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Duke's Irving goes No. 1, will lead Cavs' rebuilding

FSU forward Chris Singleton, wondering what took so long, meets commissioner David Stern after being selected No. 18 overall by the Wizards.

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FSU forward Chris Singleton, wondering what took so long, meets commissioner David Stern after being selected No. 18 overall by the Wizards.

NEWARK, N.J. — Kyrie Irving traveled just a few miles down the road to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The players that followed him Thursday came from across the globe.

The Cavaliers selected Irving No. 1 in a draft filled with internationals, confident his troubled foot is healthy enough to lead a rebuilding effort.

Cheered by family and friends not far from where he starred at St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, Irving showed no signs of the toe injury on his right foot that limited him to 11 games last season as he walked up to shake hands with commissioner David Stern.

"I didn't have any doubts about going to No. 1. I was looking to the organization to pick who they felt was the right choice," Irving said. "But now to this moment, from being a fan of the NBA draft and now being drafted, it's a special feeling in my heart and knowing that my friends and family were together."

FSU forward Chris Singleton was taken at No. 18 by the Wizards. "To tell you the truth, I didn't expect me to be around that long," said the 6-foot-9 Singleton, who averaged 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28 games last season.

Three of the first six players taken were from Europe, capitalizing on the absence of some American college players who might have gone in their spots and made this a stronger draft. It was the first time four international players who didn't play at a U.S. college were lottery picks.

The Timberwolves took Arizona forward Derrick Williams at No. 2. The Jazz then took Turkish big man Enes Kanter with their first of two lottery selections.

The league's uncertain labor situation hung over the draft. Top players such as Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Harrison Barnes of UNC stayed in school.

Stern, who could lock out the players next week, was booed when he came onto the stage.

The draft was filled with question marks, such as Kanter, who sat out last season at Kentucky after being ruled ineligible for being paid to play in Turkey.

Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas went fifth to Toronto and Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic was taken sixth by Washington.

Trade talk

magic-cavs: The Cavaliers selected 6-foot-10 Richmond forward Justin Harper with the No. 34 overall pick, then sent him to the Magic for second-round picks in 2013 and 2014. One of the best outside-shooting big men, Harper averaged 17.9 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior, hitting 44 percent of his 3-pointers. His inside toughness has been questioned. Orlando, which did not have a first-round pick, took Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins at No. 53. He is known for defense and toughness.

three-team deal: The Bobcats traded top scorer Stephen Jackson to the Bucks in a three-way deal involving the Kings that gave Charlotte two picks in the top nine. The Bobcats also sent the 19th pick, Tennessee's Tobias Harris, and backup point guard Shaun Livingston to the Bucks. Milwaukee also was to receive guard Beno Udrih from the Kings. Charlotte got the No. 7 overall pick from Sacramento — Bismack Biyombo of Congo — and forward Corey Maggette from Milwaukee. Guard John Salmons went from Milwaukee to Sacramento. The Kings also got the 10th pick from the Bucks, BYU guard Jimmer Fredette.

Celtics-Nets: Boston drafted Providence guard Marshon Brooks at No. 25, then traded him to the Nets for Purdue center JaJuan Johnson (No. 27) and a 2014 second-round pick.

heat-Wolves: Miami acquired Cleveland State point guard Norris Cole, the No. 28 pick, from Minnesota in exchange for the No. 31 pick, a future second-round pick and cash. The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 21.7 points last season

mavs-blazers: The Mavericks reportedly traded both their picks for Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez. Dallas took Texas' Jordan Hamilton with the 26th pick and Tanguy Ngombo of Qatar at No. 57. Portland acquired Nuggets guard Raymond Felton for guard Andre Miller.

rockets-wolves: The Rockets reportedly traded the 23rd and 38th picks in the draft, a future first-round pick and center Brad Miller to Minnesota for 7-foot Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas and point guard Jonny Flynn. Then they bought back the 38th pick to select Florida forward Chandler Parsons, the SEC player of the year who averaged 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds.

pacers-spurs: The Pacers traded first-round pick Kawhi Leonard, a San Diego State forward, to the Spurs for shooting guard George Hill.

>>Fast Facts

Top 5 NBA picks

1. Cavs: Kyrie Irving, Duke G

2. Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, Arizona F

3. Jazz: Enes Kanter, Turkey F

4. Cavs: Tristan Thomas, Texas F

5. Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania C

Others: Chris Singleton, FSU F, No. 18, Wizards; Chandler Parsons, Florida F, No. 38, Rockets; Jimmer Fredette, BYU G, No. 10, Bucks (traded to Kings).

All the picks, 5C

Duke's Irving goes No. 1, will lead Cavs' rebuilding 06/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 24, 2011 12:26am]
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