Nearly a decade later, the 2011 NBA draft has developed into one of the best classes in recent memory.
The class produced a bunch of stars including Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler.
Here’s where the biggest names are today.
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The 2011 NBA draft has proven to be one of the deepest classes in recent memory.
The class was highlighted by No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving, but perhaps most interesting is how many stars have developed from picks all over the class.
Klay Thompson was picked 11th, Kawhi Leonard was picked 15th, Jimmy Butler was picked 30th. Even Isaiah Thomas was picked 60th, the last pick of the draft!
Of course, some of the players also didn’t pan out in the NBA.
Here’s where the picks are today.
The Cavaliers took Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick.
Irving is a six-time All-Star who spent six years with the Cavs and two years with the Celtics. He signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency in the summer of 2019.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took Derrick Williams with the second pick.
Williams bounced around the league, playing for six teams in seven years. He currently plays overseas in Spain.
The Utah Jazz took Enes Kanter with the third pick.
Kanter has also bounced around the league. He signed with the Boston Celtics last summer after spending the 2019 season with the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Cavaliers drafted Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick.
Thompson is still with the Cavs today and has been a crucial member of the team for his defense and rebounding.
The Toronto Raptors took Jonas Valanciunas with the 5th pick.
After seven years with the Raptors, Valanciunas was traded to the Grizzlies last season. He signed a $45 million contract to stay in Memphis through 2022.
The Wizards took Jan Vesely with the sixth pick.
Vesely played just three seasons in the NBA, averaging 3.6 points per game, and is widely considered a bust. However, he has thrived since returning to play in Turkey, winning EuroLeague MVP in 2018-19.
The Sacramento Kings took Bismack Biyombo with the seventh pick and later traded him to the then-Charlotte Bobcats in a three-team trade.
Biyombo has been productive at times, but has struggled after signing a $72 million deal in 2016. He was traded back to the Hornets last offseason.
The Detroit Pistons took Brandon Knight with the eighth pick.
Knight has bounced around the league throughout his career, with stints in Milwaukee, Phoenix, Houston, and Cleveland. In 2020, he was traded back to the Pistons, reuniting him with his first team nearly a decade later.
The Hornets (then Bobcats) took Kemba Walker with the ninth pick.
Walker developed into an All-Star in Charlotte, with career averages of 20 points and 5 assists per game. He signed with the Celtics in the summer of 2019.
The Sacramento Kings drafted Jimmer Fredette with the tenth pick.
Fredette bounced around the NBA for several seasons, then played in China. He signed with a Greek team last summer.
The Warriors took Klay Thompson with the 11th pick.
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