June 23, 2011

Final 2011 NBA Mock Draft

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1
(June 23, 2011)

I actually completed this mock early this morning, but complications forced me to re-do it. For now, we still believe Irving will go number one, and the Cavs will likely select Jonas Valanciunas with the 4th overall pick. The picture is becoming clearer, and I'll try to break it down for the last time.

*Mock will be updated soon in regards to the below trade:

*Trade between Bucks-Bobcats-Kings

Bucks Get:
G/F Stephen Jackson (f: CHA)
PG Shaun Livingston (f: CHA)
PG: Beno Udrih (f: SAC)
19th Overall Draft Pick (f: CHA)

Bobcats Get:
F Corey Maggette (f: MIL)
7th Overall Draft Pick (f: SAC)

Kings Get:
G John Salmons (f: MIL)
10th Overall Draft Pick (f: MIL)


1. Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 191 lbs. | Class: Freshman

Analysis: All signs point to the Cavaliers selecting Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick. Forward Derrick Williams is still being considered here. Something tells me that Williams may be the best player in this draft, and the Cavs should probably take him, but they seem to be locked in on Irving and in a point guard driven league, they need someone who can lead the franchise like Irving.

2. Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 248 lbs. | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: The Timberwolves are strongly considering Enes Kanter here, but I believe talent wins out and they go with Williams. They already have many talented forwards, but it would be hard for David Kahn to pass up Williams, especially if they have an opportunity to trade Michael Beasley or Anthony Randolph. They desperately need shooters, and Williams can shoot the rock.

*Do not be surprised if GM David Kahn pulls of a big (or dumb) trade, or if they keep the pick Enes Kanter could be their guy.

3. Enes Kanter, C-PF, Turkey
Ht: 6-11 Wt: 260 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: For the longest, Brandon Knight has been projected here. Now, it seems that the Jazz are leaning towards Enes Kanter. In this scenario, they could be planning to deal Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, and then be planning to select Jimmer Fredette 12th overall.

*Now that Utah knows they may not get Jimmer, they might rethink their draft strategy.

4. Jonas Valančiūnas, C, Lithuania
Ht: 7-0 Wt: 245 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: The Cavaliers are decided on drafting Lithuania big man Jonas Valančiūnas here. Even with his current buyout situation, and the fact he may not come over for a year or two, it would be hard to pass on a 7' footer with so much upside.

*Even if Enes Kanter is on the board, Valančiūnas is who they seem to prefer. Tristan Thompson is in the mix.

5. Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 177 lbs. | Class: Freshman

Analysis: The Raptors are targeting two players: Bismack Biyombo, and Kawhi Leonard, because on the worst defensive team in the league, you need to be able to defend, and these are two great defenders. But, if Brandon Knight is on the board, the Raptors will not pass on him. He would be an upgrade at the point, and would give the Raptors much needed perimeter shooting and defense.

*Bismack Biyombo is gaining momentum, and the Raptors are seriously considering him here.

6. Jan Veselý, F, Czech Republic
Ht: 6-11 Wt: 240 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: Washington has their sights set on Enes Kanter, but he isn't available. Needing a wing player and someone to pair with John Wall, the Wizards won't pass on Jan Veselý here. He is athletic, can run the floor, and continues to develop his offensive game. Veselý can also add some depth in the front court and play the four.

7. Bismack Biyombo, C-PF, Congo
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 245 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: Charlotte will likely target Texas forward Tristan Thompson or Bismack Biyombo here. They really like Thompson, but Biyombo has the edge since he is a true center and an athletic guy who can rebound and alter shots. Biyombo is a bit of a risk, but I'm convinced they must take Biyombo.

8. Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 227 lbs. | Class: Freshman

Analysis: No change here, Tristan Thompson gets the nod with Bismack Biyombo off the board. They feel like they can put him next to Greg Monroe and he can make an immediate impact.

*Detroit may look to trade back as well.

9. Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 227 lbs. | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Chris Singleton, Marcus Morris, and Alec Burks are there targets here. However, there is no way they will pass on Kawhi Leonard if he falls to them. He isn't a consistent shooter right now, but he is a tenacious defender that can rebound the ball and attack the basket. He would ultimately replace Gerald Wallace.

10. Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: Senior

Analysis: A few hours ago, I thought Kemba Walker was who they wanted. Now, they are leaning toward Jimmer Fredette, who would fill the void Beno Udrih will leave. Personally, I think Walker will be a better pro prospect, but Jimmer is an ideal fit.

11. Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 206 lbs. | Class: Junior

Analysis: Klay Thompson will be locked in here. Golden State has coveted him for a while now, hoping he can come in and contribute right away while they try and ship Monta Ellis.

12. Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 184 lbs. | Class: Junior

Analysis: Sorry Utah fans, but the Kings look like the favorite to land Jimmer. Still, something tells me that management was divided 50-50 in regard to selecting Fredette. Kemba Walker is being considered with their first pick, so if he falls to them, they can't pass on him.

*Utah is actively shopping this pick.

13. Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 193 lbs. | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Some mock drafts believe one of the Morris twins or Chris Singleton will be chosen here. Even though some think Alec Burks will slide out of the lottery, I don't think the Suns will pass on him.

14. Nikola Vucevic, C, USC
Ht: 7-0 Wt: 260 lbs. | Class: Junior

Analysis: Houston is desperately trying to trade up to get one of the top centers. If they stay put, they may have to reach for Nikola Vucevic here. He has an NBA body, and is a true center, and the Rockets cannot afford to pass on him here. If so, he may not be available at pick 23.

15. Markieff Morris, PF-C, Kansas
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 241 lbs. | Class: Junior

Analysis: The best player on the board that makes sense is Marcus Morris, but I believe his brother Markieff is who they are targeting. Markieff is a bit undersized, but he would provide some versatility and depth in the front court.

16. Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 228 lbs. | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Assuming G/F Andre Iguodala is on the move, the Sixers will look for a guy who can play both positions and more importantly, score the basketball. Jordan Hamilton is one of the most underrated prospects in the draft, and he could get some late lottery looks.

17. Iman Shumpert, G, Georgia Tech
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 221 lbs. | Class: Junior

Analysis: I have a feeling the Knicks will do something stupid tonite. Don't get me wrong, Iman Shumpert is a good prospect, but he isn't even worth a first round pick.

18. Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 230 lbs. | Class: Junior

Analysis: This is probably the floor for Chris Singleton. The Wizards would love to take a scorer here, but they should take the best player available. Besides, they need help on defense, which is what Singleton would provide.

19. Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 230 lbs. | Class: Junior

Analysis: This should be Marcus Morris' floor. The Bucks traded down in hopes they would be able to take Markieff Morris. However, I'm sure they won't complain if Marcus Morris is on the board.

20. Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 195 lbs. | Class: Senior

Analysis: Needing a shooter and some back court depth, Marshon Brooks will not slip past the Timberwolves.

21. Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 225 lbs. | Class: Senior

Analysis: Portland seemed interested in Kenneth Faried last June, but he did not declare. Now they have a chance to take him, and I doubt they will pass on it. Faried doesn't have to start for them, but he would give them some much needed front court depth and rebounding.

22. Tobias Harris, PF-SF, Tennessee
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 223 lbs. | Class: Freshman

Analysis: This is Tobias Harris' floor. He is arguably the most talented all-around player in the draft, and he has a ton of upside. He projects best as a power forward at the next level, which is good for the Nuggets considering Kenyon Martin is a free agent.

23. Donatas Motiejūnas, PF, Lithuania
Ht: 7-0 Wt: 224 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: I would love to see the Rockets take Darius Morris here, but drafting Donatas Motiejūnas and stashing him overseas seems to make sense.

24. Kyle Singler, SF, Duke
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 230 lbs. | Class: Senior

Analysis: Kyle Singler was always in the mix for OKC, but I believe they like him enough to take him here. He would be a nice role player for the Thunder playing behind start forward Kevin Durant.

25. Jeremy Tyler, C, USA
Ht: 6-11 Wt: 263 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: The Celtics need to get younger, and they need a center. They can fill both needs by drafting Jeremy Tyler. He is long, athletic, and has the talent to be a great NBA player. I don't buy them looking at Jimmy Butler or a point guard.

26. Nikola Mirotić, F, Serbia
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 225 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: The defending champions can use some depth. They can stash Mirotić overseas and bring him over when he's ready.

27. Darius Morris, PG, Michigan
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 190 lbs. | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Three players that the Nets are targeting: PF Justin Harper, PF JaJuan Johnson, and G Reggie Jackson. However, to me, Darius Morris should be the pick if they are looking to develop a point guard.

28. Tyler Honeycutt, SF-SG, UCLA
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 188 lbs. | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Tyler Honeycutt is one of the most talented players in the draft, and would be a steal for the Bulls. He must get stronger, but he is versatile enough to play the two guard, or the three.

29. Davis Bertans, SF, Latvia
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 210 lbs. | Class: International

Analysis: The Spurs can stash Davis Bertans overseas and let him develop. He is arguably the best shooter in the draft, and would fill in at the three when he is ready.

30. Charles Jenkins, G, Hofstra
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 216 lbs. | Class: Senior

Analysis: Charles Jenkins is listed as a point guard, but may be better suited to play off guard in the NBA. The Bulls desperately need another scorer next to Derrick Rose. There is no guarantee that Jenkins will be a strong contributor, but he is worth a shot late in the first round.