2010 NBA Mock Draft Volume 1 – Lottery Edition
Here’s my first crack at a 2010 NBA Mock Draft. I’ll start with just the lottery picks. Click here for my updated 2010 NBA Mock Draft.
1. Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky
Point Guards are the name of the game in this league it seems. Washington could consider Evan Turner since they have Arenas, but they can’t pass on the draft’s top prospect.
2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State
There is always a chance that they trade out of this slot, but I doubt it. Instead they’ll add Turner to their backup with Jrue Holiday and slide Iggy over to the 3.
3. New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
The Nets were removed from the LeBron Sweepstakes when they failed to land the #1 pick. While it would have been nice to land Wall, they can plug in Favors, and athletic big man, to play alongside Brook Lopez.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
Back-to-back years the Wolves nab a top Syracuse player. Johnson gives the Wolves a talented wing player, a position of need. His three-point shooting can help stretch th floor. Of course, the Wolves make so many trades that it’s hard to predict what they’ll do.
5. Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Kentucky
If Cousins didn’t have baggage (maturity, weight issues, inconsistency) he would likely be the top big man selected in this draft. There is still time for him to move up, or slide down if he doesn’t impress. For now I’ll add him to the Kings’ frontcourt.
6. Golden State Warriors – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest
Aminu is very athletic and should thrive in the Warriors system. Gives them a boost in rebounding and defense.
7. Detroit Pistons – Greg Monroe, PF/C, Georgetown
Monroe gives the Pistons length. He’s not a great rebounder or defender, but has the best passing skills of any big man in this draft.
8. Los Angeles Clippers – Patrick Paterson, PF, Los Angeles Clippers
Their biggest need would be a wing player. Unfortunately this draft isn’t loaded early with them. Paterson gives them another option to bang around the basket.
9. Utah Jazz – Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas
If they want to compete with the Lakers, they are going to need more length. Aldrich gives them a true center.
10. Indiana Pacers – Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina
Davis is one of those players that hasn’t really had the chance to establish himself thanks to his wrist injury. He has the pedigree and the skills to succeed at the next level.
11. New Orleans Hornets – Donatas Motiejunas, C, Benetton Treviso
Motiejunas is a European big man that can step out and knock down shoots. Okafor can do the dirty work down low while Motiejunas can stretch defenses.
12. Memphis Grizzlies – James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State
The Grizzlies can go in a number of directions. Judging by their need to rely on Allen Iverson and Jerry Stackhouse, they could use guard help. Enter James Anderson who can shoot the rock.
13. Toronto Raptors – Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall
With Chris Bosh all but gone, the Raptors will have a gaping hole in the middle. He will help out with rebounding and defense initially, and has the ability to improve on the offensive end.
14. Houston Rockets – Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor
The Rockets need help in the front court if Yao is healthy or not. He’ll give them a boost on defense with his long wingspan. His offensive game could take some time to develop.