2011 NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams—Who's Going No. 1?

Nick OddContributor IJune 18, 2011

Kyrie Irving Freshman Duke Blue Devils
Kyrie Irving Freshman Duke Blue DevilsHarry How/Getty Images

With the 2011 NBA Draft approaching there are only two players in my opinion that can go first overall in this year's draft. The two are Derrick Williams of Arizona University and Kyrie Irving of Duke University. Let's compare the two. 

Williams has the experience edge of the two, but Irving has the quickness and speed aspect. In the NBA, I think Irving will be a better player, but for this young Cavaliers ball club they need a potent scorer and someone who could match up against a LeBron James or Dwyane Wade in crunch time of a game. 

With the draft nearing, the Cavaliers are still unsure about who they want to select and build their franchise around in the upcoming years. With Kyrie Irving not going to the NBA Combine, that shows me that he just thinks him going No. 1 is a deadlock pick. 

Derrick Williams was impressive at the combine and to me he is the most NBA-ready in this year's draft. Don't get me wrong—Kyrie Irving is a terrific point guard and in the games he played at Duke his freshman year he averaged 17.5 points per game and 4.3 assists per game and had great stats. He knows how to get the job done. 

I think the Cavaliers take Williams here because he to me can turn this franchise around the fastest out of everybody in the draft and can make people around him better. Derrick Williams had 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game at Arizona.

I like Williams' game—how he can stretch the floor with his shooting ability and rebounds like a 7-footer. In the NBA, you need a superstar who can cover the other team's superstar and get you a stop in crunch time, which Derrick Williams can do. He can also get you that late bucket when needed. The Cavaliers need somebody who will make an immediate impact, which this guy will make in a short period of time. 

If this pick happens June 23, then this pick will turn the franchise around in a positive way and increase the win total for the Cavaliers by eight to 10 games.

The first pick in the 2011 draft, in my opinion, has to be Derrick Williams because he is a way better basketball player in every aspect of the game offensively and defensively.

Williams reminds me of a David West in the fact that he has a nice outside touch and a good post game. Irving reminds me of two players, Steve Nash and Chris Paul. He has playmaking abilities like Chris Paul and Steve Nash and is good in the paint like Nash.