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2011 NBA Draft

  1. The real key to this draft: What do the Jazz do at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Kyrie Irving will go No. 1 overall to the Cavaliers. Minnesota may be shopping the No. 2 pick like Vince “ShamWow guy” Shlomi, but if they keep asking for Steve Nash and Andrew Bynum they will be making the pick themselves. And taking Derrick Williams. Then things get interesting. The Jazz will set the tone…

  2. NBA Draft: Five big risks in the 2011 NBA Draft

    Jun 21, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Josh Selby

    Right now, there are no busts in the 2011 NBA Draft. By 2014 we will be calling a few of these guys busts, but right now they are just risks. In this draft, picking out what risks to gamble on is amazingly difficult, seemingly every player has some glaring flaws. We’d preach patience — wait…

  3. Should the Cavaliers take Derrick Williams at No. 1?

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala and Joe Johnson are all very good basketball players. In fact, they’re All-Stars. But they’ve all been asked to be “the man” on their prospective teams, which hasn’t worked out too well, as they appear to lack that leadership gene. And whether Derrick Williams deserves to be drafted No. 1 over point guard Kyrie Irving may…

  4. Report: Warriors in talks to land Robin Lopez from Suns

    Jun 21, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    The emergence of Marcin Gortat as a quality center in the Suns up-tempo offense has left them with a problem a lot of teams would like to have — two quality centers, when you remember they have Robin Lopez as well. The Golden State Warriors would like to help them out with that by offering…

  5. At No. 4, the Cavaliers select… Jonas Valanciunas?

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Lithuania Euroleague Basketball

    Let’s for a moment assume that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be selecting the No. 4 pick overall. Because, they most likely will be. Teams look at this draft and are not giving up actual quality to move up. There are now multiple reports (including the Morning Journal) that the Cavaliers are leaning heavily toward picking…

  6. Five NBA Draft sleepers to watch

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Really, this is almost an entire draft of sleepers. After the first two picks — Duke’s Kyrie Irving and Arizona’s Derrick Williams — there are enough questions and risks that a lot of guys could be considered sleepers. Teams will tell you the difference between picks No. 10 and No. 25 in this draft is…

  7. Marcus Morris likes his own game. A lot.

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Virginia Commonwealth v Kansas

    Marcus Morris should have some swagger — he was the leading scorer on a very good Kansas team last season. He has a good back-to-the-basket game, is a good rebounder and works hard. He has a jump shot you need to respect (needs to improve it, but it’s nice) and he can put the ball…

  8. Jimmer Fredette will go in the lottery… but will he succeed?

    Jun 20, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    General managers came out of the NBA Draft Combine saying Jimmer Fredette was brilliant in the interviews. Then he has gone into a series of workouts for teams and impressed by holding his own against other top point guards in the draft. He’s tried his best to answer the many questions about how his game…

  9. Charlotte Bobcats not brave enough (read: too smart) to draft Jimmer Fredette

    Jun 19, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    If Jimmer Fredette’s name drops on down to the No.9 spot in Thursdays draft, it can just keep on sliding, the Bobcats want no part of it. From the Charlotte Observer: The team has shuttled about two dozen players through Charlotte for workouts. Fredette has not been among them and isn’t on the schedule for…

  10. Draft rumors: Thompson, Biyombo may be moving up

    Jun 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    The draft rumors are really starting to fly. One of the big wild cards — in a draft filled with them — is Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo. As we told you in our profile of the shot-blocking big man, pretty much everyone expects the Warriors to take him at No. 11. Except that according…

  11. NBA Draft profile: Boom or bust is named Biyombo

    Jun 18, 2011, 8:28 AM EDT

    bismack biyombo

    It feels all or nothing. No player in this draft has the pure boom-or-bust potential of Bismack Biyombo. No player has more fans who love him, no one has more detractors. He could be an All-Star, a dominant big man in this league. There is that much in him. But he could turn out to…

  12. Ironically, Brandon Knight says he wants Kyrie Irving

    Jun 17, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    Brandon Knight has been avoiding going head-to-head in workouts against the other top guards in the run-up to next week’s NBA draft. If you want to see how he looks against Kemba Walker, pull out the take of the Kentucky against UConn Final Four matchup, because you will not be seeing it in a workout.…

  13. Are Cavaliers targeting Enes Kanter with No. 4 pick?

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Turkish center Enes Kanter seems to have caught the eye of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is coming back next Monday for a second workout with the Cavaliers and as part of that he is expected to meet with team owner Dan Gilbert, according to the Plain Dealer. What does that mean? Very hard to say,…

  14. NBA draft profile: Klay Thompson can shoot, teams like that

    Jun 16, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    F Washington State

    Klay Thompson can shoot. His stroke is pure. In a draft where everyone has serious question marks, if you can consistently put the ball in the hole the thing you do well is something every team needs. Thompson caught scouts eyes as a shooter as he filled it up in college — Washington State ran…

  15. Boston College’s Jackson cancels remaining draft workouts

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Somebody got a promise. Reggie Jackson, the lightning quick Boston College point guard who turned heads with his long wingspan (7’0” on a 6’3” frame) has cancelled the rest of his scheduled workouts, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chad Ford. Reggie Jackson canceled all of his workouts. Bulls, Pacers, Bobcats and Blazers all had…

  16. Cavaliers say they are undecided on who is No. 1 pick

    Jun 16, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Unofficially, Kyrie Irving has been the guy, the clear No. 1 overall pick and the guy Cavaliers officials were excited about picking. But officially, they say they have not decided, that Derrick Williams could move past Irving into the No. 1 slot, they told Marc Spears of Yahoo. And in a year where there is…

  17. Report: Cavaliers shopping Sessions, Davis “hard”

    Jun 15, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    In a little over a week the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to make Kyrie Irving their point guard of the future when they draft him No. 1 overall. So they are trying to dump the point guards of now. The Cavaliers are shopping Ramon Sessions and Baron Davis hard, according to Chad Ford of ESPN…

  18. NBA Draft profile: Tobias Harris has skills, for the right team

    Jun 14, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

    tobias harris

    Tennessee freshman Tobias Harris to me symbolizes a lot of what we see in this draft — it’s a question of fit. He says he’s a three and he seemed more comfortable there in college, but there are questions if he is athletic enough to do that on the NBA level plus he only hit…

  19. Kyrie Irving says if not for Tournament he would have returned to Duke

    Jun 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hampton v Duke

    Kyrie Irving is just over a week away from being the No. 1 pick of the draft and having unrealistic expectations heaped upon him in Cleveland. Irving is the Duke point guard who played eight games to start the season before a toe injury sidelined him. Until NCAA Tournament, when he returned and almost instantly…

  20. NBA Draft profile: Kenneth Faried tries harder than you

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Morehead State v Louisville

    After a recent workout of potential draftees Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan summed up Kenneth Faried perfectly: “He does everything hard. He ties his shoes hard.” If you watched him during the NCAA Tournament playing for Morehead State as they were knocking off Louisville and screwing up your brackets, you thought the same thing. He…

  21. Character matters, but let’s not go too far, draft personnel.

    Jun 11, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    Look, I’m no friend to the college game. 30% shooting, sloppy ball-handling, perimeter-pass-perimeter-pass-perimeter-pass-contested-jumper ball is not my forte (even if that sounds a lot like the Finals… zing!). I think that just because you look like a great player in college means squat at the next level. The NBA is simply that much more competitive,…

  22. Enes Kanter mysterious, frustrating, still will be top six pick

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Enes Kanter is not Sasquatch, but it has kind of felt that way for NBA teams. They don’t know much about him, there have only been rare sightings of him on the court and the footage of his play is often grainy and old. Still, nobody thinks he slips past six in this draft, and…

  23. NBA Draft: Nikola Vucevic is THE big man in the draft

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    Virginia Commonwealth v Southern California

    You want to turn some scouts heads? Be the biggest man at the NBA draft combine. That would be Nikola Vucevic — at 7’0”, 260, (with a standing reach of 9.5 feet and a 7’4” wingspan) the center out of USC caught everyone’s attention as the biggest guy at the draft combine. But he also…

  24. Klay Thompson shooting up draft boards

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    Klay Thompson can shoot the rock. As well or better than anybody else in the draft. And in a draft where every player is a question mark, general managers will gravitate toward what they know works — and a guy that can shoot works in any system. Thompson was one of the best shooters at…

  25. Ford: Walsh still calling shots for Knicks’ 2011 draft

    Jun 6, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    According to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, former Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh will still be “calling the shots” for the Knicks in the 2011 NBA draft.  While it’s a bit of an awkward situation, the Knicks seem to trust Walsh, whose replacement may come from within the organization, in this situation. According to Ford, the Knicks,…

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