NBA Draft Lottery 2011: Washington Wizards Get Pick No. 6

The Washington Wizards couldn't make lightning strike twice, dropping down to the sixth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft lottery. The Cavaliers won and will have the first and fourth picks.

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2011 NBA Draft Order: Washington Wizards Pick No. 34 In Second Round

The Washington Wizards will officially have the No. 6, No. 18 and No. 34 picks, according to the 2011 NBA Draft order. The Wizards got unlucky by falling to the No. 6 spot in the NBA Draft lottery, as both the Cavaliers (via the Clippers) and Jazz (via the Nets) leaped in front of him. We posted the first-round order; now here is the second-round order.

31. Miami Heat (from Minnesota Timberwolves)

32. Cleveland Cavaliers

33. Detroit Pistons (from Toronto Raptors)

34. Washington Wizards

35. Sacramento Kings

36. New Jersey Nets

37. Los Angeles Clippers

38. Houston Rockets

39. Charlotte Bobcats

40. Milwaukee Bucks

41. Los Angeles Lakers

42. Indiana Pacers

43. Chicago Bulls

44. Golden State Warriors

45. New Orleans Hornets

46. Los Angeles Lakers

47. Los Angeles Clippers

48. Atlanta Hawks

49. Memphis Grizzlies

50. Philadelphia 76ers

51. Portland Trail Blazers

52. Denver Nuggets

53. Orlando Magic

54. Cleveland Cavaliers

55. Boston Celtics

56. Los Angeles Lakers

57. Dallas Mavericks

58. Los Angeles Lakers

59. San Antonio Spurs

60. Sacramento Kings

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2011 NBA Draft Order: Cleveland Cavaliers To Pick First Overall, Washington Wizards Pick Sixth

The 2011 NBA Draft order is now official after the Cleveland won the NBA Draft lottery, giving them the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft. The pick was acquired in a February deal that also gave them Baron Davis. The lottery, held in Secaucus, N.J., determined the top three picks and also settled some second-round tiebreakers. The Washington Wizards will pick sixth overall, one year after winning the draft lottery for the right to select John Wall. The Wizards also have the No. 18 pick by virtue of a February trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

Here is the full draft order.

1.  Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Clippers)

2.  Minnesota Timberwolves

3.  Utah Jazz (from New Jersey Nets)

4.  Cleveland Cavaliers 

5.  Toronto Raptors

6.  Washington Wizards

7.  Sacramento Kings

8.  Detroit Pistons

9.  Charlotte Bobcats

10.  Milwaukee Bucks

11.  Golden State Warriors

12.  Utah Jazz

13.  Phoenix Suns

14.  Houston Rockets

15. Indiana Pacers

16. Philadelphia 76ers

17. New York Knicks

18. Washington Wizards (from Atlanta Hawks)

19. Charlotte Bobcats (from New Orleans Hornets)

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies)

21. Portland Trail Blazers

22. Denver Nuggets

23. Houston Rockets (from Orlando Magic)

24. Oklahoma City Thunder

25. Boston Celtics

26. Dallas Mavericks

27. New Jersey Nets (from Los Angeles Lakers)

28. Chicago Bulls (from Miami Heat)

29. San Antonio Spurs

30. Chicago Bulls

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2011 NBA Draft Order: Wizards Get Pick No. 6

The Washington Wizards have the sixth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The draft order was revealed at the 2011 NBA Draft lottery selection show on ESPN. The Wizards dropped two spots from their pre-lottery projected spot of No. 4.

At this spot, the Wizards will be out of the running for the draft's top prospects, Kyrie Irving and more importantly Derrick Williams, who the Wizards reportedly have atop their draft board. Turkish center Enes Kanter is an option, but likely won't be on the board either.  It could come down to several foreign big men or a college prospect like San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard.

This is a return to form for the Wizards, who have had an almost unbelievable amount of trouble in the lottery over the years. Washington broke the spell last season, winning the lottery and selecting John Wall. But the franchise point guard couldn't bring that same luck with him, representing the team in Secaucus, N.J. on Tuesday night.

2011 NBA Mock Draft

For continuing coverage during the run-up to the NBA Draft, check out SB Nation DC for Wizards nuggets from the latest NBA Mock Drafts, rumor rumblings and news reports. And visit Bullets Forever for even more.

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2011 NBA Mock Draft Has Wizards Taking Jonas Valanciunas Over Enes Kanter

Draft Express has just released its first 2011 NBA Mock Draft that takes team needs into account, hours before the 2011 NBA Draft lottery. With the fourth pick, Draft Express has the Wizards taking European big man Jonas Valanciunas while passing on Enes Kanter.

Valanciunas is certainly more experienced than Kanter, but there are questions about how his game will translate to the NBA and whether he will be bought out from his European club team for next season. The 19-year old currently plays for Lietuvos Rytas, a Lithuanian club team.

Kanter actually slips all the way to the No. 8 pick, which would be the Cleveland Cavaliers' if the draft order holds. Kyrie Irving is the No. 1 overall pick, while Derrick Williams is second. In a surprise, Draft Express has the Toronto Raptors taking Connecticut's Kemba Walker with the No. 3 overall pick, which is much higher than where many are projecting him to go.


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NBA Draft 2011: Washington Wizards Rate Derrick Williams As No. 1 Prospect, According To Report

The Washington Wizards will know exactly what pick they will get in the 2011 NBA Draft after Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery, but already, the debate has begun over which player tops their draft board. Duke's Kyrie Irving is likely not that guy because of the presence of John Wall, so who is it?

On Monday, ESPN's Chad Ford speculated that it might actually be Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter. However, Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that it's actually Arizona's Derrick Williams.

And as for the notion of the Wiz possibly taking Kanter No. 1 if they got the pick, I'm told they have Williams atop their board.    

Also, Amick reports that if the Wizards took Kanter, it would mean one of their big men would be traded, likely Andray Blatche or JaVale McGee.

If they took Kanter, they would likely have also involved a major trade of a frontcourt member.    

This is all a guessing game at this point, because there is so much time left until the actual draft, but it's interesting nonetheless.

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NBA Draft Lottery 2011 Odds: Washington Wizards Have 38 Percent Chance At Top-Three Pick

The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, and the Washington Wizards find themselves back in a similar spot as last season, when they won the lottery and selected John Wall No. 1 overall. In fact, the Wizards have an even better chance to win the lottery this year and an even better chance of securing a high draft pick.

The Wizards finished with the fourth-worst record in the NBA last season, giving them an 11.9 percent chance to win the No. 1 pick. They can pick no lower than seventh, though that would be extremely unlikely. Here is a complete breakdown of the chances to be in each of the first seven positions, via CSN Washington.

First Pick: 11.9 percent

Second Pick: 12.6 percent

Third Pick: 13.3 percent

Fourth Pick: 9.6 percent

Fifth Pick: 35 percent

Sixth Pick: 16.1 percent

Seventh Pick: 1.3 percent

The Wizards therefore have just under a 38 percent chance to get a top-three pick, which would likely put them in position to draft either Arizona's Derrick Williams or Kentucky recruit Enes Kanter.

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2011 NBA Draft: Washington Wizards Q&A With NBADraft.Net

The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery will be held Tuesday night in Secaucus, New Jersey (watch it live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m.). To whet your NBA draft appetite, SB Nation D.C. chatted via e-mail with NBADraft.Net editor Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) about the 2011 draft class, and where the Wizards might look for help in the lottery.

Check back at SB Nation D.C. tonight for results from the draft lottery. And for more on the Wizards and the 2011 NBA Draft, visit Bullets Forever.

How bad is this draft, really?

Adi Joseph: It's tempting to throw this draft alongside 2000, 2006 and a few of the drafts from the late 1980s as one of the worst in the lottery era, but I think it's a little tough to say. There is definitely a lack of depth compared to other years. We're not looking at the 2008 draft, to be sure. But there are at least two potential stars, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams. And a few of the international prospects are intriguing.

Potential targets like Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes and Perry Jones are returning to school. How much have returning players changed the complexion of the draft, especially for teams picking in the lottery?

AJ: It's huge. This draft was already facing a dearth of elite prospects, then three pulled out. It will be very interesting to see what this does to the lottery. There are two options: Teams can go conservative and take players like JaJuan Johnson 10 spots too high, or they could really try to hit a home run with a player such as Bismack Biyombo from the Congo or Jeremy Tyler, the American who went international to avoid college.

There really aren't 13 lottery-worthy prospects in this draft. I like Georgia's Trey Thompkins, but he's a bit soft and was inconsistent last season. Tyler Honeycutt could be a stud, but he's so thin and injury-prone that he could end up never even scratching an NBA rotation. Guys like Josh Selby — take them if you're willing to deal with their egos.

The Wizards need a franchise cornerstone to pair with John Wall. Does such a player exist in this draft?

AJ: Yes, and he happens to play the same position as Wall. I believe Irving has the best chance to develop into a superstar of anyone this draft, though he's not the same level prospect as Wall. He's less of a freak and more of a polished product. Williams should be an excellent player, though. He would pair very well with Wall and JaVale McGee and Nick Young, replacing Andray Blatche. He's got the same skills as David West, but he's a much nastier athlete and is more aggressive by nature. He's also a legitimate 6-8 or even 6-9 with a wingspan near 7-foot, so he should be fine as a pivot.

Should the current slots hold, where might the Wizards lean (assuming Derrick Williams and Kyrie Irving are off the board)?

AJ: The fourth pick isn't a very attractive one this year, that's for sure. I liked Enes Kanter a lot when I saw him last, but that was a year ago. A year off can do some things to a man, and workouts will be key. The other three top European big men, Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania and Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic, each have clear downside. Valanciunas isn't fully developed, Motiejunas is soft and lacks passion and Vesely probably can't defend anyone at any position and won't be going into the post anytime soon.

Even so, if Washington has to pick fourth, one of those three may be the most attractive option. Neither Jimmer Fredette nor Kemba Walker should even be considered on a team like Washington, where Wall will dominate the ball and defense needs to be a top priority. I'm not big on the Morris twins, who severely lack length.

If Washington decides to go with a college player, Tristan Thompson might be a bit of a reach, but I think he has good potential from an athleticism perspective.

Who might be a sleeper-type that the Wizards should target later in the draft --  both No. 18,  where the Wizards have Atlanta's pick, and in the early second round?

AJ: It's really difficult to say who will end up sliding at this point in the process. I like Honeycutt's potential if he can stay healthy. Jordan Hamilton could be a really great fit as a shooter. He could learn a lot from Josh Howard, too. In the second round, they should consider finding a backup for Wall. I like Norris Cole from Cleveland State as an early second-rounder, but I think he could sneak into the first round

Have to ask: Is local prospect Jordan Williams a realistic option at  No. 18? How much of a reach is that?

AJ: Absolutely. Blatche and Rashard Lewis were poor rebounders last season, and there aren't many better rebounding prospects than Williams. In a normal draft, he wouldn't go that high. But in this one, he may be near the top of the big board at that point. Richmond forward Justin Harper could be a second-round choice, but I'm not convinced he has a role in the NBA. He's very soft. And don't be too surprised if George Mason's Cam Long impresses in workouts against other point guards. He could be another second-round possibility.

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2011 NBA Draft Lottery Time, Announcers And Schedule

The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday at 8:30 pm, and can be seen on ESPN before the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder play Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. You can expect to have some of ESPN's best NBA minds calling the action.

The Washington Wizards have the fourth best chance to land the No.1 pick in the draft, and can do no worse than seventh. They will be sending John Wall to the Lottery in the hopes that he can bring some of the same good luck with him that Irene Pollin clearly had when the Wizards were given the top pick last year. He pledges to bring with him the same gold coat that Irene wore, but we're no really sure if that was sarcastic or not.

We'll be covering all the lead up to the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, and the results once they happen, in this stream. Head over to Bullets Forever for more on the Wizards.

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Enes Kanter 'In Conversation' For Washington Wizards If They Win NBA Draft Lottery, According To Report

The Washington Wizards will be looking for their second straight NBA Draft Lottery win on Tuesday, and if they somehow manage to pull it off, most believe they will target Arizona's Derrick Williams. However, a source told ESPN's Chad Ford that the Wizards would seriously consider taking Enes Kanter over Williams if they won the lottery. 

He still might have a chance to go No. 1 overall if the Washington Wizards get the No. 1 pick. While we currently have them taking Derrick Williams No. 1 in our Mock Draft Lottery, a well-placed source said Kanter would be in the conversation.    

That would be one heck of a shock. The Wizards do need a player like Kanter that will score in the paint, grab rebounds and give them the kind of toughness JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche do not possess. However, it's a big risk to take a player who has not played for a full year. 

For more on Kanter and the 2011 NBA Draft, visit Bullets Forever.

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NBA Draft Lottery 2011: Washington Wizards

The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday night in (beautiful) Secaucus, New Jersey. It gives the 14 teams that did not make the NBA Playoffs a chance to get the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and dramatically change the future of their franchise. You can watch the Lottery on TNT, before the first game of the Western Conference Finals.

As I'm sure you know, the Wizards won the Lottery last year and drafted John Wall out of Kentucky, who looks to be the kind of franchise-player that they need to turn this whole thing around. This year, they have the fourth best chance to land the first overall pick, but that still only translates to an 11.9% chance. However, because they finished with the fourth worst record, they can do no worse than the seventh overall pick in the draft.

We'll be covering all the lead up to the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, and the results once they happen, in this stream. Head over to Bullets Forever for more on the Wizards.

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