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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Who Would Benefit Most from Winning NBA Draft Lottery?

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By: David Kay

The ping pong balls will be plucked Tuesday night and we will find out who wins the John Wall sweepstakes otherwise known as the NBA Draft lottery.  Since its inception, we have learned how this night can forever change the face of a franchise.  Just ask the Knicks and Patrick Ewing or the Spurs and Tim Duncan.   In fact, only three times since 1990, has the team with the best odds of landing the number one overall pick actually won the lottery.  Last year, the Kings had the best percentage and actually ended up drafting fourth while the Clippers had luck on their side moving into the number one slot.

So who needs the ping pong ball to bounce their way this time around?  Allow me to break down each lottery team and how badly they need the number one pick and what it would mean for their franchise’s future.  Click here for my 2010 NBA Mock Draft.
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