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The Main Event: John Rohde's 2011 NBA mock draft

BY JOHN ROHDE, STAFF WRITER, JROHDE@OPUBCO.COM Published: June 20, 2011
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The 2011 NBA Draft is widely viewed as the most undesirable collection of talent since the 2000 draft, which is rated the weakest in league history.


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STOCK UP

1. PF Bismack Biyombo (Rep. of Congo): Serge Ibaka's intriguing fellow countryman has been listed anywhere from No. 5 through No. 20.

2. SG Klay Thompson (Washington State): The more he shoots, the more scouts like him. Nice height (6-foot-7) and great range on jumper.

3. SG Marshon Brooks (Providence): His unfathomable 7-foot-1 wingspan on a 6-foot-5 frame has people studying this big-time scorer.

4. PF Kenneth Faried (Morehead State): Stat gurus have proclaimed him the third-best rebounder in the last 30 years of collegiate ball.

5. PG Josh Selby (Kansas): He sure didn't show much as a college freshman, but his athleticism has shown up in NBA workout sessions.

STOCK DOWN

1. PG Reggie Jackson (Boston College): Long and athletic, could be the fourth point guard picked – or he could be the eighth.

2. PF Marcus Morris (Kansas): The emergences of Biyombo, Faried and Tobias Harris might push Morris out of the lottery.

3. C Nikola Vucevic (USC): Once considered a potential lottery selection, this is the guy who all the rising players are passing.

4. SF Chris Singleton (Florida State): Teams are taking an extra-close look at last year's foot injury he suffered, just to be certain.

5. SG Nolan Smith (Duke): Though he excelled at point guard in place of No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving, Smith is looked at as a tweener.

- John Rohde

ESPN to video conference with Thunder

ESPN will have video conferencing from the headquarters of 16 teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks, for its NBA Draft coverage at 6 p.m. Thursday. The video conferencing will provide immediate access to key team personnel.

The network will use a “Draft Cam” from the draft rooms of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz, the teams holding the top four picks.

Stuart Scott will host ESPN's coverage with analysts Jay Bilas, Jeff Van Gundy and Jon Barry. Additionally, Fran Fraschilla will offer analysis on the international prospects, with as many as eight expected to be drafted in the first round.

Additional contributors will include: Mark Jones, conducting interviews with the NBA draftees; Heather Cox, interviewing key figures in the green room; Tom Penn, offering perspective on salary cap situations; Ric Bucher, covering breaking NBA news, including trade talks, and Andy Katz, reporting on breaking draft news. Jeannine Edwards will report from Cleveland, with the Cavaliers holding the first and fourth picks in the draft, and Rachel Nichols will report from Tarrytown, N.Y., site of the New York Knicks practice facility.

NBA Network will provide a draft recap at 11 p.m.

- By Mel Bracht, media writer

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