Posted by: Tom Duch | June 24, 2010

“Welcome, to the MOCK”- NBA Mock Draft 2010

Duchisms is excited to announce the new addition of Senior NBA/NCAA Basketball Analyst “Iron” Mike Saxton, the only man who has successfully mastered the John Wall Dance not named John Wall.

Here is his 1st Annual NBA Mock Draft:

John Wall is ready for his seat next to Obama at the dinner table.

After the first two picks, this draft is wide open.  There is a lot of depth at every position, and tons of talent to go around.  Expect a lot of trades up and down the board, as teams continue to try and create cap space for the big free agents to be on July 1.

1.  Washington Wizards – John Wall – Kentucky
Wall is easily the most talented player in this years draft.  His basketball IQ is off the charts, and he is phenomenal in the open floor finishing at the rim and finding open teammates.  The only knock on him is his inconsistent jump shot.  If he can improve his shooting he can become a future MVP in the league.

2.  Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner – Ohio St.
Always a threat to put up a triple-double in college, Turner is the definition of a playmaker, one that the Sixers desperately need.  The drafting of Turner might be a sign of Andre Iguodala’s exit from Philly.

3.  New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors – Georgia Tech
The Nets have been putting out a lot of mixed signals when it comes to the 3rd pick, but I feel Favors would be ideal for them.  His athleticism and shot blocking ability will compliment Brook Lopez down low quite nicely giving the Nets a very scary front court for the future. Don’t be surprised if they decide to pick Wesley Johnson here and go after Carlos Boozer in free agency next week.

4.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson – Syracuse
The T-Wolves can go one of two ways with the 4th pick.  Go with Johnson and hope the Al Jefferson/Kevin Love combination finally works, or go with Demarcus Cousins and trade Jefferson for a wing player.  I believe they’ll go with what they need most, which is the scoring ability of Johnson.

5. Sacramento Kings – Demarcus Cousins – Kentucky
The biggest wild card in the draft falls to the Kings, and they will gladly take it.  Cousins is a beast down low offensively and defensively, and he will make Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evan’s life a lot easier in Sac-Town.  If he is able to harness his emotions, he will make an immediate impact in the league.

6.  Golden State Warriors – Greg Monroe – Georgetown
Monroe has great passing ability for a big man, which will fit nicely in the Nellie Ball system.  Golden State is set in the backcourt with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, and could use a solid big man for the future.  With the departure of Corey Maggette via trade, I would not be shocked if Al-Farouq Aminu becomes the pick here.

7.  Detroit Pistons – Cole Aldrich – Kansas
The Pistons are in desperate need of a center and the 7 foot Aldrich is the best one available.  He has a great skill set on the offensive end with the ability to score from either block.  He also showed impressive shot blocking ability while playing for the Jayhawks.

8.  Los Angeles Clippers – Al Farouq Aminu – Wake Forest
This would be the ideal situation for the lowly Clippers.  Aminu fits their growing need for an athletic small forward.  He also possesses a great shooting stroke from the perimeter, which will help stretch opposing defenses so Blake Griffin can go to work down low.

9.  Utah Jazz – Ed Davis – North Carolina
With the departure of Carlos Boozer likely, look for the Jazz to find their replacement in Ed Davis.  He is an exceptional athlete for his height, and really emerged in his sophomore year for the Tar Heels.  Davis does need hit the weight room and bulk up if he wants to be able to bang down low with the big boys.      Ekpe Udoh from Baylor could also be the pick here.

10.  Indiana Pacers – Ekpe Udoh – Baylor
One of my favorite players in this draft is Ekpe Udoh.  He really showed his ability to block shots and score down low for the Bears last year.  He is a very mature player at 24 with a high basketball IQ.  He also showed great form on his jumper, which should  only improve with NBA coaching.  There have been rumblings that the Pacers are looking to trade this pick for proven point guard, so we’ll see if Udoh has to wait a little longer in the green room.

11.  New Orleans Hornets – Xavier Henry – Kansas
With Peja Stojakovic having only one year left on his contract and aging, the Hornets go with a young sharpshooter in Henry.  Xavier possesses a lot of potential on the offensive end with his athleticism and already silky smooth jumper.  Other perimeter players are available here like Gordon Hayward and Luke Babbit, but I see Henry being the best prospect.

12.  Memphis Grizzlies – Paul George – Fresno St
With a possible departure of Rudy Gay to free agency, the Grizz decide to go with a backup plan.  George has a great offensive arsenal.  He has shown the ability to get off his shot whenever he pleases, whether it be his jumper or penetration to the rim.  His decision making is suspect, and he can sometimes become turnover prone.

13.  Toronto Raptors – Patrick Patterson – Kentucky
The Chris Bosh era in Toronto is likely over so the Raptors could use an inside presence.  Patterson is undersized at power forward but his aggressiveness makes up for it.   He also isn’t afraid to step back and shoot the jumper, which he proved he can do on a consistent basis for the Wildcats.

14.  Houston Rockets – Hassan Whiteside – Marshall
Whiteside is a very raw 7 footer with tons of potential.  He led all of college basketball in blocks this past year, and showed great back to the basket skills on the offensive end.  Whiteside is high risk high reward, but the Rockets need to be able to replace Yao Ming if his injuries begin to plague him.

15.  Milwaukee Bucks – Luke Babbit – Nevada
Babbit definitely has more talent than the 15th pick, but the way the chips are falling, Milwaukee gets a steal.  Babbit has exceptional offensive skills for his size, but lacks the lateral quickness on the defensive end.   His high IQ enables him to create shots anywhere on the floor.

16.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Larry Sanders – VCU
There have been talks about the T-Wolves and Grizz swapping picks which could change this pick, but if Minnesota decides to keep the pick, they’ll need to go big.  Sanders gives the somewhat of a project, but he is a great finisher and solid on the defensive end.  I don’t see him being a full-time starter in the league until he dramatically improves his mid-range jump shot.

17.  Chicago Bulls – James Anderson – Oklahoma St.
Anderson was one of the best scorers in all of college basketball last year, primarily because of his long range shooting.  With Derek Rose’s ability to get to the rim, Anderson should have the opportunity to pull the trigger on a lot of open 3’s.

18.  Oklahoma City Thunder – Daniel Orton – Kentucky
Orton has been up and down the draft boards the last few weeks because most see him as a serious project.  Since the Thunder have three first round picks, look for them to take on Orton’s potential, and possibly take another big man with their 2nd pick.

19.  Boston Celtics – Gordon Hayward – Butler
The NCAA tournament darling falls into a great situation in Boston.  He has a very high basketball IQ, with a great offensive skill set especially off the dribble.  His mediocre defense can be disguised into the Celtics team defense approach.  His pure stroke can replace Ray Allen, if he decides to leave via free agency.

20.  San Antonio Spurs – Damion James – Texas
His tough style of play on the defensive end will fit in well with the Spurs team concept.  Even though his offensive potential has probably been reached, he still possesses a sold jump shot and will be able to create off the dribble with ball fakes.

21.  Oklahoma City Thunder – Solomon Alabi – Florida St
The Thunder take another big man with shot blocking ability with their 2nd 1st round pick.  Alabi also has a pretty good feel for the game on the offensive end, and should be able to grab a few offensive rebounds with his length.  The Thunder showed their vulnerability down low against the Lakers in the playoffs, and Alabi should be able to improve the team on that end of the floor.

22.  Portland Trailblazers – Kevin Seraphin – France
The Blazers have a lot of options with this pick since they are deep at every position on the floor, but I think they’ll roll the dice with the first international selection of the draft.  Seraphin is a talented shot blocker and rebounder, and has tons of potential on the offensive end.

23.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Jordan Crawford – Xavier
Crawford has great value at this position in the draft.  He is a very solid scorer, and could give the Timberwolves a great spark off the bench.  If they do complete the trade with the Grizzlies giving away the 16th pick, I could see them going with a big man like Craig Brackins from Iowa St or Tibor Pleiss from Germany.

24.  Atlanta Hawks – Dominique Jones – USF
The Haws need an insurance policy in case Joe Johnson leaves, and Jones would be the right choice.  Jones is a phenomenal scorer who knows how to get to the free throw line.  His has the ability to create shots for his teammates as well, and is a great one on one defender.

25.  Memphis Grizzlies – Eric Bledsoe – Kentucky
The Grizzlies are in need of a point guard since Mike Conley hasn’t really panned out.  Bledsoe has a great shooting stroke and is very quick off the dribble.  He needs to improve his decision making, and the fact that he is undersized wont help him against bigger PGs on the defensive end.

26.  Oklahoma City Thunder – Quincy Pondexter – Washington
After selecting two front court players, the Thunder go with a scoring wingman to help take the load off of scoring champion Kevin Durant.  Pondexter has the ability to be a viable third option, or a spark off the bench with the potential to be a future sixth man of the year.

27.  New Jersey Nets – Willie Warren – Oklahoma
Warren was phenomenal in his freshmen year but fell off a little in his sophomore year.  If he can get back to they way he played as a freshmen, Warren could end up being the steal of the draft.

28.  Memphis Grizzlies – Craig Brackins – Iowa St
With their third pick in the first round, the Grizz pick the best player available in Brackins.  Brackins is an athletic big man who can score in a variety ways, which should help if the Grizzlies are able to find a suitor for Zack Randoph.

29.  Orlando Magic – Armon Johnson – Nevada
The Magic are in need of a backup for Jameer Nelson, and Johnson is the best PG available.  He is a great ball handler and is very aggressive in transition.  His spot up shooting will also help take away double teams from Dwight Howard.

30.  Washington Wizards – Trevor Booker – Clemson
The Wizards could use Booker’s toughness and tenacity down low.  He is undersized at 6’7 but has great athletic ability to make up for it.  Will create a lot of second chances on offense, and run the floor in transition to show off his stong finishes around the basket.

Bonus:  New York Knicks 2nd Round Picks

38.  Grevis Vazquez – Maryland
The Knicks are still not set at point guard and Vazquez could possibly fill the void.  He is a great scorer and playmaker and his flashy play could get the Garden buzzing.

39.  Jarvis Varnado – Mississippi State
The Knicks are in desperate need of an inside presence on the defensive end, and Varnado could definitely improve this dreadful defense.  He is the all-time shot blocking leader in NCAA history, and isn’t too bad of a finisher on the offensive end either.

The Knicks are also looking to trade up into the 1st round.  If they are successful, look for them to select Armon Johnson who they are reportedly very high on.

Cousins will be delighted to play along side Tyreke Evans next season.

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