Everyone associated with college basketball and the NBA has an opinion about the 2010 NBA Draft. John Wall is almost guaranteed to be the top pick in the draft, while Evan Turner is a near-lock to go second.
However, after that, the door is wide open to trades and a number of prospects being called much earlier than they (or anyone else) would have predicted.
With the big day just three days away, NBA Soup takes a closer look at both rounds of the draft, while offering expert picks and analysis.
1. Washington Wizards – John Wall, PG, Kentucky
Wall is the definition of a one-man fast-break. He’s quicker and faster than the majority of the point guards already in the NBA, and he has the athleticism and tools to get to their level within 1-2 years.
Evan Turner deserves to be mentioned here, but Washington needs to start over fresh with a new stud manning the point. Wall is their man.
2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State
Turner is the true go-to scorer that the 76ers have been lacking since the days of Allen Iverson. He is an impact player that has the potential to be an elite offensive player, and can also make plays on the other side of the court.
Philly needs inside help and would have to consider Wall if they had the choice, but landing Turner could be the best thing that ever happened to them. He’s an unselfish player that does the little things, while also bringing a big-time scorer’s mentality.
3. New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech
The Nets have reportedly been interested in Wesley Johnson, but when it’s all said and done, they’ll do what’s best for their young team and add more power in the paint.
Brook Lopez can’t do it all by himself, and while Johnson’s length and versatility sure would be a nice addition, you just can’t ignore the impact Favors’ athleticism and tenacity could bring to a losing squad.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse
Minnesota still has some questions inside the paint, as to what to do (or how to pair) Al Jefferson, Darko Milicic, and Kevin Love.
Regardless of their concerns as to what kind of a lineup they’d like out of their post players, there shouldn’t be much debate as to what direction they head with the fourth pick in this draft.
At this point, Johnson is by far the most versatile and NBA-ready talent left on the board, and also fills a need for a wing-starved Timberwolves squad.
5. Sacramento Kings – Greg Monroe, F/C, Georgetown
The Kings just traded for Samuel Dalembert, but they could still get younger and stronger on the inside on both ends of the court.
Monroe has great size and athleticism for the position, and brings more potential than Spencer Hawes (now traded) ever did. He may not start right away, but the Kings will surely have a deep rotation of bigs if they add the big man from Georgetown.
6. Golden State Warriors – Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest
Quit playing games with Aminu’s heart. This is where the slide ends. Many mocks have Aminu dropping to the bottom of the Lottery, or even further, but with so much size and talent, there’s just no way he falls past the Warriors here.
With Corey Maggette on the trading block, Golden State will be looking to add another talented wing who can take his game inside.
7. Detroit Pistons - DeMarcus Cousins, F/C, Kentucky
DeMarcus Cousins reportedly hopes to fall to Detroit at this spot, and he just might see his ultimate fantasy come true. Unless the Nets pull the trigger on him at the third spot, there is an extremely good chance he does fall this far.
The Pistons could grab Cole Aldrich or Greg Monroe (if he falls this far), but if the rumor rings true, Cousins will be a Piston if he’s still on the board when Detroit makes their selection.
8. Los Angeles Clippers – Paul George, SF, Fresno State
The Clippers have plenty of talent on their roster, but could use another big wing to add to the mix. If Blake Griffin can return healthy for 2010, the only major spot the Clippers need to worry about is small forward, and George, a lethal scorer, should be able to fill in quite nicely.
9. Utah Jazz – Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky
Carlos Boozer could be on his way out, so the Jazz need to start thinking about getting younger and bigger inside. They might be losing Kyle Korver to free agency, as well, so looking for an outside shooter and scorer to help shoulder the load with Deron Williams could also be an option.
Luke Babbitt and Paul George (if available) will definitely be considered, but getting another body to help replace Boozer has to be priority number one.
10. Indiana Pacers – Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler
It’s been no secret that the Pacers have been enamored with hometown hero Hayward ever since they learned he was going pro.
He’s shined in pre-Draft workouts, and his NCAA tourney run proved all of his doubters wrong. He has some refining to do and needs to get stronger, but his game is built to last.
11. New Orleans Hornets – Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas
Whispers around the league suggest the Milwaukee Bucks are extremely high on Henry and are crossing their fingers that he falls, but the Hornets desperately need more offense.
Marcus Thornton showed he can play with the big boys, but he may be better suited coming off the bench, whereas Henry has starter and star potential written all over him. The Hornets could also look at Luke Babbitt or Gordon Hayward to replace the disappointing Peja Stojakovic, but Henry will do more than suffice.
12. Memphis Grizzlies – Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada
The Grizzlies should be in the market for an offensive burst off the bench, and Babbitt will be that, and then some. Babbitt has the length and offensive versatility to put on a show in the NBA, and with the possibility of Rudy Gay going elsewhere in the off-season, Babbitt could even be looked at as his eventual replacement in the starting lineup.
13. Toronto Raptors – Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina
Chris Bosh is almost certainly leaving Canada, which means the Raptors have to think about bolstering their inside game. They could also take a real, hard look at some center prospects.
Davis is among 3-4 solid power forwards left that could make an immediate impact.
14. Houston Rockets – Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall
He might be going a tad early for some experts’ liking, but Whiteside is a huge talent with great size and a big frame. With Yao Ming’s future facing uncertainty, the Rockets would be doing themselves a great service by grabbing a big talent to stash away and develop.
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor
Milwaukee would have loved to see an elite offensive talent like Luke Babbit or Xavier Henry drop here, but they will have to settle for reinforcements in the paint.
Losing Andrew Bogut near the end of last season showed everyone just how vulnerable Milwaukee can be without a great inside game. Udoh’s outstanding size and athleticism should help change that.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves -Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas
According to rumors, Jonny Flynn, Kevin Love, and Al Jefferson are all being shopped loosely by Minnesota. With no legit point guards available at this point in the draft, the Timberwolves will likely opt for an upgrade at center.
With Darko Milicic as the top center currently, landing Aldrich will be a cause for celebration in Minnesota.
17. Chicago Bulls -Daniel Orton, F/C, Kentucky
If Orton had a bigger name he’d be going a lot earlier, but once Chicago takes him with the 17th selection, that won’t matter.
Orton is a tremendous talent that likely gets lost in the hype of all of his other Kentucky teammates, but with a huge need for depth and talent inside the paint, Chicago will make him an impact player in 2010.
18. Miami Heat – Avery Bradley, G, Texas
Many mocks have Bradley dropping out of the first round due to his erratic play, small stature, and lack of a true position.
While all of those knocks are fairly warranted, it’s also quite clear that Bradley is young, athletic, and oozing with potential. If he’s able to come off the bench as a role player in his first season, he could shine.
19. Boston Celtics – Devin Ebanks, SF, West Virginia
Boston isn’t sure yet whether or not Paul Pierce and/or Ray Allen will be coming back again next season, so either way they look at it, it’s about time they started adding some offense and some youth to their roster.
Ebanks is a strong small forward with a nice offensive game, and if Pierce does come back for another couple of years, Ebanks will have the perfect teacher to learn from.
20. San Antonio Spurs – Elliot Williams, SG, Memphis
The Spurs need a serious injection of youth and athleticism, and Williams can give them that, and then some.
Williams is a fine shooter with great athleticism, and could carve out a solid bench role from day one. James Anderson should be seriously considered at this spot, but San Antonio may find Williams’ shooting touch more appealing.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State
Brackins isn’t Patrick Patterson, Ed Davis, or Ekpe Udoh, but he’s a solid inside presence, which is exactly what the Thunder need.
They got beat-up by the Lakers in the first-round because their bigs weren’t strong enough. The addition of Brackins could make a huge difference.
22. Portland Trailblazers – James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State
On a team ridden with talent at each position, it’s hard to pin-point exactly what kind of player Portland is after. This especially rings true when you hear about their interest in shoot-first point guard Mo Williams.
Anderson is arguably the best overall talent left on the board at this point, so you have to think he gets taken here.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves – Larry Sanders, F/C, VCU
There has been talk that Minnesota might just trade two of their first-round picks to move up in this round, but if they stay here, they might as well add some more strength to their inside game.
24. Atlanta Hawks – Eric Bledsoe, G, Kentucky
Bledsoe was a fairly forgotten man in Kentucky with expected number one pick John Wall stealing the nation’s attention, but he has all the talent in the world to be just as big of a talent in the NBA.
Jeff Teague and Mike Bibby aren’t likely to be the answers at the point for Atlanta, so look for the Hawks to see if Bledsoe can get it done.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Armon Johnson, PG, Nevada
Memphis held off on trading Mike Conley Jr. again in 2009, but he has yet to make the type of strides that some of the star point guards in the league have done in the past 2-3 years.
If the Grizzlies get an inkling that he’s not the answer, they could pull the trigger on Armon Johnson, a raw but incredibly gifted young point guard.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder – Gani Lawai, PF, Georgie Tech
Many would argue that Lawai has the talent and potential to be a top-10 pick, however, his raw ability leaves him dangling at the end of the first-round.
Oklahoma City needs plenty of help inside, and after taking Craig Brackins earlier in this round, they can give Lawai a year or two to grow on the bench.
27. New Jersey Nets – Damion James, SF, Texas
After passing up on Wesley Johnson, the Nets still stumble on an extremely athletic and gifted small forward.
James needs some work, but he has the body and athleticism to be something truly special at the next level.
28. Memphis Grizzlies – Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State
Marc Gasol has prove to be a solid, poor version of his brother, Pau, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t use some help.
With the likes of Zach Randolph on the roster, too, it never hurts to grab some good character guys to bounce around inside. Alabi might be a bit of a project, but his excellent size is worth this pick.
29. Orlando Magic – Jordan Crawford, SG, Xavier
The Magic love the three ball, and so does Crawford. He fits their offense and philosophy perfectly, and with J.J. Redick possibly leaving as a restricted free agent, the Magic may want to protect themselves with another outside shooter.
30. Washington Wizards – Kevin Seraphin, F/C, France
Washington was probably hoping Lawai would drop to the final pick of the first-round, but they somehow got one better. Seraphin is extremely raw and needs to build on his frame, but gives the Wizards another great, young talent to work with.
31. New Jersey Nets – Terrico White, G, Mississippi
White is said to be a fantastic play-maker, but with no more than 2.3 assists per game in either of his collegiate seasons, that doesn’t appear to be a major strength to his game.
Getting to the rim and finishing with contact, however, does. White also has a solid handle and elite athleticism, making him a very under-rated guard prospect. He could loosely be considered for point guard at the next level, but is almost certainly a shooting guard. Regardless, the Nets have several questions to face about their own slew of guards, so grabbing White might help them sort things out.
32. Oklahoma City Thunder – Stanley Robinson, F, UConn
What do the Thunder have behind Jeff Green and Nick Collison? Nothing. That’s why this draft is all about adding size and elite potential behind their eroding front-line.
33. Sacramento Kings – Lance Stephenson, SG, Cincinnati
Sacramento has been hurting for some elite guard play ever since they traded away Kevin Martin. With Tyreke Evans manning the point, the Kings’ two guard spot should be up for grabs in training camp. Stephenson may not win it, but his athleticism and size gives him as good of a chance as anyone else on the roster.
34. Golden State Warriors – Dominique James, SG, South Florida
This is Stephen Curry’s team, which could mean Monta Elliss’s days are numbered, and well, it could mean a lot of things. That doesn’t mean the Warriors don’t need depth at guard, however, which makes the under-hyped James a quality addition this late in the draft.
35. Washington Wizards – Quincy Pondexter, G/F, Washington
If Pondexter was just a tad more athletic and fluid, he might have a shot at the first-round, and possibly even higher. Regardless, the Wizards are starting over, and with Mike Miller likely leaving town and Josh Howard coming off of injury, Pondexter could be an excellent steal at the small forward position.
36. Detroit Pistons – Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma
Detroit is said to be shopping just about everyone these days, which would surely mean they’re up for adding some more talent at the guard position. Their offense lacked explosiveness and consistency in 2009, so adding Warren to push Ben Gordon and co. could be the right move.
37. Milwaukee Bucks – Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa
This is another pick to help ensure another Bogut injury doesn’t kill this team. They could think about grabbing an elite shooter like Andy Rautins, as well, but getting some elite inside depth should be their main concern in this draft.
38. New York Knicks – Lazar Hayward, SF, Marquette
New York loves Danilo Gallinari, but then again, they could very well be introducing LeBron James to their fan base. Either way, it’s the second round, and Hayward is too good to keep falling. His slide stops here.
39. New York Knicks – Andy Rautins, G, Syracuse
Ditto for Rautins. He was never a threat to consistently pour in 20+ points at Syracuse, but that won’t matter, because his role won’t change as he heads to the next level.
The Knicks still run a fast-paced offense that thrives on elite shooters, and that’s exactly what Rautins is.
40. Indiana Pacers – Matt Bouldin, G, Gonzaga
It’s possible Indiana swings a trade for a point guard before or during the draft, but either way, landing Bouldin could bolster their guard depth.
Bouldin has solid play-making ability, a good stroke, and excellent size and build for the position. If he could improve his consistency, he could be a solid performer at the next level.
41. Miami Heat – Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson
Booker is a solid talent on both sides of the ball, but simply doesn’t have the desired height and length to bang inside with the big boys in the NBA. That isn’t likely to keep him from being drafted, though, and could have the forward-starved Heat calling his name on draft day.
42. Miami Heat – Nemanja Bjelica, SF, Serbia
Miami could look a lot different if they bring back Dwayne Wade and add 1-2 other marquee stars. In the meantime, adding the extremely versatile Bjelica is a solid move.
43. Los Angeles Lakers – Greivis Vasquez, G, Maryland
Vasquez arguably has the talent to be a first-round selection in this draft, and easily has the size and confidence to play at the next level.
The Lakers may have to let Jordan Farmar walk in order to keep Derek Fisher as the starter for next season, which could give Vasquez a decent shot at working his way into a bigger role in 1-2 seasons.
44. Portland Trailblazers – Samardo Samuels, PF, Louisville
Portland is pretty stacked talent-wise, and has loads of potential already sitting and waiting to perform inside the paint. However, with all the injuries they’ve sustained in the past two season, grabbing a big body like Samuels wouldn’t be a bad move.
45. Minnesota Timberwolves – Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami
Collins could be a fine late addition to a team that is adding more depth to it’s inside game. Early selections by Minnesota may differ, but if Collins is here at this pick, look for the Timberwolves to bite.
46. Phoenix Suns – Jon Scheyer, G, Duke
Experts call Scheyer thin, weak, and unathletic. Tell that to the field of teams Duke ran past on it’s way to the 2009-10 NCAA Men’s Championship.
Scheyer may have some work to do to get to where he needs to be for the next level, but he still has elite vision, shooting, and an NBA handle. He’ll be a fine addition to a Suns team that loves shooters.
47. Milwaukee Bucks – Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mississippi State
They may be going a bit overboard, but here’s another crack at adding inside depth for the Bucks. Lord knows they need it.
48. Miami Heat – Derrick Character, PF, UTEP
Character was at one time a huge talent at Louisville, but fell off the map due to some character concerns (pun intended). Miami could use more big bodies, and he has some potential.
49. San Antonio Spurs – Luke Harangody, F, Notre Dame
San Antonio jumped all over DeJuan Blair last year for his size, rebounding, and work ethic, despite his lack of ideal height. The same story will hold true for Harangody. The former Fighting Irish star has a great touch around the basket and solid range on his jumper, and is exactly the type of feisty player the Spurs crave.
50. Dallas Mavericks – Art Parakhouski, C, Radford
Dallas has never had outstanding depth at center, so with Brendan Haywood and Erik Dampier holding down the fort, they can afford to take a chance on an intermediate talent like Parakhouski.
51. Oklahoma City Thunder – Manny Harris, G, Michigan
The Thunder can afford to add another bench player with solid offensive ability after beefing up their inside game earlier in the draft. Harris is more like Kyle Weaver than James Harden, but still packs a decent scoring punch.
52. Boston Celtics – Sherron Collins, PG, Kansas
Nate Robinson proved to be a solid addition as a scorer off the bench, but Boston needs to be serious about a true back-up point guard for Rajon Rondo. There’s a decent chance Collins will be gone much earlier, despite his small stature, but if he’s here, consider him as good as gone.
53. Atlanta Hawks – Tiny Gallon, PF, Oklahoma
Gallon is much more than an interesting name. He’s a huge mass of a man that can bang inside and dominate the post, while also possessing the ability to stretch the defense with a solid outside jumper. In other words, he’s an under-hyped Glenn Davis. Atlanta already has solid post play, but Gallon could prove to be a huge steal.
54. Los Angeles Clippers – Mikhail Torrance, G, Alabama
Torrance will be a luxury pick for a team that already has all the pieces necessary to compete on it’s roster. Plain and simple, for the Clippers, it’s more about staving off bad luck than it is about gathering elite talent.
55. Utah Jazz – Mac Koshwal, PF, DePaul
Utah should continue to add bigs inside to compete in case Carlos Boozer jumps ship. Koshwal has the size and demeanor inside that coaches crave, although he really needs some work on his shot and overall range.
56. Minnesota Timberwolves – Darington Hobson, SF, New Mexico
Hobson is a solid talent that is probably going to fall much further than he should, simply because of team needs. Minnesota could finally grab a wing player here, and they could be pleasantly surprised.
57. Indiana Pacers – Denis Clemente, PG, Kansas State
Clemente doesn’t have great size, but he’s a quick point guard with solid skills, something Indiana might still be looking for, regardless of how trades or the draft goes.
58. Los Angeles Lakers – A.J. Ogilvy, C, Vanderbilt
Ogilvy was an interesting talent a few years ago, but has since died down and regressed as an NBA prospect. He still has good size and a solid offensive ve game, and could be a nice prospect for L.A. to groom behind their line of elite bigs.
59. Orlando Magic – Tommy Mason-Griffin, PG, Oklahoma
Mason-Griffin is a victim of leaving school too early, but he’s likely too talented to go undrafted. Orlando is in the market for a pass-first point guard, so they could take a shot on Mason-Griffin.
60. Phoenix Suns – Jerome Dyson, PG, UConn
Dyson is an excellent athlete that can jump out of the gym. If he was more consistent and has a more reliable shot, he’d go much higher. With Steve Nash aging, Phoenix could use another fresh body to groom at the point.