Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 NBA Mock Draft (June 13th)

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

No question at the top of this draft.

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

Turner has to be the pick here, whether Philly makes the call or not.

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

If I were in charge of the Nets, I would have taken Favors at #1. Picking him at #3 should be a no brainer.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Wesley Johnson- SG/SF (Syracuse)

I still don't think the Timberwolves will make the pick here, but if they do, it'll almost certainly be Johnson.

  1. Sacramento Kings- Greg Monroe- PF/C (Georgetown)

Word out of Sacramento is that the Kings prefer Monroe to Cousins. However, they're scheduling workouts with Gordon Hayward and Luke Babbit, which means it may be Toronto picking in this spot.

  1. Golden State Warriors- Al-Farouq Aminu- SF/PF (Wake Forest)

Cousins would be a great value, but Aminu fits nicely into the Warriors' system.

  1. Detroit Pistons- DeMarcus Cousins- C (Kentucky)

Detroit's dream comes true on draft night. Cousins may be a basket case, but he's a great talent. I think he'll be the second best player from this draft class.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers- Paul George- SG/SF (Fresno State)

This may be a bit too high for George, but he fits well with the Clippers, he's a California product, and his stock is definitely on the rise.

  1. Utah Jazz (from New York)- Luke Babbit- SF (Nevada)

Word from the Jazz is that Babbit may actually be at the very top of Utah's board. Plus, once again, he's white!

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

Bradley has cancelled some workouts recently, but he still has the potential to be a lottery pick. Especially in a thin point guard draft, he should have a chance to land with the Pacers at #10.

  1. New Orleans Hornets- Patrick Patterson- PF (Kentucky)

Patterson is one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft and is very low risk. His work ethic and maturity should fit perfectly with Chris Paul's fiery demeanor.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies- Xavier Henry- SG (Kansas)

Henry has huge upside and certainly fits the bill of the best player available at #12. That should be the Grizzlies' target, as they don't have any glaring weaknesses aside from their lack of depth.

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

I still like the idea of Udoh in Toronto, but this pick could actually end up being made by Sacramento. In that case, Cole Aldrich makes more sense here.

  1. Houston Rockets- Cole Aldrich- C (Kansas)

I expect Daryl Morey to think outside of the box with this pick, but Aldrich is the perfect fit in Houston, and he provides great value.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (from Chicago)- Ed Davis- PF (North Carolina)

Milwaukee would love to land Henry here, but he'll go higher on draft night, so Davis is a nice consolation prize.

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

Whiteside has great upside, but the thing about potential is that sometimes that's all it is. He has major character and maturity red flags, which may knock him out of the lottery, but not past the Timberwolves at #16.

  1. Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee)- Gordon Hayward- SF (Butler)

Hayward is a hot name in basketball circles right now, and though I love James Anderson here, I don't think the Bulls could pass on Hayward.

  1. Miami Heat- Mikhail Torrance- PG/SG (Alabama)

This may be a surprise, but Torrance might be the hottest name around the league right now. He is a legit combo guard, and a natural scorer with great size.

  1. Boston Celtics- Jordan Crawford- SG (Xavier)

This also may seem like a bit of a reach, but Crawford is the closest thing in this class to Ray Allen, who I'm almost certain will have a new address come October.

  1. San Antonio Spurs- Damion James- SF/PF (Texas)

James is a hard worker and a local product, who provides San Antonio with some much needed versatility in the frontcourt.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- Daniel Orton- PF/C (Kentucky)

Orton is another player with great upside who has proved very little. He won't provide much early, but he could develop into the last piece of the Thunder's puzzle.

  1. Portland Trail Blazers- Larry Sanders- PF (Virginia Commonwealth)

Portland gave significant minutes to Juwan Howard last season. Enough said?

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Utah)- James Anderson- SG (Oklahoma State)

Anderson struggles to create his own shot, but he's a proven scorer and one of the best shooters in the class, which makes him too good to pass up at #23.

  1. Atlanta Hawks- Quincy Pondexter- SF (Washington)

Atlanta needs depth almost everywhere, and Pondexter is the most NBA-ready player on the board at this spot.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies (from Denver)- Eric Bledsoe- PG (Kentucky)

I'm starting to wonder if someone (Cleveland, Charlotte, or Toronto) will move into Minnesota's spot (#23) to take Bledsoe. If not, Memphis would love to land him at #25.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- Devin Ebanks- SF (West Virginia)

Oklahoma City is reported to be very high on Ebanks, but they may wait to take him at #32. With that said, they have very few pressing needs aside from some added depth.

  1. New Jersey Nets (from Dallas)- Dominique Jones- SG (South Florida)

Jones would be a nice addition to New Jersey's existing perimeter rotation. He could provide the defensive presence that the Nets lack on the outside.

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

Memphis has a nice core and several picks in this draft, but they still don't have a true stretch four, a void Brackins would fill nicely.

  1. Orlando Magic- Elliot Williams- PG/SG (Memphis)

Word out of Williams' camp is that he has a first round promise, which has led to his canceling of several workouts. The Magic have a need at point guard, and a very appealing roster. This makes the most sense of any destination for Williams.

  1. Washington Wizards (from Cleveland)- Solomon Alabi- C (Florida State)

Washington could go small forward or center here, but Alabi provides the best value.

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