2011 NBA Draft Grades: How Many Clubs Earned a Failing Grade in Round 1?

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2011 NBA Draft Grades: How Many Clubs Earned a Failing Grade in Round 1?
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Larry Bird was indeed a legendary force as a Hall-of-Fame forward for Indiana State in college and then with the Boston Celtics in his NBA days.

But as a president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, the Hick from French Lick (what a god-awful nickname for one of the best players of all time) is anything but a star.

And in the 2011 NBA Draft, he lived up to his weak reputation as a front-office master by making yet another foolish decision, dealing away former San Diego State star Kawhi Leonard (who he picked No. 15 overall) in exchange for the Spurs backup point guard, George Hill.

The Pacers are destined for mediocrity once again, as has become routine under Bird's watch in Indianapolis.

But Larry Legend wasn't the only GM who downgraded his franchise's roster on Thursday night. Here's a look at the five teams whose front offices failed in the first round of this year's NBA draft:

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