Is Avery Bradley the answer at point guard for the Indiana Pacers? (Icon SMI)
By Ryan Feldman
Thursday, June 3, 2010
1. WASHINGTON WIZARDS: John Wall, 6-3 196 PG Fr. Kentucky
This is the easiest pick in the draft. There is no doubt the Wizards will take Wall. The electrifying point guard has incredible potential and will immediately be the most athletic point guard in the NBA.
2. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: Evan Turner, 6-7 205 PG/SG/SF Jr. Ohio State
Sure, the Sixers could go for a big man with upside, but Turner is ready to play right now. He could start for the Sixers immediately and could be the best rookie in the league. His basketball IQ and work ethic is off the charts.
3. NEW JERSEY NETS: Derrick Favors, 6-9 245 PF Fr. Georgia Tech
Favors may not be able to play a lot right away but he has a ton of upside. He is very athletic and can score well around the basket. In a few years, Favors could be the best big man from this draft. With the Nets building for the future, Favors is the right fit.
4. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: Wesley Johnson, 6-7 206 SG/SF Jr. Syracuse
Johnson could certainly end up as the best player overall from this draft. He has the size, skills and athleticism to be a Kobe-type player in a few years. Johnson will be an immediate upgrade over Corey Brewer or he can play alongside him at the 2-guard.
5. SACRAMENTO KINGS: DeMarcus Cousins, 6-10 292 PF/C Fr. Kentucky
The Kings could use a shooting guard to play alongside Tyreke Evans, but there isn't one worth taking here. Instead, they can take the best player available in Cousins to form a three-man rotation with Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes down low.
6. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: Greg Monroe, 6-10 247 PF/C So. Georgetown
The Warriors have been in need for a real big man for a while and there are plenty to pick from in this draft. Monroe is capable of running up and down the court in the Warriors' fast-paced style and he is more NBA-ready than any other big man available.
7. DETROIT PISTONS: Hassan Whiteside, 6-11 227 PF/C Fr. Marshall
Like the Warriors, the Pistons also have been in need of a true center for a while. They have a few to pick from, but Whiteside gives them the most potential and length. With a 7-foot-7 wingspan, he can cover a lot of ground defensively.
8. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS: Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-8 216 SF So. Wake Forest
The Clippers have plenty of quality big men and they have a quality backcourt with Baron Davis and Eric Gordon, so a quality small forward is what they are lacking. Aminu is a prototypical small forward and has star potential with his ability to score inside and outside.
9. UTAH JAZZ: Cole Aldrich, 6-9 236 PF/C Jr. Kansas
With Carlos Boozer possibly opting for free agency, the Jazz need a big man to potentially replace him. Aldrich can contribute right away and has the wingspan to play power forward or center. He needs to work on his offensive game but he is ready to contribute defensively immediately.
10. INDIANA PACERS: Avery Bradley, 6-2 180 PG/SG Fr. Texas
The Pacers are in need of a point guard because T.J. Ford is not the answer. Bradley appears to be in the mold of Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo in that he has no position but can learn to be a great point guard.
11. NEW ORLEANS HORNETS: Xavier Henry, 6-6 210 SG/SF Fr. Kansas
The Hornets need someone to play alongside Chris Paul and knock down outside shots. Henry can be that guy and he also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket.
12. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: Luke Babbitt, 6-8 218 SF So. Nevada
If Rudy Gay opts for free agency, the Grizzlies will need a replacement small forward. If Gay stays, Babbitt can play power forward and give the Grizzlies a versatile frontcourt.
13. TORONTO RAPTORS: Ed Davis, 6-9 227 PF So. North Carolina
The Raptors need a big man to team up with Andrea Bargnani and they'll be happy to take any big man that falls to them. Davis is the best available. He is very athletic, rebounds well, and can score well in the post.
14. HOUSTON ROCKETS: Ekpe Udoh, 6-9 237 PF/C Jr. Baylor
With Yao Ming's injury concerns, the Rockets need some size. Udoh is as good of a defender as any big man in this draft and he can knock down shots on the offensive end.
15. MILWAUKEE BUCKS: Patrick Patterson, 6-8 240 PF Jr. Kentucky
Other than Andrew Bogut, the Bucks really lack quality big men. They need someone who can start at power forward right away, and Patterson is that guy. He is a dynamic offensive player with the ability to score in the post or knock down jumpers.
16. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: Donatas Motiejunas, 7-0 215 PF/C Lithuania
The Timberwolves have three first round picks, so they certainly can't afford to pay three first round picks next year. Instead they will be looking to take a European player. With the best one available in Motiejunas, they can stash him away and get a versatile 7-footer when he decides to come to the NBA.
17. CHICAGO BULLS: James Anderson, 6-5 208 SG Jr. Oklahoma State
The Bulls need a prototypical shooting guard to play alongside Derrick Rose. At 6-foot-5 with solid strength and athleticism and a nice outside jumper, Anderson will fit will in Chicago.
18. MIAMI HEAT: Daniel Orton, 6-9 269 PF/C Fr. Kentucky
The Heat need a lot of size down low and Orton is certainly a big guy. He can play either big man position and he has a lot of potential. Unless the Heat can keep Dwyane Wade and sign another star, they are far from contending, so they'll have no problem developing Orton.
19. BOSTON CELTICS: Gordon Hayward, 6-7 211 SF So. Butler
If Hayward is still on the board, he will be tough for the Celtics to pass up. They lack depth at small forward, and with Pierce aging and Ray Allen possibly leaving Hayward will be their future at that position.
20. SAN ANTONIO SPURS: Paul George, 6-8 214 SF So. Fresno State
The Spurs could really use a small forward to replace Richard Jefferson in the future. The Spurs love to take those sleepers in the draft like George Hill a few years ago, and George is just like that. He didn't accomplish much in college but he has the potential to be a star.
21. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: Solomon Alabi, 7-0 237 C So. Florida State
Alabi would be a great fit for the defensive-minded Thunder, who lack a quality 7-footer. Serge Ibaka is the future in the middle, but he can slide over to power forward with Ibaka on the floor or Ibaka can back him up.
22. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: Craig Brackins, 6-9 229 PF Jr. Iowa State
Brackins is a great power forward to have for the pick-and-roll game. He can really stretch the defense by hitting long jumpers but he also has the length and athleticism to score down low.
23. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: Larry Sanders, 6-10 222 PF Jr. VCU
The Timberwolves could use a mobile big man to back up Kevin Love and Al Jefferson. Sanders has excellent length and can really be an asset on the defensive end.
24. ATLANTA HAWKS: Eric Bledsoe, 6-1 192 PG Fr. Kentucky
Mike Bibby just didn't get it done in the playoffs for the Hawks. With Bledsoe still on the board, it will be tough to pass him up. He still has a lot to learn as far as running the point but he has an NBA body and can knock down long jumpers.
25. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: Elliot Williams, 6-4 180 PG/SG So. Memphis
The Grizzlies have waited long enough for Mike Conley, Jr. to develop and it's clear that he isn't the answer at point guard. By drafting Williams, the Grizzlies will have two capable ball-handlers in Williams and O.J. Mayo, both of which have the size to play and defend either guard position.