The Cavs will likely choose between Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams.
“I have no idea where I’m going to end up at but where ever I go I will be grateful for the opportunity to play in the NBA!” Tweeted Irving, the West Orange, N.J. native who spent one injury-plagued season at Duke.
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com has Irving going No. 1 to the Cavs, Williams No. 2 to the Minnesota Timberwolves and UConn star Kemba Walker of The Bronx landing with the Utah Jazz at No. 3.
“I expect Cleveland to pick Kyrie Irving because they need a point guard,” Minnesota president David Kahn told Givony.
Irving averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds on the season. He played the first eight games of the year before injuring his right toe in a win over Butler at the Izod Center.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday that whoever selects Irving will be getting an impact player.
“It’s too bad he was hurt this year,” Coach K told SNY.tv. “People will see just how gifted a player he is and what a great kid.”
The Cavs already had their own pick and acquired another at the trade deadline from the Clippers in the Baron Davis deal.
The now own the No. 1 and 4 picks.
Gilbert sent his son, 14-year-old Nick Gilbert, to the podium and Nick came up with a stunning victory, as the Clippers’ pick, originally No. 8, had only a 2.8 percent chance of landing at the top.
Nick Gilbert was born with neurofibromatosis, a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. He was wearing black-rimmed glasses and a bow tie and looked serious until he showed a keen sense of humor in a television interview. His father called him his hero.
Irving was at the draft lottery and helped Gilbert celebrate the pick.
HERE’S THE COMPLETE DRAFT ORDER:
1. Cleveland (From LA Clippers)
3. Utah (From New Jersey)
11. Golden State
Following is the order for the remainder of the 2011 NBA Draft:
17. New York
18. Washington (From Atlanta)
19. Charlotte (From New Orleans via Portland)
20. Minnesota (From Memphis via Utah)
23. Houston (From Orlando via Phoenix)
24. Oklahoma City
27. New Jersey (from LA Lakers)
28. Chicago (From Miami via Toronto)
29. San Antonio
2011 SECOND ROUND DRAFT CHOICE ORDER
31. Miami (From Minnesota)
33. Detroit (From Toronto)
36. New Jersey
37. LA Clippers (From Detroit)
38. Houston (From LA Clippers)
41. LA Lakers (From Golden State via New Jersey)
43. Chicago (From Utah)
44. Golden State (From Phoenix via Chicago)
45. New Orleans (From Philadelphia)
46. LA Lakers (From New York)
47. LA Clippers (From Houston)
50. Philadelphia (From New Orleans)
51. Portland (1)
52. Denver (2)
54. Cleveland (From Oklahoma City via Miami)
56. LA Lakers
58. LA Lakers (From Miami)
59. San Antonio
60. Sacramento (From Chicago via Milwaukee)
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(1) – This pick may be conveyed to Detroit via Denver.
(2) – This pick may be conveyed to Portland or to Detroit.
(The AP contributed; Video courtesy DraftExpress.com)