NBA Draft 2010, Mock Shake-Up: What If John Wall Didn't Go No. 1?
It's a crazy notion, I know. Especially with all the buzz since before John Wall even declared that he'd be the top pick.
But it's an interesting thought. What if, at the last minute, the Wizards decided to keep Gilbert Arenas as their point guard and viewed Evan Turner as the game-changer they need to get back to a competitive level?
Or what if the Nets were giving us all a head-fake this whole time and wanted nothing to do with either Derrick Favors or Wesley Johnson?
Unlikely, yes, but in an NBA Draft that is never easily predictable with quickly rising and falling prospects and draft-day trades, this line of thinking at least deserves a second look.
Read on for a bizarre NBA Lottery that could happen if some of the NBA GMs quickly lose their minds:
1. Washington Wizards —Evan Turner , G/F, Ohio State
Either the Wizards like Arenas more than you do, or they trade him and land a different point guard to be their guy of the future. If either of those ring true, Turner could be the pick.
We're not saying he will be the pick, but it's interesting to fathom.
2. Philadelphia 76ers —John Wall, PG, Kentucky
Do you really think Louis Williams or Jrue Holiday have Philly's full backing right now? Holiday might have some potential, but Williams is a shoot-first scorer, and if Wall is magically here there is no way the 76ers let him drop.
Of course it won't happen, but you know that Philadelphia would go crazy over a truly elite point guard.
3. New Jersey Nets —DeMarcus Cousins, F/C, Kentucky
Since the Nets are thinking illogically and trying to grab Wesley Johnson and hoping they can sign a big-name free agent to man the post with Brook Lopez, I'll be the one to spin some logic here.
They don't need Johnson. At least, not as badly as they need another inside presence who can really balance their offense and defense out. The Kings love Cousins, and Cousins loves the Pistons. But what if the Nets were really enamored with Cousins this whole time? That might shake things up a bit.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves —Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
Derrick Favors is a big man with big talent, but he's not nearly as polished as Wesley Johnson is. Minnesota hasn't been shy about wanting to trade Al Jefferson, which means it could land an expiring contract much like Troy Murphy's, and it wouldn't be in desperate need of an inside man in 2010-11.
That would make it extremely easy for the team to snatch Johnson with no regrets. After all, its underwhelming wing production could really use an upgrade.
5. Sacramento Kings —Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
Favors is too talented and has too much talent to slide, even in a "never going to happen" mock draft.
The fact is, the Kings love DeMarcus Cousins, can't have him, and will be forced to take the next best thing. Turns out, the next best thing is arguably going to be better than, well, that other guy.
6. Golden State Warriors —Ekpe Udoh , PF, Baylor
It both makes sense and is all sorts of crazy. Rumors suggest that the Warriors will make the smart choice and grab the more reliable Greg Monroe or take a stab at a versatile forward in Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu.
But other news has them loving Ekpe Udoh, a guy who wasn't even necessarily a top 20 pick a few weeks ago.
7. Detroit Pistons —Greg Monroe , F/C, Georgetown
All of this talk about Ed Davis and Cole Aldrich is just irritating. Even more so when the Pistons see their second favorite man, Greg Monroe, slip to the seventh spot.
Yes, if Aldrich and Davis are the best available, it's probably between them, but not if Monroe or Cousins falls here. In an illogical mock draft, this is just one of those picks that is too logical not to pencil in.
8. Los Angeles Clippers —Al-Farouq Aminu , SF, Wake Forest
The Clippers draft badly. Usually. And even if they don't, they somehow get a guy who gets hurt or doesn't necessarily have a true position.
That's why I'm going out on a limb and saying the trend stops here, and they actually make a sensible pick for once.
Aminu is a well-balanced player with a nice game, and he still has a lot of potential. It's arguable that he shouldn't even be this far down, but if he is even the Clippers know better than to let him slip through their fingers.
9. Utah Jazz —Patrick Patterson , PF, Kentucky
I know everyone wants to see Luke Babbitt here, but the Jazz need to make sense of the whole "losing Carlos Boozer" thing. If he jets (and he will), they will need someone to replace him.
Let's see, draft Luke Babbitt to replace Kyle Korver, or draft a stud to replace Boozer? As much as I love Babbitt's offensive game and potential, you can't pass up an underrated beast like Patterson.
10. Indiana Pacers —Gordon Hayward , G/F, Butler
Larry Bird and co. can try to hide the smiles all they want, but this "trading the 10th pick" talk is a huge joke.
Hayward loves Indiana, and Indiana loves Hayward. Unless someone snags him early, this story only has one ending.
11. New Orleans Hornets —Paul George, SF, Fresno State
See how this ridiculous mock is shaking things up? Cole Aldrich, Luke Babbitt, and Ed Davis are all slipping a bit further than "experts" had predicted they would.
The funny thing is, even if the draft goes as many experts plan, George should still be available here. There's talk that the Hornets want to trade this pick, Chris Paul, and their entire franchise (in a sense), but if they stick here, George's offensive ability and potential are a perfect fit. Sit back down, Peja Stojakovic.
12. Memphis Grizzlies —Luke Babbitt , G/F, Nevada
Memphis could really use an insurance policy for the guy who needs a major attitude adjustment, Zach Randolph, but it also needs to be weary of losing Rudy Gay.
If he does jet, Babbitt should be able to step in and take over as the third scoring option behind Randolph and O.J. Mayo.
13. Toronto Raptors —Ed Davis , PF, North Carolina
Here's another pick that makes way too much sense to not happen. If Davis is here, the Raptors need to think about replacing the obviously departing Chris Bosh.
They could consider grabbing Cole Aldrich at center or Daniel Orton to play either position, but Davis has seen his stock rise quite a bit and seems a lock to land in the lottery.
14. Houston Rockets —Cole Aldrich , C, Kansas
Everyone keeps talking about Aldrich being a potential bust because of his lack of elite offensive ability. The guy is a blocking machine, and once he starts learning angles better, he'll be cleaning glass better than Mr. Clean.
The fact is, no one knows what to think about Yao Ming these days, and the Rockets are all about defense, which makes this pick a no-brainer. Besides, Houston has Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, and Ming (if he returns) for offense. Aldrich can simply locate his role as a defender.
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