NBA mock draft 2010
The draft prospects gathered in downtown Chicago on May 20-21 for a largely uneventful predraft camp. The league did release heights and measurements for those who attended.
So now at least we know how tall these players stand, even if we’re not sure where they stack up in the June 24 NBA draft. Here’s the latest first-round projection:
1. Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky: Wall checked in at 6-feet-4 in shoes, which makes him officially a little more than an inch taller than Derrick Rose(notes). Will he be more or less explosive than Rose, though, when the games start? There was talk Washington might try to give away Gilbert Arenas(notes) to a team with cap room to free up the point guard spot for Wall. Arenas has missed 199 games over the past three seasons and is due to make $22.3 million in 2013-14, so maybe the chances aren’t so good.
2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, SG, Ohio State: The Sixers have a new coach, Doug Collins, but that probably won’t change their draft plans. They figure to think about Derrick Favors at this spot, but already have tall forwards Elton Brand(notes) and Thaddeus Young(notes). Turner could conceivably fill a need at point guard or play the two and move streaky-shooting Andre Iguodala(notes) over to small forward. Turner measured 6-7 in shoes, by the way.
3. New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech: Favors is listed at 6-10¼ and did well in the athletic tests. Physically, he compares favorably to someone like Amar’e Stoudemire(notes) and should fit well next to Nets center Brook Lopez(notes). Very unlikely New Jersey takes anyone but Favors here.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse: It’s rare for someone to go from well below the radar at the start of the college season to a top-five pick, but it does happen. Tyrus Thomas(notes) is a good example. Johnson (6-7¼ in shoes) was relatively unknown because he sat out the 2008-09 season after transferring from Iowa State. His athletic skills draw comparisons to Rudy Gay(notes).
5. Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins, PF, Kentucky: This is right about the point where Cousins starts to become less of a risk, just because no other players jump out as sure-fire stars. At the predraft camp, Cousins measured nearly 6-11 in shoes (good) but weighed in at 292 pounds (danger).
6. Golden State Warriors – Greg Monroe, C, Georgetown: Maybe he’ll follow in the footsteps of LaMarcus Aldridge(notes). Monroe doesn’t come across as a remarkable athlete, but he was productive and has well-honed skills. Those qualities paid off for Portland when it traded up to get Aldridge in 2006. Monroe is 6-11 in shoes with a relatively small wingspan.
7. Detroit Pistons – Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina: The Pistons have too many guards and not enough power on the front line. Davis measured just under 6-10 at the predraft camp. If nothing else, maybe he can motivate Charlie Villanueva(notes), Chris Wilcox(notes) and Jason Maxiell(notes) to work harder for playing time.
8. Los Angeles Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest: Small forward is the one spot where the Clippers don’t have an obvious starter now that Al Thornton(notes) was shipped off to Washington. Maybe they could fill it with free agent LeBron James(notes). Or they could select Aminu, who measured 6-7½ in shoes with a nice wingspan.
9. Utah Jazz – Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall: Interior defense is certainly a place where Utah could improve, so Whiteside would be an interesting choice. He stands 6-11½ in shoes and had the widest wingspan (7-7) of anyone measured at this year’s predraft camp. That length explains how Whiteside averaged 5.4 blocks as a freshman.
10. Indiana Pacers – Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas: The Pacers could use more help on the inside, but Henry might be too good to pass up. At 6-6½ in shoes, Henry shot 41.8 percent from 3-point range as a freshman and was impressive in the vertical-leap tests at the predraft camp.
11. New Orleans Hornets – Ekpe Udoh, PF/C, Baylor: The Hornets could use some length and Udoh might be the best available, measuring at just below 6-10. He averaged 9.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks at Baylor last season. Maybe he’ll be catching alley-oops from Chris Paul(notes) next winter.
12. Memphis Grizzlies – Donatas Motiejunas, 7-0, Benetton Treviso: The Grizzlies struck gold with both the Gasol brothers. Maybe another sweet-shooting European big man will pay off. This native of Lithuania did not attend the predraft camp, but his height is listed at 7 feet on the Benetton roster.
13. Toronto Raptors – Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas: With Chris Bosh(notes) likely to leave as a free agent, the Raptors wouldn’t mind having another low-post scorer. Aldrich measured a little small for a center at the predraft camp (6-9 without shoes, 6-11¼ with shoes). His skills in college were solid enough to believe he’ll produce in the NBA.
14. Houston Rockets – Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky: Patterson was explosive around the basket in college. Can he do the same against NBA competition at 6-9¼? The Rockets could use reinforcements on the front line.
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Paul George, SF, Fresno State: There have been rumors he played well in team workouts. At the predraft camp, George suggested he could become a tall guard in the mold of Tracy McGrady(notes), then measured just below 6-9 in shoes. That would be a really tall guard if he pulls it off.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves – James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State: Consistent outside shooters have been elusive for the Timberwolves, so the Big 12 player of the year might be a good fit. He averaged 22.3 points last season as a junior and measured close to 6-6 at the predraft camp.
17. Chicago Bulls – Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada: Small forward isn’t really a need for the Bulls, but they could be intrigued by this accomplished shooter, who measured just under 6-9 in shoes. He might be able to develop into that “stretch four” the Bulls have been seeking to spot up from 3-point range.
18. Miami Heat – Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State: With the hope of luring one of the top free-agent power forwards this summer, the Heat would probably like to assure those players they won’t get stuck playing center. Alabi should be able to help along those lines. He measured nearly 7-1 in shoes but didn’t jump particularly well at the predraft camp.
19. Boston Celtics – Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler: The Celtics are getting old at a number of spots, which means the versatile Hayward might be a great value if he’s still around at this pick. The leader of Butler’s charge to the national title game measured 6-8 in shoes.
20. San Antonio Spurs – Stanley Robinson, PF, Connecticut: There’s little doubt the Spurs need help for their aging front line. Robinson measured just below 6-8 in shoes, which is a little small for a power forward. But he was impressive in the vertical-leap test and is clearly one of the best athletes in this draft.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Larry Sanders, PF, VCU: This late bloomer, who measured 6-10½ in shoes, might be able to help the Thunder’s interior defense. He has a nice wingspan and averaged 2.6 blocks last year as a junior. Could he box out Pau Gasol(notes) in a big playoff game?
22. Portland Trail Blazers – Quincy Pondexter, SF, Washington: The Blazers might be able to stay in the Pacific Northwest to add depth at forward. It’s tough to ignore Pondexter’s production. He averaged 19.3 points and shot better than 50 percent from the field during his senior season.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves – Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky: It will be interesting to see if anyone takes a flier on Orton in the first round. He measured 6-9½ in shoes after averaging just 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds during his freshman year at Kentucky.
24. Atlanta Hawks – Terrico White, SG, Mississippi: The 6-5 sophomore had the best vertical leap at the predraft camp. And his production wasn’t bad at Mississippi. He scored 15.1 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Armon Johnson, PG, Nevada: This long-armed point guard measured just below 6-3 at the predraft camp and turned in one of the best vertical leaps. He could become a sleeper pick late in the first round.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder – Kevin Seraphin, PF, Cholet (France): France has produced some excellent NBA prospects recently, including Dallas guard Rodrigue Beaubois(notes) last year. Seraphin is a burly power forward from French Guyana who was listed at 6-9 by his club team.
27. New Jersey Nets – Craig Brackins, PF/C, Iowa State: After a strong sophomore season, he was projected as a possible lottery pick. But Brackins’ stock seemed to drop last season when he averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. He measured just under 6-10 at the predraft camp and tested well athletically, so maybe he still has a chance to go in the first round.
28. Memphis Grizzlies – Damion James, SF, Texas: Late in the first round, teams could do worse than a physical forward who spent four years in a good college program. The 6-8 James averaged 18 points and 10.7 rebounds last winter.
29. Orlando Magic – Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky: It’s difficult to tell whether Bledsoe would have done more or less as a college freshman if he wasn’t playing next to John Wall. The 6-1½ guard does have some fans among NBA scouts.
30. Washington Wizards – Avery Bradley, SG, Texas: This 6-3 freshman guard could end up just about anywhere in the draft. He’s an outstanding athlete but averaged just 8.1 points while shooting 30.6 percent in his last eight games at Texas.
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