Sometimes you can have too much talent on a team. Kentucky was the pick of many to win the 2010 NCAA title, but it was not to be.
Maybe it was head coach John Calipari, maybe it was the youth of the squad, but again, maybe it just wasn't meant to be.
Or, it could have been the fact that a quarter of Kentucky's roster was headed to the NBA. Perhaps they just had bigger fish to fry.
Whatever the case, here's a look at what the NBA's first round could look like.
One question this article won't address is whether or not Calipari will be coaching one of these Wildcats next year—at the next level.
You can make an argument for John Wall not being the first overall pick. Just know that in doing so, you would be dead wrong.
Other players have more experience. Others have more accolades. No one out there has more pure talent.
Write it in ink. Permanent ink. Kentucky's point guard will be the first player selected in this year's NBA draft.
In another year, Evan Turner would be the easy No. 1 pick. However, John Wall is also going pro this year, so Turner is relegated to No. 2.
The Naismith Award winner won't be going to a good team. He's headed to a doormat in Philadelphia.
He'll get plenty of opportunities to show off his scoring prowess. Expect Turner to put up big numbers as a rookie. Whether or not he can carry the 76ers remains to be seen.
A new owner, a (possible) new/old coach in John Calipari, and a new big man for the Nets in Derrick Favors.
Favors can be an absolute beast in the middle. Georgia Tech's run in the ACC tournament was a result of his great play, along with fellow first-rounder Gani Lawal.
Favors is a player who could become an All-Star with only a minor supporting cast.
An agile big man who can shoot and play the post, Monroe is a solid pick for Minnesota.
Still, Monroe is going to have to do some work, in addition to adding some bulk. He'll find out that there's a lot more muscle in the NBA than at the college level.
His performance in the Big East tournament should elevate the former Georgetown star's stock to No. 4.
Here we have Kentucky stud No. 2 in power forward DeMarcus Cousins.
He will be the best power forward in Sacramento since Chris Webber played the four position.
Touch and footwork around the basket can be taught, and refined. Size and athleticism can't. Cousins is the total package.
Once again, you can't teach size. Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu is a great mold for what you want in a power forward.
His rebounding and positioning will be an asset for the Warriors, so he'll slide in at No. 6.
Richard Hamilton is getting old. So is Tayshaun Prince. Enter the new wing player for the Pistons, Wesley Johnson out of Syracuse.
If you can't shoot, you can't play in the Big East. Johnson will be a scorer in the NBA.
Does anyone remember Greg Ostertag? He wasn't pretty to watch, but he got minutes forever.
Kansas' Cole Aldrich is a lot better than Ostertag ever was. Expect his career to be brighter than Ostertag's, as well as more enduring.
Of course, it just never seems to work out for the lowly Clippers.
What would the first round be without a player from North Carolina?
Ed Davis has a huge upside, but like Greg Monroe, he is going to have to bulk-up to be effective in the post-college basketball world.
Too bad the Charlotte Bobcats made the playoffs, and are now owned by Michael Jordan. Otherwise, the management would be trading up for Davis in an attempt to sell tickets.
Let's hope Davis likes living in Salt Lake City.
A "one-and-done" at Kansas? Believe it or not, Xavier Henry is headed for the draft.
He'll close out the top 10 as well, as Henry is a selfless player who moves well without the ball, has unlimited range, and creates space.
He can also shoot the lights out.
Here we have Kentucky player No. 3. Patterson has the most experience of any of the Wildcats projected in the first round, with three years of college ball under his belt.
Patterson has a shooting touch that few power forwards have. That should work out well for New Orleans.
With all the talent in the Big 12, one should not take the conference Player of the Year award too lightly.
In three short years, Anderson became a complete player at Oklahoma State.
Extreme explosive potential coupled with newly-found range, should translate into some nice stat lines for Anderson in Memphis.
With the possible departure of Chris Bosch, the Raptors will have a serious hole to fill on their front line.
Enter Motiejunas from the Italian Pro League, the only international player projected in this year's first round. He's a little wispy, but a true seven-footer.
A good power forward with shot-blocking ability, Udoh was a menace inside with Baylor last season.
Udoh's glaring weakness is his shot away from the basket.
A seven-footer who can put the ball on the floor? That works, even if he did play for the Thundering Herd of Marshall.
Whiteside's quickness and ball handling ability put him in this position.
Once again, a Kentucky player. Another freshman coming out, as well.
Orton is a project, but we all know that the NBA drafts mainly on potential.
It would have been amazing to see what these guys could have done if they stuck together for a few years at Kentucky.
Unfortunately, we'll have to see them on different teams in 2010-11.
Solomon Alabi is yet another project big man.
He may have the biggest upside of any center in this year's draft. Alabi, a center out of Florida State, could be a dominant shot blocker for years.
He is also an outstanding free throw shooter, so teams can't just foul him.
This one could pay huge dividends for Chicago in a few years.
Here's the other side of Georgia Tech's tournament success.
Lawal has a huge wingspan, a good work ethic, and is incredibly athletic.
He could have gone later in the first round in 2009, but chose to hang around Atlanta for another collegiate season.
He'll be rewarded with a nice check in Miami.
A slight wing forward from a small(ish) school in Indiana fresh of a title game run. ... Hmmm, who does that sound like in the history of the Boston Celtics?
Hayward probably won't be the next Larry Legend, but he'll get his chance.
If he stays in the draft, Avery Bradley is a mid-to-late first round selection. San Antonio would be a good fit for this point guard.
He'll sit initially behind Tony Parker, but that may be a good thing for this freshman headed out from Texas.
With Kevin Durant and West Virginia's Devin Ebanks on the floor, the Thunder could be very, very good for quite some time.
Oklahoma City will soon be a team that nobody wants to play.
This one is a steal.
Jarvis Varnado is an absolute shot-blocking machine. He's the only player who had a pulse for Mississippi State last season, and almost brought them to the NCAA tournament.
He would have been an offensive rebounding king as well if the Bulldogs didn't shoot so many 3-pointers.
If Greg Oden can ever stay healthy, the Blazers could have a substantial front line.
If Trevor Booker was two or three inches taller, he would be a top-five pick without question. He's not, so he slides to No. 23.
Even with Booker's height deficiency, the Clemson star is one of the most underrated players in this draft. His explosiveness, instincts, and heart can't be questioned.
Booker may bounce around the league, but he'll be cashing NBA checks for awhile.
He's already dunked on LeBron James, so what's left out there for Xavier's Jordan Crawford?
Well, if he's headed to the Eastern Conference, he'll have his chance to dunk over King James several times a season.
Atlanta plays New York, Chicago, and Cleveland more than twice each year. He'll meet up with the NBA's best player in one of those cities.
This one might be a gamble.
Lance Stephenson had a "change of heart," and decided to enter the draft after stating that he would definitely return to Cincinnati for a second season.
Add that to an arrest in 2008, and this pick might be a real risk. At best, Stephenson could be role player for the Grizz.
Speed kills. Just look at Derrick Rose.
Armon Johnson is that lightning-fast point guard that GMs salivate over. You just haven't heard of him, because he plays for Nevada.
Eric Bledsoe finishes out the slew of Kentucky Wildcats in this year's first round. This swing guard doesn't exactly lack for potential.
The only problem with Bledsoe's stay at Kentucky was John Wall. When the point man gets all the press, what's the No. 2 to do?
The NBA scouts get it. Bledsoe is a first rounder.
Terrico White's physical skills at Ole Miss. have had him climbing draft boards all spring.
White is a gifted hybrid guard with an outstanding mid-range game. He's a champion of the 17- to 20-foot jump shot, which is a lost art in the game these days.
The one knock on White is that he shies away from contact. That's an aspect he'll have to improve on at the next level.
Last season, Willie Warren was projected as a top 10 pick. He stayed another year at Oklahoma, and his stock dropped worse than the stock market of 2008.
Expect Warren to stay in the first round. He's a good creator, even when his shots aren't falling.
You have to be a bit more selfish in the pros, but they still do keep stats for assists.
Once again, here's a big man who just needs to add a bit of bulk to make it in the NBA.
Sanders doesn't have much of a game outside of the paint, but he is a demon when he has the ball on the low block. His speed is rare for someone of that size.
The former Virginia Commonwealth star won't begin his career as a starter, but expect him to be a contributor within a few seasons.