Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft - Ben's Mock

Alright, the final mock draft of the week. I'll take my shot at this with as much detail as to why each pick is being made as possible. Although I maybe wrong in the end with some of these picks, much like my NFL Mock Draft I believe each pick would make sense.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Derrick Williams

Say what? Aren't the Cavaliers needing a PG Ben? Sure they are, and they will get one before the draft is over. The Cavs more than a PG, need overall talent to fill their roster. After pre draft workouts I believe it will be more clear that Derrick Williams is the most talented player in the draft this year. Combine that with the ability to then get their PG with the 4th pick, and it makes sense for the Cavs to pick Williams at #1.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Kyrie Irving

Biggest beneficiary to Cleveland taking Williams is the Timberwolves who now get their franchise PG in Irving. As a Wolves fan you need to hope that the trade rumors will continue to be just that, rumors, until after the 1st pick is made. If the Wolves know they can get Irving they may not be so hot on trading the #2 pick.

3. Utah Jazz - Brandon Knight

The Jazz have Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson, there isn't a need to take Enes Kanter at this spot. Look for the Jazz to replace the departed Deron Williams with the Kentucky PG. I think Brandon Knight will show very well in pre draft workouts and will maybe even start challenging Kyrie Irving for best PG in the draft by draft day.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Kemba Walker

Enes Kanter is now slipping. Cleveland's idea somewhat backfired in taking Derrick Williams #1, they had hoped to get Brandon Knight at #4. With Knight off the board, they take the next best PG prospect in Kemba Walker. Now Cleveland has Derrick Williams and Kemba Walker as a 1-2 combo moving forward with a nice 3rd (maybe 2nd) option in JJ Hickson.

5. Toronto Raptors - Enes Kanter

Kanter's slide comes to a stop at Toronto. The Raptors swoop in to grab Kanter at 5. Kanter fits in with Toronto to play next to Barngani and give Ed Davis more time to grow. Great value to Toronto at #5 for a player who could have gone as high as #2 if not for Cleveland's suprise move of going with Derrick Williams at #1.

6. Washington Wizards - Kawhi Leonard

Leonard is shooting up draft boards and his athleticism and defense will be a welcome sight for John Wall and the Wizards. The Wizards will have an amazingly athletic and young trio with Wall, McGee and Leonard that could become very dangerous after some seasoning.

7. Sacramento Kings - Bismack Biyombo

This is a pick that could definitely change with upcoming versions of my Mock Draft. Biyombo may not be 18, he may measure out to only be 6'7", and he may show to be more raw a prospect than a team would be willing to use a lottery pick on. Yet, the current stock of Biyombo is on the up and up and for Sacramento to add Biyombo and put him next to the more offensively gifted Demarcus Cousins could be scary.

8. Detroit Pistons - Jan Vesely

Vesely is more athletic, aggressive and proven than most Euro prospects have been in the past. Vesely will replace the likely departing Prince as the long lean SF for the Pistons.

9. Charlotte Bobcats - Tristan Thompson

The Bobcats need a player that can bang inside and develop into an offensive threat. Thompson fits the mold at this point in the draft. Thompson may not be ready to contribute a ton right away but there is a lot of potential in him.

10. Milwaukee Bucks - Alec Burks

The Bucks are in great need of a SG that can shoot and score. Alec Burks looks at this point to be the best SG in the draft to do just that. Michael Redd is more than likely not coming back and John Salmons didn't produce at the rate the Bucks had hoped.

11. Golden State Warriors - Marcus Morris

The first Morris twin comes off the board at 11. The Warriors maybe set at the 4 and 5 with Udoh, Lee and Beidrins. Marcus can play the 3 and the 4. He will add a very versatile piece to an already freakishly athletic team in the Warriors.

12. Utah Jazz -Chris Singleton

Singleton is a guy who was in most people's top 10 prior to his injury this year at FSU. He has improved his shooting and is the best defensive wing player in the draft. I think in pre draft workouts he will shoot up the board. Utah will be losing Andre Kirelenko many believe and replacing a great defender with a great defender seems like a good idea. Jimmer gets passed up as the Jazz have already taken Brandon Knight at #3.

13. Phoenix Suns - Klay Thompson

After only one day at the Chicago work outs Klay has impressed. Phoenix lost Jason Richardson last year and are in need of a solid SG. Klay Thompson is the best left after Alec Burks.

14. Houston Rockets - Jonas Valanciunas

Yao maybe done in Houston and even if he does comeback, how long will he be able to stay vertical with his feet? Jonas may not be ready right away and may have some contract issues that resemble Rubio's situation. Yet, with all that said Jonas has great talent and could become a solid center after a year or two of seasoning either in Europe or the NBA.

15. Indiana Pacers - Marshon Brooks

The Pacers you'll remember attempted to make a deal for OJ Mayo at the deadline but failed to get the deal to the commissioner's office prior to the deadline running out. They are in search of a scoring SG, enter Marshon Brooks. Brooks has been training with Tim Grover, ex trainer to MJ and Kobe, Grover has compared Brooks to Kobe. Could look back in 5 years and say, "Brooks was the best player of the 2011 draft."

16. Philadelphia 76ers - Markeiff Morris

With an aging Elton Brand and few options at PF getting Markeiff Morris here would be a nice fit for the 76ers. Last year they added a very multi-faceted player in Evan Turner and Markeiff will also bring versatility being able to play PF and probably slip in to the SF spot at times as well.

17. New York Knicks - Donatas Motiejunas

Knicks need some help at PF/C, Donatas may not be the final answer but he brings at least a piece of it with him. He fits DAntoni's style with his shooting and will not clog the lane for Stoudemire and Anthony when they go to work, instead being a good kick out option on double teams.

18. Washington Wizards - Jordan Hamilton

More scorers to surround John Wall are needed and Jordan Hamilton fits the bill. SG/SF combo Hamilton is minus 3 inches in height but has some Rashard Lewis in him minus the monster contract...which to the Wizards, who are eating said contract, maybe nice.

19. Charlotte Bobcats - Darius Morris

DJ Augustin is a nice player, but may not be the PG of the future for the Bobcats. Darius Morris could turn into a future PG for a franchise in the mold of an Andre Miller. Morris will come in and maybe not challenge Augustin for the starting spot right away, but I believe could by season's end.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves - Jimmer Fredette

I don't see this pick being made by the Wolves, I think they trade this either for a future 1st rounder or in a package for a veteran. They don't need more rookies. If they were to make a pick, I think they'd be looking for a SG. Jimmer is a PG and if Kahn makes this pick after picking Irving...well he'll get made fun he would if he picked anything else here though as well so what the heck. Plus Fredette can play an undersized SG sniper when the Wolves want to play Wes Johnson at his more pure position of SF.

21. Portland Trail Blazers - Tyler Honeycutt

With Brandon Roy's knees being on the same level as Greg Oden's the Blazers will be looking for a wing player. Honeycutt fits the bill, good defensively and long he'll bring some versatility.

22. Denver Nuggets - Kenneth Faried

Nene may be gone and Kenyon Martin is old, enter the energetic rebounding and defensive master that is Kenneth Faried. Faried just fits what the Nuggets have liked in big men during the George Karl era and will be a great pick at #22 because you know what your getting in Faried and there is little bust factor.

23. Houston Rockets - Tobias Harris

I have the Rockets getting a big man at #14 now they will look to get a versatile wing man. Tobias Harris isn't maybe as versatile as they'd like, he played more of a PF in college and could have issues moving to SF in the NBA with a lack of foot speed, but he has more upside than other options at this point of the draft.

24. Oklahoma City Thunder - Kyle Singler

OKC lost Jeff Green in the Kendrick Perkins trade, Kyle Singler does a lot of the things Jeff Green did. In fact you name it Kyle Singler can do it, just none of it at an elite level. OKC has elite level guys in Westbrook and Durant and a solid versatile role player ready to go day 1 in Singler would be welcomed on a team that lacks many needs and is ready to win now.

25. Boston Celtics - Trey Thompkins

Big Baby maybe leaving and KG is getting older and older along with almost all the Celtics big men. Trey Thompkins is a big body with some finesse to his game that will fit in nicely to the Celtics system.

26. Dallas Mavericks - David Bertans

The Mavs like European players and Bertans will be like many of the players in this draft, a good role player. A sniper from the outside Bertans will bolster an already lethal shooting team in the Mavs.

27. New Jersey Nets - Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams is a big body with a solid offensive game. Though he isn't an amazing athlete he is good at using his body and brain to get the ball in the bucket in the post. He could develop a nice pick n' roll game with Deron Williams in Jersey. I can hear it now, "Williams dribbles to the wing, Williams sets the ball screen for Williams, Williams to the paint, dishes to Williams, Williams pumps and now kicks to Williams....etc."

28. Chicago Bulls - Chandler Parsons

The Bulls are a team like the OKC Thunder that don't have a ton of needs. Parsons is a nice pick here because he is very versatile, being able to play a point forward to SG to SF.

29. San Antonio Spurs - Jon Leuer

I just have a feeling that Leuer will be very attractive to the Spurs even if it's a bit early to take him in the first round. Leuer will fit right into the Spurs system and I think suprise many with early contributions much like DeJuan Blair did with the Spurs his rookie year.

30. Chicago Bulls - Nolan Smith

The Bulls will want instant impact in a rookie, and Nolan Smith may not have the upside of a Josh Selby but he is more ready right now. For a team that is wanting to win right now, the ability to help now means more.

There you have it, our final bloggers mock. We will be doing a live Mock Draft Monday on our podcast. If you want your mock posted on our site, we are doing "guest mocks" this Saturday. Just email us your mock and your name/website to and we will get it up.

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