2010 NBA Mock Draft: Uncertainty Remains After the Top Five Picks
The NBA Draft is right around the corner. We have already had some drama after Washington somehow got the number one pick. The draft is always a celebratory time, it is a look into the future, it is the building of a good team.
(Statistical and Biographical information was obtained from http://www.nbadraft.net/2010mock_draft)
First Pick: John Wall (Kentucky) to Washington Wizards
You have to believe that no matter who the team is, if you have a shot to draft John Wall, you are going to take it. As it happens, the Washington Wizards, who's guard situation is very much up in the air with Gilbert Arenas' legal problems, will almost definitely select the Kentucky freshman as their top choice. Wall is a quick, strong, versatile, and most importantly smart basketball player. He is also a commodity in this draft that should feature mostly forwards and centers. Look for Wall to have an immediate impact for the Wizards.
Second Pick: Evan Turner (Ohio St.) to Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner is considered one of the more NBA ready type players heading into the draft. The Sixers right now are very much in need to a strong player with good scoring ability and good defensive instincts. Evan Turner is that player. He is quick, and will fit in as a good secondary player to Andre Iguodala.
Third Pick: Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech) to New Jersey Nets
Should the Nets select the young 18 year old out of Georgia Tech, they will be creating an interior force to be reckoned with. Starting with Brook Lopez, the addition of Favors will create a good defensive and good scoring tandem. Later in the draft the Nets will likely draft someone with more outside ability.
Fourth Pick: Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) to Minnesota Timberwolves
Wesley Johnson, who had a stellar one year career at Syracuse, comes in with very high draft value. The Timberwolves are in desperate need of talent, and a franchise type player, the type that they really don't have right now. He might not be the best fit, but in the long run, a guy like Johnson will be a huge factor in their organization.
Fifth Pick: DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) to Sacremento Kings
The Kentucky center made a name for himself by becoming a major force in the paint with his huge size and good scoring ability. The Kings do not really have a player such as Cousins, and his addition might be the missing piece to their puzzle.
Sixth Pick: Greg Monroe (Georgetown) to the Golden State Warriors
The Goldon St. Warriors lack a true center. Sure, they have a couple big guys, but they don't have many of the necessary tools. Greg Monroe is a very NBA ready talent, who is big, and is a great post player. He should be a great compliment to the other young star, Stephen Curry.
Seventh Pick: Ed Davis (North Carolina) to Detroit Pistons
Ed Davis will provide an immediate spark to a team that is looking to get back to greatness. The Detroit Pistons will love to have this defensive talent who is able to create shots. The Pistons need to find someone who can be a definite starter at the power forward, and Davis is the guy.
Eighth Pick: Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest) to Los Angeles Clippers
Even though Wake Forest may have had an up and down year, that didn't stop Al-Farouq Aminu from making himself one of the most highly sought after prospects. Aminu is an athletic beast, that excels in all aspects of the game. He and Blake Griffen could create a top notch tandem, and who knows, maybe there will be a different Los Angeles team in the finals.
Ninth Pick: Ekpe Udoh (Baylor) to Utah Jazz (via New York Knicks)
The addition of Ekpe Udoh to a team with already a solid foundation at the guard position is crucial. Carlos Boozer could soon be headed to another team, and the power forward position might be clear. Udoh could be the future for this team. He is a strong defensive player that works alright in the post and has a decent jump shot.
Tenth Pick: Cole Aldrich (Kansas) to Indiana Pacers
Currently the center position in Indiana is somewhat up in the air. If the Pacers were to drat Cole Aldrich, it wouldn't be. This smart basketball mind would surely out-deul Roy Hibbert or Jeff Foster for the starting position. This guys is very ready for the NBA. He is a great defensive and offensive player in the post and has a decent jumper.
Eleventh Pick: Hassan Whiteside (Marshall) to New Orleans Hornets
This seven foot center has never been in the spotlight. Although Marshall may only be known now from its Hollywood movie, it might soon get a new star in Hassan Whiteside. This tall, athletic, rebounding machine would work right into the New Orleans gameplan.
Twelfth Pick: Luke Babbitt (Nevada) to Memphis Grizzlies
Luke Babbitt is an overall solid player. He brings a lot to the team on and off the court and as great scoring ability for a big guy. He shoots free throws well, and is able to create shots for himself. In addition, he could be the future of this team at the forward position after Zach Randolph leaves.
Thirteenth Pick: Daniel Orton (Kentucky) to Toronto Raptors
Toronto is weak at the center position and with Daniel Orton coming out of Kentucky, which some call an NBA type of program, this freshman even has some experience to top his strong defense and rebounding skills. Although he was overshadowed by John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins, he still has the ability to be a good ballplayer.
Fourteenth Pick: Xavier Henry (Kansas) to Houston Rockets
Xavier Henry was considered one of the best freshman in the country last year with Kansas. He is strong and athletic and has a great jump shot. Although the Rockets already have some good shooting talent, you cannot pass up on Henry if he is still in the draft come pick No. 14.
Fiftheenth Pick: Avery Bradley (Texas) to Milwaukee Bucks (Via Chicago)
He is quick, athletic, and strong and has a great outside jumper. He is a good defender and could create a dangerous pair with Brandon Jennings. The only reason they may pass him by is because they could be more in the market for a forward.
Sixteenth Pick: Patrick Patterson (Kentucky) Minnesota (Via Charlotte)
Over the past season the name Patrick Patterson became a household name for every college basketball fan. Well, the Kentucky forward that his name might extend into the homes of NBA fans. If you currently look at the Minnesota Timerbwolves roster, you probably will not be able to put a face to any of them. Should the Wolves be able to land both Wes Johnson and Patrick Patterson, they might have a dangerous pair working. Patterson is a player that excels in every aspect of the game.
Seventeenth Pick: James Anderson (Oklahoma St.) to Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls have a very strong general core, but are looking for a spark that could bump them to the next level. Sure, President Obama would love that to be LeBron James, but more realistically, it will be a player like James Anderson. He has a very offensive and defensive presence, but the only concern is that he might not be ready for the NBA.
Eighteenth Pick: Gordon Hayward (Butler) to Miami Heat
Gordon Hayward will always have a place in the heart of American's for his leading of the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA Championship game. However, his next goal should be to bring his Miami Heat to the NBA Championship. With much uncertainty revolving around the Heat's free agency, it would be a smart move to pick of this basketball smart forward.
Ninteenth Pick: Solomon Alabi (Florida St.) to Boston Celtics
Although the Boston Celtics do find themselves in the NBA Finals, many fans have the belief that this will be the final time for the "Big Three", because many of them are getting too old. The 7'1 Alabi would bee a good backup center to Kendrick Perkins.
Twentieth Pick: Damion James (Texas) to San Antonio Spurs
This athletic, quick small forward, some might mistake him for the point guard. He rebounds well too. Aside from DeJuan Blair, many of the forwards on the Spurs are aging veterans, (Duncan, McDyess, Jefferson). James would be able to learn a lot in San Antonio playing around some of the best at his position.
Twenty First Pick: Paul George (Fresno St.) to Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George is a strong, athletic, ball handler. He is good around the basket. Despite his size, he can make free throws. Some might compare him to Trevor Ariza. Would make a good secondary option to Kevin Durant on the Thunder.
Twenty Second Pick: Larry Sanders (VA. Commonwealth) to Portland
Anderson would strengthen the overall forward core with the Trailblazers with his expanding offensive prowess coupled with is defensive ability. He is a good player around the rim. He is a good rebounder.
Twenty Third Pick: Kevin Seraphin (France) to Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Seraphin is a player that is coming out of France and is likely to be taken in the first round. It is possible that the Timberwolves draft him. We did see them draft three guards last year, maybe three big guys this year?
Twenty Fourth Pick: Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) to Atlanta Hawks
Wheewww, FIVE Kentucky players? You betch'ya. Bledsoe is one of the few guards likely to be taken in the first round. He would play a good backup to Mike Bibby, and would eventually have a strong future in the organization. He is quick , athletic, and can score.
Twenty Fifth Pick: Craig Brackins (Iowa St.) to Memphis Grizzlies
This good forward is valuable because he is quick, versatile, and has a good jump shot. He can dribble, and score around the rim, and would make a good tandem with Rudy Gay in Memphis.
Twenty Sixth Pick: Quincy Pondexter (Washington) to Oklahoma City)
Quincy Pondexter is a player that has all the tools. He was spotlighted in Washington's sweet 16 run last season and he might find himself in the spotlight with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Twenty Seventh Pick: Devin Ebanks (West Virginia) to New Jersey Nets
This tall, lanky sophomore out of West Virginia not only has size, but he is also a dominant scorer as well. Should the Nets pick up Favors with their first pick, and should Ebanks still be available by pick 27, it is likely that Devin will be headed to Newark next season.
Twenty Eighth Pick: Elliot Williams (Duke) to Memphis Grizzlies
Long, Lanky, Athletic. And strong. This southpaw out of Memphis won't have to go far to be with his new team. He will just have to make a quick stop at Madison Square Garden. He is a good defender and can create shots for himself.
Twenty Ninth Pick: Willie Warren (Oklahoma) to Orlando Magic
Some might compare the sophomore guard to Ben Gordon with his shot making ability, and his passing prowess. He would have a good home in Orlando where perfection is key, and he has a lot of potential, all of which can be shown off in Florida.
Thirtieth Pick: Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech) to Washington Wizards
It is unlikely that his teammate, Derrick Favors will be finding himself in the nation's capital. However, this might not hold true for Gani Lawal, who has great scoring and rebounding ability, and works well near the rim.