Four down, 26 to go in the SB Nation 2011 NBA Mock Draft. Our friends at Raptors HQ, SB Nation's Toronto Raptors blog, have the choice for the No. 5 pick. Raptors HQ explains why Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight is the choice.
"With the fifth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select Brandon Knight, from Kentucky."
If those words are echoed by one David Stern come June 23, there are going to be lots of happy fans in Raptorland. Sure, there are those who prefer names like Kemba Walker or Enes Kanter, but Knight represents the best prospect on the board at this point, and a chance for the Raptors to get their point guard of the future.
Is Knight a true PG? Not at this point, as his turnover issues and weak left hand can attest, but neither were names like Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo when they entered the league. Knight isn't on the same level as the aforementioned, but he's got a chance to be a lot more special than Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless, the Raptors' current options. Paired with DeMar DeRozan in the back-court, and guys like Ed Davis up front, Toronto's rebuild effort would have some solid foundation pieces to work with.
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