NBA Draft 2011: Ranking Kyrie Irving and the Top 50 Prospects Available

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NBA Draft 2011: Ranking Kyrie Irving and the Top 50 Prospects Available
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The 2011 NBA draft is tonight, everybody, and I couldn't be more excited.

That means terribly awesome suits, David Stern getting booed, a raucous crowd of New Yorkers who will boo whoever they pick but cheer when Adam Silver comes out, awkward interviews between Stuart Scott and whatever international players may be in attendance and futures changing with the tick of the clock.

Plus my favorite sports-related phrase, "We have a trade!"

Everything about the NBA draft is completely underrated, and after what seems like a lifetime of watching it, it still hasn't gotten old. There are always new goofy players doing their best to be remembered for something they did on draft day, because hey, it might be the only NBA-related thing they are remembered for.

Forget all of those people out there calling this a weak draft—the players have character and personality, and that's all you need for an interesting draft.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock, and everybody knows who they are taking with the No. 1 pick, but directly behind the Cavs sits the most unpredictable man in the NBA for the past five years, David Kahn.

Who knows what is going to happen at tonight's draft, and who knows who will be a bust or a steal? That's part of the fun of the draft.

So instead of me rambling about how much I love the draft for another 500 words or so (which I could totally do), I'll go ahead and give you guys my top 50 prospects—my big board, if you will.

It may not be as meticulously researched as Jay Bilas', but at least I don't try to make up new adjectives to describe the length of some guy's arms every year.

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