2010 NBA Mock Draft: A First Look at the Next Wave of NBA Stars

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2010 NBA Mock Draft: A First Look at the Next Wave of NBA Stars

Ah, the NBA Draft.

Nothing's better, right? Whether your team is looking to add a potential franchise player or just simply trying to fill in one or two small spots for role players, the draft is a time where organizations and fans alike can be giddy with excitement for a fresh start with new, talented players (unless you're a Knicks fan).

Outside of the top two picks, the 2010 class might be lacking in superstars, but isn't lacking in quality players who could step in and make a significant contribution to a team that's on the verge of making some serious noise (see: Thunder, Oklahoma City or Grizzlies, Memphis).

Alas, with the playoffs tipping off this weekend, NBA junkies will have to wait another two months for the draft to unfold.

But it's never too early to take a peak at who might be the best fits for what team. So it's my honor to present to you the first edition of my 2010 NBA mock draft. A few conditions before you begin reading...

First, obviously there has yet to be the draft lottery, which goes a long way in determining what picks go where. So the order of teams will be based on their final regular season records (and yes, I held my own random tiebreaker between lottery teams with identical records to determine order...I have a lot of time on my hands).

Second, all NCAA players will be included. Take Greg Monroe; he said he was probably returning to Georgetown, but since he still has time to change his mind and go pro, he's fair game.

Now that we're clear, the New Jersey Nets are on the clock...

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