2011 NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, Others Lead a Strong PG Class
The 2011 draft class is weak overall, but Irving, Walker, Brandon Knight and others make up a strong point guard class
The 2011 draft is among the weakest in recent memory. There are only a few players that seem to have superstar talent.
Many of the players with the highest ceilings are at the point guard position. We've all spent so much time tearing down this draft as weak when there is a actually a solid group of point guards to be had.
It starts at the top with Kyrie Irving. Irving has a great basketball IQ, is a clean passer and has shooting range all they way out to the three point line.
Brandon Knight is raw in a lot of ways, but he is a tremendous athlete and could end up being the real star in this draft.
Kemba Walker is a proven winner who was a prolific scorer. He also profiles as a great defensive player.
Jimmer Fredette is a player that needs no introduction. While he might fit better as a shooting guard in the NBA, there is some thought that he has what it takes to play point guard.
Then there are players like Iman Shumpert, Norris Cole and Nolan Smith that are all late first/early second round prospects with potential to be solid starters.
Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer wrote about the point guards in this draft. She addressed the questions that teams have, but also how they are looking at these players:
There are questions about all of the top guards in this draft. Brandon Knight isn't physical enough. Kemba Walker isn't big enough. Jimmer Fredette doesn't play any defense. But all could be gone in the top dozen or so picks, starting with Irving.
Point guard is probably the deepest position in this draft. There could be as many as a half dozen solid NBA starters in this draft.
Irving, Knight, Fredette and Walker, the most likely stars at point guard, could all be off the board before the lottery picks are done.
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