After months of scouting, planning and figuring out who can revitalize a team, the 2011 NBA Draft is here, and all the work teams have done will be laid out as the fans at home find out who their team picked.
There are no real picks in this draft that are 100 percent guarantees, which makes reading through the many mock drafts all the more exciting. Once team needs and player abilities are looked through, however, it's not too difficult to see who could go where.
Where will Kemba Walker or Jimmer Fredette end up? Will the Timberwolves end up selecting Derrick Williams? Who will likely make a shocking jump in the draft rankings?
Here is the final mock draft for tonight's NBA draft, going through all the first-round picks:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, G, Duke - Irving could turn into a franchise point guard, and while that's not the Cavs' biggest need, he can lead the team. Irving can be a key piece of a rebuilding process, which is what will be happening in Cleveland.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, F, Arizona - Yes, the Timberwolves have Michael Beasley at that position, so a trade is still likely, but it's hard to pass on the best shooter in the draft. A Williams-Love combo at the forward spot should help the team out.
3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, G, Kentucky - Enes Kanter is gaining steam as a possible pick here, but point guard is where they need to draft; they have enough big men. Both are roughly similar in terms of prospect quality, so Knight wins out based on need.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, C, Turkey - If Kanter falls to the Cavaliers, that's who they are selecting. He has surprising athleticism for a big man, and can go a great job of shooting. If Kanter is gone when Cleveland picks, don't be surprised if Tristan Thompson is selected here, even though it's a stretch.
5. Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, G, Connecticut - Any talk of Bismack Biyombo going here is just that to throw people off. The Raptors are definitely looking closely at Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker, and will take Walker if Knight is not there.
6. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, F, Czech Republic - The Wizards seem to love Vesely's shooting touch, and with his height he could provide some rebounding help too. I think Kawhi Leonard is a slightly better fit for them, but Vesely should at least get the job done in Washington.
7. Sacramento Kings: Kawhi Leonard, F, San Diego State - The Kings love Washington for passing on Leonard, as they immediately jump at the opportunity to take him. Leonard gives them a playmaking small forward, and when combined with Tyreke Evans, it makes the team that much better.
8. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, F, Congo - If this was a pick purely on current talent the Pistons would pick Tristan Thompson, but they do need defensive help, which Bismack Biyombo provides. In the end, they will take unproven need, which could work out really well or really poorly for them, depending on who he ends up emulating.
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Chris Singleton, F, Florida State - I'm surprised how far Singleton falls down on some mocks. The Bobcats should draft offense here, but I think they will take the defensive specialist, who would be a perfect replacement for Gerald Wallace.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Klay Thompson, G, Washington State - This pick comes down between Thompson and Alec Burks, both of whom fit well. However, Milwaukee would be better off with a pure shooter rather than a slasher, so they will take that route.
11. Golden State Warriors: Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania - Most mock drafts think they will select whoever the Bucks don't between Alec Burks and Klay Thompson. That's still likely, but they need size badly, and if Valanciunas falls this far, they won't let him drop further.
12. Utah Jazz: Alec Burks, G, Colorado - After selecting Brandon Knight third overall, Jimmer Fredette will not be drafted here. Thompson and Alec Burks as options. I bounced backand forth on this myself, but in the end, Burks fills a need better.
13. Phoenix Suns: Tristan Thompson, F, Texas - If the Suns have the opportunity to grab Jimmer Fredette, it will be hard to let him slide. They will do just that though, and fill a size need by grabbing the playmaking Thompson.
14. Houston Rockets: Nikola Vucevic, C, USC - Vucevic is a reach here in the lottery, but the Rockets badly need a big center to fill the void left by Yao Ming, and Vucevic is the best available.
15. Indiana Pacers: Jimmer Fredette, G, BYU - The Pacers will see Jimmer's talent fall to them and, even though it's not an ideal fit, there's no way they will pass him up. The Pacers could use an extra scorer though, so it is a nice addition.
16. Philadelphia 76ers: Marcus Morris, F, Kansas - The 76ers will need to find a scoring replacement for Andre Iguodala, since he's on the trading block. The consensus pick is Jordan Hamilton, who is a good fit, but I think the 76ers will surprise everyone by grabbing the other scoring threat in Marcus Morris.
17. New York Knicks: Jordan Hamilton, F, Texas - This might be the toughest team to pick for. Hamilton, Iman Shumpert, Marshon Brooks, and even Josh Selby are all possibilities. Hamilton may be the safest pick of the bunch, so he goes to the Knicks; plan B would be Brooks.
18. Washington Wizards: Markieff Morris, F/C, Kansas - The Wizards grabbed an offensive specialist with their first pick, so drafting a playmaking defender here makes sense. Markieff Morris is the best one left on the board, and he makes the Wizards that much better.
19. Charlotte Bobcats: Donatas Motiejunas, F/C, Lithuania - Nikola Vucevic would be the ideal pick here, but since the Rockets chose him they have to think outside the box. Motiejunas is a great scorer and an athletic big man who should give the Bobcats a solid presence in the middle.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Marshon Brooks, G, Providence - The Timberwolves get one of the more underrated players of the draft in Marshon Brooks. Brooks is a great scorer who fills the shooting guard need very well, and he will make the team that much better next year.
21. Portland Trail Blazers: Kenneth Faried, F, Morehead State - This is a no-brainer. The Blazers want to draft Faried big time, and none of the teams nearby seem too interested in him. He's also a great fit for their team, and the only other possibility is Iman Shumpert as a possible Andre Miller replacement.
22. Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, F, Tennessee - Another no-brainer. Harris is a jack of all trades with a great motor who can fill in wherever needed. For a team still figuring everything out post-Carmelo, this is a great pickup.
23. Houston Rockets: Iman Shumpert, G, Georgia Tech - Motiejunas would be the ideal pick here, but he's off the board. Instead of adding another big man or point guard, I'm going a different direction than most drafts and giving them Iman Shumpert, a combo guard who had been rocketing up boards thanks to his abilities.
24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Singler, F, Duke - Everyone seems to think Singler and the Thunder work perfectly, and that it'll be a clear match. I disagree about the fit, as I don't see Singler as a first-round prospect. The Thunder do seem high on him though, so that's where he goes.
25.Boston Celtics: JaJuan Johnson, F, Purdue - The Celtics are high on Jeremy Tyler, but they could feasibly acquire a second-round pick to draft him. Johnson and his leaping ability show that he can contribute immediately to the Celtics, which is what they need.
26. Dallas Mavericks: Justin Harper, F, Richmond - This pick will be between Justin Harper and Nikola Mirotic, as both are great shooters who will add further depth to the defending NBA champs. As for who they will select, Harper is ready to contribute immediately, while Mirotic may stay overseas.
27. New Jersey Nets: Iman Shumpert, G, Georgia Tech - This pick will be between Shumpert and Reggie Jackson, a great playmaker who has even more question marks than Jimmer. They could wait for a combo guard until their next pick but Shumpert already slid further than expected, so he'll be in a Nets uniform.
28. Chicago Bulls: Nolan Smith, G, Duke - I saw Tyler Honeycutt frequently going to the Bulls, but the more I read the less I liked the fit. The Bulls need a combo guard or a shooting guard who can be a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Nolan Smith is as close as the Bulls will find this late in the first.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Mirotic, F, Serbia - If Mirotic falls this far, then there's no way the Spurs pass him up. They can wait for him to finish developing overseas, and once he comes here he should be great. Davis Bertans is also a possibility here, but that would only happen in Mirotic is off the board.
30. Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler, F, Marquette - Now that the two guard spot is filled, the Bulls can pick pretty much anyone for their second spot. While a backup for Derrick Rose would be nice, they can get one with the 43rd pick. Butler is a great all-around player who can cement a great forward rotation for the Bulls.