The 2011 NBA Draft is all set to take place on Thursday, June 23, in what will undoubtedly be one of the most important non-game days of the year.
At stake are the futures of many teams because, as we have seen throughout the years, a team's draft selections have the potential to make or break the franchise.
So at this point, in the hours before the draft, how are things looking?
Well, the following mock draft will seek to answer that question, pairing teams with players for all 60 picks of the draft.
After a mediocre freshman season at Illinois, Jereme Richmond opted to declare for the 2011 NBA Draft.
And while his skills appeared to be less than impressive, he has proven to be a top-tier athlete.
Consequently, the 6'7" wing would definitely be a good gamble for the Sacramento Kings at No. 60.
Ben Hansbrough managed to put together a standout campaign in the 2010-11 NCAA season, before he and his Notre Dame squad ultimately flared out.
However, his game may not exactly be suited for the NBA since he is basically a 6'3" combo guard, and he isn't a standout athlete.
Nevertheless, Hansbrough still has the type of skill-set which the San Antonio Spurs often find attractive, and consequently, he would be a great fit at No. 59.
DeAndre Liggins played an essential role in Kentucky's deep NCAA Tournament run, providing defense, athleticism and even occasionally some scoring.
And while his offense still could use some work, the 6'7" wing's length and athleticism should allow him to contribute immediately on D at the next level.
Consequently, a team like the Los Angeles Lakers could certainly scoop up Liggins with the No. 58 pick, where they would likely use him as a situational defender.
In his fourth year on the Washington Huskies, Matthew Bryan-Amaning finally emerged as a legitimate NBA prospect.
However, standing 6'10", 232 pounds, and with impressive length and athleticism, Bryan-Amaning has always looked like an NBA player.
This past season, though, he honed some of his still-largely-unrefined skills and showed that he has the potential to turn the corner.
But his questions about his drive and ability to improve much further, he would easily slip to a team like the Dallas Mavericks at No. 57.
After four seasons at Purdue, E'Twuan Moore made a name for himself as one of college basketball's better scoring guards.
And while, at 6'4", 188 pounds, he is a bit of a tweener, his length should help him play both guard positions in the NBA.
However, since Moore is a bit thin and his athleticism isn't overwhelming, he could easily go to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 56, where he could provide some scoring off the bench.
Diante Garrett had a breakout campaign in his senior year with Iowa State, posting an impressive stat line.
What's more, the 6'4" point guard has great size and athleticism, which will certainly help him out in the NBA.
However, his team never achieved a winning record, which may concern some teams.
And when that is coupled with his turnover and shooting woes, Garrett could easily be available at No. 55 for the Boston Celtics, where he would be relegated to a bench role.
After a sophomore campaign when he only showed slight improvement, Fresno State's Greg Smith decided to enter the NBA Draft.
And while his attitude has been questioned and his game could still use some work, Smith's combination of solid athleticism, size (6'10", 253 pounds) and strength are at a premium in the NBA.
Therefore, he could very well go to a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 54, working to shore up the team's frontcourt.
After putting together a solid, but unspectacular freshman season, Texas Longhorn Cory Joseph decided to enter the draft
However, since the 6'3", 186 pounder has proven to a more of a combo guard than a point guard, his stock is not nearly as high as his teammates Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton.
Consequently, he could fall all the way to the the No. 53 spot and the Orlando Magic.
When looking at his three-year NCAA career, it's hard not to be impressed by Isaiah Thomas' body of work.
After all, he has proven to be a solid point guard, a high-volume scorer, and even a tough defender.
However, standing only 5'10", his height will certainly be of concern to many NBA teams.
And while his athleticism can make up for that to some extent, Thomas' small stature could drop him to the No. 52 selection of the Detroit Pistons.
After a breakout junior season, Scotty Hopson decided that it was time to leave the Tennessee Volunteers to pursue a professional career.
And while the 6'7" wing is a solid athlete, with great length and a respectable set of skills, he could still use a good deal of work.
Consequently, should he be available at the No. 51 spot for the Portland Trail Blazers, expect the team to snatch him right up.
David Lighty turned in a consistently solid four-year career at Ohio State, playing on some very good teams along the way.
In doing so, the 6'7" wing showed that he has all the tools to become a solid role player at the next level.
However, since the ceiling is low for Lighty, expect him to be taken somewhere around the No. 50 mark, by a team like the Philadelphia 76ers.
After another solid year with Illinois, it's time for senior point guard Demetri McCamey to take the next step.
The 6'3", 205-pounder has good size, strength and court vision for a lead guard, however, his sub par defense and athleticism raise some red flags.
Therefore, McCamey may find himself being picked near the No. 49 spot, by a team like the Memphis Grizzlies.
After drastically improving over his four years at Syracuse, Rick Jackson may soon have a professional career ahead of him.
Utilizing his tough, physical and relentless style of play inside, the 6'9", 242-pounder has the potential to be a dirty-work type of player in the NBA.
And while his offensive skills are somewhat lacking, there is always room for interior defense and rebounding, which should allow Jackson to be taken around the Atlanta Hawks' No. 48 pick.
After San Diego State's impressive run in the 2010-11 college basketball season, Malcolm Thomas showed that he possesses loads of potential to become a solid NBA player.
Standing 6'9", 223 pounds, Thomas is both long and extremely athletic, allowing him to thrive on defense and the boards.
However, he is very raw offensively, but given his high ceiling, a team like the Los Angeles Clippers would be ecstatic to grab him at No. 47.
In the 2010-11 season, Andrew Goudelock emerged as one of the nation's best scorers.
In fact, utilizing his lethal jumper, the 6'3" guard managed to post a per-game average of 23.7 points, on 45.5 percent shooting.
Therefore, despite his athletic limitations, Goudelock should find a place as a bench scorer in the NBA, allowing him to go around the No. 46 pick of the Los Angeles Lakers.
When looking at his numbers, it's hard not to be impressed by Oakland's Keith Benson.
The 6'11" center can rebound, block shots and score in a variety of ways—and he even possesses great length and athleticism.
However, the big drawback is the 217-pounder's severe lack of strength inside, which causes some serious problems on the defensive end.
Nevertheless, with his skill, size and athleticism, the New Orleans Hornets would gladly take him at No. 45.
Wisconsin's John Leuer is another individual who posted a breakout campaign in their senior season.
In fact, Leuer showed that he has serious NBA potential, since at 7'0", 223 pounds, he can shoot, face up and attack the basket, and use a decent repertoire of post moves.
Yet strength and explosiveness are two evident flaws of Leuer's, which will likely relegate him to a selection near the Golden State Warriors' No. 44 pick.
Jimmy Butler put together another solid year in 2010-11, helping his Marquette squad to achieve much more than was expected of them.
While doing so, Butler showed off an ability to be a jack of all trades, playing great defense, scoring from inside and out, and even proving to be a tough rebounder.
And while the 6'8", 222-pounder's game does not really stand out in any one area, he should still be able to serve as a solid role-playing pro.
Consequently, he could go somewhere around the No. 43 spot, where the Chicago Bulls could immediately throw him into the mix at as many as three positions.
Norris Cole had a terrific senior season for Cleveland State, posting bug numbers and carrying his team to a Horizon League-best 27-9 record—even higher than that of national runner-up Butler.
What's more, Cole is a pure point guard, with decent athleticism and the ability to rack up points.
However, he only stands 6'2", 175 pounds, and he isn't really outstanding in any particular areas.
Therefore, he could very well go to the Indiana Pacers at No. 42, since they could use some guard help off the bench.
UCLA's Malcolm Lee didn't really show any statistical improvement this past season, however, he is still an intriguing prospect
One particular reason for this is due to the fact that many UCLA players with less-than-impressive stats have went on to have solid NBA careers.
What's more, Lee stands 6'6", 198 pounds, he can play either guard position, and he is both long and athletic.
And while he has struggled with inconsistency, he would still be a nice pick at No. 41 for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite having a fantastic year for Maryland, Jordan Williams has seen his stock drop drastically following the season.
The primary reason for this is that, after being tested at the combine, it became even more evident that he continues to struggle with his weight and conditioning.
And even more damning is his sub-par athleticism.
Nevertheless, he is 6'9", 247 pounds, strong, highly skilled inside and proven on the court.
Consequently, Williams could potentially be a steal for someone like the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 40.
Trey Thompkins is another individual who, although turning in a solid 2010-11 campaign, saw his draft stock take a big hit.
The Georgia forward-center has his fare share of athletic and conditioning concerns throughout his career, but nevertheless, he is a big (6'10", 239 pounds) presence inside, with the ability to score from both inside and out, while even doing the dirty work inside.
Therefore, he could easily be grabbed up at the No. 39 spot by the Charlotte Bobcats, where he could easily help to shore up their frontcourt.
Throughout his junior year at Georgia, Travis Leslie was able to solidify himself as one of the nation's best and most explosive athletes—something that also held up after the combine.
Consequently, the guard is able to play much bigger than his 6'4", 205-pound frame would lead on.
And when one factors in his length, there are virtually no lingering concerns about Leslie's size.
However, there are concerns about his skill level, since he has primarily relied upon his physical tools up to this point.
Nevertheless, with improvement he could develop into a very good player, so a selection at No. 38 by the Houston Rockets is a distinct possibility.
Charles Jenkins turned in a fantastic senior season for Hofstra in 2010-11, firmly establishing himself as an NBA prospect.
With the ability to score in a variety of ways, the 6'3", 216-pound guard is certainly attractive as a change-of-pace guard, at the very least.
And while there may be concerns about his true position and his ability to succeed against top competition, he would still be an interesting pick for a team like the Los Angeles Clippers at No. 37.
After back-to-back National Championship appearances, Shelvin Mack has certainly shown that he can get it done when it counts.
Moreover, he is built like an NBA guard, standing 6'3", 210 pounds, and he is an apt scorer as well.
Nevertheless, there are some concerns about if Mack can play the point guard position, as well as if he can defend quicker guards.
Consequently, he could fall all the way to No. 36, where the New Jersey Nets would be happy to scoop him up.
In his senior year, Nolan Smith improved upon his already impressive career at Duke, playing a lot of point guard, scoring a ton of points and playing solid defense.
However, his well-rounded game doesn't really stand out much in any areas.
Therefore, his ceiling is somewhat low, and therefore, he could fall into the lap of the Sacramento Kings at No. 35.
Florida's Chandler Parsons is a very unique type of prospect, seeing as though he has never been much of a scorer.
However, what the 6'10", 221-pound forward has been is a playmaker, since he can both handle the ball and regularly set up his teammates.
And while he isn't completely inept at scoring—his spot up jumper is respectable—he has often been out-played inside by stronger and more athletic bigs.
However, he could still be grabbed by the Washington Wizards at the No. 34 spot, where he could help to fill out the team's forward rotation.
Darius Morris had a breakout year for Michigan in 2010-11.
He has proven to be a pure point guard, with the ability to score and defend at a reasonable level.
However, the 6'5", 190-pounder is still a little rough around the edges and could certainly use some polish.
Therefore, Morris could be available at No. 33, when the Detroit Pistons would be happy to select him.
Nikola Mirotic has turned into a very impressive prospect over the past season, even earning playing time on one of Europe's top teams.
In doing so, the 6'10", 225-pound forward has made it clear that he is a lights-out shooter, and moreover, he has also put his play-making skills on display.
And while he doesn't have much of an inside game and his athleticism leaves something to be desired, he is still an attractive player.
Mirotic's contract situation, though, is what may cause him to slide to the second round, since there is little chance he will appear in the NBA any time soon, and when he does, it will probably come at a high cost.
Therefore, with the second pick in the second round, the Cleveland Cavaliers would certainly be willing invest in Mirotic as a part of their future team.
JaJuan Johnson had a very solid career and Purdue, and now the 6'11" forward-center is primed to begin his NBA career.
He can score from in the post, knock down a midrange jumpers, and possesses very good length and athleticism.
However, weighing only 220 pounds, Johnson will likely have trouble against bigger and stronger opponents.
As a result of that, he may fall all the way to No. 31, where the Miami Heat would be ecstatic to add another quality big man to their roster.
Davis Bertans made a name for himself at the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit, where the 6'10", 210-pound forward emerged as one of the best young shooters around.
And seeing as though he is only 18 years old, Bertans also has plenty of potential for improvement.
Therefore, a team like the Chicago Bulls could look to grab him at No. 30 overall, allowing him to spend some more time overseas before eventually deciding to bring him to the NBA.
Kyle Singler failed to show any real signs of improvement in his fourth year at Duke.
Moreover, his less-than-solid athleticism was highlighted on multiple occasions, showing that he will likely struggle to play in the interior in the NBA.
However, at 6'9", 228 pounds, he has good size and is still a talented shooter, with an all-around efficient offensive repertoire.
Therefore, a team like the San Antonio Spurs would be a very reasonable suitor for Singler with the No. 29 selection.
Using his terrific combination of length and athleticism, Reggie Jackson powered Boston College to a very respectable campaign in 2010-11.
However, the 6'3", 208-pounder may scare some teams off with concerns over whether he is actually a point guard.
Therefore, he could still be available when the Chicago Bulls are up at No. 28, and his selection could form an talented, young backcourt tandem with Derrick Rose.
Josh Selby had a disastrous season for the Kansas Jayhawks in 2010-11, getting suspended, injured and falling out of the team's rotation.
However, he is still a phenomenal athlete and a talented scorer, so not everything is looking bleak.
And even though he is more of a combo guard, a team like the New Jersey Nets would still be interested in the 6'3", 195-pound Selby at No. 27.
Justin Harper finally gained some national exposure this past season, helping to lead his team on a deep NCAA Tournament run.
Moreover, he impressed with his combination of size (6'9", 228 pounds) and skill—with the ability to shoot and take it to the rack.
And while his post game is still lacking, Harper would still be very attractive to a team like the Dallas Mavericks at No. 26, where he could take his cues from reigning Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki.
After skipping college to play professionally overseas, Jeremy Tyler has seen his draft stock fluctuate drastically.
Most recently, however, it has been up, as the 6'11", 263-pound forward-center has displayed improved maturity and good athleticism, while also being measured to be extremely long.
Therefore, a team like the Boston Celtics would be a good possibility for Tyler at No. 25, since their veteran players would likely help him to transition into the NBA.
While Iman Shumpert had a solid junior campaign at Georgia Tech, he increased his stock the most following the season.
At the combine, the guard measured in at 6'6", 222 pounds, while also scoring among the best in the athleticism tests.
And while his jump shot still needs work, Shumpert would be an intriguing pick for the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 24.
Nikola Vucevic carried his USC team to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2010-11, although they ultimately fell to VCU in their first-round, play-in game.
And seeing as though he has impressed in workouts—and that he stands 7'0", 260 pounds—he has certainly gained the attention of many NBA teams.
Therefore, expect a team in need of a center, like the Houston Rockets, to target him around the No. 23 pick in the draft.
Tyler Honeycutt had an up-and-down year for UCLA in 2010-11.
However, like his teammate Malcolm Lee, Honeycutt will also benefit from the fact that other successful players posted mediocre numbers in the Bruin system.
What's more, the 6'8", 187-pound wing is a solid athlete and is skilled in nearly all areas.
So while he still needs some strength and polish, Honeycutt could very well go to a team like the Denver Nuggets at No. 22.
Kenneth Faried turned in a monstrous season in 2010-11, capping off his record-setting career at Morehead State.
In doing so, he demonstrated that he is one of the toughest and most athletic interior players in the nation, capable of rebounding with the best.
However, he is still very raw offensively, and after measuring in at only 6'7.5", some teams are concerned about him as a prospect.
Nevertheless, Faried would make perfect sense for a team like the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 21, where he could help to take some pressure off of LaMarcus Aldridge.
After showing a decent amount of improvement in his sophomore campaign, Jordan Hamilton decided to forgo his eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.
And there is at least one thing he possesses which has NBA teams excited—his shooting.
What's more, he measured in at a better-than-expected 6'8", 228 pounds, which partially helps to explain his above average rebounds skills.
So despite his unimpressive athleticism, Hamilton should still attract the attention of a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 20.
After a 24.6-points-per-game season, everyone knew that Providence's Marshon Brooks could score.
However, after a stellar showing at the combine, the 6'5" shooting guard showed that he is also very long and athletic.
But while it remains to be seen what he will be able to do as a pro, Brooks should still go around the No. 19 mark and to a team like the Charlotte Bobcats.
Tobias Harris didn't fail to impress during his freshman season at Tennessee, regularly putting a well-rounded skill set on display.
What's more, the 6'8", 223-pounder tested out very well at the combine, showing that he has top-tier athleticism to boot.
And while he didn't really stand out in any particular area, the Washington Wizards would be grateful to select Harris at No. 18.
Markieff Morris turned in a solid year at Kansas, finally stepping up and joining his twin brother Marcus as a legitimate NBA prospect.
In fact, the 6'9", 241-pounder proved to be a very efficient player in the paint, as well as a solid athlete.
However, his game is still fairly raw, especially on the offensive end, and he could stand to work on his conditioning.
Nevertheless, Morris should still attract the attention of a team needing some help inside, making him a great selection for the New York Knicks at No. 17.
Currently playing in professionally in Italy, Donatas Motiejunas has regularly demonstrated his polished, inside-out game.
Additionally, the 7'0", 220-pounder has shown that he has his decent length and solid athleticism, so he has the body to play in the NBA.
And while he could stand to gain some strength and develop more of a post game, Motiejunas should still attract a team like the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 16.
When healthy, Chris Singleton has proven to be one of the nation's best athletes.
What's more, after showing steady improvement throughout his collegiate career, the 6'9", 230-pound Singleton has shown that he has the potential to be more than just a lock-down defender.
Therefore, a team like the Indiana Pacer will likely overlook his offensive shortcomings and make him the No. 15 selection in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Bismack Biyombo burst onto the scene following his triple-double performance at the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit.
Boasting an amazing combination of length and athleticism, the 6'9", 240-pound forward-center has the potential to become a very good NBA player.
However, after struggling during workouts and showing how hopelessly raw his offense is, his stock has fallen a bit.
And when that is combined with the running concerns about whether his age has been falsified, Biyombo could fall all the way to the Houston Rockets at No. 14.
Jimmer Fredette emerged as a star during the 2010-11 college basketball season, earning numerous player-of-the-year awards and leading the country in scoring at 28.9 points per game.
In doing so, his deadly shot and diverse offensive arsenal were regularly put on display, and he even had a chance to show off his point guard skills.
What's more, he has proven to be a good athlete, so when that is coupled with his 6'3", 196-pound frame, Fredette should be able to make a solid pro career as a scorer.
So even though he is more of a combo guard, the Phoenix Suns would be ecstatic to use the No. 12 pick to make Jimmer their point guard of the future behind Steve Nash.
Scoring 21.6 points per game, Klay Thompson made a name for himself as one of the nation's better scorers.
However, it was his shooting which really stood out, as the 6'7", 206-pound wing displayed near-perfect mechanics at the combine.
And seeing as though Thompson also showed the ability to serve as a playmaker on offense, he could easily be grabbed at No. 12 by the Utah Jazz, who need some help at the shooting guard position.
After making a name for himself as one of the nation's premier bigs, Texas freshman Tristan Thompson decided to enter the draft.
What's more, the 6'9", 227-pounder proved to be one of longest and most athletic frontcourt players in the draft class.
And while he's still a little raw, the young forward-center has loads of potential, making him great fit for a team like the Golden State Warriors at No. 11.
Alec Burks was back and better than ever in his sophomore year at Colorado, displaying a vastly improved jumper.
Nevertheless, he still relied heavily upon his basket-attacking style, helping the 6'6" guard score over 20 points per game.
And seeing as though he is long, athletic and aggressive on the boards, Burks may very well be the best two-guard in the draft class.
So despite the fact that he needs to bulk up and spend even more time on his jump shot, Burks would be a great pick for the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 10.
Marcus Morris led one of the best teams in the nation in 2010-11, and now, after three seasons at Kansas, he is ready for the next step.
The 6'9", 230-pound forward has a well-rounded game, with a vast offensive repertoire, tenacity on the boards and good basketball IQ.
What's more, he is a decent athlete, and consequently, expect the Charlotte Bobcats to target him with the No. 9 overall selection.
Kawhi Leonard had a terrific 2010-11 campaign, helping to carry his San Diego State team to national prominence.
In doing so, Leonard was able to showcase his rebounding, explosiveness and play-making skills.
What's more, the 6'7", 227-pound forward is freakishly long, allowing him to play larger than his size.
And while his offense needs some polish, the young forward still has plenty of room for improvement, making him an attractive target for the Detroit Pistons at No. 8.
Kemba Walker basically came out of nowhere in 2010-11, emerging as a star to lead his UConn team to Big East and NCAA Tournament titles.
Furthermore, using his outstanding athleticism and improved jumper, Walker was able to post a per-game scoring average of 23.5.
What's more, he proved to be a effective point guard, as well as a tough defender.
However, there are still concerns about his size (6'1", 184 pounds) and ability to be an NBA point, but he should still be taken about No. 7 by a team like the Sacramento Kings.
After earning playing time at the top levels in Europe, Jan Vesely has developed far beyond most prospects his age.
In fact, he boasts a reasonably refined offense, including a decent jumper and the ability to face up and use his athleticism to get to the rim.
And even though the 6'11", 240-pound 21-year-old has generally stayed away from the post, he would be a great fit for the Washington Wizards at No. 6.
Jonas Valanciunas name a name for himself early on, dominating on the international youth circuit and taking home MVPs in U16 and U18 competitions.
With solid athleticism, decent size (6'11", 240 pounds) and the ability to put on more weight, the 19 year definitely has a high ceiling.
And with a willingness to play primarily in the post, the young big man is most certainly a top-tier prospect.
Therefore, he would fit right in at No. 5 with the Toronto Raptors, who are looking for a true post presence to pair with Andrei Bargnani.
Despite having to sit out all of the 2010-11 season due to NCAA eligibility issues, Enes Kanter still stands among the draft's best prospects.
The 6'11", 259-pounder has impressed at the combine and in workouts, showing the the former international youth star has developed into quite the interior prospect.
And with his tough style of play, refined set of post moves and respectable jump shot, Kanter would be a great pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4.
Brandon Knight helped Kentucky achieve a deep NCAA Tournament run in 2010-11—due in large part to his ability score in bunches.
However, much of the 6'4", 177-pound guard's scoring ability is as a result of his considerable physical tools, as he is both freakishly quick and explosive.
But seeing as though he is still young and has plenty of time to improve, Knight certainly holds a good deal of potential.
And seeing as though he already possesses a decent jumper, the Utah Jazz would be wise to select him at No. 3, using him to fill the void left by the trade of Deron Williams.
After putting up huge numbers across the board and amazing performances in the NCAA tournament, Arizona's Derrick Williams emerged as one of the year's top NBA prospects.
In doing so, he displayed a deadly shot, solid length and athleticism, and a ridiculous rate of efficiency.
Consequently, the 6'9", 248 forward is a can't-miss prospect, and therefore, the Minnesota Timberwolves would be silly to pass on him with their No. 2 overall selection.
Despite missing a large chunk of the 2010-11 college basketball season with a toe injury, Kyrie Irving looked fantastic when he was actually on the court.
In fact, the 6'3.5", 191-pounder proved to be a pure point guard, capable of excelling while running an offense, scoring, defending and basically doing anything else.
And therefore, given that he is already very talented and has tons of potential at just 19 years of age, it would make perfect sense to see the Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving with the top overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.