2011 NBA Draft re-do with 2012 hindsight

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It is an annual tradition here during the NBA All-Star break to re-do the NBA Draft lottery from the previous year.  The Sports Bank’s NBA Draft Nerd, David Kay and Peter Christian will alternate re-drafting the top fourteen picks in the 2011 NBA Draft taking into account what they know about the rookies based off their performances so far this season.  They will factor in how each team’s roster looked at the time of the draft and give their reasons as to why the selection would be made.

Check out The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.
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The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era

The calendar now reads June. In the NBA that means it’s time to crown an NBA Champion. However among the biggest of NBA nerds, it also means it’s time to get ready for the NBA draft. We’re only two weeks and a few hours away from the 2011 NBA Draft. This year, it’s preparing for the likes of Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight to join the greatest basketball league on the planet that has us basketball geeks totally psyched.

Wait, what?

By Peter Christian

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Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams? 2011 NBA Draft Lottery Breakdown

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Barring something incredibly stupid happening, or Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn calling the shots, the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft will either be Duke point guard Kyrie Irving or Arizona forward Derrick Williams.  Had North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes declared for the draft rather than choosing to return to the Tar Heels for his sophomore season, he would also be in the discussion.

The ping pong balls will sort themselves out Tuesday night in the annual NBA Draft Lottery.  Let’s take a look at each team’s odds and whether they would lean towards picking Irving or Williams if they earned the spot.  Go here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft.

By: David Kay
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Minnesota Timberwolves Don’t Get Any Help From Lottery

The John Wall Lott, er, NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone. The Washington Wizards won. Thirteen other teams didn’t. However, one team’s loss of the lottery hurts them more than any of the other 12 losers. The Minnesota Timberwolves NEEDED to get the first or the second pick. That necessity however, is, of course, why the Wolves had no chance at landing one of the top two picks in this year’s draft. Needless to say, landing the 4th pick in this year’s draft means certain doom for anyone who had hopes that this draft class was going to turn the franchise around.

by Peter Christian

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2011 NBA Mock Draft


Yes, seriously David Kay has brought you a 2011 NBA Mock Draft

1. Sacramento Kings: John Henson, PF, North Carolina, 6-10, Fr.
An athletic forward with ridiclous length, Henson is a versatile talent who has a nice perimeter game and can also take a defender off the dribble. He is wirey thin though and will need to get stronger while at North Carolina.

2. Washington Wizards: Harrison Barnes, G/F, Undecided, 6-6, HS Sr.
The prototypical NBA wing player, Barnes can stroke it from deep, create his own shot, handle the rock, and attack the basket. He likely would be a top-five pick if he could enter the 2010 NBA Draft straight out of high school.

3.  Los Angeles Clippers: DeMarcus Cousins, F/C, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
A physically imposing presence down low, Cousins tends to drift through games because he can out-muscle everybody. If he shows the desire to hone his overall game, he has the potential to be a top pick.

4.   Oklahoma City Thunder: Avery Bradley, G, Texas, 6-2, Fr.
Bradley doesn’t have the desired size to be an NBA two-guard, but isn’t a true point either. Still, there is no questioning his quickness, explosiveness and scoring ability.

5.   Minnesota Timberwolves: Tomas Satoransky, SG, Czech, 6-7, 1991
Satoransky is an all-around talent who won’t turn 18 until the fall. He is similar to most Euro guards in that he can run the break and attack the hoop. He’s also a crafty scorer.

For the rest of round 1, click here

31  Sacramento Kings: JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue, 6-10, Jr.

32   Washington Wizards: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State, 6-8, Sr.

33 Los Angeles Clippers: Jordan Crawford, SG, Xavier, 6-4, Jr.

34  Oklahoma City Thunder: Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue, 6-8, Jr.

35   Minnesota Timberwolves: Malcom Delaney, PG, 6-3 Virginia Tech, Jr.

36  Memphis Grizzlies: Damien Saunders, PF, Duquesne, 6-7, Jr.

For the rest of Round 2, click here