The Dream Shake's 2011 NBA Draft Board: Pick Nine

TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 19: Ramone Moore #23 and Rahlir Jefferson #32 of the Temple Owls attempt to steal from Kawhi Leonard #15 of the San Diego State Aztecs in double overtime during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kawhi Leonard has slid into the TDS Draft Board's eighth slot, and that seems about right.

Leonard ranks highest among this year's crop of small forward prospects. He's a long, dynamite athlete with the potential to become a plus-defender, and compared to fellow defensive stalwart Chris Singleton, he's further along on offense. Leonard's jump shot leaves plenty to be desired, but he has reportedly shot the ball well during workouts.

For now, Leonard can finish effectively around the rim and can handle the ball in traffic. He doesn't possess the same two-way potential as Tobias Harris or Jordan Hamilton, but I think he's the surest bet to develop into his own valued niche as a player. On the topic of player comparisons, I don't know if Leonard will ever be able to score like Gerald Wallace, but I think that's an appropriate name to consider nonetheless.

Remember, this is not a mock draft. It's a list of draft prospects in order of preference. Take players whom you'd want - don't try to guess what Daryl Morey will do.
Previous Selections:

1. Derrick Williams

2. Kyrie Irving

3. Enes Kanter

4. Jonas Valanciunas

5. Jan Vesely

6. Brandon Knight

7. Kemba Walker

8. Kawhi Leonard

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