2011 NBA Draft Results: Final Results, Recap and Grades for All 60 Picks

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Results: Final Results, Recap and Grades for All 60 Picks

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    The 2011 NBA Draft is officially in the books, and I'm afraid my scalp may be permanently damaged from all the head-scratching these picks forced me to do.

    It will be very interesting to see how these teams try to make players fit who just don't seem to fit right now. Hopefully, we'll have a full 82-game season to watch as these players adjust to the NBA game.

    With every pick already made, analyzed and scrutinized, it's time for me to throw my opinions out there.  

    Here are the grades for all 60 selections...

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1: Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 191 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 19

    Kyrie Irving may end up being a solid NBA point guard, but Derrick Williams has more talent and would have been a better fit for the team.

    Grade: B


2: Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 248 lbs.

    Position: PF/SF

    Age: 20

    Derrick Williams is almost certainly the best and most talented player in this year's draft class, but he does not fit with Minnesota's current roster.

    I find it hard to believe David Kahn is done dealing. He does have almost a week until the CBA expires to pull something off.

    Grade: A-


3: Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 260 lbs.

    Position: C/PF

    Age: 19

    If Enes Kanter develops into the kind of player scouts, analysts and experts have said he can be, this is a great pick for the Jazz.

    They have a ton of power forwards, but had a serious need for a legitimate center.

    Grade: B+


4: Cleveland Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 227 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 20

    Tristan Thompson is extremely raw and will definitely need a year or two to develop.

    And quite often, players selected purely on potential never pan out.

    I've said all along that I think Thompson might be this year's biggest lottery bust. Selecting him at No. 4 is beyond a reach.

    Grade: D-


5: Toronto Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: C/PF

    Age: 19

    Valanciunas has been hyped up as possibly the best center in this year's class, and in a league devoid of talent at that position, he could end up being a good pick—in a few years.

    Like everyone else in this class, this player is "boom or bust."  Plus, with Valanciunas, there's the added bonus of a tricky buyout situation with his European team.

    Grade: B

6: Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely

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    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 240 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 21

    I'm not sold on Vesely, but I have to give Washington credit for getting the guy they wanted (who most certainly fits a need for the team).

    Some feel he's the most athletic big man in this year's class. He and John Wall could be an exciting combo if that's true.

    Grade: A-


7: Charlotte Bobcats (via Sacramento Kings): Bismack Biyombo

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 243 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 18

    Charlotte really needs scoring after trading Gerald Wallace last year and Stephen Jackson yesterday.  

    Biyombo might be the worst offensive player in the first round.

    However, he could be a beast on defense in a few years.

    Grade: C


8: Detroit Pistons: Brandon Knight

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 177 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 19

    The Pistons have needs all over their roster, and starting rebuilding efforts with point guards is all the rage these days.

    Don't be surprised if Brandon Knight ends up being the best point guard from this year's draft class.  

    Just look at the last three point guards John Calipari has sent to the league: Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall.

    Grade: A

9: Charlotte Bobcats: Kemba Walker

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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 184 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 21

    Kemba Walker is a flat-out winner and almost certainly looks like an upgrade over D.J. Augustin.

    The problem with Walker is he's really more of an undersized shooting guard (like Jason Terry) than a point guard.

    Grade: B+

10: Sacramento Kings (via Milwaukee Bucks): Jimmer Fredette

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 196 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    Jimmer may be the most underrated player in this year's draft class, but this pick represents an awful fit for both the team and the player.

    Sacramento would have been much better off going with Kawhi Leonard or one of the other small forwards who were available.

    It will be very hard for Jimmer to play his game when he's on the court with Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton.

    If any of you have read much from me on the draft, you know I'm a big Jimmer fan. I really hope this pans out for him.

    Grade: C+

11: Golden State Warriors: Klay Thompson

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 206 lbs.

    Position: SG

    Age: 21

    Klay Thompson saw his draft stock skyrocket over the last couple weeks, and I think Golden State may have fallen into a trap here.

    They have a wealth of wings and guards, and would have been better off reaching for a big here.

    Grade: C


12: Utah Jazz: Alec Burks

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 193 lbs.

    Position: SG

    Age: 19

    The Jazz wanted to get a shooting guard with this pick, and they got the guy many thought was this year's best two.

    Burks definitely needs to improve his jump shot, and right now, he does nothing to address Utah's biggest need—outside shooting.

    Grade: B


13: Phoenix Suns: Markieff Morris

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 241 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    Markieff was not expected to go before his younger brother Marcus, but he does fit Phoenix's needs a little better.

    He's a tough player who can potentially help the Suns improve in terms of defense and rebounding.

    Grade: B


14: Houston Rockets: Marcus Morris

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 21

    Marcus Morris may end up being a fine NBA player, but this is a bad fit for Houston.  They already have a wealth of power forwards and desperately needed a center.

    Small forward is even a more pressing need than power forward for them.

    Nikola Vucevic would not have been a stretch here. Kawhi Leonard or Jordan Hamilton would have made much more sense as well.

    Grade: D+

15: San Antonio Spurs (via Indiana Pacers): Kawhi Leonard

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    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 228 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 19

    This an extremely good pickup for the Spurs at No. 15.  They desperately needed a small forward, since Richard Jefferson obviously hasn't panned out.

    Gregg Popovich will get the most out of Leonard, whose athleticism, hustle, defense and rebounding will be fantastic for San Antonio.

    Grade: A

16: Philadelphia 76ers: Nikola Vucevic

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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 260 lbs.

    Position: C/PF

    Age: 20

    Excellent pick for the 76ers here.  They have a very talented young core with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, but they needed a legitimate center to go along with them.

    Grade: A


17: New York Knicks: Iman Shumpert

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 222 lbs.

    Position: SG/PG

    Age: 20

    Iman Shumpert may be a bit of a stretch this high, but there is some upside here.  He's arguably the best athlete in this class and can play some solid defense.  

    That of course, is what New York needs most.

    Grade: C+

18: Washington Wizards: Chris Singleton

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 230 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 21

    The Wizards really needed a small forward, and Singleton may be the best defender in this year's class.

    He's a good pick, but not fantastic because he doesn't really do anything other than defend very well.

    Grade: B


19: Milwaukee Bucks (via Charlotte Bobcats): Tobias Harris

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 223 lbs.

    Position: SF

    Age: 18

    It's hard to see exactly what kind of player Tobias Harris will be at the next level. He does a lot of things fairly well, but nothing really well.

    He is only 18, so there is definitely the possibility for a lot of growth.

    Grade: C+

20: Houston Rockets (via Minnesota Timberwolves): Donatas Motiejunas

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    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 20

    Motiejunas has a lot of work to do to become a NBA basketball player, but he may be worth it for the well-over-the-hill Brad Miller.

    If he pans out and replaces Yao Ming, the team would be ecstatic.

    Grade: C-

21: Portland Trail Blazers: Nolan Smith

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 188 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    I definitely think Nolan Smith is a first-round talent, but I saw him going a few picks later to the Bulls.

    If Portland anticipates him playing point guard in the NBA, the deal makes even less sense. They just acquired Raymond Felton and already have a solid backup in Patty Mills.

    Grade: C+


22: Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 225 lbs.

    Position: PF/C

    Age: 21

    This is a fantastic selection for the Nuggets, especially if they let Kenyon Martin walk in free agency this summer.

    Faried is without a doubt the best rebounder in this draft. He's also one of the best interior defenders.

    The Nuggets have plenty of offense, so Faried's deficiencies there are no big deal.

    Grade: A

23: Chicago Bulls (via Minnesota from Houston): Nikola Mirotic

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 226 lbs.

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 20

    No team has as obvious a positional need as the Bulls, and that need, of course, was shooting guard.  

    They could have landed Jordan Hamilton here.

    Grade: D


24: Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 208 lbs.

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 21

    This pick makes next to no sense.  The only real positional need they have is small forward, and Kyle Singler would have been a great backup for Kevin Durant.

    Reggie Jackson is a scoring guard. Don't they already have one of those?  

    And couldn't you argue he cost the Thunder a Finals berth?

    Grade: F


25: New Jersey Nets (via Boston Celtics): Marshon Brooks

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 195 lbs.

    Position: SG

    Age: 22

    I think Marshon Brooks may end up being the steal of the draft. He's one of the best offensive players available, but has received a lot of criticism for his defense.

    Deron Williams makes everyone he plays with better, and Brooks could be a big-time scorer (by rookie standards).

    Grade: A

26: Denver Nuggets (via Dallas Mavericks): Jordan Hamilton

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    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 228 lbs.

    Position: SF/SG

    Age: 20

    The Nuggets already have a good amount of wing players with J.R. Smith, Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari (but they may lose a couple in free agency).

    Ironically, Hamilton would have been a good fit for Dallas.

    Grade: B-


27: Boston Celtics (via New Jersey Nets) JaJuan Johnson

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    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 220 lbs.

    Position: PF

    Age: 22

    JaJuan Johnson is one of the most underrated players in this year's draft class and could learn a lot from Kevin Garnett as the All-Star's career winds down.

    Grade: B+



28: Miami Heat (From Minnesota via Chicago): Norris Cole

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 175 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 22

    Miami managed to move into the first round in this year's draft, but they took the wrong player.

    I think Norris Cole has major sleeper potential, but Miami needs a center more than anything else. Mario Chalmers can and should be the team's starting point guard.

    Grade: D-

29: San Antonio Spurs: Cory Joseph

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 186 lbs.

    Position: PG

    Age: 20

    This guy just isn't good enough to go in the first round, and there were much better point guards available, such as Charles Jenkins, Darius Morris, Shelvin Mack and others.

    It's not too big a deal for San Antonio since they pulled off the heist of the night when they swiped Kawhi Leonard.

    Grade: F

30: Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler

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    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 222 lbs.

    Position: SF

    Age: 21

    Well, the Bulls officially didn't take a shooting guard in the first round. Odd.

    I think Butler might be a solid player though.

    Grade: C+

Second-Round Picks 31-45

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    31: Minnesota Timberwolves (via Miami Heat): Bojan Bogdanovic 

    Grade: C

    32: Orlando Magic (via Cleveland Cavaliers): Justin Harper

    This pickup makes almost no sense for Orlando. They need a legitimate back-up center, and Justin Harper won't provide anything they don't already get from Ryan Anderson.

    Grade: F 

    33: Detroit Pistons: Kyle Singler

     Singler and Knight could be a solid young foundation for the future for Detroit.

    Grade: B-

    34: Washington Wizards: Shelvin Mack

    Grade: A

    35: Sacramento Kings: Tyler Honeycutt

    Grade: B

    36: New Jersey Nets: Jordan Williams

    Grade: B-

    37: Los Angeles Clippers: Trey Thompkins

    Grade: C-

    38: Houston Rockets: Chandler Parsons

     The Rockets don't really need a small forward, but Parsons is one of the most versatile and intriguing prospects in this year's class.

    Grade: C+

    39: Golden State Warriors (via Charlotte Bobcats): Jeremy Tyler

    Grade: A

    40: Milwaukee Bucks: Jon Leuer

    Grade: B

    41: Los Angeles Lakers: Darius Morris

     The Lakers need a point guard about as much as any team needs any position. Morris could be a solid backcourt mate with Kobe.

    Grade: A

    42: San Antonio Spurs (via Indiana Pacers): Davis Bertans

    Grade: B

    43: Minnesota Timberwolves (via Chicago from Utah): Malcolm Lee

    Grade: C-

    44: Golden State Warriors: Charles Jenkins

    Grade: C

    45: New York Knicks (via New Orleans): Josh Harrellson

     Harrellson was an off-the-radar pickup for the Knicks, but he might be able to provide everything they need: size, toughness, defense and rebounding.

    Grade: B

Second-Round Picks 46-60

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    46: Los Angeles Lakers: Andrew Goudelock

    Grade: B

    47: Los Angeles Clippers: Travis Leslie

    Grade: C-

    48: Atlanta Hawks: Keith Benson

     The Hawks would like to add a legitimate center and move Al Horford to power forward. Benson may not be that, but he's versatile and could possibly fill the hole.

    Grade: B-

    49: Memphis Grizzlies: Josh Selby

     The Grizzlies really don't have any real pressing needs, so they decided to go "high-risk, high-reward" and take Selby.

    Grade: B+

    50: Philadelphia 76ers: Lavoy Allen

    Grade: D-

    51: Portland Trail Blazers: Jon Deibler

    Grade: C

    52: Detroit Pistons: Vernon Macklin

    Grade: C

    53: Orlando Magic: DeAndre Liggins

    Grade: F

    54: Cleveland Cavaliers: Milan Macvan

    Grade: C

    55: Boston Celtics: E'Twaun Moore

     The Celtics went with a pair of Boilermakers to potentially come in behind Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in a year or two. Both could develop into solid players.

    Grade: B

    56: Denver Nuggets (via Los Angeles Lakers): Chukwudiebere Maduabum

    Grade: D+

    57: Dallas Mavericks: Targuy Ngombo

    Grade: C

    58: Los Angeles Lakers: Ater Majok

    Grade: D

    59: San Antonio Spurs: Adam Hanga

    Grade: C

    60: Sacramento Kings: Isaiah Thomas

     I think Jimmer Fredette is grossly underrated, but he just doesn't fit well with the Kings' other players.  

    Isaiah Thomas on the other hand, does.

    Don't be surprised if he ends up being the best final draft pick in NBA history. You know you like it.

    Grade: B

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