Official 2011 BLS NBA Mock Draft

With the NBA Draft just days away, BLS has decided to follow the popular trend and put out the blog’s first official mock draft. This mock draft will break down each pick of the first round with some in-depth analysis into how the top 20 picks will factor into their new NBA team.

So let’s get it going. With the first pick the Cleveland Cavaliers select…

1.Kyrie Irving 6’4 PG, Duke: There has been little doubt about who would be selected here. There have been some rumblings that perhaps the Cavs will select Derrick Williams instead but according to multiple sources the team has indeed tabbed Irving as their pick. Irving will come in right away and be an explosive impact guard for the Cavs in the mold of a John Wall. Will he have the impact of a Lebron James. No. However, he will be a new star for the organization and fans to embrace. In recent years, PG is clearly becoming the most important position. Take the Heat for example. You can have a star at the 2 3 and 4 and it does not guarantee a title. You need a floor general and Irving can be that for the Cavs.

Kyrie Irving seems likely to be the #1 pick for the Cavs.

With the second pick the Minnesota Timberwolves select…

2. Derrick Williams 6’9 PF, Arizona: Talks were that the Timberwolves are going to select whoever the Cavs don’t and all indications are that the pick will be Derrick Williams. With Williams in tow, The Timberwolves will boast a frontcourt of Williams, Michael Beasley and Kevin Love which will be offensively oriented and will be something like what new Pg Ricky Rubio is used to playing with in the European style of basketball. Reports are that the T’Wolves are looking to mold this team after the Steve Nash run Suns.

With the third pick the Utah Jazz select…

3. Kawhi Leonard 6’7 SF, San Diego State: Leonard has not really been mentioned in mock drafts going this high but I see him as being exactly what the Jazz need. Leonard could come in right away and fill the void that could be left by free agent SF Andrei Kirilenko. Leonard showed some scoring punch last season averaging 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds. He is a high energy player on both sides of the floor.

Derrick Williams looks slated to join Ricky Rubio in Minnesota at #2.

With the fourth pick the Cleveland Cavaliers select…

4. Enes Kanter 6’11 C, Turkey: Kanter has worked out for the Cavs twice and indications are that the team wants him there at #4. Anytime a team has two picks so early in a draft convention points to them selecting a guard and a big and Kanter and Irving could step in right away and start for a Cavs franchise in dire need of a new identity.

With the fifth pick the Toronto Raptors select…

5. Kemba Walker 6’1 PG, Connecticut: Let’s not mince words here. The Raptors need pretty much everything but this is only one selection. Walker showed a lot of heart last season leading his team to a national championship game. His stock has been somewhat cool but he could certainly go to the Raptors and provide them with some fresh energy at the PG spot.

National Champ Kemba Walker may be headed to Toronto at #5.

With the sixth pick the Washington Wizards select…

6. Jan Vesely 6’11 SF, Czech Republic: The Wizards are in a situation similar to the Raptors only they have a PG in place. A solid SF like Vesely could certainly fill a need for the Wizards considering that Rashard Lewis does not seem to be in the teams long term plans. Vesely has great leaping ability and a good motor which could allow him to play an impact role right away in DC.

With the seventh pick the Sacramento Kings select…

7. Brandon Knight 6’4 PG, Kentucky: Indications are that Knight will be off the board before Walker but if the Raptors pass on Knight do not be surprised to see him end up in Sacramento. Knight could come in a battle for the opportunity to share the backcourt with Tyreke Evans. Both have decent enough size to do so without it being a defensive liability. It will just be a matter of determining who is better suited to play off the ball.

With the eighth pick the Detroit Pistons select…

8. Chris Singleton 6’9 Small Forward, Florida State: With a possible departure of Tayshaun Prince, Singleton could come in a fill a need right away. He has good size for the SF spot and is a very solid defender. He is not a prolific scorer but is solid on the offensive end and has some touch away from the basket.

With the ninth pick the Charlotte Bobcats select…

9.  Jonas Valanciunas 7’0 Center, Lithuania: The Bobcats could use a solid big man and if Valanciunas is still on the board here the Bobcats will jump at the chance to take him. Valanciunas is young at age 19 and is an excellent rebounder. He will be an upgrade over what the team currently has at center since the departure of Tyson Chandler.

With the tenth pick the Milwaukee Bucks select…

10. Klay Thompson 6’7 SG, Washington State: Klay Thompson would be an obvious pick here at 10 because he could team up with Brandon Jennings to be the Bucks backcourt of the future.  Thompson is a flat out shooter who averaged 21 points per game last year and shot nearly 40 percent from 3. Thompson is also a good distributer of the ball which will prove to be a good thing playing with Brandon Jennings.

With the eleventh pick the GS Warriors select…

11. Tristan Thompson 6’9 PF, Texas: Thompson has impressed in workouts and has climbed a few draft boards. The Warriors are not in dire need of a power forward but Thompson is an athletic wing who could come in and learn behind David Lee without feeling too much pressure to help right away. Thompson may never be a star but he has a lot of energy and is a good solid rebounder.

With the twelfth pick the Utah Jazz select…

12. Jimmer Fredette 6’3 PG, BYU: The fans in Utah are clamoring for this kid and probably would not hate if the team took him with their earlier pick. The Jazz will not pass if Fredette is still on the board. He showed last season that he is a flat out scorer and a solid leader with a knack for running an offense while also being able to take over with his scoring. Fredette dropped 29 points per game last season and shot 40 percent from behind the arc.

Utah fans may get their wish with the addition of Jimmer Fredette at #12.

With the thirteenth pick the Phoenix Suns select…

13.  Bismark Biyombo 6’9 PF, Spain: Biyombo has been slotted at spots from 10 to 20 in mock drafts that I’ve seen but I think he could fit in nicely with the Suns. The team does not have a player like Biyombo and he could certainly fill a need that the team has a PF since losing Amar’e Stoudemire. Biyombo is merely 18 years old and is a defensive minded rebounder which is something that the Suns could definitely use.

With the fourteenth pick the Houston Rockets select…

14. Jordan Hamilton 6’9 SF, Texas: The Rockets need a lot of pieces. They are certainly a team without much of an identity and they may certainly keep Hamilton in Texas. Hamilton is a good all around player with nice size and a good shooting touch. He averages nearly 19 points a game and shoots about 39% from 3.

With the fifteenth pick the Indiana Pacers select…

15. Alec Burks 6’6 SG, Colorado: This pick will give Darren Collison a good solid backcourt mate and will help to get the Pacers closer to having an all around lineup. Burks averaged 20 points per game and gets to the rim with ease which could be valuable in terms of kicking the ball out to Danny Granger for easy shots and dishing to Roy Hibbert on the block.

Philadelphia Native Marcus Morris may slip to Philly at #16 and have a homecoming in the City of Brotherly Love.

With the sixteenth pick the Philadelphia 76ers select…

16. Marcus Morris 6’9 PF, Kansas: Yes. I have the right twin. Many mock drafts have him going higher but I would not be surprised to see him slip and if both Morris Twins are available to the 76ers, expect them to pick Marcus. He has not visited with the Sixers but the strengths of his game are widely known. He plays the four with a great knack for scoring the ball and has a great touch away from the hoop. Some scouts can see him also excelling at the 3 spot and even though the Sixers are not in need of a SF, another player who can play multi positions does not hurt.

With the seventeenth pick the New York Knicks select…

17. Tobias Harris 6’8 PF, Tennessee: Harris would simply be a depth pick for the Knicks. He plays very smart and displays a lot of energy. The Knicks do not have a set in stone big man to pair with Stoudemire and Harris could complete for that role.

With the eighteenth pick the Washington Wizards select…

18. Kenneth Farried 6’8 PF, Morehead State: Farried could fit in nicely in Washington. He has improved his scoring each of the four years in college and he is a rebounding machine averaging over 14 per game last season. Some mock drafts have him going a little higher but with the myriad of PF’s in this draft he could definitely slip to 18.

With the nineteenth pick the Charlotte Bobcats select…

19. Donatas Motiejunas 7’0 PF, Lithuania: This pick would give the Bobcats a 1, 2 punch of Lithuanian big men. Motiejunas has a good Basketball IQ and has drawn some comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki. Although he may never be that kind of impact player, his ability to play away from the basket and shoot will spread the floor out for Charlotte.

With the twentieth pick the Minnesota Timberwolves select…

20. Marshon Brooks 6’5 SG, Providence: Brooks knows how to get to the basket and is a flat out scorer. He averaged over 24 points per game last season and also pulled down 7 boards per contest. Brooks would add depth to the Wolves rotation and could be a potential backcourt mate for Ricky Rubio in the future.

The rest of the round:

21. Portland Trailblazers: Nikola Vucevic 7’0 C,USC

22. Denver Nuggets: Markieff Morris 6’9 PF, Kansas

23. Houston Rockets: Norris Cole 6’2 PG, Cleveland State

24. OKC Thunder: Nikola Mirotic 6’10 SF, Serbia

25. Boston Celtics: Tyler Honeycutt 6’8 SF, UCLA

26. Dallas Mavericks: Justin Harper 6’9 PF, Richmond

27. New Jersey Nets: Jeremy Tyler 6’11 PF, Israel via San Diego High School

28. Chicago Bulls: Jon Leuer 7’0 PF, Wisconsin

29. San Antonio Spurs: Iman Shumpert 6’6 PG, Georgia Tech

30. Chicago Bulls: Davis Bertans 6’10 SF, Latvia

There you have it. That is BLS’s prediction for Thursday Night’s NBA Draft 1st round. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to comment or get in touch with me via the blog itself or on twitter @BLSBlog. Feedback is always encouraged. The NBA Draft will air on Thursday June 23rd at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ at 7pm on ESPN.

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