2011 NBA Draft Grades: 5 Teams That Best Filled Needs in Round 1
2011 NBA Draft Brought Perfect Fits For Washington Wizards At SF
The NBA draft isnâ€™t always about getting the best individual players. Sometimes, itâ€™s more important to find the players who fit a teamâ€™s roster, like these clubs did:
Washington Wizards: With John Wall, JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche in place, the Wizards needed long-term solutions on the wings. Jan Vesely brings explosive athleticism and transition offense, while Chris Singleton is the best pure defender in the draft.
Utah Jazz: Though Enes Kanter wasnâ€™t exactly a need pick at No. 3, the Jazz filled a big hole at 2-guard with Alec Burks. Burksâ€™ penetration ability and shooting will be an upgrade over Raja Bell.
Phoenix Suns: The Sunsâ€™ lone draft pick turns to gold as they add toughness, rebounding and post scoring with Kansasâ€™ Markieff Morris.
Philadelphia 76ers: Phillyâ€™s search for a starting center may be over. The Sixers landed USC standout Nikola Vucevic, a potential star who will still be a short-term upgrade over Spencer Hawes.
Denver Nuggets: With Neneâ€™s contract status uncertain and Kenyon Martin likely gone, the Nuggets land star rebounder Kenneth Faried of Morehead State. Heâ€™ll be especially effective paired with the high-scoring Nene if the latter stays in Denver.
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