It might have been a weak draft class to begin with, and a lockout may have deterred some of the top American collegians from entering the NBA in 2011. But the draft must go on, and in the end, a fortunate few must rise to the top as the true stars of draft night.
Here are the winners of the 2011 NBA draft. It's a smattering of players, teams, and miscellaneous others. All of them can look back on Thursday night and feel pride in a job well done.