2011 NBA MOCK DRAFT – Consensus 1.0
In addition to our weekly updated 2 Round Mock Draft, HOOPSWORLD also offers a weekly Consensus Mock Draft.
The idea here is a look from five different points of view, from reporters that cover five entirely different market types. Each week we’ll show you how the Draft looks from each reporters’ perspective as well as weekly notes and comments throughout the draft process.
So without further ado, here is the 2011 Consensus Mock Draft 1.0
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Alex’s Weekly Update: Perhaps the most unique talent in the draft is Colorado’s Alec Burks simply because of the lack of shooting guards available. He’s not going to stretch the floor with his outside jumper, but Burks can get to the hole consistently and at 6-6, he has plenty of size for the position.
Like Philadelphia’s Evan Turner, Burks can drive with either had and excels in isolation sets. There’s going to be some questions about his defensive effort, but many players nowadays don’t learn proper technique on that end of the floor until they actually study under an NBA coach. Burks won’t arrive as a finished product, but he’s the best option at a weak position in this year’s class.
The Bucks will have to take a hard look at Burks if he’s on the board when they make the 10th overall selection.
Joel’s Weekly Update: This draft is a little odd, not only because there are so few really huge potential stars, but because based on the order of the picks (pre-lottery, I know) it doesn’t look like many teams are going to end up with a player at the position they really need.
If Minnesota picks first, for example, they get Derrick Williams or Kyrie Irving, both of which double up on talent they’ve already got. Where the Kings picked in my mock, Kemba Walker was the best player available, but why take him when you’ve got so similar a guy in Tyreke Evans?
This is about as awkward a first mock draft as I’ve ever done, but it’s just a starting point. Once the picks are set and I get a better sense of players and team needs, it will hopefully start coming together a little better.
Yannis’ Weekly Update: There is some really intriguing international talent in this draft class whose popularity is far from peaking. Jonas Valanciunas, Donatas Motiejunas, Bismack Biyombo, Enes Kanter, Jan Vesely and Lucas Nogueira all have a chance to be selected in the lottery.
The biggest mystery has to be Kanter, though. It’s been well over a year since anyone has seen him play competitively and he doesn’t appear to be overly interested in making up for lost time by working out for teams leading up to the draft. Every Kentucky supporter believes that he would have been the difference maker who would have helped them win this year’s national championship, but he was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA for playing professionally in Turkey.
At 6’10 he’s a gifted basketball player with the ability to potentially play both power forward and center at the next level. However, he’s a big gamble right now and isn’t doing much to remove the risk factor from drafting him.
Luke’s Weekly Update: The 2011 NBA Draft has been tabbed as weak and with some of the top prospects opting to return to school rather than stare down a potential lockout at the pro level, the class has become even more thin.
That being said, this class has some real boom or bust potential. Bismack Biyombo has a chance to be a dominant defensive player in the NBA while Jan Vesely has a blend of size, skill and athleticism rarely seen, on any level. Without a great deal of depth, this is an opportunity for teams to swing for the fences and hope a player like Tristan Thompson can use his phenomenal athleticism to become an outstanding basketball player.
With so few sure things, the 2011 NBA Draft could play out in a variety of different ways and will certainly be entertaining for all parties involved.
Steve’s Weekly Update: The 2011 NBA Draft looks to lack superstar talent, but as word starts trickling out from Training sites across the country, there are some NBA players in this class, its just going to take some work to spot them.
The 2011 Draft looks to be a trap-type draft for teams that have not been doing their homework, and much like last year where some of the best players – Gary Neal, Landry Fields, Eric Bledsoe and Jordan Crawford – were not top draft picks, the 2011 Draft is setting up to be the same way, as some of the best players, who could really impact a NBA team are not being projected in the top 10 to 15 picks.
The 2011 Draft Class will also feature a larger than normal International contingent as many of the players expected to be drafted last year opted out of the 2010 class and are now lobbying for top honors in the 2011 class.
With labor uncertainty on the horizon, unless many of these players get commitments in the top 10, they could opt out of this draft as well, which would further cloud the process.
This will be an interesting draft because if you serve 10 different talent evaluators about who the top 15 best players are, you’ll never get the same combination said back twice, which will make for an exciting and unpredictable draft when no two people see the landscape the same way.