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Scott Howard-Cooper

Mock Draft: Cavs could have point guard of future in Irving

Posted May 18 2011 7:08AM

1 Cleveland Cavaliers | Kyrie Irving | PG | Duke

Playing only 11 games because of a toe injury, in a one-and-done college career, does not hurt his standing.

2 Minnesota Timberwolves | Derrick Williams | SF-PF | Arizona

Went from being projected for late in the first round to contending for No. 1 overall with a standout sophomore season.

3 Utah Jazz | Enes Kanter | C-PF | Turkey

NBA teams saw enough promise in Europe and at the 2010 Hoop Summit to be undeterred by Kanter missing the entire season at Kentucky.

4 Cleveland Cavaliers | Jan Vesely | SF-PF | Czech Republic

Has the length and athleticism to play both forward spots, offsetting the lack of strength teams like at power forward.

5 Toronto Raptors | Brandon Knight | PG | Kentucky

Needs to prove he can develop playmaking skills to match shooter's mentality, but a lot to like with package of speed and clutch moments.

6 Washington Wizards | Bismack Biyombo | PF | Congo

The mystery man of the Draft amid an ongoing age debate -- listed at 18, possibly several years older -- could become a defensive presence.

7 Sacramento Kings | Kemba Walker | PG | Connecticut

Pros love the leadership, heart and experience, especially after a starring run in the NCAA tournament, while concerned about his size.

8 Detroit Pistons | Jonas Valanciunas | C | Lithuania

Some teams feel Valanciunas, though not ready to make an immediate impact, could turn out to be the best of the international prospects.

9 Charlotte Bobcats | Alec Burks | SG | Colorado

The top true shooting guard available can handle the ball and excels in the open court, but needs to develop a consistent perimeter game.

10 Milwaukee Bucks | Donatas Motiejunas | PF | Lithuania

A very intriguing combination of size, athleticism and skills who can score from many spots despite needing to add bulk.

11 Golden State Warriors | Tristan Thompson | PF | Texas

Warriors have made energy and rebounding a priority over a lack of an offensive game.

12 Utah Jazz | Jimmer Fredette | PG-SG | BYU

The move of a team that needs outside shooting, not the move of a team just looking to take a local star.

13 Phoenix Suns | Jordan Hamilton | SF | Texas

One of the big risk-reward debates of the Draft: Could be a big-time scorer or a disappointment because of lack of drive.

14 Houston Rockets | Marcus Morris | PF | Kansas

He has the versatile offensive game to score from different parts of the floor and the potential versatility to play both forward spots.

15 Indiana Pacers | Kawhi Leonard | SF | San Diego State

Some execs think high-energy player who slashes to the rim and rebounds will be in the top 10, some think he deserves second half of first round.

16 Philadelphia 76ers | Markieff Morris | PF | Kansas

Physical presence, and willingness to use it, could push him into the top 14 and land both Morris twins in the Lottery.

17 New York Knicks | Klay Thompson | SG | Washington State

One of the best perimeter threats available has worked to show he can put the ball on the floor and be more than a spot-up shooter.

18 Washington Wizards | Trey Thompkins | PF | Georgia

Has drawn comparisons as a poor-man's Kevin Love as a power forward with smarts and a perimeter game while lacking elite athleticism.

19 Charlotte Bobcats | Tyler Honeycutt | SF | UCLA

Smooth player who does a lot of things well without being great in any one area could become a nice complementary piece.

20 Minnesota Timberwolves | Kenneth Faried | PF | Morehead State

Relentless rebounder and defender who put up big numbers against good competition will be an NBA success or crash through walls trying.

21 Portland Trail Blazers | Chris Singleton | SF-PF | Florida State

Nice addition as arguably the top defender in the Draft and an experienced prospect who had three seasons at a prominent program.

22 Denver Nuggets | Jordan Williams | C-PF | Maryland

Big man with an interior presence improved his offensive game -- and his Draft stock -- last season as a junior.

23 Houston Rockets | Darius Morris | PG | Michigan

One of the few true, playmaking point guards in the draft, Morris has the size and instincts teams like.

24 Oklahoma City Thunder | Tobias Harris | SF | Tennessee

Has an excellent feel for the game for an 18-year-old and plays with a stability uncommon for someone with one season of college.

25 Boston Celtics | Nolan Smith | SG-PG | Duke

Took advantage of Kyrie Irving's injury to display the leadership and solid play that could move Smith into the first round.

26 Dallas Mavericks | Kyle Singler | SF | Duke

A nice fit for a veteran team in particular as a mature, tournament-tested player who won't take over a game but can handle a role.

27 New Jersey Nets | Shelvin Mack | SG-PG | Butler

Combo guard who rises to handle pressure moments and becomes especially valuable if he shows he can play real minutes at the point.

28 Chicago Bulls | Nikola Mirotic | PF | Montenegro

A breakout 2010-11 in Spain, despite a slight frame, has unexpectedly turned him into a bubble first-rounder.

29 San Antonio Spurs | JaJuan Johnson | PF | Purdue

Fluid big man who will do better in an open-court system rather than one that will require him to consistently bang inside.

30 Chicago Bulls | Davis Bertrans | SF | Latvia

A team in the conference finals, at least, with two picks close together at the end of the first round will gladly have one stay overseas.

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