2011 NBA Mock Draft (v18)- June 23, 2011
1) Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAC)- Kyrie Irving- PG (Duke)
It seems clear that Cleveland was after Irving all along. There's still an outside chance that they draft Williams, but it would be a huge surprise.
2) Minnesota Timberwolves- Derrick Williams- F (Arizona)
I still think the Wolves will move the pick and most of the teams inquiring are interested in Williams, but if Atlanta swings a Josh Smith trade, Enes Kanter could be the guy here. Another trade seems more likely. My money is on Gortat and #13.
3) Utah Jazz (from NJN)- Enes Kanter- C (Turkey)
If Atlanta would do Josh Smith for #2 for Kanter, why wouldn't they do it here? I love the combination of Kanter and Al Horford for the next 10 years and it works for Utah, who would start Harris, #12 pick or Raja Bell, J Smoove, Milsap, and Big Al. Kanter is also a good fit if it should come down to that.
4) Cleveland Cavaliers- Jonas Valanciunas- C (Lithuania)
I think the report about the Cavs drafting Jonas here says more about the third pick than anything. Cleveland would love for Kanter to fall, but we'll have to wait and see.
5) Toronto Raptors- Brandon Knight- PG (Kentucky)
Toronto needs a defensive-minded player like Kawhi Leonard or Chris Singleton, but Knight has huge upside. The Raps would probably use him as a combo guard off the bench behind Calderon and DeRozan at first.
6) Washington Wizards- Jan Vesely- SF (Czech Republic)
Washington needs defense and rebounding, and Vesely provides both. This pick could go a lot of ways- Vesely, Kawhi Leonard, and Tristan Thompson all make sense.
7) Charlotte Bobcats (from SAC)- Tristan Thompson- PF (Texas)
It looks like this pick is going to the Bobcats who are after Thompson for his mix of size and athleticism. There were reports that they were trying to trade up to #4 to grab him, so this is decent value. The Bobcats are also reportedly high on Marcus Morris.
8) Detroit Pistons- Bismack Biyombo- C (Congo)
Detroit will look at Tristan Thomspon, as well, but Biyombo is incredibly long and defensive-minded, which is a perfect fit with buttery-soft Charlie V and mildly-soft Greg Monroe on the roster. Kemba Walker is also a possibility here.
9) Charlotte Bobcats- Chris Singleton- SF (Florida State)
Charlotte loves Singleton, who is a fantastic defender at almost every position. He'll be able to contribute right away for a team that looks like it's headed for a top 5 pick next year.
10) Sacramento Kings (from MIL)- Jimmer Fredette- G (BYU)
This pick goes to the Kings in a pre-draft trade. Sacramento is reportedly after a perimeter scorer and if they wanted Kemba Walker, they would have stayed at #7. I'm really excited to see Jimmer and Boogie Cousins play together.
11) Golden State Warriors- Kawhi Leonard- SF (San Diego State)
Leonard provides a great value at this spot. He's pretty similar to Golden State's 2010 first-rounder, Ekpe Udoh, but his skills are more NBA ready, and there's no one else who really fits here.
12) Utah Jazz- Kemba Walker- PG (Connecticut)
Well, the pre-draft trade may have closed the door on all that Jimmer-to-the-Jazz discussion, but the Jazz still have room for a dynamic perimeter scorer with such great value.
13) Phoenix Suns- Klay Thompson- SG (Washington State)
If the draft plays out this way, the Timberwolves will definitely look to pull the trigger on a trade. All of the premier two guard prospects (Thompson, Burks, Hamilton) are on the board, which is the team's biggest need. If they could add one of them along with an established big man, they'd love to do it.
14) Houston Rockets- Nikola Vucevic- F/C (USC)
Vucevic is a skilled big man with great size. He has shown steady improvement, and displays a very versatile skill set. All of this makes him a contender to be considered a draft day steal down the line.
15) Indiana Pacers- Marcus Morris- PF (Kansas)
It's been tough to project where the Morris twins will land, but Indiana has a need at power forward, and both twins have good value here. I'm still higher on Marcus, so I'll slot him in here.
16) Philadelphia 76ers- Marshon Brooks- SG (Providence)
Brooks is one of the biggest sleepers in this draft. He is a big time scorer who posted 52 points in a game this past season. He has good size and above average intangibles, which separate him from Alec Burks and Jordan Hamilton.
17) New York Knicks- Kenneth Faried- PF (Morehead State)
A lot of mocks have the Knicks going with a two guard like Marshon Brooks, but with Carmelo and Amare on the roster, where do Brooks' shots come from? I think a rebounder and defender like Faried is a much bigger need.
18) Washington Wizards (from ATL)- Markieff Morris- PF (Kansas)
Washington needs some strength up front, and Markieff is a good fit. He's a good rebounder, which will work nicely with Javale McGee's shot blocking.
19) Milwaukee Bucks (from NOH via CHA)- Alec Burks- SG (Texas)
The Bucks would have looked at Burks at #10, so grabbing him at 20 is a great value. The also have Stephen Jackson now, so they should be much better offensively than the '10-'11 version.
20) Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM)- Donatas Motiejunas- F/C (Lithuania)
I'm projecting that the Timberwolves will add Marcin Gortat and Klay Thompson early in the draft, so a young European prospect or a trade makes sense here. If it's a trade, watch Cleveland to move in for Marshon Brooks.
21) Portland Trail Blazers- Iman Shumpert- PG (Georgia Tech)
Shumpert has great size and defensive skills, but he's a bit of a project. Andre Miller has been mentioned on the trade market, so his role in Portland would be somewhat unclear, but Shumpert is a hell of an athlete.
22) Denver Nuggets- Jordan Hamilton- G/F (Texas)
The Nuggets take BPA here with Hamilton, who has legitimate lottery potential. Tobias Harris is also in play here, but it's tough to pass on Hamilton at this spot.
23) Houston Rockets (from ORL via PHO)- Tobias Harris- SF (Tennessee)
There could be a trade at this spot or the Rockets could take a bit of a flyer on a talented young project like Harris. He has a lot of upside, but it'll be a long road.
24) Oklahoma City Thunder- Kyle Singler- SF (Duke)
Singler is the exact opposite of Tobias Harris. I semi-jokingly told a friend the other day that Singler's best basketball might be behind him. It seems like Sam Presti disagrees and In Presti I Trust.
25) Boston Celtics- Reggie Jackson- PG (Boston College)
Jackson shut down all of his workouts very early and there's speculation he's got a promise from someone. No team makes more sense than the hometown Celtics.
26) Dallas Mavericks- Nikola Mirotic- SF (Montenegro)
There's a decent chance someone moves into the late first for a shot at Mirotic. He won't provide immediate payoff, but some believe he has top-10 talent in this draft.
27) New Jersey Nets (from LAL)- Tyler Honeycutt- G/F (UCLA)
This pick could be traded too, but if the Nets keep it, Honeycutt is a pretty good fit. He's a plus perimeter defender with good length and he can play either the two or the three.
28) Chicago Bulls (from MIA via TOR)- Davis Bertans- SF (Latvia)
Betans is a good outside shooter, but he'll next at least a year or two in Europe before he's ready for the NBA. With two late first-rounders, Chicago will definitely pick an international or make a trade.
29) San Antonio Spurs- Justin Harper- PF (Richmond)
Harper is a really good player and the Spurs get quite a steal here. Harper is a good shooter and a good pick and roll player who should be able to play alongside any of the Spurs' big men.
30) Chicago Bulls- Josh Selby- G (Kansas)
Selby was a highly regarded recruit who had a good but not great season at Kansas, but he has a lot of potential and he's a good outside shooter, which is Chicago's biggest need.
31) Miami Heat (from MIN)- Darius Morris- PG (Michigan)
32) Cleveland Cavaliers- Travis Leslie- G/F (Georgia)
33) Detroit Pistons (from TOR)- Charles Jenkins- G (Hofstra)
34) Washington Wizards- JaJuan Johnson- PF (Purdue)
35) Sacramento Kings- Jimmy Butler- SF (Marquette)
36) New Jersey Nets- Jon Leuer- PF (Wisconsin)
37) Los Angeles Clippers (from DET)- Chandler Parsons- F (Florida)
38) Houston Rockets (from LAC)- Nolan Smith- PG (Duke)
39) Charlotte Bobcats- Norris Cole- PG (Cleveland State)
40) Milwaukee Bucks- Jordan Williams- F/C (Maryland)
41) Los Angeles Lakers (from GSW)- Malcolm Lee- G (UCLA)
42) Indiana Pacers- Jereme Richmond- SF (Illinois)
43) Chicago Bulls (from PHO)- Jeremy Tyler- C (USA)
44) Golden State Warriors (from UTA via CHI)- Keith Benson- C (Oakland)
45) New Orleans Hornets (from PHI)- Shelvin Mack- PG (Butler)
46) Los Angeles Lakers (from NYK)- Andrew Goudelock- SG (College of Charleston)
47) Los Angeles Clippers (from HOU)- Demetri McCamey- PG (Illinois)
48) Atlanta Hawks- Bojan Bogdanovic- SF (Serbia)
49) Memphis Grizzlies- LaceDarius Dunn- SG (Baylor)
50) Philadelphia 76ers (from NOH)- Trey Thompkins- PF (Georgia)
51) Portland Trail Blazers- Michael Dunigan- C (Oregon)
52) Detroit Pistons (from DEN)- Malcolm Thomas- PF (San Diego State)
53) Orlando Magic- Scotty Hopson- SG (Tennessee)
54) Cleveland Cavaliers (from OKC)- Jamine Peterson- SF (NBDL)
55) Boston Celtics- Greg Smith- C (Fresno State)
56) Los Angeles Lakers- Giorgi Shermadini- C (Georgia)
57) Dallas Mavericks- Corey Joseph- PG (Texas)
58) Los Angeles Lakers (from MIA)- Vernon Macklin- PF (Florida)
59) San Antonio Spurs- Jacob Pullen- G (Kansas State)
60) Sacramento Kings (from CHI)- Rick Jackson- C (Syracuse)