Updated: June 22, 2011, 2:05 PM ET

Who Is The Best Available Player?

By Jay Bilas

Ahead of Thursday night's NBA draft, here's my ranking and analysis of the top 30 players in the 2011 class. A few things to keep in mind: First, this is not a mock draft, nor is this a prediction of the order in which these players will be taken. The list simply represents my opinion of the most talented players in this year's draft pool. Take a look:

1. Kyrie Irving, Duke
A pure point guard who changes speeds, can really shoot it and is efficient. Irving is not a better athlete than Derrick Rose or John Wall, but he is a better pure point and the better shooter.

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Rubio A Throwback Point Guard

By Zach Harper
Special to ESPN.com

Whether it's his intention or not, Ricky Rubio has set out on a journey to re-revolutionize the way the point guard position is played in the NBA. His mindset on the court and style of play dictate as much.

Some will say Rubio's inability to score enough or shoot well from the field indicates that he doesn't belong in the pro game in the U.S. However, those stats won't tell his story.

Rubio's memory of Magic's words, which he brought up at his introductory press conference in Minnesota on Tuesday morning, perfectly sums up the attitude he has on the court.

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