Thursday 19th October 2017,
Sports Alchemist

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Evaluating the Top Five Lottery Teams Draft Picks

2011 NBA draft lottery is just around the corner. This is the time to mend all those broken hearts and unmet expectations and move a step forward. This is the most anticipated event for teams that dwell in the bottom standings. This is the silver lining they have been waiting for. Let’s evaluate all the bottom five teams and assess their needs on getting their top draft picks this year. So far, it’s been quite competitive for all draftees and anyone can be chosen as the number one overall pick.

Minnesota Timberwolves – The Timberwolves might get the number one overall lottery pick this season having the lowest wins in the NBA at only 17-65. They really don’t need help on the 4 and 5 positions because they have Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph and Darko Milicic. However, they need to find a good explosive player who could carry this team to greater heights. In other words, they need an impact player right away. Derrick Williams from Arizona can be a good pickup for them. Derrick a 6-foot-9 forward who has a 7-plus foot wingspan can shoot turn-around jumpers and has a good post defense. However, Williams seems to be an undersized power forward that will clog up the four and five positions. Minnesota can very well pick Kyrie Irving as their number one overall pick. He has a great vision and passing skills. He reminds me more of Chris Paul, who has an excellent ball handling skills with a pass first mentality. Irving also shoots the ball pretty well and doesn’t force the issue. However, you might wonder his transition from the NBA with only 8 games of College experience. Again, Derrick Williams could be very well the projected number one pick overall, but if you look for every team’s needs, then I think Minnesota should settle on Irving.

Cleveland Cavaliers – This is a no brainer for them, if Minnesota picks on Irving then automatically they should take Derrick Williams. The good thing about Williams is he has a high defensive IQ which could clearly help the Cavaliers defensive stance. Williams has a good work ethic that plays high intensity basketball every time he steps on the floor. He has an NBA ready body that has a wide array of offensive weapons. He can shoot. He can post, and he can make you pay with his newly develop mid range jumper. What’s good about Williams is he plays the team game pretty well. Cleveland, after all the heartaches have something to look forward to.

Toronto Raptors – With all the foreign players in the Raptors line up. It won’t be a surprise if they pick a foreign born player for their third overall pick. And that spot I guess belongs to Jan Vesely from Czech Republic. At 6-foot-11, Jan possesses an intriguing combination of size and speed. He plays the Small Forward position and can easily shoot over smaller defenders. He is also very quick despite his lengthy size. The only down side with him is, he is virtually an unknown commodity in the U.S. They say he plays like Andrei Kirilenko but that remains to be seen. It’s still interesting to see Andrea Bargnani and Vesely in the Raptor’s line up.

Washington Wizards– with John Wall playing the point they could get a quality two guard to help them. And Kemba Walker clearly fits the bill. He can either play point guard and Wall will be the shooting guard. This would be one of the fastest backcourt in the East with both players can score at will. However, with Walker’s size and inconsistent jumpers, the Wizards could choose a safer bet in Brandon Knight from Kentucky. Knight, has the size and speed that could push the ball from end to end and is a good decision maker. Washington will just have to choose either a creative passer in Knight or a creative scorer in Walker. Either way it’s still a good choice.

Sacramento Kings – The Kings still have Tyreke Evans and promising DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup. But they still need a dependent center down low. Samuel Dalembert is a good defensive center. However, they still need a good backup. Someone who could provide some offense and the same time play good defense. Enes Kanter the Kentucky big man who has a high skill level and a good rebounder seems to be the right fit for the Kings. He can score and bang his big body up in the post. He has a mid-range jumper with good shooting touch. He has tremendous work ethic and high basketball IQ, a good complement player to Cousins. He will be a good and solid pickup for the Kings.

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