The Opposing Views 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Picks 1-30

| by Alex Groberman

The 2011 NBA Draft promises to be much more exciting than most originally thought it would be. What was billed as a top-heavy, unimpressive and lackluster grouping of prospects has quickly turned into a marquee event, with teams struggling to either get themselves over the championship hump or pull themselves back into playoff relevance.

Even the big dogs -- who traditionally swap their picks away in hopes of saving money -- are taking this draft seriously.

The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly actively looking to move Tony Parker. The Boston Celtics may or may not want to trade their whole team, which is about what you would expect from Danny Ainge (how'd that Perkins trade work out, Danny?).

The Lakers are desperately seeking a move, except they don’t know what they want (a point guard who can run or... who knows). The Orlando Magic will do anything Dwight Howard asks, including changing their team name to “Lakers” and moving to Los Angeles.

For what it’s worth, the mid-tier clubs aren’t taking this draft lightly either. The Suns supposedly are not looking to trade Steve Nash, but really, we all know they are. The Knicks either want to add depth to their anemic roster, or they want to move up and select Jimmer Fredette.

And, of course, this circus wouldn’t be any fun if the low-level teams weren’t trying to make moves (both smart and T-Wolves-level stupid). The Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings want Parker. David Kahn wants to trade his No. 2 overall pick, no doubt for someone shorter than 6’4. Plus, the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons have the potential to turn the entire draft upside down with their selections.

Here is the latest version of the first round of Opposing Views' 2011 NBA Mock Draft:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyrie Irving, Duke PG
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Williams, Arizona F
  3. Utah Jazz – Brandon Knight, Kentucky PG
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Enes Kanter, Kentucky C/F
  5. Toronto Raptors – Kemba Walker, UConn PG
  6. Washington Wizards – Jonas Valanciunas, Lietuvos Rytas C/F
  7. Sacramento Kings – Jimmer Fredette, BYU G
  8. Detroit Pistons –  Jan Vesely, KK Partizan Belgrade F
  9. Charlotte Bobcats – Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State SF
  10.   Milwaukee Bucks – Marcus Morris, Kansas PF
  11.  Golden State Warriors – Klay Thompson, Washington State F/G
  12.  Utah Jazz – Chris Singleton, Florida State SF
  13.  Phoenix Suns – Tristan Thompson, Texas PF
  14.  Houston Rockets – Bismack Biyombo, Spain C/F
  15.  Indiana Pacers – Marshon Brooks, Providence PG
  16.  Philadelphia 76ers – Nikola Vucevic, USC C
  17.  New York Knicks – Markieff Morris, Kansas PF
  18.  Washington Wizards – Donatas Motiejunas, Benetton Treviso C/F
  19.  Charlotte Bobcats – Alec Burks, Colorado, SG
  20.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Jordan Hamilton, Texas SF
  21.  Portland Trail Blazers – Kenneth Faried, Morehead State PF
  22.  Denver Nuggets – Tobias Harris, Tennessee F
  23.  Houston Rockets – Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech G
  24.  Oklahoma City Thunder – Kyle Singler, Duke F
  25.  Boston Celtics – Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA SF
  26.  Dallas Mavericks – Davis Bertans, Union Olimpija Ljubljana SF
  27.  New Jersey Nets – Chandler Parsons, Florida, SF
  28.  Chicago Bulls – Justin Harper, Richmond PF
  29.  San Antonio Spurs – Nikola Mirotic, Real Madrid PF
  30.  Chicago Bulls – Travis Leslie, Georgia F/G