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2011 NBA draft recap
Posted By Stephen Bailey On June 23, 2011 @ 8:11 pm In General | 5 Comments
Below is a list of picks in the 2011 NBA draft. This list will be updated throughout the night as each pick is made.
No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers selected Duke PG Kyrie Irving with the first pick of the draft. Irving played just 11 games in his only season with the Blue Devils.
No. 2 Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves selected Arizona SF/PF Derrick Williams with the second pick of the draft. Williams will join Spain’s Ricky Rubio as rookies next year in Minnesota.
No. 3 Utah Jazz: The Jazz selected Turkish PF/C Enes Kanter with the third pick of the draft. Kanter was suspended by the NCAA his only collegiate season at Kentucky.
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers selected Texas PF Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick of the draft. Bucks scouting director Billy McKinney compared him to “a pit bull who hasn’t been fed in about a year and you’ve got pork chops in your pocket.”
No. 5 Toronto Raptors: The Raptors selected Lithuanian C Jonas Valanciunas with the fifth pick of the draft. Valanciunas led the EuroLeague in rebounds per minute last season and has a 7-6 wingspan.
No. 6 Washington Wizards: The Wizards selected Czech SF/PF Jan Vesely with the sixth pick of the draft. Vesely has drawn comparison’s to Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko and is known as the “European Blake Griffin.”
No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats (via Sacramento Kings): The Bobcats selected C Bismack Biyombo of the Congo with the seventh pick of the draft. Though many are skeptical of his age, there’s no denying his physical capabilities (6-9, 243, 7-7 wingspan, less than 5 percent body fat).
No. 8 Detroit Pistons: The Pistons selected Kentucky PG Brandon Knight with the eight pick of the draft. Knight is one of the better all-around point guards in the draft class.
No. 9 Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats selected Connecticut PG Kemba Walker with the ninth pick of the draft. Walker led UConn to an NCAA championship and an undefeated record in single-elimination tournament games.
No. 10 Sacramento Kings (via Milwaukee Bucks): The Kings selected Brigham Young PG Jimmer Fredette with the 10th pick of the draft. Fredette is the first senior taken and one of the best scorers in NCAA history.
No. 11 Golden State Warriors: The Warriors selected Washington State SG Klay Thompson with the 11th pick of the draft. Thompson becomes the highest-ever WSU pick. His father, Mychal Thompson, was the No. 1 pick in the 1978 draft.
No. 12 Utah Jazz: The Jazz selected Colorado PG/SG Alec Burks with the 12th pick of the draft. Burks averaged 20.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game his sophomore year with the Buffaloes.
No. 13 Phoenix Suns: The Suns selected Kansas PF Markieff Morris with the 13th pick of the draft. Morris led the Jayhawks in rebounds and blocked shots last season, but was predicted to go after his twin Marcus Morris in the strong majority of mock drafts.
No. 14 Houston Rockets: The Rockets selected Kansas SF/PF Marcus Morris with the 14th pick of the draft. Morris has an impressive post game and averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game his junior season.
No. 15 Indiana Pacers: The Pacers selected San Diego State SF Kawhi Leonard with the 15th pick of the draft. Leonard becomes the highest-ever Aztecs product taken in the draft. Update: The Pacers have traded the rights to Leonard to the Spurs for guard George Hill.
No. 16 Houston Rockets: The Rockets selected Southern California PF/C Nikola Vucevic with the 16th pick of the draft. Vucevic was slotted as a fringe first-round selection a couple months ago, before dominating in pre-draft workouts.
No. 17 New York Knicks: The Knicks selected Georgia Tech PG/SG Iman Shumpert with the 17th pick of the draft. Shumpert averaged 17.2 points per game his junior year, but he will likely make his biggest impact at the NBA level on the defensive end of the court.
No. 18 Washington Wizards: The Wizards selected Florida State SF/PF Chris Singleton with the 18th pick of the draft. Singleton has drawn comparisons to Los Angeles’ Ron Artest and flourishes in the open court.
No. 19 Milwaukee Bucks (via Charlotte Bobcats): The Bucks selected Tennessee SF/PF Tobias Harris with the 19th pick of the draft. Harris is a crafty scorer who uses a variety of head and ball fakes — rather than exceptional speed or strength — to get the shot he wants.
No. 20 Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves selected Lithuanian PF Donatas Motiejunas with the 20th pick of the draft. Motiejunas was unimpressive during a pre-draft workout at the Adidas Eurocamp, airballing multiple shots from the perimeter. Update: The Timberwolves have traded the rights to Motiejunas and guard Johny Flynn to the Rockets for Brad Miller, the No. 23 pick (Nikola Mirotic) and a future 1st rounder.
No. 21 Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers selected Duke PG/SG Nolan Smith with the 21st pick of the draft. Smith showed exceptional leadership under the tutelage of Blue Devils coach Mike Kryzewski.
No. 22 Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets selected Morehead State PF Kenneth Faried with the 22nd pick of the draft. Faried tallied 1,673 boards in his four years with the Eagles, good for 12th in NCAA history.
No. 23 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Houston Rockets): The Timberwolves selected SF/PF Nikola Mirotic of Montenegro with the 23rd pick of the draft. Mirotic brings an excellent outside stroke and a high release that prevents defenders from blocking his shots. Update: The Timberwolves have traded the rights to Mirotic to the Bulls for the No. 28 and No. 43 picks in the draft.
No. 24 Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder selected Boston College PG Reggie Jackson with the 24th pick of the draft. Jackson averaged 18.2 points per game his junior year, shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 42 percent from downtown.
No. 25 Boston Celtics: The Celtics selected Providence SG Marshon Brooks with the 25th pick of the draft. Brooks was second in the nation in scoring his senior year with 24.6 points per game. Update: The Celtics traded the rights to Brooks for the No. 27 selection (JaJuan Johnson) and a 2014 second-round pick.
No. 26 Dallas Mavericks: The Mavericks selected Texas SG/SF Jordan Hamilton with the 26th pick of the draft. Hamilton excels in transition and rebounds very well for his position. The slasher averaged 7.7 rebounds per game his junior year. Update: The Mavericks traded the rights to Hamilton to the Nuggets as part of a three team trade that included the Trail Blazers.
No. 27 Boston Celtics (via New Jersey Nets): The Celtics selected Purdue PF JaJuan Johnson with the 27th pick of the draft. Johnson led the Boilmakers in scoring his senior season, averaging 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He also shot 49.4 percent from the floor and 80.9 percent from the line.
No. 28 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Chicago Bulls): The Timberwolves selected Cleveland State PG Norris Cole with the 28th pick of the draft. Cole was the only player in the country last year to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game. Update: The Timberwolves have traded the rights to Cole to the Heat for the No. 31 pick in the draft (Bojan Bogdanovic), a future second-round selection and cash considerations.
No. 29 San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs selected Texas PG/SG Cory Joseph with the 29th pick of the draft. Joseph becomes the third Longhorn taken in the first round (Thompson, Hamilton) and the second to stay in-state professionally (Hamilton).
No. 30 Chicago Bulls: The Bulls selected Marquette SF Jimmy Butler with the 30th pick of the draft. Butler is one of the most efficient players in this class. In 34.6 minutes per game , he averaged 15.7 points and only 1.5 turnovers per game.
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