2011 NBA Draft

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting All 1st and 2nd Round Picks

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 20, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting All 1st and 2nd Round Picks

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houst
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    With the 2011 NBA draft coming up later this week, let's go through one last mock draft for both the first and second round and take an educated look at where each prospect might go. 

    The beginning of this draft seems to be fairly clear, but as soon as the lottery really gets going, the draft picture gets a little more murky. Muddy, not murky, may in fact be the best way to describe the potential pool of selections in the second round. 

    This draft class has gotten a reputation for being weak, but let's not discount it too much. While the top isn't as superstar-laden as normal, there are a lot of players in this class that could become valuable contributors down the road. 

    As the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat helped prove, contributors can be just as important as stars. 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by
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    Kyrie Irving, Point Guard, Duke Blue Devils

     

    One of the few sure things in the draft, Kyrie Irving needs to be the player that Cleveland selects with the first overall pick, especially because the 2012 NBA draft is expected to be quite forward-heavy at the top. 

    Despite only playing 11 games at the collegiate level, Irving is an incredibly talented point guard who will be able to immediately start for the Cavaliers. He's the first step to truly helping the unlucky city forget a certain royal member. 


2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts in the second half while taking on the Washington Huskies in the championship game of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 12,
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    Derrick Williams, Small Forward, Arizona Wildcats

     

    With Kyrie Irving off the board, the only logical choice here is Derrick Williams. 

    The forward from Arizona is a very good all-around player whose trademark is his incredible efficiency shooting the ball. 

    Minnesota could use Williams to pair up with Kevin Love, forming one of the most potent forward tandems in the league. 

    However, Williams and Michael Beasley have very similar roles, and the former could force the latter out. For that reason, and many others, the Timberwolves will be looking to trade this pick up until the last second. 

3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    Brandon Knight, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Kentucky Wildcats

     

    Brandon Knight has been thought to be the second-best point guard in the draft for quite some time now (or third-best, if you're a big Kemba Walker fan) and Utah doesn't really need a center. The Jazz are much more desperate for solid guard play. 

    That means that Utah is going to be looking at either Knight or Walker with the third overall pick. Right now, the consensus is that the Jazz will go with the score-first, pass-second guard from Kentucky.


4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter

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    Enes Kanter, Power Forward/Center, Turkey

     

    With the fourth pick in the draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers get to add a potential second future All-Star to their squad. 

    Enes Kanter may have been deemed worthy of the No. 1 overall pick if he didn't have problematic knees, but that concern has pushed him down the board a little. Actually, both that and the lack of competition for the last year since he was ruled ineligible at Kentucky have done the trick. 

    Regardless of the problems, the Turkish center is a ridiculously talented player, and pairing him with Irving could turn the franchise around. 


5. Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13:  Kemba Walker, guard for the Connecticut Huskies throws out the first pitch before the game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo
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    Kemba Walker, Point Guard, Connecticut Huskies

     

    Everyone and then some knows about Kemba Walker by now. You know, the guy who carried his team all the way through the Big East Conference tournament and then the NCAA Tournament en route to a championship in each. 

    With ridiculous speed and athleticism, Walker has a chance to go as high as No. 3, and the Raptors will be thrilled to see him fall this far. 


6. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely

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    Jan Vesely, Small Forward/Power Forward, Czech Republic

     

    Now ready to take his talents across the Atlantic Ocean from the Czech Republic to the NBA, Jan Vesely is a 6'11" small forward, so he's not exactly lacking in the size department. But he also has the skill to go along with the size.

    Most scouts are saying that he does, as Vesely is very athletic and not just a lanky, Shawn Bradley-esque big man. International picks are never exactly safe, though. 

    Washington will definitely be hoping that this one pans out. 

7. Sacramento Kings: Kawhi Leonard

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs dunks the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, Calif
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    Kawhi Leonard, Small Forward, San Diego State Aztecs

     

    With huge hands, athleticism and versatility, Kawhi Leonard made an impressive climb up draft boards after the NBA draft combine. If he falls past Washington at No. 6, which is a big if, there is no way he'll be skipped by the Kings as well. 

    Leonard is a do-everything forward from San Diego State who will have to improve his shooting to be anything other than a role player in the NBA. His legitimate inclusion in the top 10 is a true testament to just how weak this draft class is, though.


8. Detroit Pistons: Jonas Valanciunas

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    Jonas Valanciunas, Center, Lithuania

     

    The 18-year-old center still has a bit of work to do on his underdeveloped game before he's entirely ready to play in the big leagues, but his skills will be a great addition to the Pistons' system so they can look on with pride as he progresses. Having Ben Wallace as a mentor will be very useful, provided that a translator can bridge the language gap effectively.

    The Lithuanian big man is already 6'11", but he doesn't appear to be done growing yet and shows a lot of potential. Once more, no international pick is ever safe in the draft, but Valanciunas' ridiculously high ceiling outweighs the risks here. 


9. Charlotte Bobcats: Tristan Thompson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns walks off the court after their 70-69 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Pho
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    Tristan Thompson, Power Forward, Texas Longhorns

     

    From inside the paint, Tristan Thompson is unstoppable. But as soon as he steps foot outside the colored area, the power forward looks as though he's just had his pants pulled down at recess in front of the entire school. Hopefully, he'll eventually learn to change that.

    Thompson is very athletic and has high upside, especially if he's put in a situation where he can play with a guard that's good at distributing the ball. 


10. Milwaukee Bucks: Alec Burks

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes stands on the court against the Kansas State Wildcats during their quarterfinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2011 in Kan
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    Alec Burks, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Colorado Buffaloes

     

    It seems as though this has been one of the very few picks that has not changed from draft to draft, as everything still points towards the guard going to the Bucks. 

    Burks, a shooting guard from Colorado, is an incredibly talented, athletic scorer. He just needs to develop an outside shot to have a complete offensive game. 

    I've been calling Burks one of the biggest sleepers in the draft and thinking that he will be a steal no matter where he's drafted for quite some time now. 


11. Golden State Warriors: Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots over Kevin Smith #12 and Dan Geriot #41 of the Richmond Spiders during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in S
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    Marcus Morris, Small Forward/Power Forward, Kansas Jayhawks

     

    The more talented of the set of twins eligible to be drafted this year, Marcus Morris has moved up the boards to this current spot at No. 11. 

    Morris is a very physical forward with a soft shooting touch. He is about as NBA-ready as they come and should make an immediate impact with the Golden State Warriors if they do indeed draft him. This will be especially true on the defensive end of the floor, since he actually has some idea how to play at that end. 


12. Utah Jazz: Jimmer Fredette

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars warms up prior to their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    Jimmer Fredette, Point Guard, BYU Cougars

     

    I've definitely heard some Utah fans express their opinions and say that they'd rather not have the nation's leading scorer on their team for the 2011-2012 campaign, but it appears more and more likely that that will soon become a reality. 

    Fredette is a gifted scorer with questionable athleticism and defensive ability. In the end, though, the local hero may stay at home. 

13. Phoenix Suns: Klay Thompson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars looks on in the second half against the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 i
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    Klay Thompson, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Washington State Cougars

     

    A shooting guard with a Jimmer-like shot, Klay Thompson could flat-out score at the shooting guard position for the Washington State Cougars. 

    But questions about his maturity, thanks to marijuana-related charges, and speed, thanks to his lack of quickness, have dropped Thompson down the boards in the minds of quite a few scouts. Thompson could prove to be a steal for the Suns, though. 


14. Houston Rockets: Donatas Motiejunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania tries to get past Gordon Hayward of the United States defends during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centre on Jul
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    Donatas Motiejunas, Power Forward, Lithuania

     

    The seven-footer from Lithuania has a ton of potential, and he is fully aware of that fact. Unfortunately, though, sometimes Donatas Motiejunas gets a big head and thinks he's a bit better than he currently is.

    As soon as he lets his mental game catch up with his physical skills, Donatas Motiejunas has the ability to dominate no matter where he plays, much like Dirk Nowitzki. And as we all know, that is a huge compliment right now. 

    Motiejunas might not be the most sexy pick at the end of the lottery, but it's the smartest one. 


15. Indiana Pacers: Marshon Brooks

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    PROVIDENCE, RI - DECEMBER 04:  Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars drives for a shot attempt against the Rhode Island Rams at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on December 4, 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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    Marshon Brooks, Shooting Guard, Providence Friars

     

    One of the best scorers in the draft class, Marshon Brooks impressed quite a few people during the combine and may sneak into the lottery when it's all said and done.

    It's amazing that just a month ago, Brooks was considered a definite second-round pick. Just goes to show you what comparisons to people like Kobe Bryant can do for your stock. The scary thing is that I can see why the comparisons are being made. 

16. Philadelphia 76ers: Markieff Morris

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts to a play against the Boston University Terriers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by T
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    Markieff Morris, Power Forward, Kansas Jayhawks

     

    It's a shame that Markieff Morris isn't going to go higher, because it will be quite some time before we get another opportunity to see the first pair of twins drafted in the same NBA Draft Lottery. 

    But, as it currently stands, this appears to be another near-certain pick. Philadelphia has expressed interest in Markieff, and he should be available here.

    Markieff has a higher ceiling than his brother, but he also has a lower floor because he has a very balanced game without any standout attributes. He should be an immediate contributor, though


17. New York Knicks: Bismack Biyombo

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    Bismack Biyombo, Center, Congo

     

    Talk about a meteoric rise up the ranks of the 2011 NBA draft class. 

    Bismack Biyombo went from unknown to highly coveted in just a few weeks, thanks to his defensive skills, 7'7" wingspan and triple-double at the Nike Hoops Summit. 

    He has the highest ceiling of any player in the draft, but Biyombo's offensive game is incredibly raw, and he is a rather risky selection. 

    Biyombo is the toughest player to predict in this draft because he could go as high as the top 10 or drop precipitously when everyone is too scared to take him, leaving him in the draft room longer than anyone else.

    There are even whispers that Cleveland could take him at No. 1, but I seriously doubt that. 


18. Washington Wizards: Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Tex
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    Chris Singleton, Small Forward/Power Forward, Florida State Seminoles

     

    The best defender in this draft class, Chris Singleton impressed plenty of people with his skills during the combine, just shortly after doing so throughout his collegiate career. 

    It's not easy to make an impression on defense during drills and low-intensity game simulations, but Singleton still managed to do so. He's unbelievably talented on that end of the floor. 

    Still, though, Singleton has a decent set of offensive skills and will not really be a liability there either. 


19. Charlotte Bobcats: Jordan Hamilton

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    GREENSBORO, NC - DECEMBER 18:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Greensboro Coliseum on December 18, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Jordan Hamilton, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Texas Longhorns

     

    One of the best scorers in this year's draft class, Jordan Hamilton can slash as well as he can shoot from outside. 

    The Charlotte Bobcats need a solid guard in this draft, and Hamilton is the best option that would fill that need. Well, that's if he's available this late, of course. 


20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins attempts a shot agaisnt the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 73-65. (P
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    Tyler Honeycutt, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, UCLA Bruins

     

    Inconsistent shooting at the combine caused people to question his skill, and then the subsequent worry dropped Tyler Honeycutt behind a whole bunch of other players. Fortunately for the guard's pride, though, he is still projected above former teammate Malcolm Lee. 

    Honeycutt is still very athletic and has all the tools necessary to be a successful guard in the NBA. Now he just has to put all the tools together in the same toolbox. 


21. Portland Trail Blazers: Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers lays the ball up in front of Stu Douglass #1 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Ar
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    Tobias Harris, Small Forward/Power Forward, Tennessee Volunteers

     

    Most of the positives being thrown around Tobias Harris right now have to do with his body, which now appears to be quite svelte thanks to cutting Swedish Fish from his diet. Unfortunately, most of the negatives have to do with his skillset, causing his draft stock to slip a bit. 

    Harris is a very good all-around player, though, who has a chance to make an impact in a lot of different ways. 


22. Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 17:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles looks on during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Kenneth Faried, Power Forward, Morehead State Eagles

     

    College basketball's all-time leading rebounder may not have any sort of offensive game to speak of, but his glass-cleaning abilities more than make up for that. This human version of windex has the one skill that translates most easily to the NBA. 

    Because of that, and his relentless motor and unstoppable energy and drive for the game, I can't help but think that Kenneth Faried is going to end up being quite a steal for the Denver Nuggets. 

23. Houston Rockets: Josh Selby

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Richmond Spiders at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated R
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    Josh Selby, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Kansas Jayhawks

     

    Josh Selby's immaturity is a major red flag and has kept him from going as high as his preseason lottery projections, but his talent is boosting him back up the boards. 

    Selby was very highly recruited by Kansas, but his collegiate career was nothing more than a sham, and he proved to have absolutely no loyalty to the Jayhawks. Hopefully the same will not be true in Houston.

    The Rockets would love to see him slip past New York. If that's the case, they'll be all that stands in between him and a dropoff to the second round. 


24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Darius Morris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Darius Morris #4 of the Michigan Wolverines moves the ball while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Darius Morris, Point Guard, Michigan Wolverines

     

    With a whole bunch of talented young players in place, I would expect for the Oklahoma City Thunder to abandon the concept of need and instead draft a player that they feel is simply more talented than all the others on the board. 

    Darius Morris is that very talented guard out of Michigan who was essentially the Wolverines' entire team at stretches during the 2010-2011 season. He can score and pass quite well. 


25. Boston Celtics: Trey Thompkins

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Trey Thompkins #33 of the Georgia Bulldogs dunks the ball in the first half while taking on the Washington Huskies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011
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    Trey Thompkins, Power Forward, Georgia Bulldogs

     

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Once a top-10 pick, Trey Thompkins has seen his stock fall quite a bit. 

    Thompkins is as talented as they come, but his lack of athleticism and poor work ethic have sent up too many red flags for a bunch of teams. Weighing in at the combine with 15.5 percent body fat, the highest such number of all 54 prospects, didn't help his case. 

    Boston could see Thompkins become a steal, though, if the veterans on the team get his head screwed on straight. 


26. Dallas Mavericks: Justin Harper

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders puts up a shot against Mario Little #23 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Anto
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    Justin Harper, Power Forward, Richmond Spiders

     

    Now that the versatile forward is done inspiring arachnophobia in his opponents while at Richmond, it's time for Justin Harper to work his magic with the defending champions. 

    Harper is both athletic and skilled and could make Mark Cuban's Mavericks even scarier right from the get-go next season. 

27. New Jersey Nets: Kyle Singler

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts while taking on the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charl
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    Kyle Singler, Small Forward, Duke Blue Devils

     

    Kyle Singler is good at everything, but isn't really great at anything, a characteristic which will keep him from going any higher than this spot when the draft rolls around on June 23.

    That said, he was a successful college star at a major program, and his floor appears to be a valuable end-of-the-rotation contributor. He's a relatively safe pick at this point in the selection process. 


28. Chicago Bulls: Shelvin Mack

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs with the ball while taking on Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston,
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    Shelvin Mack, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Butler Bulldogs

     

    Shelvin Mack is a great scorer, as he proved time after time during Butler's magical run to a second straight NCAA championship game, but he needs to work on his passing before he can be called one of the truly elite guards in this year's draft class. 

    The Bulls could use a viable backup for Derrick Rose, and this could very well be that guy. 


29. San Antonio Spurs: Davis Bertans

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    Davis Bertans, Small Forward, Latvia

     

    The tall Latvian forward may not look much like a basketball player, but he's an absolutely incredible shooter who will make an immediate impact in the league. 

    Davis Bertans only stayed in the draft because he received a guarantee that he would be drafted in the first round. Unfortunately, the team that promised this has not been revealed. We just know that it exists. 

30. Chicago Bulls: Reggie Jackson

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Reggie Jackson #0 of the Boston College Eagles moves the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Gr
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    Reggie Jackson, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Boston College Eagles

     

    The combo guard from Boston College is another player who has seen his stock soar like an eagle in recent days. 

    Reggie Jackson is a very balanced player with a ridiculously big wingspan. The only problem is that he lacks the upside that usually goes along with a first-round pick. 

    In this draft, that may be okay. 


31. Miami Heat: JaJuan Johnson

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: JaJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago, Il
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    JaJuan Johnson, Power Forward, Purdue Boilermakers

     

    JaJuan Johnson has everything you could want in an NBA player. It boggles my mind how the teams drafting players earlier in the draft aren't realizing this. But that just means that the Heat will find yet another draft day gem in the lanky Johnson. 


32. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jeremy Tyler

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    Jeremy Tyler, Power Forward/Center, United States

     

    After playing professionally in Israel, the immensely talented American big man is going to come back across the pond and make the leap to the NBA, hoping to demonstrate more maturity in the process. 


33. Detroit Pistons: Nikola Vucevic

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    DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16:  Nikola Vucevic #5 of the USC Trojans walks off the court after being defeated by the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Ph
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    Nikola Vucevic, Center, USC Trojans

     

    Some people said that Nikola Vucevic looked better than Enes Kanter during the combine, and that's quite a compliment for the center from Southern Cal. 


34. Washington Wizards: Nikola Mirotic

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    Nikola Mirotic, Small Forward/Power Forward, Montenegro

     

    Hailing from Montenegro and currently playing for Real Madrid (the basketball team, not the soccer team), Nikola Mirotic has a great skill set for a 6'10" forward and can shoot a jump shot as well as just about anyone in this draft. 

35. Sacramento Kings: Chandler Parsons

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26:  Chandler Parsons #25 of the Florida Gators shoots over Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orlea
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    Chandler Parsons, Small Forward, Florida Gators

     

    A jack of all trades and a master of none (except for avoiding combs), Chandler Parsons is still going to be a matchup nightmare when he makes the leap to the pros. 


36. New Jersey Nets: Travis Leslie

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Travis Leslie #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs misses a last second three-pointer that would have tied the game against the Washington Huskies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable A
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    Travis Leslie, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Georgia Bulldogs

     

    The most athletic player in the draft class also became the cockiest when he said that he wanted to be compared to someone better than the Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen, dropping him down some draft boards. But hey, it's only cocky if you can't back it up. 


37. Los Angeles Clippers: Malcolm Lee

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Malcolm Lee #3 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass the ball against the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 73-65.
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    Malcolm Lee, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, UCLA Bruins

     

    Lee is a big guard with a defensive orientation. He doesn't have the highest ceiling, but he's a relatively safe draft pick at this stage early in the second round.

38. Houston Rockets: Nolan Smith

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots against Terrell Bell #1 of the Virginia Tech Hokies as teammate Kyle Singler #12 looks on during the first half in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the
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    Nolan Smith, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Duke Blue Devils

     

    The best regular season college basketball player in 2010-2011, Nolan Smith still has to prove that he has the speed and strength necessary to be a successful guard in the NBA. 


39. Charlotte Bobcats: Iman Shumpert

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Iman Shumpert #1 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dribbles down the court during the second half of the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Co
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    Iman Shumpert, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

     

    The Georgia Tech point guard is a great scorer but still needs to improve both his passing and jump shooting before he's deemed a pure point guard. His athleticism is nothing short of outstanding, though. 

40. Milwaukee Bucks: Jordan Williams

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Jordan Williams #20 of the Maryland Terrapins looks on during the first half of the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on Mar
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    Jordan Williams, Power Forward, Maryland Terrapins

     

    Jordan Williams probably should have returned for one more year at Maryland, but now he'll have to settle for developing his post moves while riding the pine in Milwaukee after being drafted in the second round. 


41. Los Angeles Lakers: Norris Cole

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    MIAMI - MARCH 20:  Guard Norris Cole #30 (R) of the Cleveland State University Vikings takes a shot over  guard L.D. Williams #42 (L) of Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Ai
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    Norris Cole, Point Guard, Cleveland State Vikings

     

    One of the nation's leading scorers thanks to his 21.7 points per game during his senior season at Cleveland State, Norris Cole will be able to make an immediate offensive impact for whichever team drafts him, especially if it's the Lakers with aging Derek Fisher ahead of him in the depth chart. 


42. Indiana Pacers: Jon Leuer

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jon Leuer #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after being called for a foul against the Butler Bulldogs during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New O
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    Jon Leuer, Power Forward, Wisconsin Badgers

     

    A bit of a hard player to figure out, Jon Leuer is a very tall forward with a better three-point shot than set of post moves. He'll find his niche on an NBA roster, but it might be hard for him to consistently crack a rotation. 


43. Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler

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    CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: Jimmy Butler #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles dunks the ball against the Xavier Musketeers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Phot
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    Jimmy Butler, Small Forward, Marquette Golden Eagles

     

    Once homeless during his teenage years, Jimmy Butler now has a chance to be a true second-round steal. The former Golden Eagle is a terrific defender and a very efficient offensive player. 

44. Golden State Warriors: Rick Jackson

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    CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: Rick Jackson #00 of the Syracuse Orange handles the ball against Chris Otule #42 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland,
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    Rick Jackson, Power Forward, Syracuse Orange

     

    Rick Jackson is a high-energy player with a good all-around game. He doesn't really excel at any one skill, and he'll have to learn a new system after running Jim Boeheim's defensive zone at Syracuse, but he has potential. 

45. New Orleans Hornets: Andrew Goudelock

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 01:  Andrew Goudelock #10 of the College of Charleston passes the ball in the 2011 Reese's College All-Star Game after practice for the 2011 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 1, 2
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    Andrew Goudelock, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Charleston Cougars

     

    A great scorer out of the College of Charleston, Andrew Goudelock needs to work on his passing skills to become a true point guard, but there is no doubt that he can put the ball in the basket. He's a bit of an unknown player thanks to the Cougars' lack of success, but that should soon change. 

46. Los Angeles Lakers: Bojan Bogdanovic

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    Bojan Bogdanovic, Shooting Guard, Serbia

     

    If there's any team that could take a chance on a project player, it would be the Lakers. The lanky, athletic, offensively skilled Serbian guard is definitely a player that falls into that category right now. 

47. Los Angeles Clippers: Charles Jenkins

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    Charles Jenkins, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Hofstra Pride

     

    A tremendous shooting combo guard from Hofstra, Charles Jenkins rose up draft boards thanks to a great showing at the combine. It's time to see if he can take it to the next level. 


48. Atlanta Hawks: Keith Benson

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Keith Benson #34 of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies goes up for a shot against Alexis Wangmene #20 of the Texas Longhorns during the second round game of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tuls
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    Keith Benson, Center, Oakland Golden Grizzlies

     

    An offensively gifted center from Oakland, Keith Benson has a lot of work left to do on the defensive side of the court before any team will be able to justify giving him consistent minutes. 


49. Memphis Grizzlies: Malcolm Thomas

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Malcolm Thomas #4 of the San Diego State Aztecs goes up for the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim,
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    Malcolm Thomas, Power Forward, San Diego State Aztecs

     

    A rather recent inclusion in many mock drafts, the second player drafted out of San Diego State in this year's draft will be Malcolm Thomas, a power forward that has every tool except for a consistent jump shot at this stage in his career. 


50. Philadelphia 76ers: Demetri McCamey

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Demetri McCamey #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini takes a shot over Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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    Demetri McCamey, Point Guard, Illinois Fighting Illini

     

    Thanks to one of the best showings at the combine and a lot of hype afterwards, Demetri McCamey, a senior point guard for Illinois, is now being thought of as one of the better pure point guards in the draft. 


51. Portland Trail Blazers: Cory Joseph

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Cory Joseph #5 of the Texas Longhorns drives with the ball against Ilija Milutinovic #50 of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa,
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    Cory Joseph, Point Guard, Texas Longhorns

     

    Cory Joseph doesn't look like he belongs on the same floor as the other guards, and the point guard from Texas' draft stock fell accordingly to the point where he may not even be drafted if some team isn't willing to take a flyer on him. He should've stayed in school another year. 


52. Denver Nuggets: Jereme Richmond

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Jereme Richmond #22 of the Illinois Fighting Illini shoots over Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/
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    Jereme Richmond, Small Forward/Power Forward, Illinois Fighting Illini

     

    A very raw freshman from Illinois, Jereme Richmond has yet to put it all together but could be very good when he finally does. This is a high-risk, high-reward pick for the Nuggets. 

53. Orlando Magic: David Lighty

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 13:  David Lighty #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the championship game of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind
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    David Lighty, Shooting Guard, Ohio State Buckeyes

     

    David Lighty was the prototypical glue guy for the Ohio State Buckeyes and should be able to serve the same role on any NBA team, making him quite valuable despite his limited upside. 


54. Cleveland Cavaliers: Greg Smith

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    Greg Smith, Power Forward/Center, Fresno State Bulldogs

     

    With huge hands capable of snatching the basketball out of the air like it's a tennis ball, Greg Smith is a very impressive physical specimen who will have to prove that he has the skills to back up the NBA body. 

55. Boston Celtics: DeAndre Liggins

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  DeAndre Liggins #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas
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    DeAndre Liggins, Shooting Guard, Kentucky Wildcats

     

    Most people thought that it would be Terrence Jones, not DeAndre Liggins, who would be the second drafted player from Kentucky in 2011, but once Jones dropped out, that honor was left to the talented 6'6" shooting guard. 


56. Los Angeles Lakers: Matthew Bryan-Amaning

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Matthew Bryan-Amaning #11 of the Washington Huskies lays the ball up while taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 i
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    Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Power Forward, Washington Huskies

     

    One of the most athletic players available at any point during the draft, Matthew Bryan-Amaning needs for his basketball skills to catch up to his physical ones in order for the Lakers to be able to justify taking the former Washington Husky. 


57. Dallas Mavericks: Chris Wright

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 01: Chris Wright #33 of the Dayton Flyers celebrates a basket against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2010 NIT Championship Game at Madison Square Garden on April 1, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Chris Wright, Small Forward/Power Forward, Dayton Flyers

     

    Nicknamed "Top Flight," Chris Wright has incredible athleticism and a very high ceiling. The only problem is that he has significant work to do on his passing...and shooting...and ball handling...and, well, everything on offense. 


58. Los Angeles Lakers: E'twaun Moore

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    INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Guard E'Twaun Moore #33 of the Purdue Boilermakers takes a shot against the Northwestern Wildcats during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indian
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    E'twaun Moore, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Purdue Boilermakers

     

    A very talented guard from Purdue, E'twaun Moore is a prolific scorer with passing skills to boot. Concerns about his athleticism and size are the only things keeping him from going much earlier in the second round. 


59. San Antonio Spurs: Scotty Hopson

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Scotty Hopson #32 of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts during their game against the Florida Gators in the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin
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    Scotty Hopson, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Tennessee Volunteers

     

    Will the magical powers of the flat-top carry over from Knoxville to San Antonio? Only time will tell, but the athletic tweener from Tennessee can score in bunches thanks to his size and athleticism. 


60. Sacramento Kings: Isaiah Thomas

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Isaiah Thomas #2 of the Washington Huskies reacts in the second half while taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 i
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    Isaiah Thomas, Point Guard, Washington Huskies

     

    The smallest player in the draft is also one of the guys with the biggest vertical jumps. Isaiah Thomas needs every inch of elevation to make up for his 5'10" frame, but his athleticism will get him drafted before David Stern steps off the stage in 2011. 


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