NBA Draft Order 2011: 3 Bold Predictions for Tonight's NBA Draft
NBA Draft Order 2011 Will Be In A Constant State of Flux During Tonight's Draft Proceedings
The 2011 NBA Draft takes place tonight, and there are a lot of rumors about what we can expect to see. Here's what we know for sure: The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 1 pick and they aren't going to trade it. Beyond that we really don't know anything.
The Minnesota Timberwolves want to get out of the No. 2 spot, but no one is making an offer good enough to push them down the ladder.
With all this uncertainty surrounding the draft, I am going to make three bold predictions that I expect to see this evening.
1) Jimmer Fredette will be a top 10 pick
I wouldn't take Jimmer in the top 10 if I were running a team, because he doesn't have a position and he doesn't play defense. With that said, he was the biggest star in college basketball last season, and fans will come to see him for at least a short period of time.
I think a team will trade up to get him, but he will go in the top 10.
2) Kemba Walker will fall out of the lottery
Walker had a great run in March, but he is undersized and doesn't have a defined position. Those sound like the same criticisms of Jimmer, because they are, but the shine really seems to be off him heading into the draft.
If Sacramento passes on him at 7, he is going to fall to Indiana at 15 or New York at 17.
3) Derrick Williams will NOT be the No. 2 pick
There is chatter, according to ESPN's Chad Ford, that Minnesota is looking hard at Enes Kanter. In Ford's most recent mock he still has Williams going No. 2, but I think that the Wolves have fallen in love with the potential of Kanter at the center position, and will make him the second overall pick.
There will probably be many shockers and stunners during tonight's draft, but these are the three biggest surprises that I am expecting from tonight's festivities.
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