NBA Draft 2011: Our Top 30

Right now it is impossible to know exactly where the 2011 draft will rank in overall badness. Of recent drafts, 2000 stands out as the worst and this one could get there. If Kyrie Irving’s numbers are no more than an 11-game mirage, the foreign centers never develop and the rest of this group achieves only their projected status of career journeymen, then 2011 could easily become the worst draft ever. Of course all it takes is one Bismark Biyombo emerging as a force to change everything. As is the case with presidents, best to let historians sort out the best and worst a few decades down the line. Here my top 30 available players, listed in order of how I would draft them all other things being equal. This is not to be considered a mock draft, as this isn’t a prediction of how things will transpire, just how I feel things should transpire. I didn’t forget about Jimmer or Kahwi. I just feel both are way over rated.

  1. Kyrie Irving, Duke
  2. Tristan Thompson, Texas
  3. Bismark Biyombo
  4. Jonas Valanciunas
  5. Markieff Morris, Kansas
  6. Marshon Brooks, Providence
  7. Marcus Morris, Kansas
  8. Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
  9. Derrick Williams, Arizona
  10. Enes Kanter *
  11. Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA
  12. Nikola Vucevic, USC
  13. Jan Vesely
  14. Chris Singleton, Florida State
  15. Kemba Walker, Connecticut
  16. Tobias Harris, Tennessee
  17. Nikola Mirotec
  18. Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech
  19. Klay Thompson, Washington State
  20. Trey Thompkins, Georgia
  21. Brandon Knight, Kentucky
  22. Alec Burks, Colorado
  23. Damian Saunders, Duquense
  24. E’Twaun Moore, Purdue
  25. Reggie Jackson, BC
  26. Jordan Hamilton, Texas
  27. Nolan Smith, Duke
  28. Jereme Richmond, Illinois
  29. Jimmy Butler, Marquette
  30. Darius Morris, Michigan

Kanter is included in the top 10 based on his rep.  This is where any enthusiasm starts to wane.  I have no opinion on whether he’s a great prospect or likely bust, because I haven’t seen his numbers. Honestly considering the talent remaining, I would draft Kanter at #10 based on nothing more than his rep.

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