2011 NBA Draft Big Board: Way Too Early Edition

Promoted from the Fan Posts. I think Mr. Michael Levin was going to get to this eventually, but since he hasn't, I'm glad JoshuaR took the initiative. -- Scott

I wanted to put out a big board for the 2011 NBA draft. It's quiet in basketball land, so I figured now would be a good time to post the first edition. You may ask, 'why are you doing this?' I wanted to post a big board for my own reasons (to see who to keep an eye on this season), to give you a different perspective than other sites (DraftExpress, ESPN, other writers on this site) and to get feedback on my thoughts.

Some assumptions before you get to the list:

- This is a list of all eligible draft players and assumes all will enter the draft.

- This is not a mock draft but a big board of the best prospects available, ranked by talent.

Today's big board will just be a teaser and list the names. Once the season gets started, I will supplement it with some thoughts on each player and their movement in the board.

1) Harrison Barnes, UNC, F

 2) Perry Jones, Baylor, F

3) Donatas Motiejunas, International, F/C

4) JD Sullinger, Ohio State, C

5) Jan Vesely, International, F

6) Josh Selby, Kansas, G

7) Kyrie Irving, Duke, G

8) Fab Melo, Syracuse, C

9) Alec Burks, Colorado, G

10) Enes Kanter, Unknown, F

11) Brandon Knight, Kentucky, G

12) Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt, F

13) Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F

14) Trey Thompkins, Georgia, F

15) Mason Plumlee, Duke, F

16) Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G

17) CJ Leslie, NC State, F

18) Elias Harris, Gonzaga, F

19) William Buford, Ohio State, G

20) Chris Singleton, FSU, F

21) Kyle Singler, Duke, F

22) Marcus Morris, Kansas, F

23) Kenneth Faried, Morehead State, F

24) Travis Leslie, Georgia, F

25) Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas, G

26) Malcolm Lee, UCLA, G

27) Nolan Smith, Duke, G

28) Jimmer Freddette, BYU, G

29) Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State, F

30) Keith Benson, Oakland, C

31) Corey Fisher, Villanova, G

32) Shelvin Mack, Butler, G

33) Jordan Hamilton, Texas, G

34) Wesley Witherspoon, Memphis, F

35) Aaric Murray, La Salle, C

36) Demetri McCamey, Illinois, G

37) Derrick Williams, Arizona, F

38) JuJuan Johnson, Purdue, F

39) JaMychal Green, Alabama, C

40) Klay Thompson, WSU, F

41) Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech, G

42) Kalin Lucas, Michigan State, G

43) Scotty Hopson, Tennessee, F

44) Chris Wright, Dayton, F

45) Jon Leuer, Wisconsin, C

46) Chandler Parsons, Florida, G

47) Kevin Jones, WVU, F

48) LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, G

49) Lavoy Allen, Temple, F

50) Renardo Sidney, Miss State, F

51) Jeremy Tyler, International team, F

52) DJ Kennedy, St. John's, G

53) Durrell Summers, MSU, F

54) Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G

55) Robin Benzing, International, F

56) Eniel Polynice, Seton Hall, G

57) Will Coleman, Memphis, C

58) Robert Sacre, Gonzaga, C

59) Jamine Peterson, Providence, F

60) Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F


So there is the first edition of my big board. Thoughts? Comments? Any opinions on the ranking? Any noticeable absences?

This is a FanPost, not the work of the author of Ridiculous Upside. The People speak! Questions or comments about this post should be addressed in the comments. To issue a complaint about this FanPost, please email ridiculousupside (at) gmail (dot) com.

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