In just about every NBA Draft over the years, there has been debate as to who will go No. 1 overall. Just two years ago, it was the debate over Rose or Beasley, and the year before that the choice was between Oden and Durant.
Many suspected one thing and got another. We are in the same situation with this upcoming NBA Draft, just a different selection of players.
All year the consensus No. 1 overall pick has always been John Wall. Wall impressed so many people with his skill set this season, and there was no doubt in anyone's mind that he was going to forgo any chance of a sophomore season, become pro, and get selected No. 1 overall.
That was before Evan Turner amazed the nation with his playmaking ability.
Now the debate of whom is No. 1 simply depends on the team. If Minnesota was to choose first, I’m sure they’ll take Turner, the same with several other teams. In my opinion there are six teams in the top 15 that has some kind of point guard problem—but none in the top five.
However, according to Chad Ford of ESPN Insider, the New Jersey Nets have a 25 percent chance at winning the draft lottery with Minnesota trailing at 19.9 percent.
So with that said, with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft…
(BBP = Big Bust Potential)
(PDS = Potential Draft Steal)
The New Jersey Nets Select, John Wall from the University of Kentucky.
This is no surprise. Yet another Calipari experiment has gone right. Again, one of his guards will go on and be a lottery pick, better yet, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
When you talk about John Wall you understand how he uses his speed very effectively.
If you follow college basketball you understand what I was talking about. He thrives in transition and that is where he likes to use his speed to push the ball up and down the court and spark the offense with an easy bucket.
He is virtually un-guardable in ISO situations. His first step mixed with his blazing speed caused a lot of trouble for teams down the stretch. That is most likely why you witnessed John Wall take so many gutsy shots, and makes game-changing plays when it counted.
That includes the defensive side of the ball as well—I witnessed him block an attempt that secured a victory. His long arms allow him to be very good in the passing lanes as well as a weak-side shot blocker.
John Wall can bring all this to a New Jersey team that lacks explosiveness.
Needs to improve: Ball-handling, jump shot, and decision making.
With the second pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select Evan Turner from Ohio State University.
Evan Turner, the 2010 Naismith Player of the Year.
Man what a season he had. Turner faced a lot of obstacles this season. First off he broke his back, then during his injury, his Buckeyes’ reached last place in the conference, not to mention when he finally returned he was expected to put the Buckeyes back on track.
Although his title run was cut short, he got the Buckeyes’ much further than everybody suspected.
That alone shows his leadership abilities, and how much he could mean to a team down the road.
Turner is not a freak athlete but he gets it done. What separated Turner from the pack is his ability to handle the ball at 6’7". His ability to control the ball at such a height allows him to get in the lane at will.
He has shown his toughness to finish at the rim as well as float the ball when necessary.
The biggest worry for me is not his injury to his back, but I noticed in physical games sometimes Turner shies away from contact.
But overall with this pick, the Timberwolves get that wing threat, and an overall superstar.
Needs to improve: Decision making and three point shooting.
With the third pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Sacremento Kings select Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech University. (BBP)
Just last year, the Sacremento Kings were dead last in the NBA but failed to win the draft lottery. They hoped to get Blake Griffin to spark their frontcourt but instead got Tyreke Evans and traded away Kevin Martin.
Now with the third pick, the Kings can finally get the post presence they need.
Favors reminds me of Josh Smith but he is not as athletic. He shares similar qualities. If you asked me, Favors could excel at either forward position.
Favors has a huge wingspan—sources say a 9’1" standing reach—and uses it to advantage. He is very good on defense, as well as rebounding. His physical mentality allows him to finish strong above the rim, as well as snatch down rebounds on the offensive and defensive end.
He runs the floor relatively well for a player of his size—this is key in NBA.
Weaknesses: Lacks offensive touch, and turnovers.
With the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select, Greg Monroe from the University of Georgetown.
Greg Monroe is a very athletic four man. Monroe has been blessed with the all-around pedigree of a special basketball player. He also has ball-handling skills of a guard at 6’10".
Monroe has the ability to knock down the jumper well outside the paint. He likes to drive out of the triple threat position and is quicker than most four men in the country, meaning he beats his defender off the dribble more often than not.
But the offensive side is only part of Monroe’s game. Greg is not a ball-hungry big man. He prefers things to come to him, he doesn’t force the action but when presented with the opportunity he can dominate the post. Monroe understands with or without the ball he has the chance to influence the game.
Not to mention, Monroe has the vision of a guard with good passing ability. He is good at passing out of the post and likes to set other players up.
Greg has a 7’2" wingspan, virtually meaning that you can lob the ball over the defenders’ hand and can expect him to catch it.
This would probably be the best fit for the Warriors because Monroe has all the qualities of a Golden State player. Monroe can stretch the floor, create offense, add size to their frontline, and bring some defensive intensity to a very offensive team.
With the fifth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select Al-Farouq Aminu from the University of Wake Forest.
The Wizards aren't as bad as they look. They're in a rebuilding stage and with this pick they'll get a lot from a kid that's younger than his class.
With Jeff Teague leaving for the NBA last year you got to witness a more mature Aminu, who had to lead the Wake Forest attack.
Aminu is a very raw player but he has a ton of potential. Aminu is 6’8" with the wingspan of over seven feet.
He has one of those inside-out games. He is good on both the perimeter and has good post skills, so I guess you could say he’s stuck between the three and four. But that also shows his versatility.
His long arms allow him to get down and get into the defender. His lateral quickness also shows that he can hold multiple positions.
With this pick the Wizards get that wing threat, energy and intensity that they traded away this season.
Weaknesses: Left hand and three point shooting.
With the sixth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select DeMarcus Cousins for the University of Kentucky. (BBP)
With every marquee superstar with no help, the first thing they ask for is a post player. That is, because they understand they can’t make every shot, and needs to dump it down in the post.
Well that’s exactly what the Sixers and Andre Iguodala will get with Cousins.
Cousins is very bulky and has a great offensive feel for the forward position.
Not to mention, he has soft hands in the post, Meaning he doesn’t let many balls get away from him. In the college game you saw him overpower defenders and finish strong at the rim.
Cousins’ will be a good fit for this 76ers offense. They’ll be selecting a very athletic four man that could play center as well. Cousins’ can run the court and finish in transition. He is one of the better defensive forwards in the draft.
He brings a physical post presence on both ends of the floor, and knows how to rebound the ball.
Just imagine the pick and roll situation.
Weaknesses: Focus, passing, and maturity.
With the seventh pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select Cole Aldrich from the University of Kansas.
Cole Aldrich is a really defensive center. His defensive fundamentals are just amazing. He brings you a good defensive post presence right along with Ben Wallace, as well as shot blocking. He alters a lot of shots and his long arms and physical body allow him to make a lot of defensive plays.
He has that physical toughness that the Pistons need.
On offense, his game is not that great and needs work. He is the back to the basket kind of guy, sort of like Joel Przybilla. Most of his offense in the college game came from the pick and roll, and best believe the Pistons will love to lob it up to the big fella.
His activity level, ability to take over games defensively, and mobility has NBA scouts drooling over his potential.
Cole Aldrich is a great player to spark the post of the Pistons defensively. He can hold the better Centers in the East, and will have to if selected.
Weaknesses: Advanced post moves and shooting.
With the eighth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select Wesley Johnson from the University of Syracuse.
Take a close look at the Clippers current roster. They have a nice frontcourt set up with Chris Kaman and Blake Griffin, to go along with the backcourt of Eric Gordon and Baron Davis, and the only thing missing is a wing threat.
Wesley Johnson is known for not being able to create. Well I shall be the first to point out that he played in an offense where they played team basketball.
In a one-on-one situation, I guarantee you that Johnson could make a shot for himself in the NBA.
But Johnson is not all offense; he is a very unselfish player.
His high-level production is also a plus for any team in the draft. He is very versatile and can defend multiple positions. At the college level he played the four which shows you he has the ability to guard both the guards and forwards.
His wingspan allows him to develop so well on the defensive end. He makes guys shoot over his long arms or possibly second think their shot.
Johnson brings his jump shooting, rebounding and strong intangibles to the NBA.
Weaknesses: Toughness and ball-handling.
With the ninth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select Patrick Patterson from the University of Kentucky.
The Utah Jazz over the years has been based on efficiency and how well they can take care of the ball. Well that is exactly what Patrick Paterson does.
Patterson is one of those guys that rarely makes mistakes. His intelligence and high basketball I.Q allows him to outsmart defenders and make the sure play. He is a very experience player so the transition from to the pros shouldn’t be that hard on him.
Patterson can run the floor, and also finish in transition.
He is a back to the basket type of scorer, but he can also step out and hit that mid-range jumper.
This is a great pick considering the post of the Jazz looks to be depleted if they cannot acquire Carlos Boozer.
Weaknesses: Left hand and defense.
With the 10th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers select Xavier Henry from the University of Kansas. (BBP)
Xavier Henry as a high schooler was tabbed as a lottery pick in this upcoming draft. Henry is built and very strong for his position. He is very coordinated, athletic, and puts them all together very well.
He brings something to this Pacers team that they lacked all season: Three point shooting.
Not only is he a good three point shooter, his has a all-around offensive game, what I would like to call the “scorer’s mentality.”
Henry is not only committed to offense, he is also committed to playing defense as well. His defensive fundamentals got better as the season progressed and he turned into an all-around player as the result.
Weaknesses: Explosiveness and aggressiveness.
With the 11th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets select Ed Davis from the University of North Carolina.
Remember back when the Hornets had Tyson Chandler? Chris Paul could throw just about anything up to him and expect him to finish. With him gone they’ve missed that offense and with this pick they’ve gotten probably a better version.
Ed Davis is a crafty lefty big man with an all-around game that you have to respect. He is 6’9" and 215 pounds, and has an incredible wingspan and solid frame for a forward in the NBA.
He executes well on offense, mainly because of his excellent hands. You can expect him to throw it down on a lob pass, or catch the ball in the post in tight spots. He has a very nice touch on his shot, and the transition to the NBA will only make it better.
His incredulous wingspan allows him to rebound the ball very efficiently on both ends of the court. He is also very defensive, as a great shot blocker that always committed to playing defense.
Did I mention he could run the floor and make transition buckets, as well as stops? With time Ed Davis will be a great pick for the Hornets. It’ll take time, but he definitely has the potential to excel in this league.
Weaknesses: Mid-range game.
With the 12th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select James Anderson from Oklahoma State University.
The Memphis Grizzlies record does not match the talent on their team. They have gone back and forth with bad draft picks over the years. The Grizzlies starting five is just great, but the bench is what raises questions.
The best way to answer those questions is to get the best scorer in the draft, and that’s James Anderson.
Anderson is a 6’6" swingman and there is one thing he has on his mind and that’s scoring. Putting Anderson in the mix with O.J. Mayo and Mike Conley will only produce more points.
His offensive game is very efficient. He has a nice release on his shot and he doesn’t force anything, he gets the best shot possible. Take a look back at his season this year. With his leadership, he was able to take down the No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big 12—Kansas and Kansas State—on their home floor.
Anderson can bring his offensive intensity, defense and his jump shot to this Grizzlies team that lacked a lot of scoring off the bench.
Weaknesses: Ball handling.
With the 13th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select Ekpe Udoh from the University of Baylor.
With the notation that Chris Bosh is leaving after his final contract year in Toronto, I believe the Raptors go after a more defensive player in Ekpe Udoh.
In my opinion the main needs for the Toronto Raptors are rebounding and defense. Udoh brings both of those to the table.
Udoh is very versatile. He can hold either the center or the power forward on defense. His shot blocking ability also allows him to alter shots in the post.
On offense, he can score from inside the paint, or step out and hit jumpers.
Udoh has the ability to face up and be very aggressive in his offensive attack.
Just watch game film from the Duke game during the Elite Eight. He put on display his nice footwork in the post over bigger defenders, and the ability to fight off the double team and get the ball to his perimeter teammates.
Weaknesses: Physical toughness.
With the 14th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Houston Rockets select Hassan Whiteside from the University of Marshall.
You want a center piece to your franchise? Hassan Whiteside is the guy.
First off, I’m going to state the obvious—Hassan Whiteside has a ton of potential. After the injury to Yao Ming, possibly ending his career, Whiteside should be the primary target for Houston.
Whiteside is much different from Yao Ming on the account of his defensive game. Whiteside is 7’0" with a wingspan of 7’6". With that he is very athletic and unlike other seven footers he is coordinated and with his leaping ability he will someday become the Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA.
Whiteside is not offense-orientated yet, which is one of the reason why many thought he would stay at school for another year. But since he already declared for the NBA draft Whiteside is going to make a huge defensive impact and learn from the veterans as his NBA career moves on.
You witnessed what they’ve done with Dwight Howard in Orlando. A couple years of coaching could tweak his offensive mechanics and he’ll have a feel for both sides of the court.
With this pick the Houston Rockets will get very defensive and ready for the future.
Weaknesses: Free-throw shooting and offensive feel.
With the 15th pick in the 2010 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select Gordon Hayward from Butler University.
In all honesty, before the NCAA Tournament if you would have asked me who Gordon Hayward was I could not have told you. But ask me now and I’ll tell you this…
Gordon Hayward is a 6’9" small forward that lead his Butler Bulldogs all the way to the National Championship.
That’s not achieved by any normal college player. You have to be very consistent, a leader, and persevere to achieve such a feat.
That’s exactly what Gordon Hayward is, a great leader on the court that makes smart decisions.
Hayward has a great jump shot which bodes well for the Bucks, seeing that they didn’t have a lot of three balls that fell this year. Especially since Brandon Jennings is a great playmaker, it’ll leave a lot of open looks for Hayward to knock down.
He also follows his shot, and gets on the offensive glass. This was evident in the Kansas State game where he came up with key offensive rebounds on big possessions.
With this pick the Bucks get a consistent leader that can stretch the floor.
Weaknesses: Aggression and defense.
With the 16th pick in the 2010 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select Damion James from the University of Texas.
The Timberwolves are only getting better as the first round progresses. Prospective first pick was Evan Turner; now they keep acquiring all-around players with Damion James.
James is a very experienced senior with an all-around game that is very good on both ends.
James is listed as 6’7" with a wingspan of 7’0". With that he is a very good rebounder on the defensive and offensive end.
In the pre-draft combine he ran the floor like a guard, running a 3.09 in the three quarter court sprint. This shows that he can get back fast and play defense or get behind the defense in transition for the easy bucket.
He is very committed to playing defense and can guard multiple positions. His quickness allows him to knuckle up with guards and some forwards.
With this pick the Timberwolves get aggressiveness, energy and intensity.
Weaknesses: Ball-handling and passing.
With the 17th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select Paul George from Fresno State University.
The Bulls have a major hole in their offense and Paul George is going to fix it.
You know Danny Granger right? You’re witnessing what he can do for the Pacers. Well get this, draft experts are comparing Paul George’s game to his.
This is definitely a nice tag to have if you’re George.
George plays offense rather well. He knows how to stretch the defense with his shooting and he can also get inside the post with his size and athleticism.
He is very strong in transition as you could see with his play at Fresno State.
Many experts are worried about his inability to create shots for himself. Well I don’t think he’ll have to create shots with a point guard such as Derrick Rose. In addition, his shot is very crisp and with even the slightest bit of room he can fire off a proficient three point attempt and make it.
With this pick the Chicago Bulls get instant offense and the ability to stretch out the defense. They’re also selecting a defensive threat at the small forward position. He can be a bit inconsistent at times but if the Bulls can get him to be committed to defense they’ll have a great player in Paul George.
Weaknesses: Ball handling.
With the 18th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat select Larry Sanders from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The picture tells it all.
Larry Sanders, the 6’10" power forward with the 7’7" wingspan. Yes, I said 7’7" wingspan. That is taller than Yao Ming standing up.
With that he is a very good shot blocker and the NBA will only turn him into a monster shot blocker.
Sanders’ has a high motor and runs the court well. You think Lebron’s chase-down blocks is amazing, just wait till you witness a 6’10" power forward run the court for the transition block.
Along with shot blocking he is a committed to rebounding the ball on both ends. Sanders shows very good foot speed in the post as well as lateral quickness.
With this pick the Miami Heat get a really defensive forward and probably the best defender from the forward position in the draft.
With the 19th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select Daniel Orton from the University of Kentucky.
Orton can be a physical presence in the post.
Orton is just one of the fantastic Kentucky freshmen. He got the lesser of the playing time and if you based his draft stock on the numbers he produced this season, he would probably go undrafted.
However, since it's based on how well he can perform he is going in the first round. Orton has a huge frame at 6’10" 260 pounds and uses his body very effectively.
What separates him from the others are his excellent hands in the post. You could give him an entry pass into the post and expect him to catch everything and make his moves on offense. In addition, he has excellent touch around the rim. He is a sure scorer when he gets deep into the paint. By the way, did I mention that he played above the rim?
With this pick the Celtics get another physical presence in the post.
Weaknesses: free-throw shooting and defense.
With the 20th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs select Armon Johnson from the University of Nevada.
The Spurs have witnessed countless injuries to their backcourt. Armon Johnson can come in and fill the plug for injuries like this.
Johnson has the ability to get into the lane and finish plays around the rim. He is very quick and athletic with the ball, especially in one-on-one situations.
He is left handed and when he is presented with a good look he can knock it down. Sometimes he like to take errant shots and force the action, but NBA coaches will curb that.
Also, one of the biggest reasons he didn’t come out last year was because people second guessed his true point guard skills. Well his passing and court vision definitely improved but his three point shooting took a toll.
With this pick the Spurs get some insurance.
Weaknesses: Defense and three point shooting.
With the 21st pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Donatas Motiejunas from Lithuania.(BBP)
First off I’m going to tell you why he drops this far. I watched some game film on Motiejunas and noticed a lot of flaws. He doesn’t have that mental nor physical toughness a big man should have, and that makes me wonder if he could defend other players in this league.
Also he is 7’0", but is a very poor rebounder due to his lack of strength.
Not to mention, he doesn’t always play hard and with that he gets frustrated and his whole game is thrown off.
That’s why he dropped; now this is why he is a great pick-up for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder are in need of a dominating big man. He can run the court and finish in transition. Also, he is great in the pick and pop situation. His first step is deadly and has the ability to drive the lane. He can shoot from three, create his own shot, and is even-handed—meaning he can also produce with his left.
With that said, it's just too much talent to pass up at No. 21.
Weaknesses: Consistency, defense, and touhgness.
With the 22nd pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Portland Trailblazers select Devin Ebanks from the West Virginia University.
There was no real problem with the roster of the Trailblazers; it was more about staying healthy for them.
With the emergence of Jerryd Bayless and Andre Miller, the backcourt need has been fulfilled. Now it’s all about adding depth to their frontcourt with Devin Ebanks.
It seems to me like everybody on the Blazers can shoot the basketball fairly well—same with Ebanks.
Ebanks is a 6’7" small forward that is a laid back kind of player. His game is kind of old school in how well it flows. He has a good release on his jump shot, is quick off his feet, and his high arcing shot makes it tough to contest.
He aggressively follows his shot, and makes sure he tracks down every rebound. Many not of seen this because Ebanks was overshadowed by DeSean Butler all year.
Weaknesses: Improve range on his jumpshot.
With the 23rd pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select Luke Babbitt from the University of Nevada.
The Timberwolves have had wing problems for over five years. They brought in Corey Brewer not too long ago, and he is just now showing Minnesota fans some of his unreached potential.
Drafting Luke Babbitt will give the Timberwolves some insurance.
Babbitt is a 6’8" forward that can play a the three or four. With the Wolves’ he’ll most likely play a little of both.
Luke Babbitt brings that pure shooting ability to the wing which will take a lot of pressure off the guards knowing they can throw the ball out to the wings for a three point bucket or a driving layup.
At 6’8" he has displayed some advanced post moves, which makes him just that more dominant. He portrays an effective inside/outside game with crafty hooks, put-back or jump shots.
His rebounding ability also brings help to the frontcourt, although they have a ton of sure rebounders with Kevin Love and Al Jefferson.
With the 24th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select Soloman Alabi from Florida State University.
Now-a-days teams are loading their frontlines with giant players that can play basketball. Let me take you back three years ago; David Stern: With the third pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select, Al Horford from the University of Florida.
Now stop. Coming out of college Al Horford was not a center, he was more comfortable playing out of the four position.
Well if the Atlanta Hawks select Soloman Alabi with the twenty-fourth pick they’ll have almost the biggest frontcourt in the NBA. You see how successful the Lakers frontcourt is with Bynum (7’0"), Gasol (7’0") and Ron Artest (6’7").
With the addition of Alabi the Hawks' frontcourt would actually be Alabi (7’1"), Horford (6’11") and Josh Smith (6’9").
Alabi was actually born in Africa but unlike all the other African players he is equipped with an offensive game. He likes to attack the offense with hooks shots, or jumpers that range out up to 10-15 feet.
He has good hands, a massive wingspan, is a very good rebounder and a great shot blocker, plus his skills and draft stock are actually rising as the days go by. If the Hawks can get him to fall this far it’ll be a huge draft steal.
With the 25th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select Elliot Williams from the University of Memphis.
In the same year Greg Oden came about, the Memphis Grizzlies select Mike Conley in the 2007 Draft. Over these past years he has done little of what many suspected. I know you’re thinking why would you go after Elliot Williams if you need to fill the point guard position?
Simply because Elliot Williams this season was brought in as a shooting guard but as the season progressed you could tell that he has some point guard skills. Williams is a 6’4" guard with great leaping ability, a crafty left hand jumper, and is equipped with the scoring mentality. Sounds like a total upgrade to me.
Now I’m guessing you’re wondering what if his point guard skills don’t translate well in the NBA? Well once again, he was brought out of high school as a shooting guard so if the point guard experiment doesn’t work the Grizzlies have a scorer off the bench.
Along with his scoring he is a very good defensive player. He gets very low in his stance and uses his long wingspan to rip at the ball when the opposition crosses over.
Weaknesses: Jump shot (expand range), and lack of elite ball-handling skills.
With the 26th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Kevin Seraphin from France.
The frontcourt problem was evident in the Lakers series, so the Thunder should go out and get the best frontier player left on the board.
Many may not have heard of Kevin Seraphin him but he is a 6’10", 258 pound power forward with an all-around feel for basketball. He is very good on defense. His basketball I.Q. allows him to read the defense very well. He rebounds the ball very well on the defensive end as well.
On the offensive end his game is crisp. He has an arsenal of moves that he likes to go to. The jump hook, the drop step, and more advanced post moves.
He displays good footwork in the post, and he is more comfortable taking his man baseline.
With this pick the Thunder acquires a big man that can run the court, finish in transition, rebound the ball, and defend.
Weaknesses: One-dimensional? And passing.
With the 27th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the New Jersey Nets select Stanley Robinson from the University of Connecticut. (PDS)
The New Jersey Nets need all the help they can get. Terrence William and Brook Lopez were the main contributors over the year and Chris Douglas-Roberts showed some prominence but other than the flashy dunks by Keyon Dooling, nothing was spectacular.
Their prospective first pick was John Wall, so the point guard need is filled, so now they should go after a very experiment small forward in Robinson.
Similar to Terrence Williams, Robinson is an all-around player.
Robinson is a freakish, I repeat, freakish athlete with a ton of potential that hasn’t even been reached yet. Robinson also can bring the three point jumper from the wing, as well as be their slasher.
He is also good on defense. His athleticism allows him to play at a different level. Robinson brings his amazing athleticism, size and leadership all to a team that is in desperate need of a player of his sort.
With the 28th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select Quincy Pondexter from the University of Washington.
Pondexter has a NBA ready body, with nice size to commend. Pondexter is a great addition for any team in need of a wing player. Pondexter last year didn’t come out because many questioned his ability to shoot and his offensive skills.
Well this year he improved both and his draft stock rose as the result. He is very athletic and his long wingspan solidifies his offensive dominance.
He uses both well; in one instance I remember him slashing to the basket and his long wingspan allowed him to shoot over both the help side and the defender and score.
With fingers crossed that Rudy Gay returns the Grizzlies are adding more depth to their roster, and if he doesn’t, look at this as an insurance policy.
Weaknesses: three point shooting and consistency.
With the 29th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select Terrico White from the University of Mississippi.
The Orlando Magic team is equipped with shooters all-around the court—Dwight Howard included (check out the All-Star game).
With that said, there is not much that you can nit-pick about unless the threes stop falling and that has yet to happen. So the only thing I can think of is adding depth to the backcourt.
Terrico White would fit right in.
White is a shoot-first type of guy, his range isn’t unlimited but some work could evolve him into an all-around shooter. He has showed he can play both the point and shooting guard position and should be able to play both with the Magic.
Shooting off the dribble, pick and pop, White is your guy. This will be the ideal situation, putting a good shooter in a good shooting offense.
Weaknesses: Shot selection.
With pick 30 in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select Willie Warren from the University of Oklahoma. (PDS)
Before the season started, if I was to tell you by May of 2010 Willie Warren would be a late first or early second round pick people would have thought I was crazy. But as the season went on, Warren battled injuries and less time on the court pushed his stock down.
However, when he was on the court he displayed some key attributes of some NBA stars today. He is a very good shooter. He creates his own shots, and can also shoot off the dribble.
He can sometimes be like J.R. Smith of the Nuggets. Pull up from deep, and you’re like “Why did he just…wow nice shot.” His range can sometimes be unlimited and when he is in the zone, he usually doesn’t miss.
Warren is very quick, and he uses his quickness and athleticism to get past the defender and into the paint. He has a NBA ready body, and is ready to bang in with the players in the league.
Weaknesses: Shot selection and decision making.