NBA Mock Draft 2011: Cavaliers Pick Kyrie Irving At No. 1

Our SB Nation 2011 NBA Mock Draft asks the wonderful team bloggers of our network to make choices on behalf of their favorite teams and explain themselves. We start with Conrad Kaczmarek of Fear The Sword, our Cleveland Cavaliers blog. He elected to -- surprise! -- take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall. Here's Conrad.

In a draft that lacks a clear, potential superstar, the Cavaliers will take the guy who appears to be the safest bet. Despite a relatively small sample-size from college, Irving was certainly impressive when he did play. It makes sense for the Cavaliers to choose Irving and then take more of a risk with the No. 4 overall selection.

Too many questions surround the other possibilities for Cleveland at the top of the draft. Is Derrick Williams a small forward or a power forward? Has anyone actually seen Enes Kanter play? There is no doubt that Irving has the body and skills to play point guard in the NBA and has the potential to offer stability at a critical position as the Cavs start to rebuild. Furthermore, the selection of Irving allows GM Chris Grant to actively shop Ramon Sessions for more assets.  When you take all of these factors into consideration, the pick begins to look like a no-brainer; Kyrie Irving is headed to Cleveland.

Follow this StoryStream to see our entire SB Nation mock draft play out over the next couple days. See our 2011 NBA Draft hub for full coverage.

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