2010 NBA Draft Stock

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2010 NBA Draft Stock

Updated 12/30

2010 NBA Draft Stock: Buying

Avery Bradley, G, Texas, Fr.
The top-ranked player in the 2009 freshman class according to ESPNU, Bradley has taken some time to adapt to the college game. Now that he is in the swing of things at Texas, his abilities are standing out. He is outstanding when attacking the basket and is a tremendous athlete not afraid to dunk over a bigger opponent. His outside shot is better than expected and he's an absolute terror on the defensive end. The big question will remain whether he is an undersized two in the NBA or someone who needs to learn to run the point to succeed at the next level. Either way, he has certainly worked himself into all lottery discussions.

Jeremy Hazell, SG, Seton Hall, Jr.
The 6-5 Pirate was awesome in the Hall's overtime loss to West Virginia. Hazell dropped 41 points including a 30-foot three-pointer with seconds remaining to force overtime. He showed the ability to get to the rim off the dribble, create his own shot, and hit it from deep. You don't hear his name a lot when talking about NBA potential but it will be hard for scouts to sleep on him especially with Seton Hall likely to be a NCAA Tournament-caliber team.

Elijah Millsap, SG, UAB, Jr.
The younger brother of Utah's Paul Millsap, Elijah is starting to earn attention as a potential NBA player. He one of the reasons that the UAB has gotten out to a blazing 11-1 record. The Louisiana-Lafayette transfer is physical and athletic, making him one of the top rebounding wing players in the country, which shouldn't shock you if you have ever seen his brother bang down low. Foul trouble limited his production in the Blazers' win against Xavier, but Millsap came up huge with 22 points and 15 boards in a win against Cincinnati.

Elliot Williams, G, Memphis, Soph.
Williams has been the model of consistency this season for the Tigers. His point totals in each game have been 19, 21, 23, 20, 20, 20, 22, 21, 15, 20, and 27. The Duke transfer is also grabbing 4.5 boards and dishing out 3.7 assists per game. His major hang-up is that he lacks the ideal size for an NBA two-guard, but is not a true point. You cannot look past his production though. He definitely has first-round potential in 2011.

2010 NFL Draft Stock: Selling

Kalin Lucas, PG, Michigan State, Jr.
The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year is a great college basketball player but I have yet to see anything stand out about his game that makes me think he can be a successful pro. There is no questioning his ability to lead an offense, but nothing else about his game is special. His outside shot is decent at best. He is not a huge threat attacking the basket nor a ferocious defender. If he does declare for this year's draft, there is still a chance of him sneaking into the late first round due to a lack of great point guard talent in the 2010 class. But honestly, he has not done himself any favors this season in helping his stock, and in my opinion has actually hurt it some.

Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, Sr.
Is it me or is Smith the same player he has been since his sophomore year at Tennessee? Athletically he is gifted, but just lacks the jump shot to be a potent player at the next level. He was a complete non-factor in the Vols' 22-point loss to USC, scoring just three points (his lowest total since his first game as a collegiate player.) Smith's outside shot is so poor that he has only attempted three triples all season long, this after taking 96 three-point attempts last season. His athleticism and ability to defend multiple positions still make him worthy of a draft pick, but I can't see a team selecting him in the first round.

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Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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