2010 NBA Mock Draft #1
I posted my lottery picks last month. Here’s a look at the whole first round.
1.Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky
Nothing has changed to move Wall out of the top spot.
2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State
Turner remains the Sixers’ best choice.
3. New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
Favors remains the logical choice to bolster the Nets’ frontline.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves – DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky
While Wesley Johnson fills a need at the small forward position, they are easier to come by than true centers. Cousins gives the Wolves a force in the middle to pair with undersized Al Jefferson and/or Kevin Love.
5. Sacramento Kings – Greg Monroe, C, Georgetown
With Cousins moving up a slot in this mock, the Kings go for Monroe instead to solidify the middle.
6. Golden State Warriors – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
Johnson slips to Warriors, who gladly snatch him up. He is a great fit in their system as he can run the floor and stretch defenses with his three-point ability.
7. Detroit Pistons – Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor
Udoh gives the Pistons a talented big man that can help out on both ends of the court. His shot blocking ability will be coveted.
8. Los Angeles Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest
The Clippers continue to put the pieces together as Aminu fills as need at small forward. With Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Aminu, Blake Griffin, and Chris Kaman, the Clippers have a talented, young nucleus.
9. Utah Jazz – Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas
The Jazz were exposed for their lack of size against the Lakers. Aldrich gives them a better chance to advance.
10. Indiana Pacers – Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina
Davis could end up one of the top 3-5 players in this draft. Getting him at ten, while filling a need, is a steal for the Pacers.
11. New Orleans Hornets – Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky
What Patterson lacks in size, he makes up for it with ability. Chris Paul will fall in love with him.
12. Memphis Grizzlies – Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada
Babbitt won’t confuse anybody for a defensive stopper, but he is very talented offensively. He gives Memphis another shooter.
13. Toronto Raptors – Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall
Assuming Chris Bosh does not return to the Raptors, it’s rebuilding time. That affords them to take the raw Whiteside and allow him to develop. He should be a force immediately on defense and grow into an offensive player.
14. Houston Rockets – Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky
Even if Yao Ming is healthy, they need insurance in case he is injured again. Orton needs some time to develop, which the Rockets can provide him as long as Yao is healthy.
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler
Hayward made a name for himself in Butler’s impressive tourney run. He gives the Bucks another smart player that can knock down open shots.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves – Paul George, SF, Fresno State
I’d be surprised if the Wolves didn’t move out of this slot. For the sake of the mock I’ll have them select George, who gives them an athletic wing player with a nice shooting touch. He should be a nice upgrade over Ryan Gomes.
17. Chicago Bulls – Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas
Henry gives the Bulls a nice shooting guard to pair with Derrick Rose. Creating shots isn’t his thing, but with Rose, and possibly LeBron, he won’t need to.
18. Miami Heat – Damion James, SF, Texas
James gives the Heat a banger in the middle. He is a good rebounder and solid defender. Can get out and run the floor, which will please D-Wade (assuming he returns to South Beach).
19. Boston Celtics – Larry Sanders, PF, VCU
KG has clearly lost a step. Sanders can develop under KG and give them a boost on both ends of the court.
20. San Antonio Spurs – Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State
The Spurs have to start preparing for life after Tim Duncan. He should be able to develop with the Spurs offensively. He should help out immediately on defense.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Seraphin, PF, Cholet (France)
The Thunder also need to get bigger to compete with the Lakers. Seraphin plays a good team game, and is a good rebounder and defender.
22. Portland Trail Blazers – Avery Bradley, PG/SG
Bradley is a combo guard that brings it defensively. He has some range, which will have to improve at this level. High intensity player.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves – James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State
Will this pick actually take place? Hard to say. If the Wolves stay put, Anderson could be the pick. He’s one of the best shooters in the draft.
24. Atlanta Hawks – Stanley Robinson, SF, UConn
Robinson can play both the 3 and the 4. Good rebounder with plenty of athleticism.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky
Gives the Grizzlies a capable backup PG with plenty of upside.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder – Elliot Williams, SG, Memphis
The Thunder grab Williams here to provide depth and a scoring punch off the bench.
27. New Jersey Nets – Dominique Jones, PG, South Florida
The Nets need to add a backup point guard. Jones fits the bill. He can also play at the two.
28. Memphis Grizzlies – Devin Ebanks, SF, West Virginia
Even if the Grizzlies bring back restricted free agent Rudy Gay, they could use some depth at the small forward position. He is a high energy that hits the glass and plays good defense.
29. Orlando Magic – Quincy Pondexter, SF, Washington
Pondexter is very athletic and versatile. He is good in the open court and can defend multiple positions.
30. Washington Wizards – Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Tech
Lawal gives the Wizards size and toughness in the paint.