2010 NBA Mock Draft: Why John Wall Is A Lock At No.1
The anticipation is riveting this time of year in the NBA. You have the playoffs and the NBA Draft Lottery. The teams who have been finished cannot wait to seize the day and find out were there teams will be picking. This year no one is more excited than that of the Washington Wizards front office who creeped in to pull off the No.1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. With much buzz surrounding who is going to go number one I am here to explain how the draft should go for the entire first round. Will John Wall be taking first? Does Derrick Favors really have the potential to an All-Star? How many Kentucky Wildcats are going to go in the first round? I will be answering all these questions and hopefully be giving some overview on what player is going to be playing for your favorite team. Who would you take if you had a choice between John Wall and Evan Turner?
1. Washington Wizards: John Wall
John Wall without a doubt is the most talented player in the NBA draft. He has great tenacity and a skill set that even Magic Johnson is in awe of. John Wall is a double-double waiting to happen and would be a perfect fit in Washington, a team which to be honest has not seen much talent in recent years. Wall automatically makes his team much better with his ability to pass and his amazing court awareness. No matter what city he ends up in the fans will be large advocates of the John Wall dance for the next couple of years.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner
Evan Turner is no doubt a lock at No.2 he has been great for Ohio State and is a very versatile small forward. He also is capable of playing guard though which would make him an even larger threat when going up against other teams. Turner should go right after Wall with no hesitation and will be a great fit in Philadelphia.
3. New Jersey Nets: DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins is a tremendous low post presence which should still have New Jersey fans excited even if they don't have the No.1 pick. He will bring a huge lift scoring wise and will bring an even bigger lift on the boards. Nets fans don't pull your hair out yet.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Favors
You basically get the same deal with both Cousins and Favors. Why wouldn't you want a 6'10" power forward that is only 19 years old. Favors has great low post moves and is a tremendous defender. He needs to work on his mid-range game in order to be successful but that should not be a problem when he begins to work with his NBA coaches.
5. Sacramento Kings: Wesley Johnson
Wesley Johnson is bound to be a big time player in the NBA. He is a versatile swing man who could cause many match-up problems for teams. Also, look for him to be a big help for Tyreke Evans another huge scorer is exactly what you look for on a Western Conference team and Johnson will bring that to the table.
6. Golden State Warriors: Al Farouq-Aminu
Aminu provides all the power you would expect from a young post. He needs to get a little stronger but that will come with time. I would go with Aminu over Cole Aldrich for the sole reason being age. Aminu has much more potential and will need to develop but after a couple seasons in the league he should be a major contributor.
7. Detriot Pistons: Cole Aldrich
Cole Aldrich brings alot of experience to the table. The only reason I believe he does not go higher is because his potential has probably topped off. I just believe that Aldrich is a dicey pick in the top ten and I don't think he will be able to contribute very much at the next level. Someone will take a gamble though and I believe that team will be the Pistons.
8. Los Angeles Clippers: Ed Davis
Davis is a great defender but needs to refine his low post skills. Davis also will need to put on some weight in order to be successful at the next level. Potential is the key to the draft and Ed Davis brings alot of that to the table.
9. Utah Jazz: Greg Monroe
The idea of Greg Monroe playing for the Jazz is amazing. It is likely that the Jazz will lose Carlos Boozer to free agency. Monroe would be a perfect fit in Utah and Jerry Sloan could work wonders for this young kid. There is a ton of upside for this young fella and this may be the best pick in the top ten if Monroe falls to the Jazz.
10. Indiana Pacers: Patrick Patterson
Patterson is a little short to play the four but doesn't have the outside game to play small forward. He does however have experience and the work ethic to play either position. Patterson is one of the best rebounders in the draft at his height. His skill set is also unimaginable for a guy at his height. This would be a steal for Pacers.
11. New Orleans Hornets: Ekpe Udoh
Udoh is a tenacious rebounder and plays with a ton of heart. It's hard to get a read on Udoh though because his scoring numbers are down and he can be inconsistent at times. In order to be a key piece to a teams puzzle he will need raise his scoring totals and be much more consistent as well.
12. Memphis Grizzles: Daniel Orton
I don't know what people see in this Kentucky big man but he apparently has more potential than anyone in the draft. Orton hardly played for the Cats this past season but scouts love his work ethic which has made this bench player a lottery pick after his freshman year. I believe however Daniel Orton will bust but for the Grizzles sake I hope not.
13. Toronto Raptors: Hassan Whiteside
Not many people know about Whiteside. He may have the most scoring ability out of any lottery pick. He will need to become a better defender but as long as he can keep scoring then that is about 85% of the style players play with in the NBA.
14. Houston Rockets: Donatas Motiejunas
This would be a great pick for the Rockets who are looking to get back the playoffs. With Yao Ming always being injured another seven footer would help out the Rockets greatly. Donatas Motiejunas can play with both hands easily around the basket and is an excellent passer for his height.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Xavier Henry
This would be a great pick for the Bucks. With Salmons future with the team up in the air a one two punch with Jennings and Henry could be dynamic. Henry has very few flaws but will need help with his defense. He is a great scorer and has amazing talent offensively. Look for Xavier to make in impact right away in the NBA.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves: Gordon Hayward
Hayward is a work in progress. His style of play could be one draw back for Gordon Hayward. He is 6'8' and can score but he will need to put on some muscle to be able to bang with the small forwards at the next level. Hayward had a very nice shot and his slashing ability is very good as well. If he can get some muscle then he could be as successful as Peja Stojakovic was with the Sacramento Kings in his prime.
17. Chicago Bulls: James Anderson
James Anderson was one of the best scorers in college basketball this past season. He has the talent to slash to the basket and does a very good job of stretching defenses. He would be a great pick and help Derrick Rose out immensely.
18. Miami Heat: Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe came on strong for the Wildcats towards the end of the year. He is a lively player an would be a huge upgrade to the Miami Heat's point guard position. With Bledsoe's electric speed he could be a long term upgrade for the Heat and could compliment Dwayne Wade (if he stays) very nicely. Bledsoe is in need of more game-time experience though so do not look for him to be a major impact right from the start.
19. Boston Celtics:Damion James
Damion James is a very skilled player. He doesn't have a distinguishable position but he is very underrated. With James athleticism teams would be glad to have him.
20. San Antonio Spurs: Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders is a long athletic body to play small forward. He has similarities to Rashard Lewis with his length and athleticism. He has very raw talent but he gets up and down the floor and is a tremendous rebounder.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Solomon Alabi
Alabi is an answer that could help the Thunder's low post woes. The Thunder have no legitimate low post threat and are in need of one. To be a contender they need to have some talent in the paint. Alabi is 7'1" and will be a project but his height and upside are two things that will get this big man drafted.
22. Portland Trail Blazers: Luke Babbitt
Luke Babbitt would be a great fit in Portland. Babbitt is an excellent scorer both inside and out, and he'll rebound. Most importantly, he could step in right away for the Trail Blazers.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Seraphin
Seraphin hasn't really produced big numbers in France. He does have a physical play style which is a huge upside to have in the NBA. It will be the Timberwolves third pick which means they are investing in a long term project this late in the first round.
24. Atlanta Hawks: Quincy Pondexter
Pondexter was one of the best seniors in the country. He is an elite athlete and proved this season that he can really score. He's a jump shot away from being a star. Look for Pondexter to work on that jump shot and he could be a huge role player for the Hawks.
25. Memphis Grizzles: Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley is terribly inconsistent but at the same time is a huge talent and young. He can get lost on the floor at times but is a good scorer. He will need to get a little stronger and develop a long-range jump shot but could be successful in the NBA.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devan Ebanks
Ebanks has a ton of talent. He is great defensively due to his length. He lacks a reliable jump shot though which still makes him a work in progress for any team looking to take him.
27. New Jersey Nets: Terrico White
Terrico White is a tremendous talent. He can be inconsistent and disappear at times during games. When White is on though, there is no stopping him. White would also be a great pick to play shooting guard for the Nets.
28. Memphis Gizzles: Paul George
Paul George also suffers from the lack of playing hard for an entire game. He is very athletic and very versatile. If Rudy Gay leaves for free agency then George could be a nice fit in Memphis.
29. Orlando Magic: Willie Warren
Willie Warren had a not so good season. He had a few set backs due to injuries and didn't really see eye to eye with his coach. He was projected as a Top 10 pick at the beginning which makes him a steal this late in the draft. He could be a huge impact for the Magic especially with Nelson and his injury problems.
30. Washington Wizards: Jordan Crawford
Jordan Crawford would be a great fit in Washington. He is a dynamite scorer and very athletic. He is a little undersized however to play shooting guard and his attitude has been in question. No matter the case Crawford is an excellent finisher around the rim and could really help out any team he ends up with.