Last night, the NBA welcomed a new class of young college players from around the world to the big time. The class included superstars like John Wall and Evan Turner to up and coming players who could make a strong impact such as Paul George and Xavier Henry. As I watched the first round last night, I pondered upon whether these gentlemen will fit right in the NBA. What their strengths are and what they could improve on. Here is my review of the first 30 picks in the NBA Draft.
1. Washington Wizards : Johnn Wall: Also known as the most electrifying athletic in sports world, Wall was a great pick for Wizards. Wall averages 16 points per game plus six rebounds and four assists.
2. Philadelphia 76ers : Evan Turner: Turner had a superb run with Ohio State. Averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Turner is being considered as the most dynamic player in the draft. A great pick and a great fit for the Sixers
3. New Jersey Nets : Derrick Favors: Favors made it to the headlines when he got a impressive 7' 4" wingspan. The athlete, however, needs to gain some weight in order to better his performance, especially against double teams. I believe he will be a good fit for the Nets.
4. Minnesota Timberwoves : Wesley Johnson: The athlete impressed everyone with his performance in college. The player is known for his team spirit. Not to mention a sharp outfit last night. If he adds a little more weight and aggressiveness he will have a bright NBA carrer.
5. Sacramento Kings : DeMarcus Cousins: Rated as one of the best five in the game, Cousins is certainly big boost to the team. With 15.1 points on average and 9.8 rebounds, Cousins was one of the best players in the nation last season. He's a good addition for the Kings.
6. Golden State Warriors : Ekpe Udoh: Udoh is a highly talented player, reckoned for his agility and speed. With 13 points average, 9.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks, Udoh is going to lead Warriors from the front.
7. Detroit Pistons : Greg Monroe: He averaged 16.1 points and 9.6 rebounds last season. The only thing Monroe need to do is developing consistent jump shots. Otherwise, great player and a good fit for the team.
8. Clippers : Al-Farouq Aminu: Aminu is also considered as one of the best picks in the draft. Last season he established himself as double-double player. Still needs to fine tune himself but he has lot of talent.
9. Utah Jazz : Gordon Hayward: Who can forget Hayward’s impressive performance in NCAA where he led the Butler Bulldogs from the front! Hayward is good but lack of aggressiveness has drawn lot of criticism.
10. Indiana Pacers : Paul George: He is good at jump shots, executes rebounds pretty well and there’s no match when he runs the floor. Overall a complete package for NBA. He will be an underdog player this season.
11. New Orleans Hornets : Cole Aldrich: The athlete has improved his game significantly this season. Not a great athlete but does a decent job. I believe he will challenge Chandler for the starting spot.
12. Memphis Grizzlies : Xavier Henry: The athlete is also dubbed as the smoothest player in the draft. His agility and reflexes are simply superb. Great pick and I believe this guy will be another underdog player.
13. Toronto Raptors : Ed Davis: Davis had an emphatic start with 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks last season. The player has made his place into the top five and will be another force to be reckoned with.
14. Houston Rockets : Patrick Patterson: He has improved significantly recently as compared to his stint with Junior season. The mature Patterson is better and quick and can lead any side to the victory.
15. Milwaukee Bucks : Larry Sanders: As a junior, Sanders averaged 14.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. The athlete is still in his early phase of career. The impressive start has certainly raised expectations.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves : Luke Babbitt: He is not very quick but still smart on the court. The athlete is pretty good at defense. He is also a strong rebounder (8.1 last season).
17. Chicago Bulls : Kevin Seraphin: Injury has been the only dent in his short but illustrious career. Excluding injuries, the athlete is pretty good.
18. Oklahoma City Thunder : Eric Bledsoe: Inconsistency has been a big drawback for Bledose. Otherwise an alright draft pick.
19. Boston Celtics : Avery Bradley: Athleticly gifted but he needs to develop team spirit. The way he plays will probably get him into trouble with the team.
20. San Antonio Spurs : James Anderson: His quick release along with average of 17.9 years make him a profitable investment in the franchise.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder : Craig Brackins: Brackins is only challenged by inconsistency. Otherwise, a supreb athelete, especially his classy athleticism and quick release. He’s a versatile scorer as well.
22. Portland Trail Blazers : Elliot Williams: The player’s records are really good with average 17.9 points, four rebounds and three assets. If he works on mid-range game and ball-handling skills, Williams may go on to become one of the best rookies in the game.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves: Trevor Booker: Booker had a decent season with Tigers with an average of 8.4 rebounds a game. He likes to dunk but needs to practice more on quick release.
24. Atlanta Hawks : Damion James: He holds Big 12 records for rebounds and double-doubles. The athlete had steered Texas in scoring (18), rebounding (10.3). He ranks second on the team in blocks (40). Great pickup for the Hawks.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Dominique Jones: He is the player that averages at least 21 points along with six rebounds and three assists. He is smart, athletic and good at quick release. His shots are generally streaky but otherwise decent pick.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder : Quincy Pondexter: He averaged 19.3 points his senior season that was far better than the 12.1 average in his junior year. His improvement could mean good things for the Thunder.
27. New Jersey Nets : Jordan Crawford: With an average of 20.5 last season, Crawford is certainly a good pick. The player is known for his team spirit and likes to play on the defense.
28. Memphis Grizzlies : Greivis Vasquez: He is very versatile in the game. This we saw in the last season as well. However, a lot of scope improvement will be needed.
29. Orlando Magic : Daniel Orton: He averaged 3.4 points per game in his freshman year at Kentucky. Lack of experience is his only downfall. But the player is not short on energy.
30. Washington Wizards : Lazar Hayward: The athlete has improved his game significantly this season. Not a great athlete but does a decent job.
So that was my review of the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree.