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Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

Posted on: May 17, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 12:06 am
The NBA Lottery was held Tuesday night, with the Cleveland Cavliers landing the No.1 overall spot, and the Utah Jazz moving up to the No. 3 position. Here's our immediate mock draft reflecting the lottery results. This mock draft is by Matt Moore, EOB Blogger. 

Posted by Matt Moore


1. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Kyrie Irving: The Cavs have to start over and just got a chance to do that. Irving is the consensus best player in the draft. Young, explosive, with an actual jumper, Irving's only questions is a toe injury that he returned from to dominate the NCAA tournament. He'll make for a great building block. The only question now: "Who's dumb enough to take Baron Davis off our hands?"

2. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Derrick Williams. The small-ball lineups for the Wolves next year with Williams at PF and Love at C are going to be awesome. Wes Johnson may spend more time at the 2 with Williams on board. If David Kahn can connive Ricky Rubio to come over, the Wolves are going to improve, finally. If Kahn doesn't screw this up.

3. Utah Jazz -- Brandon Knight. Knight's going to play in combo sets with Devin Harris. If he develops into a better PG, great, they can move Devin Harris. If he doesn't, he'll be an undersized SG, but still a legit scoring threat.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Jonas Valanciunas. You've got the PG, get the big man. Valanciunas is the lone Euro big in this draft who really impresses on the glass and off the pick and roll. 6-11, 240, he and Kyrie can set a new tone in Cleveland.

5. Toronto Raptors -- Jan Vesely. 6-11 forward with aggression. He's a Euro, which is going to mean Colangelo catching flak, but he's the best option. DeRozan slides to the 2 and Vesely's aggression gives the Raptors some much needed attitude.

6. Washington Wizards -- Kawhi Leonard. Kemba Walker's too small to pair with Wall, and the Euro bigs don't help with JaVale McGee and Blatch on roster. Leonard gives the Wizards a talented all-around SF to build around with Wall.

7. Sacramento Kings -- Kemba Walker. Well, the Kings have great size in the backcourt already with Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton. Kemba Walker's not a great fit. He's small, a scorer, and could be a defensive liability. But he's Best Player Available, and the Kings don't have time for a project center.

8. Detroit Pistons -- Enes Kanter. Twin towers with Monroe. 'Nuff said.

9. Charlotte Bobcats -- Donatas Motiejunas. Well the Bobcats' future isn't super bright, so they can afford a project. Motiejunas isn't a great rebounder, but with Tyrus Thomas, maybe he doesn't have to be. Having a versatile low-post big man will help them, provided Jordan doesn't Kwame him.

10. Milwaukee Bucks -- Alec Burks. Bucks need scoring. Burks is a pure scorer. Happily ever after.

11. Golden State Warriors -- Bismack Biyombo. A project for a team with a long-term vision. Incredible physical tools and some explosiveness. Right system, Biyombo's a star. Wrong system, he's a bust.

12. Utah Jazz -- Marcus Morris. A terrible spot for Utah with all the raw size off the board. Morris allows for a trade of Millsap or Jefferson if they don't move the pick itself.

13. Phoenix Suns -- Tobias Harris. Versatility is the Suns' game. Harris' biggest liability is defense. The Suns don't defend much. Convenient.

14. Houston Rockets -- Tristan Thompson. Rough spot for the Rockets as well. Thompson is high-upside, and the Rockets can hope that he can play in some versatile lineups.

15. Indiana Pacers -- Josh Selby. Hey, you can't swing and miss on every Kansas shooting guard, right? Selby's a reach here, but his impressive workouts at Impact in Las Vegas could push him here.

16. Philadelphia 76ers -- Lucas Nogueira. 7-0, high upside. The Sixers can afford to take a project with the core they have. Nogueira could replace Hawes by end of season if things go right, or be the long-term solution.

17. New York Knicks -- Jimmer Fredette. Big name star, explosive scorer, defensive issues limited by system (or exaggerated if you will). Fredette's an easy one here.

18. Washington Wizards -- Kenneth Faried. The Anti-Blatche.

19. Charlotte Bobcats -- Klay Thompson. Can spell Tyrus Thomas when he inevitably gets in foul trouble.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Chris Singleton. Best player available for the Wolves.

21. Portland Trail Blazers -- Reggie Jackson. Nate McMillan says the backcourt must change. It starts here.

22. Denver Nuggets -- Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton falls among all the small forwards, and the Nuggets swoop him up with some big free agent questions lingering for them.

23. Houston Rockets -- Tyler Honeycutt. A solid player to work off-ball with Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin. BPA theorem in effect (Best Player Available).

24. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Davis Bertans. High upside player falls to the Thunder. Perimeter scoring and good size. A Euro replacement for Jeff Green.

25. Boston Celtics -- Charles Jenkins. A versatile perimeter threat with handle, could provide the bench scoring that was so badly missing this year.

26. Dallas Mavericks -- Travis Leslie. Mavericks need wings. The end.

27. New Jersey Nets -- Kyle Singler. A high energy guy with touch to pair with Brook Lopez and never get any rebounds ever.

28. Chicago Bulls -- Nolan Smith. The Bulls need shooters. Smith's the closest thing to it at this point.

29. San Antonio Spurs -- Keith Benson. Anyone who rebounds will do here.

30. Chicago Bulls -- Darius Morris. Hey, they're loaded at every other position. Why not?

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:45 am

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

Brandon Knight is hands-down the better PG than Irving.  But, please Cavs, go ahead and take him; we UK fans don't want to see Knight stuck up there.  Just another Duke BUST in the NBA.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:48 am

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

Fredette for the Knicks?!  Oh, right: let's make our weaknesses even more glaring!  I suppose if Isaiah is lurking, something this dumb could actually occur.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:08 am

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

Maybe I am completely wrong here but I don't understand the infatuation with Irving.  I saw him play a bunch this year and although I think he is good, very good, I don't see him as a number one pick.  And although I agree there is no, can't miss, lock number one I would, if I were Cleveland, rather go with a high upside player like Derrick Williams and come back with a point guard at number 4

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:56 pm

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

The last thing the New York Knicks need is a under sized, scoring guard who can't play any defense. This team has enough scoring options. What they lack and need is an oakley/camby/mason type, which will be sitting at 17 waiting for them- Farid! Ironically, you have Farid going to the Wizards with the 18th pick... Why???

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:14 pm

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

This may be the most idiotic mock draft I have seen so far...Donatas Motiejunas to the Bobcats at 9, really? I'll eat my shirt if they draft that guy and I can make the statement because it WONT HAPPEN.

Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:37 am

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

Watch out for Marshon Brooks. Wait till some new information from workouts and the combine start coming out.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:27 am

Post-Lottery NBA Mock Draft v.3.1 by Matt Moore

LOL at #27, as a guy who drafted Brook over Gasol this past season I know all about it but with this pick they would have the lightest team in the NBA and could start 5 "white guys" Brook, Farmar, Humphries, Singler, Williams and then to throw teams off by bringing Marrow off the bench, ha.

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