2011 NBA Mock Draft: Breaking Down Chad Ford's Latest Mock Draft 6.0

Broox AndersonCorrespondent IIIJune 21, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Breaking Down Chad Ford's Latest Mock Draft 6.0

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    As we reach the "just a few more days away" mark of the 2011 NBA Draft, fanatics' fingertips everywhere are raging across their keyboards in search of mock drafts, breaking news, updates and scandalous rumors.

    Recent workouts and interviews spanning the nation have slapped themselves on the face of countless team-owned websites, and the highest-caliber draftees seem to be voicing—either vocally or by their actions—who they want to play for next season.

    The following slides examine the latest in all things NBA Draft and give us a rising hope (or slight disappointment) toward our own coveted teams.

    Read on.

     

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG (Duke)

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    1. Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving.

    Cavs' management is reportedly still in debate over drafting Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams with the first overall pick, even after allegedly committing to Irving earlier today.

    When all is said and done, I believe coach Byron Scott will have the last say. Scott has voiced his adoration of Irving, adding that the former Dukie PG compares to Chris Paul (who he coached while with the New Orleans Hornets) both on and off the court. Scott also complimented Irving on his maturity and his honest physique of 6'3" and 190 lbs.

    Another point to be made about Irving is his ability to make an entire team better as a whole, versus Derrick Williams' solo act (which is arguably better than Irving's by a wide margin).

    If the Cavaliers by some work of voodoo craft select Williams first overall, then this mock draft has almost no certainty or validity to it, and the drafting order will change dramatically.

    In the end though, I believe the Cavaliers will end up with Irving on their roster.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "Two days before the draft, the Cavs are still claiming they haven't made up their mind. ESPN's Ric Bucher reported the Cavs had settled on Irving on Monday, but while the report was running on the ticker, owner Dan Gilbert was meeting with Derrick Williams in Cleveland.

    "While sources continue to point toward Irving's being the No. 1 pick, Williams' camp is holding out hope that it has a chance. Could the Cavs still have concerns about Irving's toe? Or are they worried that at No. 4 they can't get a solid big man?"

2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, SF/PF (Arizona)

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    2. Minnesota Timberwolves select Derrick Williams.

    GM David Kahn has quite a vibrant history of doing unpredictable things, whether it be on draft day, through trades, etc.

    Last season, Minnesota traded forward Al Jefferson to the Utah Jazz in return for virtually a thank-you note and a box of stale crackers (AKA center Kosta Koufos and second-round draft picks). 

    This year I believe the T'wolves will pass on much-needed center Enes Kanter and draft Derrick Williams on the basis of talent and potential. Everyone knows the flaws it would bring to Minnesota's frontcourt, so I won't bother to elaborate on that behalf.

    ESPN stated the T'wolves' assistant GM has reported they will be keeping the No. 2 overall pick, thus far.

3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, PG (Kentucky)

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    3. Utah Jazz select Brandon Knight.

    Knight holds on to the third overall spot and is selected by the Utah Jazz. He brings a lot of very good traits to the already-talented Jazz roster, but nothing extraordinary. Some are even going as far to compare him to Devin Harris, the Jazz's starting point guard.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "The Jazz have had virtually every prospect in the draft come in for a workout. It doesn't sound like they are in love with anyone at No. 3. Knight and Kemba Walker are both possibilities if the Jazz go with a guard. Big men Enes Kanter and Jan Vesely also are getting a look here.

    "I'm hearing there's a slight preference for Knight right now, but truthfully it sounds like all four players are still in the mix at No. 3."

4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, PF/C (Kentucky/Turkey)

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    4. Cleveland Cavaliers select Enes Kanter.

    In the Euro-leagues, Kanter averaged more than 18 points and 16 rebounds; granted that was a few years ago and not at the NBA level of competition.

    Kanter has a surprisingly smooth jump shot and deep range though.

    Cleveland needs a big, athletic, skilled center to pair up with their previous selection, Kyrie Irving. If Kanter is still on the board at this point, there's no way the Cavaliers pass him up unless Jonas Valanciunas reaches a buyout agreement with his team.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "We had Jonas Valanciunas in this position last week. But on Monday, we reported that Valanciunas' buyout with his team in Lithuania would prohibit him from coming to the NBA next season.

    "The Cavs love Valanciunas, but do they love him enough to draft him even if he won't be coming to the NBA next season? I doubt it at No. 4. The Cavs have been exploring a number of trade possibilities to move down a few spots in the draft. If they stay here, I think Kanter is their guy."

5. Toronto Raptors: Jan Vesely, SF (Czech Republic)

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    5. Toronto Raptors select Jan Vesely.

    The Raptors grab another international big and pair him up with Andrea Bargnani. Hopefully, Vesely will turn out great and be on highlight reels every night!

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "Bryan Colangelo saw both Vesely and Bismack Biyombo this past weekend in New York. Biyombo is a much bigger leap of faith at No. 5 than Vesely is. Kemba Walker and Kawhi Leonard are in the mix as well. But Vesely has been the favorite for a while, and I think he still is."

6. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard, SF (San Diego)

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    6. Washington Wizards select Kawhi Leonard.

    The Wiz currently have studs John Wall and JaVale McGee on the roster, but need to add a small forward in an attempt to build an Oklahoma City Thunder-esque team and accent current players on the team.

    Kawhi Leonard would benefit insurmountably with John Wall at the point. Leonard could turn out to be a Ronnie Brewer-type player, slashing to the rim and slamming it home off nice passes from Wall. Leonard also has the ability to knock down open jumpers and slide that extra pass to McGee for the jam.

    Wizards fans should be excited, as their team has an opportunity to build a new, young, contending team.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "The Wizards need rebounding and would love it if Enes Kanter was still on the board. They also have been huge fans of Vesely and would jump at the chance to take him here. But if they're both off the board, this pick comes down to Leonard, Tristan Thompson and Klay Thompson.

    "It might be a tough call for the Wizards, but the smart money is on Leonard. The Wizards have been all over him all year. He's tough, he's versatile and if he ever learns to really shoot the basketball ... watch out."

7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, PG (UConn)

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    7. Sacramento Kings select Kemba Walker.

    Luckily, the Kings get another option at point guard instead of Jimmer Fredette.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "This becomes a tough call if Kawhi Leonard is off the board. The Kings need help at both small forward and the point. The only other small forward to really consider here is Chris Singleton. The Kings do like him, but he might be a reach at No. 7.

    "Of the point guards left on the board, the Kings can choose between Walker and Jimmer Fredette. Walker might be the safer pick. He's a leader, he can play right now and he brings toughness and character. But I'm not sure he's the best fit.

    "Fredette, as we've been writing for the past three weeks, is the dark horse here. The Maloof brothers love him, he's probably a better fit in the Kings' backcourt than Walker and the fans in Sacramento would love him. Also don't count out Alec Burks. Sources say he had a terrific workout in Sacramento, and the Kings think he could be a point guard at the next level. He's a long shot but worth mentioning here."

8. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, PF (Congo)

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    8. Detroit Pistons select Bismack Biyombo.

    Mystery-man Bismack Biyombo is projected to be selected eighth overall by the Pistons. Somewhat shocking...

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "We've had the Pistons taking Valanciunas the past few weeks, but with Valanciunas now planning on returning to Europe for another year, I don't think the Pistons will take the chance. With Kemba Walker also off the board, the Pistons are down to two prospects -- Biyombo and Tristan Thompson.

    "Thompson has upside, but from what I can gather, the team is still very high on Biyombo. The Pistons know how to develop a defensive stopper like this. This pick might come down to what happens at Tuesday's workout between Thompson and Biyombo."

9. Charlotte Bobcats: Marcus Morris, SF/PF (Kansas)

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    9. Charlotte Bobcats select Marcus Morris.

    Marcus Morris provides a good all-around game, but nothing that makes him stand out. The Bobcats could go a number of different ways here.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "The Bobcats have a number of needs, but sources say they are prioritizing taking a veteran college player who can contribute right away. It sounds as though the team is down to Morris, Chris Singleton, Klay Thompson and Alec Burks here. Morris might be the least sexy player of the group, but he might be the safest."

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Klay Thompson, SG (Washington State)

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    10. Milwaukee Bucks select Klay Thompson.

    Mychal's kid, Klay, is projected to be picked up by the needy Bucks.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "I think this pick likely comes down to Thompson and Alec Burks. They play the same position but have different strengths. Thompson is a shooter; Burks is a slasher.

    "With the Bucks telling me pretty strongly that they're holding on to Brandon Jennings as their point guard, and with the team making a strong drive to get back in the playoffs, I think Thompson is a better fit."

11. Golden State Warriors: Alec Burks, SG (Colorado State)

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    11. Golden State Warriors select Alec Burks.

    This pick is more than likely based off of the "best player available" rule, as the Warriors are in serious need of big players, not another shooting guard.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "Jerry West is a fan of Klay Thompson and likely will select him if he's still on the board. But if he's off the board, Burks is a real possibility here. The Warriors' backcourt is undersized with Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis together.

    "Burks brings size and athletic ability to the table as a third guard or, if the Warriors end up trading Ellis, a potential lead guard down the road."

12. Utah Jazz: Chris Singleton, SF (Florida State)

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    12. Utah Jazz select Chris Singleton.

    The Jazz pick up a much needed, lock-down perimeter defender in Chris Singleton.


    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "We've had Singleton here for weeks, and we're not moving him unless the Jazz draft a forward with the No. 3 pick. With Andrei Kirilenko heading into free agency, the Jazz are going to want a defensive stopper who can guard multiple positions.

    "Tristan Thompson, Jimmer Fredette and Alec Burks are all possibilities here, too."

13. Phoenix Suns: Tristan Thompson, PF (Texas)

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    13. Phoenix Suns select Tristan Thompson.

    The Suns bring in Tristan Thompson with the 13th overall pick.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "The Suns are in that awkward spot between pushing for the playoffs and rebuilding. Suns president Lon Babby says the team will be emphasizing defense, and Thompson could be a solid direction to go.

    "Thompson is one of the best offensive rebounders in the draft and fits a major need for the Suns on their front line. I'm hearing two other defensive-minded players -- Kenneth Faried and Iman Shumpert -- are in the mix at No. 13 as well."

14. Houston Rockets: Jonas Valanciunas, C (Lithuania)

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    14. Houston Rockets select Jonas Valanciunas.

    A long-term replacement for Yao Ming?

    If Valanciunas does in fact fall this far in the pecking order, be assured that the Rockets will almost surely pick him up.

     

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "Could the Rockets really score Valanciunas this low in the draft? Maybe. If Valanciunas isn't able to come to the NBA, a number of teams will feel pressure to draft players who can help right away. There's a chance the Bobcats, Bucks or Warriors will take him. But it's just a chance.

    "However, I doubt Valanciunas will slide any further than this. The Rockets really need a center, and Valanciunas, in the long run, is worthy of a lottery pick. Nikola Vucevic also is a real possibility here."

     

     


Honorable Mentions

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    Honorable Mentions

    15. Indiana Pacers: Jimmer Fredette, PG (BYU)

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "The Pacers could go a number of ways here, but for the fourth straight week, I think Fredette will be their man. In the meantime, the odds are growing stronger that the Kings, Jazz or Suns will take him first.

    "There also are teams such as the Knicks who are trying to move ahead of the Jazz at No. 12 to get him. So there's a good chance Fredette will be off the board when the Pacers draft, but if he's here, he'll be very hard to pass on. Tristan Thompson and Markieff Morris also are serious options here if both are still on the board."

     

    16. 76ers">Philadelphia 76ers: Jordan Hamilton, SF (Texas)

    Chad Ford's Notes:

    "The Sixers need size, but they also need shooting. With Andre Iguodala on the trading block, don't be surprised to see them grab Hamilton.

    "His ability to shoot the ball from range, combined with solid rebounding ability, could make him a surprise pick for Philly. Nikola Vucevic, Donatas Motiejunas and Markieff Morris are also possibilities here."

     

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