2011 NBA Mock Draft: Breaking Down the Entire First Round

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IApril 4, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Breaking Down the Entire First Round

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars reacts during their 74 to 83 loss to the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    With the 2011 NCAA tournament and college basketball season almost in the books, it is time to talk about where these players will go in the NBA draft.

    This is not just a breakdown of where Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker will go, but a breakdown of the entire first round of the 2011 NBA draft.

    With this said, here is an NBA mock draft of the entire first round. 

    Although some of these picks may surprise people, others are simply a layup. 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers, SF/PF Derrick Williams

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, Cali
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    Derrick Williams showed the nation why he is one of the best players in all of college basketball in this year's NCAA tournament. He managed to lead the Arizona Wildcats to the Elite Eight. 

    Williams is a very solid power forward, but can play small forward as well. Williams is the type of player that the Cavaliers can build around. 

2. Minnesota Timberwolves, PG Kyrie Irving

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
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    Although Kyrie Irving was injured for most of his freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils, he proved to be one of the best point guards in all of college basketball.

    When he came back from his toe injury in the NCAA tournament, he picked up where he left off.

    Although Irving only played a handful of games in his freshman year, he showed people his potential and how great of a player he will be. 

3. Washington Wizards, SF Harrison Barnes

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after a play during the second half of the game against the Kentucky Wildcats in the east regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Prudential Center o
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    Barnes can score from anywhere on the court and has a very high basketball IQ. Barnes led his North Carolina Tar Heels to the Elite Eight as a freshman. 

    Although Barnes is a very terrific scorer, he is an even better defender. He is very lengthy, which goes along great with his athleticism. 

4. Toronto Raptors, PF Perry Jones

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    Perry Jones could be the most well-rounded player in this year's NBA draft. Jones is a very versatile player who can do anything from playing two-guard to posting up as a center. 

    Jones is a monster on the boards thanks to his great size and leaping ability. Although Jones did not quite play to his potential for Baylor, he shows signs of being a very good player at the next level. 

5. Sacramento Kings, C Enes Kanter

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    Although Enes Kanter missed his entire first year for the Kentucky Wildcats, he is expected to declare for the 2011 NBA draft. 

    Kanter could very well be the best center in the draft. Kanter is a very dominate and physical player in the paint. However, he has a shooting range that stretches all the way out to the three-point line. 

6. Utah Jazz, SF Terrence Jones

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats goes to the hoop against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Housto
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    For his size, Jones is a very good ball-handler who can score from anywhere on the court. Jones is a very good shooter, but sometimes he does a little more shooting than he should.

    If Jones becomes more of an inside presence, he will be a very hard player to stop in the NBA. All in all, Jones is a very good player and a big reason why the Kentucky Wildcats made it to the Final Four. 

7. Detroit Pistons, SF/PF Jan Vesely

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    Vesely is a very lengthy forward, who is currently playing small forward in the Euroleague but can play power forward as well. He stands at 6'11", and although he is known for his post presence, Vesely is a very good shooter and ball-handler. 

    Vesely is very athletic and capable of running the floor and shooting from behind the arc. Adding some bulk will only make Vesely a better player and a more dangerous presence in the post. 

8. Cleveland Cavaliers, PG Kemba Walker

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts towards the end of the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April
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    Kemba Walker led the Connecticut Huskies to five straight victories to win the Big East tournament. He did not stop there, though. Walker has led the Huskies to the NCAA Championship game. 

    Without Walker, the Huskies would simply not have made it this far. Walker is one of the biggest names in all of college basketball and rightfully so. 

    Walker is everything that a team looks for in a point guard, and the Cavaliers could really use a player like him to help rebuild their team.

9. Milwaukee Bucks, PF Marcus Morris

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks handles the ball against Jamie Skeen #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 27,
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    Although Marcus Morris lacks size for his position, he makes up for it with his skills. 

    Morris is a very versatile player who can post up or knock down shots from the perimeter. He is also a pretty good ball-handler, which makes him very good at attacking the basket. 

10. Charlotte Bobcats, PG Brandon Knight

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
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    Brandon Knight's draft stock is on the rise due to Kentucky's performance in the NCAA tournament. Knight led the Wildcats to the Final Four, and they just came up short in reaching the championship game. 

    Although Knight started the season off slow, he proved that he was well worth the hype, and he was a big reason why the Wildcats made it so far in the NCAA tournament.

11. Golden State Warriors, SF Kawhi Leonard

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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 19:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs drives against the Temple Owls during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Im
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    Leonard is a very good rebounder due to his size and leaping ability. Leonard can also be a very lethal scorer, as he led San Diego State in scoring with 15.4 PPG.

    Although Kawhi seemed to disappear in games at times, with some improvement he can be a very dangerous player on both sides of the ball.  

12. Utah Jazz, PG Jimmer Fredette

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoot against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmond
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    Jimmer Fredette was simply one of the best, if not the best, players in all of college basketball this year.

    With this said, Fredette was the best scorer in college basketball, and he can shoot from anywhere on the court. There is no saying how far his range goes. 

    Although some people think Fredette will be a bust in the NBA, he proved he was one of the best players in college basketball, and I think he will be a very good player in the next level due to his great ball-handling skills, passing ability, amazing scoring ability and toughness as a basketball player. 

13. Phoenix Suns, SG Alec Burks

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes drives with the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during their semifinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City
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    Alec Burks was the 2009 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year, and he did not disappoint in his sophomore year, leading Colorado in scoring with 20.1 PPG.

    Burks is a 6'6" shooting guard and is very capable of being a great NBA player.

14. Houston Rockets, SF Markieff Morris

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts to a play against the Boston University Terriers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by T
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    Although Markieff is not as good as his brother, he is still a very good player. With more work on his offense in the NBA, Markieff could become a very productive scorer.

    Morris is already a great defender and rebounder. Not to mention, he has good height at 6'10".

15. Indiana Pacers, PF Donatas Motiejunas

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    Motiejunas is very athletic for his size. He runs the floor very well, and is also a great passer and very quick. Not to mention, Motiejunas is a very good shooter.

    If Motiejunas can bulk up, he will be very hard to cover in the post, and anywhere on the court for that matter. 

16. New York Knicks, PF John Henson

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27:  John Henson #31 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in action against Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Prudential Center on March 27, 2011 in Newa
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    John Henson is a very athletic player for his size.

    Henson's strengths are rebounding, shot-blocking and defending. However, Henson could add some size and needs work on his perimeter game to be a complete player.

17. Philadelphia 76ers, C Tyler Zeller

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27:  Tyler Zeller #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in action against the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Prudential Center on March 27, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Ph
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    Zeller was the second-leading scorer on North Carolina with 14.5 PPG.

    With good mobility, good shooting and good rebounding, Zeller is easily one of the best centers in the draft this year. 

18. Minnesota Timberwolves, SF Jordan Hamilton

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns goes up for a shot against Jesse Perry #33 of the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (P
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    At 6'7" Hamilton plays more like a guard than a forward. He is a very good passer and an even better scorer. Not to mention, Hamilton is a very good ball-handler.

    Jordan Hamilton is an excellent shooter with very deep range.

19. Washington Wizards, SF Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. UCLA
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    Honeycutt's strengths come on defense, and he also has a high basketball IQ.

    Tyler is a very good passer and shot-blocker. With good athleticism, Honeycutt has put up some decent numbers this year. He averages 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

    Although Honeycutt is a very smart basketball player, he needs to look for his shot more in the NBA and be more selfish with the ball. You can't say that about too many players in this day and age. 

20. New Orleans Hornets, PF Kenneth Faried

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles dunks reacts after a play against the Richmond Spiders during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Pho
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    Kenneth Faried led Morehead State to the Sweet 16 this year. With this said, Morehead State had a great run in the NCAA tournament that led to people noticing how good of a team it was. Not to mention, how good of a player Kenneth Faried is. 

    Faried averaged a double-double with 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.

21. Portland Trail Blazers, SF Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Tex
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    Chris Singleton is known for his defense. He was arguably the best defender on the best defensive team in college basketball. With this said, Singleton was a big reason why Florida State was so good on defense.

    What people may not know about Singleton is that he is a great shooter from mid- and three-point range.

22. Denver Nuggets, C Jonas Valanciunas

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    Jonas Valanciunas makes his living with dunks, rebounds and shot blocks. If Jonas could add some more strength, he would be a nightmare to guard and get rebounds over. With some more experience and time, Jonas will be a very good NBA player.

23. Phoenix Suns, PF Thomas Robinson

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks goes to the basket against the Richmond Spiders during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.  (P
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    Although Thomas Robinson did not put up big numbers for the Kansas Jayhawks, he was very important to the team. 

    Robinson has everything an NBA team could possibly want. He is a great defender and good rebounder. Robinson is also very physical, and has great leaping ability with great size. 

    With a little bit more experience, Robinson could be a great player in the next level. 

24. Oklahoma City Thunder, PG Shelvin Mack

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs reacts against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texa
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    Shelvin Mack is leading the Butler Bulldogs to another magical run in the NCAA tournament. So magical, that the Bulldogs will play in their second consecutive championship game.

    Mack is the perfect point guard. He has great ball-handling skills and is a good shooter with range. Mack is also a good passer and leader. 

25. Chicago Bulls, PG Reggie Jackson

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11:  Reggie Jackson #0 of the Boston College Eagles moves the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Gr
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    Reggie Jackson led Boston College in scoring this year with 18.4 PPG. With a seven-foot wingspan, Jackson is a very good rebounder for his position.

    Jackson is very athletic and his shot is getting better and better. 

26. Boston Celtics, PG/SG Nolan Smith

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North C
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    As soon as Nolan Smith took over at point guard for the Duke Blue Devils, he became one of the best players in the nation. 

    Smith is a very good guard and gets his team involved. He is also a really good shooter. However, when he is not knocking down shots, he can get to the hoop and make baskets. 

27. Dallas Mavericks, PF JaJuan Johnson

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: JaJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago, Il
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    JaJuan Johnson was the Big Ten Player of the Year. This is saying a lot since everyone thought Jared Sullinger was the best player in that conference.

    Johnson is a complete scorer. He can knock down threes if he needs to, and he can also post up and hit mid range shots. Not to mention, Johnson is just as good at defense as he is on offense. 

    Johnson is a complete basketball player, and he is going to be a great player in the NBA. 

28. New Jersey Nets, PF Jon Leuer

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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 19:  Jon Leuer #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates during their game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Phot
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    Although Leuer was a power forward, he was lethal behind the arc. Leuer made big shots for the Wisconsin Badgers all season long.

    With a high basketball IQ and great size, Leuer will be tough to guard in the NBA. 

29. Chicago Bulls, PF Tobias Harris

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers shoots over Zack Novak #0 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 20
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    Harris averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his first year with the Tennessee Volunteers. 

    With great athleticism and a high basketball IQ, Harris can play just about anywhere on the court. If he needs to post up, he is very capable of doing so. If he needs to shoot the long ball, he can also do that. 

30. San Antonio Spurs, SF Kyle Singler

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils goes to the basket against Jamelle Horne #42 of the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in
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    Although Singler's numbers were down from last season, he still averaged 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

    Singler had a great season with Duke, but Nolan Smith outshined him. This is not taking away anything from Singler though, because he is one of the most versatile players in college basketball. He can literally do anything on the basketball court.

    Kyle Singler had an amazing career with the Duke Blue Devils, and he is going to take his basketball skills to the next level. 

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