2010 NBA Mock Draft, V:1.0
Just over 41 days are still remaining for the National Basketball Association's 2010 Draft, and in about four or so days, the order of the draft will also be determined during the draft lottery. And just like every other year, the draft is where you will have some teams making the moves needed to add some final pieces, some that will pick the perfect youngster to rebuild with and others who will take a guy, but end up regretting it due to the player ending up as a "bust". I will be using the ESPN.com lottery simulator to determine the lottery order.
1] Golden State Warriors - John Wall (University of Kentucky)
Even with Stephen Curry, the Warriors simply can not pass up on a chance to take John Wall and his potential. Wall and Curry would make a really deadly combination for the future at the guard positions due to Curry's shooting and Wall's slashing ability, and will give the Warriors a chance to move Monta Ellis in order to round out the roster.
2] Minnesota Timberwolves - Evan Turner (Ohio State University)
With Jonny Flynn and the rights to Ricky Rubio holding down the shooting guard position and the combination of Kevin Love and Al Jefferson up front, the Wolves need to acquire a solid swing man, and that is where Evan Turner comes in. At a reported height of 6'7", Turner has the capabilities to play both the shooting guard and small forward positions and drawing comparisons to Brandon Roy, someone the Wolves traded for Randy Foye, they have a chance to get the guy they could have used.
3] Washington Wizards -Wesley Johnson (Syracuse University)
The Wizards are in an interesting position, last summer, everyone thought that the Wizards would jump back into contender status with Arenas coming back healthy, but injuries and off court problems have led the Wizards to having another mediocre season. Many people would have DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors going at this spot, but with the Wizards already having Andray Blatche and Javale McGee up front, I can't see them taking a young power forward when they need some help at the small forward position.
4] New Jersey Nets - DeMarcus Cousins (University of Kentucky)
After a season of futility, the Nets don't win the lottery despite having a 25 percent chance and fall down the maximum possibility of three spots. Losing out on Wall does hurt, but the Nets will still have a ton of cap space to waste and could shop Devin Harris around, but Cousins would be the perfect fit up front next to Brook Lopez due to his offensive game and Lopez covering for his defensive decencies.
5] Sacramento Kings - Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech University)
The Kings drop from having the projected No. 3 overall selection to No. 5, but still end up with one of the guys that they most likely would have targeted with the third overall selection. Favors can nicely fit in with Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson up front and Omri Casspi/Donte Greene at the small forward spot.
6] Philadelphia 76ers - Greg Monroe (Georgetown University )
If you read my mock draft from 2009, you would know how high I am on Monroe's game and think he can be a perennial All-Star and will give the 76ers another good young piece to develop with Jrue Holiday and Marresse Speights.
7] Detroit Pistons - Cole Aldrich (University of Kansas)
Pistons are lacking a big man inside, and Aldrich can step right in and fill that void. At 6'11 Aldrich has the size to stick with most centers in the league and could help the Pistons greatly next season.
8] Los Angeles Clippers - Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
Clippers are a team that are set at every position with Baron being locked in for another three seasons at the point, the young and improving Eric Gordon at the two guard, last years top pick Blake Griffin at the power forward and Chris Kaman/DeAndre Jordan holding down the center position, not to mention the rights to Big Sofo from Greece. Aminu will come in and hopefully fit in perfectly since the Clippers needed a small forward that can play some defense.
9] Utah Jazz [via New York Knicks]- Hassan Whiteside (Marshall University )
Whiteside is a legit seven-footer that averaged 5.4 blocks per game in a tick over 26 minutes and only committed 2.4 fouls per game during his lone year of NC2A basketball with the Thundering Herd. Whiteside will be the perfect combination up front with Boozer and Millsap, if the Jazz are to keep them around.
10] Indiana Pacers - Ed Davis (University of North Carolina)
The Pacers are in a pretty good position as they have a top five small forward in Danny Granger and a solid developing seven-footer in Roy Hibbert. Davis comes in and fits nicely within the two at the power forward position.
11] New Orleans Hornets - Donates Motiejunas (Lithuania)
The Hornets take a chance on the international flavor of the draft by taking Motiejunas and hope that he turns out to be at least somewhat successful, unlike Nikolos Tskitshivilli, Martynas Andriuskevicius and Yaroslav Korolev. Motiejunas is a solid shooter, and would fit in well with Chris Paul finding him open looks.
12] Memphis Grizzlies - Xavier Henry (University of Kansas)
Henry is a solid wing prospect and could fit in well with Mayo and Randolph next to him. Henry could come in and contribute right away.
13] Toronto Raptors - Patrick Patterson (University of Kentucky)
Raptors go with Patterson, who is a solid prospect at the power forward position.
14] Houston Rockets - Paul George (Fresno State University)
George is a well rounded small forward prospect with a long wing span and a quick release, which is what you want from a small forward.
15] Milwaukee Bucks - Ekpe Udoh (Baylor University)
Next to Andrew Bogut in the front court, a shot blocker like Udoh would be the perfect fit and would allow for the Bucks to slowly bring Udoh around.
16] Minnesota Timberwolves [via Charlotte Bobcats] - James Anderson (Oklahoma State University)
After taking Turner with the second overall selection, the Wolves solidify their wing rotation by taking Anderson, who averaged over 22 points per game during his junior year in college.
17] Chicago Bulls - Larry Sanders (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Sanders is a solid 6'11" big man with a good defensive game and the ability to grow into one of the best shot blockers in the entire league.
18] Miami Heat - Gordon Hayward (Butler University)
The Heat go ahead and take the guy who led the Bulldogs to the Finals of the March Madness tournament.
19] Boston Celtics - Daniel Orton (University of Kentucky)
The Celtics take their chance on the young big man out of Kentucky and hope he can develop with Rondo and Perkins to be the core for the future.
20] San Antonio Spurs - Damion James (University of Texas)
Spurs go with the four year graduate from Texas in James with hopes of him being able to contribute right away, but also be the core with Hill, Splitter and Blair for years to come.
21] Oklahoma City Thunder - Avery Bradley (University of Texas)
The Thunder need a big man, but at this point, they just take the best player available and hope that Bradley can form a good duo with Westbrook at the Guard positions.
22] Portland Trail Blazers - Luke Babbit (University of Nevada)
Blazers add yet another solid prospect to play next to Roy and Aldridge up front.
23] Minnesota Timberwolves [via Utah Jazz] - Solomon Alabi (Florida State University)
Alabi is a raw seven-footer from Nigeria who can grow to be something really special.
24] Atlanta Hawks - Lance Stephenson (University of Connecticut)
With Joe Johnson possibly being gone this summer, the Hawks take "Born Ready" and hope he is ready to take over the reigns as the shooting guard of the future.
25] Memphis Grizzlies [via Detroit Pistons] - Eric Bledsoe (University of Kentucky)
Grizzlies have youth at every position, but solidify the point guard position as they only have Conley available at that spot at the moment.
26] Oklahoma City Thunder [via Phoenix Suns] - Gani Lawai (Georgia Tech University)
After taking Bradley, the Thunder take the athletic power forward from Georgia Tech and hope he can fit in well with the team.
27] New Jersey Nets [via Dallas Mavericks] - Terrico White (Mississippi)
After losing out on Wall, the Nets take a combination guard in White to build for the future.
28] Memphis Grizzlies (via Los Angeles Lakers) - Willie Warren (University of Oklahoma)
Grizzlies taking Warren and hope he develops into the combination guard for the future.
29] Orlando Magic - Craig Brackins (Iowa State University)
Brackins can fit in well with Dwight and make a good post duo for years to come.
30] Washington Wizards [via Cleveland Cavaliers] - Jordan Crawford (Xavier University )
Wizards take the solid guard out of Xavier.
Notable Second Rounders: Greivis Vasquez, Jerome Jordan, Matt Bouldin, Alexy Shved, Sherron Collins
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