2010 NBA Mock Draft: First Round
Last updated: 3.22.2010
1. New Jersey Nets – John Wall – Kentucky | G | 6-4 | 195lbs |
- So far the NCAA Tournament has only helped his stock. He showed the ability in Round 1 to knock down open jumpshots while still showing his elite athleticism. Deep run in the Tournament only solidifies his place at the top of this draft.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves – Evan Turner – Ohio State | G-F | 6-7 | 210 lbs |
- Wasn’t as dominate in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, but Turner is still the only player with any chance of jumping Wall. He has a great chance at making the Final Four due to Georgetown and Kansas being upset. That will give him the biggest stage to show NBA executives he’s worthy of the #1 overall pick.
3. Golden State Warriors – Wesley Johnson – Syracuse | F | 6-7 | 205 lbs |
- Started the season strong and faded with a slight injury late, but has bounced back in the NCAA Tournament. Chad Ford recently compared him to Josh Smith, and his 2nd Round performance solidified that notion. Johnson looks very comfortable on the big stage and I think a Final Four type run coupled with strong individual workouts could propel Wes as high as #3 overall.
4. Indiana Pacers – Derrick Favors – Georgia Tech | F | 6-10 | 246 lbs |
- It is absolutely painful to watch the ineptitude of the Georgia Tech guards in failing to get Favors the ball in position. With even average guard play, the casual NCAA fan would be thinking of him as the top big man off the board ahead of Cousins. Well, here at The Rookie Wall we’re confident NBA executives will put two and two together.
5. Washington Wizards – DeMarcus Cousins – Kentucky | F | 6-11 | 270 lbs |
- Character issues aside, DeMarcus Cousins is probably the most talented ready player in the draft besides Evan Turner. He possesses an NBA body and basic post moves that will become more consistent with practice. Any team that takes Cousins will have to deal with some headaches, but at the same time could be getting the Rookie of the Year.
6. Detroit Pistons – Al-Farouq Aminu – Wake Forest | F | 6-9 | 215 lbs |
- Aminu played for a Wake Forest team that struggled with their consistency this season. Kentucky got him in foul trouble early and never looked back, beating the Deacons by 32 in Round 2 of this year’s NCAA Tournament. Aminu is the prototype size and length for an NBA small forward and has shown flashes of scoring and rebounding that has him moving up NBA Draft boards.
7. Philadelphia 76ers – Xavier Henry – Kansas | G | 6-6 | 220 lbs |
- They currently have a core that might not be terrible in Iguodala, Young, Williams, and Brand. Adding the versatile Xavier Henry to the mix would be a step forward and give the 76ers another scorer to take the pressure off Andre Iguodala. He is able to play the 2 or 3 at the next level, which fits for Philadelphia.
8. Sacramento Kings – Greg Monroe – Georgetown | C | 6-11 | 247 lbs |
- The Kings get a player who adds another young stud to its frontcourt in power forward Greg Monroe. Monroe still didn’t show that killer instinct in the NCAA Tournament, but he did continue to rebound effectively and showed the ability to play a little outside. He’s a great talent, but I think his ceiling is lower than others.
9. Utah Jazz – Hassan Whiteside – Marshall | F | 7-0 | 235 lbs |
- The Utah Jazz are the first team on the board that doesn’t need to draft a player that will make an immediate impact. They have question marks in their frontcourt with Mehmet Okur, who can play the 4 if necessary, but the unresolved contract of Carlos Boozer needs to be taken care of. The nice thing is that Whiteside could come in to block shots in limited minutes while he learns the offense and matures.
10. Los Angeles Clippers – Patrick Patterson – Kentucky | F | 6-9 | 235 lbs |
- Patrick Patterson helped his draft stock by returning to school for his junior year, and showing a much more diverse skill set than he did as a sophomore. He and Blake Griffin could play together in the front court with Baron Davis and Eric Gordon at the guard positions, giving the Clippers a young and dynamic team.
11. Chicago Bulls – James Anderson – Oklahoma State | G | 6-6 | 210 lbs |
- Despite a poor performance in the NCAA Tournament, James Anderson showed all season he is a high-powered scorer. When his jumper is falling he is incredibly dangerous, but even when only working off cuts and dribble penetration he is a threat to score. He could play a role similar to John Salmons going forward.
12. New Orleans Hornets – Cole Aldrich – Kansas | C | 6-11 | 245 lbs |
- Scouts will need to take a long look at his workouts to determine his potential, due to the fact Kansas doesn’t run much of their offense through him. Whenever the Jayhawks needed a bucket they went to Collins or Henry, which may be seen as a negative against Aldrich.
13. Memphis Grizzlies – Devin Ebanks – West Virginia | F | 6-9 | 215 lbs |
- Devin Ebanks had a great 2nd Round game in the NCAA Tournament where he showed how active a player he is. He’s shown the ability to rebound and finish around the rim, even when not the teams go to player on offense.
14. Houston Rockets – Elliot Williams – Memphis | G | 6-5 | 180 lbs |
- In his first season at Memphis, Elliot Williams was Newcomer of the Year to Conference USA. Williams, who transferred from Duke, has the ability to score going to the rim and is the type of player that should excel in individual workouts.
15. Miami Heat – Ekpe Udoh – Baylor | F-C | 6-10 | 240 lbs |
16. Miami Heat – Jan Vesely – Czech Republic | F | 6-11 | 240 lbs |
17. Minnesota Timberwolves – Damion James – Texas | G-F | 6-7 | 225 lbs |
18. Milwaukee Bucks – Larry Sanders – Virginia Commonwealth | F | 6-11 | 235 lbs |
19. Portland Trailblazers – Stanley Robinson – Connecticut | F | 6-9 | 210 lbs |
20. San Antonio Spurs – Willie Warren – Oklahoma | G | 6-4 | 199 lbs |
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Donatas Motiejunas – Benetton Treviso |C|7-0|220 lbs|
22. Oklahoma City Thunder – Avery Bradley – Texas | G | 6-2 | 180 lbs |
23. Boston Celtics – Solomon Alabi – Florida State | C | 7-1 | 251 lbs |
24. Minnesota Timberwolves – Kalin Lucas – Michigan State | G | 6-1 | 190 lbs |
25. Atlanta Hawks – Quincy Pondexter – Washington | F | 6-6 | 215 lbs |
26. Memphis Grizzlies – Dominique Jones – South Florida | G| 6-4 | 205 lbs |
27. New Jersey Nets – Gani Lawal – Georgia Tech | F | 6-9 | 234 lbs |
28. Orlando Magic – Kyle Singler – Duke | F | 6-8 | 230 lbs |
29. Memphis Grizzlies – Gordon Hayward – Butler | G-F | 6-9 | 207 lbs |
30. Washington Wizards – Terrico White – Mississippi | G | 6-5 | 213 lbs |