Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 NBA Draft Grades: Grading the Teams and Picks of the NBA Draft Live

The overwhelming consensus of the 2011 NBA Draft is that the talent level is shallow at best. Of course, the years to come will decide that, but with so many unknown players in this draft, it would be hard to know much about who that 18-year-old European player is.

What we do know is that Kyrie Irving will be selected No. 1 overall and Derrick Williams will be selected No. 2, barring something out of this world happening. However, it would be hard to say that both of those players will be All-Stars one day.

Though the talent level is dull, what will make this draft exciting is everything around it.

The player draft order after the second pick is still up in the air, just ask Chad Ford who seems to be utterly confused in his latest mock drafts.

Bringing the most suspense to the NBA Draft will be the dealings behind the scenes and possible blockbuster trades.

Whether this is ESPN creating false hype or not, several high-profile players have been involved in trade rumors in the last 24 hours.

Those names include Tony Parker, Andre Iguodala, Lamar Odom, Monta Ellis and Pau Gasol. Not to mention teams like the Spurs and Lakers looking to hop into the top ten.

So this draft may not be as stocked with overwhelming talent as in the past, but everything involved in and around it may make this quite a suspenseful evening for the both the teams and players.

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