2011 NBA Draft: 5 Players Who Will Benefit from Being Drafted Where They Did

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2011 NBA Draft: 5 Players Who Will Benefit from Being Drafted Where They Did
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Last night's NBA draft was a proverbial chess match of strategically selecting from a mediocre crop of talent. Trades were rumored, picks were swapped and teams tried to make the best of their selections. Despite not being a particularly strong crop of prospects at all, this draft, like all drafts, had talent that can contribute in the NBA.

Sometimes, where a player is selected in the draft makes all the difference in their career. A solid prospect who may not be ready for the spotlight may be drafted too high and crumble under the expectations, or a highly touted prospect may watch pick after pick in front of him without hearing his name called. The latter prospect can react in two different ways: he can pout and complain about how teams didn't recognize what they were missing out on, or they can use that disappointment as motivation to prove the teams that passed on them wrong and exceed expectations. Every draft has these types of players. Here are five who I think will fit that mold. 

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