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

Yup, this last pick wasn't that close. Enes Kanter took the third spot on the big board, destroying second-place selection Brandon Knight.

Kanter makes sense here as well. He's not the type of prospect that Kyrie Irving is, nor does he fit the Rockets' needs like Derrick Williams, but beyond those two, he could be the best prospect available.

My knock on Kanter has never related to his ability. He's a talented big man who has elements of Kevin Love and Luis Scola etched into his game, stemming from his ability to stretch the floor and shoot the ball as well as from his excellent footwork. Kanter won't leap out of the gym, but he can sure run across one - his clocked end-to-end speed was much better than anticipated. Instead, I don't see Kanter as the immediate big man fix for Houston simply because he comes off as a natural power forward. All of his elements fit the role of a four more so than a five. This isn't to say that Kanter can't defend the five or play center if needed, but I'd rather the Rockets place their marbles on a true center once one emerges. According to my criteria, Kanter does not fit the role of a true center, a term that I use to describe someone ideally fit to play the five.

Anyway, on to pick number four. To refresh your memory, If there is one point I'd like to make in choosing how to rate these prospects, it is this: This is not a mock draft. For each pick we make, you will choose who you'd like the Rockets to take were they in that position. Therefore, by the time we are finished, we will have a community board of our very own "top prospects." Also, make the pick that YOU would make, not the pick that you think Daryl Morey would make. Sound good?

(Click the headline to view the poll. This is a fairly larger poll, as expected. Also, hopefully within the next day or two, be on the lookout for a big announcement for the site).