2011 NBA Mock Draft: All 60 Picks with Jimmer Fredette Landing on Phoenix Suns
The NBA Draft is less than two days away and teams remain uncertain at best. The hype is unbearable, there are rumors everywhere and there are way too many foreigners.
With a ton of maneuvering still going on, teams like the Timberwolves and Rockets are trying to shop their picks. Prospects Tristan Thompson and Bismack Biyombo have been all over the place lately, and popular guards Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette seem to be vying for Sacramento's seventh-overall pick.
Who goes where?
This list is long, so let's get right to it—I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet so you read the whole thing!
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke
You guys know the drill. He is the best player in the draft. Cleveland isn't 1000 percent sold on him, but they are afraid to take someone else because of fan-backlash.
With Irving and whoever they get at No. 4, Cleveland is well on its way back to relevancy.
Keep an eye on: Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona
The Wolves are trying like hell to trade this pick, but they will most likely end up keeping it and picking D-Will.
Williams is big, strong, explosive and he even has some range on his jump shot.
He is truly the full package.
Keep an eye on: Enes Kanter
3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
As early as a few weeks ago, Knight was falling to the 10th pick. Now? Almost everyone is certain that he will end up in Utah.
With an injury-prone starter in Devin Harris, the Jazz can look to Knight for stability and floor control similar to what they had with Deron Williams. Obviously Knight isn't close to Deron's talent, but he has that same presence about him.
He can lead a team and unlike Devin Harris, he will lead both offensively and defensively.
Keep an eye on: Enes Kanter, Derrick Williams
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, Turkey
Kanter is the biggest wild card in the Draft. He can be a franchise center, or he could be the next Michael Olowokandi.
He's got the size and the skills, but he's played only one organized game in the last two years!
He very well could make the jump from amateur to pro, but Cleveland is banking on there being no adjustment period. That's probably not fair to Kanter. If given time, I think he could be a superstar.
Keep an eye on: No one. It's Kanter or bust.
5. Toronto Raptors: Jan Vesely, Czech Republic
I don't know why everyone is expecting Toronto to pick Vesely here, but apparently it is a done deal. Brian Colangelo is going to have a tough time explaining this one.
Vesely and Andrea Bargnani are way too similar. Toronto would probably be better off with Kemba Walker or Tristan Thompson. Unfortunately for Raptors fans, this is not my call—you are going to be stuck in the basement for at least one more year.
Keep an eye on: Kemba Walker
6. Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
Even though Kawhi doesn't do anything extremely well, he is still a definite top-10 pick. He is one of those guys who you can always count on. He won't take bad shots or turn the ball over, and he will always leave his heart on the floor.
For Washington, maybe Leonard can help motivate guys like Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. His emotion and toughness will help John Wall develop into a strong leader. With guys like Blatche and McGee around, Wall didn't have any role models. Now he's got one.
Keep an eye on: Jan Vesely, Tristan Thompson
7. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, UConn
Kemba is a leader and a winner, and he will wear off on the malcontent Tyreke Evans, as well as the immature DeMarcus Cousins.
Walker was loved by all his teammates. His energy and relentlessness was contagious among his fellow Huskies as he led UConn to a National Championship. Kemba has a tall task ahead of him in Sacramento, but they have some very good, young players who he can work with.
Keep an eye on: Jimmer Fredette, Kawhi Leonard
8. Detroit Pistons: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania
The 7-footer from Lithuania might not be coming over to the US soon, but if he makes any type of commitment, he is the player Detroit has to take here. Jonas is super-talented, very athletic, and will probably be a solid big man in the NBA for years.
He does have a slight size problem—he definitely doesn't grab enough rebounds—but he should be able to overcome that as long as he is not expected to play down low.
Keep an eye on: Tristan Thompson, Bismack Biyombo, Marcus Morris
9. Charlotte Bobcats: Tristan Thompson, Texas
In most years, Thompson would be a mid to late first-round pick. But so many teams this year are in need of length, guys like Thompson, Biyombo and Vucevic are all going to be taken a little bit early.
Don't get me wrong, Thompson's got talent, but he is only a role player. He is a decent scorer and a terrific rebounder. He will definitely use his length and athleticism to become an extremely valuable shot blocker.
Keep an eye on: Marcus Morris, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Singleton
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Klay Thompson, Washington State
A long-range bomber, Thompson is almost universally accepted as the Bucks 10th-overall pick. Milwaukee has had tons of problems scoring the last few years, and Klay can light it up.
I would not be surprised to see them move this pick.
Keep an eye: No one
11. Golden State Warriors: Bismack Biyombo, Congo
Biyombo is a freak of nature. He has extremely long arms, and is as athletic as anyone in the draft.
No one seems to think that he can actually put the ball in the hoop. No worries, Golden State has enough scorers. All they need is for Biyombo to play his game: protect the hoop, bring energy, block shots, and get every single rebound (and then pass to Stephen Curry and enjoy).
Keep an eye on: Alec Burks, Klay Thompson
12. Utah Jazz: Alec Burks, Colorado
Supremely athletic, and possibly the best scorer in the draft, Burks will fit beautifully next to Brandon Knight in Utah's backcourt.
Alec is slightly below average defensively, but his offense more than makes up for it. At 6'6", he's got great length for a guard, and a point guard's handle.
Keep an eye on: Chris Singleton
13. Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, BYU
It shows how fun he was with his teammates. In Phoenix it will be a perfect for him. A high-powered offense (with extremely little focus on defense) completely centered around the guy with the ball (Nash/Jimmer).
Plus, is there anyone better to learn from than Steve Nash?
Keep an eye on: Tristan Thompson, Bismack Biyombo
14. Houston Rockets: Nikola Vucevic, USC
As I mentioned with Tristan Thompson, Vucevic is going way too high.
He has the ceiling of maybe a 15-8 player in his absolute prime, and will never be considered as an All-Star. But he is consistent, and he is NBA-ready, so it's not like this is a bad pick. It's just a safe one.
The Daryl Morey way.
Keep an eye on: Bismack Biyombo, Chris Singleton
15. Indiana Pacers: Marcus Morris, Kansas
Marcus may be a little smaller than his brother Markieff, but he is still one tough dude.
Many experts expect him to go earlier, but I just don't see it. He does't really have any talents that stand out, and he is slightly undersized for a power forward, and too slow to play small forward.
I really have no clue where he is going to land.
Keep an eye on: Jimmer Fredette, Bismack Biyombo, Markieff Morris, Marshon Brooks
16. Philadelphia 76ers: Chris Singleton, Florida State
Singleton will fit right in with Philly
With Andre Iguodala's eventual departure, Singleton will fit beautifully into the No. 3 spot. He will be a nice defensive addition for a team which will be losing its best perimeter defenseman. He will also be able to pick up some of the scoring slack.
Keep an eye on: Alec Burks, Klay Thompson
17. New York Knicks: Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech
Magically, Shumpert slipped through the cracks until the last second. After being totally ignored until about three days ago, Iman is now universally accepted as a top-35 pick.
People are saying the Knicks should go for Fredette, or a big center. The biggest problem for the Knicks is defense. If they can get Biyombo, Thompson or Vucevic, be my guest. But Jimmer is not the answer here. Shumpert is a lockdown defender who can guard multiple positions.
A perfect fit.
Keep an eye on: Tyler Honeycutt, Reggie Jackson, Chris Singleton
18. Washington Wizards: Jordan Hamilton, Texas
Hamilton is a superb scorer for a guy his size. He is very similar to Andre Iguodala in that way (minus the athleticism), so maybe the 76ers pick him up.
Either way, Hamilton has been falling down draft boards for long enough. With Leonard and Hamilton, the Wiz can now play two distinct styles of basketball (big, defense VS. a little smaller, offense).
Keep an eye on: Donatas Montiejunas, Markieff Morris, Kenneth Faried
19. Charlotte Bobcats: Markieff Morris, Kansas
Markieff is bigger, stronger, and a better shot blocker than his brother, but he is not as talented offensively.
Markieff will provide a very strong emotional and physical toughness and he will most likely become one of the team leaders with Tristan. Speaking of Tristan, he and Morris are going to form a seriously dominant defensive duo down low.
Keep an eye on: Iman Shumpert, Reggie Jackson, Nikola Vucevic
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Marshon Brooks, Providence
Marshon is a great scorer. The problem is it's hard to determine whether his high scoring numbers were due to his high volume of shots, or that he is a legitimately good scorer.
Minnesota needs a 2-guard next to Ricky Rubio to open up the floor and take the pressure off. Even if Brooks shoots it a little too much, his scoring will be key for the Wolves if they want Rubio, Derrick Williams and Kevin Love to evolve.
Keep an eye on: Jordan Hamilton, Donatas Motiejunas, Tyler Honeycutt, Darius Morris
21. Portland Trail Blazers: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Faried is the beast in the blue.
An extremely durable and tough rebounder, Faried will make whichever team chooses him very happy. He is NBA ready, and he will provide leadership right away.
You do not want to be in this man's way of a rebound.
Keep an eye on: No one
22. Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, Tennessee
Harris is perfect for the Nuggets. They already have plenty of scoring pop and athleticism, so Harris will counter that with some old-school toughness and new-school versatility. He's like a mixture of a less-talented Lamar Odom and a skinnier Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
Wherever Tobias lands, expect him to be a fixture there for a while.
Keep an eye on: Tyler Honeycutt, Kenneth Faried, Nikola Vucevic, Jimmy Butler
23. Houston Rockets: Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA
With freakishly-long arms, great range and terrific athleticism, Honeycutt has somehow positioned himself as a first-round pick. He didn't have a particularly good year at UCLA, but must have shown some major improvements during team workouts.
He has been rising up the draft boards lately.
Keep an eye on: Kenneth Faried, Jeremy Tyler, Iman Shumpert
24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania
Motiejunas is an absolutely devastating shooter for his size (7'0", 220 pounds), and he is only 19.
The problem is that he might be more of a Chris Bosh-type player—afraid to go inside. Either way, Donatas has lottery-level talent, and will perform well wherever he goes. Oklahoma City also has plenty of time to bring him along slowly.
Keep an eye on: Jordan Hamilton, Marshon Brooks
25. Boston Celtics: Jeremy Tyler, Tokyo Apache
I'm a huge Celtics fan, and I've tried to convince myself that this is going to work out, but I just can't do it. He is too immature, too raw, and his confidence is at an all-time low right now (basketball-wise). If KG can tutor him, he has a chance to be a very good center, but I just don't see it.
Where is Shaq when you need him!
Keep an eye on: Jordan Williams, JaJuan Johnson, Trey Thompkins
26. Dallas Mavericks: Davis Bertans, Latvia
Grooming a successor to Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks will draft this shooting stud from Latvia. He's got a lights-out shot, but there are questions whether he can do it on a pro level.
I think 26 is too high, but either OKC, Dallas or San Antonio will take him in the first round.
Keep an eye on: Jimmy Butler, Chandler Parsons, Justin Harper
27. New Jersey Nets: Darius Morris, Michigan
New Jersey is in a really bad position. As usual.
On the one hand, they don't want to take a PG which will basically be telling Deron Williams, "you are leaving, we know it, we took a PG to replace you." But on the other hand, if you don't take a PG and Deron leaves, then what?
Answer: Morris, the guard from Michigan, has been rising up draft boards lately.
Keep an eye on: Nolan Smith, Charles Jenkins, Josh Selby, Reggie Jackson
28. Chicago Bulls: Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
Jenkins is built like a fullback at 6'3" 220 pounds. Charles is easily one of the strongest PG's in the game. He is also a fantastic scorer.
He doesn't have a great shot and he isn't too athletic, but he has a quick first step and he can drive on almost anyone.
Keep in mind: Tyler Honeycutt, Justin Harper, Reggie Jackson, Nolan Smith
29. San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Mirotic, Serbia (Montenegro)
Mirotic is going in the first round, but he won't be able to play for a few seasons.
Still, his talent is undeniable and one team will take a chance on him. He is obviously a very high-risk pick (because he could never come, or get an injury overseas), but he has an extremely high ceiling as well. Experts are saying that his talent level is lottery worthy.
Keep an eye on: Davis Bertans, JaJuan Johnson, Trey Thompkins
30. Chicago Bulls: Justin Harper, Richmond
Harper was an absolutely amazing shooter for Richmond this past season, almost shooting 50 percent from three-point land!
He could be a huge help for Chicago, but obviously, he is going to be a disaster on the defensive end. Luckily for him, he has the No. 1 defense in the league to back him up.
He would be a very nice addition to the Bulls.
Keep an eye on: Jimmy Butler, Jon Leuer, Darius Morris
Draft Picks 31-35
31. Miami Heat: Jordan Williams, Maryland—A big man to solidify Miami's front court, Williams is a solid option who won't be asked to do too much.
32. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyle Singler, Duke—A great complement for Irving and Kanter, Singler will have to rely on his terrific work ethic and his unbelievable motor. (Sleeper potential)
33. Detroit Pistons: Jimmy Butler, Marquette—A terrific athlete and determined defender, Butler will bring the swagger back to the Motor City.
34. Washington Wizards: Nolan Smith—Obviously a big name this late, Nolan will be a very successful backup and could potentially become a solid starter one day.
35. Sacramento Kings: JaJuan Johnson, Purdue—Big, strong and pretty talented, this potential first-rounder will speed the recovery from Samuel Dalembert's departure.
Draft Picks 36-40
36. New Jersey Nets: Trey Thompkins, Georgia—New Jersey could use his size after the departure of rebounding-machine Kris Humphries. Thompkins is an athletic beast. (Potential sleeper)
37. Los Angeles Clippers: Reggie Jackson, Boston College—Jackson has fallen in this draft because of an injury during workouts, but he is a total steal here. (Potential sleeper)
38. Houston Rockets: Josh Selby, Kansas—Selby fell off the first-round boards this week with some questionable workouts. He could be a steal this late, he's got the talent.
39. Charlotte Bobcats: Bojan Bogdanovic, Croatia—He's tall and he can score, but he is a little undersized right now. Could potentially come to US this season. (Potential sleeper)
40. Milwaukee Bucks: Jon Leuer, Wisconsin—An extremely good shooter, he is a consolation prize for Justin Harper.
Draft Picks 41-45
41. Los Angeles Lakers: Norris Cole, Cleveland St.—The Lakers luck out and somehow steal Cole this late. He is a more than capable replacement for Derek Fisher.
42. Indiana Pacers: E'Twaun Moore, Purdue—A potential lights-out shooter in the backcourt, Indiana could really use him this season. Their guards are trash. (Potential sleeper)
43. Chicago Bulls: Malcolm Lee, UCLA—He would be the defensive version of Derrick Rose. Super athletic and super talented. Solid backup.
44. Golden State Warriors: Travis Leslie, Georgia—Slightly undersized for his position (SG/SF), Leslie makes up for it with unbelievable athleticism.
45. New Orleans Hornets: Andrew Goudelock, Charleston—Goudelock is here for one reason, shooting. He is probably the third-best shooter in the draft behind Jimmer and Klay Thompson. (Potential sleeper)
Draft Picks 46-50
46. Los Angeles Lakers: Chandler Parsons (above), Florida—I feel like everyone hates him already, going to the Lakers is just cruel. He is a terrific shooter though, and has had an extremely high-climbing week on the draft boards. (Potential sleeper)
47. Los Angeles Clippers: Rick Jackson, Syracuse—A perfect backup for Blake Griffin, this kid will grab every single rebound and will play solid defense.
48. Atlanta Hawks: Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State—A potential replacement for Josh Smith down the road.
49. Memphis Grizzlies: Shelvin Mack, Butler—We all know he can score, and Memphis just lost Shane Battier. Mack will play Tony Allen's role, except with offense.
50. Phildelphia 76ers: DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky—A lanky, pesky defender, Liggins will also hit the occasional three-point shot. Not bad value here.
Draft Picks 51-55
51. Portland Trail Blazers: Xavi Rabaseda, Spain—Not much is known about him, except that he is apparently a phenom in Spain. Let's see what happens.
52. Detroit Pistons: Keith Benson (above), Oakland—A monster, Benson has got a lot of improving to do if he wants to stay in the NBA.
53. Orlando Magic: Greg Smith, Fresno State—An athletic center who could emerge down the line as a potential replacement for Dwight Howard.
54. Cleveland Cavaliers: Willie Reed, St. Louis—First of all, great name. Second, Reed is a long, super-athletic power forward. He could use some coaching on the post.
55. Boston Celtics: Giorgi Shermadini, Georgia (Russia)—He's apparently a big dude who can score. The Celtics definitely could use that. Unfortunately he won't be in the US for a few years.
The Final Five: 56-60
56. Los Angeles Lakers: Julyan Stone, UTEP—He's a 6'6" PG, and the Lakers have Derek Fisher.'Nuff said.
57. Dallas Mavericks: Isaiah Thomas, Washington—only 5'10", Thomas has similar qualities to cult-hero J.J. Barea, and maybe Dallas is worried he is going to leave.
58. Los Angeles Lakers: DeAngelo Casto, Washington St.—An undersized PF, Casto could fill in after Ron Artest or Pau Gasol leaves. He has great athleticism.
59. San Antonio Spurs: Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Lithuania—A shooter, San Antonio will let him develop and then jump when the time is right. (Potential sleeper)
60. Sacramento Kings: Terrence Jones (above), Kentucky—Jones was solid for the Wildcats last year, and he definitely can help a Kings backcourt that has no idea how to play defense (Kemba included).
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