2010 NBA Mock Draft: The Mock Draft You Won't Find Anywhere Else
While everyone sits at home and anticipates what the NBA Finals will be like, the writers behind the scenes prepare their masterful NBA Mock Drafts.
Where will the ever-so-hyped John Wall go? Will Mr.Wall even be the first pick of the 2010 NBA Draft?
They're many questions to be answered and I will break all those questions down for you in this 2010 NBA Mock Draft.
1st Pick Washington Wizards: John Wall
The Wizards currently have five players on their roster, in addition to a $11.8 million player option on Josh Howard (which they will most likely not exercise in) and a $4.7 million qualifying offer on Randy Foye (which I don't see why they would match if they can get John Wall).
With the first pick of the draft the Wizards have the golden opportunity to select John Wall and pair him up with Gilbert Arenas in the back-court.
Wall is a rare breed of talent that possesses great explosiveness, court vision, and leadership.
The guard duo of Wall and Arenas could instantly become the top back-court combo in the league.
2nd Pick Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner
Evan Turner is a very special athlete with extremely versatile skills that will prevent him from going anywhere lower than the second pick in the NBA Draft.
The Sixers have been in need of a shooting-guard and they have definitely found it in the Buckeyes phenom, if they decide to place him at the two spot.
Standing 6'7", Turner possesses terrific ball-handling and a rare vision for the game.
Since Turner's game mirrors the same as Andre Iguodala's the Sixers could trade their pick to another organization.
3rd Pick New Jersey Nets: Derrick Favors
The New Jersey Nets unfortunately lost their chances of selecting John Wall with their draft pick in this years draft, luckily they still can draft a potential star in power-forward Derrick Favors.
While Favors is listed at just 6'9", he is the type of athlete that can absolutely dominate in the paint. He has outstanding leaping ability and can finish around the hoop in fashion.
Paired up with Lopez in the front-court, this young duo can quickly emerge as the next twin towers.
4th Pick Minnesota Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson
Johnson is super athletic with a wingspan well over seven feet. The young'n can knock down the jumper from deep and short, and has the ability to rack up statistics all across the board.
With the fourth pick in the draft, the Wolves best bet is to draft the small-forward and immediately incorporate him into the starting lineup.
Johnson has immense potential written all over himself.
5th Pick Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins
Starting center Spencer Hawes never made the leap into consistency that everybody was expecting out of him this past season.
With the chance to draft a young power-forward/center standing 6'11" and weighing 280 lbs, who in their right mind wouldn't do so?
Cousins is still 19 years old and has a lot to learn before he becomes an elite big man in the NBA, but with a solid team surrounding him the big fella looks like a potential fantasy breakout candidate.
6th Pick Golden State Warriors: Al-Farouq Aminu
Aminu is a freakish athlete that has potential to formulate into an extremely solid player in the NBA.
At Wake Forest he averaged 15.8 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.4 SPG, and 1.4 BPG during his sophomore campaign.
While Aminu isn't particularly the greatest shooter from long distance, his speed and explosiveness gives him the ability to attack the rim and finish at ease.
7th Pick Detroit Pistons: Hassan Whiteside
The Detroit Pistons are in desperate need of a solid starting center that can grab rebounds, defend, and block shots.
Young gun Hassan Whiteside can do all of the above and then some.
Whiteside led the nation in blocks per game during his freshman season, averaging 5.4 BPG in addition to 8.9 RPG in just 26 minutes of action.
Whiteside has tremendous upside and if the center could pack on some weight he could arguably emerge as one of the best shot blockers and rebounders in the league.
Detroit made a royal mistake selecting Darko Milicic over superstars such as Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but if they select Whiteside with the seventh pick in the draft they can certainly make a better name for themselves when it comes to having an eye for talent.
8th Pick L.A. Clippers: Patrick Patterson
The Clippers are in need of a small-forward and although Patterson is listed as a power-forward he has the arsenal to compete at the three spot.
Patterson was apart of this past seasons dynamic Wildcats squad and most definitely brought his game to the next level.
The forward is a terrific defender with a high basketball IQ and could fit in well alongside of Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, and Blake Griffin.
9th Pick Utah Jazz: Xavier Henry
The Jazz can select a true shooting stud in Xavier Henry with the ninth pick of the NBA Draft.
Henry has the natural ability to knock down long jumpers from virtually anywhere on the court. Although he is only 19 years old, he has an NBA ready body with remarkable strength.
With the arsenal to basically do everything and anything on the court, whoever drafts Henry will undoubtedly have a smile on their face all season long.
10th Pick Indiana Pacers: Avery Bradley
While the Pacers have their franchise player in Danny Granger, shooting-guard Avery Bradley has the potential to come pretty close to his status in the years to come.
Bradley is a pure-bread scorer with the ability to light up the scoreboard on any given night.
With an opportunity to gain starting minutes on a lowly Indiana Pacers team, Bradley could really get a chance to solidify himself in the league.
11th Pick New Orleans Hornets: Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas is a young Lithuanian lefty with tons of talent. Standing 7'0" and weighing just 224 lbs, it's obvious that he will have to pack on some weight before getting the chance to bang with the big boys in the NBA.
Regardless of the matter, Motiejunas is extremely versatile and has the mindset and arsenal to become an impact big man in the NBA.
12th Pick Memphis Grizzlies: Paul George
If the Grizzlies decide to not re-sign Rudy Gay they should have Paul George on their radar with their 12th pick in the draft.
George is a terrific all-around player with limitless shooting range and a game very similar to that of Gay's.
With an opportunity to start George could quickly become a big time steal in this years draft with potential to become something so much more.
13th Pick Toronto Raptors: Greg Monroe
Since it seems like Chris Bosh will not return in a Toronto Raptors jersey next season, the Raptors are in desperate need of a big power-forward.
Georgetown's Greg Monroe is the prime example of an all-around big man. He can stretch the floor with his passing ability, attack the rim with ease, block shots, and handle the ball like a guard.
Monroe is a big time rebounder and a terrific leader who could really help the Raptors if Bosh departs.
14th Pick Houston Rockets: Daniel Orton
Orton never received the chance to prove his worth considering he was a backup to DeMarcus Cousins in Kentucky.
Orton has massive upside as he can swat shots and beast up in the paint on the offensive end. He has a soft touch around the rim and a knockdown jumper from the perimeter.
In time Orton could become a force at the four spot and that's exactly what the Houston Rockets need after dealing away Carl Landry.
15th Pick Milwaukee Bucks: Ed Davis
Milwaukee lacks a power-forward that could help center Andrew Bogut in the front-court.
North Carolina's Ed Davis is a 6'10" big man that can become a very dominate force inside the paint if he can pack on 15-20 pounds during the offseason.
Davis is a skilled lefty that can finish extremely well inside and can block shots remarkably well on the defensive side.
16th Pick Minnesota Timberwolves: Cole Aldrich
With Milicic and Blount off the books the Wolves are in need of a backup center that can come into games and emerge as a defensive threat in the paint.
Kansas center Cole Aldrich has the skills to defend, block shots, and shoot the ball at a high level (close to 60% from the field).
Aldrich has a high basketball IQ and is very coordinate in the open court, enabling him to create shots for his teammates.
17th Pick Chicago Bulls: James Anderson
Ever since the Bulls lost Ben Gordon they have been in need of a pure-bread shooting guard.
Junior James Anderson out of Oklahoma State is a phenomenal shooter (46% FG shooter in college) with the ability to stop and shoot from virtually everywhere on the court.
In addition to his shooting skills Anderson is a prolific defender that uses his speed to prevent his opponents from driving to the rack.
Anderson could be a great fit for the Chicago Bulls with the 17th pick.
18th Pick Miami Heat: Luke Babbitt
Similar to Beasley, Babbitt is a tweener that cannot quite defend the power-forwards of the league due to his size.
Regardless, Babbitt is incredibly skilled and can do it all on the court. He can shoot the ball from all corners of the floor and is a great rebounder as well.
Babbitt is a terrific teammate that brings the intensity each and every night and will rise up to the challenge when given the opportunity to do so.
19th Pick Boston Celtics: Lance Stephenson
With Ray Allen's contract expired the Celtics are going to want to draft a shooting-guard just for insurance if they cannot come to an agreement with the shooting star.
Stephenson is arguably one of the best spot up shooters in the draft with exceptional court vision and outstanding athleticism.
The 19 year old has immense upside and playing alongside of a couple of hall of famers, Stephenson could really improve to the next level and make a name for himself.
20th Pick San Antonio Spurs: Solomon Alabi
With Duncan and McDyess slowing down, the Spurs are in need of a big man with fresh legs to pair up with DeJuan Blair.
Alabi is a 7'1" center with exceptional shot blocking ability. His height prevents opponents from attacking the hoop and he can shoot the mid-range ball, in addition to his 79% free throw shooting.
With the proper training Alabi could really turn into a big time menace under the rim, something the Spurs really need heading into the future.
21st Pick Oklahoma City Thunder: Gani Lawal
The Thunder are a very quick team that runs up and down the floor with great speed.
Lawal is an extremely strong power-forward that runs the court hard. He is very physical in the paint and explosive enough to attack the hoop at any given point in a game.
In addition to his offensive capabilities, Lawal has a huge wingspan that enables him to block shots and grab rebounds.
22st Pick Portland Trail Blazers: Damion James
James is as quick as they come at the small-forward position and possesses incredible athleticism.
He is a great three-point shooter and overpowers his opponents to attack the basket.
James has great hands and has the ability to defend from the guard to forward positions.
23rd Pick Minnesota Timberwolves: Dominique Jones
The USF stud has made a name for himself in the NBA Combine thus far and looks to be a real steal in this years draft.
Jones is a tough guard weighing in at around 220 lbs with well-developed ball handling skills.
He has lots of confidence in his game and is a natural born leader that can knock down the jumper from anywhere on the court.
While he plays the shooting-guard position, he has terrific court vision and can operate at the one spot if needed to, a definite sleeper.
24th Pick Atlanta Hawks: Elliot Williams
Sticking with the scenario that Joe Johnson departs from the Atlanta Hawks, shooting-guard Elliot Williams could make a nice fit at the two spot.
Williams averaged just under 18 PPG for the Memphis Tigers this past season, shooting an impressive 45.9% from the field.
Williams has great hops and can finish strong as he possesses exceptional speed in the open court.
While the guard only weighs 180 lbs, he shows a strong will to improve on his game and would be a nice fit for any team in need of a one/two combo guard.
25th Pick Memphis Grizzlies: Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders out of VCU is a very athletic big man with terrific leaping ability. He has excellent timing in blocking shots and can finish surprisingly strong around the rim.
Although he needs to improve on his post-up moves, he has enough upside to make an immediate impact for any team.
26th Pick Oklahoma City Thunder: Trevor Booker
During the Lakers vs Thunder series it was apparent that Oklahoma was a bit undersized and with two picks in the first round of this years draft they have the opportunity to draft two big men.
Booker is a dominate big man that is extremely undersized. He can finish very strong around the rim and can also knock down mid to long range jumpers.
In addition to his shooting Booker is an absolute beast on the boards and can block shots at a very high rate.
27th Pick New Jersey Nets: Devin Ebanks
Ebanks is a a versatile forward that possesses great speed and athleticism.
He can shoot the jumper very effectively (47% from the field) and is an outstanding rebounder for his height, grabbing 8.5 boards per game.
Ebanks is great passer and uses his wingspan and quick hands to absolutely lock down his opponents.
28th Pick Memphis Grizzlies: Gordon Hayward
Hayward is a great ball handler and an amazing shooter in the open court.
While he isn't the quickest and most aggressive athlete on the court he has the ability to create his own shot and distribute the rock to his teammates.
Many are unsure if Hayward will be able to translate his game to the next level.
29th Pick Orlando Magic: Tim Ohlbrecht
This is certainly a left-field type of pick but the nearly 7 foot German Tim Ohlbrecht can really play ball.
Ohlbrecht is an outstanding long-range shooter, has excellent court vision, can block shots, and is a born leader.
He leads his league in block shots and can run the floor very well.
If the Magic decide to trade away Marcin Gortat Ohlbrecht could emerge as Dwight Howard's back-up.
30th Pick Washington Wizards: Craig Brackins
The 6'10" power-forward out of Iowa is a gifted talent that could really bring it to the table for any organization.
Brackins has a deadly jump-shot that he can knock down from anywhere along the perimeter. In addition to his shooting capabilities he is a dynamic rebounder and can take his opponents to the rack with his quick first step.
With Jamison gone the Wizards could really use a young and upcoming forward in their system.