Breakdown for 2010 NBA Draft, picks 1-25
After more speculation and rumors than a marathon of TMZ episodes, the NBA’s annual player draft is going down. As expected, the Washington Wizards will take University of Kentucky point guard John Wall first overall.
There are no sure things after Wall, though. Not to worry. You can keep tabs on every selection from your living room because HoopsVibe is providing live, pick-by-pick analysis. Of course, we’re interactive, so get at us with thoughts on all the action in the comment box below.
Most importantly, don’t forget to boo Commissioner Stern. And loudly!
Pick and Details
1) John Wall (University of Kentucky to Washington Wizards, point guard).
Very Quick Take: Wall – an athletic and skilled point guard – will give life to a stale Washington franchise. Look for Wall and Gilbert Arenas to form an exciting, high-scoring backcourt. And look for the Wizards, with new owner Ted Leonsis taking charge, to improve in 2011.
2) Evan Turner (Ohio State University to Philadelphia 76ers, shooting guard).
Very Quick Take: The rebuilding 76ers hope Turner’s all-around game makes them relevant again in Philadelphia. A mature and steady playmaker, Turner will fit next to athlete Andre Iguodala and developing Jrue Holiday.
3) Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech University to New Jersey Nets, power forward).
Very Quick Take: There’s no guarantee the Nets – even with new billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov throwing his money around like Nelly at the strip club – sign a top free agent power forward. Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, and Amar’e Stoudemire could go elsewhere, so adding Favors makes sense.
4) Wesley Johnson (University of Syracuse to Minnesota Timberwolves, shooting guard).
Very Quick Take: The Timberwolves are stacked at point guard and power forward. Johnson, an athletic scorer, fills a need on the wing.
5) DeMarcus Cousins (University of Kentucky to Sacramento Kings, center).
Very Quick Take: All the tools are there, but Cousins, fair or not, has a spotty reputation. So small market Sacramento may make sense, especially since newly acquired Sam Dalembert will be gone in 2011 when his contract expires.
6) Ekpe Udoh (University of Baylor to Golden State Warriors, power forward).
Very Quick Take: Udoh can score, pass, and block shots. However, he’ll have his ups-and-downs in Golden State, as long as Chris Cohan is the owner and mad-scientist Don Nelson is the coach.
7) Greg Monroe, (University of Georgetown to Detroit Pistons, power forward-center).
Very Quick Take: He’s a skilled lefty with great moves facing the basket; however, his athleticism and lack of physicality leaves something to be desired. Monroe is a great passer and will help Motown’s struggling offense starting next season.
8) Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest to Los Angeles Clipper, small forward).
Very Quick Take: Blake Griffin and Aminu should make a formidable forward combination. The Wake Forest product has incredible length and athleticism, but must develop his ballhandling and outside shot to excel at the three-spot.
9) Gordon Hayward (University of Butler to Utah Jazz, shooting guard-small forward).
Very Quick Take: The baby-faced Butler star improved his stock with an impressive NCAA tournament. Hayward has an impressive skill set and is great on pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops, which are a big part of the Jazz’s offense. Still, Jerry Sloan needs him in the weight room to improve his strength.
10) Paul George (Fresno State University to Indiana Pacers, small forward).
Very Quick Take: George, an athletic scorer, is a late bloomer who should improve year-after-year in the NBA. Clearly, Larry-legend and the Pacers love his upside, but HoopsVibe News is unsure how he’ll fit next to established three-man Danny Granger.
11) Cole Aldrich (University of Kansas to New Orleans Hornets, center).
Very Quick Take: He bangs. He rebounds. He blocks shots. Aldrich is a safe, rotation calibre player for the developing Hornets. And look for this double-double machine to get some easy hoops off pick-and-rolls with Chris Paul (if he stays in New Orleans) or Darren Collison.
12) Xavier Henry (University of Kansas to Memphis Grizzlies, shooting guard).
Very Quick Take: A superb shooter with an athletic frame, Henry must develop his mid-range game and learn to attack the basket. Still, this long range gunner should fit in Memphis as a reserve.
13) Ed Davis (University of North Carolina to Toronto Raptors, power forward).
Very Quick Take: He’s lanky and athletic, but needs time to find his game. While Davis may have a nice upside because of his rebounding, executive Bryan Colangelo and the struggling Raptors can’t afford to wait on a prospect.
14) Patrick Patterson (University of Kentucky to Houston Rockets, power forward).
Very Quick Take: Patterson rebounds, defends, and scores in the paint. This last year he improved his jump shooting and handles, and may be looking to play a little small forward in the NBA. Still, Patterson likely replaces free agent Luis Scola at the four-spot?
15) Larry Sanders (University of Virginia Commonwealth to Milwaukee Bucks, power forward).
Very Quick Take: In college, his athleticism and long arms made up for his under-developed offensive game. Sanders will be a decent player, but his skill-set must catch up to his physical gifts.
16) Luke Babbitt (University of Nevada to Minnesota Timberwolves, power forward).
Very Quick Take: A straight gamer. Babbitt is a great shooter and scorer; however, there are concerns about whether he can defend in the NBA. But Babbitt will surely find his niche because he’s so competitive.
17) Kevin Seraphin (France to Chicago Bulls, power forward).
Very Quick Take: The physical tools are there, but Seraphin is raw on the offensive end. Thankfully, he’ll stay in Europe and develop, which means the Bulls won’t take on a cap hit, providing extra money for The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010.
18) Eric Bledsoe (University of Kentucky to Oklahoma City Thunder, point guard).
Very Quick Take: Wall’s backcourt mate in Kentucky is a skilled scorer and a tremendous player. Some are worried he’s a shooting guard trapped in a point guard’s body.
19) Avery Bradley (University of Texas to Boston Celtics, point guard).
Very Quick Take: Bradley was once the top high school prospect in the country -even ahead of 2010 first overall pick John Wall. The Celtics like his athleticism and length. They’ll need to work with Bradley if he’s to become a dependable back up to Rajon Rondo.
20) James Anderson (University of Oklahoma State to San Antonio Spurs, shooting guard).
Very Quick Take: The Spurs have got a sleeper. Anderson has range and is quickly developing the other parts of his game. He’ll get plenty of open looks playing off Tim Duncan.
21) Craig Brackins (University of Iowa State to Oklahoma City Thunder, power forward).
Very Quick Take: Another value pick? Brackins is a face-up four-man with heaps of game on the offensive end. He once scored 42 points against the University of Kansas Jayhawks, so Brackins is a player.
22) Elliot Williams (University of Memphis to Portland Trail Blazers, shooting guard).
Very Quick Take: GM Kevin Pritchard is out. Williams is in. This athletic guard will provide depth off the bench and is a nice asset for the Blazers to hold going forward.
23) Trevor Booker (University of Clemson to Minnesota Timberwolves, power forward).
Very Quick Take: An undersized power forward, Booker will have an NBA career because of his outstanding athleticism.
24) Damian James (University of Texas to Atlanta Hawks, small forward).
Very Quick Take: James is a decent rebounder and defender. He’ll get some minutes off the bench for the Hawks, who must spend some money and re-sign Joe Johnson.
25) Dominique Jones (University of South Florida to Memphis Grizzlies, guard).
Very Quick Take: Jones does everything well and – with his ability to play both guard spots and size – should provide help off the bench for Memphis.
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