Washington Wizards: John Wall, PG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
Blowing up their roster at the trade deadline paid off as the Wizards had luck on their side by winning the draft lottery. Wall is the obvious choice since their only point guard is Gilbert Arenas who just cannot be counted on at this point of his career. Arenas can move to the two while Wall becomes the new face of the franchise.
Think: Derrick Rose
Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State, 6-7, Jr.
For the first time post-lottery, I actually contemplated Derrick Favors going to the Sixers now that they need a big man since trading Samuel Dalembert . Turner gets the edge because he is the needed complement to Andre Iguodala on the wing and will bring his versatility to a franchise badly in need of a go-to player.
Think: Scottie Pippen
New Jersey Nets: Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-10, Fr.
The latest chatter out of Jersey is that Wesley Johnson has leaped ahead of Favors as the likely pick, but some reports are contradicting, saying Favors will still be the pick. The Nets need all sorts of help and a scorer on the wing like Johnson will help, but is he a better long-term prospect that Favors? I don't think so. I still think Favors is the pick.
Think: Al Jefferson
Minnesota Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse, 6-8, Jr.
If Turner and Johnson are off the board, the T-Wolves are "forced" to take Favors or Cousins at No. 4. But the Timberwolves have been high on Johnson all along as he would bring some needed talent to the wing. This selection could also be dealt with a team like Detroit possibly trying to move up to grab one of the top bigs, though Minnesota seems set on hanging onto the selection.
Think: Shawn Marion
Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky, 6-11, Fr.
The Kings will likely take whomever is on the board of the Johnson/Favors/Cousins trio, but will also take a serious look at Monroe. The Kings did just acquire Samuel Dalembert but he is a free agent after this season so there is still a long-term need for a big man like Cousins.
Think: Zach Randolph
Golden State Warriors: Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor, 6-10, Jr.
Outside of their backcourt, the Warriors roster is sort of a mess and they should take the best available player. They reportedly prefer Ekpe Udoh rather than Monroe due to his (GASP) ability to be a difference maker on defense. Either would provide a boost up front since Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright have not developed like the franchise would have hoped, and Andris Biedrins has seemingly fallen out of favor in Golden State. With the Warriors dealing Corey Maggette, they might take a more serious look at a small forward like Aminu as well.
Think: Serge Ibaka
Detroit Pistons: Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-11, So.
The Pistons would love to move up and get DeMarcus Cousins and when all the smoke has cleared, it may happen. If not, they are probably thrilled Monroe falls to them since he provides an inside presence Detroit so badly needs. If Monroe ends up going six to Golden State, Ed Davis is likely the pick.
Think: Chris Bosh
Los Angeles Clippers: Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.
This is the ideal situation for Los Angeles' other team. The biggest hole on the Clippers' roster is at the small forward position and they would probably be thrilled if Aminu fell to them. If not, the Clips will take whomever they like best of the Henry/Babbitt/George/Hayward group. There is also a rumor out there this pick could go to Chicago for Luol Deng and No. 18.
Think: Marvin Williams
Utah Jazz: Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina, 6-10, So.
One thought is that the Jazz should grab a big man in case Carlos Boozer leaves via free agency, and Davis would bring some athleticism to their frontcourt. The Jazz are also very high on Luke Babbitt and could use his outside shooting since Kyle Korver is a free agent. The pick should come down to one of these two unless Monroe somehow falls to them.
Think: Al Horford
Indiana Pacers: Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky, 6-1, Fr.
My first "ballsy" pick of my 2010 NBA Mock Draft. I have been saying since the ping pong balls were revealed that Indy should strongly consider taking Bledsoe. There is a good chance the Pacers end up dealing this pick because they covet a young point guard. If they don't get one via trade, why not draft Bledsoe whom I think will develop into one of the top ten players in this draft? Indy could also use an athletic post player and would likely jump on Davis or Udoh if they fell to this spot.
Think: Raymond Felton
New Orleans Hornets: Xavier Henry, G/F, Kansas, 6-7, Fr.
The Hornets have two pretty glaring needs: depth up front and a wing player of the future since Peja Stojakovic is in the final year of his deal. There will be a lot of options for both with this pick between Patterson and Aldrich, or George/Henry/Hayward. I think Henry is the best prospect of that group so I will make him the pick.
Think: Paul Pierce
Memphis Grizzlies: Paul George, G/F, Fresno State, 6-9, So.
The Grizzlies could be losing Rudy Gay this offseason and need to have a backup plan. George continues to climb up draft boards because there aren't many players in the league who are 6-9 and possess the type of skill set which is rather similar to that of Rudy Gay.
Think: A young Tracy McGrady
Toronto Raptors: Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Jr.
The Raptors need to find a replacement for Chris Bosh and could use a post player like Patterson or Aldrich to help that transition. The Raptors are also trying to deal an unhappy Hedo Turkoglu and would take a serious look at Babbitt, but in the end, a Bosh replacement might be the trump card. This is another pick that is rumored to be on the market so anything is possible.
Think: Kenyon Martin
Houston Rockets: Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas, 6-11, Jr.
The Rockets are in a position where they have no glaring needs and take the best available player. I don't see Aldrich as being anything more than a solid backup in the league, but Houston could use a player like that considering Yao's recent injury history and the fact that is entering the final year of his contract.
Think: Joel Przybilla
Milwaukee Bucks: Luke Babbitt, SF, Nevada, 6-9, So.
The Bucks addressed their need for a wing player via trades by acquiring Corey Maggette and Chris Douglas-Roberts in the past two days. While I think they should turn their attention to the frontcourt where Andrew Bogut is the only real inside presence on the roster, general manager John Hammond will implore a "best available player" theory and likely not pass on Babbitt. The Bucks are rumored to be very high on Larry Sanders as well so he would be the likely pick if the Bucks feel they need to land a big.
Think: Danilo Gallinari
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