If Everyone Were Drafted Again: A 2010 NBA Mock Draft
Think of this as a Communist Revolution.
As the 2010 NBA Draft nears, many fans would love the thought of starting anew and spreading the wealth. So for all of us, this mock draft is finally an opportunity to rebuild.
In regards to complaints about articles being written prior to the end of basketball season, I’m just reminding you that it is over, especially if you’re a Jazz fan.
I give you the real 2010 Mock Draft. If only it actually worked this way...
LeBron James: First Pick, New Jersey Nets
This is a no brainer.
LeBron is the best player in the league and the most obvious person to build a franchise around.
Whether or not he is to blame for the Cavaliers’ failures over the last several years is still up for debate, but the King would fit perfectly for any team.
Just look at what he did in Cleveland. He literally took a team with nothing and brought them to the Finals in 2007, winning back-to-back MVPs in years to follow.
Kobe Bryant: Second Pick, Minnesota Timberwolves
Again, another pretty obvious choice since Kobe is a leader on the floor and arguably the most clutch player of the last decade.
Kobe is the most established player in the league right giving the T-Wolves their first shot at making a title run since KG’s dominance a few years back.
Kevin Durant: Third Pick, Sacramento Kings
Durant made a valid case for an MVP trophy this season.
As the league leader in points in only his third season, he's shown how valuable he is to the Thunder. More importantly, his youth makes him a valuable asset, something the Kings will use to spark some more energy into their organization.
With Durant, Sacramento may finally be able to challenge the Lakers for California dominance once and for all.
Dwayne Wade: Fourth Pick, Golden State Warriors
Now the Warriors have never had the best or brightest management in the league. Nonetheless, they have put together a couple of solid seasons in the past.
With Wade at point, they may finally have a realistic shot to get back into better form. Golden State has always relied on solid guard play so with Wade’s help they have the ability to build a strong team.
Dwight Howard: Fifth Pick, Washington Wizards
With all of the problems the Wizards have gone through over the last year, they'll look for immediate satisfaction with this pick. Rather than choose Arenas, I have a feeling they’ll choose someone with less of a criminal background.
They could also go for a younger player. However, in my opinion, the Wizards will take Superman, a center with complete dominance over nearly anyone else in the league.
Dwight’s tenacity and injury-free seasons have shown he’s an extremely reliable player, especially for a big man.
Chris Paul: Sixth Pick, 76ers
While Deron Williams (arguably the NBA's best point guard), is still on the board, the Sixers will go with Paul, a guard whose flashy style of play suits Philadelphia perfectly.
While Paul's injuries are a significant cause for concern, his exceptional performances year after year will give Sixers fans something to rally behind.
In short, Philadelphia now has a shot to get back to the Finals with their "next" version of AI.
Carmelo Anthony: Seventh Pick, Detroit Pistons
Detroit will make amends for once taking Darko Milicic with the second pick, as he was sandwiched in between LeBron and Anthony.
With Anthony, the Pistons may actually get a shot to be dominant once again in the East, since his play has rejuvenated a Pistons team that has been seriously struggling over the last few years.
While Detroit has been famous for its defensive tenacity, Anthony will bring a new atmosphere to the organization, and hopefully restore some of the "cool" the team has been missing.
Derrick Rose: Eighth Pick, L.A. Clippers
History proves that the Clippers would have to screw up this chance, but with a wide variety of superstars, they won't mess this one up too bad.
With Rose, the Clippers will have one of the best new stars in the league, and use his youth to their advantage. The Clips have always been a young team, and whether that's because their first round picks end up in Yugoslavia or because they have a thing for the younger guys, Rose will have a great succeeding in Los Angeles.
Deron Williams: Ninth Pick, Utah Jazz
Ah, the Knicks finally have a shot at netting a top-tier player, but their Stephon Marbury trade in 2004 sends this pick to Utah.
The Jazz will stay with D-Will, a guy who has completely revamped their organization and, in my opinion, is the best point guard in the league.
Utah gets a steal with the ninth pick, and keeps control over the Northwest Division.
Chris Bosh: Tenth Pick, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers can go a lot of ways with this pick.
They could have grabbed Stoudemire or even a guard, but with a city that appreciates well-played basketball, Bosh will fit in ideally.
The human velociraptor has played phenomenally since being taken fourth overall by Toronto and will continue to bring his enthusiasm for the game in Indiana.
Brandon Roy: Eleventh Pick, New Orleans Hornets
After losing Paul to the Sixers with the sixth pick, the Hornets will look for another impressive guard to take over the helm of their offensive unit.
Roy brings just that.
After leading the Trailblazers to success, Roy has officially become one of the league's top scoring guards. The only cause for concern deals with his past injuries, something the Hornets have had to deal with for the last few seasons.
Rajon Rondo: Twelfth Pick, Memphis Grizzlies
While Rondo has garnered a lot of attention recently, and rightfully so, he has yet to prove himself as an elite point guard.
However, he'll do just that after being drafted by the Grizzlies. Rondo is one of the best rising studs in the game, and Memphis will love his athletic ability at the point. Although he won't have the options he had in Boston, Rondo will satisfy Grizz fans in dire need of leader.
Amare Stoudemire: Thirteenth Pick, Toronto Raptors
Stoudemire does have problems defensively, and while he has excelled in Phoenix, he could develop problems in a different environment.
However, Toronto won't think that will be the case, and a replacement for Bosh is a must. In short, Amare will contribute heavily in Toronto and be a successful player for years to come.
Kevin Garnett: Fourteenth Pick, Houston Rockets
Garnett is undoubtedly an older player and most fans will think this is an absurd draft pick.
But, Houston has always loved tough, tenacious, and physical basketball and these are exactly the qualities that Garnett will bring to the court.
The Rockets would get a leader on the floor and Boston loses their most valuable player.
John Wall: Fifteenth Pick, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are thinking long-term with this pick, and Wall presents the opportunity to revamp their entire organization.
Although he is still a question mark, Wall will run the point terrifically in Milwaukee, and provide the organization with the tools necessary to build a winner.
Pau Gasol: Sixteenth Pick, Minnesota Timberwolves
Go with what works right?
After the T-Wolves have already taken Kobe with their second pick, Gasol presents himself as a way to mimic the Lakers team that won the championship in 2009.
His talent is obviously there as well. Pau is consistently recognized by both Kobe and Phil Jackson as the number two man in Los Angeles.
Danny Granger: Seventeenth Pick, Chicago Bulls
Granger has been Indiana's most explosive player for years, leading the Pacers in scoring while netting a solid number of boards per game as well. Moreover, Granger is a great small forward to build around. He's got a great work ethic and enthusiasm for the game, something the Bulls will love. He may not be MJ, but he'll satisfy a lot of Chicago fans while remaining absurdly underrated.
Monta Ellis: Eighteenth Pick, Miami Heat
The picture says it all. Why are people yet to respect Ellis as a star in the NBA?
Well, the Heat will help buck the trend by taking the fantasy god, Ellis, with the eighteenth pick.
Yet, Ellis is more than just an elite rotisserie player, he's a versatile guard with a lot of potential. Just think, he's been leading the Warriors as a sixth man for the last few seasons, what if he was finally given an opportunity to play in a better environment? Miami fans should be thrilled to nab Ellis, and he'll produce quality numbers for years to come.
Paul Pierce: Nineteenth Pick, Boston Celtics
They built around him before, and they'll do it again after taking him with the nineteenth pick.
The Celtics will miss Rondo's offensive prowess and KG's tenacity on defense, but they'll be grateful to keep the consistent Pierce for years to come. He's a little old, but like KG, he has at least five years left in him, and should remain a powerful force in Boston.
LaMarcus Aldridge: Twentieth Pick, San Antonio Spurs
Aldridge has been a great forward for the Blazers over the last few seasons, and with the Spurs, his progress will only heighten.
He's no Tim Duncan, but he plays tough, physical basketball, and his size will help reestablish the Spurs in the West.
Evan Turner: Twenty-First Pick, Oklahoma City Thunder
After losing Kevin Durant to the Kings, the Thunder will look for another young superstar in the making, and they'll find just that with Turner.
The Ohio State stud was arguably the most successful collegiate player in the 2009-2010 season, and his ability to create shots and score at will should produce success in Oklahoma City.
Joe Johnson: Twenty-Second Pick, Trailblazers
Portland fans have loved Roy for the past several seasons, and while his play is obviously better than that of Johnson's, the Hawks star will provide Blazer fans with a veteran leader at point.
There have obviously been concerns about Johnson's age and performance in the playoffs, but these are issues that will blow over immediately after Portland nets the stud with the twenty-second pick.
Phil Jackson: Twenty-Third Pick, Minnesota Timberwolves
The trifecta is complete.
After netting Kobe and Gasol, the T-wolves will need a leader, and Jackson is just that. While his antics and personality may be poor, his ability to win championships is not for anyone to question (even though it secretly kills me).
With Jackson, the T-wolves are the early favorite to win the 2010-11 Title, who would have thought...
Devin Harris: Twenty-Fourth Pick, Atlanta Hawks
Harris has long deserved a change in scenery, and the Joe Johnson-less Hawks will love his game as soon as they take him with this pick.
Despite his inability to lead the Nets even with the help of Brook Lopez, Harris remains a solid point guard, and should contribute to the Hawks immediately.
When in Dallas, Devin was an upper-echelon guard, and I would presume he would carry that with him to Atlanta.
Al Jefferson: Twenty-Fifth Pick, Memphis Grizzles
After a great pickup earlier with Rajon Rondo, the Grizzlies will take Jefferson, a solidified, proven big man to give their new point guard some help.
Fans should expect big things from Al, he's one of the game's most underrated players and paired with Rondo, big things could happen for young star.
Carlos Boozer: Twenty-Sixth Pick, Oklahoma City Thunder
Quality big men are hard to come by, and Booz would be a great opportunity to build the Thunder's interior.
While his defensive abilities are still questionable, his offensive prowess is undeniable, and paired with Turner, Oklahoma City could yet again push for a playoff bid.
Steve Nash: Twenty-Seventh Pick, New Jersey Nets
The Nets have a couple of ways to go with this pick.
After nailing down LeBron with the first pick, they can either go with a quality point guard or big man.
LeBron's relationship with Mo Williams will influence the Nets to take the guard. Nash, despite his age, will continue to defy expectations. Even though he's now in his mid-thirties, Nash has consistently outperformed nearly any guard in the league, and should be a great teammate to James for at least another three to four years.
Andre Iguodala: Twenty-Eighth Pick, Memphis Grizzlies
After adding Rondo and Jefferson, two great components for a solid roster, the Grizzlies will take Iguodala as a swingman, providing a similar environment to what Rajon had himself in Boston.
Andre is a solid player, and because he's never gotten the chance to play alongside of players as talented as Rondo and Jefferson, he remains an underrated stud, and a steal by the Grizz with the twenty-eighth pick.
Blake Griffin: Twenty-Ninth Pick, Orlando Magic
Orlando will gamble big on this pick, and snatch up a wannabe Dwight Howard in Blake Griffin.
While Griffin was injured in his first season, his potential is still virtually untapped, and the Magic would love to add a powerful big man down low.
Mitch Kupchak: Thirtieth Pick, Cleveland Cavaliers
Start at the top.
While this pick was supposed to go to the Wizards, the Cavs trade down to snab Kupchak to finally get a real basketball mind in charge of their organization.
After the pitiful job Danny Ferry and Co. have done trying to get LeBron support, Kupchak will be able to seal the deal with many top free agents, building a solid unit in Cleveland.