Note: This is the second part of a two-part NBA Draft Guide. For part one, go here: 2010 NBA Draft Guide: Part One
This time one year ago, many draft pundits were deploring the weakness of the 2009 NBA Draft.
I was among them. Despite my man crush on Ricky Rubio, I thought the 2009 Draft was full of maybes and that there were no sure things at the top of the draft.
In my 2009 Draft Guide I found myself looking ahead to the 2010 Draft more than concentrating on the draft at hand.
One year later the 2009 Draft produced at least three future All-Stars, while the 2010 Draft looks to have only two surefire future All-Stars (John Wall and Evan Turner).
However, it's years like this where the draft actually becomes interesting. Because there is a lack of great players, there are about five billion different scenarios that could happen on draft night.
That's exactly why I thought it was time to do a 2010 NBA Draft Guide and attempt to explore all things NBA Draft.
This Draft Guide consists of the following:
1. Mock Draft
2. Big Board/Career Projections
3. Five Veteran Players Most Likely To Be Traded Draft Night
4. Five Bold Predictions
Because of Bleacher Report's software only allows for 50 slides per article, I had to split the Draft Guide into two parts.
In part one, I revealed my mock draft and big board.
Today, in part two, I will discuss players most likely to be traded on draft night and give my five bold predictions regarding the 2010 NBA Draft.
With that said, let's continue the 2010 NBA Draft Guide...
In this portion of the Draft Guide I will discuss the players most likely to be traded on draft night and their possible destinations...
Most pundits feel that if Minnesota moves either one of its talented power forwards, it will be Al Jefferson. I completely feel the opposite is true.
Why? Love is a much more attractive option to potential trade partners.
The former UCLA Bruin is still playing under his rookie contract, doesn't have a history of injuries, and has the ability to stretch to the three-point line.
Despite all of that, Love still hasn't accomplished enough to command a big-time contract when it's time to talk extension.
His combination of talent, team-first mentality, and a team-friendly contract make Love an attractive option for almost any team.
So while Minnesota may prefer to move Jefferson, other teams prefer Love. With David Kahn (T-Wolves GM) basically putting a "for sale" sign on both players midway through the 2009-2010 season, he might have to settle for taking 75 percent on the dollar for either player.
With the Timberwolves desperately looking to trade up for Ohio State SG/SF Evan Turner, Love becomes their greatest trading chip—other than taking on Elton Brand's insane contract of course.
Most Likely Destination: Philadelphia
Speaking of Brand...
It's really amazing to me how Sixers GM Ed Stefanski still has a job. Pretty much every single decision he has made since taking over the franchise has gone horribly awry, and Brand is the worst among a laundry list of mistakes.
Only two years after signing a five-year/$82 million deal with the Sixers, the team is desperately attempting to rid themselves of the cap-sucking contract.
Any team that wants the No. 2 overall pick will almost assuredly have to take Brand's contract. It just remains to be seen whether any team loves Evan Turner enough to take Brand's albatross of a contract as well.
Most Likely Destinations: Minnesota, Anywhere that will take him
Just another horrible Ed Stefanski contract that the Sixers are trying to escape.
However, unlike Brand, Iguodala has true basketball value, so expediting Iguodala should be easier than the aforementioned Brand.
The problem with trading Iguodala is that the Sixers want true basketball value in return, and no team has made a significant offer since the trade deadline (In February Phoenix offered Amar'e Stoudemire for Iguodala).
With the Sixers poised to draft Evan Turner No. 2 overall (according to their team website), the writing is on the wall for Iguodala's departure.
Sixers fans need to hope that the market heats up from its current lukewarm state.
Otherwise, the team's best player could be dumped for an expiring contract and/or a draft pick.
Most Likely Destinations: Milwaukee, Dallas, Houston
It's insane to think that just two years ago we were debating whether Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley was the best player in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Now Rose is on the verge of superstardom while Beasley has struggled with the transition to the pro level.
In addition to his struggles on the court Beasley has already had trouble with substance abuse issues—which validated the pre-draft notion that he would be an off-court problem.
Despite that, there are a good many teams out there who are still enamored with Beasley's natural talent and potential.
It would be wise for Miami to take advantage of their only valuable trade chip and ship Beasley out-of-town before he makes another mistake that irreparably damages his trade value.
Most Likely Destinations: New Jersey, Toronto, Minnesota
During the 2007-2008 season Jose Calderon became the NBA's Cinderella Man, usurping incumbent Toronto PG T.J. Ford from his starting spot and leading the Raptors to the NBA Playoffs.
The Raptors sent Ford packing during the offseason and gave Calderon a multi-year contract extension. Many in the Raptors organization felt that Calderon could be the team's poor man's Steve Nash.
Two years later it looks like yet another Raptors incumbent PG is headed out of Toronto. With both the team and Calderon unhappy in their current situations, this divorce seems completely seamless.
While Calderon is not the best Toronto Raptor leaving this offseason, he is the most likely to leave Thursday night.
Most likely destinations: Los Angeles Lakers, New York, Cleveland, Miami
We finish the 2010 NBA Draft Guide with five bold predictions regarding draft night and the 2010-2011 NBA season for draftees...
(And simply for comedic relief, here's a picture of Chris Bosh in a cowboy hat.)
If the Sixers are truly intent on rebuilding their franchise, they will have to give up the rights to Evan Turner.
Seems like an oxymoron, right?
Well, if it involves ridding themselves of Brand's contract and still selecting No. 4 overall—not really.
In that scenario Minnesota GM David Kahn's desperation to make up for his 2009 Draft gaffe takes over and he agrees to take on Brand's contract.
The Timberwolves should be far enough under the 2010-2011 salary cap to make the trade work straight up.
In case you're not following...
No. 2 Overall Pick
No. 4 Overall Pick
Probably a Future (lottery protected) First-Round Pick
In the event that the trade goes through, the Sixers draft DeMarcus Cousins No. 4 overall, and Minnesota obviously takes Turner.
In part one of the Draft Guide, I touched on how I feel Cousins is both the best basketball player in the draft and the most flawed human.
The beautiful part about the NBA draft system is that Cousins won't have much time to become an off-court problem this offseason.
He will only have a few weeks to celebrate before reporting to Summer League, and training camp starts directly when Summer League ends.
If Cousins manages to find trouble between now and the 2010-2011 season, he is more of a headache than I thought.
However, if Cousins stays out of trouble, he's poised to make an instant impact on the NBA court.
Just watch out for his sophomore offseason.
Both players are projects who are years away from contributing. Any team that drafts either player will acknowledge that.
I just don't think either player will ever contribute the way their drafting teams hope they will.
Whiteside has the ability to be a fantastic defensive bench contributor, but the Dikembe Mutombo comparisons are asinine.
While Whiteside has an NBA future in my eyes, I don't think Orton will be in the league after his rookie contract ends.
He showed nothing at the college level, so I have no idea what makes NBA GMs think he can contribute professionally.
After reading Sports Illustrated's feature on Hayward, I found myself feeling guilty about my evaluation of him as a player.
He is, for all intents and purposes, an awesome human being with a great family structure.
I just don't see how his game translates to the NBA level.
He's neither a strong athlete nor a strong shooter—despite his reputation as a sharpshooter, Hayward shot just 29 percent from beyond the arc last season.
It seems like his meteoric rise on draft boards was directly tied to Butler's Cinderella run to the NCAA national championship game, but that was more the result of a team effort than an individual effort by Hayward.
Sadly, I see much more Adam Morrison than Larry Bird in Hayward's future.
I, for one, hope I am wrong.
Let's be honest, the lull between draft picks is incredibly boring. You have five to seven talking heads talking over each other and trying to sound like the smartest man in the room while saying nothing of consequence.
However, instead of grandstanding about their positions regarding draft picks this season, the talking heads will grandstand about their opinions regarding the 2010 Free Agency Bonanza.
And, when the Cavs trade back into the first round (most likely No. 28 with Memphis), the analysts' collective heads will explode.
They will spend the final 32 picks talking about what the player the Cavs drafted could possibly mean for LeBron's future, whether LeBron approved the player being drafted, and whether LeBron ordering a New York Strip steak means he's headed to New York.
And LeBron's saga will continue to be the NBA's equivalent of the Brett Favre yearly retirement fiasco: A story that we say we hate but secretly follow every waking second.
Just for good measure, here's a bonus bold prediction: LeBron stays in Cleveland, and Chris Paul is traded to the Cavs later this offseason.
This ends the 2010 NBA Draft Guide. Until 2011....