2010 NBA Draft: The Five Biggest Impacts of the Lottery
Wizards fans are excited for the John Wall Era.
The people in Philadelphia are out buying Evan Turner jerseys.
The Nets just missed out.
The Warriors and Kings both slid back, much to their fan's dismay.
The lottery has changed the fortunes of several NBA teams. Here we tackle the five biggest changes brought about after the lottery.
Some are obvious, but others probably didn't jump out at you right away.
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Number Five: No Help for The Contenders
There were no major or shocking jumps into the top three like we saw with the Bulls a couple years back.
If the Jazz had gotten the number one overall pick, they could have become a dynasty.
If the Rockets won, they'd be very much back in the fight for supremacy in the West.
None of the "contenders" jumped up.
New Jersey, like most teams with the worst record before them, didn’t receive the number one pick. There were no visible alterations to affect the LeBron sweepstakes, and no, we don't think Washington is now a contender.
The one disappointing thing is that we didn't get to see Danny Granger rip open his shirt revealing a John Wall jersey, leaving most of us mildly disappointed with the celebration of Wizards owner Irene Pollin.
I know she’s old, but you got to bring a little excitement into the whole process.
Also, how happy would Jrue Holiday have been if the 76ers won and immediately drafted his replacement?
None of that came to pass, and we're left with three bad teams with the first three picks.
Number Four: Two Really Bad Teams Got Unlucky
There were a couple of absolutely horrible teams that were knocked down some picks to the benefit of both Washington and Philadelphia. These teams were the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Warriors came away relatively unscathed as it puts them right in the territory for some players that fit their brand of basketball. No they won't be adding Wall to a backcourt with Curry and Ellis, but since it’s looking like Nellie Ball will be around for at least another year in Oakland, there are a number of players they could select to fit their game.
Wesley Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu come to mind immediately for this pick—both very athletic and talented—they would feel right at home in Nelson’s system (both could play small forward). Landing a top three pick would have been nice, obviously, but it isn’t as big of a blow to Golden State as it might be to others. Especially since the big men who are projected to go third wouldn't really fit their system.
The Timberwolves were dealt the biggest blow on lottery day, dropping to the fourth pick despite coming in with the second best chance at first overall. Many considered them even worse than the Nets. They’ll have a tough decision to make come draft day as they’re in that spot right outside the consensus top three (Wall, Turner, Favors).
They could go in a few different directions based on workouts or team needs. With a season that bad, you would think they need everything, but the Timberwolves actually have some young talent in place—most notably in the front court with Al Jefferson and Kevin Love. Both players have shown flashes of being stars and Minnesota will need to decide if they want to add to that with a DeMarcus Cousins or go in a different direction with either Johnson or Aminu.
Or they could just draft another point guard. Who knows?
Number Three: The City of Brotherly Love Can Cheer Again
In the city of Philadelphia, the Sixers are considered the fourth most popular team, and for good reason.
The team finished with the sixth worst record in the league this season. Ben Franklin's good luck was with them though, and they jumped up to second overall in the draft—assuring them Evan Turner (or possibly Wall should Turner go first).
This is great for Philadelphia since they arguably have the most talented roster of any team in the lottery. Andre Iguodala may be overpaid, but he is a rising young star that will be a great second option.
They spent a pick last year on a promising young point guard in Jrue Holiday, and for as much crap as Samuel Dalembert gets, he is a defensive stopper. And if Elton Brand is healthy, the possibilities could be endless.
Evan Turner is the perfect selection here. Not only is he widely considered to go at number two, but he also fits in with this Philadelphia roster, their main problem being depth.
What little depth they did have is already in the front court with Thaddeus Young and Marreese Speights, who have both shown decent promise for the future.
Turner would be a welcome addition to the wing position with Iguodala. Given the role he'll play, he's the early favorite for Rookie of the Year.
Number Two: The Nets are in Good Hands
With one of the most abysmal seasons in years, the Nets had the best chance at landing the number one pick. The team with the best record has won only four times in the modern lottery era, and the Nets just weren't meant to be one of them.
Selecting third takes them out of the guard selections of Wall and Evan Turner, most likely turning their attention to the front court.
The Nets clearly need any help they can get and that usually means taking the “best available.” Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins would be a great complement to Brook Lopez.
We think Favors will be a bit more of a power forward, and because of that, we believe he's their man.
It’s hard to imagine the Nets re-emerging after last season’s performance, but fans in New Jersey should at least be happy that it probably can’t get any worse.
Also, the two men pictured above will do all they can to turn Knicks fans into Nets fans.
No. 1 The Wizards Pull a Little Magic Out of Their Hat
After Gilbert Arenas’ gun suspension and almost completely dismantling their roster, the Wizards ended their season on a high note by winning the John Wall sweepstakes.
Coming in with the fourth worst record in the league, Washington was an improbable, but not shocking, winner of this year’s lottery.
After trading away almost every significant piece of their roster last year, the Wizards have some serious questions to answer moving forward.
Arenas will be coming back and Andray Blatche showed some positive signs down the stretch last season—but you have to figure this team is still in the rebuilding phase.
Don't worry about Wall being able to play together with Arenas because Wall showed the ability to manage egos at Kentucky.
Also, Arenas will have to be on best behavior for the next couple years.
We can't wait to see President Obama do the John Wall dance.
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