2011 NBA Draft Instant Analysis

Stay here throughout the night for instant updates and analysis.  The draft will be held at 7:00 live from the Prudential Center.  The Knicks pick 17th and the Nets pick 27th and 36th.  With the possibility of both teams moving up and down, it should be an interesting night.  The Knicks have been rumored to want to move up to select someone like Jimmer Fredette in the top-15.  On the other side of the Hudson, Billy King has a history of making multiple trades during draft night.

– (5:00) The Cavaliers are expected to take PG Kyrie Irving #1 overall and Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas #4 overall.

– (5:30) The Bucks, Kings and Bobcats have agreed to a three-way trade, sources have confirmed.

– (6:10) The Atlanta Hawks are attempting to acquire the second overall pick to draft Enes Kanter, dangling Josh Smith in trade discussions.

– (6:25) The Warriors, Lakers, and Bulls are discussing a blockbuster trade.  Monta Ellis, Lamar Odom, and Joakim Noah would be involved.

– (7:15) According to Chad Ford, the Raptors will take Bismack Biyombo.  No surprise there.  According to Chris Mannix, the Wolves are contemplating trading the #2 overall pick for Monta Ellis.

– (7:30) Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports says the Blazers and Nuggets are seriously talking about a swapping Raymond Felton and Andre Miller.  They would also swap first round picks in the same deal.

– (7:40) The Cavs pick Irving #1 overall.

– (7:45) The Wolves pick Derrick Williams #2 overall.  I doubt he’ll stay with the Timberwolves the rest of the night.

– (7:50) The Jazz take Enes Kanter. This seems to me that they have their hopes on taking Jimmer with their 12th pick.

– (7:56) Cavs take Texas forward Tristan Thompson with the 4th pick. Hes raw offensively bit of a reach in my opinion.

– (7:59) Andy Katz reports that the Wolves intend to keep Derrick Williams.

– (8:07) Tristan Thomspon, Jonas Valanciunas, and Jan Vesley go 4-6.

– (8:13) Bismack Biyombo will go 7th to the Bobcats.

– (8:17) Brandon Knight finally goes 8th overall to the Pistons.

– (8:27) End the speculation. Kemba Walker goes 9th overall. He won’t be a Knick.

– (8:29) Jimmer Fredette goes to the Bucks. Certainly disappointing for Knicks fans.

– (8:35) Klay Thompson goes to Golden State. As a Knicks fan I’m praying for Alec Burks to fall but he should go shortly.

– (8:41) Burks just went. Chris Singleton is the only hope for the Knicks right now. But I know the organization will find a way to screw this up no matter who is there at 17th overall.

– (9:02) One more pick (Philly) until the Knicks pick. Singleton, Brooks, Faried, Vucevic, Shumpert still on the board.

– (9:10) The Knicks pick Iman Shumpert.

– (9:15) The Spurs have acquired the draft rights to Kawhi Leonard from the Pacers in exchange for George Hill.

– (10:02) The Nets draft Marshon Brooks following a trade from the Celtics.  Great pick.  I love it.

– (10:03) Jonny Flynn and Montejunas are taking their talents to Houston in a trade with the Wolves.  That means Flynn won’t be a Knick.

– (10:13) Rudy Fernandez is now a Maverick after trading their 26th pick to Portland.

– (10:40) – Andre Miller is going to Denver and Raymond Felton is going to Portland.  This completes the Rudy Fernandez trade.

– (10:41) The Nets select Jordan Williams with their 36th overall pick.

– (10:53) The Nets took Maryland’s Jordan Williams with the No. 36 pick and will hang onto him.  He’s not part of the Bogdanovic acquisition.

– (11:17) The Knicks selected Josh Harrelson with the 45th pick, which they bought from New Orleans.

– (11:19) After some confusion, we can confirm the Nets did buy/trade for the pick used to select swingman Bojan Bogdanovic.  Sorry for the confusion, ESPN has really been unclear on everything tonight.  That was originally the 31st overall pick.  Bogdanovic has buyout issues, but he’s a great talent.  If he played at an elite college, he may have been a lottery pick.

Thanks to Mike K. for his contributions tonight.

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Knicks Pre-Draft Trade Rumors

Today has certainly been a crazy day.  Here’s what ‘s been going on.

– The Knicks may acquire the Bulls’ 30th overall pick.  However, the Bulls have denied such reports.

– Nash to New York rumors have been “red hot” according to Chris Broussard, who was on ESPN Radio earlier today.  Talks are “heating up” according to Tommy Dee.

– There has been no news today on a possible Jonny Flynn trade, although it’s been rumored that the trade is certainly possible.

– There is buzz that the Knicks could trade up for Jimmer Fredette, although we know no details yet.  His visit to New York has fueled speculation.

Bismack Biyombo, who the Knicks were expected to be interested in, will probably be taken fifth overall by the Raptors.

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Jimmer Wants the Knicks

There’s been lots of pre-NBA Draft chatter about BYU guard Jimmer Fredette and where he might land on Thursday night.

Fredette was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show this morning (thoughtful sports talk without the screaming and exaggerated bombast and NFL fixation.)

Fredette said the Knicks and the Jazz were 1A and !B on his list of preferred teams.

Patrick asked him which was IA.

Fredette said the Knicks.

I just don’t know.  I really don’t.  Jimmer was a great college player, but there’s no guarantees his game will translate to the NBA.  He could turn out to be like J.J. Reddick, but is a player like Reddick worth whatever you’ll give up to move up in the draft?  Jimmer fall to 17th overall.

I’d give up Douglas + picks.  Landry Fields has to be untouchable for the Knicks, unless they are getting a proven great player back in return.  I really think he can be a solid role player on this team going forward if he could learn to play with Melo.

Could the Knicks Draft Jimmer Fredette?

Draft Express believes that Jimmer Fredette will be selected by the Knicks 17th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

I love Jimmer, but I doubt he falls that far.  I don’t think he’ll be an elite player in the NBA, but he could be a quality player.  I think he projects more to be a SG in this league than a PG, but we’ll see how he transitions to the pros.

Another option for the Knicks would be trading up.  But with what assets?  That’s the problem, likely leaving the Knicks at pick 17.  If Jimmer is there, I’d take him in a heartbeat.  The problem is he won’t be there.