Who Has the Most at Risk in This Year’s Draft: Mock Picks 1-5

Posted: June 17, 2011 by mceagle611 in Sports
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With the NBA Draft just one week away, and the season terminated, people are starting to call into question which team has the most on the line. Every year, we wander the same thing – no matter the sport – because often it can change the face of a franchise and their chances of winning it all. It just so happens that all four teams that maintain a pick in this year’s top 5 – Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Toronto Raptors – have either lost talent in the last year and are in desperate need of said talent or they are a team on the rise in need of a youthful addition in order to make them more dynamic.

Pick #1 – Cleveland Cavaliers – Nearly the worst team in the league throughout the 2010-2011 season, the Cavs struggled to buy a win because night in and night out no one player could deliver a solid 25 point contribution and take over a game. This is why it is extremely key that the Cavaliers have 2 picks in the top 5 because now coach Byron Scott can develop not one, but two elite players in this draft class into a scoring threat. Plus with the additional 20 or so points a night given by Antawn Jamison, who knows how good the Cavs could be if they come together. That’s why they need not only a scorer, but a facilitator, and luckily there is a couple of those in this 2011 draft class. Despite this there is no second guessing who Cleveland is going to pick first; Dan Gilbert and company will take Kyrie Irving with the first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Irving is quite a risky pick if I do say so myself because all though he really was one of the player of the year candidates until he was injured the Butler game…they weren’t playing the best competition. I was very anxious to see him during ACC play but no one ever got the chance to see that. However, no one can deny that he is extremely talented and will get everyone on that Cleveland team involved as well as establishing himself in every game.

Pick #2 – Minnesota Timberwolves – The Timberwolves are the only one of the four teams in the top 5 that one would put into the category above of ‘Teams on the Rise’. Clearly the Timberwolves had next to nothing, until they drafted Kevin Love – 2011 Most Improved Player – who now gets a double-double in virtually every single game he plays. Now only weeks ago news came out that the Timberwolves could buy out the contract of Ricky Rubio – who they drafted in 2009 but his contract buy-out was too expensive. Rubio, a Spaniard, will be the glue that holds this team together – a player that every team needs in respect to a lock-down defender who sees the floor and facilitates in the full-court. Now you look at the field, what they could use is someone who is a bit flashy. One who is a good shooter accompanied by a strong post-game; someone who can get into the paint, and with time take over in a game. If I’m Glen Taylor, I’m taking Arizona Wildcat Derrick Willaims. Really a stand out play in the NCAA Tournament, this kid will do anything but harm what the Timberwolves are trying to do this season.

Pick #3 – Utah Jazz – Man-oh-man is this pick important! Losing their elite duo made up of Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams to the Chicago bulls and New Jersey Nets respectively. The two led the Jazz to the second round of the Playoffs and things looked promising, yet the duo were traded away…leaving the Jazz all but confident in making a run in the Playoffs. Therefore they need a dominant big man or a versatile point guard to lead the team because after Williams and Irving are picked you don’t have a player that can really take over a game whenever he chooses to. So if I were Greg Miller, I’m taking Brandon Knight. The Ex-Kentucky star is prolific, he can create in the paint as well as shoot the ‘J’.

Pick #4 – Cleveland Cavaliers – Okay Cleveland, now let’s answer this question with this pick: who are we going to snag to compliment our Irving-led backcourt? No you don’t really need a power forward, you have that in Antawn Jamison – who can be assisted by Anderson Varejao – so who? The Answer: Enes Kanter. The 6-11 Center is not just good for rebounding; however in my research I have come across some sources and video giving him high regards in the passing and basketball IQ department. Cleveland has expressed interest in the Turkish big man as they have brought him in for quite a few pre-draft workouts; and I think he compliments Irving’s game rather perfectly. Just needs to show me that he can dunk the ball and finish strong. (He had 34 points off the bench in this game on the highlight real! Previous record was 33 points by Dirk Nowitzki)

Pick #5 – Toronto Raptors – Toronto clearly suffered with the loss of Chris Bosh, but has a chance to recover in this year’s draft. A bit of a risk but the Raptors will select the Small Forward who resides in the Czech Republic; Jan Vesely. You know that saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Well it really applies here. Dubbed the ‘Dunking Ninja’, Vesely has an Andre Kirilenko type game, meaning he can get to the basket as well as shoot the long jumper. He is quite a risk, but could be a reward/treasure in the long run.

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