Top 10 Players in 2010 NBA Draft: Destinations and Comparisons
After Wall and Turner, the rest of the draft is hard to predict. Not only could teams pick a number of different players at the spots they have, but they could also use their picks to trade up or down in the draft.
It is always nice to have some sort of comparison when evaluating a college player. So let's see who these players most resemble and the teams that will most likely pick them.
1. John Wall
Destination: Washington Wizards as the #1 pick- There is no way the Wizards will pass up on his talent and potential. Biggest no-brainer in the draft...
Comparison: Derrick Rose- A lot of people compare him to Rose and that is a pretty legitimate comparison. Both players are athletic and quick guards who can get to the basket, and both have problems with long range shooting. It will be interesting to see who out of the two, Wall or Rose, will end up being the better player.
2. Evan Turner
Destination: Philadelphia 76ers as the #2 pick- Turner is somewhat of a no-brainer here like Wall is with the first pick. One could argue that Turner is even a better player than Wall at this point, but Wall's upside makes him the better choice.
Comparison: Brandon Roy- Both players are versatile guards who have well rounded games. Turner can't yet shoot as well as Roy from deep, but his ability to get to the basket makes up for it, and Turner's solid mid-range shot shows signs that the three ball could eventually develop.
3. Derrick Favors
Destination: New Jersey Nets as the #3 pick- Derrick Favors is an athletic animal. He has the physical attributes of Dwight Howard and with his game still being as raw as it is, his upside is tremendous.
Comaprison: Dwight Howard/Amare Stoudamire- Favors has been compared to both these, but I like the Stoudamire comparison better. Favors is not quite the size of Howard, but much more similar to that of Amare. Both Amare and Favors are athletic beasts who are around 6'9/6'10, and because of their athleticism can play both the 4 and 5 position. If Favors continues to grow offensively, he will indeed be the next Amare Stoudamire.
4. Wesley Johnson
Destination: Minnesota Timberwolves as the #4 pick- Johson's age has concerned some teams because it hurts his upside, but the fact is that Johnson has all you can ask for in a small forward/shooting guard player. The athleticism, plus his great shot from long distance and his defense is a big plus as well.
Comparison: Joe Johnson/Danny Granger- The Shawn Marion comparison that is a little bit of a insult to Johnson in my opinion. That is a good comparison defensively, but Johnson is much better on the offensive end than Marion is. The comparisons to Johnson and Granger are much more accurate in that both those forwards are athletic like Wes, and can shoot the three ball with good accuracy like Wes as well.
5. Demarcus Cousins
Destination: Sacramento Kings as the #5 pick- Maturity issues aside, Cousins is the best big man in the draft, and argueably has the most potential in the draft. Any team that picks him is taking a risk, but the benefits if the risk works out will be amazing.
Comparison: Bigger Al Jefferson- Cousins is a monster inside and is a double-double waiting to happen. He has the touch from mid-range much like Jefferson does, but has more weight and size to be more of a force down low. Another player to compare him to is a more mobile and versatile version of Shaq, since Cousins can actually hit a mid-range jumper and Shaq couldn't dream of hitting anything outside of the key.
6. Al-Farouq Aminu
Destination: Golden State Warriors as the #6 pick- The Warriors have to pick the player with the most talent at this spot. Aminu fits their style perfectly and is another athletic specimen to add to their all ready athletic roster, but because of their lack for a post presence Greg Monroe could also be the choice here.
Comparison: Small forward version of Josh Smith- Aminu is athletic and can play either the small or power forward position. He has the defensive presence and versatility of Smith, a bit smaller than Smith, but makes up for it with a better set of handles and small forward skills, making him a smaller Josh Smith-type player.
7. Greg Monroe
Destination: Detroit Pistons as the #7 pick- Pistons have some talented players, and with the right offseason moves can save their fading franchise. Adding Monroe to a pretty weak front court would benefit them greatly. He would be a nice scorer for them, plus be able to use his distributing skills to get the ball to Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince out on the wings.
Comparison: Chris Bosh- Monroe is a left-handed scorer with a great overall skill set for a big man, just like Bosh. Like Bosh, Monroe has decent handles for a big, can create his own shot, has a mid-range jumper, and can rebound and pass as well. What more could you possibly ask for in a big man?
8. Ed Davis
Destination: Utah Jazz as the #9 pick- Chances are, the Jazz are going to cut ties with Boozer over the offseason, thus, they need a viable replacement. Ed Davis is just that. He is an athletic power forward with a good offensive skill set that will help ease the pain of loosing the Big Booze.
Comparison: Antonio McDyss pre-injury/Power Forward version of Marvin Williams- Davis is a pretty unique big man, therefore, he is hard to really compare to someone else. But one thing that is for sure is that he is a skilled and athletic post presence that will contribute right away and be good for years to come.
9. Ekpe Udoh
Destination: L.A. Clippers as the #8 pick- The Clips are pretty much set in the back court, but could use someone to bolster their front line, and add to Blake Griffin and an aging Chris Kaman. Ekpe Udoh is that guy with his defensive talent and size, plus his potential offensively.
Comparison: Better Defensive/Worst Offensive version of Jason Thompson: Udoh has great size and can protect the rim and with the right training can even build up a solid offensive game. The comparison to Thompson is not a bad thing; Thompson is a decent offensive player for only having been in the league two years, and if Udoh came out with an offensive game like Thompson his first year the team that picks him would definately be pleasently surprised.
10. Xavier Henry
Destination: New Orleans Hornets as #11 pick- Hornets have a young, talented back court in Chris Paul, Darren Collison, and Marcus Thorton, but none of them have the size to play the three. All their three players, Morris Peterson and Peja Stojakovic, are old and they need new fresh blood at that spot. Front court isn't really much of a concern with David West and Emeka Okafor leading the way, so this is an easy pick for them.
Comparison: More versatile Michael Redd- Like Redd, Henry possesses a deadly deep ball and can create havoc being a lefty. Unlike Redd, Henry can actually play defense and is somewhat athletic, but when all is said and done Henry will be the Michael Redd of he NBA for the next few years (hopefully without all of Redd's injuries though).
Patrick Patterson, Hassan Whiteside, maybe Avery Bradley, and Paul George (but probably not) could all make cases for being a top 10 player in the draft...
No Freaking Way: Cole Aldrich- He will end up being nothing more than a halfway decent role player, think Spencer Hawes, and no that's not a joke.
Dark Horse: Eric Bledsoe- Many believe Bledsoe is overhyped, but I, on the other hand, believe he is being underhyped. He has the athleticism and talent that few point guards have, and I think that if John Wall was out of the picture at Kentucky this year it would have been the Bledsoe show. He would be being considered a top 10 player in the draft easily because of the monsterous numbers he would have put up without Wall hogging the stat sheet.