NBA Draft 2011: Kyrie Irving Tops John Hollinger's Player Rater
Duke point guard Kyrie Irving is the "one sure thing" in the 2011 NBA Draft, according to ESPN's John Hollinger.
Irving is the highest-rated player in the draft. A rating of 15 on the player rater is considered elite. At 15.21, Irving's rating puts him in the same category as current NBA superstars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.
Irving's rating is the second highest rating for a point guard since the rater's inception in 2002, trailing just Paul's 15.28.
Arizona's Derrick Williams and Texas' Tristan Thompson are No. 2 and No. 3 on Hollinger's rater, respectively.
Thompson is a surprise here, as he currently sits at No. 16 in Chad Ford's mock draft. We'll see if Hollinger's rating affects Ford's final mock draft, which will probably be published Wednesday.
Other players of interest in Hollinger's top 60 are Enes Kanter (No. 6) Kemba Walker (No. 7) and Jimmer Fredette (No. 22).
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