1. CAVALIERS -- Kyrie Irving (Duke)

He's not LeBron, but it's a start for the rebuilding Cavs. Irving won't become an instant star like Derrick Rose, but with Baron Davis ahead of him, he'll have time to grow.

2. TIMBERWOLVES -- Derrick Williams (Arizona)

T-Wolves GM David Kahn tried to create a market for this pick, but our guess is he will wind up making it. The best news for Minnesota fans? At least it won't be another point guard.

3. JAZZ -- Enes Kanter (Kentucky)

This pick comes courtesy of the Nets, and Utah will fill an important need by selecting a perfect replacement for injured Mehmet Okur. The Jazz would throw a serious wrench into the draft if they go PG here and take Brandon Knight.

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4. CAVALIERS -- Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania)

Could be a terrific compliment to Irving as future pick-and-roll tandem because he has terrific length and finishes well. There is a buyout issue, however, with his European team.

5. RAPTORS -- Brandon Knight (Kentucky)

Some late consideration here to go for Bismack Biyombo, who would compliment Andrea Bargnani, but PG-needy Raptors have to go with the safer choice. If the Jazz take Knight, Raps could go with Biyombo.


6. WIZARDS -- Jan Vesely (Czech Republic)

Wizards hoped to move up and snag Kanter, John Wall's fellow' Wildcat. But Vesely, often compared to Andrei Kirilenko, is a nice pick here, as well.

7. KINGS -- Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State)

The Maloofs want to sell tickets and get that new arena, so Jimmermania is an option, but Kings need talent and Leonard might have the most upside in the draft.

8. PISTONS -- Bismack Biyombo (Congo)

Ready-for-NBA body with a relentless motor, he reminds people of Ben Wallace. And people in Detroit loved Big Ben.

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9. BOBCATS -- Chris Singleton (Florida State)

With a strong build, he can defend the game's top forwards and has a good outside touch. Paul Silas will love him.

10. BUCKS -- Klay Thompson (Washington State)

As one of the worst shooting teams in the league, the Bucks need exactly what Klay can do. Good backcourt compliment for Brandon Jennings.

11. WARRIORS -- Marcus Morris (Kansas)

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If they choose a guard, Monta Ellis rumors are sure to start. Instead, would Morris mean David Lee's days are numbered?

12. JAZZ -- Jimmer Fredette (BYU)

Though Kemba Walker is an option, there's little to no chance they leave the BYU star on the board, which could result in extremely polite rioting in Salt Lake City.

13. SUNS -- Tristan Thompson (Texas)

Fills an area of need for the Suns and he could thrive as a dirty-work player in the paint for a team that relies on perimeter game.

14. ROCKETS -- Donatas Motiejunas (Lithuania)

With plenty of effort-type players on the roster, the Rockets could use one with high-end skill potential.

15. PACERS -- Marshon Brooks (Providence)

Fills a need at the shooting guard position, but can he succeed while sharing the ball with Danny Granger and Darren Collison?

16. 76ERS -- Nikola Vucevic (USC)

The bigger news of the night could involve trading Andre Iguodala, but with a goal to add size, the 7-foot Vucevic fits here.

17. KNICKS -- Kemba Walker (UConn)

Shocking, right? The Knicks are hoping someone slips to them and the Bronx native could be that someone.

18. WIZARDS -- Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech)

Shumpert's stock rose dramatically in predraft process and just imagine he and Wall as a defensive tandem.

19. BOBCATS -- Kenneth Faried (Morehead State)

The undersized rebounding extraordinaire could thrive under the coaching of Paul Silas and Charles Oakley.

20. TIMBERWOLVES -- Alec Burks (Colorado)

Came into the draft projected for the lottery, but has tumbled. This pick could be traded for veteran help.

21. TRAIL BLAZERS -- Markieff Morris (Kansas)

Blazers wanted Faried here and could take a shot at Jeremy Tyler, but Morris is an NBA-ready forward who will fit in well.

22. NUGGETS -- Tobias Harris (Tennessee)

Long Island star would give George Karl even more versatility with his interchangeable forwards, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler.

23. ROCKETS -- Darius Morris (Michigan)

May not be ready to make an immediate impact, but has potential to be a solid NBA point guard.

24. THUNDER -- Justin Harper (Richmond)

A sleeper in this draft and could eventually give Oklahoma City some of what they lost when Jeff Green was traded to Boston.

25. CELTICS -- Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA)

Hardly Paul Pierce's heir apparent, but not a bad gamble because of his potential. Will be a good defender and can develop into more.

26. MAVERICKS -- Davis Bertrans (Latvia)

Intriguing athleticism and good shooting touch for a 6-10 forward. Mavs can afford to leave 18-year-old in Europe to develop.

27. NETS -- Reggie Jackson (Boston College)

Very good playmaking guard who will either be Deron Williams' backup for years or will replace him as a starter in 2012.

28. BULLS -- Charles Jenkins (Hofstra)

Solidly built combo guard from Queens can score from anywhere and could become Ben Gordon 2.0 for the Bulls.

29. SPURS -- Nikola Mirotic (Serbia)

Made attempts to move into lottery by dangling Tony Parker, but will once again go international with their draft.

30. BULLS -- Jeremy Tyler (Japan)

Expect them to trade or sell this pick, with Knicks as a potential buyer and an eye on Tyler, the 6-10 big who skipped college to play overseas.