Quotes From Draft Night

Here is what some of the newest members of the NBA had to say after their name was announced by David Stern, and they put on their NBA draft cap from last night’s 2011 NBA Draft.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving on replacing LeBron James:

“One, I’m really not looking to replace LeBron honestly, just try to be Kyrie Irving and just contribute to the Cleveland organization as much as I can. I’m looking forward to getting to Cleveland.”

Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas on if he will play in the NBA now or wait to refine his game overseas:

“I don’t know. I don’t know yet because the team — my agent goes to conversation with my team, so we don’t know yet, but we trying to have opportunities to go this year.”

Sacramento Kings’ Jimmer Fredette on playing with Tyreke Evans:

“[H]e’s a slashing guard and able to get into the lane, very physical guy who can guard the point and the two because he is so big. So that’s an advantage. Hopefully I think we’ll be able to play really, really well together.”

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams on his pre-draft workouts with Minnesota:

“I felt like I was really comfortable. A lot of people don’t think this is really me, always smiling and having a good time. And I really fit in with them really well, on and off the court.”

“I want to learn, and I want to get better and I want to make this team better.”

Utah Jazz Enes Kanter on who he is looking forward to going up against in the NBA:

“I mean, I love to play (with) toughness. I love to get hit. I just love to play toughness. So it doesn’t matter who; I’m just going to put myself in the court 100%.”

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson on his journey to the NBA:

“The journey has been exciting, meeting a lot of front offices, and traveling to a lot of different cities. It’s been a blessing in disguise. I know a lot of people never expected it and neither did myself. It just shows the wonders that hard work puts in.”

Houston Rockets’ Marcus Morris on sharing the experience with his brother Markieff and not to  play with him for the first time:

“Definitely going to be weird. Definitely going to be weird. But we’re grown up. We’re grown men. I just told him that I was proud of him. Told him that I was proud of him, and I’m happy that he got to go where he wanted to be. probably meant more to me then it meant to him when he got drafted.

He’s just my best friend, so I want him to do well.”

Washington Wizards’ Chris Singleton on what he brings to Washington:

“Right off the bat, it’s jusy my defense right now. I’m a developing offensive player. Everybody knows that. My shot is getting better and my ball handling is getting better and my play handling is getting better. I feel like the team we have got, we are going to build that chemistry and just go over that hump.”

Washington Wizards’ Jan Vesely on playing with John Wall:

“Of course, he’s a very, very good point guard. He can open up a fast break really, really quick. So I think I like his game, it’s a fast team, and I’m happy to be there.”

Charlotte Bobcats’ Kemba Walker on learning from his new boss Michael Jordan:

“He’s the greatest player to ever play the game so anything I can learn from that man, I’m going to ask a lot of questions. I’m going to go in there with an open mind and just be ready to learn.”

Detroit Pistons’ Brandon Knight on if he was surprised the Pistons selected him:

“I was kind of surprised. I didn’t think it would come from them, but like I say, the Draft is inexact. You never know what’s going to happen.”