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NBA Mock Draft, Top 10
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The NBA Draft Lottery is three days away and the draft itself is over 40 days away, but the mocks will continue to go on. Draft 2.0 can be found here. I used the RealGM Lottery simulator to figure out the order. 

 

1. Memphis Grizzlies-Blake Griffin (Oklahoma)

Grizzlies defy the odds and win the lottery, jumping up from No. 6.  After winning the lottery, Memphis has a pretty simple choice with Griffin here. Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo, Rudy Gay, and Marc Gasol seem to be the young building blocks for the Grizz.  Griffin fits in perfectly with that trio and will take pressure off of Gasol in the post, along with scoring on Mayo.


2. Los Angeles Clippers-Ricky Rubio (Spain)

Clippers draft Eric Gordon's backcourt mate for the future with the second overall selection. Rubio will not start right away, as the Clippers have Baron Davis on the roster and that could work to the benefit of Rubio, since many believe he isn't NBA ready. Along with that, it will take some pressure off of Ricky, as he won't need to come in to a whole new country, play in the best league in the world, and be depended on right away.


3. Sacramento Kings-Hasheem Thabeet (UConn)

Kings have the most chances to get the top pick, but they drop two spots to No. 3. Despite that, the Kings select the 7'3" Thabeet from UConn, who will fit in nicely in the frontcourt with Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes. Thompson, at 6'10", has the athleticism to play the small forward position, and Hawes could play the power forward, giving the Kings an extremely tall and well balanced frontcourt.


4. Washington Wizards-James Harden (Arizona State)

Like the Kings, the Wizards drop two spots in the draft and have to make due with what they have. Harden comes in and joins the, when healthy, dynamic trio of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison, instantly helping out the Wizards' talent level. 


5. Oklahoma City Thunder-Jordan Hill (Arizona)

Thunder would have liked winning the lottery and keeping Griffin in his backyard, but the ping-pong balls (RealGM Simulator in this case), didn't bounce their way. Still, the Thunder will do well taking a gritty power forward in Jordan Hill. Hill's athleticism will help out, and with the Thunder having a solid passer in Livingston, Hill will get plenty of easy buckets.


6. Minnesota Timberwolves-Brandon Jennings (Virtus Roma)

Wolves will get Corey Brewer back after he missed the entire 2008-09 season due to an injury and will get the solid point man of which they have been lacking since trading Sam Cassell to the Clippers for Marko Jaric. Bringing in Jennings allows Foye to focus more on being a shooting guard, as opposed to being forced to focus on handling both guard duties.

 

7. Golden State Warriors-Earl Clark (Louisville)

A lanky 6'10" small forward, with solid passing abilities, seems to be the perfect match for Don Nelson's offensive schemes. Hey, that sounds just like Earl Clark. Clark and Monta Ellis will make a good combination as Ellis is a shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body, and Clark will take the ball handling pressure off of Monta.

 

8. New York Knickerbockers-Stephen Curry (Davidson)

Curry is a chucker, and a good one at that. Put him in D'Antoni's seven-second offense and give him 20 shots a night, he will have the potential to drop over 20 points a night with ease. Eighth pick is a reach for Curry in my opinion, but the Knicks have been rumored to promise Curry that they will select him.


9. Toronto Raptors-Demar DeRozan (Southern California)

Raptors are lacking on the wings, and that is why they select DeRozan, who has shown a ton of potential to be an explosive scorer for years to come in the pros. 


10. Milwaukee Bucks-Eric Maynor (Virgina Commonwealth)

With the chance of losing Ramon Sessions in free agency, the Bucks select, what I believe, to be the best point guard in this year's draft. Maynor is a solid passer and can score when needed. 

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