2011 NBA Draft Results: Winners and Losers of the 2011 NBA Draft

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2011 NBA Draft Results: Winners and Losers of the 2011 NBA Draft
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Well, ladies and gentlemen, the 2011 NBA draft started out like most of us expected, with Kyrie Irving going No. 1 to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Williams going second to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

From there it devolved into a hodgepodge of madness, culminating with everyone swearing off mock drafts for the rest of their lives.

When Utah picked Enes Kanter with the third pick, all bets were off.  They could have gone with Brandon Knight with that pick, which probably would have made the dominoes fall in a way that many out there thought would happen. But when David Stern said Kanter's name, there was no looking back.

Eight trades, six international players and a guy named Targuy Ngombo later, and we have ourselves the 2011 draft in the books.

For some teams it was a complete and utter windfall, making their general managers seem like complete geniuses. For others, it was a whirlwind of confusion and furrowed brows.

In fact, if I could sum up this draft in one word, it would be "confusing," considering the number of trades and out-of-place picks.

So let's take a quick look back at the winners and losers of this year's draft.  Lord knows I need to lay some things out on paper just to understand them myself.

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