Chad Ford NBA Mock Draft Has Wizards Taking Jan Vesely, Klay Thompson

ESPN's Chad Ford has come out with his first 2011 NBA Mock Draft, and with the fourth pick, Ford has the Wizards selecting Czech forward Jan Vesely.  Here's his analysis:

The Wizards won the draft lottery last year and brought in a thoroughbred in John Wall. What they need is an athletic forward to run the floor with him. Most Euros wouldn't come close to fitting that bill, but Vesely might be the exception. He's terrific in transition and an explosive leaper -- a rarity for Eastern European kids.

He's been a starter in the Euroleague for the past few years, and while his numbers don't necessarily wow you, his game looks like it will translate better at the next level. A bit of a risky pick, but after Irving and Williams are off the board, all the picks are risky.

With the 18th pick, Ford has the Wizards taking Klay Thompson out of Washington State. Here's his analysis of that:

Nick Young is heading into free agency, and the Wizards could use another shooter in their backcourt to complement Wall. Thompson rivals Fredette as the best shooter in the draft and would be a great fit for the Wizards.    

For those who don't have ESPN Insider, here's the full list of the lottery picks:

  1. Minnesota: Kyrie Irving
  2. Cleveland: Derrick Williams
  3. Toronto: Enes Kanter
  4. Washington: Jan Vesely
  5. Sacramento: Kemba Walker
  6. Utah (from New Jersey): Brandon Knight
  7. Detroit: Bismack Biyombo
  8. Cleveland (from LA Clippers): Jonas Valanciunas
  9. Charlotte: Kahwi Leonard
  10. Milwaukee: Tristain Thompson
  11. Golden State: Terrence Jones
  12. Utah: Alex Burks
  13. Phoenix: Jimmer Fredette
  14. Houston: Jordan Hamilton
  15. Indiana: Marcus Morris
  16. Philadelphia: Donatas Motiejunas
  17. New York: Markieff Morris
  18. Washington (from Atlanta): Klay Thompson
  19. Charlotte (from New Orleans): Reggie Jackson
  20. Minnesota (from Memphis): Nikola Mirotic
  21. Portland: Kenneth Faried
  22. Denver: Tobias Harris
  23. Houston (from Orlando via Phoenix): Darius Morris
  24. Oklahoma City: Tyler Honeycutt
  25. Boston: Chris Singleton
  26. Dallas: Davis Bertans
  27. New Jersey (from LA Lakers): Justin Harper
  28. Chicago (from Miami): Charles Jenkins
  29. San Antonio: Lucan Noguiera
  30. Chicago: Bogan Bogdanovic
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