Thursday, June 17, 2010

2010 NBA Mock Draft V - June 17, 2010

Version V

First Round

1. Washington - John Wall - Wall is the Best Player Available. He is NBA-ready, yet he has plenty of potential still left to develop. He is a play-maker and a leader. He has incredible athleticism in terms of speed, agility, and jumping ability. He also proved himself to be quite durable throughout the college season.

2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner - An everything threat. Turner demonstrated the size and skill to do anything on the court on the college level. If his game translates, then he will be a dangerous player. Turner is one of the most versatile players I have ever seen.

3. New Jersey - Derrick Favors - Favors has possibly the most impressive size, athleticism, and defensive Presence in the draft; however, he still needs to develop his Low-Post Ability. Favors is the typical Power Forward/Center Prospect with great defensive abilities, incredible physical gifts, and a developing offensive game. He can immediately come in as a hustle player, and he can eventually become an imposing player in the league one he develops a reliable go-to game on the low block.

4. Minnesota - Wesley Johnson - Johnson is an incredible athlete with a savvy ability to score. His athleticism allows him to score around the rim but his shooting ability makes him a nightmare for defenders. His versatility and motor also make him one of the most reliable defenders on the court. Johnson is the type of reliable scorer that the T'Wolves were lacking last season.

5. Sacramento - Greg Monroe - Sacramento's balance allows them to select the Best Player available here. If any of the above players drop then no one should be surprised if Sacramento takes anyone that slides out of the top four. As the draft process continues, Monroe will rise toward the top of the lottery because he is simply a good basketball player. No big man has a better basketball IQ and only a few guards are of comparable intelligence. He has a polished low-post game. Monroe's passing ability is unheralded and his defense is sound. His only (and well documented) flaw is that he is too passive on the offensive end; his lack of aggression to take shots sometimes led Monroe to disappear from games.

6. Golden State - Al-Farouq Aminu - Al-Farouq Aminu - Aminu possess the athleticism and speed to play in the fast paced Warriors' system under Don Nelson. Aminu even had preparation to play in an up-and-down system by playing with Ishmael Smith at Wake Forest.

7. Detroit - DeMarcus Cousins - Detriot will be seeking a big man. Expect the Pistons to select among DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, or Ed Davis. Cousins has one of the most formidable frames in the draft pool. His size and strength are NBA ready which allowed him to dominate around the basket on both ends of the floor during his season at Kentucky. The glaring question with Cousins is his character. There have been questions about his maturity, effort, and composure all throughout the draft process. His mentality can be absolutely detrimental to a successful NBA career which makes him a risky pick.

8. L.A. Clippers - Patrick Patterson - The Clippers will be extremely active this offseason as they will only have six players not under contract (one of which has a qualifying offer). Most of the players projected in this range of the draft will be big men. The one that the Clippers select will likely depend on what type of players they plan to pursue in free agency. Patterson is a well seasoned Junior out of Kentucky. Patterson has an exquisite inside-outside balance which makes very dangerous on the offensive end. Patterson is solid on the defensive end but not dominant like some other players available here.

9. Utah (From New York via Phoenix) - Cole Aldrich - The Jazz will likely look to replace a departing Carlos Boozer. Aldrich is a high character big man with size and length that allow him to contribute on every single play. Aldrich has the fundamentals of the game down. He is restrained by side speed and outside shooting. Aldrich is simply the prototypical big man.

10. Indiana - Xavier Henry - With a plethora of big men, the Pacers will look to add a guard which should lead Indiana to either move down in the draft or reach for a guard. Henry is a solid all-around scorer. He has a nice shooting touch and is able to penetrate the lane. Henry is also quite reliable on the defensive end. The big question about Henry is his ability to create off the dribble and actually get into the lane. While he can score once he is in the lane, Henry has a hard to maneuvering into it which will surely limit his game when he is playing against NBA players who are as athletic and physical as he is.

11. New Orleans - Ekpe Udoh - Dontas Motiejunas has withdrawn allowing Udoh to climb up a couple of spots in the draft.

12. Memphis - Luke Babbitt - Babbitt’s shooting ability as well as his craftiness makes him ready to contribute on the NBA level. His size and dimensions also give an intrigue for possible improvement which makes Babbitt an appealing pick.

13. Toronto - Ed Davis - Toronto will be looking to replace Bosh. I like the prospect of Toronto reaching to draft (presuming that Memphis doesn’t snag ) Luke Babbitt since he fits the mold of this European style of basketball that Toronto has put together; however, the Raptors will need to address an interior presence. Davis' draft stock suffers greatly because of the exorbitant number of talented big men in the draft. Davis is unquestionably a top 10 talent that the Raptors can snag just outside of his value. He is along and athletic big man who uses his size to take over the offensive and defensive board. His length and athleticism really allow him to utilize the air-game of basketball (alley-oops, high passes, hanging shots, blocks). Davis has nice intangibles but is still a bit raw on the low-block especially since he sat out of most of last season with a hand injury.

14. Houston - Gordon Hayward - Hayward has been drawing more attention as he has been impressing scouts during training sessions and team visits.

15. Milwaukee (From Chicago) - Paul George - George has been climbing up draft boards as this small conference player has also been receiving much more attention. George’s athleticism attracts scouts and his production keeps them hooked.

16. Minnesota (From Denver via Charlotte) - James Anderson - 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) - Hassan Whiteside - Whiteside’s draft stock has come back to reality after is soared during the college basketball season when he led Division One in blocks per game. Scouts praised his athleticism and build, but his flaws as a basketball player have overwhelmed his staggering tools.

18. Miami - 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 reckoned 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.

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 - Damion James - The Spurs have drafted fairly conservatively: always choosing the safe player over risky potential and questionable character guys. James is reliable small forward with a high motor that could provide what the Spurs have been lacking at the three with Richard Jefferson.

21. Oklahoma City - Avery Bradley - Bradley is a talented guard who could go anywhere in the draft from the lottery to the late first round because of team needs. Bradley could provide solid depth to a team that seems on the verge of becoming a contender.

22. Portland - Eric Bledsoe - Portland has been looking to acquire a young reliable point guard who can play alongside of Brandon Roy. Bledsoe’s selfless approach could fit in well to the Trailblazers’ style of basketball.

23. Minnesota (From Philadelphia via Utah) - Solomon Alabi - Alabi is still developing, but it will definitely be worth a risk for a team to take a shot on this big center with a great attitude toward the game. His large wingspan and hands allows him to affect the basketball in ways other players would be unable which gives him an edge in terms of blocking shots, deflecting the ball, tipping shots, and rebounding.

24. Atlanta - Elliot Williams - Atlanta may be losing Joe Johnson this offseason. A playmaking combo guard could be given a look.

25. Memphis (From Denver) - Kevin Seraphin - Seraphin is huge prospect who has exceptional athleticism and strength to accompany his size. Seraphin is still very raw which makes him all about potential.

26. Oklahoma City (From Phoenix) - Gani Lawal - Lawal can help solidify OKC’s interior on both ends of the court right away.

27. New Jersey (From Dallas) - Stanley Robinson - Robinson has freakish athleticism. He 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) - Devin Ebanks - Ebanks’ poor production and questionable character issues has definitely hurt his draft stock in a draft filled with athletic win players.

29. Orlando - Willie Warren - The Magic will be looking for a player with the potential to create a spark on a team that seemed deflated when posed with adversity.

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.

Second Round

31. New Jersey - Jarvis Varnardo - Varnardo is a lengthy center who has a niche for blocking shots on the defensive end. He prudently blocks shots with great control. His size also makes him a solid finisher and formidable rebounder.

32. Oklahoma City (From Minnesota) - Quincy Pondexter - Another scoring threat could not hurt in OKC.

33. Sacramento - Dominique Jones - Jones helps to add depth at the guard/forward for a team that has done a good job of finding these types of gems.

34. Golden State - Terrico White - Expect Golden State to snag the best available player who can run in a fast paced offense at this point in the draft.

35. Washington - Jordan Crawford - What kind of anaylsis would this be if I didn’t mention that Crawford transferred from Indiana to Xaiver after the Indiana recruiting controversy and that he was the player who dunked on LeBron James in one of the most over-publicized camera phone virals over last summer.

36. Detroit - Darrington Hobson - Hobson was a dominant and versatile two/three/four in college at New Mexico. Expect the Hobson to be a early second round pick that could slip into the middle of the second round as a potential steal. Detroit has commitments to the one and two positions, so it should expected that the Pistons will try to add depth at the forward or center positions.

37. Milwaukee (From Philadelphia) - Lance Stephenson - Stephenson was expected to be a lottery pick coming out of high school. In college, Stephenson’s production was so poor at times that it was expected that he would go undrafted. If Stephenson can be steered in the right track then he can become an effective player in the league

38. New York - Armon Johnson - Johnson is a combo guard with nice size at the point with complimentary speed for a player at 6’3”.

39. New York (From Denver via L.A. Clippers) - Grevis Vasquez - The Knicks will have a lot of flexibility here with the 38th and 39th picks. Adding some guard depth would not hurt a team that struggled to find a consistent point guard throughout the season.

40. Indiana - Mikhail Torrance - Torrance had an excellent combine in which his impressive length (6’5” at point guard) and ball handling made him a standout. Torrance’s ability to use both hands so well allows him to be an extremely creative passer.

41. Miami (From New Orleans) - Trevor Booker - Miami has a lot of options as most of the Heat’s roster will be open, and the team has its fair share of picks.

42. Miami (From Toronto) - Jerome Jordan - Jordan is a seven footer out of Tulsa. Last year his draft stock was all over the place as he demonstrated the size and potential of a first round pick.

43. L.A. Lakers (From Memphis) - Sherron Collins - Collins has become a legend at the Fieldhouse. Collins is a leader with great motivation and work ethic. He has always been clutch in the final few minutes of the game. Collins understands that making the best play is more important than him making the final basket in the closing seconds. Late this season, Collins he fell into a rough spell which led many to question his ability pushing Collins out of the first round. He definitely has the playmaking and character to be an NBA point guard. It may take some time to transition, but Collins has the work ethic to be a starter.

44. Portland (From Chicago) - Samardo Samuels - Portland has done a nice job of adding young big men behind the frequently injured Greg Oden. Samuels could be the next in a line of stolen PF/C’s in the second round of the draft for the Trailblazers.

45. Minnesota (From Houston) - Nemanja Bjelica - Bjelica is extremely versatile. At 6’10” Bjelica has the height of a center, but he plays with the skill set of a point guard. Bjelica possess solid passing and ball-handling abilities which make him an intriguing prospect. His combination of size and touch rings the sound of potential.

46. Phoenix (From Charlotte) - Lazar Hayward - Hayward is a reliable scorer and defender who can fit into the up-tempo pace of the Suns as a wing player. Hayward can also play at the post which makes him a dynamic forward.

47. Milwaukee - AJ Ogilvy - The big Aussie has had a lot of experience playing at the highest levels of collegiate and international basketball. Ogilvy has never been a game changer but his size allows him to have a significant presence on both ends of the floor in terms of space and rebounding.

48. Miami - Luke Harangody - It would not be surprising for the Heat to take a risk on a high motor, Big East PF/C after DeJuan Blair turned out to be such an effective rebounder and role player. Harangody works well at the post as he has developed a reliable skill set with his back to the basket and face up.

49. San Antonio - Paulao Prestes - He is a bulldozer. Prestes weighs in the high two-hundreds with a height of 6’10” and a noticeably large wingspan. His second home is inside the paint where he uses his large body. Prestes is appropriately nicknamed King Kong. Also, Prestes has good character which allows many to bypass the flaws in his game and athleticism.

50. Dallas (From Oklahoma City) - Keith “Tiny” Gallon - Dallas’ never ending search for size, Gallon could be an appropriate pick here. In His nickname is actually appropriate for a 6’8”, 300 pound forward. Gallon seems to prefer difficultly forced, face-to-the-basket shots as opposed to using his body and manipulating at the post.

51. Oklahoma City (From Dallas and Minnesota via Portland) - Alexey Shved - Shved is a work in progress. His game is a little wild and still needs seasoning, but he plays for one of the best European Basketball teams, CSKA Moscow, which will allow him to develop while he is still tied in Russia because of military obligations.

52. Boston - Da’Sean Butler - Butler can turn out to be a gem in the second round. He is an extremely well rounded player with tremendous character. Butler’s work ethic will allow him to be, at the very least, a reliable role player. He can create for himself and teammates off the dribble. He is a leader who is willing, and can make, the last shot of the game. His athleticism and frame also makes him a useful defender. A season-ending leg injury draws caution to Butler who otherwise would seem to be a great pick.

53. Atlanta - Charles Garcia - Garcia was a guard for most of his basketball days but a growth spurt has led him to transition to the PF/C; however, he is still stuck in the transition which makes him a tenuous pick. As Garcia has retained many skills he obtained as a guard he has become prone to excessive turnovers. His reluctance to go inside for easier baskets is something that will need to change if he wants to play at the NBA, but since he does possess the size and length to be effective inside there is no doubt that it could become possible. With a developed inside game, Garica could become very dangerous with his mobility

54. L.A. Clippers (From Denver) - Derrick Caracter - Caracter started his collegiate career at Louisville but eventually transferred to UTEP after off-the-court issues placed a significant blemish on his career at Louisville. The smaller stage of UTEP allowed Caracter to continue his development with being under such harsh criticism. He has great mobility and athleticism which is combined with exceptional strength to make him quite effective inside. He also possesses a nice feel for the game and is excellent with the basketball. The glaring dilemma with him branches from his off-the-court issues. His mentality and work ethic are questionable which will lead teams to shy away from a player who does not have the dedication to play in the NBA. At Louisville, Caracter seemed invisible at times which was a big problem. This guy definitely has the ability to be a higher pick. He just needs to prove it.

55. Utah - Dexter Pittman - Pittman is basically the opposite of Caracter. The two have similarly large frames, but that is where the similarities stop. Pittman came into college as an oversized body who worked himself into shape to become an effective interior player. He uses his body to fight off defenders and grasp rebounds. Pittman’s work ethic basically turned him into a draft pick.

56. Minnesota (From Phoenix) - Pablo Aguilar - In addition to having a great athlete’s name, Pablo seems to be fitting the niche as a wing, role player. His height at 6’8” give him a great edge on the perimeter as he does most of his damage from outside the arc. He also possesses the intangibles which have made him a productive player on the European level at a young age. He still has room for development which makes him a solid potential pick; a team that drafts him can leave Pablo overseas to continue to develop or a team can bring him over as a small-minute role player because of his fairly seasoned game.

57. Dallas (pick may be conveyed to Indiana) - Tibor Pleiss - Pleiss has started to enter many draft boards after he has remained after the June 14th European deadline to remain in the draft. This German 7-footer could be stashed in order to allow him to continue to develop.

58. L.A. Lakers - Denis Clemente - Clemente was a solid scorer at Kansas St. His speed allowed him to drive in the lane and slash to find easier baskets. Clemente also brought great energy and leadership to the floor. Through his years at Kansas St. Clemente played in many different situations showing his plasticity in terms of playing with different teammates and in different styles of play.

59. Orlando - Omar Samhan - Many project Samhan to go undrafted because his athleticism simply does not translate to the NBA; however, Samhan is a genius on the low block which will allow him to be a successful basketball at any professional level. As long as he plays on a court with a backboard, Samhan is nearly unguardable. He utilizes his body to wisely establish position and then can pass in and out of the low post which makes him a menace. His low post game is craft and he uses the backboard to make improbable shots from awkward angles. Samhan is great in the half court. Samhan was also a solid interior presence on defense on the smaller collegiate level. Unfortunately, Samhan would be a liability in any fast paced offense and he would require tremendous endurance work in order to build up the stamina for a NBA paced game. Orlando would be a great fit for Samhan who could help motiviate Dwight Howard to develop a better set of low post moves. In the right match-up, Samhan could be a solid piece alongside Howard. Also, Samhan would be motivated to work into better shape because of the higher physique standards required by the Florida weather. A less controversial pick here would be Miroslav Raduljica.

60. Phoenix (From Cleveland) - Latavious Williams - Williams went straight out of High School to the NBDL which stirred headlines earlier in the year. Williams possesses great size and athleticism. His quickness and strength makes you question if Williams could have been a successful defensive end because of the size the compliments such impressive physical attributes. In terms of basketball, Williams is very raw. He contributes effectively on the boards but that is about it. Offensively he is absent, but he is still showing some promise on the defensive end because of his physique. The intriguing facet about Williams is his work ethic and willingness to learn which could offer a promising role player career for Williams.

Second Round Considerations: Andy Rautins, Arinzi Onuaku, Artsiom Parakhouski, Aubrey Coleman, Brian Zoubek, Bryan Davis, Courtney Fortson, Deon Thompson, Deonta Vaughn, DeShawn Sims, Devin Downey, Dwayne Collins, Dwight Lewis, Gavin Edwards, Hamady Ndiaye, Ishmael Smith, Jermaine Beal, Jerome Dyson, Jerome Randle, Jon Scheyer, JP Prince, Landry Fields, Mac Koshwal, Manny Harris, Marqus Blakely, Matt Bouldin, Michael Washington, Miroslav Raduljica, Osiris Eldridge, Patrick Christopher, Raymar Morgan, Robin Benzing, Ryan Richards, Scottie Reynolds, Sylven Landesberg,  Tommy Mason-Griffin, Trevon Hughes, Wayne Chism

NCAA Undrafted: Armon Bassett, C.J. Webster, Elijah Millsap, John Sloan, Lazar Trifunovic, Stevy Worah-Ozimo, Ben Uzoh, Chas McFarland, Dominique Archie, Edwin Ubiles, Jeff Foote, Kevin Palmer, Landon Milbourne, Magnum Rolle, Marcus Ginyard, Marquez Haynes, Marquis Gilstrap, Rodney Green, Sylvester Seay, Tasmin Mitchell, Theo Robertson

International Undrafted: Andrew Albicy, Stefan Bircevic, Bojan Bogdanovic, Sarra Camara, Antoine Diot, Bangaly Fofana, Miralem Halilovic, Thomas Heurtel, Edwin Jackson, Dusan Korac, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Luc Louves, Uros Lukovic, Tomasz Nowakowski, Xavier Rabaseda, Fernando Raposo, Semen Shashkov, Tyler Smith

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