The NBA has reached mid-season.
Some teams still are in the playoff hunts in their respective conferences, but some are not. Teams like New Jersey, Minnesota, Golden State, Washington, and other teams are at the bottom of the league with no chance at the playoffs.
This is where those teams scout out college talent. Now this year’s NBA Draft has tons of athletes with a lot of potential.
In my opinion the Top 10 prospects in College Basketball are:
1. John Wall
2. Evan Turner
3. Wesley Johnson
4. Derrick Favors
5. DeMarcus Cousins
6. Donatas Motiejunas
7. Al-Farouq Aminu
8. Cole Aldrich
9. Ed Davis
10. Patrick Patterson
But can all of these prospects fit right with the Top 10 draft selecting teams? Let’s find out...
Freshman John Wall is the best overall prospect in this draft. The Nets have many problems going for them.
The Nets lack athleticism, a game changing player, a player that can take care of the offense, and the list goes on. Everything that could possibly go bad for the Nets this season has.
Why not take John Wall?
Wall has great speed, he's very coachable, he has great athleticism, likes to share the ball, and can change the game with his flashy play type.
Derrick Favors is a very athletic forward. Just like many thought, John Wall would go No. 1 and Favors No. 2.
Derrick Favors has a lot of potential. Favors is equipped with the skills set to become one of the successful draft picks. His ability to influence both the defensive and offensive sides of the ball has kept him up high in the draft class.
Minnesota will get an athletic forward to go with their talented guard Johnny Flynn.
Many may be surprised that I have DeMarcus Cousins as the second PF coming off the board. But Cousins is a great fit in the Golden State offense.
Playing as a frontcourt player for the Warriors you’ll need to know how to run the floor in both transition offense and defense to make plays. Playing with John Wall, Cousins’ has already gotten enough practice with that.
DeMarcus has shown his skills: he can catch the ball anywhere around the floor and drive or dish. He has great court vision for a big man, and if he sees the double team coming he knows where to put the ball.
Evan Turner is the next best prospect on the board. Playing for the Ohio Buckeyes, many might overlook his statistics because he is on a sub-par team but this kid is the real deal.
Evan can be your rebounding guard, dish the rock or score the basketball. To borrow Dickie V’s term he is “Mr. Versatile.”
Turner is listed as 6’6"; you’d think he’d play shooting guard in the league. But in my opinion he is more comfortable out of the point guard position. He has amazing ball handling skills, and can get to the basket at will.
With all the legal trouble with Wizard guards why not go after the second-best guard on the board?
Al-Farouq Aminu is right up there with any other player when you talk about potential. The 6’8" sophomore from Wake Forest has excellent versatility.
This is the only player in the top 15 that can guard all five positions on the floor. Has great size with the wingspan of a seven-footer.
He is great in the open court, and possess some good ball-handling skills for his size. Aminu would be a great addition to any team that acquires him, but I think Sacramento grabs the best forward off the board when it’s their draft selection.
Donatas Motiejunas is a talented seven-footer with the potential to excel.
He can post up and give you a variety of post moves; highlighted by his favorite jump hook. Or he can step out and knock down the jumper up to 20 feet, and range is still improving.
My reason for Donatas slipping is his lack of desire. There will be points in the game where he will take an occasional break on a play. Not healthy especially for a top five prospect.
NBA Scouts have been paying close attention to North Carolina forward Ed Davis. Ed brings so much to the table. As a true freshman he came off the bench in UNC’s title run and played key minutes.
Ed possess athleticism, size, defense, quickness, and just the all around game for a big man. Have quick feet in the post, with great leaping ability. When the rebound is on the rim best believe that Ed Davis is the first to battle for the board.
Runs the floor with speed and finished on the break with highlight dunks or “and-ones.”
Wesley Johnson is an athletic forward that could help the Jazz out a lot. The Jazz lacks the dominant wing player that can score the basketball and play defense.
Well Wesley Johnson is your solution.
Wesley Johnson is very strong on the offensive side of the ball. He has a great jump shot with the range about 25 feet. Not only can he score but he is very long, which helps him jump over defenders, grab rebounds, and block shots.
You can put an athletic forward with ball handling skills on a struggling Sixers team and a turnaround will happen.
Greg Monroe is a very talented player; one of the most talented forwards coming out of this draft class. Is very aggressive on the offensive end, and can pass the ball out of the double team if needed. Monroe can work in the paint or out, has range up to three.
Very strong with the ball, and knows how to finish around the rim. With this pick Philly aquires a great low post threat.
Xavier Henry has a huge frame. Possess great strength and knows how to use his body when trying to draw contact.
Henry is a prolific scorer. Don’t let a player of his caliber get hot from the field because he cannot be stopped. He possess a deadly left hand shot that makes teams come out tight, but that’s when he picks up the ball and drives on you.
Good player defensively that is always trying to get better.
11. Milwaukee – Cole Aldrich
12. Chicago – Willie Warren
13. Miami – Craig Brackins
14. Memphis – Patrick Patterson
15. Minnesota via Charlotte – Damion James
16. New Orleans – Larry Sanders
17. Houston – Dexter Pittman
18. Miami via Toronto – Devin Ebanks (assuming Wade returns, if not James Anderson)
19. Portland – Stanley Robinson
20. Oklahoma City via Phoenix – Gani Lawal
21. Oklahoma City – Avery Bradley
22. San Antonio – James Anderson
23. New Jersey via Dallas – Jan Vesely
24. Minnesota via Utah – Michael Washington
25. Boston – Luke Babbitt
26. Atlanta – Jarvis Varnado
27. Memphis via Denver – Sherron Collins
28. Orlando – Trevor Booker
29. LA Lakers –Jerome Jordan
30. Cleveland – Jerome Dyson