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Mock Draft: Version 6

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Here's the sixth update to our NBA mock draft. Jimmer Fredette's stock is rising, the Wolves are still trying to move the No. 2 pick, and Kyrie Irving still looks like the No. 1 pick, while Derrick Williams is still a possibility for the Cavs. The NBA Draft takes place on June 23. Follow me on Twitter for the latest Draft updates, as well as what's going through my brain as I write the upcoming NBA Fantasy Draft Guide this summer.



1. Cavaliers (via Clippers) - Kyrie Irving PG Duke

Derrick Williams is a real possibility here, but Irving is still the clear No. 1 choice out of the mock draft community. I'd like to get daring and put Williams No. 1, but I'm not feeling that brave – yet.

2. Timberwolves - Derrick Williams F Arizona

All indications are that the Wolves are still trying like heck to move this pick, but regardless of where it ends up, Williams and Irving are nearly a lock to go 1 & 2 in this draft. Enes Kanter could jump into the Top 2, but it's very hard to imagine Irving or Williams being on the board at No. 3.

3. Jazz (via Nets) - Brandon Knight PG Kentucky

Knight and Enes Kanter look like they're going to go third and fourth, although the order is clearly up for debate. I think the Jazz have more needs at point guard than in the middle, so I'm simply going with Knight due to his position. Their back up point guards are Earl Watson and Ronnie Price, while starter Devin Harris rarely seems to be healthy.

4. Cavaliers – Enes Kanter C Turkey

The Wizards really seem to want Kanter, but it's starting to sound like he won't be there at No. 6. The Cavs have big-man needs and Kanter appears to be the best one in the draft. If they can't swing a deal to move up to the No. 2 pick, taking Kanter at No. 4 makes sense. He's got a great personality and would be a PR win as well. We really haven't had a chance to see Kanter much, as he was ruled ineligible to play for Kentucky after receiving more than $30,000 from his Turkish team. Kanter ended up serving as a student assistant coach at UK. He's 6-11, 265, meaning he clearly has the size to play center in the NBA, but is not projected to be a shot blocker due to a limited wingspan.

5. Raptors – Kemba Walker PG UConn

Walker became a household name during the NCAA tournament and while his size is an issue (6-feet, 180 pounds), plenty of other small men have succeeded in today's NBA. Think Brandon Jennings. It makes sense the Raps would look for a back up for Jose Calderon at point guard. They also have Jerryd Bayless, but Walker or Knight look like a great way to spend this pick. And once again, if they're finally done with Andrea Bargnani at center, they will also give Enes Kanter a serious look if he's still on the board. And with late word that the Raps are open to trading Bargnani, Kanter (as well as Valanciunas) is a real possibility here.

6. Wizards – Jan Vesely SF Czech Republic

Vesely's stock is on the rise and the Wizards had a disaster at SF with Rashard Lewis and Josh Howard last season. If they can't get Kanter, Vesely looks like the next best option for the Wiz.

7. Kings - Kawhi Leonard SF San Diego State

The Kings have been struggling to find a suitable small forward since they let Gerald Wallace go and Leonard appears to fit a big need. The biggest question is whether or not Leonard is really worth the No. 7 pick. We'll find out in nine days.

8. Pistons – Alec Burks SG Colorado

Burks is a true shooting guard and with the future of Rip Hamilton up in the air, as well as the constant struggles of Ben Gordon, getting a shooting guard (or small forward) makes sense for Detroit. Burks might be a reach at No. 8, but the Pistons could easily roll the dice on him.

9. Bobcats – Jonas Valanciunas C Lithuania

He's a skinny center, built in the mold of Andris Biedrins, but is also possibly the best one in the draft. He could be a steal this late, although there are conflicting reports about just how easy it will be to buy him out of his European contract. But given that the Bobcats are looking at starting Kwame Brown at C, getting a good one in the draft should be a top priority.

10. Bucks – Marcus Morris PF Kansas

The Bucks are deep at most positions but could use an upgrade at power forward. Morris' stock has been climbing and he looks like a pretty safe bet at No. 10. Morris is ready for the NBA, is going to be a nice rookie and reminds me a bit of Greg Monroe, who was a very pleasant surprise this season.

11. Warriors – Bismack Biyombo F/C Congo

The Warriors clearly don't need help at guard, while center remains a question mark. Ekpe Udoh might be capable, while Andris Biedrins could bounce back. However, Biyombo has upside and potential, and the Warriors seem to be in a bit of a gambling mood. He's got points/rebounds/blocks triple-double potential and a relatively simple buyout from his professional team, clearing the way for him to play in the NBA once the lockout issues are resolved.

12. Jazz – Jimmer Fredette G BYU

Fredette's stock is rising and he would be a great fit in Utah after attending BYU. He could potentially go earlier than No. 12, but if he's there, it's hard to imagine the Jazz passing on him. He'll sell tickets, hit shots and help solidify their shaky core of point guards.

13. Suns - Tristan Thompson PF Texas

Thompson is a near lock for the lottery and the Suns could use a true power forward, as Channing Frye plays more like a shooting guard than a big man.

14. Rockets – Jordan Hamilton SF Texas

Like Alec Burks, Hamilton is a smooth scorer and plays best when he's the main cog in a team's offense. That means it could take him a while to get going in the pros, but he might be the best pure shooter in the draft, and his quick release will be a key to his success in the pros. The Rockets aren't exactly deep at SF and Hamilton makes sense – especially since he's already in Texas.


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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