2011 NBA Draft Results: First Impressions of the Draft

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2011 NBA Draft Results: First Impressions of the Draft
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The 2011 NBA Draft is now over, and it is time to predict how each player will fare with his new team.

For starters, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted a great duo (Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson) to lead their franchise for years to come.

Some believe Thompson was taken too high at No. 4 overall, but he will prove the skeptics wrong. He is a humble young man who wants to be great, and having Irving feeding him the ball doesn’t hurt either.

One very unpopular pick not only for the hometown fans but according to fans and experts everywhere was the New York Knicks drafting Iman Shumpert. Unless you are an ACC basketball fan, you may have never heard of him.

He’s a multi-talented wing player who can do a bit of everything, but his calling card is defense. The Knicks didn’t draft the best player available, they drafted for need.

Jimmer Fredette may have landed in the best possible scenario for his career to be successful. The Sacramento Kings are certainly going to be able to put up points next season, and that is the only thing Jimmer does well.

They have a good young team too. Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins can develop Jimmer, and the Kings may become contenders again one day.

Marshon Brooks WILL be the steal of this year’s draft. He is an elite scorer drafted by the Boston Celtics who will start his career maturing behind three first-ballot Hall of Famers.

His role this year will be to provide scoring off the bench, something the Celtics lacked down the stretch this season.  When it is time for Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to retire, Brooks will be ready to be the focal point of the offense.

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