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2011 NBA Mock Draft

1. Cleveland – Kyrie Irving PG
18 years old; 6’2″; 185 lbs.
Duke, Freshman

2. Minnesota – Derrick Williams PF
19 years old; 6’8″; 235 lbs.
Arizona, Sophomore

3. Utah – Enes Kanter C
18 years old; 6’9″; 250 lbs.
Kentucky, Freshman

4. Cleveland – Tristan Thompson PF – Audio from after his pre-draft workout in Toronto
19 years old; 6′ 8″; 235lbs.
Texas, Freshman

5. Toronto – Brandon Knight SG - Audio from after his pre-draft workout in Toronto
18 years old; 6′ 3″; 170lbs.
Kentucky, Freshman

6. Washington – Jan Vesely SF
20 years old; 6’11″; 240 lbs.
KK Partizan Belgrade, International

7. Sacramento – Bismack Biyombo PF/C
18 years old; 6′ 9″; 240lbs.
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada

8. Detroit – Kawhi Leonard SF – Audio from after his pre-draft workout in Toronto
19 years old; 6′ 7″; 225lbs.
San Diego State, Sophomore

9. Charlotte – Kemba Walker PG – Audio from after his pre-draft workout in Toronto
20 years old; 6’0″; 180 lbs.
Connecticut, Junior

10. Milwaukee – Jonas Valanciunas PF
18 years old; 6’11″; 240 lbs.
Lietuvos Rytas, International

11. Golden State – Klay Thompson SG/SF
21 years old; 6′ 6″; 187lbs.
Washington State

12. Utah – Alec Burks SG
19 years old; 6′ 6″; 200lbs.
Colorado, Sophomore

13. Phoenix – Marcus Morris PF – Audio from after his pre-draft workout in Toronto
21 years old; 6’9″; 225 lbs.
Kansas, Junior

14. Houston – Markieff Morris PF
21 years old; 6′ 10″; 235lbs.
Kansas, Junior

15. Indiana – Jimmer Fredette PG
22 years old; 6′ 2″ 195lbs.
BYU, Senior

16. Philadelphia – Tobias Harris SF - Audio from after his pre-draft workout in Toronto
18 years old; 6′ 8″; 210lbs.
Tennessee, Freshman

17. New York – Jordan Hamilton SF
20 years old; 6′ 7″; 210lbs.
Texas, Sophomore

18. Washington – Chris Singleton SF
21 years old; 6’8″; 210 lbs.
Florida State, Junior

19. Charlotte – Donatas Motiejunas PF/C
20 years old; 7’0″; 215 lbs.
Benetton Treviso, International

20. Minnesota – Marshon Brooks SG
22 years old; 6’5″; 195 lbs.
Providence, Senior

21. Portland – Josh Selby SG
20 years old; 6′ 1″; 180lbs.

22. Denver – Kenneth Faried PF
21 years old; 6’8″; 225 lbs.
Morehead State, Senior

23. Houston – Tyler Honeycutt SF
20 years old; 6;9″; 180 lbs.
UCLA, Sophomore

24. Oklahoma City – Reggie Jackson PG
20 years old; 6’3″, 208 lbs.
Boston College, Junior

25. Boston – Jeremy Tyler C
19 years old; 6’11″; 260 lbs.
Tokyo Apache, International

26. Dallas – Nikola Mirotic PF
20 years old; 6′ 10″; 210lbs.
Real Madrid

27. New Jersey – JaJuan Johnson PF
21 years old; 6’10″; 215 lbs.
Purdue, Senior

28. Chicago – Justin Harper PF
21 years old; 6′ 10″; 225lbs.
Richmond, Senior

29. San Antonio – Charles Jenkins PG/SG
22 years old; 6’3″; 220 lbs.
Hofstra, Senior

30. Chicago – Nolan Smith PG/SG
22 years old; 6’3″; 185 lbs.
Duke, Senior

Ryan McNeill
Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.
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    Singler out of the first round?

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  • Ryan Costello

    Kenneth Faried of Morehead State will probably squeeze his way into the first. Jajuan Johnson might fall out after being called “soft” in the tourney.

  • c_cantrell

    kemba walker, terrence jones, enes cantar, and nolan smith will go higher than what you have projected them.. all will be lottery picks

  • Ben Coleman

    Wow! I can’t believe you don’t have Jacob Pullen getting drafted in the first round. He’s a proven point guard. He can see the floor well and no question he can shoot and defend. He can possibly help a playoff contending team coming of the bench in the league. Compared to the point guards coming off the bench in the league, he will definitely be a steal if not drafted.

  • sam mcbride

    wow people are sleep on jimmer fredette..he should be top 10 pick!

  • Dave

    Yeah, Singler should have gone pro last year….he would have been picked higher. He had a brutal year.

    I like how you’ve got Kemba climbing. He looks awesome, but I don’t like the position of Jimmer. No one in the history of bball has had a season like he has with spreading the floor with his shooting ability. You may not like that comment, but it’s true…..his shooting range is absolutely crazy.

  • Joe

    Um Kemba, Shelvin, Jimmer and Other will be drafted ahaeda All these NO NAMES

  • S Rostein

    this is one of the better mock draft i have seen for this upcoming draft. I still don’t understand the fascination with kyrie irving, i know teams want that explosive PG now but he is not in the class or DRose, Wall, Westbrook, or even Evans. i think the top pick will be a big this year…..either derrick or the kid from Baylor. I seen him play 5 minutes and his skill set could ultimately resemble KG’s providing he plays defense. It would be great if the Kentucky kids decided to stay one more year, they all could use it to develop. I’d rather enjoy the college life for one more year than sit the bench or go back and forth to the DLeague. The only freshman I think is ready to contribute to a NBA team is Barnes from UNC.

  • Ryan McNeill

    Dave + Joe – The reason Jimmer is so low is I’m not sold on his ability to be a solid defender at the next level. Sure, he can score with the best of them, but without being a solid defender he’ll struggle getting minutes off the bench. With his ceiling being a shooter off the bench I don’t see him being drafted in the NBA lottery.

    SR – Thanks for the props! Irving didn’t look great in his two games back in the NCAA Tournament but that is expected since the pressure of those games combined with the time away from the court. From what I saw from him back at the start of the season he more than warrants the top selection. However, with that being said, if a team were to go with Williams or Barnes ahead of him I wouldn’t be shocked.

  • steve

    Iam a big butler fan any thought as to were Shelvin Mack might go if he does declare for the draft and what about Matt Howard?

  • Ryan McNeill

    Steve – I can see Mack sneaking into the first round but Howard will be a second round pick at best. I think he’ll be a guy who plays in Europe for a couple of seasons before moving on to other things besides basketball.

  • Mark

    I dont by into selbys hype. He is at best 6’1, not a true point guard, and plays little defense. Mack is bigger, stronger, a much better playmaker/defender, and is a true point quard. I agree with jimmer being late first round. Yes he can score, but so could J.J. Reddick and he didnt get minutes til he started playing good defense. JJ is also more athletic and bigger than jimmer. I dont think jimmer will ever be more than a 10 to 12 point scorer off the bench.

  • c_cantrell

    jimmer is an amazing shooter no doubt but he does not posess the ability the guard either ones or twos at the next level, and his court vision is decent but limited.. hes like a jj reddick lite

    ^S Rostein..
    i gotta disagree with ya on barnes being the only nba ready player in the league bro.. irving is more than ready to step up right now, he has the quicks, athleticism, and floor vision to be a very good point man in the nba.. williams is ready to contribute somewhat with his length and athleticism.. sullinger is nba ready right now, but he is staying in college another year to chase the chip n hone his skills, tho he might not be the most athletic big avaiable but i can see him havin a big baby davis-like career.. terrence and perry jones are both ready to take it to next level and be steady contributors with thier length and athleticism, and perry jones has a legit shot at takin the number one spot.. knight and kemba are both very good points who can both lead a team.. faried is a rebounding virtuoso so he will fit in great with any team in the league.. there might not be alot of talent in this year’s draft but there are a handful of players who ready to step up on the big scene of the nba

  • Jeffrey Pillow

    Harrison Barnes (UNC) needs to stay put in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels will be cutting down the nets in April if he returns for his sophomore season.

  • Cody Cantrell

    Harrison needs to strike while the iron is hot and head on out.

  • Marcus

    Where is Keith Benson?

  • Cody Cantrell

    Here is a list I have assembled of NBA comparisons to the first round of draftees (as you have it), to give those who do not know, a glimpse of what these young guns will look like in the big league. I have had the oppurtunity of watching all these guys do work on the court and these are all based soley on my opinion. Note that most of these players are obviously lite comparisons to the pros i compare them to.

    1. Kyrie Irving-PG———Chris Paul/Isiah Thomas

    2. Derrick Williams-PF—–Michael Beasley

    3. Jonas Valanciunas-C—–Pau Gasol

    4. Kemba Walker-PG———Ty Lawson/Kyle Lowry

    5. Brandon Knight-PG/SG—-Jrue Holiday

    6. Alec Burks-SG———–Corey Maggette

    7. Bismack Biyombo-PF/C—-Serge Ibaka/Ben Wallace

    8. Enes Kanter-C———–Kevin Love/Tougher Nenad Kristic

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    10. Terrence Jones-SF/PF—Lamar Odom

    11. Marcus Morris-PF——–Al Harrington

    12. Kawhi Leonard-SF——–Gerald Wallace/Shawn Marion

    13. Donatas Motiejunas-PF/C-Andrea Bargnani

    14. Jordan Hamilton-SF——Paul Pierce

    15. Nikola Mirotic-PF——-Danilo Gallinari

    16. Chris Singleton-SF——Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    17. Tobias Harris-PF——–Boris Diaw

    18. Nolan Smith-PG/SG——-Ben Gordon

    19. Markieff Morris-PF——Channing Frye/Ronny Turiaf

    20. Jimmer Fredette-PG——Stephen Curry

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    22. Patric Young-PF/C——-Antonio McDyess

    23. Tristan Thompson-PF—–Ed Davis

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    25. Jeff Taylor-SF———-Bigger Maurice Evans

    26. Klay Thompson-SG/SF—–Marco Belinelli

    27. JaJuan Johnson-PF/C—–Hakim Warrick

    28. Justin Harper-PF——–Jeff Green W/Better Defense

    29. Jereme Richmond-SF——Gerald Green

    30. Shelvin Mack-PG———A.J. Price/Ben Gordon

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  • Kevin

    Ryan I am a Cavs fan and I feel as if we should almost take Williams first and then snag Kemba at four. Kemba can’t be much of a downgrade from Irving. If the Cavs do take Kyrie Irving first, they would have to get Kanter for their fourth pick for me to consider this a successful draft…

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  • Spankie

    @Ryan McNeil – There’s no way Faried doesn’t go in the first round.

    @Cody Cantrell. The comparisons are acceptable for the most part, but a couple of them are ridiculous.

    #19 Morris compared to Channing Frye and/or Ronny Turiaf. Could you have picked two pros that are more opposite. Frye is super long and super soft with a one dimensional game that consists strictly of face up three point shooting while Turiaf is an undersized banger/post grinder.

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    Spankie, Morris is similiar to Frye on the offensive end (because he has deeper range than most players of his stature) of the court and is similiar to Turiaf on the defensive side. He is as a Drew Gooden with longer range. And also Thompson has a very fluid peremiter game just as Belinelli does, he is a shooter and not really the best defender. Perhaps you would accept a Daquan Cook or Kevin Martin comparison easier. And I had made this list prior to Terrence Jones making the decision of staying in college.

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