TrueHoop Network Mock Draft

We are taking part in the 2011 TrueHoop Network Mock Draft.  Here are the selections through the first 21 picks:

  1. Cleveland – Kyrie Irving (Cavs: The Blog)
  2. Minnesota – Derrick Williams (A Wolf Among Wolves)
  3. Utah – Brandon Knight (Salt City Hoops)
  4. Cleveland – Jonas Valanciunas (Cavs: The Blog)
  5. Toronto – Kemba Walker (Raptors Republic)
  6. Washington – Enes Kanter (Truth About It.net)
  7. Sacramento – Kawhi Leonard (Cowbell Kingdom)
  8. Detroit – Bismack Biyombo (PistonPowered)
  9. Charlotte – Marcus Morris (QCH)
  10. Milwaukee – Alec Burks (Bucksketball)
  11. Golden State – Jimmer Fredette (Warriors World)
  12. Utah – Chris Singleton (Salt City Hoops)
  13. Phoenix – Tristan Thompson (ValleyoftheSuns)
  14. Houston – Jan Vesely (Hardwood Paroxysm)
  15. Indiana – Markieff Morris (8 points, 9 seconds)
  16. Philadelphia – Nikola Vucevic (Philadunkia)
  17. New York – Klay Thompson (KnickerBlogger)
  18. Washington – Jordan Hamilton (Truth About It.net)
  19. Charlotte – Kenneth Faried (Queen City Hoops)
  20. Minnesota – Marshon Brooks (A Wolf Among Wolves)
  21. Portland – Tobias Harris

With instant contributors Faried and Harris off the board the Denver Nuggets will select Donatas Motiejunas.  Montiejunas is a big athletic center who can score in the lane and is capable of fitting into Denver’s fast paced style of play.  He is not going to sell a lot of season tickets, but he has the most potential of anyone left on the board.

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  • Adam

    Bad Choice. The Nuggets already have 4 Centers and they do not want to make their horrible draft reputation even worse by taking a big unproven euro player who the Nuggets have less than no need for.

    • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com Jeremy

      Denver does have big bodies on the roster, but they all have serious question marks surrounding their future. Birdman is an obviously a constant injury concern, Mozgov has shown flashes, but is completely unproven and Koufos even more so. At this point in the draft with the players who are available Denver is better off taking a big swing, even if they end up missing.

      By the way, the pick is more of a prediction than what we would do personally. Kalen is made the pick, I just posted it. Kalen has done a great job of covering the draft and just so everyone knows I am not trying to jump in at this point and steal his thunder.

      • Kalen

        Oh trust me Jeremy, you’re not stealing any thunder here.

        But like you said, this mock isn’t what we, as bloggers, would do, rather what we think each team’s management would. Motiejunas was projected to be a top 10 pick earlier this year and has a very well-rounded game for a guy his size. I guess I just thought with Ujiri’s foreign scouting background and the value of getting Motiejunas at 22 it made sense. But readers of this blog know if it was my choice, I’d take Tyler, Shumpert, Jenkins or Selby.

  • Andrew

    C’mon, seriously? The guy is 7′, what, 220 pounds? Hello, Darko. This would be a bad move. He might turn out to be productive, but more likely (95% chance) he will just get shoved around for 3 or 4 years until the front office cuts its losses and trades him for a second rounder. Go with Tyler or Shumpert or Jenkins. I don’t like Selby either. He’s going to have a bad attitude. We want gamers.

  • Roger

    We need a combo guard that can spell Lawson if Felton gets traded, and can come in for AA because JR will be gone. Shumpert or Jenkins would be a good fit. The series against OKC tells me that we need a go to scorer.

  • Duane

    Shumpert to replace J.R. Smith would have been the better pick here

  • AussieNuggsFan2

    trade pick 22, gallo and mozgov for pick 2 – DERRICK WILLIAMS

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