2010 NBA Mock Draft: Wizards' Fans do the John Wall Dance
All across the Nation's Capital tonight, fans are doing the John Wall dance. If you haven't seen it yet, believe me, you will soon enough.
In a stunning development, the Washington Wizards managed to get the best news that they could have received after several years of turmoil.
Landing the number one overall pick will undoubtedly rejuvenate the frustrated fan base and bring life back into the Verizon Center come the start of the 2010-11 NBA season.
Here's a first look at how the NBA draft looks to shake out.
1. John Wall (PG), Washington Wizards
Evan Turner is an enticing prospect, and there will be some legitimate debates in the coming weeks.
Throw in the fact that Gilbert Arenas is still a Wizard and plays the same position as John Wall, and you will find plenty of Turner supporters.
However, Wall is too hot of a possibility for the Wizards to turn away. Look for the Wizards to draft Wall at one, and move Gilbert Arenas at some point before the All-Star break.
2. Evan Turner (SG), Philadelphia 76ers
Turner brings everything that you would want in a number two pick. He has the size for the shooting guard position at 6'7 along with the ability to make plays on the offensive and defensive end of the ball.
He can crash the boards, make the extra pass, and put his teammates in great positions. His one downside is his shooting which he must improve to become a great player.
3. Derrick Favors (PF), New Jersey Nets
The Nets will select the power forward out of Georgia Tech with the third pick and will look to add some serious size to go along with center, Brook Lopez. Favors' 245 pound size and quickness will be a key addition.
However, he will need to get stronger. Having only played one season at the collegiate level, there will be a learning curve.
If Favors bulks up, cuts down on turnovers and improves his free throw percentage, he will be a solid starter for the next decade.
4. Wesley Johnson (SF), Minnesota Timberwolves
At 23 years old, Johnson should have the maturity level that most rookies nowadays lack. The Syracuse star has everything that would be needed to be a successful small forward in the NBA.
He has speed, size, and a quick release. However, sometimes he becomes a victim to his own shooting and has often been criticized for poor shot selection.
Similar to Even Turner, if Johnson can work on his shooting, particularly the midrange game, he would be an excellent addition to the young Timberwolves.
5. Greg Monroe (PF), Sacramento Kings
There is some early buzz about the possibility of drafting DeMarcus Cousins out of Kentucky at the five spot.
Cousins looks to be a power forward/center in the league. However, Greg Monroe is the better fit for a roster that has the scoring types of Tyreke Evans at the guard spot and Jason Thompson inside.
Monroe should make a seamless transition and be relied on to make smart plays from the inside.
6. DeMarcus Cousins (PF/C), Golden State Warriors
Look for Cousins to be a starter immediately. The Warriors desperately needed a big man inside with the ability to score and be a force. Cousins is everything that they need, and then some.
Though the Warriors like to run, Cousins should still fit in with his bulky frame. He'll have to convert a lot of that body fat to muscle to really be successful.
The only red flag are some personality issues that have been mentioned in the past. Look for Cousins to be on his best behavior his rookie season and make waves out west...the good kind of waves.
7. Ed Davis (PF), Detroit Pistons
Lanky, athletic power forward out of North Carolina. Detroit has many holes to fill and power forward is one of them. Don't expect an instant impact, but Davis has a lot of upside.
His overall game has plenty of room for improvement, but his raw talent is something that the Pistons will bite on.
8. Cole Aldrich (C), Los Angeles Clippers
With the trade of Marcus Camby earlier this season, the Clippers will look to add a big body to go along with Blake Griffin next season. Aldrich's 6'11 frame fits the bill.
He will have to bulk up but that shouldn't be a problem with all the LA restaurants. He averaged nearly a double double last season, and if he can extend his shooting range, he should be a nice fit with a rotation of Chris Kaman inside.
9. Patrick Patterson (PF), Utah Jazz
Another Kentucky stud going in the top ten (that's three for those of you keeping count). Patterson may have as much upside as any forward in the draft and the Jazz will take him at 9 as they prepare for the departure of Carlos Boozer.
Patterson 14 points, 7 boards and over one block a game with Kentucky last season. The Western Conference contenders can't be too happy seeing the Jazz getting such a great player after already being a legitimate threat in the west.
10. Al-Farouq Amini (SF), Indiana Pacers
An efficient scorer who can crash the boards and averaged a solid double double last season at Wake Forest. Some people have him picked by Detroit, but I see him being a great fit for the Pacers.
Though his field goal percentage dropped a bit last season compared to the year before, plenty of offseason work should help improve that.
He was an awful three point shooter, but he won't be getting any deep looks with Granger on the roster. Amini should be a good sixth man type for his first season as he gets accustomed to the game.
No. 11 - Donotas Motiejunas (C), New Orleans Hornets
No. 12 - Xavier Henry (SG), Memphis Grizzlies
No. 13 - James Anderson (SG), Toronto Raptors
No. 14 - Hassan Whiteside (C), Houston Rockets
No. 15 - Ekpe Udoh (PF), Milwaukee Bucks
No. 16 - Gordon Hayward (SF), Minnesota Timberwolves
No. 17 - Paul George (SF), Chicago Bulls
No. 18 - Larry Sanders (C), Miami Heat
No. 19 - Damien James (SF), Boston Celtics
No. 20 - Daniel Orton (PF/C), San Antonio Spurs
No. 21 - Avery Bradley (SG), Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 22 - Armon Johnson (PG/SG), Portland Trail Blazers
No. 23 - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF), Minnesota Timberwolves
No. 24 - Elliot Williams (SG), Atlanta Hawks
No. 25 - Lance Stephenson (SG), Memphis Grizzlies
No. 26 - Solomon Alabi (C), Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 27 - Devin Ebanks (SF), New Jersey Nets
No. 28 - Gani Lawal (PF), Memphis Grizzlies
No. 29 - Dominique Jones (SG), Orlando Magic
No. 30 - Greivis Vasquez (SG/SF), Washington Wizards