Virtually every scout across the NBA believes that Duke point guard Kyrie Irving is the top player available in the 2011 NBA Draft. So, what happens if a team that is already set at point guard (like, say the Washington Wizards) snags the top pick in Tuesday night’s Draft Lottery?
Well, then the wheels will start turning rapidly, because not only is Irving sought by numerous teams, and trades will definitely be proposed. Then again, there are only a few good players available in this year’s draft, which is incredibly weak. So if an organization at the top really likes a player other than Irving, it may have to just take him, rather than risk missing out and having what could be a wasted draft.
If the Wizards do snag the top pick, they already have last year’s No. 1 pick John Wall running the point. Reports have circulated the Turkish power forward Enes Kanter has looked phenomenal in pre-draft workouts. Kanter, who never played at Kentucky because of an NCAA eligibility ruling is now firmly in the mix as one of the top three players in this year’s draft.
While Irving is clearly rated as the top player available, Arizona forward Derrick Williams and Kanter have separated themselves as the next two on the list.
The Wizards have an 11.9 percent chance at getting the top pick. If they win the lottery, you can bet they’ll either be trying furiously to trade the pick, or Kanter will be on his way to Washington.