NBA Draft 2011: Official Predictions

It has reached the point where it is virtually impossible to figure out what is an actual rumor and what is just made up by some kid with internet access. Regardless, I'm going to participate in the fool's errand of making a prediction about what the Cavaliers will do in tonight's draft. It is clear that Chris Grant is trying to get deals done to move around and get the most out of the picks, but it doesn't appear that any sort of agreement has been reached with any team. I wouldn't mind seeing the 4th pick moved either up to the 2nd pick to get Derrick Williams or down to get their guy without reaching for him at 4, but I don't think it will happen. That brings us to my first official prediction that will probably be wrong. 

Prediction Numero Uno: The Cavaliers will not trade the 1st or 4th pick and will simply draft in their original spots. 

I'd love to see the Cavs move up and grab both Irving and Williams without giving up too much, but it's not going to happen. I hope I'm wrong with this one, but I doubt it. The Cavaliers can still have a very very productive draft by staying in their original spots. 

Prediction Numero Dos: With the first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select....Kyrie Irving, Duke University.

Really going out on a limb with this one, I know. If you have been reading my thoughts on the draft up until this point, you know that I am incredibly high on Irving as our future point guard. The Cavs would be wise to select him here, and I think they will. 

Prediction Numero Tres: With the fourth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select....Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania. 

There has been much talk about Valanciunas' buyout situation and the fact that it might cause him to slip in the draft. From what I have read and heard, I understand that the Cavs are still very high on Jonas and since I already predicted that they will keep the number 4 pick, I have to be consistent. Therefore, when it comes to them at #4, they will not pass up on their guy, regardless of the messy buyout. 

Prediction Numero Cuatro: The NBA Draft will be completely insane and none of my predictions will be correct (besides this one). 

This is the craziest that the NBA Draft has been in several years and the impending lockout makes it that much crazier. Truth is, there is no way to anticipate what will happen tonight, but I guarantee it will be interesting. So make sure you tune in to ESPN at 7 PM EST and buckle up. It's going to be wild; I can't wait. 

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