NBA draft 2011 and Cleveland Cavaliers links: Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams or even Enes Kanter at No. 1?
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- We're 10 days away from the NBA draft, and it seems that as the days decrease, an undercurrent of doubt increases. The majority of analysts still believe the Cleveland Cavaliers will take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick, but -- if mock drafts mean anything, and they usually don't -- a sense of uncertainty has emerged. The Cavs also own the fourth overall pick. FoxSports.com carries NBADraft.net's mock draft, which predicts that Cleveland will make Arizona forward Derrick Williams pick No. 1.
The NBADraft.net comment on Williams:
The Cavs have yet to settle on either Williams or Kyrie Irving, but it's possible they can have both. Owner Dan Gilbert has said he would love to see them grab Williams. He has a big wingspan and plays with high energy. His toughness playing through a broken pinkie and showing no ill effects was impressive. At the combine, Williams showed he has plenty of size and strength to play in the post at the NBA level, and he retains the same great agility that made him the most unstoppable forward in college basketball this season. If Cleveland considers there to be four elite-level players available, taking Williams at No. 1 would leave their options open better than Irving.
NBADraft.net predicts that Irving and big manEnes Kanterof Turkey will be off the board by the time the Cavs pick at No. 4, and will thus take Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight.
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