Cleveland Cavaliers Select Kyrie Irving With First Pick in the 2011 NBA DraftCategory: Basketball
At the 2011 NBA Draft held on June 23, 2011 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Cleveland Cavaliers starts their rebuilding process post-Lebron James era when it selected Kyrie Irving of Duke University with its first pick.
Irving despite playing only a total of 11 games for Duke in his only year is projected to be the next Derrick Rose, this year’s Most Valuable Player.
Cleveland also won the fourth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery and they used it for University of Texas forward Tristan Thompson.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took Arizona forward Derrick Williams with the #2 pick. The Utah Jazz then took Turkish big man Enes Kanter third with their first of two lottery selections.
In the last 15 years, only 4 guards were taken number one. Two were chosen for the last two years, this year’s Kyrie Irving and last year’s John Wall by the Washington Wizards. Allen Iverson of Georgetown was taken first by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996, and Derrick Rose of Memphis was the #1 pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2008.
Irving is the second Australian born player to be selected first overall in the NBA Draft behind Andrew Bogut in 2005.
Three of the first six players taken were from Europe, capitalizing on the absence of some American college players who might have gone in their spots and made this a stronger draft. It was the first time four international players who didn’t play at a U.S. college were selected in the lottery.
Here’s the complete list of picks in Round 1:
|1||Kyrie Irving||Cleveland Cavaliers||Duke (Fr.)|
|2||Derrick Williams||Minnesota Timberwolves||Arizona (So.)|
|3||Enes Kanter||Utah Jazz (from New Jersey)||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|4||Tristan Thompson||Cleveland Cavaliers||Texas (Fr.)|
|5||Jonas Valančiūnas||Toronto Raptors||Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)|
|6||Jan Veselý||Washington Wizards||Partizan (Serbia)|
|7||Bismack Biyombo||Charlotte Bobcats (from Sacramento Kings)||Fuenlabrada (Spain)|
|8||Brandon Knight||Detroit Pistons||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|9||Kemba Walker||Charlotte Bobcats||Connecticut (Jr.)|
|10||Jimmer Fredette||Sacramento Kings (from Milwaukee Bucks)||BYU (Sr.)|
|11||Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||Washington State (Jr.)|
|12||Alec Burks||Utah Jazz||Colorado (So.)|
|13||Markieff Morris||Phoenix Suns||Kansas (Jr.)|
|14||Marcus Morris||Houston Rockets||Kansas (Jr.)|
|15||Kawhi Leonard||Indiana Pacers (traded to San Antonio Spurs)||San Diego (So.)|
|16||Nikola Vučević||Philadelphia 76ers||USC (Jr.)|
|17||Iman Shumpert||New York Knicks||Georgia Tech (Jr.)|
|18||Chris Singleton||Washington Wizards (from Atlanta)[||Florida State (Jr.)|
|19||Tobias Harris||Milwaukee Bucks (from Charlotte Bobcats via New Orleans and Portland||Tennessee (Fr.)|
|20||Donatas Motiejūnas||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Utah traded toHouston Rockets)||Pallacanestro Treviso (Italy)|
|21||Nolan Smith||Portland Trail Blazers||Duke (Sr.)|
|22||Kenneth Faried||Denver Nuggets||Morehead State (Sr.)|
|23||Nikola Mirotic||Houston Rockets (from Orlando via Phoenix traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)||Real Madrid (Spain)|
|24||Reggie Jackson||Oklahoma City Thunder||Boston College (Jr.)|
|25||Marshon Brooks||Boston Celtics (traded to New Jersey)||Providence (Sr.)|
|26||Jordan Hamilton||Dallas Mavericks||Texas (So.)|
|27||JaJuan Johnson||New Jersey Nets (from L.A. Lakers, traded to Boston)||Purdue (Sr.)|
|28||Norris Cole||Chicago Bulls (from Miami via Toronto)||Cleveland State (Sr.)|
|29||Cory Joseph||San Antonio Spurs||Texas (Fr.)|
|30||Jimmy Butler||Chicago Bulls||Marquette (Sr.)|
Here are highlights from Kyrie Irving’s career: