Your 2011 NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving Goes #1 To Cleveland

Irving immortalized going number one

This was an interesting draft. Ron’s question was never more evident. Everyone’s top two picks went as expected, foreign players most haven’t heard of will become NBA fixtures, trades all over the place…but no blockbusters. Many will consider this a weak draft I guess until we all become accustomed to the talent but I’m sure there are a few sleepers. Kemba Walker gets to rock with Mike, Alec Burks is my steal of the 1st round with the Jazz, the Morris twins going 13, 14 (Markieff to Suns, Marcus to Rockets)…Kenneth Faried and Walker being my favorite players because of how they get after it. Darius Morris is a great 2nd round pick for the Lakers. Who won the draft? Do you like your team’s pick? What didn’t you like? Iguodala stays put for now. I guess the lockout did affect this draft huh? This sure ended up being the Jimmer Fredette draft didn’t it? My goodness with the hype…

Always a great moment when the number one pick hugs Pop

1: Cavaliers pick Kyrie Irving point guard Duke

2: Timberwolves pick Derrick Williams small forward Arizona

3: Jazz pick Enes Kanter power forward Kentucky (ineligible at UK, played in Turkey)

4: Cavs pick Tristan Thompson power forward Texas

5: Raptors pick Jonas Valanciunas center, Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)

6: Wizards pick Jan Vesely (The leaper should have gotten a room the way he slobbed down his girl down after being drafted) small forward, Partizan (Adriatic League)

7: Kings pick Bismack Biyombo small forward Fuenlabrada, Spain (traded to Bobcats)

8: Pistons pick Brandon Knight point guard Kentucky

9: Bobcats pick Kemba Walker point guard, Connecticut

The Final Four MOP and National Champion heads to Charlotte to play for Mike

10: Bucks pick Jimmer Fredette point guard BYU (traded to Kings)

The sick long range bomber and most talked about player in the draft traded to Kings

11: Warriors pick Klay Thompson 2 guard, Washington State (Mychal Thompson’s son)

12: Jazz pick Alec Burks 2 guard Colorado

13: Suns pick Markieff Morris power forward Kansas

14: Rockets pick Marcus Morris small forward Kansas

15: Pacers pick Kawhi Leonard(traded to Spurs)

16: Sixers pick Nikola Vucevic power forward, Southern California

17: Knicks pick Iman Shumpert 2 guard Georgia Tech

18: Wizards pick Chris Singleton small forward Florida State

19: Bobcats pick Tobias Harris power forward Tennessee (traded to Bucks)

20: Timberwolves pick Donatas Motiejunas power forward Bennetton Treviso, Italy (traded to Rockets)

21: Blazers pick Nolan Smith combo guard Duke

22: Nuggets pick Kenneth Faried power forward Morehead State

23: Rockets pick Nikola Mirotic small forward (traded to Timberwolves)

24: Thunder picks Reggie Jackson 2 guard Boston College

25: Celtics pick MarShon Brooks 2 guard Providence (traded to Nets)

26: Mavericks pick Jordan Hamilton small forward Texas(traded to Nuggets)

27: Nets pick JaJuan Johnson power forward Purdue (traded to Celtics)

28: Bulls pick Norris Cole point guard Cleveland State (traded to Heat)

29: Spurs pick Cory Joseph point guard Texas

30: Bulls pick Jimmy Butler small forward Marquette

31: Heat picks Bojan Bogdanovic 2 guard Cibona Zagreb, Croatia (traded to Timberwolves)

32: Cavaliers pick Justin Harper small forward Richmond (traded to Magic)

33: Pistons pick Kyle Singler small forward Duke

34: Wizards pick Shelvin Mack 2 guard Butler

35: Kings pick Tyler Honeycutt power forward UCLA

36: Nets pick Jordan Williams power forward Maryland

37: Clippers pick Trey Thompkins power forward Georgia

38: Rockets pick Chandler Parsons small forward Florida (traded to Timberwolves)

39: Bobcats pick Jeremy Tyler center Tokyo Apache, Japan (traded to Warriors)

40: Bucks pick Jon Leuer small forward Wisconson

41: Lakers pick Darius Morris 2 guard Michigan

42: Pacers pick Davis Bertans power forward Union Olimpija, Slovenia (traded to Spurs)

43: Bulls pick Malcolm Lee small forward UCLA

44: Warriors pick Charles Jenkins 2 guard Hofstra

45: Hornets pick Josh Harrellson power forward Kentucky (traded to Knicks)

46: Lakers pick Andrew Goudelock combo guard College of Charleston

47: Clippers pick Travis Leslie 2 guard Georgia

48: Hawks pick Keith Benson center Oakland

49: Grizzlies pick Josh Selby 2 guard Kansas

50: Sixers pick Lavoy Allen power forward Temple

51: Blazers pick Jon Diebler small forward Ohio State

52: Pistons pick Vernon Macklin small forward Florida

53: Magic picks DeAndre Liggins 2 guard Kentucky

54: Cavaliers pick Milan Macvan power forward Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel

55: Celtics pick E’Twaun Moore point guard Purdue

56: Lakers pick Chukwudiebere Maduabum Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League (traded to Nuggets)

57: Mavericks pick Targuy Ngombo power forward Al Rayyan, Qatar (traded to Blazers)

58: Lakers pick Ater Majok power forward Gold Coast Blaze, Australia

59: Spurs pick Adam Hanga small forward Hungary

60: Kings pick Isaiah Thomas point guard Washington


One thing you can say about this draft is there were a lot of trades. The most known players traded were Stephen Jackson, Andre Miller and Corey Magette.

Bobcats leading scorer shipped to Milwaukee

• Blazers acquire Raymond Felton (from Denver) and rights to pick #57  (from Dallas)

• Nuggets acquire Andre Miller (from Portland), rights to #26 pick Jordan Hamilton and future second-round pick (2013 or 2014) from Portland

• Mavs acquire Rudy Fernandez (from Portland) and rights to 2007 draftee Petteri Koponen


• Bobcats acquire pick #7 Bismack Biyombo (from Sacramento) and Corey Maggette (from Milwaukee)

• Bucks acquire pick #19 Tobias Harris (from Charlotte), Stephen Jackson (from Charlotte), Shaun Livingston (from Charlotte), Beno Udrih (from Sacramento)

• Kings acquire pick #10  pick Jimmer Fredette and guard John Salmons (from Milwaukee).


• Rockets acquire Jonny Flynn, rights to pick #20 Donatas Motiejunas and Chandler Parsons (reacquisition via the No. 38 overall pick)

• Timberwolves acquire Brad Miller, rights to pick #23 Nikola Mirotic, 2013 first-round pick, rights to pick #28 Norris Cole

• Bulls acquire rights to Nikola Mirotic (from Minnesota)


Pacers acquire George Hill and 2005 second-round pick Erazem Lorbek

Spurs acquire rights to pick # 15 Kawhi Leonard and rights to pick #42 Davis Bertans


• Nets acquire rights to pick #25 Marshon Brooks

Celtics acquire rights to pick # 27 JaJuan Johnson and 2014 second-round pick


• Knicks acquire rights to pick #45 Josh Harrellson

• Hornets gets cash (700 – 750k)


• Heat acquire rights to pick #28 Norris Cole

• Timberwolves acquire rights to pick #31 Bojan Bogdanovic, future second-round pick and cash


• Warriors acquire rights to pick #39 Jeremy Tyler

• Bobcats gets cash


• Magic acquire rights to pick #32 Justin Harper

• Cavaliers acquire two future second-round picks


• Nuggets acquire rights to pick #56 Chukwudiebere Maduabum

• Lakers acquire future second-round pick

One Response to “Your 2011 NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving Goes #1 To Cleveland”

  1. The Lady GM says:

    Very efficient breakdown; I thank you. It seems people are reluctant to label this draft weak. It was more strange than anything. Lots of “huh?” moments.

    Highlights for me were the Morris Twins being drafted back to back and Walker going to Charlotte. Clearly he was disappointed in falling, but there was joy when he fell to the Bobs.

    Also, I’ve never seen so many foreign players drafted at one time. Will this continue?