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And now with the breakdown of the picks.
1. John Wall, Washington Wizards: You cant really analyze this pick, Wall is clearly the best player in a four player draft, I doubt he will be as good as the new wave of point guards in the league, but we saw his crazy athleticism in Kentucky and he looks like he will be NBA-ready from game one. But Washington is going through major growing pains and I don't know how Gilbert Arenas will gel in the back court. Washington had to take him, only potential elite player in this years draft.
2. Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers
Another must pick, the 76ers already have Elton Brand's enormous contract at power forward. The position the 76ers needed the most help in going into the draft was point guard and in a draft class devoid of point guards, Turner was arguably the best player on the board. Once again I don't know how he will gel with Iguodala. Turner may be an All-Star someday, but he is not a player who can turn a franchise around. Has Greg Oden potential, but without the injuries. Handcuff pick by Philly.
3. Derrick Favors, New Jersey Nets
Great pick. The Nets now have a core of Devin Harris, Favors, and the good Lopez twin. Combined with a wack of cap room, things are looking bright in New Jersey. Favors was a stud on a Georgia Tech team that had a horrible point guard and a mediocre coach, yet Favors still looked like one of the five best players in the NCAA Tournament. Favors and Lopez are going to be a great front-court combo for years to come.
4. Wesley Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves
So with another questionable draft pick David Kahn takes a third year junior who I believed wasn't clearly the best player on a Syracuse team that fizzled out in the Tourney. That 'Cuse team did not have a clear-cut "best player" and taking Johnson at this sport seems like a reach with Udoh, Cousins, and Monroe still on the board.
I understand that Minnesota is set at the post positions, but Wesley Johnson is going to be nothing more than a role player and is probably the 6th best player in this draft. Another horrible pick by Kahn who took Flynn over Stephen Curry and still cannot get Ricky Rubio to come over to the NBA.
5. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacremento Kings
Great pick and a great fit for the extremely talented standout for Kentucky. I don't buy the head case flag for him. He is an extremely passionate player and in a league where so many talented college players fizzle out due to apathy, Cousins is a breath of fresh air.
Remember that Ron Artest, and Rasheed Wallace both have NBA rings. If Cousins can learn his place as a rookie and adjust to not being the star for the first few seasons, his hunger and drive can propel him to be the best player selected in this draft. And once again a team builds for the future by taking a talented big man, I think that is the most tried and true method of building a team in the new NBA. Sacremento is on the rise and will be a team to watch this season.
6. Ekpe Udoh, Golden State Warriors
Not much I can say about this pick other than it is safe. Udoh had a great season for Baylor and will be a post presence with his shot blocking and rebounding, something the Warriors desperatley needed. Won't have a huge impact, but will provide solid minutes and be a decent role player. Great addition by the Warriors to fill a need.
7. Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
Another solid pickup of a big man in this draft. This draft is extremely heavy on post players who will have decent NBA careers. Monroe can pass the ball and provide a big body for rebounding, which is something Detroit needed. Once again, he won't be an All-Star, but he will provide minutes and do his job.
8. Al-Farouq Aminu, Los Angeles Clippers
"Meh" pick by the Clippers, don't see this guy breaking an NBA starting rotation. Didn't really give me anything to be excited about in his time at Wake Forest, but in a draft like this, you can either take a big man or take a bench player who hopefully can dunk or shoot three pointers.
9. Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz
I like this pick. Hayward should have stayed at Butler for another year to bulk up and hone his game(and probably get to the Final Four again), but as Wu-Tang said it best, "cash rules...". Hayward is a decent shooter who can get his shot off.
But even in college, Hayward looked like a liability on the other side of the ball and I wonder if his athleticism would be a problem in the NBA. Think of a Kyle Korver type career or better. Utah could have gotten Carlos Boozer insurance with this pick though, but opted to go with the small forward.
10. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Awful pick seeing as Xavier Henry was still on the board and the Pacers already have Danny Granger at small forward. George put up ho-hum numbers in the WAC and looks like he will be another Indiana lottery bust on a team that has been having horrible luck in the draft recently. Is a shame for a franchise that once had the some of the most passionate fans in the NBA
11. Cole Aldrich, New Orleans Hornets (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder)
Great pick up by the Thunder, adding another center to a team that's only flaw was its lack of big men. Aldrich has some red flags in his game that include his herky jerkey shooting motion and his six foot nine height. But Aldrich looks like he can do all of the little things that a big man of his height needs to do and that shooting motion still knocks down free throws consistency. At this point the Thunder need anyone they can get at center.
12. Xavier Henry, Memphis Grizzlies
Good pick up by the Grizzlies as Henry was a starter on the team that was the best in the country and didn't get a lot of touches but managed to put up good numbers against solid competition. He will fit in on an up-and-coming Grizzlies roster, who have a dark horse shot at the playoffs next year.
13. Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors
Don't like this pick with Patterson still on the board, the The Raptors need a big body in the post that can eat up rebounds and Davis is built like Chris Bosh during his early years. Davis was a lone beacon on an extremely dissapointing North Carolina team, but with Patterson on the board filling a need that the Raptors sorely needed, this pick is hard to swallow for Dino Nation.
14. Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets
Good pick up for the Rockets as Patterson can provide the bruising presence in the frontcourt that Luis Scola and Yao Ming can't. Patterson sets up a great finesse/bruising combo that the Rockets can play around with down low. He showed class in allowing Cousins, Bledsoe and Wall to take the spotlight in Kentucky and staying the extra year after the coach who recruited him got fired. I like this kid and I think he will be a starter in the league some day.
Chase Ruttig Is A 17 Year Old Sportswriter living in Saskatchewan the Siberia of Pro Sports, you can follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/chaseruttig for more sports analysis. Thanks for reading
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