NBA Draft: Re-Drafting the 2010 Lottery
The 2010 NBA draft class wasn't exactly filled with talent in the lottery, and some picks initially selected in the top five haven't really produced as expected.
It's always fun to do a redraft and see how potential has turned into production, and it's worked out much more favorably in some cases than others.
Let's take a look and see where these guys were initially selected and how they have stacked up against the expectations that were originally held for them on draft day.
14. Jordan Crawford to Houston Rockets
Actual Pick: No. 27 to New Jersey (from Dallas, traded to Atlanta)
Crawford showed last season that he can score, but his shot selection is absolutely abysmal and has to improve in order for him to have any chance at sustaining success.
Having said that, he's very much outplayed his initial spot at the back end of the first round, and he could've fit onto the Rockets roster nicely as a prospect behind some veteran members of the backcourt.
Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin would've been fairly good mentors for Crawford to develop his game, but instead he's figuring it out a day at a time in Washington on a Wizards team that has to allot him a sizable role.
13. Wes Johnson to Toronto Raptors
Actual Pick: No. 4 to Minnesota
Johnson got some hype because of his success at Syracuse, but he was never going to live up to what was expected from him as the fourth overall pick.
He was on the verge of turning 23 at the time he was selected, and that's a little old by rookie standards in today's youth-riddled league.
The swingman would've had a better opportunity to excel on a team that could have actually used him, and the Raptors fit that bill, as his athleticism would've been a nice fit alongside DeMar DeRozan.
12. Gordon Hayward to Memphis Grizzlies
Actual Pick: No. 9 to Utah (from New York via Phoenix)
Some got into the Hayward hysteria following his tenure at Butler, and that likely caused him to be overvalued leading up to the draft.
Although it wasn't too far off, inside the top 10 is a little high for a player with his natural skill set, but the Jazz needed some help on the perimeter and may have drafted for need.
It's entirely possible he was the top-rated player on the board when Utah was on the clock, but he would've been a better value for the Memphis second unit just a few picks later.
11. Al-Farouq Aminu to Oklahoma City (traded from New Orleans)
Actual Pick: No. 8 to Los Angeles Clippers
Aminu wasn't a bad pick by the Clippers given his athleticism, potential and their need for a small forward, but he didn't grab the reins like the team would have liked.
One of the pieces of the deal which sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles, Aminu will look to rebuild his stock around the league as a member of the Hornets.
If we were to do it again, it's hard to imagine the Clippers making a similar move. The Thunder could have used him as a solid backup behind Kevin Durant and he probably would have had a different learning curve in the league as a result.
10. Ekpe Udoh to Indiana Pacers
Actual Pick: No. 6 to Golden State
Udoh still has a lot of time to make a favorable impression, but so far he's looked more like a work in progress on the offensive end, and that's using a generous term for the assessment.
He can block shots and has some poise as a defender near the basket, but the fact that the Warriors reached for him sixth overall when there was better talent on the board makes very little sense.
Udoh could have learned a lot from Roy Hibbert if he would've landed with the Pacers, but unfortunately we'll never know, as he's instead stuck playing behind Andris Biedrins and Kwame Brown.
9. Patrick Patterson to the Utah Jazz
Actual Pick: No. 14 to Houston
Patterson's name is one that some might not agree with being this high, but we haven't had a chance to see what he can do on the court for an extended period of time.
His athleticism is off the charts and he flew under the radar coming out of college on a stacked Kentucky squad, but there's no question the Jazz could have used him for support behind Al Jefferson last season.
Since last season, Utah has traded for Derrick Favors as well as drafted Enes Kanter, and while I'm not suggesting Patterson will have a better career than either of those two, it certainly does provide some interesting food for thought.
8. Eric Bledsoe to Los Angeles Clippers
Actual Pick: No. 18 to Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami, traded to Los Angeles Clippers)
Bledsoe is a really intriguing prospect, and although he will have to wait to debut in 2012 as he recovers from a knee injury, his future could be extremely bright in this league.
There is a reason that the Clippers traded for him on draft day, and this was long before the thought of Chris Paul wearing Los Angeles across his chest could've been construed as reality.
The fact that he was drafted outside of the lottery is a joke given the actual choices made in the top 14, and Bledsoe is one player for fans to keep in mind going forward.
7. Ed Davis to Detroit Pistons
Actual Pick: No. 13 to Toronto
Davis hasn't gotten the playing time to show what he can do in the league just yet, but this kid is a testament to athleticism given his size.
He racks up rebounds and blocks at an alarming rate despite being much smaller than most of his opposition, and his future could be downright scary if he continues to develop on the offensive end.
The UNC product would've looked good in a Pistons uniform, but that's because Greg Monroe should've already been off the board at this point.
6. Evan Turner to the Golden State Warriors
Actual Pick: No. 2 to Philadelphia
Turner is one player who has really failed to transition his game to the next level.
Despite his collegiate success, he never should've been drafted where he originally was. The expectations would've been a lot lower for him had he slid back just a few slots.
The Warriors need someone who isn't afraid to step up defensively on the perimeter and will do other things besides look for his own shot. Turner could have fit that role nicely.
5. Paul George to the Sacramento Kings
Actual Pick: No. 10 to Indiana
George was a relatively unknown name by fans when he was taken by the Pacers, but this kid will be a household name by the end of the season.
A freak athlete and someone who is capable of finding his own shot from distance, George looks every bit like the real deal for the Pacers and deserved to be drafted much higher than No. 10 overall.
George's presence on the roster would have been a lot more favorable than the claiming of Travis Outlaw or dealing for John Salmons, but we're going off the assumption that DeMarcus Cousins is not an option at this juncture.
4. Derrick Favors to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Actual Pick: No. 3 to New Jersey
Favors was raw coming out of Georgia Tech, but it was widely known that he was going to be a project at the time the Nets pulled the trigger.
Some might look at him as the Timberwolves pick as a curious one given the presence of Kevin Love, but Favors can play center and is someone I'd put in the lineup ahead of Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic every single day.
There are legitimate questions about what Minnesota plans to do inside. The sound of an alley-oop from Ricky Rubio to Favors sounds pretty sweet.
3. DeMarcus Cousins to the New Jersey Nets
Actual Pick: No. 5 to Sacramento
There were character concerns surrounding Cousins before the draft, but the talent is just too great for the Nets to pass him up in the redraft.
Despite already having Brook Lopez in the fold, Cousins would've looked really good at power forward giving New Jersey a fearsome duo down low.
The Nets are reportedly interested in acquiring him in a trade from the Kings if the the team decides to put him on the block, so it's hard to imagine there wasn't any initial interest just a short time ago.
2. Greg Monroe to the Philadelphia 76ers
Actual Pick: No. 7 to Detroit
Some had a concern that Monroe would not develop into anything more than a big man who can pass well, but he's already asserted himself as a force beneath the basket.
No, he's not going to be the bulkiest guy in the league at his position, but his smooth, versatile game allows him to make plays that others going up against him simply can't.
He can step out and hit a mid-range jumper as well as hold his own on the defensive end. His natural skills fit the Sixers attack quite nicely.
1. John Wall to the Washington Wizards
Actual Pick: No. 1 to Washington
There was really no question at any moment that this should have been the pick.
Wall was far and away the consensus to go first overall, and rightfully so, as he is just that much more talented than the rest of the field when it's all said and done.
His lightning speed and ability to facilitate the flow of the offense have been on full display since he entered the league, and his ability to penetrate to the rim is just incredible to watch.
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