Monday, May 24, 2010

2010 NBA Mock Draft (May 24th)

  1. Washington Wizards- John Wall- PG (Kentucky)

No brainer at the top.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers- Evan Turner- SG (Ohio State)

This one is also a no brainer. It may be someone else picking, but the value is too much to draft anyone else at #2.

  1. New Jersey Nets- Derrick Favors- PF (Georgia Tech)

Favors is a perfect fit next to Brook Lopez. That will be a formidable frontcourt duo for the foreseeable future.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- DeMarcus Cousins- C (Kentucky)

There is absolutely no reason for the Timberwolves to make the pick here. The either need to trade up to get the player they really want (Turner) or trade down and still get the player they covet at #4 (Wesley Johnson).

  1. Sacramento Kings- Al-Farouq Aminu- SF (Wake Forest)

I still think that Aminu is a better fit than Wesley Johnson because he (Aminu) provides the versatility that the Kings currently lack.

  1. Golden State Warriors- Greg Monroe- PF (Georgetown)

The Warriors have more than enough perimeter players already and Monroe is the best big man available at this draft slot.

  1. Detroit Pistons- Wesley Johnson- SF (Syracuse)

If Minnesota is unable to move up and get Turner, I expect them to cut a deal with Detroit that allows the Pistons to obtain Cousins, while Minnesota moves down to pick Johnson and add another asset (perhaps Tayshaun Prince).

  1. Los Angeles Clippers- Luke Babbit- SF (Nevada)

The Clippers need a small forward, they aren't afraid of the public scrutiny of making a huge reach in the top 10, and Donald Sterling loves Whitey, so this pick makes a lot of sense.

  1. Utah Jazz (from New York)- Patrick Patterson- PF (Kentucky)

Speaking of teams that love Whitey, it's hard to see the Jazz passing on Cole Aldrich, but Patterson is ready to be a contributor from day one, and he may have slightly more upside than Aldrich.

  1. Indiana Pacers- Avery Bradley- SG (Texas)

The Pacers could opt for a power forward here, but they have larger needs in the backcourt, and Bradley adds toughness at both guard positions.

  1. New Orleans Hornets- Cole Aldrich- C (Kansas)

Aldrich is the perfect compliment to Emeka Okafor because he is proficient defensively, but much more of a weapon on the offensive end.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies- Paul George- SF (Fresno State)

I made this pick about a month ago, and you probably thought I was crazy, but George will be a lottery pick come draft night. Take it to the bank.

  1. Toronto Raptors- Ekpe Udoh- PF (Baylor)

I still like the idea of Udoh in a Raptors' uniform, don't ask me why.

  1. Houston Rockets- Ed Davis- PF (North Carolina)

This is spectacular value for Darryl Morey and the Rockets at #14.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (from Chicago)- Xavier Henry- SG (Kansas)

  2. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Charlotte)- Hassan Whiteside- C (Marshall)

  3. Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee)- James Anderson- SG (Oklahoma State)

  4. Miami Heat- Eric Bledsoe- PG (Kentucky)

  5. Boston Celtics- Damion James- SF (Texas)

  6. San Antonio Spurs- Gordon Hayward- SF (Butler)

  7. Oklahoma City Thunder- Donatas Motiejunas- PF (Lithuania)

  8. Portland Trail Blazers- Dominique Jones- SG (South Florida)

  9. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Utah)- Kevin Seraphin- PF (France)

  10. Atlanta Hawks- Larry Sanders- PF (Virginia Commonwealth)

  11. Memphis Grizzlies (from Denver)- Willie Warren- PG (Oklahoma)

  12. Oklahoma City Thunder- Daniel Orton- C (Kentucky)

  13. New Jersey Nets (from Dallas)- Devin Ebanks- SF (West Virginia)

  14. Memphis Grizzlies (from LA Lakers)- Craig Brackins- PF (Iowa State)

  15. Orlando Magic- Jordan Crawford- SG (Xavier)

  16. Washington Wizards (from Cleveland)- Quincy Pondexter- SF (Washington)

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