Chi Side’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft

The 2011 NBA Draft takes place on on thursday, June 23 and we here at Chi Side love making predictions. Here are Blake and Bojda’s picks for the entire first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

Number one overall, Cleveland Cavaliers:

They select: Kyrie Irving, G, Duke

The Cavs should select Williams at number one overall. In my opinion, he is a Blake Griffin-type of player: crazy athleticism with a wide range of skills. Williams can hit the three, he can play defense, and he can finish. Kyrie Irving seems extremely injury prone already. No team wants to deal with another Greg Oden situation. It’s also important to note that Cleveland also has rights to the fourth overall pick as well. So, if they can snag Williams here they can go for a guard later. However, I can see them going for Irving here to solidify their point guard position instead of possibly taking a riskier player like Brandon Knight or even Kemba Walker.

Number two overall, Minnesota Timberwolves

They select: Derrick Williams, F, Arizona

If Derrick Williams gets selected number one, this leaves the Wolves in a bind. They already have Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio at the point, so trading this pick would probably be best. If Williams is still here, though,  then taking him is still the best choice because he is a “can’t miss” player. I also would like Enes Kanter here, since the Wolves seem pretty content at every position except center, however I don’t see Irving falling out of the top two.

Number three overall, Utah Jazz

They select: Brandon Knight, G, Kentucky

The Jazz are in a similar situation as the Wolves, a team full of decent starters that could trade down to get what they need. Kanter would be the pick here for most teams that aren’t the Jazz, but the Jazz would instead go with the next best guard available in Knight to backup the oft injured Devin Harris or even play beside him. Knight has the scoring ability and length to play the two at the NBA level. Kanter does not fit because of the Jazz’s plethora of bigs (Favors, Jefferson, Millsap, Okur). The Jazz also have a pick at 12 to use on a SF or even another big if they want.

Number four overall, Cleveland Cavaliers

They select: Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky

Although Kanter played zero games this year for the Wildcats, he has been scouted heavily and is oozing with potential. Kanter actually has enough skill to be a top two player in this draft, but his year of absence from the court hurt his stock just a little. The Cavs will strike gold if they’re able to land Kanter here.

Number five overall, Toronto Raptors

They select: Jonas Valanciunas, C, Int’l.

The Raptors seem pretty solid at both guard positions (Calderon, Bayless, Barbosa, Derozan) so Kemba Walker is out of the question (although it wouldn’t be a shocker if he was picked here). Valanciunas seems like Toronto’s type of player: a European who can hit the mid-range but who can attack the glass on both sides. Valanciunas is a hard-worker and plays very aggressive, giving the Raptors a force down low that they don’t have in Andrea Bargnani, who is seven feet tall and averages a mere five rebounds a game.

Number six overall, Washington Wizards

They select: Jan Vesely, F, Int’l.

This is a great selection for the Wizards. Vesely is a 6-11 forward who can handle and shoot the ball, fulfilling their need for a SF. He can also play the PF position if he bulks up a bit in the future.

Number seven overall, Sacramento Kings

They select: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego St.

With Tyreke Evans, Beno Udrih and Marcus Thornton filling up the guard rotation and Jason Thompson and Demarcus Cousins looking like long-term options up top, Leonard seems like the only logical choice for the Kings, who lack a backup SF behind Francisco Garcia. Leonard, in my opinion, is one of the more “bust” players in this draft. He doesn’t impress me with any of his skills and this may be one of the worst picks in this draft.

Number eight overall, Detroit Pistons

They select: Kemba Walker, G, UConn

The Pistons seem to be solid at every position, so they will fill the backup PG position with the explosive Kemba Walker. Starting PG Rodney Stuckey is a restricted free agent at the end of the 11/12 season, so if the Pistons are feeling like Walker is ready, he can take the reins from Stuckey in only a year’s time. People may note that both Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady are free agents at the SF, but isn’t that why the Pistons drafted Austin Daye and Jonas Jerebko for?

Number nine overall, Charlotte Bobcats

They select: Donatas Motiejunas, F-C, Int’l.

MJ will make another questionable draft choice here, passing up on forward Tristan Thompson and instead taking seven-footer Motiejunas. The Bobcats have no future in any of their bigs, so they’ll take Motiejunas who possesses a very European style of play, lots of shooting.

Number ten overall, Milwaukee Bucks

They select: Alec Burks, G, Colorado

Burks can give the Bucks some much-needed offense alongside John Salmons.

Number eleven overall, Golden St. Warriors

They select: Klay Thompson, G, Washington St.

The Warriors love players like Thompson, who can hit shots wherever and whenever. The Warriors were reportedly extremely impressed by his workout. Also, SG Monta Ellis may be moved during the draft or shortly after.

Number twelve overall, Utah Jazz

They select: Marcus Morris, F, Kansas

Utah solidified their need for a guard with the number three pick, so now they fill their last need and take Kansas’ Marcus Morris. Morris showed he can shoot the mid-range shot at the PF/C position in college as well as rebound and block. He’ll be a good fit in Utah.

Number thirteen overall, Phoenix Suns

They select: Jimmer Fredette, G, BYU

With both Steve Nash and Aaron Brooks in the last year of their contracts, Fredette is the best guard available by far.

Number fourteen overall, Houston Rockets

They select: Tristan Thompson, F, Texas

The Rockets need a big body to complement Luis Scola. Thompson is still raw, but can run the floor well and even throw a few nice post moves out there. His size is a concern but if he can be taught a better jumper then he’ll be fine.

*End of Lottery*

No. fifteen – Indiana Pacers

They select: Chris Singleton, F, Florida St.

No. sixteen – Philadelphia 76ers

They select: Nikola Vucevic, C, USC

No. seventeen – New York Knicks

They select: Iman Shumpert, G, Georgia Tech

No. eighteen – Washington Wizards

They select: Bismack Biyombo, C, Int’l.

No. nineteen – Charlotte Bobcats

They select: Marshon Brooks, G, Providence

No. twenty – Minnesota Timberwolves

They select: Jordan Hamilton, G-F, Texas

No. twenty one – Portland Trailblazers

They select: Markieff Morris, F, Kansas

No. twenty two – Denver Nuggets

They select: Kenneth Faried, F, Morehead St.

No. twenty three – Houston Rockets

They select: Tyler Honeycutt, G-F, UCLA

No. twenty four – Oklahoma City Thunder

They select: Reggie Jackson, G, Boston College

No. twenty five – Boston Celtics

They select: Nolan Smith, G, Duke

No. twenty six – Dallas Mavericks

They select: Davis Bertans, F, Int’l

No. twenty seven – New Jersey Nets

They select: Trey Thompkins, F, Georgia

No. twenty eight – Chicago Bulls

They select: Kyle Singler, F, Duke

The Bulls love winners, which is what Singler is. Singler will bring the defensive tenacity and toughness the Bulls coaching loves to see. He will come off the bench to replace Luol Deng and should be able to make smart decisions with the ball.

No. twenty nine – San Antonio Spurs

They select: Tobias Harris, F, Tennessee

No. thirty – Chicago Bulls

They select: Josh Selby, G, Kansas

The Bulls select a project in Selby with the last pick of the first round. Selby came out of high school ranked higher (by some organizations) than players like Brandon Knight and Kyrie Irving, however, he struggled at Kansas and never really found his groove. This is a total potential pick and he’s the epitome of a high risk, high reward player.

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One response to “Chi Side’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft

  1. Great mock draft here. This draft is going to be real interesting. It is no doubt a weak draft but I think at the same time you are bound to find some hidden gems in the draft. I mean, guys like Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry are bound to come up. There’s a lot of supposedly mediocre talent and I wonder if teams picking in the 3-10 range will be better served to take a risk rather than going with someone that only has the ceiling of being a solid NBA producer. Everyone’s mock drafts I read seem to be different so it will be fun to see where each player goes and how much wheeling and dealing goes on during draft day. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/take-a-chance-on-me/

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