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2011 NBA Draft: Five Dark Horse ROY Candidates
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After many evaluations of this year's draft class, the consensus has been that there are two elite talents, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams, and the rest are merely average prospects.

While this may end up being true, there are still a few players that have the talent and ability to post solid rookie season numbers.

If drafted by Cleveland, Irving is destined to be its starting point guard of the future, but will he slide into that spot at the start of the season? Will he have to fight for minutes with Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions?

If drafted by Minnesota, Derrick Williams will be thrown into a tough situation where he will be fighting for minutes among Minnesota's other "tweeners," including Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Martell Webster. 

While both are still likely to get good minutes and produce at a higher rate than most of their fellow draft class, there are a few players that could challenge them for Rookie of the Year, especially if drafted to the right team. 

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