2011 NBA DRAFT
The following article will entail how the specific players fared in college and how he is fairing in the NBA at the present moment, or in some cases playing overseas and even retired. In-depth profiles on each player will be presented. The player’s freshmen statistics will be provided as well as their career NBA averages in particular categories. Here is our “One And Done College Basketball Players” from the 2011 NBA Draft.
#1 Pick: Kyrie Irving PG College Averages: 17.5pts, 4.3ast,3.4reb, (PLAYED AND STARTED ALL 11 GAMES (Tore ligament in right big toe in 9th game, came back and played in 2 NCAA Tournament Games)
Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers)
Duke (Fr.) Career NBA Averages: 21pts, 5.7ast, 3.2reb, 1.5stl
SYNOPSIS: The night when LeBron James said “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” was an understandable situation of heartbreak for the city of Cleveland. While James was winning NBA championships with the Miami Heat the Cavaliers endured a few miserable seasons. The one silver lining in all the losing was winning the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery. It started a new era when Kyrie Irving was selected number one overall. The 6’3″ point guard is a mercurial talent and is already a 3 time All-Star. When healthy Irving is a rare talent and a maestro with the ball in his hands. While James is the best player in the world the hopes of the Cavaliers chances of winning a championship begin and end with Irving. Re-watch the 2015 NBA finals for clarification. When Irving got hurt (fractured left kneecap) the Cavs chances ended. If Irving is healthy for the playoffs this season the fans of Cleveland just might be dancing in the streets with the NBA trophy in hand.
#3 Pick: Enes Kanter C College Averages: Committed to Kentucky, ruled permanently ineligible after taking 33,000$ from a team in his native Turkey
Utah Jazz (from New Jersey)
Kentucky (Fr.) Career NBA Averages: 10.2pts, 6.4reb, .6ast, 21.4minutes per game
SYNOPSIS: Originally scheduled to attend the University of Kentucky, Kanter never ended up on the campus as he was ruled ineligible for taking money from a Turkish basketball team. It fortunately didn’t hurt the 6’11” 23 year old draft status. averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds with the Utah Jazz during the 2014-15 season, Kanter was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 19, 2015. The Turkish born center is a very talented 2 way player who is only going to get better. The Thunder think so much of him that he was awarded a 4 year, 70 million dollar contract extension in July, 2015. Quality big men are hard to come by and Kanter is just that, justifying his number 3 pick status.He is currently averaging 18.7 points and 11 rebounds a game this season, while providing a much needed low post scoring threat. With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way for Oklahoma, Kanter might just be the missing piece for the Thunder to return to the NBA finals.
#4 Pick: Tristan Thompson PF College Averages: 13.1pts, 7.8reb, 1.3ast, 2.4blk
Texas (Fr.) Career NBA Averages: 10.1pts, 8.4reb, 0.8ast, 0.7blk
SYNOPSIS: The 6’9″ 238 pound Canadian had his coming out party during the 2015 postseason. Posting near a double-double (9.6pts, 10.8reb, 20 postseason games) Thompson was an integral part of the Cavaliers run to the finals. Playing without 2 injured All-Stars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Thompson showed the growth and potential Cleveland was looking. At only 24 years old Thompson’s best days are clearly ahead of him. LeBron James was adamant that he be resigned, and in October, 2015 was awarded with a monstrous 5 year, 82 million dollar contract. Now it is up to him to play at the level that a contract that rich demands. Can he play up to it? Maybe, but it doesn’t hurt to have LeBron James in your corner.
#8 Pick: Brandon Knight PG College Averages: 17.3pts, 4.2ast, 4.0ast, 0.7stl
Kentucky (Fr.) Career NBA Averages: 15.2pts, 4.5ast, 3.5reb, 1.0stl
SYNOPSIS: Knight has been on a whirlwind journey entering the league. Already on his 3rd team entering his 5thyear, Knight has been a steady point guard. In July of 2013, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in part of a deal involving another point guard, Brandon Jennings. The former Kentucky recruit and McDonald’s All-American, Knight played the best basketball of his career in Milwaukee, with averages of 17.8pts, 5.4ast, 4.3reb, and 1.6 stl per game. However, he only suited up for 124 games with Bucks before being involved in another trade. On February 19, 2015, the 6’3″ Miami, FL native headed to the Phoenix Suns in a 3-team deal involving the Philadelphia 76ers. In the 11 games he played with Phoenix, Knight struggled to fit in with his averages dropping across the board. night is a hard player to figure out. Is he really a point guard?, or is he better suited for the shooting guard role? While he has shown talent, there should be concerns for a player to be on his 3rd NBA team after being drafted so highly. Is he a cornerstone of a franchise or just a solid, if unspectacular player? Only time and patience will tell. Phoenix fans hopes it is the former, as he inked a 5 year, 70 million dollar contract over the summer.
#19 Pick: Tobias Harris SF College Averages: 15,3pts, 7.3reb, 1.3ast, 0.9blk, 0.7stl
Charlotte Bobcats (from New Orleans via Portland, traded to Milwaukee, now with the Orlando Magic
Tennessee (Fr.) Career NBA Averages: 12.7pts, 5.5reb, 1.8ast, 1.0stl, 0.5blk
SYNOPSIS: A very talent 6’9″ SF/PF, the New York born Harris best days are ahead of him. After being traded to Orlando in 2013, Harris saw his minutes start to increase. He is now a full fledged starting caliber player with the chance to be even more. If he keeps improving he has the chance to be an Eastern Conference All-Star caliber player in the not so distant future.
#29 Pick: Cory Joseph PG College Averages: 10pts, 3ast, 3reb, 1stl
San Antonio Spurs
Texas (Fr.) Career NBA Averages: 5.3pts, 1.9ast, 1.8reb. 0.6stl
SYNOPSIS: An important backup to Tony Parker, Joseph played a key cog when the Spurs went to their second unit off the bench. The 6’3″ Canadian born Joseph signed a 4 year, 30 million dollar contract with his hometown Toronto Raptors over this past summer. Getting out of Parker’s shadow should afford Joseph more minutes on the floor, although he will now be backing up Kyle Lowry.
#49 Pick Josh Selby PG College Averages: 7.9pts, 2.2ast,
Kansas (Fr.) Career NBA Averages: 2.2pts, 0.9ast. 0.5reb in 38 career NBA games
SYNOPSIS: Another case of a highly touted high school player where you wonder just who is the person giving these young kids advice. A high school superstar who was ranked the number 1 recruit in the country during his senior year Selby was the highest rated recruit who ever signed with the Kansas Jayhawks. Selby landed in trouble during his tumultuous one year stay in Lawrence, Kansas. The NCAA found that Selby had been given “improper benefits” by Robert Frazier, who is NBA star Carmelo Anthony’s business partner. This to to an immediate suspension and Selby ended up missing 9 games. While on the court his play was disappointing. This did not deter Selby as he entered the NBA Draft anyway. The Memphis Grizzlies took a chance late in the draft by selecting Selby. It didn’t pan out. After being cut Selby toiled in the NBA D-League for a few seasons before signing with a team in the Israeli Premier Basketball League. Another sad case of leaving college early along with horrible advice from the influential people in his life.
QUESTIONS FOR THE READER:
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Article was originally published on 12/2/16
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