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NBA Draft 2011 Results: The 8 Most Shocking Surprises from the 1st Round
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The 2011 NBA draft was widely considered to have two sure things at the top—Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams—followed by a relatively unspectacular crop of talent.

But in a testament to both the frenzied pace of today’s rumor generation and the questionable reputations of the two teams at the top—the Cleveland Cavaliers, who for years failed to surround LeBron James with sufficient talent, and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are led by infamous point guard collector David Kahn—many expected that the two top players would end up going somewhere besides the two top teams in the draft.

In the end, it happened how it was supposed to happen—but that doesn’t mean the first round of the 2011 NBA draft was without surprises.

Here are the top eight surprises of Thursday’s first round, in order of the level of shock.

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