Saturday, May 29, 2010

2010 NBA Mock Draft II - May 29, 2010

Version II - Playoff Picks

First Round (continued)

15. Milwaukee (From Chicago) - Gordon Hayward - Hayward is everything anyone can ask for in a basketball player. He works hard off the court and has absolutely no character issues. He is a leader who is willing to step-up in the clutch but is still willing to hustle after every loose ball. He has a great basketball IQ and has playmaking ability that does not usually accompany his size; Hayward had a surprising growth spurt in college which has left him with a frame of 6'8".

16. Minnesota (From Denver via Charlotte) - James Anderson - Anderson is one of the best on the ball scorers in the Draft. He has a great ability to create good shots for himself. A looming question about Anderson will be how his dominance will translate into the NBA. Anderson has shown a niche to taking over games in the Big 12 in a manner that parallels the dominance of Kobe Bryant. Nevertheless, if Anderson is unable to maintain the same level of dominance, then he still has a great jump shot and is a great defender which will allow Anderson to compete in the NBA for years.

17. Chicago (From Milwaukee) - Larry Sanders - The first few features one notices when watching Sanders is his size, wingspan, and how well he utilizes these physical gifts on both ends of the floor. He is unquestionably a force to be reckon with on the defensive end. He is a threat to block any shot around the paint which makes opposing players weary when entering the paint while Sanders is in the game. Sanders is quite underrated on the offensive end; he has developed a reliable hook shot at VCU which is complemented by a modest mid-range shot. Sanders is still lean, so strength will be a short-term question with Sanders until he develops enough width to firmly hold himself throughout an entire NBA game.

18. Miami - Devin Ebanks - The Heat have a wide array of options here because how open their roster will be coming into the draft. Devin Ebanks was a top 10 pick at the beginning of the year, but his draft stock has dropped because of failure to produce at West Virginia this past season. Ebanks has great athleticism and size which make him a versatile player. He can guard anyone from the two to the four effectively. He is also extremely aggressive which make him a reliable rebounder on both ends of the floor (especially on the offensive end which separates the good rebounders from the great). There have been many questions about the character of Ebanks which makes a player like Ebanks, whose stock is mostly vested in potential, a very risky pick.

19. Boston - Daniel Orton - The Celtics have done a magnificent job of developing bulky big men like Orton over the last few years. Al Jefferson was a great product before he was shipped off to Minnesota. Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis have become valuable components of the Celtics roster. Orton did not play much at Kentucky because of the stacked roster but when Orton did play he demonstrated his size and strength prolifically. Surprisingly, he also has excellent quickness inside partly due to his length. The underlying dilemma with Orton is his ability to contribute offensively because of his inexperience. Playing in Boston will not help his experience, but he will definitely be able to solidify his fundamentals in a system that has been proven to breed productive big men.

20. San Antonio - Luke Babbitt - Babbitt is an imposing shooter who has consistently produced at the college level for Nevada. Babbitt is a pure shooter: the total of his shooting percentages are above the heralded 2.7 mark (.9 free throw %, .5 field goal %, and .4 three point %) as Babbitt shot .500 from the field, .917 from the free throw line, and .416 from beyond the arc. Babbitt is an extremely crafty shooter as he has learned to manipulate defenders with both his face and back to the basket in order to create room for a shot. Babbitt could be a reliable outside scorer in San Antonio with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili creating plays off the dribble and out of sets.

21. Oklahoma City - Paul George - George is a productive Devin Ebanks. George has comparable athleticism and size, but also has a consistent outside shot which shows he is more than just an athletic specimen. Nationally, George's visibility has been quite low because he wasn't in many marquee matchups throughout the season since he was up against less competent opponents. This makes one wonder is George success and abilities were amplified because of inferior opponents.

22. Portland - Damion James - There is no doubt that James has the physique to play in the NBA as a small forward. He is strong and quick which will allow him to matchup with NBA small forwards from the start. James is also a high energy player that has the stamina to contribute throughout most of an NBA game. James will be able to play well on defense, to rebound effectively, to run with the fastbreak, and to come up with critical hustle plays. In his four years at Texas, Damion has turned into an efficient player on the offensive end with basic, yet effective, moves on the low post and in mid-range.

23. Minnesota (From Philadelphia via Utah) - Solomon Alabi - This guy is big and raw. Alabi is potential. The concern with Alabi is that he is 22 years old, and he may have a more daunting learning curve. Regardless, Solomon is a has great character and will fit into any lockerroom. Defensively, his size and length allow flexibility for him in terms of positioning, so he is capable of blocking shots that other big men would not be able to reach or would have committed fouls in the act of attempting to block. Alabi is a good finisher on the offensive end because of his size, but he still is developing his own go to moves. Another fact that grows off of his size is that he isn't the quickest big man either.

24. Atlanta - Gani Lawal - Lawal is good at everything but not excellent at anything. Unlike most big man prospects, Lawal actually has the size and skill to establish himself inside, but he is not a formidable scorer. Lawal's athleticism and quickness make him an effective defender, but he is not a significant shot changer. He was harshly scrutinized in the draft process last year which give him a few objectives to work on this season. Gani was not the focus of the Georgia Tech offense because of Derrick Favors, but he has proven to demonstrate note-worthy work ethic, especially in the face of adversity.

25. Memphis (From Denver) - Avery Bradley - At the beginning of the season Bradley was perceived as a combo guard because of his size. Bradley proved (or rather disproved) that he is only a two guard. With the mindset of only scoring, Bradley has shown the ability to use various position and dribble moves to create space for himself or blow by defenders. Bradley's mindset is justified as he is an excellent shooter with an uncanny niche for scoring. The questions with Bradley arise in terms of finding his open teammates and creating for others since he is undersized at the two. Bradley can become a burden if he falls into a poor shooting streak and because of his size he may find himself bullied at the two in the NBA even though he has exceptional quickness.

26. Oklahoma City (From Phoenix) - Elliot Williams - Williams is a solid guard. Williams has superb athleticism which gives him versatility in being a combo guard on both ends of the floor. Williams has creative play-making ability and is also a threat in the lane. Once he develops a consistent shot from all areas of the court Williams can become a very effective player in the NBA. He has shown solid character and a willingness to learn and improve his game. Right now, Williams is in the mold of a player like Rajon Rondo who uses his speed and athleticism at the guard position to create and work through his teammates.

27. New Jersey (From Dallas) - Stanley Robinson - A MON-STAR. Stanley Robinson could have been in Space Jam. Freakish size. Freakish athleticism. Robinson finished several alley-oops that seemed implausible while at UConn. Robinson has great leaping ability which makes him a distinctive rebounder and finisher. The questions with Robinson were his consistency, his composure, and his limitations as only a role player since his offensive game was limited to only ridiculous dunks. His shooting range was hazardous at times, and Robinson must improve on ball-handling and decision making. Robinson has a lot of the potential, but the NBA requires more than athleticism to be successful.

28. Memphis (From L.A. Lakers) - Willie Warren - Last season Willie Warren was proclaimed as a lottery pick. This season his stock has dramatically slipped because of inproductivity. Warren was perceived as one of the most athletic and dynamic guards in the nation before the start of the season. He showed exquisite playmaking ability and strength to drive in the paint. An impressive ability to shot from far distances and in unusual positions made him a top-tier prospect. This year he seemed to disappear and become a non-factor in many games. Still, teams can hope on the potential that Warren will rejuvenate himself in the NBA because his game has so many positives.

29. Orlando - Eric Bledsoe - Orlando has found itself in pandemonium when Jameer Nelson has been ineffective or injured. Orlando simply needs a spark. Bledsoe is an explosive player who has impressive athleticism and speed as an undersized combo guard. His physical talents allow him to remain effective on the defensive end as well as allow him to penetrate and convert in the lane. Like Daniel Orton, Bledsoe found his role disconfigured because of the wealth of talent at Kentucky. His unusual role allowed him to develop into a combo guard showing his willingness to adjust, but his role may prove to have inhibited his development as a playmaking point guard since he spent less time directing the offense and creating plays then he should have.

30. Washington (From Cleveland) - Craig Brackins - Brackins is the prototypical big man. He was projected to go higher in the draft last season and earlier this season; however, Brackins' statistics have slipped this season which was accompanied by a disappointing season by the Iowa State Cyclones pushing Brackins down the draft board considering he was supposed to be the impetus behind a contending Big 12 team.

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