2011 NBA Mock Draft: Cheerleaders, Wives and Girlfriends Edition
It is finally upon us.
The 2011 NBA Draft is scheduled for tonight and everyone is getting in their own mock drafts.
Since this year's draft is the weakest in several years, I thought it would be a nice treat to show some cheerleaders, both college and pro, as well as some great looking WAG's for you to enjoy looking at.
Isn't that better than a picture of a male player all sweaty and screaming?
That is what I thought.
Now updated with all 30 teams picks
No. 1: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Irving is widely considered the best player available and would give the Cavaliers a solid point guard to start rebuilding around.
This is Cleveland guard Daniel Gibson's wife Keyshia Cole. They recently wed in May.
Pick: Kyrie Irving, PG
No. 2: Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves
Sure, the T-Wolves already have Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, but trade rumors have been swirling around Love.
Plus, even if Love isn't traded, Williams would be great off the bench as a rotation of Beasley, Love and Williams could be very interesting to watch.
Don't be surprised if the T-Wolves look for a trade if Kahn thinks Beasley and Love are enough.
I would be surprised, however, if this young lady is allowed to referee a game.
Pick: Derrick Williams, PF/SF
No. 3: Brandon Knight, Utah Jazz
With Deron Williams being traded to the New Jersey Nets during the season, Utah could use another point guard to replace him.
Although Knight has shown inconsistency shooting, he came through in clutch situations in this year's tournament.
What make's Knight a scary pick is he will be asked to learn how to be a pure point guard on the fly, which is more often than not a fool's errand.
No Jimmer yet. I am sure this greatly disappoints this beautiful cheerleader.
Pick: Enes Kanter, C/PF
No. 4: Enes Kanter, Cleveland Cavaliers
Although the Cavs already have two forwards in J.J. Hickson and Anderson Verejao, Kanter could step in as a true center, allowing Verejao to play his natural position instead of center.
Kanter might not be very athletic because of his enormous frame, but he is very crafty on the offensive end.
As a defender, Kanter is smart and tough, two qualities that can cause a number of problems for the opposition.
But what he can't do is create a double vision of awesomeness like these two.
Pick: Tristan Thompson, PF
No. 5: Kemba Walker, Toronto Raptors
Some believe that Kemba Walker's 6'0 stature may be a problem.
With rule changes allowing shorter guards to have more opportunities to make plays, 6'0 isn't as much of an issue as it used to be.
You also can't argue with his toughness and leadership skills, as he grew up playing ball in the Bronx and led UCONN to this year’s national championship.
I talked to this cheerleader for the Raptors and she agrees with me. So there.
Pick: Jonas Valanciunas, C/PF
No. 6: Jonas Valanciuanas, Washington Wizards
The Wizards are looking to build a front court for John Wall.
There shouldn't be any worry of a Rubio happening here, as his Euro contract can be bought out pretty easily.
He is skinny for a center, but could be the most talented center in the draft.
However, don't be surprised if the Cavs go with Valanciuanas at No. 4 and the Wizards end up with Kanter.
Pick: Jan Vesely, SF/PF
No. 7: Kawhi Leonard, Sacramento Kings
Although the Kings could use another guard to help out Tyreke Evans, who struggled with an injury after a Rookie of the Year season, they also need a small forward after Gerald Wallace left.
Leonard is crazy athletic, but has show to be passive at times. The Kings will hope he reaches his max potential.
Apparently, Omri Casspi has been rumored to be getting close with Bar Rafaeli. I am convinced both sets of parents of these two took pieces from a Scrabble game, threw the letters in the air, and named their children after the random selection of letters they decided to pick.
Pick: Bismack Biyombo, PF/C (for Bobcats)
No. 8: Bisack Biyombo, Detroit Pistons
The stingy Pistons defense is a thing of the past.
Ben Wallace, Rip Hamilton and Tayshawn Prince, the smart veterans that played hard nosed defense, are getting older.
Dumars would look to rebuild his franchise with defense and Biyombo is a long and athletic freak that could develop into a shut down defender.
The only problem is his offense.
But I am sure this cheerleader is used to cheering for much offense lately.
Pick: Brandon Knight, PG
No. 9: Tristan Thompson, Charlotte Bobcats
PG D.J. Augustin
SG Gerald Henderson
SF Stephen Jackson
PF Boris Diaw/Tyrus Thomas
C Kwame Brown
The two big problems with that lineup is that Kwame Brown starts at center and Stephen Jackson is the No. 1 option to score.
Tristan Thompson seems to be perfect fit as a very athletic power forward who can score.
Much like this Longhorn.
Pick: Kemba Walker, PG
No. 10: Alec Burks, Milwaukee Bucks
With all that talk about the scoring of Jimmer, Alec Burks hid in the bushes as one of the top scorers in all of college basketball.
Burks can score in a variety of ways and the anemic Milwaukee Bucks offense could use Burks 20.5 ppg he acquired as a sophomore at Colorado.
Just don't expect anything from beyond the arc.
He only shot 29% from threes last year.
Maybe it would help his long range game if he dressed up as an airline pilot.
No, probably not. These ladies would do it better anyways.
Pick: Jimmer Fredette, PG/SG (for Sacramento Kings)
No. 11: Donatas Motiejunas. Golden State Warriors
Golden State has great scorers like Monta Ellis, Steph Curry and David Lee.
Motiejunas can score in a variety of ways and fits in nicely with the Warriors up-tempo offense.
However, this pick doesn't really address the Warriors biggest need, as he has shown that he was one of the worst rebounders in Europe.
This is David Lee's fiance Sabina Gadecki.
Pick: Klay Thompson, SG
No. 12: Jimmer Fredette, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have need a shooter guard that can effectively come off of screens and hit shots, as well as one who can score and defend.
No one does it better than Jimmer, so the Jazz give the fans what they want.
He might not be the pure point guard to replace Deron Williams, but Fredette still brings hustle and intangibles.
Plus, he has sneaky quickness.
And hey,now that he is out of the NBA, maybe he can finally talk to this cheerleader.
Pick: Alec Burks, SG
No. 13: Jan Vesely, Phoenix Suns
What the Suns really want to do is get a point guard that can replace Steve Nash either immediately or in a few years as Nash is 37 years old. He led the league in assists, but you have to wonder how much longer someone who is almost 40 can run an NBA offense.
Phoenix has been shopping Nash around, so his future is pretty up in the air.
If Nash stays, picking Jan Vesely would be smart. With his quickness, he could step right in.
I think Tom Cruise would approve.
Pick: Markieff Morris, PF/C
No. 14: Nikola Vucevic, Houston Rockets
Yao Ming was one a promising No. 1 draft pick.
After several frustrating years with some tough injuries, the Rockets will be forced to move on.
The team has a decent nucleus and missing Yao is really the missing link.
Recently, GM's have been raving about Vucevic's workouts even though he has been getting docked for being ineffective in the low post.
If the 7 footer can effectively replace Yao, their rebuilding process could move along quicker than expected.
Plus he can dunk like this cheerleader.
Without the help of a trampoline.
Pick: Marcus Morris, PF
No. 15: Klay Thompson, Indiana Pacers
Thompson may have had the biggest leaps in GM's eyes after great workouts against the top competition.
Chad Ford even has Thompson as high as 11, going to the Golden State Warriors.
Thompson is 6'6, which is a great size for a shooting guard. But more importantly, he can hit.
Against Washington, he hit 8 three pointers, finishing with 43 points. He is one of the purest shooters in this draft.
If he can hit, it would make this dancer happy, which would then in turn make me happy.
Pick: Kawhi Leonard, SF/PF (for Spurs)
No. 16: Marcus Morris, Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are trying to move Andre Iguodola and Elton Brand is a great asset, when he is healthy which is in question.
Morris could step in as a replacement for both.
He is very comfortable in the low post. He can play with his back to the basket about as effectively as anyone coming out of this draft. He has great versatility and has very polished moves.
However, he does lack strength and many believe he doesn't a very high ceiling.
I am sure this would make Elton Brand's wife, Seneca Shahara, very happy.
Pick: Nikola Vucevic, C/PF
No. 17: Markieff Morris, New York Knicks
Morris can't score as well as his brother, but he can be a key component as someone who can play great defense.
The Knicks have plenty of offense with Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, but they need someone to actually get rebounds and play defense.
Morris has a blue collar game and has a great attitude as would most likely be willing to do anything for a squad that desperately needs that type of presence.
But what might be more impressive than anything Markieff can do is what a cheerleader named Meghan is doing right now.
Pick: Iman Shumpert, SG/PG
No. 18: Kenneth Faried, Washington Wizards
The Wizards will continue to give John Wall a front court.
What better than a pick that will make the Wizards stronger in the front court, as well as someone who can pull down all of Wall's misses?
This is John Wall's girlfriend DaLivia. He must really have swag
Pick: Chris Singleton, SF/PF
No. 19: Jordan Hamilton, Charlotte Bobcats
Like I said earlier, the Bobcats biggest struggle is putting the ball in the basket.
Many are very high up on Jordan Hamilton's ability to put the ball in the basket.
He is very effective coming off screens and scoring off of the low post.
It would be a great story to see Hamilton join his Longhorn teammate in Charlotte.
But what is more of a struggle, putting the ball in the basket or this cheerleader putting her legs in those pants?
Pick: Tobias Harris, SF (for Milwaukee Bucks)
No. 20: Marshon Brooks, Timberwolves
Now that Ricky Rubio has finally arrived to Minnesota, they could use a shooting guard to compliment him.
Brooks fits that bill.
Although he can't shoot the three very well, he can drive to the basket very effectively.
He also has a great mid-range game. So while Rubio is creating things and finding the open man, Brooks can hit everything from 15 feet.
Amanda Altschuler is Wayne Ellington girlfriend. I like what I see.
Pick: Donatas Motiejunas, PF/C (for Houston Rockets)
No. 21: Jeremy Tyler, Portland Trailblazers
LaMarcus Aldridge seems to be the player to build around and teaming him up with another 6'11 body could be the best way.
Not only could Tyler serve as a replacement for an aging Marcus Camby, he could also be a backup to a constantly injured Greg Oden.
If the Trailblazers can stay healthy, which seems like a big if, they have a great nucleus to make some real noise in the upcoming year.
They gave Dallas all they could handle if you remember.
I know this girl does.
Pick: Nolan Smith, PG
No. 22: Chris Singleton, Denver Nuggets
If Singleton falls this far in the first round, I think the Nuggets would be ecstatic to have him.
He brings a defensive presence to an offensive minded team.
He could also be a replacement for Danillo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler, who struggled a bit for Denver.
Trina is Kenyon Martin ex-girlfriend. But she will always have a place in Denver.
Pick: Kenneth Faried, PF/C
No. 23: Tyler Honeycutt, Houston Rockets
Honeycutt is a smooth player and with his size and speed, he can cause some match up problems for shooting guards and other small forwards.
He probably wouldn't fit into the starting lineup immediately as the Rockets only need to make minor adjustments.
But because he probably isn't completely ready quite yet, this would be a nice fit.
Scholle was rumored to be dating in Goran Dragic in 2010. What a lucky bastard.
Pick: Nikola Mirotic, SF/PF (for Chicago Bulls)
No. 24: Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder would love to have a motor like Singler's on the floor.
He might not have the highest ceiling, but he can do everything well and could be a guy who makes the most of his minutes.
Singler's grittiness and toughness are things that the Thunder are looking for and he has surprised some in workouts with his shot.
Pick: Reggie Jackson, PG
No. 25: Tobias Harris, Boston Celtics
Honestly, it's pretty unlikely that Tobias Harris will fall this far.
But in this mock, he did, and Boston would be ecstatic to have him.
Boston is a very mature team and Harris has shown with his work ethic that he would fit right in with that mentality.
Harris can have stretches with defensive lapses, but Garnett can teach him a thing or two on how stay focused.
As long as she is excited, that is all that really matters.
Pick: Marshon Brooks, SG (New Jersey Nets)
No. 26: Nolan Smith, Dallas Mavericks
Jason Kidd is about done and after an explosive playoffs, the Mavs may not be able to keep J.J. Barea.
It would be a good backup plan to select Nolan Smith.
He is a combo guard that showed he can run the point while Irving was injured.
He also wouldn't be looked to score as much as he was at Duke, since the Mavs have plenty of weapons.
JJ Barea gets Zuleyka Rivera and a pay raise?! Yowza
Pick: Jordan Hamilton, SF/SG (for Denver Nuggets)
No. 27: Chandler Parsons, New Jersey Nets
Parson's is a great ball handler and can hit open shots.
If Deron Williams continues to run point for the Nets, Parson would be a nice fit working along Williams' ability to find an open man.
Speaking of Deron Williams, this is his Wife Meghan Williams.
Pick: JuJuan Johnson, PF (for Boston Celtics)
No. 28: Jujuan Johnson, Chicago Bulls
Johnson is already a good rebounder, which the Bulls would love.
He is also very capable of hitting a mid range jumper and could develop one in the NBA.
If he can do these things, then he would serve as a great backup for Boozer, who has shown that he can get hurt pretty consistently.
She might not be a girlfriend, wife, or a cheerleader, but's an excuse to show Marisa Miller. Sue me.
Pick: Norris Cole, PG (for Minnesota Timberwolves for Miami Heat)
No. 29: Nikola Mirotic, San Antonio Spurs
Mirotic is very versatile on the offensive end. He has several moves he can use at his disposal.
Working behind Tim Duncan would be a great learning experience.
He has a high basketball IQ and good court awareness.
He sounds like someone who fits great with the Spurs mentality.
Although she isn't dating Tony Parker anymore, that doesn't mean Eva Longoria is any less awesome to look at.
Pick: Cory Joseph, PG
No. 30: Iman Shumpert, Chicago Bulls
Shumpert is a terrific defender, which the Bulls value highly.
Shumpert would serve as a great backup to Derrick Rose.
Rose may have been a bit winded by the time the series against the Miami Heat series rolled around, so giving him as much rest as possible would be a great asset for the Bulls.
If Shumpert can step in, it would be an early Christmas gift, much like this Lovabull.
Pick: Jimmy Butler, SF