Though the season is not yet over and standings are not completely set, it is always nice to step back and look at the potential picks for the teams who have a chance to get ahold of a great young talent. With John Wall, Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson, and other big names, this upcoming summer draft should be a fun one for the teams involved and the fans.
Ever seen John Wall's famous pre-game dance? Well that ain't the only thing this young kid is famous for... He can straight up play.
He has lived up to all the hype coming out of high school by being argueably the POY and will be an amazing addition to the Nets and the new face of their franchise, which will also provide them with options to possibly trade Devin Harris...
Evan Turner is probably the most well rounded player in the draft. He could just as well go number one overall and also could claim the POY over John Wall. John Wall's younger age might give him the upper advantage, but Evan Turner would be hard to pass up at number 1 overall for any team.
His play resembles that of a Brandon Roy and would be a great fit for this young Timberwolves team who is already set in the front court, but could use a piece like Turner in the back court.
Golden State, though at the bottom of the league, is a very exciting team to watch and show glimpses of a bright future.
After drafting a ROY canidate last year in Steph Curry, sorry Curry but Tyreke has it in the bag, and then signing a D-League break out in Reggie Williams, they seem to have a good thing growing for them in the back court. Their weakness is definately up front...
Demarcus Cousins would give them a dominate big man that can get the job done inside. Add him to a back court of Williams, Curry, and Monta Ellis and their is something great building in the Bay.
And then there was the Wiz... I don't think in all of my years of watching basketball I have seen a season for a franchise go so bad. Not taking anything away from the Nets who clearly have had the worst record, but the Washington Wizards may have had the worst overall year.
After the Gilbert Arenas incident the major pieces of the Wiz began to drop like flies... Though this is true they have gained some young pieces in which they can build around.
Gilbert Arenas should be back and ready to go next year, as long as he doesn't pull a gun on his teammates again, and names such as Andre Blatche and Al Thorton have been very bright spots for this now younger team.
Add the athletic and dominate Derrick Favors to Andre Blatche in the front court and that is kinda scary. With Al Thorton at small forward, Arenas at point and maybe Randy Foye or Miller in there at shooting guard, the Wiz will actually be able to compete on a nightly basis and put the horrible 09-10 season behind them... Again that would depend on Arenas keeping his guns at home from now on.
His name may be hard to say, but this kid can definately play. He has great athleticism and could be a versatile player in the NBA. He could play small forward, which he most likely will, or be a Jeff Green power forward for the Pistons.
Although the Pistons future is looking kind of hazing right now, Aminu could be a great addition that could make that future a little clearer.
The Sacramento Kings, although robbed in the lottery last draft, came away with the best player in the draft. Tyreke Evans is getting much respect around the league and the future ROY definately deserves it. The Kings had a great start to the season being 13-14 at one point, then began to struggle for much of the middle part of the season, but are now beginning to compete once more.
The addition of Carl Landry added a front court presence that the Kings have not had since Chris Webber, not saying Landry is on Chris's level at all though, and with this addition it allows the Kings to pick the best player in available to them in this upcoming draft.
The Kings weakest spot on the roster is their Small Forward position. Sure Omri Casspi is great and will become a solid contribution in this league, but adding a guy like Wes Johnson would be a great improvement. Wesley Johnson is extremely athletic and also has one of the best long range shots in college ball. He is not only a offensive player, but is averaging almost two steals and two blocks a game as well.
Wes paired with Tyreke would be a scary duo for any team to go against... Add them to a young line-up of Beno Udrih, Carl Landry, and Jason Thompson and the Kings may end up being the Oklahoma City Thunder surprise of next year.
The Elton Brand experiment has failed! The fact that Elton has come off the bench the majority of this season proves that. He is getting too old and has had too many injuries, therefore, he must be replaced.
Ed Davis has been up and down this season, but is still a tremendous player. Samuel Dalembert is the center for the 76ers and is solid so they would probably go the Davis route over Cole Aldrich. Davis could learn from Elton Brand and, with a little more bulk, could indeed become a great offensive force in this league.
Cole Aldrich would also be a choice hear, but Indian seems to be believing that Roy Hibbert will develope into a solid center for them so Greg Monroe is the better choice. From rumors around the league Troy Murphy is going to be out of Indiana soon which will make room for Monroe.
Monroe is a great big man with a mid range jumper as well. He reminds a lot of people of a Chris Bosh and I believe mock drafts don't give him enough credit. If he indeed does fall out of the top ten he will be a steal for any team that grabs him...
Even if Murphy doesn't leave he will be a solid mentor for Monroe and the Pacers would then just be that much deeper. Monroe paired with Danny granger would be a nice one-two punch to build around.
Don't worry Cole, you aren't falling out of the top ten... Cole Aldrich will be picked up by the Utah Jazz, who have the New York Knicks first round pick.
Utah is already a great team, but could use some depth up front and a fill in for when Mehmet Okur finally starts to decline or when Boozer eventually leaves.
Cole Aldrich is similar to a Spencer Hawes of the Sacramento Kings except with less of an outside shot, but in turn a better post up game. I don't have much faith in Cole to turn into a great big man as apparent by the comparison to Hawes, but he could surprise some people and turn into the next Chris Kaman... highly doubt it though.
This may come as a surprise, but is Baron Davis part of the future for the Clips?... I would hope not.
The Clippers could snag Hassan Whiteside at this spot, but with Blake Griffin hopefully playing for them next year and DeAndre Jordan may turn out to be solid for them at center anyways. With a bright piece in Eric Gordon at shooting guard, Bledsoe would make sense to add here to have a deadly back court.
Bledsoe is argueably the best point guard in college this year behind John Wall, but much of the light is taken off him playing next to the potential number one overall pick.