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With the 19th pick in the 2011 TrueHoop Network mock draft…

The TrueHoop Network’s mock draft will be released on our individual sites during the rest of the day, tomorrow and Wednesday. Picks are predictions, not our preferences.

First eighteen picks:

  1. Cleveland – Kyrie Irving (Cavs: The Blog)
  2. Minnesota – Derrick Williams (A Wolf Among Wolves)
  3. Utah – Brandon Knight (Salt City Hoops)
  4. Cleveland – Jonas Valanciunas (Cavs: The Blog)
  5. Toronto – Kemba Walker (Raptors Republic)
  6. Washington – Enes Kanter (Truth About It.net)
  7. Sacramento – Kawhi Leonard (Cowbell Kingdom)
  8. Detroit – Bismack Biyombo (PistonPowered)
  9. Charlotte – Marcus Morris (QCH)
  10. Milwaukee – Alec Burks (Bucksketball)
  11. Golden State – Jimmer Fredette (Warriors World)
  12. Utah – Chris Singleton (Salt City Hoops)
  13. Phoenix – Tristan Thompson (ValleyoftheSuns)
  14. Houston – Jan Vesely (Hardwood Paroxysm)
  15. Indiana – Markieff Morris (8 points, 9 seconds)
  16. Philadelphia – Nikola Vucevic (Philadunkia)
  17. New York – Klay Thompson (KnickerBlogger)
  18. Washington – Jordan Hamilton (Truth About It.net)

And now, with the 19th pick of the 2011 TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft, your Charlotte Bobcats select:

Kenneth Faried of Morehead State

A lot of teams who were targeting Faried in the mid to back end of the first round will be disappointed to see Faried come off the board here at 19 to the Bobcats. The Portland Trailblazers in particular were rumored by many, including ESPN’s Chad Ford, to have fallen in love with Faried as far back as last year before he decided to go back to Morehead St. for his senior year. However, the Bobcats don’t miss the chance to draft a player who can make an immediate impact come time for the 2011-2012 campaign.

Despite the relatively widely viewed upset his Morehead St. squad pulled over Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this past March, the average NBA fan most likely doesn’t know much about Mr. Faried given he toiled away in the Ohio Valley Conference for 4 years; yet, still surprising for a player who finished his college career 4th in total win shares according to www.sports-reference.com/cbb . Although it could be argued that NBA benches are littered with former college standouts and All-Americans, Faried’s primary skill set is one which stat heads have championed as most transferable for years – rebounding. Faried averaged 14.5 rebounds/game his senior season, and 16.7 per 40 minutes, numbers which are comparable to another small conference rebounding machine, Paul Millsap.

As mentioned in the post regarding the projected selection of Marcus Morris at number 9, the buzz around Charlotte is that Jordan and Co. are zeroing in on known commodities in lieu of players perceived as offering a higher upside. That’s why I believe Faried gets the call in front of players such as Tobias Harris and Donatas Motiejunas. Instead of risking the possibility of a player struggling to transition to the NBA game or remaining in Europe for years to come, the Bobcats would prefer a guy who can step right in to the top 7 or 8 of the rotation.