The 2011 NBA Draft was not the hit the league had hoped but there was plenty of movement and trades that are sure to have fans shrugging their shoulders. The night belonged to Kyrie Irving who the Cleveland Cavaliers admitted was their number 1 choice all along. All the smoke and mirrors the Cavaliers put out came to an anticlimactic end as David Stern announced Irving’s name without hesitation. Head Coach Byron Scott was interviewed shortly after the draft ended and the smile Scott sported could be seen from Cleveland to New Jersey.
I kept track of the players as best I could but the trades were plentiful and at times confusing.
Here is how the rest of the draft played out.
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Cleveland||Kyrie Irving (Duke) Guard||31||Miami||Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia) Guard|
|2||Minnesota||Derrick Williams (Arizona) Forward||32||Cleveland||Justin Harper (Richmond) Forward|
|3||Utah||Enes Kanter (Turkey) Center||33||Detroit||Kyle Singler (Duke) Forward|
|4||Cleveland||Tristan Thompson (Texas) Forward||34||Washington||Shelvin Mack (Butler) Guard|
|5||Toronto||Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania) Center||35||Sacramento||Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA) Forward|
|6||Washington||Jan Vesely (Czech Republic) Forward||36||New Jersey||Jordan Williams (Maryland) Forward|
|7||Sacramento for Charlotte||Bismack Biyombo (Congo) Forward||37||L.A. Clippers||Trey Thompkins ( Georgia) Forward|
|8||Detroit||Brandon Knight (Kentucky) Guard||38||Houston||Chandler Parsons (Florida) Forward|
|9||Charlotte||Kemba Walker (Connecticut) Guard||39||Charlotte||Jeremy Tyler (Japan) Center|
|10||Milwaukee for Sacramento||Jimmer Fredette (BYU) Guard||40||Milwaukee||Jon Leuer (Wisconsin) Forward|
|11||Golden State||Klay Thompson (Washington) Guard||41||L.A. Lakers||Darius Morris (Michigan) Guard|
|12||Utah||Alec Burks (Colorado) Guard||42||Indiana||Davis Bertans (Latvia) Forward|
|13||Phoenix||Markieff Morris (Kansas) Forward||43||Chicago||Malcolm Lee (UCLA) Guard|
|14||Houston||Marcus Morris (Kansas) Forward||44||Golden State||Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) Guard|
|15||Indiana||Kawhi Leonard (San Diego St.) Forward||45||New Orleans||Josh Harrellson (Kentucky) Center|
|16||Philadelphia||Nikola Vucevic (USC) Forward||46||L.A. Lakers||Andrew Goudelock (College of Charlestson) Guard|
|17||New York||Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech) Guard||47||L.A. Clippers||Travis Leslie (Georgia) Guard|
|18||Washington||Chris Singelton (FSU) Forward||48||Atlanta||Keith Benson (Oakland) Center|
|19||Charlotte for Milwaukee||Tobias Harris (Tennessee) Forward||49||Memphis||Josh Selby (Kansas) Guard|
|20||Minnesota||Donatas Motiejunas (Lithuania) Forward||50||Philadelphia||LaVoy Allen (Temple) Forward|
|21||Portland||Nolan Smith (Duke) Guard||51||Portland||Jon Diebler (Ohio St) Guard|
|22||Denver||Kenneth Faried (Morehead St) Forward||52||Detroit||Vernon Macklin (Florida) Forward|
|23||Houston||Nikola Mirotic (Spain) Forward||53||Orlando||DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky) Guard|
|24||Oklahoma City||Reggie Jackson (Boston College) Guard||54||Cleveland||Milan Macvan (Serbia) Forward|
|25||Boston||MarShon Brooks (Providence) Guard||55||Boston||E’twan Moore (Purdue) Guard|
|26||Dallas||Jordan Hamilton (Texas) Forward||56||L.A. Lakers||Chukwudiebere Maduadbum (NBDL) Forward|
|27||New Jersey||Jajuan Johnson (Purdue) Forward||57||Dallas||Tanguy Ngombo (Qatar) Forward|
|28||Chicago||Norris Cole (Cleveland St) Guard||58||L.A. Lakers||Ater Majok (Sudan) Forward|
|29||San Antonio||Corey Joseph (Texas) Guard||59||San Antonio||Adam Hanga (Hungary) Guard|
|30||Chicago||Jimmy Butler (Marquette) Forward||60||Sacramento||Isiah Thomas (Washington) Guard|
ESPN.com outlines all of the deals below:
The 2011 NBA draft served up a fair share of trades Thursday night. The rundown (note: some deals are in the proposed phase, while others have been completed):
• Blazers receive: Raymond Felton (from Denver); rights to No. 57 overall pick (from Dallas)
• Nuggets receive: Andre Miller (from Portland); rights to Jordan Hamilton (26th overall pick); future second-round pick (2013 or 2014) from Portland
• Mavs receive: Rudy Fernandez (from Portland); rights to 2007 draftee Petteri Koponen
Charlotte traded top scorer Stephen Jackson to Milwaukee in a three-way deal involving the Sacramento Kings that gave the Bobcats two picks in the top nine.
• Bobcats receive: No. 7 overall pick Bismack Biyombo (from Sacramento); Corey Maggette (from Milwaukee)
• Bucks receive: No. 19 overall pick Tobias Harris (from Charlotte); Stephen Jackson (from Charlotte); Shaun Livingston (from Charlotte); Beno Udrih (from Sacramento)
• Kings receive: No. 10 overall pick Jimmer Fredette and guard John Salmons (from Milwaukee).
The Houston Rockets reached an agreement on a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire guard Jonny Flynn and the rights to No. 20 overall pick Donatas Motiejunas, according to sources with knowledge of the trade.
• Rockets get: Jonny Flynn, rights to Donatas Motiejunas (No. 20 overall pick); Chandler Parsons (reacquisition via the No. 38 overall pick)
• Timberwolves receive: Brad Miller; rights to Nikola Mirotic (No. 23 overall pick), 2013 first-round pick; rights to Norris Cole (No. 28 overall pick)
• Bulls receive: Rights to Nikola Mirotic (from Minnesota)
The Indiana Pacers have traded the draft rights to Kawhi Leonard to the San Antonio Spurs for point guard George Hill.
• Pacers get: George Hill; 2005 second-round pick Erazem Lorbek
• Spurs get: Rights to Kawhi Leonard (No. 15 overall pick); rights to Davis Bertans (No. 42 overall pick)
The Boston Celtics worked a draft-day trade, netting a future second-round pick from New Jersey before landing Purdue power forward JaJuan Johnson with the Nets’ No. 27 pick overall.
• Nets receive: Rights to Marshon Brooks (No. 25 overall pick)
• Celtics receive: Rights to JaJuan Johnson (No. 27 overall pick); 2014 second-round pick
The Knicks purchased the 45th overall pick from the Hornets and selected Kentucky center Josh Harrellson, adding some depth to a position where they have their greatest need. A league source said the Knicks paid between $700,000 and $750,000 for the pick.
• Knicks receive: Rights to Josh Harrellson (No. 45 overall pick)
• Hornets receive: Financial considerations
• Heat receive: Rights to Norris Cole (No. 28 overall pick)
• Timberwolves receive: Rights to Bojan Bogdanovic (No. 31 pick overall); future second-round pick; cash considerations
• Warriors receive: Rights to Jeremy Tyler (No. 39 overall pick)
• Bobcats receive: Cash considerations
• Magic receive: Rights to Justin Harper (No. 32 overall pick)
• Cavaliers receive: Two future second-round picks
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Written by Warren Shaw
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