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2010 NBA Draft Live Commentary

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2010 NBA Draft Live Commentary
Not to copy from ESPN’s Bill Simmons, but I thought the most interesting way to write about this draft was to write a live, running commentary rather than doing the usual after-the-draft type of write-ups. Therefore, these are my thoughts as the 2010 NBA Draft unfolds:


• With the 1st pick the Washington Wizards select John Wall

• As much of a no-brainer as you can have

• Wall has all the intangibles of a great player; Watching him all year, he makes plays that change games and helped Kentucky win games regardless of whether it was making a pass, hitting a jumper, getting to the line, or making a steal on defense

• He has the potential to have a similar impact as Derrick Rose because he is such an elite athlete and does have those intangibles

• He lacks a jump shot now, but so does Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo and they are considered top six point guards

• With the 2nd pick the Philadelphia 76ers select Evan Turner

• I love Evan Turner’s game and think he is the kind of guy you want to have as a piece of a winning team

• The Sixers are not at that point yet, but this is a great start with his versatility and willingness to play anywhere on the floor and create for others, which is something the Sixers lacked

• I do have questions about him and Iguadola on the floor together since neither one is a knockdown shooter

• I could see Iguadola being on the block after this pick

• With the 3rd pick the New Jersey Nets select Derrick Favors

• Favors has a ton of potential and is extremely young (only 18 years old)

• He is a great athlete and already has a NBA body

• He has some similar skills to Dwight Howard, but also has similar shortcomings

• The question will be whether he can become the type of defender and rebounder that Howard has become

• One thing I don’t like is now the Nets have two guys who need the ball on the block and could use more of a stretch four

• With the 4th pick the Minnesota Timberwolves select Wesley Johnson

• Wesley Johnson may not become a superstar type player, but I think he can come in a solidify the three spot for the Wolves, which has been a weak position for a while now

• He can shoot stand-still jumpers, he can rebound from the wing, he defends, gets steals, and he can score off the dribble

• The Wolves still need to find a true #1 option, but Johsnon is a guy who can come in and start immediately

• With the 5th pick the Sacramento Kings select DeMarcus Cousins

• The scariest pick in the draft

• His brief post-pick interview shows that he can come across as someone with an attitude

• If he does get his head on straight, he could be a 20-10 player for sure

• The Kings lack exactly what Cousins brings with his low post scoring, toughness, and rebounding ability

• With the 6th pick the Golden St. Warriors select Epke Udoh

• Udoh is a nice player who has improved dramatically over the last couple of years and finally got some exposure during Baylor’s tournament run

• He can score some off the wing, rebound, and is a nice shot blocker off the ball

• However, I don’t like him on the dysfunctional Warriors; They already have too many skinny big men who cannot anchor the paint

• The Warriors need a new coach, new ownership, and some sort of plan to build instead of just adding random pieces

• With the 7th pick the Detroit Pistons select Greg Monroe

• I love Greg Monroe’s all around game

• He is a great passer from the post and from the high post

• Not many big man actually see the floor and can do something useful with the ball besides shoot once they get it in the post

• He has been a little soft or disappears at times and will probably not be the type who will be your best or even second best player, but he can be a really good piece on a good team

• Too bad the Pistons are so far from actually being a good team right now

• The Pistons are similar to the Sixers in that they have a mismatched roster with no clear vision as to what type of team they are

• Good teams have an identity and draft or sign players to fit their identity, but neither of these teams have that (add the Warriors to that too)

• With the 8th pick the L.A. Clippers select Al-Farouq Aminu

• The Clippers seem to actually be building a nice foundation, but I think they really could have used a wing player at this spot

• The return (or arrival) of Blake Griffin is going to be like adding two lottery pick, although Aminu is a little too much like a very poor man’s Blake Griffin at this point

• Listening to his interview, you can see why some teams were turned off by him during the interview process

• With the 9th pick, the Utah Jazz select Gordon Hayward from Butler

• The blonde in Gordon’s entourage is a lottery pick too!!

• Gordon needs to bulk up in order to be able to defend since he isn’t an elite athlete

• With the 10th pick the Indiana Pacers select Paul George

• This is a bit early for George, but he has a chance to develop into 6’8 two-guard to play along-side of Danny Granger

• He definitely has some upside because he has a high skill level

• By the way, I think Jay Bilas just likes saying wingspan since every player drafted so far has had a wingspan worth mentioning

• With the 11th pick the New Orleans Hornets select Cole Aldrich

• I actually like this pick even though he isn’t a player that people will talk about as having a ton of potential

• He can defend the paint which the Hornets do not do well at all

• He is going to have to develop a go-to move in the post and a face up jumper to use off the pick and roll, but I think he is a good piece of the puzzle on a good team

• Looks like Aldrich and Morris Peterson might be going to Oklahoma City for draft picks

• That actually will even be better for Aldrich since the Thunder could use some bulk and someone to defend the paint; That was definitely one of their weaknesses this year

• Plus, Aldrich is the type of player who can help a good team immediately on the defensive end, which

• The Grizzlies are on the clock and the talk about Mike Conley not being a starting pg, but I don’t agree; I think he needs to just develop

• With the 12th pick the Memphis Grizzlies select Xavier Henry

• He, of course, has a great wingspan according to Jay Bilas

• Henry is a pure jump shooter and doesn’t do a whole lot else yet, but that could come in handy on the Grizzlies since they have more scorers than pure shooters

• The one thing from the Hornets perspective is that they pick up two 1st rounders and, in this draft, there isn’t a ton of difference between the 12th pick and the 25th pick

• With the 13th pick the Toronto Raptors select Ed Davis

• As a Carolina fan, I have seen a ton of him and I am not a huge fan, but I think he does bring some of what the Raptors need since he is a rebounder and shot blocker

• The Raptors already have scoring, so they really need someone to defend and rebound so not a bad pick

• With the 14th pick the Houston Rockets select Patrick Patterson

• This pick makes a lot of sense because the Rockets are already a playoff team with a set starting five as long as Yao comes back healthy

• Patterson is mature, rebounds, and has actually developed some nice offensive skills

• He should be able to come in immediately and join the Rockets rotation and could easily be a 20 minute per game guy, which is all you can ask for especially if you are already a potential playoff team

• With the 15th pick the Milwaukee Bucks select Larry Sanders

• This is a little high for Larry Sanders since he brings some of the same things as Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, but he will fit in with Scott Skiles’ defensive mindset

• With the 16th pick the Minnesota Timberwolves select Luke Babbitt

• As I was waiting for this pick, Babbitt was the first name to pop in my head even though they already drafted a small forward at four

• They don’t really have shooters on the Wolves and having shooters in the triangle offense makes that scheme so much more effective

• I think he becomes a rotational player right off the jump

• Of course, he may have trouble defending wings, but so do guys like Kyle Korver and he finds a way to get it done

• The Bulls are on the clock and the talk is about the trade of Kirk Hinrich to make room to sign LeBron or some other free agents

• With the 17th pick the Chicago Bulls select Kevin Seraphin (pick will be going to the Wizards in the Hinrich deal)

• Seraphin is player that will probably not be brought over this year, so he won’t have an immediate effect on any team

• One of my pet peeves with the draft process now is players drafted that teams don’t plan to bring over for a couple of years

• I feel like players should only be allowed in the draft if they are ready to come over and play and if the team is

• With the 18th pick the Oklahoma City Thunder select Eric Bledsoe (this pick is included in the proposed trade to New Orleans)

• If Bledsoe is going to New Orleans, I don’t get the pick because the only position that the Hornets are really set with is the point guard spot with Chris Paul and Darren Collison

• Looks like Luke Babbitt and Ryan Gomes are going to Portland for Martell Webster

• This trade has the same effect for Minnesota since Webster is known as a pure shooter and would fit in as well in the triangle and would add shooting

• The Celtics are on the clock, which is crazy since they were in the finals, but I do think they have some needs; They can use another big man especially if Rasheed Wallace retires and can use another scorer on the wing with the aging of Allen and Pierce

• I could see them going after James Anderson or Jordan Crawford if they go after wing scorer since they would like guys who are ready to play now

• If they decide to go big, I could see Craig Brackins

• With the 19th pick the Boston Celtics select Avery Bradley

• Guess I was wrong with my thoughts, but Bradley can fit in Boston since the Celtics don’t need him to play the point, which was the biggest question mark with him

• Bradley has the potential to be a scorer and can catch and shoot, which will work in the Celtics offensive scheme

• Plus, Bradley is already an excellent defender and will only be better in the Celtics defensive rotations

• With the 20th pick the San Antonio Spurs select James Anderson

• I love this pick for the Spurs

• He is ready to come in and play immediately since you know what kind of player he is and he is mature already

• The Spurs really missed having someone on the wing who could shoot this year with Richard Jefferson on the wing and Manu Ginobili not being a great shooter either

• Looks like Eric Bledsoe is going to the Clippers for a future first round pick

• Nice move for the Clippers and Bledsoe since he won’t have to play big minutes at the point right away with Baron Davis already there

• With the 21st pick the Oklahoma City Thunder select Craig Brackins (this pick will be moved to New Orleans)

• I like this pick for New Orleans since one thing they lack is an inside scorer and Brackins already has a very developed low post and face-up game at the four, which not many of the bigs in this draft have at this point

• With the 22nd pick the Portland Trail Blazers select Elliot Williams

• He could actually get some run on the Blazers since he is a versatile guard and the Blazers may be getting rid of Rudy Fernandez

• Williams has played some at the point and is similar to Jerry Bayless, who already fills in as a backup PG/2G

• With the 23rd pick the Minnesota Timberwolves select Trevor Booker

• Booker is the type of kid that has the potential to stick in the league for many years

• He probably isn’t a starter, but is an experienced rotational type player with skills as a rebounder, great athleticism, and an ability to finish at the rim even as an undersized power forward

• With the 24th pick the Atlanta Hawks select Damion James

• James is a senior who can do multiple things on the floor including hitting the glass from the three spot and getting out on the break

• He actually fits in with the rest of what Atlanta has on their roster and is the type of player that could come in and play right away which is what you want on a playoff team

• The key is the Hawks signing Joe Johnson, but I am not sure that will happen; Johnson, In my opinion, is more of a number two option and would be much better going to a team like the Heat and playing off Dwyane Wade

• Trevor Booker looks like he is going to Washington for draft picks

• With the 25th pick the Memphis Grizzlies select Dominique Jones

• Jones is a scorer and could definitely be the type of player who comes in and can get you points off the bench even as a rookie

• Not a great shooter, but every team can use the guard off the bench who can come in and score especially in the offensive system that Lionel Hollins runs

• With the 26th pick the Oklahoma City Thunder select Quincy Pondexter

• An experienced guard who came on really strong late in the season when Washington made their run to the tournament

• He definitely has a chance to stick and is mature enough to come in and potentially get some minutes as a defensive player

• For such a dynamic player, Kevin Durant is not the most exciting interview in the world

• With the 27th pick the New Jersey Nets select Jordan Crawford

• Right away, though, Crawford is going to Atlanta with Damion James going to the Nets

• If he stayed on the Nets, you wonder if it would have hurt their chances to get LeBron since Crawford had that infamous summertime dunk on LeBron

• I actually thought this would have been a good pick for the Nets since they lack backcourt scoring and Crawford is a stone cold scorer

• I think he definitely sticks with the Hawks and will eventually be able to pick up some of the scoring load that could potentially be lost if Joe Johnson leaves

• Players who can score have a place in this league…always

• With the 28th pick the Memphis Grizzlies select Greivis Vasquez

• He just came in from the crowd and hugged David Stern; Stern wasn’t quite as receptive to the hug as Roger Goddell was during the NFL Draft

• Vasquez can play the game and plays as hard as anyone you will see

• Memphis has taken three guards now in the draft, which means they either are unhappy with who they have or their will be some deals in the works

• With the 29th pick the Orlando Magic select Daniel Orton

• The 5th player from Kentucky in round one; Most ever from one school

• Orton averaged 3 pts and 3 boards a game, so he is about as big of a question mark that’s in the draft

• Not someone I would take in the first round

• He is the type of player that will probably become a decent player with another team since he could take some time to develop, if he does at all

• Wouldn’t shock me if he is out of the league; This is why there should be a rule where a player has to stay longer in school

• With the 30th pick the Washington Wizards select Lazar Hayward (rights traded to Minnesota)

• Hayward is a nice, experienced player who has a chance to be a rotational player

• The first round is now complete and the names coming off the board and have gotten suspect even though I think there are still plenty of kids who can become good players that have slipped into round two

• Although, there are a lot of kids now who will make the list of those who may regret coming out early since they could have stayed in school and become first round picks in the future (see Devin Ebanks, Lance Stephenson, Hassan Whiteside, Solomon Alabi, Keith Gallon, Willie Warren)

• With the 31st pick the New Jersey Nets select Tibor Pleiss (on behalf of Atlanta)

• I have to say that I don’t know much about him, but I like that he is coming out from the crowd

• His rights are going to be sold to Oklahoma City

• He won’t be playing over here for a couple of years, but his highlights don’t wow you at all

• He looks stiff and will wind up never being heard from again even though Fran Frashcilla loves him, as usual with a foreign player

• It looked like he was playing in a church league in his highlights

• With the 32nd pick the Miami Heat select Dexter Pittman

• He has some talent for sure, but he needs to be able to stay in shape and needs to bring it on every possession

• He disappeared from a lot of games this past year with an underachieving Texas team

• He does have some offensive talent, though, and the Heat do not have much in the low post at this point

• With the 33rd pick the Sacramento Kings select Hassan Whiteside

• Extremely long, skinny, offensively challenged, and extremely raw player who is a great shot blocker

• His interviews were supposedly brutal, which dropped him down many draft boards

• A good pick in the second round, though, since there is some potential there and he could be a player stashed in the D-League for a while so he can bulk up and learn how to play more on the offensive end

• The Kings took two of the kids in Whiteside and Cousins who had questions about them that had nothing to do with basketball

• This is the type of player that should have stayed in school and learned how to play and learned how to be more prepared mentally for the next level

• Trade of Dominique Jones from Memphis to Dallas for cash; I knew they had too many guards there; He is a nice pickup for Dallas

• With the 34th pick the Portland Trail Blazers select Armon Johnson

• This kid has a chance to stick, but he needs to learn to hit shots more consistently

• It seemed like the Knicks really liked him

• He is very athletic and is big for a point guard

• With the 35th pick the Washington Wizards select Nemanja Bjelica (pick going to Minnesota)

• Fran called him a Toni Kukoc clone

• He actually looked like he had a nice handle in the highlights and seemed fluid running the floor

• Will probably be stashed over in Europe for a couple of years

• With the 36th pick the Detroit Pistons select Terrico White

• Super athlete who many thought could be a first round pick

• Has some scoring potential and is a great athlete

• Could be a player who will stick and has some potential as a nice rotational player down the road

• With the 37th pick the Milwaukee Bucks select Darrington Hobson

• Roar in the crowd for the Knicks on the clock

• Hobson is a versatile player who doesn’t do anything that wows you, but looked like he could be a first round pick

• The Bucks lack talent on the wing, so he has a chance to stick

• With the 38th pick the New York Knicks select Andy Rautins

• Mixed emotions from the crowd; Although, I am curious if any player could have truly excited the crowd since I doubt they even know many of the players left

• Rautins is a knockdown shooter who could be a nice weapon off the bench if he realizes that he just needs to focus on shooting and not do more than he can like he sometimes did at Syracuse

• Shooters always have a spot in the league, though, especially in Mike D’Antoni’s offense

• Knicks on the clock again

• With the 39th pick the New York Knicks select Landry Fields

• Not a good reaction from the crowd for this pick

• Leading scorer in the Pac-10 last year

• With the 40th pick the Indiana Pacers select Lance Stephenson

• “Born Ready” as he is known actually has first round talent, but slid because of some attitude problems and an immaturity to his game

• He has a lot of offensive skill and has a matured body already

• He fills a need and could definitely stick with the lack of backcourt depth in Indiana

• They still desperately need a PG, though

• The Heat are on the clock and should gamble on someone like Salomon Alabi since they have no real front court length

• Portland trade of Martel Webster for Ryan Gomes and Luke Babbitt official

• With the 41st pick the Miami Heat select Jarvis Varnado

• A great shot-blocker, but not much else at this point

• Could make the team, though, since there isn’t really anyone else blocking shots on the Heat

• With the 42nd pick the Miami Heat select DeSean Butler

• Great story since he tore his ACL during the Final Four after having such a great season

• He is a kid who does a little bit of everything, but may not do one thing great

• He is the type of kid of knows how to play, though, and could be in a rotation for sure on a solid team

• Hawks trade Damion James to the Nets for Jamal Crawford and Tibor Pleiss; Hawks trade Pleiss to the Thunder

• With the 43rd pick the L.A. Lakers select Devin Ebanks

• Great pick for the Lakers

• I was not a fan of Ebanks in the first round and thought he should stay in school, but he has nice size and is a nice defender and rebounder

• He has the potential to be a Bruce Bowen type player at some point

• Was thought of as a potential lottery pick coming into last year

• With the 44th pick the Milwaukee Bucks select Jerome Jordan

• Another nice upside pick in the second round especially as a player who can potentially backup Andrew Bogut

• Had some first round potential

• With the 45th pick the Minnesota Timberwolves select Paulao Prestes

• Not a player that I have seen before, but I would assume he was drafted to be stashed overseas for a couple of years

• Fran called him a young Marc Gasol and a beast

• Looks big and strong in the highlights

• With the 46th pick the Phoenix Suns select Gani Lawal

• A great pick for the Suns

• He is an excellent rebounder and someone who works his tail off on the floor

• Can be a kid who makes the team and comes off the bench especially on the height and toughness challenged Suns

• With the 47th pick the Milwaukee Bucks select Keith “Tiny” Gallon

• Another nice pick by the Bucks

• He probably should have stayed in school and had some off the court concerns, but definitely has some low post talent

• Concern is his conditioning since he weighs up around 300 pounds

• With the 48th pick the Miami Heat select Latavious Williams

• First player drafted out of the NBDL

• Athlete with limited offensive potential, but the Heat are going to need some players on the bench if they sign three max players

• With the 49th pick the San Antonio Spurs select Ryan Richards

• Foreign player from England who was getting a lot of late press after some very impressive workouts

• Could be a steal for Spurs, as usual

• He is long and athletic and actually has some nice skills for a big man even though he has not really gotten a lot of run overseas at this point

• With the 50th pick the Dallas Mavericks select Salomon Alabi

• Very nice value pick for the Mavs since Alabi easily could have been a late first rounder and had a chance to develop into a lottery pick if he stayed in school

• He is a long, shot-blocker with limited offensive skill at this point, but the Mavs need is someone to protect the rim

• With the 51st pick the Oklahoma City Thunder select Magnum Rolle

• Another long and think shot-blocker which seems to be what the run has been in the last group of picks

• Still a couple of players out there with potential first round talent like Willie Warren who was thought of as a potential top five pick coming into this season, but then his team and he had a really disappointing season

• With the 52nd pick the Boston Celtics select Luke Harangody

• Super productive player during his college career

• Definitely the type of player that can stay in the league for 12 years or so

• Averaged 22 and 10 last year

• With the 53rd pick the Atlanta Hawks select Pape Sy

• He is actually in the crows which is always excellent

• Looks ok in the highlights, but will probably be stashed overseas as well and will never be heard from again

• Underclassmen that may have made a terrible decision are Willie Warren, Derrick Caracter, Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, and Sylven Landesberg

• With the 54th pick the L.A. Clippers select Willie Warren

• Right on cue

• A good pick at this point since the Clippers are getting a potential lottery talent this late

• Warren has some top notch scoring potential, but is just immature and selfish at this point

• Low risk and potential high reward

• Can potentially team up with former teammate Blake Griffin in L.A.

• With the 55th pick the Utah Jazz select Jeremy Evans

• Don’t know much about him at all, sadly, but he was a role player in college and is a long shot to make the league

• With the 56th pick the Minnesota Timberwolves select Hamady Ndiaye

• Another big, shot-blocker with limited offensive skill

• With the 57th pick the select Ryan Reid

• Tough guy from Florida St. who is a big body and who is probably more of an overseas or NBDL player

• Mavericks trade Salomon Alabi to Toronto for future pick and cash

• Nice move for the Raptors since they really lack an inside defensive presence

• He has chance to make their squad

• With the 58th pick the L.A. Lakers select Derrick Caracter

• Was supposed to be a stud when he was in high school and a bit of a head case, but he had a good year at UTEP and has some offensive talent

• Nice pick this late in the draft

• With the 59th pick the Orlando Magic select Stanley Robinson

• Another player who some thought maybe could have been a first round pick

• Excellent athlete who will work hard and can guard the perimeter and will get out on the break

• Has a chance to stick in the league especially if he can improve his spot-up jumper

• With the 60th pick the Phoenix Suns select Dwayne Collins

• Solid player, rebounder, and athlete who will probably be an overseas type player who can work on his game and come back to the League down the road

• The draft is complete, so a few quick thoughts

• Players who weren’t drafted, but still have a chance to make it as free agents on summer league teams: Jon Scheyer (Duke), Ben Uzoh (Tulsa), Jerome Randle (California), Sherron Collins (Kansas), Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga), Manny Harris (Michigan), Sylvan Landesberg (Virginia), Jerome Dyson (Connecticut), Raymar Morgan (Michigan St.), Tasmin Mithcell (LSU), Samardo Samuels (Louisville), Brian Zoubek (Duke), Omar Samhan (St. Mary’s), and Andrew Ogilvy (Vanderbilt)

• Winners: Washington (got the best player in the draft and a potential cornerstone), Sacramento (based on talent, bulked up a shaky frontcourt), Houston (got a player who can come in and contribute immediately), Memphis (got two backcourt players that can play right away), San Antonio (got an NBA-ready player who slipped and an overseas project with potential, like always), Indiana (potential upgrades in the backcourt, but no point guard), Lakers (got some talent late in the draft)

• Losers: Golden St (added another skinny power forward), Knicks (if they don’t get any big-time free agents, they will come away with no impact players), Milwaukee (took some bench players when there was a little more talent available)
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