2011 NBA Mock Draft Gives Last Second Looks At a Wild Night of Moves
Tonight, the futures of dozens of prospects will be molded as the NBA Draft gets underway.
There has been a lot of speculation about who is going where and what deals may happen once the names start coming off of the board, and to help you get a better grasp of tonight's proceedings, I'll be making some predictions about things to watch for once David Stern takes the podium.
Houston Trades Up
The Rockets want a big man, and if they want to get one of the top frontcourt players in the draft, they have to trade up to do so.
Houston has been linked to talks with the Detroit Pistons about the eighth pick in the draft, and if the Pistons are smart, they'll pull the trigger on the deal and take the Rockets two first round selections for their pick.
Out of all of the deals that have been bandied about in the build up to the draft, this one has the best chance of happening.
Bismack Biyombo Is Taken Too Early
I really don't get all of the Biyombo hype heading into the draft.
This is a guy who couldn't get consistent minutes with his team overseas, he doesn't have much of an offensive game to speak of, and now, all of a sudden, he's heading to the green room on draft night.
I know this is a bad draft, but teams can do better than Biyombo, who is fooling teams with his workouts, when tape will show you that he has serious flaws in his game.
Throw in some new concerns about his knees and his back, and you have enough red flags that I'm passing if I'm a team that is near the top of the draft order. I wouldn't take him until the middle of the first round, but I have a feeling a team is going to gamble early on.
NBA Mock Draft
Here is my latest mock for the first round of the draft, feel free to discuss the order in the comments, and based on how the day progresses, there could be a lot of shifting going on.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving
2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams
3. Utah Jazz - Enes Kanter
4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Jonas Valanciunas
5. Toronto Raptors - Brandon Knight
6. Washington Wizards - Jan Vesley
7. Sacramento Kings - Kemba Walker
8. Detroit Pistons - Tristan Thompson
9. Charlotte Bobcats - Marcus Morris
10. Milwaukee Bucks - Alec Burks
11. Golden State Warriors - Klay Thompson
12. Utah Jazz - Jimmer Fredette
13. Phoenix Suns - Kawhi Leonard
14. Houston Rockets - Bismack Biyombo
15. Indiana Pacers - Markieff Morris
16. Philadelphia 76ers - Nikola Vucevic
17. New York Knicks - Imam Shumpert
18. Washington Wizards - Donatas Motiejunas
19. Charlotte Bobcats - Jordan Hamilton
20. Minnesota Timberwolves - Chris Singleton
21. Portland Trail Blazers - Kenneth Faried
22. Denver Nuggets - Marshon Brooks
23. Houston Rockets - Darius Morris
24. Oklahoma City Thunder - Reggie Jackson
25. Boston Celtics - Tobias Harris
26. Dallas Mavericks - Nikola Mirotic
27. New Jersey Nets - Jeremy Tyler
28. Chicago Bulls - Justin Harper
29. San Antonio Spurs - Davis Bertans
30. Chicago Bulls - Tyler Honeycutt