2011 NBA Mock Draft: How Does Draft Fit into Los Angeles Lakers' Offseason Plans

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIJune 2, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: How Does Draft Fit into Los Angeles Lakers' Offseason Plans

0 of 30

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars drives against Justin Holiday #22 of the Washington Huskies in the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers do not have any picks in the first round of this month’s draft.

    There are a number of players being projected as first-round picks who could improve the Lakers' current roster.

    Is it possible the Lakers would trade some of their second-round picks and/or players currently on their roster to land a first-round prospect?

    Considering Jim and Jerry Buss now have full control over the team, I wouldn’t rule out anything.

    Here is a full first-round mock draft. Also, the last five slides will highlight first-round prospects who would fit well with the Lakers.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Lucas Nogueira, Brazil

1 of 30

    The 7’0’’ Brazilian led the under-18 FIBA Americas tournament in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage, last summer in San Antonio.

    With the aging Tim Duncan, the Spurs should consider Nogueira with their 29th pick in the first-round.

    Photo courtesy of eurohopes.com

28. Chicago Bulls: Josh Selby, Kansas

2 of 30

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Josh Selby #32 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Richmond Spiders at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Kansas defeated R
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Selby only played one year at Kansas, before entering this year’s draft.

    I can’t help but think Selby is a player who would have benefited playing a couple more seasons of college basketball.

27. New Jersey Nets: Travis Leslie, Georgia

3 of 30

    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Travis Leslie #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs misses a last second three-pointer that would have tied the game against the Washington Huskies during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable A
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    In his junior season with the Bulldogs, Leslie averaged 14 points and seven rebounds a game.

    In addition, he was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

26. Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA

4 of 30

    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins attempts a shot agaisnt the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 73-65. (P
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    Honeycutt was named to 2011 All-Pac-10 First Team.

    Honeycutt has the versatility to play both the small forward and shooting guard positions in the NBA.

25. Boston Celtics: Malcolm Lee, UCLA

5 of 30

    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Malcolm Lee #3 of the UCLA Bruins drives against the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 73-65. (Photo by J. Mer
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    In his last season at UCLA, Lee averaged 13 points a game, en route to being named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Charles Jenkins, Hofstra

6 of 30

    Jenkins is a player with four years of college experience under his belt.

    Playing at Hofstra, Jenkins averaged 22 points a contest as a senior.

    Jenkins is a very streaky shooter, who can score 40 points on a given night, as was the case last season when he dropped 40 points on Binghamton.

    Photo courtesy of nbadraft.net

23. Houston Rockets: Darius Morris, Michigan

7 of 30

    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Darius Morris #4 of the Michigan Wolverines moves the ball while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Morris was named to the 2011 All-Big Ten Third Team. The Los Angeles native led the Wolverines in scoring and assists.

22. Denver Nuggets: Reggie Jackson, Boston College

8 of 30

    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
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    As a junior with Boston College, Jackson led the Eagles in scoring and assists.

    Jackson was also named to the All-ACC First Team.

21. Portland Trail Blazers: Tobias Harris, Tennessee

9 of 30

    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Tobias Harris #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers lays the ball up in front of Stu Douglass #1 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Ar
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Harris played only one season at Tennessee, averaging 15 points and seven rebounds a contest. At only 18 years of age, Harris stands at 6’8’’and weighs 225 pounds.

    Portland would be smart to draft him with the often injured Greg Oden and aging Marcus Camby on their roster.

19. Charlotte Bobcats: Markieff Morris, Kansas

10 of 30

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Along with being selected to the 2011 All-Big 12 Second Team, Morris led the Jayhawks in rebounding and blocks.

18. Washington Wizards: Chris Singleton, Florida State

11 of 30

    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
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Singleton was named to the All-ACC Third Team and the All-ACC Defensive Team, despite missing six games with a foot injury.

    Singleton is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end of the court, and he could very well have a future trying to shut down the opposing team’s best player in the NBA.

17. New York Knicks: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State

12 of 30

    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
    Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

    Faried pulled down a nation-best 14 rebounds a game last season. With his nose for the ball, Faried could contribute right away in the right situation.

    One concern surrounding Faried is the fact most of his gaudy rebounding numbers came against less-than-stellar competition in the Ohio Valley Conference.

15. Indiana Pacers: Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania

13 of 30

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania tries to get past Gordon Hayward of the United States defends during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centre on Jul
    Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

    Reigning from Lithuania, Motiejunas is a 7’0’’ finesse player.

    The only question is: Will he turn out to be the next Darko Milicic or Pau Gasol? The answer is likely somewhere in-between.

13. Phoenix Suns: Marcus Morris, Kansas

14 of 30

    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Marcus Morris #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks handles the ball against Ed Nixon #50, Jamie Skeen #21 and Bradford Burgess #20 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball t
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Marcus is touted as the better draft prospect than his brother Markieff.

    While he will never be a star, it wouldn’t surprise me if Marcus ends up being a valuable role player for a team in the near future.

    Marcus has the versatility to play both small and power forward at the next level.

11. Golden State Warriors: Alec Burks, Colorado

15 of 30

    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
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Burks exhibits the size and athleticism to be a productive shooting guard in the NBA.

    At only 18 years old, he has plenty of time to hone his craft.

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young

16 of 30

    HOUSTON - APRIL 03:  Jimmer Fredette of BYU received the 2011 Naismith Trophy Presented by AT&T at the NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Program on April 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    Fredette led the nation in scoring last season with 28 points a game.

    Also, Fredette was named the Naismith Player of the Year.

    His lack of defense and athleticism will likely prevent him from being the type of player he was in college as a professional.

    With his gifted shooting touch and nose to score, Fredette could easily provide a team with a quick 12-15 points off the bench. I see a lot of Kyle Korver and J.J. Reddick in Jimmer.

9. Charlotte Bobcats: Bismack Biyombo, Spain

17 of 30

    Biyombo is an athletic, shot-blocking machine. He is very comparable to Serge Ibaka from Oklahoma City.

    On the other hand, his offensive game is still very much a work in progress.

    Photo Courtesy of prodraftcentral.com

8. Detroit Pistons: Jan Vesely, Belgrade

18 of 30

    Given his athleticism and size, Vesely could make a fantastic small forward in the NBA.

    Photo courtesy of draftbreakdown.com

7. Sacramento Kings: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania

19 of 30

    Valanciunas is an international player with great potential. He has a great combination of size (6’11", 240) and agility.

    Photo courtesy of eurohopes.com

6. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State

20 of 30

    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs dunks the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, Calif
    Harry How/Getty Images

    Leonard is a great energy player, who tends to do all of the little things that add up in the box score.

    However, his lack of having a defined niche could hurt him playing with the big boys.

5. Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, Connecticut

21 of 30

    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies handles the ball against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston,
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Kemba Walker took the nation by storm this spring, leading the Connecticut Huskies to the national championship, being named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player in the process.

    Walker has that extra bit of swagger that many players are lacking in this year's draft. We will see how far his moxie can carry him in the NBA.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter: Kentucky

22 of 30

    Kanter is quite possibly the most NBA-ready post player in this year's draft.

    Kanter is comparable to Blake Griffin, in the sense both players play at a high energy level and have great work ethic.

    Photo courtesy of kykernel.com

3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, Kentucky

23 of 30

    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on 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
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Brandon Knight is not quite the player John Wall was coming out of Kentucky as a freshman last year.

    Knight is a big, quick point guard, with a flair for clutch play.

    Knight hit the game winner in this year’s tournament against Princeton and scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds against North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona

24 of 30

    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
    Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Williams showed the country this past March he has the type of game to be an immediate success in the NBA.

    Quite possibly the best prospect in this year's draft.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke

25 of 30

    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against 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 Anaheim, California.  (Photo by
    Harry How/Getty Images

    Kyrie Irving, the projected No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, only played 11 games in his first and only season at Duke, due to a toe injury.

    Irving is the type of true point guard who can turn a franchise around, much like Derrick Rose, John Wall and Chris Paul.

    Possible physical breakdown and lack of college experience are the big concerns for Irving heading into the NBA.

30. Chicago Bulls: Nikola Vucevic, USC

26 of 30

    DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Nikola Vucevic #5 of the USC Trojans handles the ball against D.J. Haley #33 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 16, 2011 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Phot
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    In his three seasons at USC, Vucevic averaged 10 points and shot over 50 percent from the field.

    Vucevic has tremendous size, standing at 6’10’’ and weighing 260 pounds.

    The Lakers have not had much depth behind Bynum and Gasol at the backup center position. With his size and college experience, Vucevic could be the backup big man the team is looking for.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Marshon Brooks, Providence

27 of 30

    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars brings the ball up court against Jimmy Butler #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the first round of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfit
    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    A four-year player at Providence, Brooks was named to the All-Big East First Team and led the Friars in points and rebounds.

    The Lakers are in need of athletic perimeter players who can put the ball in the hoop.

    With Brooks, the Lakers would have just that.

    Brooks was the nation's second-leading scorer behind Jimmer Fredette.

12. Utah Jazz: Tristan Thompson, Texas

28 of 30

    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns walks off the court after their 70-69 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Pho
    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    Thompson is a fantastic shot-blocker and rebounder. As a freshman at the University of Texas, Thompson made the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, and he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

    If Thompson can develop a decent mid-range jumper, he could have a very productive NBA career.

    Thompson is one of the more athletic prospects in this year's draft. It would be great to see him cut his teeth in the NBA playing behind the likes of Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

14. Houston Rockets: Jordan Hamilton, Texas

29 of 30

    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns reacts at the end of their 70-69 loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by T
    Tom Pennington/Getty Images

    Hamilton was named to the 2011 All-Big 12 First Team.

    Hamilton is a very versatile player with the ability to play multiple positions. He could very easily be a dangerous slasher in the NBA.

    With Hamilton, the Lakers wouldn't suddenly look so slow and flat footed. Not to mention, they would have a a top 15 prospect to build from the ground up.

16. Philadelphia 76ers: Klay Thompson, Washington State

30 of 30

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars looks on in the second half against the Washington Huskies in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 i
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Thompson is one of the best pure shooters in this year’s draft. As a junior at Washington State, Thompson averaged 21 points a contest.

    We could be looking at a poor man’s Peja Stojakovic.

    Thompson has the type of shooting stroke to make an immediate impact in the NBA.

    The Lakers have not had a deadly three-point shooter since Glen Rice in 2000. I would love to see this kid in purple and gold.

    With the NBA Draft approaching, NBA Mock Draft season is here. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for updated mock drafts, along with the latest NBA Draft news, analysis, rumors and predictions.

🚨 SPORTS NEWS ➡️ YOUR INBOX

The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.


X