The 2011 NBA Draft kicked off on Thursday night with the expected result: Duke point guard Kyrie Irving went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs will need to make some moves to free up playing time for Irving, especially with Baron Davis and his large contract on the roster.
He is the first Duke player to be selected No. 1 overall since Elton Brand was selected there in the 1999 draft. Irving, though, barely played as a freshman, seeing action in just 11 games due to injury.
This was Cleveland's first No. 1 overall selection since 2003 when they drafted LeBron James. Irving is nowhere near the talent level of LeBron. Will Irving be able to deliver the championship that LeBron was unable to bring home.
At No. 2 the Minnesota Timberwolves picked forward Derrick Williams from the University of Arizona. With the addition of Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves will look for a better future.
Now the draft gets interesting and all hell can break loose.
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