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2011 NBA Draft Results: Reaction and Analysis For All the Night's Picks

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2011 NBA Draft Results: Reaction and Analysis For All the Night's Picks
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The 2011 NBA draft was like an elaborate Hollywood production. There were laughs, some drama, lots of emotion, and thanks to a Jan Vesely kiss that’ll go down in YouTube lore, even a bit of romance.

Come to think of it, the only thing really missing from the night was a leading man.

As you’ve heard a thousand times by now, this draft lacked that one, surefire guy who could become the immediate face of a franchise. Top pick Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams and Kemba Walker will be good pros, but if none of them ever evolves into a star, only their parents will be terribly shocked.

Let’s not minimize their moment, though. Hearing one’s name called by the commish is an honor that very few experience.

So, to the gents already mentioned and the 56 others who lived a childhood dream last night, congrats on a job well done. Enjoy the cameras. Relish all the autograph seekers.

But know that tomorrow starts a new production—NBA player, the role you’ve waited your entire life for.

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