There's very little doubt at the top of this week's NBA draft. Kyrie Irving of Duke is pretty clearly the best prospect available in the class of 2011, and it would be shocking to see the Cleveland Cavaliers take anyone else with the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday night.
But beyond Irving, the field is wide open. No one on the board is a sure thing to become a real player in this league. Everyone has his flaws, and the teams at the top will have to choose carefully.
Who else will advance to the head of the class and emerge as a high lottery pick? Let's take a look at the leading candidates.