The Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving of Duke University with the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft held on June 23, 2011 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Irving who plays the guard position is the first pick chosen by Cleveland since Lebron James in 2003.
With Irving, the Cavaliers begin its rebuilding process after James bolted for the Miami Heat last year.
Irving despite playing only a total of 11 games for Duke in his only year is projected to be the next Derrick Rose, this year’s Most Valuable Player.
Cleveland also has the fourth pick and they used it for University of Texas forward Tristan Thompson.
The second pick went to the Minnesota Timberwolves taking Arizona forward Derrick Williams while the Utah Jazz took Enes Kanter of Turkey with the number three pick.
Three of the first six players taken were from Europe, capitalizing on the absence of some American college players who might have gone in their spots and made this a stronger draft. It was the first time four international players who didn’t play at a U.S. college were selected in the lottery.
Here’s the complete list of picks in Round 1:
|1||Kyrie Irving||Cleveland Cavaliers||Duke (Fr.)|
|2||Derrick Williams||Minnesota Timberwolves||Arizona (So.)|
|3||Enes Kanter||Utah Jazz (from New Jersey)||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|4||Tristan Thompson||Cleveland Cavaliers||Texas (Fr.)|
|5||Jonas Valančiūnas||Toronto Raptors||Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)|
|6||Jan Veselý||Washington Wizards||Partizan (Serbia)|
|7||Bismack Biyombo||Charlotte Bobcats (from Sacramento Kings)||Fuenlabrada (Spain)|
|8||Brandon Knight||Detroit Pistons||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|9||Kemba Walker||Charlotte Bobcats||Connecticut (Jr.)|
|10||Jimmer Fredette||Sacramento Kings (from Milwaukee Bucks)||BYU (Sr.)|
|11||Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||Washington State (Jr.)|
|12||Alec Burks||Utah Jazz||Colorado (So.)|
|13||Markieff Morris||Phoenix Suns||Kansas (Jr.)|
|14||Marcus Morris||Houston Rockets||Kansas (Jr.)|
|15||Kawhi Leonard||Indiana Pacers (traded to San Antonio Spurs)||San Diego (So.)|
|16||Nikola Vučević||Philadelphia 76ers||USC (Jr.)|
|17||Iman Shumpert||New York Knicks||Georgia Tech (Jr.)|
|18||Chris Singleton||Washington Wizards (from Atlanta)[||Florida State (Jr.)|
|19||Tobias Harris||Milwaukee Bucks (from Charlotte Bobcats via New Orleans and Portland||Tennessee (Fr.)|
|20||Donatas Motiejūnas||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Utah traded toHouston Rockets)||Pallacanestro Treviso (Italy)|
|21||Nolan Smith||Portland Trail Blazers||Duke (Sr.)|
|22||Kenneth Faried||Denver Nuggets||Morehead State (Sr.)|
|23||Nikola Mirotic||Houston Rockets (from Orlando via Phoenix traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)||Real Madrid (Spain)|
|24||Reggie Jackson||Oklahoma City Thunder||Boston College (Jr.)|
|25||Marshon Brooks||Boston Celtics (traded to New Jersey)||Providence (Sr.)|
|26||Jordan Hamilton||Dallas Mavericks||Texas (So.)|
|27||JaJuan Johnson||New Jersey Nets (from L.A. Lakers, traded to Boston)||Purdue (Sr.)|
|28||Norris Cole||Chicago Bulls (from Miami via Toronto)||Cleveland State (Sr.)|
|29||Cory Joseph||San Antonio Spurs||Texas (Fr.)|
|30||Jimmy Butler||Chicago Bulls||Marquette (Sr.)|
Here are highlights from Kyrie Irving’s career:
Highschool – St. Patrick’s High School, Elizabeth, New Jersey
College – Duke University