2011 NBA Draft Grades: 4 Picks That Should Have Happened but Didn’t
2011 NBA Draft Saw Missed Opportunities For Golden State Warriors And Others
Sometimes, a team is forced into a questionable draft pick by having their top choice taken out from under them (see Thompson, Tristan). Other times, though, a perfectly good option gets overlooked, like these:
Kawhi Leonard To Golden State Warriors
Golden State needs defense, which is Leonard’s specialty. He’s not a great scorer, but in the Warriors’ up-tempo attack, his ability to finish would get him his share of points.
JaJuan Johnson To New York Knicks
Johnson was the best potential center available to New York, and he’s a defense-first player who would shore up a Knicks team that has problems on that side of the ball.
Jordan Williams To Oklahoma City Thunder
Reggie Jackson is a fine player, but the Thunder already have a pair of outstanding backup guards. Williams would have given the team another big man off the bench, and one with more scoring punch than Nick Collison.
Shelvin Mack To Chicago Bulls
Unlike Norris Cole (whom the Bulls drafted and traded) or Nikola Mirotic (whom they acquired), Mack can play shooting guard, the Bulls’ weakest position. He’s a terrific three-point shooter who would have thrived alongside Derrick Rose.
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