Taking one for the team

Current players for lottery teams select picks for their respective teams

Originally Published: June 26, 2012
ESPN The Magazine
Kyrie Irving and Derrick WilliamsUS Presswire, Getty ImagesKyrie Irving and Derrick Williams are the consensus top two picks ... but are they franchise players?

Our third annual players-only mock draft looks at what lottery teams would do with their selections. And on June 23, Cavs fans may finally have something to cheer about ... Hey, BD, get us going!


1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving, Duke PG
"He's got the energy, work ethic and skills to be successful right away," says point guard Baron Davis of the frosh who averaged 17.5 PPG but missed 26 games with a toe injury. "He could become a great cornerstone of the Cavaliers franchise." Wait, haven't we heard this before?


2. Minnesota Timberwolves

Derrick Williams, Arizona F
"This isn't a need position for the team, but it would be tough for us to pass on such a talented player," says All-Star power forward Kevin Love. "Derrick can play inside and out [8.3 RPG and 56.8 percent 3PT], which will enable him to fit in at a couple of different positions."


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