2011 NBA DRAFT

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
1Kyrie Irving6-3191PGDukeFreshmanGreat pick. Obvious pick. The team needs to start over and Irving gives them a chance at a new identity.
2Derrick Williams6-8249SFArizonaSophomoreTalent 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.
3Enes Kanter
6-11259CKentuckyInternationalThe 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.
4Tristan Thompson6-8227PFTexasFreshmanSurprise, surprise. The "steal" of the draft goes higher than projected and the Cavs add another quality chip towards rebuilding process.
5Jonas Valanciunas7-0245CLithuaniaInternationalThe buyout issue was not going to scare teams away, not a shock. Valanciunas is a Top 3 talent in this draft.
6Jan Vesely6-11240PFCzech RepublicInternationalThis was always the pick, Vesely will be an athlete on the wing for John Wall to create for.
7Bismack Biyombo6-9243PFCongoInternationalBiyombo is high risk, high reward, but the reward is too much to pass on. He is the best defender and athlete in this class.
8Brandon Knight
6-3177PGKentuckyFreshmanThe 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.
9Kemba Walker6-1184PGConnecticutJuniorWalker is a winner and a great competitor, the Bobcats may have finally found their franchise point guard.
10Jimmer Fredette6-2195PGBYUSeniorThe Draft begins at 10, Jimmer adds shooting and a consistent element to the point guard position teaming with Tyreke Evans.
11Klay Thompson6-6202SGWashington StateJuniorThe Warriors add a shooting guard with size, either they are trading Monta Ellis or creating quality depth.
12Alec Burks6-6195SGColoradoSophomoreThe Jazz have the shooting guard they have never really had. Burks can come in right away and score in for the Jazz.
13Markieff Morris6-9241PFKansasJuniorThis was the pick all along. The Suns are edging closer to a more defensive team and feel Markieff helps.
14Marcus Morris6-9230PFKansasJuniorBorn seven minutes apart, selected in the NBA five minutes apart. The Rockets draft value and added another one in Marcus Morris.
15 Kawhi Leonard6-7227SFSan Diego StateSophomoreThe 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
16Nikola Vucevic6-11260PFUSCJuniorPossibly the sleeper of the draft, others see him as a big stiff. Vucevic has great size and polish in the paint.
17Iman Shumpert6-6202PGGeorgia TechJuniorShumpert will be a defender and an athlete. He does not need to create or score on this team.
18Chris Singleton6-9230SFFlorida StateJuniorBest perimeter defender in the class, adds little on offense. John Wall has another great athlete to play with.
19Tobias Harris6-8223SFTennesseeFreshmanGreat value here for the Bucks. Harris can run the offense for the second unit and brings versatility to a stiff team.
20Donatas Motiejunas7-0220PFLithuaniaInternationalIf 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 Smith6-3188SGDukeSeniorThe Blazers need a point guard of the future, they may feel they have that in Smith.
22 Kenneth Faried6-7228PFMorehead StateSeniorHigh motor, great rebounder and quality defender. The Nuggets continue to add good talent.
23Nikola Mirotic6-10226PFSerbiaInternationalMirotic will likely never play in the NBA or will be a few years out in the best case scenario.Traded to Chicago
24Reggie Jackson6-3203PGBoston CollegeJuniorBest athlete at his position, a Russell Westbrook type lands on the same team as Westbrook.
25Marshon Brooks6-5190SGProvidenceSeniorGreat value here, Brooks is a great scorer with potential to be a quality defender.Traded to New Jersey
26Jordan Hamilton6-8228SFTexasSophomreSteal. The Mavs may have a future star or at the worst a great role player to add to the deep bench.Traded to Denver
27JaJuan Johnson
6-10220PFPurdueSeniorJohnson is a prototypical NBA role player and will be one for years. Good rebounder and defender.Traded to Boston
28Norris Cole6-1175PGCleveland StateSeniorCole is a great floor leader and can create his own shot.Traded to Miami
29Cory Joseph6-1175PGTexasFreshmanA risk and a reach, but Joseph has the talent to be a lottery pick. For now he learns under Tony Parker.
30 Jimmy Butler6-7225SFMarquetteSeniorA great competitor and smart player. Butler will impact the Bulls from Day One.

Round Two

 
 
Player
Ht.
Wt.
Pos.
School
Class
Analysis
Trades
31Bojan Bogdanovic6-7200SFSerbiaInternationalGood shooter, aggressive and tough. Will play in the NBA in a few yearsTraded to Minnesota
32Justin Harper6-10225PFRichmondSeniorBest big man shooter in the class, Harper can add versatility to a bench.Traded to Orlando
33Kyle Singler6-8230SFDukeSeniorWinning mentality, tough and can play both the small and power forward positions.
34Shelvin Mack6-0209PGButlerJuniorVery smart and can score in a variety of ways, combo guard.
35Tyler Honeycutt6-8187SFUCLASophomoreMore talented than most first round picks and needs to add strength.
36Jordan Williams6-10260CMarylandSophomoreHe can be a double-double off the bench and has elite strength.
37Trey Thompkins6-10239PFGeorgiaJuniorThompkins can play inside and out, needs to put it all together though.
38Chandler Parsons6-10218SFFloridaSeniorNot strong, good shooter and smart basketball player.
39Jeremy Tyler6-11245PFJapan (via high school)InternationalPotential, potential, potential. He can be an elite NBA player if he wants to.Bought by Golden State
40Jon Leuer6-10228PFWisconsinSeniorSmart player, good shooter and has the goal of being a "Dirk type" player.
41Darius Morris6-4190PGMichiganSophomoreAmazing fall, he is a big point guard that will need time to develop his offense.
42 Davis Bertans6-10210SFLatviaInternationalPoint forward who can shoot, pass and needs to add a lot of strength.Traded to San Antonio
43Malcolm Lee6-5200PGUCLAJuniorDefensive minded player who was held back in the UCLA offense.
44Charles Jenkins6-3220PGHofstraSeniorGreat mid-range shooter who played inferior competition in college.
45Josh Harrellson6-10275CKentuckySeniorA bit of a reach, but Harrellson is a good rebounder.Bought by New York
46Andrew Goudelock6-3202PGCollege of CharlestonSeniorfell futher than anticipated, Goudelock is the best shooter in the class.
47Travis Leslie6-4204SGGeorgiaJuniorFreak athlete that thinks very highly of his game.
48Keith Benson6-11230COaklandSeniorSolid defender, good shooter who can stretch defenses.
49Josh Selby6-3195PGKansasFreshmanHe fell futher than his talent indicates, if he puts it together mentally he is a Top 10 talent and a steal.
50Lavoy Allen6-9225PFTempleSeniorNot sure he makes a team, low motor and good shot-blocker.
51 Jon Diebler6-6205SGOhio StateSeniorSharp-shooting guard who is a better athlete than credited for.
52Vernon Macklin6-9243PFFloridaSeniorAggressive athlete that will rebound and defend. Efficient scorer.
53DeAndre Liggins6-6210SGKentuckyJuniorGreat defender, good athlete and a quality role player.
54Milan Macvan6-9260PFSerbiaInternationalAnother European stowaway, Macvan is a wide body in the paint.
55E'Twaun Moore6-4191SGPurdueSeniorGood value here to add to a bench that now includes two Purdue teammates.
56Chukwudiebere Maduabum6-9210PFNigeriaInternationalNothing.
57Targuy Ngombo6-6230SFQuatarInternationalProps to Johnathon Givoney for being the only person who knows this talented player. Traded to Denver
58Ater Majok6-10225PFAustraliaInternationalPlayed at Connecticut and left due to playing time, good shot-blocker.
59Adam Hanga6-7200SGHungaryInternationalGood athlete with an NBA body, needs time to develop.
60Isaiah Thomas5-11185PGWashingtonJuniorDynamo who will spark energy to the bench, good leader.