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Win some, lose some
The 2011 NBA draft was a dream come true for many of the players picked, but not every player and team had a great night. We break down the winners and losers of an unusual draft.
Winner: Utah Jazz
Many Utah fans were hoping the team would use one of its two lottery picks on BYU star Jimmer Fredette, but the Jazz got an impressive duo in center Enes Kanter (right) and shooting guard Alec Burks. Both are unfamiliar to many fans since Kanter was ruled ineligible before playing a game at Kentucky and Burks played for a Colorado team that didn't make the NCAA tournament, but they may be the best athletes at their respective positions.
Loser: Cleveland Cavaliers
When you have the first and fourth picks of a draft, you'd like to get a franchise player and another future All-Star. With this weak crop of prospects, however, the Cavaliers took two freshmen who didn't make a big impact at the college level. Duke point guard Kyrie Irving (left) is far from a sure thing for a No. 1 pick, while Texas power forward Tristan Thompson was considered a reach at No. 4.
Winner: Kemba Walker
After carrying UConn to the national championship, the 6-1 Walker heard that he was too short for the NBA and might slip out of the 14 lottery picks. Instead, the Charlotte Bobcats pounced on him with the No. 9 selection. And after trading away their leading scorer, Stephen Jackson, the 'Cats will ask Walker to play a role that suits him perfectly -- scoring guard and team leader.
Loser: Headline writers
If Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas (pictured), the No. 5 overall pick by the Toronto Raptors, ever becomes a productive NBA player, we better learn how to spell and pronounce his name. That goes for Donatas Motiejunas, Chukwudiebere Maduabum and Tanguy Ngombo, too.
Winner: Sacramento Kings
Will Jimmer Fredette be a future All-Star? Will he be a bust? Who cares?! One thing's for sure: He'll sell tickets in Sacramento, which remains in jeopardy of losing its team and needs a fan draw. The national player of the year from BYU is the most popular college baller in years.
Loser: Jeremy Tyler
Once the No. 1 player in the Class of 2011, Tyler bypassed his senior high school season to play professionally abroad. Unimpressive stints in Israel and Japan raised red flags about his maturity and the 6-11 Tyler, despite impressive physical gifts, fell all the way to the Charlotte Bobcats and the 39th pick.
Winner: Detroit Pistons
The Pistons probably needed frontcourt help more than a point guard, but they couldn't resist when Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight slipped to them at No. 8 in the draft. Knight was widely projected to go in the top five picks. If he's anywhere near as good as John Calipari's past two point guards, Derrick Rose and John Wall, Detroit will be very happy with its choice.
Loser: Kyle Singler
Singler probably would have been a first-round pick if he'd left Duke following its national championship in 2010. He stuck around for his senior season, however, and got nitpicked by scouts for his lack of athleticism. He fell to the second round, where the Pistons snatched him up with the 33rd pick.
Winner: Markieff Morris
Markieff (right) had a slightly less productive career at Kansas than his twin brother, Marcus (left), and was widely considered the second-best prospect in the family. But in a surprise, the Phoenix Suns took Markieff with the 13th pick. Marcus didn't have to wait long to hear his name called, however, going one pick later to the Houston Rockets.