NBA Draft: Cavs Make Kyrie Irving Top Pick
The Cleveland Cavaliers have begun their rebuilding process after a disastrous season, choosing teenager Kyrie Irving with the no.1 pick at the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday.
Irving, 19, played for Duke in his lone college season this year, averaging 17.5 point per game. At 6-foot-2-inches, Irving provides the Cavs a speedy and relatively big point guard, something they lost when LeBron James left for Miami last season. Although considered one of the best players in the high school class of 2010, Irving comes into the NBA with only 11 NCAA games to his name. He suffered a toe injury in Duke’s eighth game of the season, sidelining him for about three months.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves made Arizona’s Derrick Williams the second overall pick, while the Utah Jazz went with Turkey’s Enes Kanter at no.3. Cleveland used its second pick on Texas power forward Tristan Thompson at no.4, while the Toronto Raptors took Lithuanian seven-footer Jonas Valanciunas with the no.5 pick.