While everyone else out there is bending and twisting their way through trades, news, and rumors, I’ve settled down and decided to just give my best shot at the Lottery portion of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Let’s be honest, there is way too much information and rumors running wild to get the first-round, much less the entire two-round draft, correct.
This isn’t the NFL Draft, where teams start giving major signs as to who they might pick the day before the draft. Outside of the top two, the door is wide open to several different trade and pick scenarios.
Here’s Weekly Fantasy Sportal‘s attempt at getting it right on one try with this year’s NBA Draft, dissecting, analyzing, and picking all 14 of the Lottery picks:
1. Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky
This isn’t speculation anymore. Washington is moving in a different direction at the point guard position, and that direction is with Wall in mind.
They could pause and consider Evan Turner, but they know that Gilbert Arenas can’t be the face of their franchise any longer. It’s got to be John Wall.
The one-man fast-break could be the answer to Washington’s recent problems, as well as a fantasy basketball dream in 2010.
Other Possibilities: Evan Turner
2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State
The 76ers haven’t had a true go-to scorer and superstar icon since Allen Iverson’s first stint with the team, so grabbing Turner is their only real option at the second spot.
Turner brings size, versatility, and an immediate scoring punch to an inconsistent offense. His presence makes several pieces on the team available for trade, and could open the door to great change in Philadelphia.
Other Possibilities: Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson
3. New Jersey Nets – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
There is still a decent chance that the Nets go for a big man to pair with Brook Lopez, but rumors are really heating up that they’ll nab Johnson and try to persuade Carlos Boozer to sign with them.
Johnson brings great athleticism and versatility, and solidifies their need for an impact scorer and shooter. This pick is still fairly up in the air, but it seems like the Nets are intending on adding a star power forward, so this pick makes the most sense.
Other Possibilities: Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins
4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
There’s no doubt the Timberwolves would have a tough decision if Wesley Johnson slipped to the fourth spot, but it’s unlikely he does, making Favors, DeMarcous Cousins, or Greg Monroe their pick here.
There’s been big talk about the Timberwolves swinging a trade to upgrade at point guard, or to get something back for either Kevin Love or Al Jefferson, as the two have not created a great working history together.
In the end, Minnesota needs to add another big body in case they do unload one of their inside men, and Favors seems like the perfect fit.
Other Possibilities: Al-Farouq Aminu, Greg Monroe
5. Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins, F/C, Kentucky
Rumors are abound in Sacramento, suggesting one day that Greg Monroe is a lock to go at number five, and then turning over and making us all think Cousins is the only guy on their radar.
While Cousins has reportedly been very interested in sliding to the seventh spot and joining the Detroit Pistons, the Kings are now supposedly enamored with the Kentucky product.
Despite just landing Samuel Dalembert in a trade, Sacramento still seems intent on improving their inside depth. It starts here with the selection of Cousins.
Other Possibilities: Al-Farouq Aminu, Greg Monroe
6. Golden State Warriors – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest
Greg Monroe is a definite possibility here, as Golden State needs more depth on the front-line, but getting a reliable, athletic scorer at small forward is also a need.
The Warriors aren’t sure if Anthony Morrow will be back, and beyond that, could simply use better production and more consistency out of the position.
If the draft goes as listed above, it’s likely down to Aminu or Monroe at this spot for the Warriors.
Other Possibilities: Greg Monroe
7. Detroit Pistons – Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas
The Pistons and DeMarcus Cousins keep being mentioned together, but with Cousins going fifth to the Kings, that leaves Aldrich, also in the mix with Detroit, as the top candidate at this pick.
Aldrich gives the Pistons back some of the defense tenacity and intensity they’ve lost over the years, and offers enough marginal offense to make an immediate impact starting from year one.
Greg Monroe is the other main possibility here, but Detroit is likely looking for someone with more of a defensive edge.
Other Possibilities: Greg Monroe, Ed Davis
8. Los Angeles Clippers – Luke Babbitt, G/F, Nevada
The Clippers could go in a number of different directions, but if they took Greg Monroe or another big man here, they’d be regretting it eventually.
They’re already set with Chris Kaman at center and Blake Griffin (if healthy) at power forward, so the logical thinking is to add a scoring punch to a team that has under-performed in that area as of late.
Babbitt isn’t a world-beater athlete, but he brings instant offense to a team that needs it and could use an upgrade at small forward, and also comes into a situation where he won’t be forced to be the number one or number two guy. As crazy as it sounds to say this about anyone joining the Clippers, this is the perfect match for both parties.
Other Possibilities: Greg Monroe, Patrick Patterson
9. Utah Jazz – Greg Monroe, F/C, Georgetown
Monroe slides a bit, but comes to the perfect spot with Utah selecting at the ninth spot. With Carlos Boozer almost certainly heading elsewhere, the Jazz will be in search for some big bodies to help fill his shoes, both as a scorer and as an impact rebounder.
Greg Monroe has the strength, size, and versatility to do that, and then some.
Other Possibilities: Patrick Patterson, Gordon Hayward
10. Indiana Pacers – Gordon Hayward, G/F, Butler
Larry Bird has been drooling over Hayward ever since Butler made it’s magical run in the 2009-10 NCAA tourney, and after solid workouts, the hometown hero gets his wish.
Indiana desperately needs a fix at the point, but with a lack of elite pass-first point guards in this year’s class, getting a terrific combo forward to pair with Danny Granger is the top priority.
Other Possibilities: Paul George, Xavier Henry
11. New Orleans Hornets – Paul George, SF, Fresno State
With growing concern that Chris Paul could be jumping ship and the franchise could be on the verge of being sold, it’s hard to put too much thought in who the Hornets will be picking with the 11th selection.
Regardless of who is running the point in 2010-11, however, the Hornets will need more shooting and better offense, and that’s where George comes in.
He’s still growing, but he’s an impact scorer who could render the disappointing Peja Stojakovic useless (even though he arguably already is).
Other Possibilities: Patrick Patterson, Ekpe Udoh
12. Memphis Grizzlies – Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky
Memphis could really use a point guard, but many would agree that Avery Bradley isn’t a true point guard, and that Eric Bledsoe and Armon Johnson are lengthy reaches at the 12th spot.
Patterson gives them excellent depth on the front-line, while protecting them from Zach Randolph’s attitude, especially in case they decide to unload him in a trade.
Other Possibilities: Ekpe Udoh, Ed Davis
13. Toronto Raptors – Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor
This pick is likely down to the best available of the power forwards, as Toronto needs to be proactive in protecting itself from the eventual loss of Chris Bosh.
Udoh probably offers the most upside, although Daniel Orton, Ed Davis, and Hassan Whiteside (a center) will get serious consideration. Small forward is another position the Raptors should be concerned about (especially if they trade Hedo Turkoglu), although power forward is arguably the most pressing.
Other Possibilities: Ed Davis, Daniel Orton
14. Houston Rockets – Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall
No one knows what to expect out of Yao Ming, or if he’s even still in Houston’s long-term plans. Either way, the Rockets know they need to protect their inside game by gathering some youth and potential, and that’s exactly what they’ll find by selecting Whiteside with the final pick in the Lottery.
Whiteside is utra raw, but he has tremendous size and length, and could be the next great NBA center if he responds to coaching properly, and especially if he an learn behind Ming.
Other Possibilities: Daniel Orton, Xavier Henry
Near Misses: Xavier Henry, Ed Davis, Daniel Orton, James Anderson, Avery Bradley
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