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2011 NBA draft
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General information
Date(s) June 23, 2011
Time 7:00 pm (EDT)
Location Prudential Center
in Newark, New Jersey
Network(s) (US) ESPN
First selection Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA draft
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The 2011 NBA draft was held on June 23, 2011 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[1] The draft started at 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (2300 UTC), and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The Cleveland Cavaliers had the first pick, choosing point guard Kyrie Irving of Duke. Of the 60 players drafted, 7 were freshmen, 7 were sophomores, 14 were juniors, 19 were seniors, 12 were international players without U.S. college basketball experience (including the first ever Qatari-selected player), and 1 was a D-League player.

The 2011 NBA draft marked the final time the New Jersey Nets made an NBA draft appearance. After the end of the Nets' 2011-12 season, the franchise relocated to Brooklyn, New York and was renamed to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets made their first draft appearance with the Brooklyn moniker in 2012.

Eligibility rules[edit]

Kyrie Irving was selected first by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As of 2010, the basic eligibility rules for the draft are listed below.

  • All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players eligible for the 2011 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1992.[2]
  • Any player who is not an "international player", as defined in the CBA, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.[2] The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the U.S. for three years prior to the draft, did not complete high school in the U.S., and have never enrolled at a U.S. college or university.[3]

The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U.S. player is the completion of his college eligibility.[4]

Players who meet the CBA definition of "international players" are automatically eligible if their 22nd birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1989).[5] U.S. players who were at least one year removed from their high school graduation and have played minor-league basketball with a team outside the NBA are also automatically eligible.

A player who is not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft.[6][7] For the 2011 draft, this date fell on April 24. Under NCAA rules, players will only have until May 8 to withdraw from the draft and maintain their college eligibility.[8] This year, a total of 69 collegiate players and 20 international players declared as early entry candidates.[9] At the withdrawal deadline, 25 early entry candidates withdrew from the draft, leaving 42 collegiate players and six international players as the early entry candidates for the draft.[10]

A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted. Also, while the CBA allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice, the NCAA mandates that a player who has declared twice loses his college eligibility.

Draft lottery[edit]

Further information: NBA draft lottery

The first 14 picks in the draft belong to teams that missed the playoffs; the order will be determined through a lottery. The lottery will determine the three teams that will obtain the first three picks on the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. As it is commonplace in the event of identical win-loss records, the NBA performed a random drawing to break the ties on April 15, 2011.[11]

The lottery was held on May 17, 2011 in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who obtained the Los Angeles Clippers' first-round draft pick, won the lottery. The Cavaliers won the lottery with a 22.7% chance to win, combining a 19.9% chance from their own pick and 2.8% chance from the Clippers' pick. However, their winning lottery combination came from the Clippers' pick, which had significantly lower chance to win. The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record and the biggest chance to win the lottery, won the second pick. The Utah Jazz, who obtained the New Jersey Nets' first-round draft pick, won the third pick.[12][13]

Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2011 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places.[14]

^ Denotes the actual lottery results
Team 2010–11
record
Lottery
chances
Pick
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th
Minnesota Timberwolves 17–65 250 .250 .215^ .178 .357
Cleveland Cavaliers 19–63 199 .199 .188 .171 .319^ .123
Toronto Raptors 22–60 156 .156 .157 .156 .226 .265^ .040
Washington Wizards 23–59 119 .119 .126 .133 .099 .351 .161^ .013
Sacramento Kings 24–58 76 .076 .084 .095 .261 .386 .093^ .004
New Jersey Nets1[›] 24–58 75 .075 .083 .094^ .413 .294 .039 .001
Detroit Pistons 30–52 43 .043 .049 .058 .599 .232^ .018 .000
Los Angeles Clippers2[›] 32–50 28 .028^ .033 .039 .725 .168 .008 .000
Charlotte Bobcats 34–48 17 .017 .020 .024 .813^ .122 .004 .000
Milwaukee Bucks 35–47 11 .011 .013 .016 .870^ .089 .002 .000
Golden State Warriors 36–46 8 .008 .009 .012 .907^ .063 .001 .000
Utah Jazz 39–43 7 .007 .008 .010 .935^ .039 .000
Phoenix Suns 40–42 6 .006 .007 .009 .960^ .018
Houston Rockets 43–39 5 .005 .006 .007 .982^

^ 1: New Jersey Nets' pick was conveyed to the Utah Jazz.[b]
^ 2: Los Angeles Clippers' pick was conveyed to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[a]

Entrants[edit]

Early entrants[edit]

College underclassmen[edit]

(All players are Americans except as indicated)

International players[edit]

This list is restricted to players who meet the CBA definition of "international" players.[9]

Automatically eligible entrants[edit]

This list is intended to include only players who qualify for automatic eligibility despite not meeting the standard criteria—reaching age 22 during the calendar year of the draft for players who qualify as "international" under the CBA, or being four years removed from the graduation of their high school class if they do not qualify as "international".

The signing of a contract with a professional basketball team in a league other than the NBA, combined with rendering services under that contract, may trigger automatic eligibility. The criterion for eligibility differs slightly depending on whether or not the player is "international":

  • For "international" players, the contract must be with a non-NBA team within the United States.
  • For non-international players, the contract may be with any team outside of the NBA in any country.

Citizenship is not a criterion for determining whether a player is "international" under the CBA. While the criteria have been discussed elsewhere in this article, they will be repeated here to provide further context. For a player to be "international" under the CBA, he must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Resident outside the U.S. for at least three years at the time of the draft.
  • Did not complete basketball eligibility at a U.S. high school.
  • Never enrolled at a U.S. college or university.

These players would also be eligible for selection in the 2011 NBA draft:

(All players are Americans except as indicated)

Invited attendees[edit]

The NBA annually invites 10 or 15 players to sit in the so-called "green room", a special room set aside at the draft site for the invited players plus their families and agents. This season, the following players were invited (listed alphabetically):[53]

Draft selections[edit]

Derrick Williams was selected second by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jonas Valančiūnas was selected fifth by the Toronto Raptors.
Brandon Knight was selected eighth by the Detroit Pistons.
Kemba Walker was selected ninth by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Klay Thompson was selected eleventh by the Golden State Warriors.
Markieff Morris was selected thirteenth by the Phoenix Suns.
Kawhi Leonard was selected 15th by the Indiana Pacers and was traded to the San Antonio Spurs.
Nikola Vučević was selected 16th by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Iman Shumpert was the 17th pick for the New York Knicks
Donatas Motiejūnas was selected 20th by the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Houston Rockets.
Kenneth Faried was selected as the 22nd by the Denver Nuggets.
Reggie Jackson was selected as the 24th by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Norris Cole was selected 28th by the Chicago Bulls and was traded to the Miami Heat.
Chandler Parsons was selected 38th by the Houston Rockets.
Isaiah Thomas was selected as the 60th and final pick by the Sacramento Kings.
PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season or playoffs
Round Pick Player Position Nationality[n 1] Team School/club team
1 1 Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving+ PG  United States[n 2] Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers)[a] Duke (Fr.)
1 2 Williams, DerrickDerrick Williams SF/PF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves Arizona (So.)
1 3 Kanter, EnesEnes Kanter C  Turkey[n 3] Utah Jazz (from New Jersey)[b] Kentucky (Fr.)[n 4]
1 4 Thompson, TristanTristan Thompson PF  Canada Cleveland Cavaliers Texas (Fr.)
1 5 Valančiūnas, JonasJonas Valančiūnas C  Lithuania Toronto Raptors[c] Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
1 6 Veselý, JanJan Veselý PF  Czech Republic Washington Wizards Partizan (Serbia)
1 7 Biyombo, BismackBismack Biyombo PF  DR Congo Sacramento Kings (traded to Charlotte)[A] Fuenlabrada (Spain)
1 8 Knight, BrandonBrandon Knight PG  United States Detroit Pistons Kentucky (Fr.)
1 9 Walker, KembaKemba Walker PG  United States Charlotte Bobcats Connecticut (Jr.)
1 10 Fredette, JimmerJimmer Fredette PG  United States Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Sacramento)[A] BYU (Sr.)
1 11 Thompson, KlayKlay Thompson SG  United States Golden State Warriors Washington State (Jr.)
1 12 Burks, AlecAlec Burks SG  United States Utah Jazz Colorado (So.)
1 13 Morris, MarkieffMarkieff Morris PF  United States Phoenix Suns Kansas (Jr.)
1 14 Morris, MarcusMarcus Morris PF  United States Houston Rockets Kansas (Jr.)
1 15 Leonard, KawhiKawhi Leonard SF  United States Indiana Pacers (traded to San Antonio)[B] San Diego State (So.)
1 16 Vučević, NikolaNikola Vučević C  Montenegro[n 5] Philadelphia 76ers USC (Jr.)
1 17 Shumpert, ImanIman Shumpert SG  United States New York Knicks Georgia Tech (Jr.)
1 18 Singleton, ChrisChris Singleton SF  United States Washington Wizards (from Atlanta)[d] Florida State (Jr.)
1 19 Harris, TobiasTobias Harris SF  United States Charlotte Bobcats (from New Orleans via Portland,[e] traded to Milwaukee)[A] Tennessee (Fr.)
1 20 Motiejūnas, DonatasDonatas Motiejūnas PF  Lithuania Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Utah,[f] traded to Houston)[C] Benetton Treviso (Italy)
1 21 Smith, NolanNolan Smith PG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Duke (Sr.)
1 22 Faried, KennethKenneth Faried PF  United States Denver Nuggets Morehead State (Sr.)
1 23 Mirotić, NikolaNikola Mirotić PF  Spain[n 6] Houston Rockets (from Orlando via Phoenix,[g] traded to Chicago via Minnesota)[C][D] Real Madrid (Spain)
1 24 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson PG  United States[n 7] Oklahoma City Thunder Boston College (Jr.)
1 25 Brooks, MarShonMarShon Brooks SG  United States Boston Celtics (traded to New Jersey)[E] Providence (Sr.)
1 26 Hamilton, JordanJordan Hamilton SG  United States Dallas Mavericks (traded to Denver)[F] Texas (So.)
1 27 Johnson, JaJuanJaJuan Johnson PF  United States New Jersey Nets (from L.A. Lakers,[h] traded to Boston)[E] Purdue (Sr.)
1 28 Cole, NorrisNorris Cole PG  United States Chicago Bulls (from Miami via Toronto,[c] traded to Miami via Minnesota)[D][G] Cleveland State (Sr.)
1 29 Joseph, CoryCory Joseph PG  Canada San Antonio Spurs Texas (Fr.)
1 30 Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler SF  United States Chicago Bulls Marquette (Sr.)
2 31 Bogdanović, BojanBojan Bogdanović SF  Croatia[n 8] Miami Heat (from Minnesota,[i] traded to New Jersey via Minnesota)[G][H] Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)[n 9]
2 32 Harper, JustinJustin Harper PF  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (traded to Orlando)[I] Richmond (Sr.)
2 33 Singler, KyleKyle Singler SF  United States Detroit Pistons (from Toronto)[j] Duke (Sr.)
2 34 Mack, ShelvinShelvin Mack PG  United States Washington Wizards Butler (Jr.)
2 35 Honeycutt, TylerTyler Honeycutt SF  United States Sacramento Kings UCLA (So.)
2 36 Williams, JordanJordan Williams PF  United States New Jersey Nets Maryland (So.)
2 37 Thompkins, TreyTrey Thompkins PF  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit)[k] Georgia (Jr.)
2 38 Parsons, ChandlerChandler Parsons SF  United States Houston Rockets (from L.A. Clippers)[l][C] Florida (Sr.)
2 39 Tyler, JeremyJeremy Tyler PF  United States Charlotte Bobcats (traded to Golden State)[J] Tokyo Apache (Japan)
2 40 Leuer, JonJon Leuer PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Wisconsin (Sr.)
2 41 Morris, DariusDarius Morris PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from Golden State via New Jersey)[h] Michigan (So.)
2 42 Bertāns, DāvisDāvis Bertāns# SF  Latvia Indiana Pacers (traded to San Antonio)[B] Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
2 43 Lee, MalcolmMalcolm Lee SG  United States Chicago Bulls (from Utah,[m] traded to Minnesota)[D] UCLA (Jr.)
2 44 Jenkins, CharlesCharles Jenkins PG  United States Golden State Warriors (from Phoenix via Chicago)[n] Hofstra (Sr.)
2 45 Harrellson, JoshJosh Harrellson C  United States New Orleans Hornets (from Philadelphia,[o] traded to New York)[K] Kentucky (Sr.)
2 46 Goudelock, AndrewAndrew Goudelock PG  United States Los Angeles Lakers (from New York)[p] College of Charleston (Sr.)
2 47 Leslie, TravisTravis Leslie SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers (from Houston)[l] Georgia (Jr.)
2 48 Benson, KeithKeith Benson C  United States Atlanta Hawks Oakland (Sr.)
2 49 Selby, JoshJosh Selby PG  United States Memphis Grizzlies Kansas (Fr.)
2 50 Allen, LavoyLavoy Allen PF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)[o] Temple (Sr.)
2 51 Diebler, JonJon Diebler# SG  United States Portland Trail Blazers Ohio State (Sr.)
2 52 Macklin, VernonVernon Macklin PF  United States Detroit Pistons (from Denver)[q] Florida (Sr.)
2 53 Liggins, DeAndreDeAndre Liggins SG  United States Orlando Magic Kentucky (Jr.)
2 54 Macvan, MilanMilan Mačvan# PF  Serbia[n 10] Cleveland Cavaliers (from Oklahoma City via Miami)[r] Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
2 55 Moore, EtwaunE'Twaun Moore SG  United States Boston Celtics Purdue (Sr.)
2 56 Maduabum, ChukwudiebereChukwudiebere Maduabum# PF  Nigeria Los Angeles Lakers (traded to Denver)[L] Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
2 57 Ngombo, TanguyTanguy Ngombo# SF  Qatar[n 11] Dallas Mavericks (traded to Portland)[F] Al Rayyan (Qatar)
2 58 Majok, AterAter Majok# PF  Australia[n 12] Los Angeles Lakers (from Miami)[s] Gold Coast Blaze (Australia)
2 59 Hanga, ÁdámÁdám Hanga# SG  Hungary San Antonio Spurs Albacomp (Hungaria)[n 13]
2 60 Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas PG  United States Sacramento Kings (from Chicago via Milwaukee)[t] Washington (Jr.)
  1. ^ Nationality indicates the player's national team or representative nationality. If a player has not competed at the international level, then the nationality indicates the national team which the player is eligible to represent according to FIBA rules.
  2. ^ Kyrie Irving was born in Australia to American parents. He has dual U.S. and Australian citizenship, but has represented the United States internationally.[54]
  3. ^ Enes Kanter was born in Switzerland to Turkish parents. He has represented Turkey internationally.[55]
  4. ^ Although Enes Kanter enrolled at Kentucky, he never played because he was ruled ineligible to play by the NCAA for receiving financial benefits from his previous professional team, Fenerbahçe Ülker, during the 2008–09 season.[56]
  5. ^ Nikola Vučević was born in Switzerland to Yugoslavian parents. He has represented Montenegro internationally.[57]
  6. ^ Nikola Mirotić was born in SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia (now Montenegro) to Montenegrin-Spanish parents. He has represented Spain at youth level.[58]
  7. ^ Reggie Jackson was born in Italy to American parents.[59]
  8. ^ Bojan Bogdanović was born in SR Bosnia-Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina), but has represented Croatia internationally.[60]
  9. ^ Bojan Bogdanović played for Cibona Zagreb during the 2010–11 season, but was signed by Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey) on June 20, 2011.[61]
  10. ^ Milan Mačvan was born in SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Croatia), but has represented Serbia internationally.[62]
  11. ^ Tanguy Ngombo was born in Congo. He is also a naturalized citizen of Qatar and has represented Qatar internationally.[63][64][65]
  12. ^ Ater Majok was born in Sudan. He is also a naturalized citizen of Australia and has represented Australia internationally.[66]
  13. ^ Ádám Hanga played for Albacomb during the 2010–11 season, but was signed by Assignia Manresa (Spain) on May 27, 2011.[67]

Trades involving draft picks[edit]

Pre-draft trades[edit]

Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.

  • c 1 2 On February 22, 2011, the Chicago Bulls acquired Miami's 2011 first-round draft pick (the 28th pick) from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for James Johnson.[70] Previously, on July 9, 2010, the Raptors re-acquired their 2011 first-round draft pick (the 5th pick) while also acquiring Miami's 2011 first-round draft pick (the 28th pick) and a trade exception from the Miami Heat in exchange for Chris Bosh.[71] Previously, on February 14, 2009, the Heat acquired Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon, a 2011 first-round draft pick (the 5th pick) and a 2010 second-round draft pick from the Raptors in exchange for Shawn Marion, Marcus Banks and cash considerations.[72]
  • h 1 2 On December 15, 2010, the New Jersey Nets acquired Sasha Vujačić and a 2011 first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Lakers acquired Joe Smith, Golden State's 2011 and Chicago's 2012 second-round draft picks from the Nets in a three-team trade with the Lakers and the Houston Rockets.[80] Previously, the Nets acquired a 2011 second-round draft pick from the Golden State Warriors as a compensation for delaying the sending of the 2011 conditional first-round draft pick to at least 2012.[81] In the original trade on July 22, 2008, the Nets acquired a 2011 conditional first-round draft pick on July 22, 2008 from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Marcus Williams.[82]
  • i On July 12, 2010, the Miami Heat acquired 2011 and 2014 second-round draft picks and cash considerations from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Michael Beasley.[83]
  • k On February 16, 2009, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Alex Acker and a 2011 second-round draft pick from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a 2013 conditional second-round draft pick.[85]
  • l 1 2 On August 6, 2008, the Houston Rockets acquired the option to swap 2011 second-round draft picks from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Steve Novak.[86] The option to swap 2011 second-round draft picks was exercised.
  • m On July 8, 2010, the Chicago Bulls acquired Carlos Boozer and a 2011 second-round draft pick from the Utah Jazz in exchange for a trade exception.[87]
  • n On July 22, 2010, the Golden State Warriors acquired Phoenix's 2011 second-round draft pick and a trade exception from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for C. J. Watson.[88] Previously, on July 9, 2010, the Bulls acquired a second-round draft pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Hakim Warrick.[89]
  • p On June 26, 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired a 2011 second-round draft pick and cash considerations from the New York Knicks in exchange for the draft rights to Toney Douglas.[91]
  • r On July 10, 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired two first-round draft picks, New Orleans' 2012 and Oklahoma City's second-round draft picks, the option to swap 2012 first-round draft picks and a trade exception from the Miami Heat in exchange for LeBron James.[93] Previously, on June 24, 2010, the Heat acquired a 2011 second-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the draft rights to Latavious Williams.[94]
  • s On June 26, 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired a 2011 second-round draft pick and cash considerations from the New York Knicks in exchange for the draft rights to Patrick Beverley.[95]

Draft-day trades[edit]

The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.[98][99]

  • D 1 2 3 The Chicago Bulls acquired the draft rights to 23rd pick Nikola Mirotić from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the draft rights to 28th pick Norris Cole, 43rd pick Malcolm Lee and cash considerations.[102]
  • G 1 2 The Miami Heat acquired the draft rights to 28th pick Norris Cole from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the draft rights to 31st pick Bojan Bogdanović, a 2014 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.[102][106]
  • H The New Jersey Nets acquired the draft rights to 31st pick Bojan Bogdanović from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.[107]

Notable undrafted players[edit]

These players were not selected in the 2011 NBA draft but have played at least one game in the NBA.

Player Position Nationality School/club team
Buycks, DwightDwight Buycks PG  United States Marquette (Sr.)
Dragić, ZoranZoran Dragić G/F  Slovenia KK Krka (Slovenia)
Garrett, DianteDiante Garrett G  United States Iowa State (Sr.)
Hansbrough, BenBen Hansbrough G  United States Notre Dame (Sr.)
Higgins, CoryCory Higgins G  United States Colorado (Sr.)
Holiday, JustinJustin Holiday F  United States Washington (Sr.)
Kennedy, D. J.D. J. Kennedy G/F  United States St. John's (Sr.)
Lucas, KalinKalin Lucas PG  United States Michigan State (Sr.)
Silas, XavierXavier Silas G  United States Northern Illinois (Sr.)
Smith, GregGreg Smith C  United States Fresno State (So.)
Stone, JulyanJulyan Stone SG  United States UTEP (Sr.)
Thomas, MalcolmMalcolm Thomas F  United States San Diego State (Sr.)
Thompson, MychelMychel Thompson F/G  United States Pepperdine (Sr.)
Wright, ChrisChris Wright F  United States Dayton (Sr.)
Wright, ChrisChris Wright PG  United States Georgetown (Sr.)

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