With the 2011 NBA Draft only days away. Let’s have a look at every teams needs and what first-round picks they have to build their teams with. Let’s roll!
Cleveland Cavaliers Picks: 1st and 4th What they need: What don’t they need! After losing LeBron James and only managing 19 wins last year, the Cavs require a new franchise-type player that will take them into the next decade. With picks 1 and 4, the Cavs will likely go with the best player available for pick 1. If that means point guard Kyrie Irving, they will likely back that up with one of the big forwards on offer. Enes Kanter or Jan Vesely are options here Minnesota Timberwolves Pick: 2nd What they need: Interesting for Minnesota here. With Spaniard Ricky Rubio on board and some other options at the point, they may likely go big. But with Kevin Love and Michael Beasley in then line up the bigger players on offer may play backup minutes which may not be best case scenario. Perhaps the Timberwolves may look to trade the 2nd pick for a superstar-type player or building block? Utah Jazz Picks: 3rd and 12th What they need: After the departure of Deron Williams, the Jazz require some back court strength, possibly in the form of a point guard and a shooting guard. They have great picks in 3 and 12 that should be sufficient to build on after the departure of Williams. Said to be high on Kentucky’s Brandon Knight Toronto Raptors Pick: 5th What they need: Put simply, the best player available. They need a defensive minded player, so a big body may be the outlook and someone who can work with Andrea Bargnani but have a defensive angle to his game. Expect them to be active on the free agency market with money from the Chris Bosh trade sitting in the bank. Washington Wizards Picks: 6th and 18th What they need: A big man to mature along with John Wall and help this young team become a force in years to come. Big attribute for their picks would be rebounding and hopefully something to ease the offensive pressure as the Wizards where one of the worst in scoring last year. Sacramento Kings [caption id="attachment_1196" align="alignright" width="214" caption="Kentucky's Brandon Knight (12) is in play for the Utah Jazz, who hold the 3rd overall pick."][/caption] Picks: 7th What they need: A born leader would help, but at the end of the day one of the big overseas guys if they fall this far in the forward-centre position may be a good option for the Kings. This would then give them a solid front court 1-2 punch with DeMarcus Cousins. Detroit Pistons Pick: 8th What they need: Best fit would be someone to move into the front court to either the forward or centre option for the Pistons. After a terrible season with plenty of infighting, the Pistons main aim should be to return stability to the once-strong Detroit team. Pick 8 may have a bit to do with the resigning of Tayshaun Prince if they go small forward or power forward. If Jan Vesely falls this far, Joe Dumars will pounce. Charlotte Bobcats Picks: 9th and 19th What they need: The Bobcats need a shooter or impressive big man to ease the scoring burden. Stephen Jackson can score but the loss of Gerald Wallace was huge with little other offensive threat on the floor. With 2 first round picks, look for the Bobcats to hopefully unearth a star to provide some much needed showmanship to get people back through the gates. Probably hoping Jonas Valanciunas’ preference to remain in Europe for another year sees him drop to the 9th slot. Milwaukee Bucks Picks: 10th and 20th What they need: You could say that with two book ends in Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut, the Bucks should be building a team around them. So do the Bucks go with shooting guard to provide some much needed scoring options, or do they look at some backup insurance if the injury prone Bogut goes down again? Safe bet would be an off guard or small forward. Klay Thompson from Washington State is a good fit here. Golden State Warriors Picks: 11th What they need: Lots of talk about the moving of Monta Ellis from the Warriors which may mean they look at the guard position to fit in with Steph Curry. Either way, new coach Mark Jackson will be looking to bring a more defensive mindset. The Warriors may look to Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo to help on the glass. Phoenix Suns Pick: 13th What they need: The Suns had a new defensive mindset last season, so look to them continuing on this strength with one of the big forwards to fit into pick 13. With size a plenty in this draft they may still have some genuine options still available. Houston Rockets Picks: 14th and 23rd [caption id="attachment_1197" align="alignright" width="188" caption="New Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale will hope Kansas' Marcus Morris falls to 14th."][/caption] What they need: You would think with Yao Ming done and dusted and with Kevin McHale in the picture, the Rockets would look to go big. The Rockets need size and bigger bodies to fill the lane. Preferably a low post scoring option and someone with rebounding presence. Someone one of Kansas’ Morris twins. Indiana Pacers Pick: 15th What they need: A scorer to help Danny Granger is a must, but also someone to rotate through the back court to help Darren Collison. They also require some strength and size up front as well. Decisions, decisions! Tipping the may go small if Marshon Brooks is available. Philadelphia 76ers Pick: 16th What they need: Go-to scorer especially in the clutch period. Not sure if they will find that at Pick 16 though. They would be looking to add some size, preferably in the power forward position. Rumours of Andre Iguodala trade does linger so this may affect things but expect them to look to strengthen forward position. New York Knicks Pick: 17th What they need: Defensive and rebounding to help out Stoudemire is priority one. So be on the outlook for big time rebounder to help on the glass. Look for a bigger defensive mindset for the Knicks as they look to compete with Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference. Portland Trailblazers Pick: 21st What they need: With Brandon Roy looking to have diminished time or even pushed into retirement, the Trailblazers may look to fill a guard spot on the roster that will also be groomed into Andre Miller’s position. A lot has been talked about the health of Roy and Greg Oden, so much will depend on their health and if they look to rebuild or work with them. Denver Nuggets Pick: 22nd [caption id="attachment_1198" align="alignright" width="202" caption="Kenneth Faried (left) is a monster on the boards."][/caption] What they need: The Nuggets have various positions with requirements and more so if the signing of a few of their current free agents cause problems. Look for the Nuggets to concentrate on some of the bigger bodies left in the draft by the time pick 22 arrives, especially if Kenyon Martin doesn’t resign. Faried may be favoured here if the Knicks don’t nab him at 17. Oklahoma City Thunder Pick: 24th What they need: A back up to Kendrick Perkins or someone who can provide some low post scoring would be on the agenda. With offensive threats such as Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook, it was evident during the playoffs that a better team balance was needed with some presence in the middle. Boston Celtics Pick: 25th What they need: The Celtics will draft someone young and versatile to assist with the Big Three who are aging quite considerably. At pick 25, will look for someone who fits into the succession plan as Garnett and Allen may not have long left in them. Preferably look to the centre position with the retirement of Shaquille O’Neal. Dallas Mavericks Pick: 26th What they need: Couple of options for the Mavs who, with the return of Caron Butler, may be even stronger next season. They may look to bolster the point guard position with size for the aging Kidd or look to a backup for Dirk when he requires resting. Clearly evident during the playoffs was someone to provide some minutes when Dirk needed to sit. New Jersey Nets Pick: 27th What they need: May look for some back court firepower with Deron Williams. In Williams and Lopez, the Nets have some sure fire talent but do need to surround them with some defensive stoppers and much needed athleticism. This may not come from pick 27 so look for the Nets to be active via free agency. Latvian big man Davis Bertans is definitely in play here. Chicago Bulls Picks: 28th and 30th What they need: The Bulls will definitely look for a guard to assist Derrick Rose with one of these picks. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls package up these picks and offer up so that they can get someone to provide some much needed offense other than Rose and Luol Deng. Clearly evident against the Miami Heat was the need for someone besides Rose to come up big during the final few minutes of games. San Antonia Spurs Pick: 29th What they need: The Spurs keep churning out such productive winning seasons, leading to low picks. With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker they may just look to provide assistance and relief off the bench. Will look to strengthen up at either small forward or power forward to relieve some pressure on those three. My money is on big man from Montenegro, Nikola Mirotic.