Colorado Buffaloes guard Alec Burks is sliding down in mock drafts just hours before the 2011 NBA Draft. How far down has he fallen? He's usually been projected in the 10-15 range, a player to be selected at the end of the lottery or just outside of it. The Milwaukee Bucks at No. 10 have been a popular selection, but now it appears that other players have moved ahead of him.
According to DraftExpress' mock draft for Yahoo! Sports, Burks could fall all the way down to No. 19 for the Charlotte Bobcats because Marshon Brooks, Jimmer Fredette and Chris Singleton have made those late charges up draft boards. Chad Ford's latest ESPN Insider mock draft also has Brooks dropping in the draft, snatched up by the Washington Wizards at No. 18.
Both of those mock drafts have the Denver Nuggets selecting Tennessee forward Tobias Harris with the No. 22 pick, but if Burks drops out of the lottery might the Nuggets try to move up for the in-state guard? He would be able to make up for the projected loss of J.R. Smith, and given time to develop his shooting Burks could turn into a big-time player for his home state team.