NBA Draft: 10 Things That NBA Teams Would Do Differently in the 2010 Draft
It's hard to evaluate a draft less than a year after it happened.
But I'm sure if some of the teams had the opportunity to re-do the 2010 NBA draft right now, there would be big changes on the horizon.
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Evan Turner second overall, and he has struggled for the majority of the season.
While Turner could develop into an All-Star one day, Philadelphia could have taken that opportunity to solidify a greater position of need instead of drafting the heir-apparent to Andre Iguodala.
Not all picks will end up badly.
Sometimes the younger players often just take extra time to develop or haven't had the time to adjust to the length of the 82 game NBA schedule.
Regardless of how they end up, this article is just looking at the facts.
Right now in March, I can guarantee you that NBA general managers are watching a player develop and saying "man, I really messed up there".
So I want to give them a chance to make things right...and that chance is now.
10. Chicago Bulls Select Manny Harris in the Second Round of the Draft
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It is no secret that the Chicago Bulls desperately need a young, talented shooting guard to put next to Derrick Rose. I mean, Keith Bogans and Kyle Korver really don't fit that description.
Manny Harris was passed on by everyone. And as soon as the draft was over, the Cleveland Cavaliers invited him to their summer league team.
You can't blame Chicago, I mean. Harris had injury concerns, and people didn't think he could take the hits at the next level.
So when he tore up training camp and preseason for the Cavaliers, many people were shocked.
Now Harris has people seeing his potential when given the chance, and there are quite a few teams that could use him.
I'm not saying Harris would start for Chicago, but he isn't afraid to take the ball to the rim and create contact. And having someone like that next to Derrick Rose would be a blessing for the Bulls.
9. Cleveland Cavaliers Trade into the First Round
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When the 2010 NBA draft happened, LeBron James hadn't taken his talents to South Beach.
If the Cavaliers would have known this was going to happen, they could have attempted to make a deal and get a high lottery pick.
Imagine if the Cavaliers had worked out a deal with Washington for the No. 1 overall pick. John Wall would look pretty good in a Cavaliers uniform right now.
While it may not have been Wall, the Cavaliers could have certainly used a young draft pick to sell to their fans during this streak.
Instead, they have to wait until next year in a draft class that could be worse than this year's.
8. Someone Drafts Landry Fields in the First Round
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Whether he is a product of the Knicks' system or not, Landry Fields can flat out play.
How that many teams passed on a 6'7", 22-year-old shooting guard is beyond me.
Fields is smart, knows how to play the game and is averaging 10 points per game this season.
The Knicks got lucky by snagging him in the second round, because if teams could do this over...he wouldn't be there.
7. Cole Aldrich Falls in the First Round
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Cole Aldrich was drafted 11th overall by the New Orleans Hornets and then quickly shipped to Oklahoma City.
The Thunder were expecting him to be their future starting center, but instead, he has spent the majority of the season in the NBA D-League.
Aldrich could develop into a starting center one day, but he wasn't worth a top-15 pick in the draft.
To make matters worse, the Thunder traded for Kendrick Perkins and gave him a long-term deal.
It looks like Aldrich won't be starting for the Thunder any time soon.
6. Utah Jazz Select Eric Bledose with the No. 9 Pick
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With the No. 9 pick in the first round, the Jazz selected Gordon Hayward from Butler.
Hayward is currently averaging 3.3 points per game in Utah and has failed to provide the team with any sort of spark during the season.
Obviously, the Jazz didn't know they were going to trade Deron Williams, but they would have been better off taking John Wall's backup with the No. 9 pick.
Bledose filled in very nicely during the beginning of the season for Baron Davis and has shown the potential to be good at the NBA level.
He is fast and isn't afraid to go to the hole, and if he can fix his turnover problem, he will be a pretty good NBA point guard.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a 21-year-old point guard to sell to the fans as the future of basketball in Utah?
5. Philadelphia Drafts DeMarcus Cousins with the No. 2 Pick
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I can't stand the kid's character, but he has shown flashes of being very good at the NBA level.
He is currently averaging 13.6 points per game, and his size and rebounding ability is something the 76ers could desperately use in their frontcourt.
Evan Turner may develop into a solid player one day, but the 76ers had a log jam before they drafted him, and he hasn't gotten the proper time to develop.
Cousins would give the 76ers a nice centerpiece for the future with Jrue Holliday, and drafting him wouldn't have started all of the Andre Iguodala rumors that have been floating around all season.
4. Minnesota Trades the Rights to Ricky Rubio
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During the 2010 draft, rumors were flying about the New York Knicks attempting to pry the rights to Ricky Rubio from Minnesota.
For some reason, a combination of players and picks wasn't good enough for the Timberwolves, and now, there are rumors that he may not come over at all.
If Rubio decides not to cross the Atlantic to play in the NBA, the Timberwolves will have made three bad decisions in that draft.
The first was trading Ty Lawson to Denver, the second was drafting Jonny Flynn only to send him to the bench and the third was selecting a third point guard in Rubio.
Instead of having someone the team can build around, the Timberwolves are left with question marks about this franchise for many years.
3. Evan Turner Falls out of the Draft Lottery
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7.3 points in 24 minutes per game isn't really what a team expects out of the No. 2 pick in the draft.
In fact, after seeing Evan Turner play at the next level, I think he may have fallen out of the lottery.
Turner's game is extremely raw, and it doesn't look like he has the bulk to play at the NBA level.
But this draft was so weak, and Turner put on such a great show during his final season at Ohio State that teams couldn't allow him to slip that far down.
In hindsight, the 76ers could have lived without Turner. But they were expecting to trade Iguodala, enter rebuild mode and needed someone to sell to their fans.
2. Phoenix Finds a Way to Get a Power Forward
It's painful to watch the Suns attempt to establish a postgame without Amar'e.
Steve Nash deserves better than this, which is why the Suns could have used one of the young power forwards in this draft.
Derrick Favors, Ekpe Udoh, Greg Monroe or even Ed Davis would have been a nice fit to learn next to the great Steve Nash.
Instead, Phoenix is left with Hakim Warrick and Channing Frye manning the position.
While Frye has hit some big shots and Warrick has thrown down some ferocious dunks, neither should be starting in the NBA.
1. Someone Offers the Clippers Their Whole Draft for Blake Griffin
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The only way that any team other than Washington could have come away a winner in this draft was to somehow pry Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Griffin was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft and was hyped to be the next big thing.
After an injury put him out for the 2009-2010 season, the Clippers had to have been worried about his future.
Since there wasn't a clear cut No. 2 option after John Wall, someone should have offered their picks for the next three years for Griffin.
Instead, the rest of the draft is left with a bunch of maybes, and the Wizards and Clippers are watching Griffin and Wall duel for the Rookie of the Year Award.
While Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins could develop into All-Stars, neither power forward will ever touch the level Blake Griffin plays.