2011 NBA Mock Draft: Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams Top DraftExpress Projections

Now that we know the 2011 NBA Draft order, mock drafts are beginning to roll in. We take a look at Draft Express' mock, which features Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams.

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NBA Draft 2011: Enes Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas Lead Way In 'Year Of Big Men'

The 2011 NBA Draft could see eight or more big men taken in the first 14 picks, more than in any of the past six years. Players like Enes Kanter and Jonas Valanciunas could make this The Year of the Big Men.

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Chad Ford Of ESPN Releases NBA Mock Draft, Gives Cavaliers Kyrie Irving, Enes Kanter

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in line to pick up Kyrie Irving and Enes Kanter with their two top-four picks, according to the first post-lottery NBA Mock Draft by ESPN's Chad Ford. Ford reports on the draft year-round; he is essentially the basketball version of Mel Kiper or Todd McShay for ESPN. He has had Irving atop his draft board all year, though recently suggested Kanter, the Turkish center who tried to play at Kentucky but was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, could bump the Duke guard.

In this scenario, Cleveland gets them both. Ford has the Utah Jazz picking up Kentucky guard Brandon Knight at No. 3 overall, after the Minnesota Timberwolves take Derrick Williams off the board, as expected. Kemba Walker, the UConn guard and Final Four Most Oustanding Player, falls all the way to No. 7 (Sacramento Kings) in Ford's mock; DraftExpress, by comparison, has Walker going No. 3 and Kanter falling to No. 8 (Detroit Pistons). Those two players seem like the biggest question marks in terms of draft range up high; Kanter's problems are compounded by the fact he's apparently unwilling to work out against other players.

Be sure to follow our 2011 NBA Draft hub for full draft coverage.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Kyrie Irving A No-Brainer First Pick

Our first 2011 NBA Mock Draft after the lottery features Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams at the top, lots of Europeans in the first round and a special cameo from Jeremy Tyler.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft: Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams Top Draft Express Projections

Now that we know the 2011 NBA Draft order, projecting the picks becomes less about best player available and more scientific. Before, NBA mock drafts amounted to throwing darts while having to disregard team needs and personnel. But with the NBA Draft lottery in the books, updated 2011 NBA mock drafts are beginning to roll out as various analysts update their projections taking into account Tuesday night's developments.

Draft Express struck quick, putting out its updated mock draft shortly after the lottery came to a close. The top-two should come as no surprise: Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams have risen to the top and are likely to stay there throughout the draft process.

The rest of Draft Express' current top-five can be found below.

No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Duke
No. 2 Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona
No. 3 Utah Jazz: Kemba Walker, UConn
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania
No. 5 Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight, Kentucky

Five internationals are in the top-10, including Enes Kanter and Bismark Biyombo. Kanter enrolled at Kentucky prior to the 2010 season, but was declared permanently ineligible and never stepped on the floor. Biyombo has wowed observers with his play at all-star games, but questions about his age, and whether he's actually 18, have persisted.

Marcus and Markieff Morris are also projected to be lottery picks, with Marcus projected to come off the No. 10 and Markieff at No. 13. Jimmer Fredette is the 20th pick, projected to land in Minnesota. The rest of Draft Express' 2011 NBA mock draft can be found here.

Tom Ziller will be back with his own mock draft on Wednesday, so be sure to check out his projections. For more on the draft, head over to our 2011 NBA Draft lottery StoryStream.

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