June 23, 2011

Live NBA Draft Grades

2011 NBA Mock Draft: 2011 NBA Mock Draft

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

Analysis: We knew Irving would be the pick all along. Irving can lead this team for the next decade, and has the potential to be a franchise point guard.

Grade: A

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

Analysis: Though drafting Derrick Williams may not have filled a need, he was arguably the best overall player in the draft. The rest will be worked out, and I'm just glad David Kahn did not make a boneheaded move.

Grade: A

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

Analysis: Drafting Enes Kanter doesn't necessarily fill a need, but he was the best player available. This pick will determine what they do with their second pick.

Grade: A-

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

Analysis: I knew Thompson was in the mix, but I thought they guaranteed they would take Valanciunas. Still, Thompson has upside, but what happens to J.J. Hickson?

Grade: C-

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

Analysis: Good pick. Valanciunas is a true center, and can turn out to be the best international prospect from this class. However, you have to wonder if Bryan Colangelo could have afforded to draft another international prospect over a player like Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker.

Grade: B+

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

Analysis: Love this pick. Vesely skill set and style of play make him a great teammate for John Wall. He was the best player on the board, and at his position.

Grade: A+

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

Analysis: No offense, but Biyombo is athletic, a great rebounder, defender, and he can alter shots. Biyombo is a risky prospect, but I'll give them a high grade considering what they did with the 9th overall pick.

Grade: A-

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

Analysis: With no bigs worth drafting, the Pistons made the right choice by selecting Brandon Knight. He doesn't fill a need, but he was the top player on the board. They can move Rodney Stuckey off the ball, and ship Rip Hamilton.

Grade: A-

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

Analysis: Kemba! Great pick for the Bobcats. Not a desperate need for a point guard, but Walker is ready to contribute right away and is a lethal scorer.

Grade: A+

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

Analysis: Stop! Jimmer time! I'm not as high on Jimmer Fredette as most, but he is a great fit for the Kings, and they didn't have to pass on Kemba Walker to get him.

Grade: A

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

Analysis: Thompson is a guy they coveted, and if they move Monta Ellis, this pick will make sense. Until then, they could have filled a few other needs.

Grade: B+

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

Analysis: Unfortunetly, Utah could not get Kemba Walker or Jimmer Fredette. Alec Burks is a nice consolation prize, as arguably the best shooting guard in the draft. They needed back court help, and Burks can also play the three.

Grade: A-