A pre-lockout draft, like the one in 1998? Big meeting today, and we’ll now more tonight. For now, the 2011 NBA draft promises less talent than usual but the usual hopes and dreams of players and teams alike, mostly the Cleveland Cavaliers who chose not to trade any of the picks, going for Kyrie Irving from Duke as the Number one pick.
Number 1 – Kyrie Irving (Duke), PG, to the Cleveland Cavaliers
College Stats – One year, 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game.
Number 2 – Derrick Williams (Arizona), SF, to the Minnesota Timberwolves
College Stats – Two Years. He averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in his sophomore year.
Number 3 – Enes Kanter (Kentucky), C, to the Utah Jazz
Utah get another Turkish center, potentially the biggest prize in this draft. Teams always drool over big men, despite the fact that he missed an entire season in college and didn’t play basketball for a year.
Number 4 – Tristan Thompson (Texas), F, to the Cleveland Cavaliers
College Stats – One year, averaging 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Number 5 – Jonas Valaciunas (Lithuania), C, to the Toronto Raptors
How surprising that the Raptors took a European. Valaciunas (only 19 years old), if he lives up to the expectations, can shift Bargnani to the PF position where he is much more comfortable.
Number 6 – Jan Vesely (Czech Republic), SF, to the Washington Wizards.
Number 7 – Bismack Biyombo (DR of Congo), PF, to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Number 8 – Brandon Knight (Kentucky), PG, to the Detroit Pistons.
Number 9 – Kemba Walker (UCONN), PG, to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Number 10 – Jimmer Fredette (BYU), SG, to the Sacramento Kings.
Number 11 – Klay Thompson (Washington State), SG, to the Golden State Warriors.
Number 12 – Alec Burks (Colorado), Two-Guard, to the Utah Jazz.
Number 13 – Markieff Morris (Kansas), PF, to the Phoenix Suns.
Number 14 – Marcus Morris (Kansas), PF, to the Houston Rockets.
Number 15 – Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), SF, to the San Antonio Spurs.
Number 16 – Nikola Vucevic (USC), PF, to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Number 17 – Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech), PG, to the New York Knicks.
Number 18 – Chris Singleton (Florida State), PF, to the Washington Wizards.
Number 19 – Tobias Harris (Tennessee), PF, to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Number 20 – Donatas Montiejunas (Lithuania), PF, to the Houston Rockets.
Number 21 – Nolan Smith (Duke), PG, to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Number 22 – Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), PF, to the Denver Nuggets.
Number 23 – Nikola Mirotic (Spain/Montenegro), PF, to the Chicago Bulls.
Number 24 – Reggie Jackson (Boston College), PG, to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Number 25 – Marshon Brooks (Providence), SG, to the New Jersey Nets.
Number 26 – Jordan Hamilton (Texas), SG, to the Denver Nuggets.
Number 27 – JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), PF, to the Boston Celtics.
Number 28 – Norris Cole (Cleveland State), PG, to the Miami Heat.
Number 29 – Cory Joseph (Texas), PG, to the San Antonio Spurs.
Number 30 – Jimmy Butler (Marquette), SF, to the Chicago Bulls.