This week will be a truly special week for a lot of young men. They've put in the time. Now is their time. The 2011 NBA Draft is Thursday and the hype machine is starting to spin its wheels. And just like the hype is building for the draft, the anticipation for who is going to get picked where is also heightening. I've looked at a few mock drafts and I have to say, I have some serious disagreements with how they have things shaking out in the Top 5 picks. So, I figured I would come up with my thoughts of how things should shake out in the Top 5 picks.
With the 1st pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers select...Derrick Williams. I know a lot of people think the Cavs should select Duke freshman Kyrie Irving, but here's my reasoning as to why I would select Williams. Williams was a terror in the PAC-10 at Arizona, playing both on the perimeter and in the paint. At the pro level, he will be a SF and he will fit exactly what the Cavs need. In fact, the SF position is more of a position of need at this pick than PG.
With the 2nd pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select...no one. The Wolves trade down with someone who is in love with one of the bigs in this draft. The Wolves need a SG desperately and at the number two pick, there simply isn't a SG worthy of that pick. If the Wolves trade back into the teens, they will be able to get Washington State SG Klay Thompson, Providence SG Marshon Brooks or Colorado SG Alec Burks, which would be good value for their pick. I think they could possibly make a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks here and then Milwaukee could go after one of the foreign players like SF Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic.
With the 3rd pick of the NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select...Brandon Knight. Knight might not be more talented than Kyrie Irving, but he fits the system of the Utah Jazz better than Irving in my opinion. Irving's strength is his penetration, but the Jazz offense is predicated on the pick-and-roll. Knight almost exclusively ran the pick-and-roll while at Kentucky and with the tutelage of Coach John Calipari, he should be well-versed and ready for the NBA.
With the 4th pick of the NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select....Kyrie Irving. They Cavs get their PG of the future, but not exactly in the order they expected. He should benefit from the tutelage under coach Byron Scott and veteran Baron Davis, if Davis has his head on straight. Also, with Irving going here and a veteran being present, he shouldn't feel as much pressure to come in and be the man at PG.
With the 5th pick of the NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select... Kemba Walker. This little guy can flat-out score. But other than being able to score, he can defend and also he can lead. Now, I will say I do have my reservations about whether he will be the second coming of Johnny Flynn in the NBA, but only time will tell. In the meantime, the Raptors desperately need a PG because Jose Calderon can't stay healthy and has proven better as a sub and Jaryd Bayless is still inconsistent.
These are my thoughts on the 2011 NBA Draft Top 5. I hope everyone enjoys watching their teams trying to get better. I know I will be watching to see what teams improve and what teams fall on their face again.