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Today in Mock Drafts

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Happy Father’s Day to all you Big Blue dads out there. While I digest a delicious Father’s Day brunch, why don’t you read this giant list of NBA mock drafts I put together for you? Enjoy them now, because in four days, they won’t matter anyways.

NBADraft.net

1. Cleveland: Kyrie Irving, Duke
2. Minnesota: Derrick Williams, Arizona
3. Utah: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
4. Cleveland: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
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46. Los Angeles Lakers: DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky

Matt Moore, CBSSports.com

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Clippers): Kyrie Irving, Duke
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona
3. Utah Jazz (from New Jersey): Enes Kanter, Kentucky
This is a move based on the ability of the Jazz to pick up a wing with their later pick. Getting Kanter gives them a legit center with actual height advantage to pair with whichever of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson they want to commit to. Kanter’s workouts haven’t been phenomenal, and there’s starting to be some concern that he’s more a product of good representation than actual ability, but if any big is going this high, it’s Kanter.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jan Vesely, SF, KK Partizan Belgrade
5. Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
In this scenario Bryan Colangelo busts the eardrum of his representative in Newark trying to make this pick as fast as possible. Knight takes over for an aging Jose Calderon, brings known value as a college player to appease ownership, and can work in a fast-paced system.

CBSSports.com’s Dave Del Grande

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Clippers): Kyrie Irving, Duke
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona
3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
True to its recent history, Kentucky had more talent on its roster last season than most conferences. Getting the best of the Wildcats these days has got to be a good thing.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
Here’s the clincher on the Irving pick: Even if the Jazz were to go Kanter at 3, the Cavs’ options would still be pretty solid — the best big man who actually met with teams (but didn’t play) at Eurocamp (Valanciunas) or the best one not there all together (Vesely).
5. Toronto Raptors, Kemba Walker, Connecticut

HoopsHype.com

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona
3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Devin Harris doesn’t appear to be the long-term answer at point guard and GM Kevin O’Connor has been coveting Brandon Knight since the season was still taking place. After trading Deron Williams, the Jazz will look to shore up their PG position. Utah is said to be considering Jonas Valanciunas here, but that seems extremely high for a player with so many question marks.
Comparison: Larry Hughes Stats: 17.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.8 rpg
Rookie season salary*: $4,262,520 Ranking: 2nd Point Guard / 2nd Freshman
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
The Cavs invited Kanter back after a strong workout against Tristan Thompson. Kanter gives them a legitimate bigman for the future. He’s missed two years of development, but has kept himself in great shape and got a chance to practice every day with a Final Four team. Jonas Valanciunas is also considered a possibility as he would stay over in Europe and help insure the team is in great position to win the lottery once again next year.
Comparison: Al Horford Rookie season salary*: $3,843,000 Ranking: 1st Power Forward / 3rd Freshman
5. Toronto Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)

NBA.com

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke
2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona
3. Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
Utah is also seriously considering Brandon Knight and Jan Vesely, the athletic small forward from the Czech Republic who has been compared to Andrei Kirilenko and now may be brought in to replace Kirilenko in a twist. But Kanter is the call because the Jazz do like him at this spot and there is no reason to jump back and forth among possibilities.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
5. Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Needs to prove he can develop the playmaking skills to go with a shooter’s mentality, but there is a lot to like with the package of speed and clutch plays. Plus, he is impressing teams with his personality and intelligence.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

12 Comments for Today in Mock Drafts



  1. MJD
    1:41 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    What this site needs is more Mock Draft posts………..sigh……..



  2. AKA cold buckets
    1:43 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    free enes



  3. RidgeRunner
    1:48 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    1…I hear ya.

    Ya think the KSR writers would go back and take a look at what other KSR writers have posted. This is starting to happen a lot lately (duplication).



  4. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    1:51 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    3-It’s like all of these mock drafts are updated every few days or something. Crazy.



  5. Doc
    1:55 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    Can deandre come back, if so how many games would he have to miss?



  6. HereForTheLulz
    2:59 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    Happy mock draft day!



  7. thisnicknamestinks!
    3:03 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    The Disastrous Timberwolves will have either traded the pick or will choose a player for a negotiated pick and trade for a much needed veteran.



  8. Doc
    3:11 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    Can deandre return to uk before he goes undrafted and how long would he have to sit out?



  9. CATastrophe
    4:11 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    Doc- you are stupid.

    How could you be so stupid as to take Kyrie Irving first.



  10. The Real Hambone
    5:04 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    It will be so nice when this foolishness known as the NBA draft is over and done with so all the discussions can cease. My question is, WHO GIVES A DAMN?



  11. Whatshouldido?
    5:08 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    Updated? They rarely change at all..knight to jazz and kanter to cavs



  12. BigAlSharpton
    7:57 pm June 19, 2011 Permalink

    sup?