Monday, June 20, 2011

NBA Draft Preview

The NBA Draft is nearing closer, and it maybe the only NBA related action for awhile, with an impending lockout looming.  The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the top pick in the draft, and are expected to take Duke guard Kyrie Irving with the top pick. While the draft is not considered particularly deep, there are some good players to be had. Here are a few I have my eyes on.

  • Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke:  At 6'3 he has the size that NBA coaches love at the point. Shot over 50 % last year, and has great quickness. Durability is a huge concern with him, however. Has drawn comparisons to Chris Paul.
  • Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona:  The guy has versatility, as he should be able to play both forward positions. Averaged 19.5 points a game, and shot 57% from 3pt, albeit in limited attempts. Looks like a lock to go #2 to Minnesota.
  • Enes Kanter, C, Kentucky/Turkey:  The best center in the draft. Has the ability to score in the post, and knock down mid-range jumpers. At 6'11 and 260lbs, he has the bulk desired to play inside. I think he goes at #4 to Cleveland, who owns the first and fourth picks in the draft.
  • Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego St:  Obviously, he is my favorite player in the draft, and his stock has been rising. He is a tremendous talent, and can be a defensive force, and a great rebounder, although his jumper really needs to be polished. Has drawn comparisons to Gerald Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. I see him going in the #6-10 range, possibly to Sacramento at #7.
  • Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky:  Another freshman point guard who played at a prestigious school. Has great court vision, and the ability to shoot the 3. Could replace Deron Williams in Utah, who own the third pick in the draft.
There are way too many players for me to cover, but check out www.nbadraft.net for all your draft needs.

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