2010 NBA Mock Draft: Philadelphia Wins by Choosing Second Overall
Now that the draft order is set, and we know the Washington Wizards have the first overall pick, we can talk about who teams should select.
Looking at the draft, it is surprising that there are not more quality point guards.
Or guards in general.
It is clear that this is the "Year of the Big Man" as there are a slew of NBA power forwards and centers with potential and question marks.
After John Wall and Evan Turner, the next nine players taken could be power forwards or centers.
Here is the latest 2010 NBA Mock Draft.
1. Washington Wizards - John Wall, G, Kentucky
Wall averaged 16 points and over six assists in his first season at Kentucky.
He is a true point guard with good size and off-the-charts speed and athletic ability.
The problem with drafting Wall is Washington's current point guard Gilbert Arenas. It looks like the team is considering trading him away or buying out his contract due to his off-court troubles.
Drafting Wall would tell everyone that Arenas is essentially finished with the team.
I do not think you can play both together, and Wall is not going to sit on the bench.
2. Philadelphia 76ers - Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State
Turner is a no-brainier pick for Philadelphia. He has size, shooting ability, and leadership.
Right now, he is better than John Wall.
Some people would say that Philly were the biggest winners in this year's lottery.
Entering the lottery, the Sixers were slated to draft sixth overall. Winning the top pick could hurt the emergence of current point guard Jrue Holiday.
Turner would cement the 76ers backcourt for the next five to seven years.
3. New Jersey Nets - Wesley Johnson, F, Syracuse
This pick depends on the Nets efforts to trade power forward Yi Jianlian. He has promise, but had a ton of problems defending in the low post.
They have been trying to trade Jianlian but have not found a partner. They could pick another young big man who might have the same problem.
I think they are going to pick up the small forward who can score and defend.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Favors, PF, Ga. Tech
There is a rumor that Al Jefferson is on the trading block.
If that's true, then Favors becomes the logical choice. Jefferson and Kevin Love have shown some problems playing defense together.
Minnesota needs a wing player. So if they don't trade Jefferson, should they take Favors or DeMarcus Cousins?
Cousins could be a little bigger, but not much. They could view Favors as less of a headache than Cousins to justify the pick.
5. Sacramento Kings - DeMarcus Cousins, PF, Kentucky
Ideally, the Kings could use a point guard to move Tyreke Evans to shooting guard.
They also need a low post player. Pairing Cousins with Evans would do wonders for the Kings.
The question with Cousins is not talent, but maturity. However, it is hard to see him falling past the Kings.
6. Golden State Warriors - Al-Farouq Aminu, F, Wake Forest
If you want to play for Golden State, you have to be athletic.
Will he get playing time as a rookie for Don Nelson?
Stephen Curry had trouble with Nellie early in his rookie season and we all saw how he finished the season.
7. Detroit Pistons - Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky
This is a really good fit.
Patterson is someone who can step in immediately.
He can defend and score in the low post. He has the fewest questions of any other front court player in this part of the draft.
8. Los Angeles Clippers - Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown
The Clippers need a backup plan in case Blake Griffin does not come back fully healthy.
So why draft Monroe?
The skill sets of the two players are so different.
I could easily see Monroe as a Lamar Odom-type player.
A big man who can play in the open floor and who can pass the ball to anyone, including to Griffin.
9. Utah Jazz - Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas
Utah's backup center was Kyrylo Fesenko last season. He had to start due to Utah's numerous injuries and was almost invisible for most of the playoffs.
Plus, the Jazz will need to add another low post player if Carlos Boozer decides to leave via free agency. So, at a minimum, Aldrich will upgrade Utah's front court depth.
10. Indiana Pacers - Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Benetton Treviso
Troy Murphy is entering the last year of his contract and he is making $11 million next season. So, the Pacers will either move him or not resign him.
Either way, Motiejunas is a viable pick here.
He is the top international player available with good offensive skills who will find time in Indiana's rotation.
11. New Orleans Hornets - Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina
The Hornets have a point guard in Chris Paul. They need a post player who can rebound and affect shots.
Davis is a gamble because he is coming off a season ending wrist injury. Never the less, Davis should fill a need for New Orleans.
12. Memphis Grizzlies - James Anderson, SF, Oklahoma State
He averaged 22 points a game at Oklahoma State. He is a 6'6" wing player who played three years.
The Grizzlies traded for Ronnie Brewer as well, but they are going to need a starter at small forward to replace Rudy Gay if he leaves through free agency.
Anderson and Brewer could compete for the position next season. I think that this could be a running competition for minutes.
13. Toronto Raptors - Daniel Orton, PF, Kentucky
Orton is really, really raw.
He is the great unknown in this draft. He only averaged 13 minutes a game in his one season at Kentucky.
He could be really good.
Or, he could be really average. Either way, he is going to take time to develop.
The Raptors will need to replace Chris Bosh if he decides not to resign with the team.
If Bosh does not return, they are going to be a lottery team next season anyway. So they are in a position to take a chance with Orton.
14. Houston Rockets - Hassan Whiteside, Center, Marshall
Houston has a good backcourt, but they need front court insurance for Yao Ming.
The 7' center would be a good pickup. He could take a couple of years to develop. But he could get playing time if (or when) Yao gets injured.
15. Milwaukee Bucks - Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor
The Bucks need a power forward and Udoh is a great choice here.
He is a shot blocker and rebounder with a size that Milwaukee lacks at No. 4.
He and Bogut would be a good pairing in the paint.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves - Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas
With their second first-round pick, Minnesota can pick up the shooting guard they need.
He would look very good in the same backcourt with Jonny Flynn or Ricky Rubio. (When he decides to make the jump to the NBA.)
Getting Favors in the top five and Henry here will amount to a very good draft for the Timberwolves.
17. Chicago Bulls - Paul George, SF, Fresno State
It looks like the Bulls are targeting George.
Henry is an option if he is still available here, however.
18. Miami Heat - Damion James, SF, Texas
Damion James averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in his senior season at Texas.
He is a solid, experienced small forward that will help Miami.
19. Boston Celtics - Lance Stephenson, SG, Cincinnati
Stephenson is a guard who could be groomed to replace Ray Allen.
20. San Antonio Spurs - Devin Ebanks, SF, West Virginia
It is possible that Richard Jefferson could opt out of the last year of his contract that will guarantee him $15 million.
If he does not return, they are going to need a small forward.
San Antonio could use this forward who can play defense.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder - Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State
The Thunder could use another big body in the paint.
Alabi is raw and will take some time to develop. But will provide help rebounding, if he develops.
22. Portland Trail Blazers - Larry Sanders, PF, VCU
Sanders would add to Portland's depth in the front court.
It would not hurt in case of another injury to Greg Oden.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves - Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada
Babbitt is a good scorer and defender.
He might not be a start, but he can be a solid role player.
24. Atlanta Hawks - Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland
The Hawks did draft point guard Jeff Teague in the first round last year.
But with Mike Bibby's sub-par 2009-10 season, Vasquez might be needed to compete for minutes at point guard.
25. Memphis Grizzlies - Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky
The team really needs another option at point guard.
Mike Conley can be good at times and invisible at others.
Bledsoe is probably the second best point guard in the draft. He is an athletic guard, but he was mainly a shooter at Kentucky.
If he is hitting from the three-point line, then he can be a dangerous weapon on the court.
He will be a gamble.
When he is not shooting the three, he reminds me a lot of Conley (that is not a good thing).
26. Oklahoma City Thunder - Armon Johnson, PG, Nevada
Johnson should serve as a backup to starting guard Russell Westbrook.
OKC needs that depth in their backcourt.
27. New Jersey Nets - Avery Bradley, G, Texas
Since New Jersey missed the "John Wall" sweepstakes, Bradley can fill a role as a shoot-first point guard or a short (6'2") shooting guard.
28. Memphis Grizzlies - Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler
Do not be shocked if Memphis trades this pick for a role player with a reasonable contract.
The team needs three-point shooting.
If they keep this pick, Hayward would become one of the best shooters on the team.
29. Orlando Magic - Terrico White, SG, Ole Miss
Orlando is a young, solid team.
White will add depth to their backcourt and challenge J.J. Redick for playing time.
30. Washington Wizards - Dominique Jones, SG, South Florida
When Washington drafts Wall at the top of the draft, they can spend their last draft pick to upgrade at shooting guard.
Jones is a scorer who would contend for the starting job.