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First round picks of the 2011 NBA Draft

Published: Thursday, June 23 2011 11:17 p.m. MDT

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky; Shelvin Mack, Butler; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Darius Morris, Michigan; Marcus Morris, Kansas, and Markieff Morris, Kansas. Bottom row from left are Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Traviso (Italy); Chandler Parsons, Florida; Josh Selby, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State, and Greg Smith, Fresno State. (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky; Shelvin Mack, Butler; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Darius Morris, Michigan; Marcus Morris, Kansas, and Markieff Morris, Kansas. Bottom row from left are Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Traviso (Italy); Chandler Parsons, Florida; Josh Selby, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State, and Greg Smith, Fresno State. (Associated Press)

1. Kyrie Irving, PG, 6-4, Duke

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Fans got only fleeting glimpses of him in college thanks to a foot injury that kept him out for most of the season. He's got speed, quickness and range on his jumper, and is excellent at penetrating to the basket.

2. Derrick Williams, F, 6-9, Arizona

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

Athletically gifted but possibly between positions (is he a 3 or a 4?), He's an accomplished inside/out scorer — he made 57 percent of his 3-pointers last season from his power forward position.

3. Enes Kanter, C, 6-11, Turkey

UTAH JAZZ

The real mystery man of the draft, Kanter committed to play for Kentucky before his college eligibility was taken away. At 6-foot-10, he has a high motor and a solid inside game with the ability to shoot from mid-range.

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee.  (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee. (Associated Press)

4. Tristan Thompson, F, 6-9, Texas

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

With a high motor and elite rebounding skills, Thompson's upside makes up for his limited offensive skills. He averaged 2.4 blocks and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman at Texas.

5. Jonas Valanciunas, C, 7-0, Lithuania

TORONTO RAPTORS

One of the top European prospects in the draft, Valanciunas was considered a potential top-five pick until he announced he would remain in Europe for one more year before playing in the NBA.

6. Jan Vesely, F, 6-11, Czech Republic

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

The ultra-athletic forward from Serbia was considered a potential lottery pick last year before pulling out of the draft. While he can jump out of the gym at 6-foot-11, Vesely still needs to bulk up.

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are  Nolan Smith, Duke; Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State; Trey Thompkins, Georgia; Klay Thompson, Washington State; Tristan Thompson, Texas, and Jeremy Tyler, Tokyo Apache. Bottom from left are Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia); Nikola Vicevic, Southern Cal; Kemba Walker, Connecticut, Derrick Williams, Arizona, and Jordan Williams, Maryland. (AP Photo)  (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Nolan Smith, Duke; Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State; Trey Thompkins, Georgia; Klay Thompson, Washington State; Tristan Thompson, Texas, and Jeremy Tyler, Tokyo Apache. Bottom from left are Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia); Nikola Vicevic, Southern Cal; Kemba Walker, Connecticut, Derrick Williams, Arizona, and Jordan Williams, Maryland. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

7. Bismack Biyombo, F, 6-9, DR Congo

SACRAMENTO KINGS (Traded to Charlotte)

If there is one high-risk, high-reward player in the draft, it's Biyombo. His style of play has been compared to Detroit's Ben Wallace: tough defender and rebounder, any offense is simply a bonus.

8. Brandon Knight, G, 6-4, Kentucky

DETROIT PISTONS

The Kentucky freshman came on strong late in the season, leading the Wildcats to the Final Four. Knight shoots the ball well and plays tough defense, and at 6-foot-3, he has good size for a point guard.

9. Kemba Walker, G, 6-1, UConn

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Walker led UConn to the Big East and NCAA titles. Undersized but energetic, he's an excellent leader who thrives on the big stage, even if he doesn't shoot as well as other guards.

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA; Scotty Hopson, Tennessee; Kyrie Irving, Duke; Reggie Jackson, Boston College; Cory Joseph, Texas and JaJuan Johnson, Purdue. Bottom from left are Enes Kanter, Kentucky; Brandon Knight, Kentucky; Malcolm Lee, UCLA; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Travis Leslie, Georgia, and Jon Leuer, Wisconsin. (AP Photo)  (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA; Scotty Hopson, Tennessee; Kyrie Irving, Duke; Reggie Jackson, Boston College; Cory Joseph, Texas and JaJuan Johnson, Purdue. Bottom from left are Enes Kanter, Kentucky; Brandon Knight, Kentucky; Malcolm Lee, UCLA; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Travis Leslie, Georgia, and Jon Leuer, Wisconsin. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

10. Jimmer Fredette, G, 6-3, BYU

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (Traded to Sacramento)

Preceded by his reputation as a lethal scorer, there's no question Fredette knows how to put the ball in the basket. What is in question is his ability to handle the ball and find open teammates.

11. Klay Thompson, G, 6-7, Wash St.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Known for one thing and one thing only: his ability to knock down the 3-ball. Thompson is the son of former Blazer and Laker Mychal Thompson and at 6-foot-7, he has ample size for a two-guard.

12. Alec Burks, G, 6-6, Colorado

UTAH JAZZ

The polar opposite of Klay Thompson, Burks will make his living by penetrating and finishing at the rim. He's an explosive leaper with a knack for scoring the basketball, though he's a streaky perimeter shooter at best.

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee. (AP Photo)  (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

13. Markieff Morris, F, 6-9, Kansas

PHOENIX SUNS

The defensive-minded twin, he has the size of a typical power forward and the defensive and rebounding skills to go along with it. While Morris can finish around the rim, any other type of offensive game is lacking.

14. Marcus Morris, F, 6-9, Kansas

HOUSTON ROCKETS

Considered the more polished of the Morris twins, Marcus is yet another undersized power forward who will try to define his position in the NBA. He's a versatile scorer who has a good handle on the ball for a forward.

15. Kawhi Leonard, F, 6-7, SDSU

INDIANA PACERS (Traded to San Antonio)

Basketball fans in Utah are well aware of Leonard's all-around game. His explosive leaping ability and freakishly long arms give him an edge defensively and on the glass, though his jump shot is still a work in progress.

 These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky; Shelvin Mack, Butler; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Darius Morris, Michigan; Marcus Morris, Kansas, and Markieff Morris, Kansas. Bottom row from left are Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Traviso (Italy); Chandler Parsons, Florida; Josh Selby, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State, and Greg Smith, Fresno State. (AP Photo) (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky; Shelvin Mack, Butler; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Darius Morris, Michigan; Marcus Morris, Kansas, and Markieff Morris, Kansas. Bottom row from left are Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Traviso (Italy); Chandler Parsons, Florida; Josh Selby, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State, and Greg Smith, Fresno State. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

16. Nikola Vucevic, C, 6-10, USC

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

The only true center in the draft, Vucevic mixes in a solid mid-range offensive game with good rebounding instincts. At 7-feet and 260 pounds, the 20-year-old is an intriguing developmental prospect.

17. Iman Shumpert, G, 6-5, Ga. Tech

NEW YORK KNICKS

No player has enjoyed such a quick rise up the draft charts as Shumpert, who has the size (6-foot-6) and athleticism to be an elite defensive point guard. His woeful outside shooting is not ideal, but he can score at the rim.

18. Chris Singleton, F, 6-9, Florida St.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

The lock-down defender of the draft, Singleton uses his athleticism to guard multiple positions. While his offensive game is a work in progress, his willingness to play full-effort D has him high on many draft boards.

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JUNE 18-19 - These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky; Shelvin Mack, Butler; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Darius Morris, Michigan; Marcus Morris, Kansas, and Markieff Morris, Kansas. Bottom row from left are Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Traviso (Italy); Chandler Parsons, Florida; Josh Selby, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State, and Greg Smith, Fresno State.  (Associated Press) ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JUNE 18-19 - These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky; Shelvin Mack, Butler; E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Darius Morris, Michigan; Marcus Morris, Kansas, and Markieff Morris, Kansas. Bottom row from left are Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Traviso (Italy); Chandler Parsons, Florida; Josh Selby, Kansas; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State, and Greg Smith, Fresno State. (Associated Press)

19. Tobias Harris, F, 6-8, Tennessee

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (traded to Milwaukee)

Another power forward stuck in a small forward's body, Harris is an unselfish player who handles the ball well and has a solid mid-range game. He averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his only collegiate season.

20. Donatas Motlejunas, F, 6-10, Lithuania

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (traded to Houston)

Tall and twiggy, Montiejunas is another Lithuanian big man who projects to be a power forward in the NBA. That is, if he can add some power to his game. Montiejunas is an aggressive scorer who passes well.

21. Nolan Smith, G, 6-2, Duke

PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

One of the nation's more prominent players (thanks to his starting role for Duke), Smith spent most of his college career at point guard, but is versatile enough to play both backcourt positions.

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JUNE 18-19 - These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee. (AP Photo)  (Associated Press) ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JUNE 18-19 - These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

22. Kenneth Faried, F, 6-8, Morehead St.

DENVER NUGGETS

Another Paul Millsap, anyone? Faried lacks the size to play power forward, but is relentless on the boards and uses his huge wingspan on the defensive end. Faried averaged at least 13 rebounds per game his final three seasons.

23. Nikola Mirotic, F, 6-10, Serbia

HOUSTON ROCKETS (traded to Chicago via Minn.)

One of the best young forwards in Europe, his ability to play both inside and outside as a stretch power forward comes with one catch: he's signed with Real Madrid through the 2016 season.

24. Reggie Jackson, G, 6-3, Boston College

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Once considered a potential late-lottery pick, a knee injury kept Jackson from participating at the combine. Regardless, he has good size for a point guard and is aided by an explosive leaping ability.

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are  Nolan Smith, Duke; Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State; Trey Thompkins, Georgia; Klay Thompson, Washington State; Tristan Thompson, Texas, and Jeremy Tyler, Tokyo Apache. Bottom from left are Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia); Nikola Vicevic, Southern Cal; Kemba Walker, Connecticut, Derrick Williams, Arizona, and Jordan Williams, Maryland. (AP Photo)  (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Nolan Smith, Duke; Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State; Trey Thompkins, Georgia; Klay Thompson, Washington State; Tristan Thompson, Texas, and Jeremy Tyler, Tokyo Apache. Bottom from left are Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania); Jan Vesely, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia); Nikola Vicevic, Southern Cal; Kemba Walker, Connecticut, Derrick Williams, Arizona, and Jordan Williams, Maryland. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

25. Marshon Brooks, G, 6-5, Providence

BOSTON CELTICS (traded to New Jersey)

He's a scorer, plain and simple. Brooks played in the nation's fastest-paced offense at Providence and reaped the benefit, averaging 24.6 ppg as a senior. While he can be selfish with the ball, he has been getting rave reviews.

26. Jordan Hamilton, F, 6-7, Texas

DALLAS MAVERICKS (traded to Denver via Portland)

The knock on the former Texas standout is that he takes too many bad shots, but once he gets that under control the sky is seemingly the limit. Scouts believe Hamilton is one of the only guys in the draft who could average 20 ppg.

27. JaJuan Johnson, F, 6-10, Purdue

NEW JERSEY NETS (traded to Boston)

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA; Scotty Hopson, Tennessee; Kyrie Irving, Duke; Reggie Jackson, Boston College; Cory Joseph, Texas and JaJuan Johnson, Purdue. Bottom from left are Enes Kanter, Kentucky; Brandon Knight, Kentucky; Malcolm Lee, UCLA; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Travis Leslie, Georgia, and Jon Leuer, Wisconsin. (AP Photo)  (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA; Scotty Hopson, Tennessee; Kyrie Irving, Duke; Reggie Jackson, Boston College; Cory Joseph, Texas and JaJuan Johnson, Purdue. Bottom from left are Enes Kanter, Kentucky; Brandon Knight, Kentucky; Malcolm Lee, UCLA; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Travis Leslie, Georgia, and Jon Leuer, Wisconsin. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

Long and athletic, Johnson was highly productive during his four years at Purdue. He averaged 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior, though he has the reputation of being a bit soft.

28. Norris Cole, G, 6-1, Clev. St.

CHICAGO BULLS (traded to Miami via Minnesota)

Lesser known but certainly no less productive than the big-name point guards int he draft, Cole put up impressive numbers (21.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 5.3 apg) as a senior at Cleveland State.

29. Cory Joseph, G, 6-3, Texas

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The least-heralded of Texas' three draft prospects, Joseph averaged better than 30 minutes per game as a freshman. More of a combo-guard than a true point guard, Joseph shot 41.3 percent from 3-point range.

30. Jimmy Butler, F, 6-7, Marquette

These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee. (AP Photo)  (Associated Press) These recent handouts provided by their respective schools or overseas team, show 2011 NBA basketball draft prospects. Top from left are Keith Benson, Oakland; Bismack Biyombo, Spain; Marshon Brooks, Providence; Alec Burks, Colorado; Norris Cole, Cleveland St. and Kenneth Faried, Morehead St. Bottom row from left are Gary Flowers, Southern Mississippi; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Jordan Hamilton, Texas; Justin Harper, Richmond and Tobias Harris, Tennessee. (AP Photo) (Associated Press)

CHICAGO BULLS

A prototypical role player, Butler can defend multiple positions and is unselfish with the ball on offense. While he doesn't excel in any specific area, he's a team player who has a solid all-around game.

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