, this season, Gilbert better get started if he wants to make good on that promise.

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