The 2010 NBA Draft is here and happening, folks. Our final NBA Mock Draft is in, and we’re reading to pit out expert picks against what’s really about to happen in the NBA Draft.
Just about everyone is set with John Wall going first and Evan Turner going second, but after that the draft is an arguable mess and toss-up. Expect many trades, both with picks and big-name players before the night is over.
Stick here with us as you watch the draft live, as we update every team’s pick with analysis, as well as catch all the trades and buzz!
1. Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky
Despite the presence of Gilbert Arenas, expect Wall to come in and start from day one as the Wizards’ point guard.
He has great size (6’4″) and strength, which he combines with his speed to make a nightmare matchup for opposing guards.
His jump shot could use some improvement, but expect him to have a Derrick Rose-like impact for Washington.
Wall’s quickness and long arms make him a potential menace on the defensive end of the floor.
Don’t be surprised to see Arenas slide over to off-guard.
Mock pick: Wall
2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, G, Ohio State
There was uncertainty leading up to this pick due to the presence of Andre Iguodala on the roster, but Turner had to be the pick.
He was the best all-around player in the nation last year at Ohio State, and was the National Player of the Year.
He’s a big guard at 6’7″ that can guard three positions and should be able to score effectively at the NBA level.
Mock pick: Turner
3. New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
Trade rumors swirled up until the pick was made, but the Nets got perhaps the best big man prospect in this draft.
He’s relatively raw offensively, but he didn’t get many touches in his only collegiate season at Georgia Tech.
He should be able to contribute on the glass immediately, and the offense should come with time.
Favors doesn’t turn 18 until July, so he’s likely something of a project.
However, he has all the physical tools, and could eventually blossom into a Kevin Garnett-style talent.
Mock pick: Wesley Johnson
4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
Johnson’s draft spot was uncertain coming in, but Minnesota jumped on him here.
He fills a dire need for the T’Wolves, who lack scoring on the wing in a bad wing.
The 23-year-old is supremely athletic, and is very proficient at scoring inside-the-arc and finishing at the rim.
He’s quicker than he would seem, and is one of the most versatile swingmen in this class.
Rebounding and defense should be part of the package as well.
Mock pick: Derrick Favors
5. Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky
Some consider Cousins to be the best overall big man prospect on the board.
He’s immense at 6’11″ and 290 pounds, and already has a very polished offensive game in the post.
He can rebound with the best of them, and could prove to be a huge cog in the middle of the defense as well.
Cousins should fit in nicely alongside Carl Landry to give the Kings one of the best offensive frontlines in the entire league.
Mock pick: Cousins
Udoh becomes the highest-drafted Baylor player ever.
He’s a menace on the defensive end of the floor, and should help to anchor the non-existent Warriors’ defense.
Udoh is capable of knocking down a jumper from time to time, as well.
While he’s not inept offensively, his impact will be made on defense and on the glass.
While this may be a bit of a reach at no. 6, the Warriors need all the help they can get.
Mock pick: Udoh
7. Detroit Pistons – Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown
Monroe has reportedly been at the top of the Pistons’ list all along, and they get their man here.
He has an incredibly high basketball IQ, and is likely the best passing big man available.
While he’s not overly assertive on the offensive end, he’s still very skilled and has the ability to score with regularity.
He did disappear at times at Georgetown, but he certainly has lots of star potential here.
The Pistons get much-needed help in the frontcourt.
Mock pick: Monroe
8. Los Angeles Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest
Aminu is one of the best athletes in the draft, and should help to fill a nice hole for the Clippers at small forward.
He has very good potential, and plays with good energy.
This is evident based on his proficiency on the offensive glass, where he averaged 4.3 offensive boards per game last season.
While he may not be a star at the next level, he certainly has the ability to be a very good, very productive player.
Mock pick: Aminu
9. Utah Jazz – Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler
Hayward came out of nowhere to become the star of the NCAA tournament, where he helped lead Butler to the brink of a National Championship.
He’s not a great athlete, but is a very smart player with the basketball.
He’s a good passer and a solid rebounder, but could stand to improve his jump shot.
Hayward and his competitive drive should fit in nicely with Jerry Sloan in Utah.
Mock pick: Patrick Patterson
10. Indiana Pacers – Paul George, SF, Fresno State
George was a fast riser in this draft.
He comes from a poor team in Fresno State, so has naturally been off-the-radar for much of his career.
George is a very versatile player at 6’8″ with a good scoring touch and good finishing ability.
He’s still growing as a player, and can still improve quite a bit.
He sometimes settles for too many jumpshots, but is athletic enough to get to the basket more consistently.
Interesting pick, considering the presence of fellow small forward Danny Granger.
Mock pick: Gordon Hayward
11. New Orleans Hornets – Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas
Aldrich will make his living in the NBA as a defender and shot blocker.
He’s a smart player, and it would be hard to imagine him not being successful in the league.
He’s not a bad offensive player, and could be a guy to get you 10 points per game or so.
Aldrich is a good leader, and a very solid pick for New Orleans.
Mock pick: Paul George
Trade: New Orleans reportedly trades Morris Peterson and rights to Cole Aldrich to Oklahoma City Thunder for 21st and 26th overall picks.
12. Memphis Grizzlies – Xavier Henry, G, Kansas
Henry is a lights-out shooter, and should be able to score at the NBA level.
While he’s a good athlete, he’s more likely to do damage with his jump shot.
He’s long enough to potentially play some small forward for the Grizzlies.
He was one of the nation’s top prospects coming out of high school, and makes a very solid pick for Memphis.
Mock pick: Luke Babbitt
13. Toronto Raptors – Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina
Davis fell a bit, and was a much hotter prospect after his freshman season.
He was forgotten about during North Carolina’s miserable season last year.
The Raptors may see him as a potential Bosh replacement, and they have to be thrilled that he fell to them here.
He’s a great rebounder, but is still very limited in terms of offensive moves down low.
Davis has the potential to be a very good player, but must continue to develop.
Mock pick: Davis
14. Houston Rockets – Patrick Patterson, F, Kentucky
Patterson, the veteran presence on Kentucky’s freshman-loaded team last season, should be ready to contribute right away.
He’s extremely versatile, and can play both forward spots.
Patterson is a stellar rebounder, and is very strong and athletic.
He’s a hard-worker, and is a perfect fit for the game the Rockets play.
Mock pick: Cole Aldrich
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Larry Sanders, PF, VCU
The Bucks could use some frontcourt beef, and Sanders should help out with that.
He’s a good rebounder/shot-blocker, and is a very good athlete.
He can run the floor quite well, but needs to work on developing his offensive game.
Another solid need pick.
Mock pick: Xavier Henry
16. Minnesota Timberwolves – Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada
Babbitt was a very good scorer in college, and can fill it up from anywhere.
He has good moves and is very agile for a 6’9″ forward, and plays with no fear.
Babbitt’s game is very fluid, and he can score with his back to the basket, as well.
He could be an interesting player to watch.
Mock pick: Daniel Orton
Trade: Portland Trail Blazers reportedly trade Martell Webster to Minnesota for Ryan Gomes and rights to Luke Babbitt.
17. Chicago Bulls – Kevin Seraphin, F, French Guiana
This pick will actually go to the Wizards as a part of the Kirk Hinrich trade.
Seraphin seems like a candidate to be stashed in Europe for a few years, but he’s got plenty of upside.
He’s a great athlete, and is yet another rebounder/shot-blocker.
Not much of an offensive game, but he looks like he could be a very good player someday.
Mock pick: Damion James
18. Okahoma City Thunder – Eric Bledsoe, G, Kentucky
Bledsoe’s stock has been all over the place since the season ended, and is another exciting piece to add to the mix for OKC.
He may end up being an undersized off-guard in the NBA, as he’s just 6’1″.
He’s a pretty good shooter, but questions remain about how well he would be able to play point guard.
Fantastic finisher around the basket.
Mock pick: Hassan Whiteside
Trade: OKC reportedly trades Eric Bledsoe to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future first-round pick.
19. Boston Celtics – Avery Bradley, G, Texas
Bradley is the best defensive guard prospect available, and will likely play off-guard.
He could be the replacement should Tony Allen leave in free agency.
It remains to be seen whether or not he can play point guard in the NBA, but he’s an explosive athlete and has lots of room to grow.
He’s still very young.
Mock pick: James Anderson
20. San Antonio Spurs – James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State
Anderson was the Player of the Year in the Big 12 last season, and was one of the best scorers in the nation.
He has good size at 6’6″, and can score from anywhere on the floor.
He had a poor performance in the NCAA tournament, but is a good enough shooter to consistently score in the league.
He has a very quick release, and appears NBA-ready.
Mock pick: Tibor Pleiss
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State
The Thunder made this pick for the Hornets due to the Cole Aldrich trade.
He’s a versatile scorer, and should help David West with some of the scoring load in the post.
He sometimes settles for low-percentage shots, but is strong and talented enough to be a consistent scorer.
Brackins’ perimeter shot will help the Hornets’ versatility in the frontcourt.
He’s deceptively quick and athletic for a guy his size.
Mock pick: Eric Bledsoe
22. Portland Trailblazers – Elliot Williams, SG, Memphis
Williams is yet another lefty, and the Blazers could be taking him as some insurance for Brandon Roy.
He doesn’t have great size at 6’4″, but is a great athlete and showed a knack for scoring at Memphis.
He’s not completely ready for the NBA yet, so could take some time until he’s able to consistently be a productive player.
Mock pick: Williams
23. Minnesota Timberwolves – Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson
Booker is the first senior taken in this draft.
He’s shorter than a typical power forward, but makes up for it with his strength.
He’s a banger on the block, and has the athleticism to help people forget about his lack of height.
Mock pick: Devin Ebanks
Trade: Minnesota reportedly trades rights to Trevor Booker and 56th overall pick to Washington Wizards for 30th and 35th overall picks.
24. Atlanta Hawks – Damion James, F, Texas
James is versatile, and can play both forward spots.
He’s got enough offensive ability to shoot from distance, but is athletic and strong enough to score around the rim.
He’ll be primarily used as a rebounder and defensive presence.
Mock pick: Solomon Alabi
Trade: James has reportedly been sent to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for the no. 27 and no. 31 picks.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Dominique Jones, G, South Florida
Jones is a very good all-around player, but excels in the scoring department.
He’s very strong and has a thick frame, allowing him to finish well over taller defenders.
He’s proficient at getting to the line, and is one of the best scorers available.
Mock pick: Avery Bradley
Update: The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly purchased this pick, and the Grizzlies made it for them.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder – Quincy Pondexter, F, Washington
Another pick for the Hornets.
Pondexter had a great season for the Huskies, and has a very good motor.
He’s a solid athlete as well, and is a solid all-around talent.
He should be an immediate contributor.
Mock pick: Kevin Seraphin
27. New Jersey Nets – Jordan Crawford, G, Xavier
This is a Hawks pick as a part of the aforementioned Damion James trade.
Crawford was one of the most explosive scorers in the nation last year, and could be a replacement for the potentially-departed Joe Johnson.
He’ll be paired with another J. Crawford in Altanta, Jamal.
He has a reputation as a bit of a ball hog, and his shot selection is questionable at times.
He can be a big-time scorer in the NBA.
Mock pick: Larry Sanders
28. Memphis Grizzlies – Greivis Vasquez, G, Maryland
Vasquez was one of the nation’s best players last season, but is seen as a bit of a tweener in the NBA.
He’s a bit slow to play point guard, so most envision his future at shooting guard. He has good size at 6’6″.
Vasquez was a good leader for the Terrapins, so the Grizzlies must hope he can evolve into a nice presence on the floor.
Mock pick: Craig Brackins
29. Orlando Magic – Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky
Interesting choice here, considering Orlando is already paying their backup center over $30 million.
He averaged 3 and 3 last season for Kentucky, so, clearly, his selection is based on potential.
He isn’t a great athlete, but is a decent shot blocker and could be a strong force on the low block.
He’ll have a good mentor in Dwight Howard, should Orlando keep Orton.
Mock pick: Jordan Crawford
30. Washington Wizards – Lazar Hayward, F, Marquette
This pick is made for the Timberwolves.
He’s a very interesting prospect because he predominantly lived in the post throughout his college career, but will be playing small forward at the next level.
He has incredibly long arms and is able to use them to get off shots in the paint over taller defenders.
Hayward isn’t much of a ball handler.
He’s also the second first-round selection with the last name Hayward. Fun.
Mock pick: Gani Lawal