NBA Draft 2011 Rankings: The Top 5 Players at Every Position

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NBA Draft 2011 Rankings: The Top 5 Players at Every Position
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NBA draft news is generally more haphazard than a typical day at the New York Stock Exchange during a recession, and this information is generally symbolic of the rising and falling stock of the players who will heat their names called Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Take Monday, for example. League sources told ESPN's Ric Bucher that the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to select Duke point guard Kyre Irving first overall, but later that day, a source close to the situation told ESPN's Andy Katz that the Cavs were still undecided.

Seven-foot Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, who was being projected to the Cleveland Cavaliers at fourth overall in recent mock drafts, may not be headed to the NBA at all next season. ESPN's Chad Ford tweeted that Valanciunas is close to a buyout agreement with his Lithuanian club team, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, but such an agreement would still not let him play in the NBA next season.

Those are just two of the stories playing out this weekend, as Bismack Biyombo's fall and Marshon Brooks' meteoric rise also made headlines.

However, let's take a step back and focus on the players one day before draft night. Who are the top five players at each position—postseason, post-interviews, post-workouts? Let's take a look.

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