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2010 NBA Draft

Mock Draft Version 4.0

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John Wall

Kentucky guard John Wall has already established himself as the likely number one pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

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Updated May 19, 2010
The Wizards beat the odds to win the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft -- and the rights to draft John Wall. Philadelphia also moved up, and as a consolation prize has a chance to add top wingman Evan Turner to their backcourt. The big losers? The New Jersey Nets, who hoped to parlay their NBA-worst record into the top pick and a better shot at signing LeBron James this summer. Instead, they'll look to add a big man drafting third.

Here's our latest projection:

1. Washington Wizards: John Wall
PG - Kentucky (Fr)
Notes: Didn't really matter who won the lottery, Wall is a no-brainer here. Will be interesting to see how if a Wall/Gilbert Arenas backcourt can work.

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner
SG - Ohio State (Jr)
Notes: Jrue Holiday was noticeably relieved when the Sixers didn't land the top spot. Now, he'll get an outstanding new backcourt-mate, and won't lose his job to Wall.

3. New Jersey Nets: Derrick Favors
PF - Georgia Tech (Fr)
Notes: Pick is between Favors and DeMarcus Cousins; Favors seems like a better fit alongside Brook Lopez.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson
SG/SF - Syracuse (Jr)
Notes: The T-Wolves have a lot invested in Al Jefferson and Kevin Love, so a wing makes more sense than a big here.

5. Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins
PF/C - Kentucky (Fr)
Notes: For the second straight season, one of the draft's top talents falls to the Kings.

6. Golden State Warriors: Greg Monroe
PF - Georgetown (So)
Notes: Monroe seems like the type of player Don Nelson would love to have. Of course, there's no guarantee Nellie will be coaching the Warriors next season.

7. Detroit Pistons: Cole Aldrich
C - Kansas (Jr)
Notes: The best players at this spot are wings, and Detroit has plenty of those. Aldrich should be a solid-but-unspectactular pivot at the next level.

8. Los Angeles Clippers: Al-Farouq Aminu
SF - Wake Forest (So)
Notes: The Clips' have an opening at the three… though they'd likely prefer to fill it with LeBron James, Aminu is a nice fit.

9. Utah Jazz: Ed Davis
PF - North Carolina (So)
Notes: Davis provides depth in the frontcourt, assuming Utah loses Carlos Boozer to free agency.

10. Indiana Pacers: Patrick Patterson
PF - Kentucky (Jr)
Notes: Indy fans would love to hear Gordon Heyward's name called here, but a big makes more sense.

11. New Orleans Hornets: Donatas Motiejunas
PF - Lithuania (n/a)
Notes: An excellent combination of skill and size, Motiejunas is a top-ten talent, but could slip if teams think he'll stay in Europe for another year.

12. Memphis Grizzlies: Xavier Henry
SG - Kansas (Fr)
Notes: Didn't dominate as some expected, but is an excellent shooter. Would allow the Grizzlies to move O.J. Mayo to the point.

13. Toronto Raptors: Ekpe Udoh
PF/C - Baylor (Jr)
Notes: Toronto finally gets a legit post defender -- a little too late for Chris Bosh.

14. Houston Rockets: Hassan Whiteside
C - Marshall (Fr)
Notes: Whiteside may be a bit raw, but Houston can gamble on his upside with Yao Ming expected to return.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Gordon Hayward
SF - Butler (So)
Notes: The wing scorer to replace Michael Redd and/or John Salmons?

16. Minnesota Timberwolves: Daniel Orton
C - Kentucky (Fr)
Notes: With multiple first-round picks, the T-Wolves can afford to draft a project. Orton may become a very good NBA defender.

17. Chicago Bulls: James Anderson
SG - Oklahoma State (Jr)
Notes: A 'tweener, Anderson could become the second-unit scorer John Salmons was supposed to be for the Bulls.

18. Miami Heat: Eric Bledsoe
PG - Kentucky (Fr)
Notes: Pat Riley could be looking for an upgrade over Mario Chalmers.

19. Boston Celtics: Damion James
SF - Texas (Sr)
Notes: Talented wing player can defend multiple positions; a nice luxury with the Celtics possibly losing Ray Allen to free agency.

20. San Antonio Spurs: Paul George
SG/SF - Fresno State (So)
Notes: It'd be just like the Spurs to score with one of the lesser-known players in the draft.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Larry Sanders
PF - VCU (Jr)
Notes: Sanders might not be an immediate contributor, but he projects as a very solid frontcourt rotation player and shot blocker who could eventually replace Nick Collison.

22. Portland Trailblazers: Avery Bradley
SG - Texas (Fr)
Notes: Bradley's speed and ability to defend both guard spots would make him an immediate favorite of Nate McMillan.

23. Minnesota Timberwolves: Stanley Robinson
SF - Connecticut (Sr)
Notes: An international player to "stash" overseas would also make sense here, this being Minnesota's third pick in the first round. But it might make more sense for the T-Wolves to bring in an imemediate contributor -- and one of the few seniors to get first-round consideration.

24. Atlanta Hawks: Elliott Williams
SG - Memphis (So)
Notes: Motivation here is simple: Joe Johnson may leave and Mike Bibby isn't getting any younger, so Atlanta goes "best available guard."

25. Memphis Grizzlies: Devin Ebanks
SF - West Virginia (So)
Notes: Ebanks should be an NBA-quality defender from day one.

26. Oklahoma City Thunder: Solomon Alabi
C - Florida State (So)
Notes: Too much potential to pass up here, though OKC could also go for an overseas player like Kevin Seraphin.

27. New Jersey Nets: Quincy Pondexter
SF - Washington (Sr)
Notes: Another senior, Pondexter could be a rotation player on a team looking to jump back to playoff contention right away.

28. Memphis Grizzlies: Terrico White
PG/SG - Mississippi (So)
Notes: High upside pick could give Memphis the option of trading Mike Conley to a point-needy team.

29. Orlando Magic: Dominique Jones
SG - South Florida (Jr)
Notes: Combo guard adds depth; Orlando could lose Redick to free agency.

30. Washington Wizards: Gani Lawal
PF - Georgia Tech (Jr)
Notes: The rebuilding of the Wizards continues with a high-upside athletic big man.

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