NBA Draft 2011: Kenneth Faried and Top Playoff-Ready Stars in the Draft
With the NBA Draft only 10 days away, it's time to look at which players are going to help lead their teams to the playoffs.
Remember that this list contains only players who are bound for likely playoff teams.
Many of the 2010 playoff teams are looking to add a piece here and there to make the push to the Finals.
So without further ado, follow along as we analyze the draft's top playoff ready stars.
Thompson was one of the best pure shooters in college basketball during his time at Washington State.
He'll be a great addition to any team because of that shooting ability and the fact that he understands his role on the floor.
He also has great size and a large wing span, which help him corral the ball around the rim.
Many teams will take a look at Thompson, and whichever team selects him will have that lethal shooter that every championship-bound team needs.
Not much is known about Tyler except for the fact that he left high school early to play professionally overseas.
He is a hulking presence, standing 6'10" and weighing in at 262 pounds.
Tyler will be sought after by teams looking to fill a presence in the post.
The Boston Celtics seem like his most likely destination at 25th overall.
Harper was one of the best players in last season's NCAA Tournament, leading his Richmond Spiders to the Sweet 16.
He's a very effective jump shooter with three-point range.
Harper shot a ridiculous 49% from three during his senior season.
He's also a tremendous athlete who has the ability to blow by defenders and get to the rim.
Any team who selects Faried will be investing in a gold mine.
Faried is a high energy guy who dominates on the blocks and seemingly snatches every rebound and gets a hand on every shot.
A dedicated worker, Faried's work ethic and attitude are two things that will never be questioned during his career.
Whichever team selects him will be getting a game-changing player, which helps in playoff time.
Many of you may be wondering why Johnson is in this list.
I see him going 31st overall to the Heat.
Miami really needs a player who is going to help take the pressure off the Big Three.
Johnson can help because he's a capable scorer, as he averaged 20.5 points during his senior season at Purdue.
He also has a consistent mid-range jump shot, which is something not a lot of 6'10" players have.