Live in New Jersey for the 2011 NBA Draft where the prospects of this year work to become the stars tomorrow. From the Green Room to the Interview Room I will be chronicling the Draft as it happens here with a live feed and instant analysis.

2011 NBA Draft Grades

Final Big Board

Final Mock Draft

Round One

Player Ht. Wt. Pos. School Class Analysis Trades
1 Kyrie Irving 6-3 191 PG Duke Freshman Great pick. Obvious pick. The team needs to start over and Irving gives them a chance at a new identity.
2 Derrick Williams 6-8 249 SF Arizona Sophomore Talent has to trump fit, the team can figure out how to use too much talent. Williams could combine with Kevin Love to form the best rebounding due in the NBA.
3 Enes Kanter 6-11 259 C Kentucky International The Jazz now rival any team in the NBA in size and rebounding, Kanter may not be an immediate need, but will be an impact player.
4 Tristan Thompson 6-8 227 PF Texas Freshman Surprise, surprise. The “steal” of the draft goes higher than projected and the Cavs add another quality chip towards rebuilding process.
5 Jonas Valanciunas 7-0 245 C Lithuania International The buyout issue was not going to scare teams away, not a shock. Valanciunas is a Top 3 talent in this draft.
6 Jan Vesely 6-11 240 PF Czech Republic International This was always the pick, Vesely will be an athlete on the wing for John Wall to create for.
7 Bismack Biyombo 6-9 243 PF Congo International Biyombo is high risk, high reward, but the reward is too much to pass on. He is the best defender and athlete in this class.
8 Brandon Knight 6-3 177 PG Kentucky Freshman The Pistons value combo guards more than anyone it seems, Knight has a very high IQ and will be an instant offensive threat off the bench.
9 Kemba Walker 6-1 184 PG Connecticut Junior Walker is a winner and a great competitor, the Bobcats may have finally found their franchise point guard.
10 Jimmer Fredette 6-2 195 PG BYU Senior The Draft begins at 10, Jimmer adds shooting and a consistent element to the point guard position teaming with Tyreke Evans.
11 Klay Thompson 6-6 202 SG Washington State Junior The Warriors add a shooting guard with size, either they are trading Monta Ellis or creating quality depth.
12 Alec Burks 6-6 195 SG Colorado Sophomore The Jazz have the shooting guard they have never really had. Burks can come in right away and score in for the Jazz.
13 Markieff Morris 6-9 241 PF Kansas Junior This was the pick all along. The Suns are edging closer to a more defensive team and feel Markieff helps.
14 Marcus Morris 6-9 230 PF Kansas Junior Born seven minutes apart, selected in the NBA five minutes apart. The Rockets draft value and added another one in Marcus Morris.
15 Kawhi Leonard 6-7 227 SF San Diego State Sophomore The Pacers need size for rebounding or a guard to knock down shots. Leonard does neither and clogs the wing with Danny Granger and Paul George. Traded to San Antonio
16 Nikola Vucevic 6-11 260 PF USC Junior Possibly the sleeper of the draft, others see him as a big stiff. Vucevic has great size and polish in the paint.
17 Iman Shumpert 6-6 202 PG Georgia Tech Junior Shumpert will be a defender and an athlete. He does not need to create or score on this team.
18 Chris Singleton 6-9 230 SF Florida State Junior Best perimeter defender in the class, adds little on offense. John Wall has another great athlete to play with.
19 Tobias Harris 6-8 223 SF Tennessee Freshman Great value here for the Bucks. Harris can run the offense for the second unit and brings versatility to a stiff team.
20 Donatas Motiejunas 7-0 220 PF Lithuania International If he adds strength and gets a nose for rebounding this is the biggest steal of the draft. If not, he is Yi Jianlian. Traded to Houston
21 Nolan Smith 6-3 188 SG Duke Senior The Blazers need a point guard of the future, they may feel they have that in Smith.
22 Kenneth Faried 6-7 228 PF Morehead State Senior High motor, great rebounder and quality defender. The Nuggets continue to add good talent.
23 Nikola Mirotic 6-10 226 PF Serbia International Mirotic will likely never play in the NBA or will be a few years out in the best case scenario. Traded to Chicago
24 Reggie Jackson 6-3 203 PG Boston College Junior Best athlete at his position, a Russell Westbrook type lands on the same team as Westbrook.
25 Marshon Brooks 6-5 190 SG Providence Senior Great value here, Brooks is a great scorer with potential to be a quality defender. Traded to New Jersey
26 Jordan Hamilton 6-8 228 SF Texas Sophomre Steal. The Mavs may have a future star or at the worst a great role player to add to the deep bench. Traded to Denver
27 JaJuan Johnson 6-10 220 PF Purdue Senior Johnson is a prototypical NBA role player and will be one for years. Good rebounder and defender. Traded to Boston
28 Norris Cole 6-1 175 PG Cleveland State Senior Cole is a great floor leader and can create his own shot. Traded to Miami
29 Cory Joseph 6-1 175 PG Texas Freshman A risk and a reach, but Joseph has the talent to be a lottery pick. For now he learns under Tony Parker.
30 Jimmy Butler 6-7 225 SF Marquette Senior A great competitor and smart player. Butler will impact the Bulls from Day One.

Round Two

Player Ht. Wt. Pos. School Class Analysis Trades
31 Bojan Bogdanovic 6-7 200 SF Serbia International Good shooter, aggressive and tough. Will play in the NBA in a few years Traded to Minnesota
32 Justin Harper 6-10 225 PF Richmond Senior Best big man shooter in the class, Harper can add versatility to a bench. Traded to Orlando
33 Kyle Singler 6-8 230 SF Duke Senior Winning mentality, tough and can play both the small and power forward positions.
34 Shelvin Mack 6-0 209 PG Butler Junior Very smart and can score in a variety of ways, combo guard.
35 Tyler Honeycutt 6-8 187 SF UCLA Sophomore More talented than most first round picks and needs to add strength.
36 Jordan Williams 6-10 260 C Maryland Sophomore He can be a double-double off the bench and has elite strength.
37 Trey Thompkins 6-10 239 PF Georgia Junior Thompkins can play inside and out, needs to put it all together though.
38 Chandler Parsons 6-10 218 SF Florida Senior Not strong, good shooter and smart basketball player.
39 Jeremy Tyler 6-11 245 PF Japan (via high school) International Potential, potential, potential. He can be an elite NBA player if he wants to. Bought by Golden State
40 Jon Leuer 6-10 228 PF Wisconsin Senior Smart player, good shooter and has the goal of being a “Dirk type” player.
41 Darius Morris 6-4 190 PG Michigan Sophomore Amazing fall, he is a big point guard that will need time to develop his offense.
42 Davis Bertans 6-10 210 SF Latvia International Point forward who can shoot, pass and needs to add a lot of strength. Traded to San Antonio
43 Malcolm Lee 6-5 200 PG UCLA Junior Defensive minded player who was held back in the UCLA offense.
44 Charles Jenkins 6-3 220 PG Hofstra Senior Great mid-range shooter who played inferior competition in college.
45 Josh Harrellson 6-10 275 C Kentucky Senior A bit of a reach, but Harrellson is a good rebounder. Bought by New York
46 Andrew Goudelock 6-3 202 PG College of Charleston Senior fell futher than anticipated, Goudelock is the best shooter in the class.
47 Travis Leslie 6-4 204 SG Georgia Junior Freak athlete that thinks very highly of his game.
48 Keith Benson 6-11 230 C Oakland Senior Solid defender, good shooter who can stretch defenses.
49 Josh Selby 6-3 195 PG Kansas Freshman He fell futher than his talent indicates, if he puts it together mentally he is a Top 10 talent and a steal.
50 Lavoy Allen 6-9 225 PF Temple Senior Not sure he makes a team, low motor and good shot-blocker.
51 Jon Diebler 6-6 205 SG Ohio State Senior Sharp-shooting guard who is a better athlete than credited for.
52 Vernon Macklin 6-9 243 PF Florida Senior Aggressive athlete that will rebound and defend. Efficient scorer.
53 DeAndre Liggins 6-6 210 SG Kentucky Junior Great defender, good athlete and a quality role player.
54 Milan Macvan 6-9 260 PF Serbia International Another European stowaway, Macvan is a wide body in the paint.
55 E’Twaun Moore 6-4 191 SG Purdue Senior Good value here to add to a bench that now includes two Purdue teammates.
56 Chukwudiebere Maduabum 6-9 210 PF Nigeria International Nothing.
57 Targuy Ngombo 6-6 230 SF Quatar International Props to Johnathon Givoney for being the only person who knows this talented player. Traded to Denver
58 Ater Majok 6-10 225 PF Australia International Played at Connecticut and left due to playing time, good shot-blocker.
59 Adam Hanga 6-7 200 SG Hungary International Good athlete with an NBA body, needs time to develop.
60 Isaiah Thomas 5-11 185 PG Washington Junior Dynamo who will spark energy to the bench, good leader.

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