The ESPN TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft 2011 is going down today. The first five picks are listed below and then it’s the Wizards’ turn, the decision made by a consensual agreement amongst the contributors to Truth About It.net. Keep checking back below the text of this post for updates on the entire first round.
- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers [Cavs: The Blog]
- Derrick Williams, Minnesota Timberwolves [A Wolf Among Wolves]
- Brandon Knight, Utah Jazz [Salt City Hoops]
- Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers [Cavs: The Blog]
- Kemba Walker, Toronto Raptors [Raptors Republic]
And with the 6th pick, the Washington Wizards select…
Enes Kanter slipping to Washington’s pick at six is almost as lucky as the Wizards winning the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery and landing John Wall.Not that Kanter is a game-changer on the level of the actual “Game Changer,” but had Ted Leonsis’ magic landed the top pick in the 2011 draft too, Ernie Grunfeld would’ve had a much harder time choosing between Kanter and Derrick Williams than he did when considering between Wall and Evan Turner (which was never really considered).
In Kanter, the Wizards would hope for a bruising specimen who can make his presence felt in the paint, but who also can provide skills and shooting on the perimeter. This is opposed to simply a big man with outside skills. Essentially, even with Andray Blatche, Kevin Seraphin and sometimes Trevor Booker in the fold as developing Wizards at the four spot, the option of Kanter’s skills in an ideal world makes Blatche more accountable (or disposable) – whatever ”accountable” truly means for Blatche, I don’t know, but rest assured that Andray will likely be stuck on the Wizards when the league arises from the forthcoming lockout.
The Wizards aren’t the only team that would consider Kanter a possible number one overall draft pick (like Cleveland, but they are probably faking), which is why this TrueHoop 2011 Mock NBA Draft and him slipping to sixth should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, despite Kanter’s agent, Max Ergul, profiling to boost his client’s draft stock, the prospect may be a bit too unknown for the comfort of some GMs, which is why six could be the sloping point where risk meets palpability.
Through the chase of whimsical, fast moving reports and rumors surrounding Kanter and 2011 Draft that would make the most anxious of car-chasing dogs happy — Kanter saying he likes the Wizards, opting out from interviewing with certain teams at the draft combine, causing another media flutter by not scheduling a formal workout in Washington, settling things down with a workout in front of Wizards staff at Tim Grover’s gym in Chicago, and finally, Kanter’s agent imploring Washington to trade up if they want him. All of this goes to say that landing Kanter at six would simply mean that beams are once again shining brightly on Ernie Grunfeld’s canine behind.
But don’t worry, Wizards fans, rumors of John Calipari coming to coach his various major league prospects won’t happen until Washington does something like select Terrance Jones in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Rest of the first round…
7.) Kawhi Leonard, Sacramento Kings [Cowbell Kingdom]
8.) Bismack Biyombo, Detroit Pistons [PistonPowered]
9.) Marcus Morris, Charlotte Bobcats [Queen City Hoops]
10.) Alec Burks, Milwaukee Bucks [Bucksketball]
11.) Jimmer Fredette, Golden State Warriors [Warriors World]
12.) Chris Singleton, Utah Jazz [Salt City Hoops]
13.) Tristain Thompson, Phoenix Suns [Valley of the Suns]
14.) Jan Vesely, Houston Rockets [Hardwood Paroxysm]
15.) Markieff Morris, Indiana Pacers [8 Points, 9 Seconds]
16.) Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 76ers [Philadunkia]
17.) Klay Thompson, New York Knicks [KnickerBlogger]
18.) Jordan Hamilton, Washington Wizards [Truth About It.net]
19.) Kenneth Faried, Charlotte Bobcats [Queen City Hoops]
20.) Marshon Brooks, Minnesota Timberwolves [A Wolf Among Wolves]
21.) Tobias Harris, Portland Trailblazers [Hardwood Paroxysm]
22.) Donatas Motiejunas, Denver Nuggets [Roundball Mining Company]
23.) Charles Jenkins, Houston Rockets [Hardwood Paroxysm]
24.) Tyler Honeycutt, Oklahoma City Thunder [Daily Thunder]
25.) JaJuan Johnson, Boston Celtics [CelticsHub]
26.) Justin Harper, Dallas Mavericks [Hardwood Paroxysm]
27.) Nolan Smith, New Jersey Nets [Nets Are Scorching]
28.) Darius Morris, Chicago Bulls [Hardwood Paroxysm]
29.) Nikola Mirotic, San Antonio Spurs [48 Minutes of Hell]
30.) Iman Shumpert, Chicago Bulls [Hardwood Paroxysm]