21 June 2010
1. Washington Wizards
John Wall, PG, Kentucky
There should be no doubt who the Wizards take with the first pick. John Wall is another awesome point guard to come from John Calipari just like Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans.
He has great size, quick with the ball, has a great shot, and is unselfish. What more can you ask for?
Plus it will be ironic to see Gilbert Arenas as a shooting guard.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner G Ohio State
Once again, there is no doubt who the 76ers should take. Evan Turner is the clear number 2 player on the board and could become the next Brandon Roy. That would be a great building block for Doug Collins and his squad.
3. New Jersey Nets
Derrick Favors F Georgia Tech
The Nets are daydream believing that Turner will fall to them but that will not happen. And that might be a good thing. Favors is raw, but he has the chance to develop into a dominant athletic forward and will be a good fit opposite Brook Lopez in the post for the Nets. This could be a spot where Detroit might try to move up to get Demarcus Cousins.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
DeMarcus Cousins C Kentucky
The T'Wolves really need size as neither Kevin Love nor Al Jefferson is big enough to be a center. Cousins has the potential to be an elite center, which is pretty rare nowadays.
5. Sacramento Kings
Wesley Johnson F Syracuse
The Kings need help out on the wing to help replace Kevin Martin. Johnson uses his length to get steals and blocks and has a nice shot.
6. Golden State Warriors
Greg Monroe F Georgetown
Monroe is an excellent passer, has great hands, and has a pretty good shot for a man of his size. All Don Nelson can ask for in a big man.
7. Detroit Pistons
Ed Davis PF UNC
The Pistons need size up front and while Davis needs work on his offense, he is very strong on the defensive end. Unlike Charlie Villenueva for example.
8. Los Angeles Clippers
Al-Farouq Aminu F Wake Forest
A great athlete and very talented on the offensive end, Aminu helps fills a big need at the 3 for the Clippers.
9. Utah Jazz
Cole Aldrich C Kansas
The Jazz need a big, physical center to complement Mehmet Okur who is more of a 4. Aldrich has the talent to be a dominant force on the defensive end, something the Jazz could use.
10. Indiana Pacers
Epke Udoh F Baylor
The Pacers need an athletic big man who can be a force in the paint defensively, and Udoh and can be that guy
11. New Orleans Hornets
Gordon Hayward F Butler
The Hornets really need a scorer on the wing with the chronic injury problems of Peja Stojakovic so Hayward is the perfect player to learn from Peja and use his shot to benefit the NOLA offense.
12. Memphis Grizzlies
Patrick Patterson F Kentucky
Patterson needs work on his defense, but is extremely athletic and well built. He adds depth to an underrated frontcourt and could help lessen the hole of a potential Rudy Gay departure.
13. Toronto Raptors
Daniel Orton F/C Kentucky
A possible replacement for Chris Bosh, Orton is very raw on the offensive end but has the potential to be a major force defensively.
14. Houston Rockets
Hassan Whiteside C Marshall
Whiteside is extremely raw but the Rockets need a big man in case Yao suffers more injuries and Whiteside can develop when Yao is healthy and has the potential to be a major force.
15. Milwaukee Bucks
Xavier Henry G/F Kansas
With Michael Redd very injury-prone and Johnnie Salmons likely to opt out, the bucks could use some depth on the wing and Henry has the potential to be a very good player with an excellent shot.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves
Luke Babbitt SF Nevada
The Wolves need a wing scorer badly and Babbitt is an excellent shooter and can put points on the board in a hurry.
17. Chicago Bulls
James Anderson G Oklahoma State
The Bulls still need a solid 2 guard to help fill the hole that Ben Gordon left a year ago and Anderson is a very talented gunner with a nice shot and jumps that make Kevin Harlan speechless.
18. Miami Heat
Eric Bledsoe PG Kentucky
The Heat could use more backcourt depth should Dwayne Wade resigns and if not then they need a replacement at the point. Bledsoe has the potential to be a very good point guard with an above average jumper.
19. Boston Celtics
Avery Bradley G Texas
With Ray Allen's contract up, the Celtics need another piece in the backcourt to pair with Rondo and Bradley has a good enough jumpshot to be able to play alongside him.
20. San Antonio Spurs
Quincy Pondexter F Washington
Pondexter's strength as an aggressive defender might remind some of a young Bruce Bowen with enough of a jumpshot to not be an offensive weakness.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Solomon Alabi C Florida State
One of the teams on the rise in the NBA, one of the few piece the Thunder are missing is a dominant force down low. Alabi has excellent size, is very long, is a great shot blocker and alters a lot of shots in the paint. With some seasoning he can develop into a major force defensively. Still very raw offensively though and needs a lot of work on that aspect of his game.
22. Portland Trail Blazers
Paul George G/F Fresno State
The Blazers do not have any specific needs and can afford to take the best player on the board and George makes a good case that he is. Plus he can provide depth should Brandon Roy get injured again so everybody is a winner with this pick.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves
Lance Stephenson G Cincinnati
There is a very high chance the Wolves trade this pick. If they hold onto it, Stephenson is a natural scorer that Minnesota can use off the bench for quick scoring.
24. Atlanta Hawks
Jordan Crawford G Xavier
With Joe Johnson likely leaving, the Hawks need to help replace his scoring. Jamal Crawford and Jordon would both fill the void admirable as both are big time scorers that can play both backcourt spots.
25. Memphis Grizzlies
Damion James G/F Texas
Another addition who can help replace Rudy Gay should he leave. James is a versatile and tough wing player who runs the court well and has a nice mid range jumper.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder
Craig Brackins F Iowa State
Brackins would add a low post scorer to the Thunder mix, something they are currently lacking in.
27. New Jersey Nets
Dominique Jones G South Florida
Jones is a great scorer who should be able to play the point in the pros, which would allow Devin Harris and Jones to play simultaneously. With Courtney Lee disappointing last year, this is a solid pick.
28. Memphis Grizzlies
Larry Sanders F VCU
Sanders is a very versatile and athletic frontcourt player who can help spell Zach Randolph or replace him should Randolph run into the law again.
29. Orlando Magic
Armon Johnson G Nevada
Johnson is an underrated point who can help spell Jameer Nelson. Johnson is sound at attacking the basket and is very quick. He will benefit from learning from Nelson.
30. Washington Wizards
Devin Ebanks F West Virginia
Ebanks is a very long defender who would greatly benefit the defense on the wing for the Wizards. Not a great shooter but more of a slashing wing.