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Who Is The Sleeper Of The 2011 NBA Draft?

Submitted by on June 21, 2011 – 9:57 amOne Comment

Although the 2011 NBA Draft has been deemed as one of the weaker drafts the league has had in some time, there are still several potential impact players lingering within it. With players like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams considered the cream of the crop, who could become the player that exceeds expectations?

My money is on UConn‘s Kemba Walker.

Walker has already proven he can be a leader and a champion as he led the Huskies to a national champion while averaging 23.4 points. He has all of the tools to make his presence felt. Although he is considered to be undersized and not a true point guard, the fact of the matter is he can slide into several teams’ current roster and move from the 1 and 2 positions fluidly. The Raptors are the most likely suitor and with players like DeRozan, Calderon and Bargnani already in the mix, Walker could really help bolster the team. He shoots very well. He’s likely the best defensive guard in the draft and he’s already a proven winner. What’s not to like?

As the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, you would think Walker would get more consideration as a player who can immediately help a team. But that hasn’t been the case as he has hovered under the radar. He’s been mentioned as going as high as five and as low as ten but those that see him barely being a lottery pick might be insane. The Raptors need a player who can score and he’ll certainly learn the ins and outs of running the point from Calderon. Yes, there are other players in the draft who could be the sleeper including Tristan Thomas, Bismack Biyombo and Jimmer Fredette, but none are ready like Kemba is now.

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