2010 NBA Draft Results: Five Rookies Looking To Make Immediate Impact
Get excited: the 2010 NBA draft results are in, and the fabric of American basketball is about to change.
If your head is still spinning from the rumors and speculations surrounding LeBron James' free agency, take a deep breath and forget about LBJ for just a moment—a new generation of stars has arrived.
The best high school and college athletes are headed to the NBA's weakest franchises, where they will have opportunities to make losing teams into playoff contenders.
Every top draftee had an impact on his college or high school team, but only a handful of players will be able to improve their respective teams right away.
Here is a list of players who will likely have an immediate impact on the teams to which they were drafted.
Evan Turner—Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers had one of the worst records in basketball last year. Far from the playoffs, the 27-55 team lacked an effective top scorer.
Averaging only 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last year, Andre Iguodala failed to provide his team with what some analysts would call the "Kobe Factor."
A lack of aggression in the paint may be a thing of the past for the 2010 76ers'—Ohio State's Evan Turner may be the solution to the team's lack of offensive power.
For the Buckeyes, the six-foot-seven, 214-pound forward/guard averaged 20.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
As a 76er, Turner could effectively play 3 positions on any given night. Regardless of position, the 21-year-old will have an immediate impact in Philadelphia.
Wesley Johnson—Minnesota Timberwolves
Like the 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves had a 2009-2010 season they would like to forget—they won only 15 of their 82 games.
The Timberwolves need speed and strength, and No. 4 overall pick Wesley Johnson can provide both.
At six-foot-eight and 206 pounds, Johnson can bolster the small-forward position in a way that Ryan Gomes couldn't.
For the Syracuse Orange, Johnson averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
In Minnesota, Johnson will have the opportunity to be the Timberwolves' go-to guy.
Ed Davis—Toronto Raptors
A disappointing 2009-2010 season left the Toronto Raptors short of the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Now, chances at the 2011 postseason seem to be growing slimmer as rumors indicate team leader Chris Bosh will leave Toronto in free agency.
Quite simply, the Raptors need someone who can immediately keep their offense from falling apart—this person could just be the No.13 pick, Ed Davis.
At six-foot-ten and 227 pounds, Davis has the potential to fill the power forward gap that will be left by Chris Bosh if he leaves.
With the North Carolina Tar Heels, Davis averaged 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Davis will have some big shoes to fill in Toronto, but he has enough potential to eventually become a go-to player the Raptors so sorely need.
Greg Monroe—Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons had a lackluster season, finishing last in their division.
Now, the Pistons look to regroup by rebuilding their team with young talent in Greg Monroe, who will likely take over as big man.
The 2009-2010 season was a shameful one for the Pistons' centers—especially for starter Ben Wallace, who averaged only 5.5 points per game.
Monroe should play better than Wallace—for the Georgetown Hoyas, he averaged 16.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
At six-foot-eleven and 247 pounds, the Pistons' search for an interior presence is over, as they found their man in Monroe.
Derrick Favors—New Jersey Nets
The New Jersey Nets had one of the worst seasons in NBA history in 2009-2010, so any change to their franchise is probably a good one.
Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors has the potential to lift the Nets from a world of embarrassment—his six-foot-ten, 245 pound physique is perfect for power forward.
The Nets' leading scorer last season was center Brook Lopez. With Lopez setting him up, Favors may have the opportunity to put up big numbers in New Jersey.