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2011 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

2011 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
The city known for having some of the worst luck in sports caught a break Tuesday. Cleveland won the draft lottery with a pick that had a 2.8 percent chance of becoming No. 1. Thus, after a 19-63 season on the heels of LeBron James' departure, the Cavaliers have restored some hope by landing the first and fourth selections in the June 23 draft. Here's our first look at how the draft could unfold.
 
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1PG
Kyrie Irving
Duke
Fr.6-4191
He's not LeBron, but he's the closest thing this draft has to offer. And considering this pick came courtesy of the Clippers in the February trade that netted point guard Baron Davis, it's only fitting that he gracefully pass the backcourt baton and play the mentor role for Irving in these final two seasons of his contract.
 
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2PF
Derrick Williams
Arizona
So.6-8248
If Williams had his druthers, he would be known more as a small forward than a power forward. It's a revealing reality of his identity crisis, as his perimeter game is advanced to the point that he resists being identified as a brutish banger. That might come in handy with the Wolves, who already have Kevin Love and Michael Beasley at the power forward spot but aren't likely to pass up on Williams. The pick should have significant value if they decide to trade it to one of the many teams that would welcome Williams no matter how he sees himself.
 
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3PG
Brandon Knight
Kentucky
Fr.6-3177
The Deron Williams trade with New Jersey in February was the foundation of the rebuilding effort, and now Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor needs to find his new point guard of the future for the post-Devin Harris era. Enter Knight, a quality two-way player with shooting range and an ability to distribute.
 
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4C
Enes Kanter
Kentucky
Fr.6-11259
The Turkish center is a bit of a mystery man to scouts and personnel types, at least when it comes to seeing him in person on a regular basis. He was disqualified by the NCAA during his one season at Kentucky, and his greatest Stateside performance to date was a 34-point, 13-rebound outing at the Nike Hoop Summit last year. But it's not hard to see why his skills should translate, and the Cavs would be better with his gritty rebounding, scoring and defense down low.
 
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5C
Jonas Valanciunas
Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
---6-11240
As long as possible hang-ups with Valanciunas' overseas contract don't keep him out of the league next season, his pairing with Andrea Bargnani in the frontcourt could be formidable. Valanciunas, 19, is skilled offensively, and his knack for offensive rebounding would come at a good time because forward Reggie Evans will be a free agent this summer.
 
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6SF
Jan Vesely
KK Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
---6-11240
Last year's No. 1 pick, point guard John Wall, needs another high-octane talent to help push the Wizards' offense into a new gear. He would have it with the 21-year-old Czech big man.
 
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7PF
Donatas Motiejunas
Benetton Treviso (Italy)
---7-0215
The Kings could have one of the most dynamic young frontcourts in the game if they go with Lithuanian 7-footer Motiejunas. Last year's lottery pick, DeMarcus Cousins, had a solid rookie season and showed plenty of offensive versatility in the post, but the creative Motiejunas, 20, would take it to another level. Defense would be a concern, making it all the more important that the Kings re-sign center Samuel Dalembert in the summer as they plan to do.
 
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8PF
Bismack Biyombo
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)
---6-9240
Motor City, meet the next Ben Wallace. The biggest question surrounding Biyombo at this juncture is how much of what he does so well is legal in the NBA. The Congolese forward is a relentless defender, ferocious rebounder and the perfect complement to last year's top pick, Greg Monroe, in the Pistons' frontcourt.
 
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9SF
Kawhi Leonard
San Diego State
So.6-7227
The Bobcats are desperate for rebounding and scoring, and Leonard offers both in the same spot that Gerald Wallace just so happened to leave vacant when he was dealt to Portland in February. Coach Paul Silas wants to run, and Leonard can do that, too.
 
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10PG
Kemba Walker
Connecticut
Jr.6-1184
This might ruffle a few feathers (namely Brandon Jennings) or spark comparisons to Minnesota general manager David Kahn among skeptics (for his flurry of point guard picks in recent years), but it would be great value on the pick as well. Walker as Jennings' backup would be potent, and there could be trade value there as well.
 
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11PF
Marcus Morris
Kansas
Jr.6-9230
New Warriors owner Joe Lacob will tell anyone who asks what his team was lacking last season: an offensive threat in the post. A veteran who fits that bill would be better, but Morris would be as good a fit as Lacob will find in this draft.
 
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12SG
Alec Burks
Colorado
So.6-6193
The Jazz need to juice up their offense, and Burks could help do that off the bench in a big way. He is a creative scorer and slasher whose shot continues to improve.
 
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13PF
Markieff Morris
Kansas
Jr.6-9241
It may be delusional to think the Suns will go against their own grain and pick the defensive presence here, but it would be a wise one. They need the sort of size and strength that Hakim Warrick and Channing Frye don't provide.
 
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14SF
Chris Singleton
Florida State
Jr.6-9225
The Rockets are well aware that they must improve defensively. Grabbing one of college basketball's best defenders would help on that front, as the void on the perimeter remains after the loss of Shane Battier in a midseason trade with Memphis.
 
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15PF
Tristan Thompson
Texas
Fr.6-9227
The Pacers are a balanced team, meaning it's time to simply take the best talent available at this point in the first round. Thompson might not see a ton of time while playing with Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George, but it's worth it to find a fit for him here.
 
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16SF
Tobias Harris
Tennessee
Fr.6-8223
He won't move the needle among the Philly fans, but his steady play and well-respected work ethic would certainly work for coach Doug Collins. Harris can play both forward positions.
 
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17SF
Jordan Hamilton
Texas
So.6-9228
There aren't a lot of shots to be had once the ball goes through the hands of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but Hamilton could provide scoring punch off the bench. The Knicks, of course, could use more defensive-minded players, but they will be hard-pressed to pass on Hamilton at this spot.
 
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18SG
Klay Thompson
Washington State
Jr.6-7206
He's no John Wall, and that would be a good thing for the Wizards in at least one respect: Thompson's outside-shooting prowess would give Washington a different look off the bench. He's also big enough to pair up with Wall in the backcourt on occasion.
 
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19PF
Kenneth Faried
Morehead State
Sr.6-8225
The Bobcats are looking for bigs who can assist with their rebounding woes, and no one in this draft does that better than Faried. His athleticism and his focus on dominating the glass are a potent combination.
 
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20SF
Tyler Honeycutt
UCLA
So.6-8187
He has been compared to Tayshaun Prince, which would be just fine for a Wolves team that isn't sure yet how Wesley Johnson is going to pan out on the wing. Honeycutt is said to be on the rise, though, so he may not be available in this neighborhood by the time the draft rolls around.
 
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21C
Lucas Noguiera
MMT Estudiantes (Spain)
---7-0225
The 18-year-old Brazilian center is a project, to be sure. But his 7-foot-6 wingspan and unfulfilled frame have left some scouts wondering if he could be a defensive force someday. And for an organization that has been suffering through the Greg Oden years for what seems like so long now, there's no harm in taking a flyer on a player who could be its center of the future.
 
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22PG
Jimmer Fredette
BYU
Sr.6-3196
The Nuggets will be down a shooter if J.R. Smith leaves as a free agent this summer, and what better way to fill that gap than with BYU's beloved gunner from the state next door? George Karl would be just the sort of veteran play-caller Fredette needs to help him find his niche in the NBA.
 
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23PG
Reggie Jackson
Boston College
Jr.6-3209
With Aaron Brooks in Phoenix now, Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic are manning the point guard duties for the Rockets. But Jackson's size and shooting would offer a different kind of depth.
 
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24SF
Kyle Singler
Duke
Sr.6-9228
Singler is an experienced, tough and accomplished player. That combination could serve the Thunder bench well as Oklahoma City continues on this path to perennial playoff contention.
 
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25C
Jordan Williams
Maryland
So.6-9247
The Kendrick Perkins trade with Oklahoma City left the Celtics relying on the likes of an aging and injured Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal. Williams would provide a sliver of youthful hope up front. He's a big body who hits the boards and won't break nearly as easily.
 
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26PG
Josh Selby
Kansas
Fr.6-3195
The fountain of youth at the Mavericks' facility will go dry at some point, leaving them to find a replacement for Jason Kidd. Selby may or may not be that player, but it's worth finding out this late in the draft.
 
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27PF
Trey Thompkins
Georgia
Jr.6-10239
There are serious questions about his drive, but he has an NBA body and might be capable of producing an NBA body of work. If he starts meeting his potential, Thompkins could find a good home here with a team whose starting power forward, Kris Humphries, is a free agent.
 
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28PF
Nikola Mirotic
Real Madrid (Spain)
---6-10210
The Bulls' Gar Forman was given the NBA's Co-Executive of the Year award this season, and he could add to that résumé with this pick. While the 20-year-old Mirotic, from Montenegro, has a large buyout with his Real Madrid team that could keep him overseas, he also has the sort of talent for which the Bulls could afford to wait.
 
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29SF
Davis Bertans
Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
---6-10210
As was the case with Kanter, Bertans was a Nike Hoops Summit superstar. The Latvian forward may not play in the league anytime soon, but grabbing his rights now could pay off down the road for the Spurs. His versatile offensive game and shooting ability just might be worth it.
 
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30SG
Travis Leslie
Georgia
Jr.6-4205
The Bulls have the luxury of trying to get lucky with this pick, too, and Leslie's athleticism alone should inspire them to take him here. He can be spectacular when finishing on the break, has a growing offensive game and defends, as well.
 
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