2010 NBA Mock Draft 12-3-09



Team needs have not been taken into account with this mock draft.  Click on the players’ name for a complete scouting report.

1. New Jersey- John Wall, PG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.

Wall has been as good as advertised for the ‘Cats.  He is beyond gifted and so quick with the ball in his hands whether it’s creating on the drive for other teammates or finishing at the rim himself.  His outside shot does need some work though.
Think: Derrick Rose

2. ?Minnesota– Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse, 6-7, Jr.
Offensively, Johnson can do it all; knock down and create his own shots, attack the basket, and finish with authority.  His length and athleticism also allow him to be a major factor on the defensive end with rebounding and blocking shots.  Since putting on the Syracuse orange, his stock has soared.
Think: Shawn Marion

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3. Utah (from New York)- Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-9, Fr.
Favors is a well-rounded prospect with a combination of size, strength, and athleticism.  He uses his great length to be an intimidating shot blocker.  While he is better suited as a post player right now, he projects more as a combo forward in the NBA.  To excel at that position, Favors will have to improve his limited range from the perimeter.
Think: Josh Smith

4. Philadelphia- Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina, 6-10, So.
Davis’ stock blew up during the Tar Heels tournament run and he is becoming one of the best big men in college this season.  He is a very solid rebounder and gifted shot blocker, but his offensive game is a bit limited to around the basket.
Think: Al Horford

5. DetroitEvan Turner, SF, Ohio State, 6-7, Jr.
Turner possesses all the skills needed of a wing player as demonstrated by his already two triple-doubles this season.  He is at his best with the ball in his hands when he is driving and finishing at the rim or creating for his teammates.  With that said, he can also play on the perimeter where he shot 44% from downtown during his sophomore year.
Think: Caron Butler

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6. Toronto- Donatas Motiejunas, F/C, Lithuania, 7-0, 1990
A very intriguing prospect, Montiejunas has the size to play center but ability to step out on the perimeter and play the three.  He is skilled on the block, can also handle the ball, and stroke it from the outside.  Unlike most Europeans prospects, Montiejunas will be a free agent in the summer of 2010 meaning an NBA team won’t have to deal with any Ricky Rubio-like issues regarding a buyout and he could come to the states right away.
Think: Andrea Bargnani

7. Golden State- Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-10, So.
Probably the most versatile big man in college basketball, Monroe is the total package.  He has a great inside/outside game, can put the ball on the floor, and is a tremendous passer.  His lack of a killer instinct and tendency to be passive is hurting his stock.
Think: Chris Bosh

8. Memphis- Devin Ebanks, SF, West Virginia, 6-9, So.

The Mountaineer sophomore really showed signs of growth during his first year at West Virginia.  He is a long, athletic point forward-type player with ridiculous leaping ability and also a defensive stopper.  Ebanks needs to get stronger to compete at the next level and work on a pretty inconsistent jump shot.
Think: Andrei Kirilenko

9. Indiana- Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma, 6-4, So.
Warren’s successful freshman year with the Sooners was understandably overshadowed by Blake Griffin’s player of the year season.  With Griffin gone to the NBA, Warren has had every chance to prove just how talented of a scorer he is.  A combo guard who can create his own shot and is not afraid to attack the basket, Warren has struggled with his perimeter shot which drops him a few spots.
Think: Ben Gordon

10. New Orleans- Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas, 6-11, Jr.

Aldrich doesn’t look like much a basketball player at first glance, but is actually a fundamentally sound big man.  He has a nice touch on his odd-looking jump shot, is a solid rebounder and shot blocker.  The Jayhawk junior is not going to wow anybody with his athleticism, but is very crafty around the basket.
Think: Chris Kaman

11. Washington- Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.

Aminu likely would have been a lottery pick if he declared for the 2009 draft, but decided to return to Wake to improve his all-around game.  His size and athleticism will certainly be attractive to an NBA team.  If he can polish outside shot during his sophomore season, he could move into the top ten of 2010 Draft.
Think: Travis Outlaw

12. L.A. Clippers- Terrico White, SG, Mississippi, 6-5, So.
The SEC freshman of the year has the perfect mixture of athleticism and strength for playing at the next level.  White can handle the rock and creates his own shot with ease.  He needs to improve his decision-making but has the potential to grow into a dangerous scorer at the next level.
Think: Andre Iguodala

13. Sacramento- Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State, 6-10, Jr.

Brackins is a lengthy, but not very physical forward who has a nice touch on his shot and can knock down mid-range jumpers.  He made huge strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons as he nearly doubled his scoring and rebounding.  The Cyclone will need to add some muscle to help him match-up better against NBA power forwards.
Think: Hakim Warrick

14. Oklahoma City- Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas, 6-6, Fr.

Henry is a smooth shooting southpaw who is very comfortable with the ball in his hand and attacking the basket.  For a freshman-to-be, he has good strength to not be bullied around in the NBA.  He has already demonstrated his all-around scoring ability at KU and is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on.
Think: J.R. Smith

15. @Minnesota (from Charlotte)- Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Jr.
The Wildcat junior decided to return to school after briefly testing the NBA waters thus summer.  Patterson has a nice low post game and uses his strength and length to help him on the boards which will be beneficial at the next level since he is a bit undersized to play the four in the association.  He can also step out and knock down the mid-range jumper, runs the floor well, and has decent handles.
Think: Kenyon Martin

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16. Chicago- Lance Stephenson, SG, Cincinnati, 6-5, Fr.
There were some questions regarding Stephenson’s selfishness and work ethic heading into his freshman season, but he has been effective early on for the Bearcats.  There is no questioning this kid’s ability when he wants to play.  He has a nice jumper, is lethal on the drive, and possesses an NBA-ready build.
Think: Isaiah Rider

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17. Milwaukee– Jan Vesely, F/C, Czech Republic, 6-11, 1989
Vesely is a skilled big man who can hit shots from the outside and run in transition.  His game and body are still developing and he is under contract with his overseas team until 2013 so it will be interesting to see whether or not he enters the draft and if teams are willing to wait a few years for his services.
Think: Oleksiy Pecherov

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18. Houston- Larry Sanders, PF, VCU, 6-10, Jr.
Sanders’ crazy 7-7 wingspan makes him a force on the glass with his rebounding and tremendous shot blocking prowess.  His offensive abilities are still very raw but the learning curve is loaded with potential.
Think: Sean Williams

19. >Minnesota (from Utah)- James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State, 6-6, Jr.

Anderson is a pure scorer who makes a living outside the three-point line.  He is a good athlete, but is more of a jump shooter than slasher and needs to be more aggressive on the drive to improve his all-around game and earn more trips to the free throw line.
Think: Brandon Rush

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20. Miami- Arnett Moultrie, PF, UTEP, 6-11, So.
A very solid rebounder, Moultrie’s offensive game still has plenty of room to grow.  He had an impressive summer playing for the U.S. U-19 team and could be poised for a breakout season with the Miners which would only do wonders for his stock.
Think: Brandan Wright

21. San Antonio- Kalin Lucas, PG, Michigan State, 6-0, Jr.
A true floor general, Lucas brings experience and poise to the point guard position.  The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year is extremely quick with the basketball, can hit outside shots, and get to the basket.
Think: D.J. Augustin

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22. Portland- DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky, 6-11, Fr.
A big bodied post player, Cousins has the ability to out-physical opponents down low but also has a nice touch on his mid-range game.  There have been questions about his work ethic and tendency to let his emotions get the best of him on the court which may turn NBA scouts off to the Wildcat freshman.
Think: Zach Randolph

23. Atlanta- Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mississippi State, 6-9, Sr.
Due to his length and athleticism, Varnado is the top shot blocker in college basketball, averaging 5.5 swats a game this season.  He is also a solid rebounder and his offensive game continues to improve.  Varnado made a wise choice in returning to school for his senior year to fine tune that part of his game.
Think: Ronny Turiaf

24. Denver- Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-9, Jr.
Lawal is a slightly under-sized power forward who has a nice low-post game.  He is a solid rebounder and decent shot blocker, but doesn’t have much of a perimeter game and is a poor free throw shooter.  Lawal is very active around the rim and uses his athleticism to help his game.
Think: Brandon Bass

25. Cleveland- Manny Harris, G, Michigan, 6-5, Jr.
Harris is a shooting guard who handles the ball well and can score in a variety of ways.  He is a great athlete and that helps in on the boards.  At times, he plays a little out of control and has questionable shot selection.  He will need to show better decision making in his junior season and add some muscle to his thin frame.
Think: Sasha Vujacic

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26. &Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Sr.
Once projected a lottery pick, James had a very disappointing junior season with the Horns which led to his decision to return to school after briefly declaring for the draft.  He is a tremendous athlete, and very physical especially on the glass.  His outside shooting somehow took a step back which really hurt his stock.
Think: Wilson Chandler

27. *New Jersey (from Dallas)- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Sr.
Jordan has the size and potential that is intriguing to NBA teams.  He is still growing as an offensive player and has average athleticism at best.  Jordan is a good shot blocker, but is probably a career back-up unless he makes major strides during his senior season.
Think: Theo Ratliff

28. Boston- Marquis Gilstrap, SF, Iowa State, 6-6, Sr.
A JUCO transfer, Big 12 coaches have raved about Gilstrap during the off-season.  He will get a chance to play alongside potential lottery pick Craig Brackins which should only help his stock.  His offensive game is well-rounded with the ability to attack the basket, stroke it from the outside, and his tremendous strength makes him effective on the boards.  Gilstrap could be a major sleeper whose name will only gain more and more pub as the season rolls on.
Think: Kelenna Azuibuike

29. Orlando- Sherron Collins, PG, Kansas, 5-11, Sr.
There is no questioning Collins’ toughness and leadership.  He is a solid outside shooter, but more of a scoring guard in a point guard’s body.  A solid athlete, Collins needs to show a better ability to distribute the basketball and prove that he can be a true point guard to succeed in the NBA.
Think: Will Bynum

30. #Memphis (from L.A. Lakers)- Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Sr.

Smith wisely took his name out of the 2009 draft and return to the Vols for his senior season.  He is fearless when attacking the hoop, thrives on the break, and is a great passer.  Smith is not a great outside shooter, but his rebounding and versatility to guard a few positions should make him worthy of first round consideration.
Think: Thabo Sefolosha

Second Round
31. New Jersey- Quincy Pondexter, G/F, Washington, 6-6, Sr.
Pondexter has greatly underachieved for the Huskies, but has the skills for some team to take him in the second round.

32. Minnesota– A.J. Ogilvy, C, Vanderbilt, 6-11, Jr.
The Aussie has a nice fundamental low post game and soft touch around rim, but lacks the desired physicality of an NBA big man.

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33. New York- Stanley Robinson, SF, UConn, 6-9, Sr.
A ridiculous athlete with great ability to finish at the rim, Robinson needs to improve his outside shot if he is going to play at the next level.

34. Philadelphia- Greivis Vasquez, G, Maryland, 6-6, Sr.
A combo guard who can handle the ball, but also plays well without it.

35. Detroit– Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson, 6-7, Sr.
Despite lacking the ideal size, Booker makes up for his shortcomings with his physicality and non-stop work ethic.

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36. Toronto- Luke Harangody, PF, Notre Dame, 6-8, Sr.
An unbelievably hard worker, Hanrangody has a nice inside/outside game.  He is very physical, but not a great athlete.

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37. Golden State- Vladamir Dasic, SF, Montenegro, 6-10, 1988
An athletic Euro prospect, Dasic has good range on his shot, but needs to become more physical.

38. L.A. Lakers (from MEM)- Scottie Reynolds, PG, Villanova, 6-1, Sr.
Reynolds is a streaky shooter who is more of a two guard in a point guard’s body.

39. Indiana- Michael Washington, PF, Arkansas, 6-9, Sr.
Washington is a physical presence who was one of the most improved players in the country last season.

40. New Orleans- Pablo Aquilar, F, Spain, 6-10, 1989
Has a good face-up game and jumper, but is not very physical or athletic.

41. Washington- Da’Sean Butler, SF, West Virginia, 6-7, Sr.
A perimeter-based scorer, Butler lacks the explosiveness and athleticism to be a first round pick.

42. Denver (from LAC)- Alexy Shved, G, Russia, 6-5, 1989
A combo guard, Shved is a natural talent who still has a ways to go in his development before he is ready to play in the association.

43. Sacramento- Artiom Parakhouski, C, Radford, 6-11, Sr.
A beast inside, the Belarus native is very tough though he lacks great quickness or athleticism.

44. Oklahoma City- Deon Thompson, PF, North Carolina, 6-9, Sr.
Thompson is a bit of a under-sized power forward who has a very nice mid-range game.

45. Charlotte- Mac Koshwal, PF, DePaul, 6-10, Jr.
The Blue Demon is an intimidating physical presence, but is still developing his all-around game.

46. Chicago- Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami (Fl), 6-8, Sr.
An under-sized four, Collins uses his strength and explosiveness to be effective down low.

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47. Milwaukee– Nemanja Bjelica, F, Serbia, 6-10, 1988
A typical Euro-type prospect, Bjelica has nice handles and range on his jumper, but needs to add muscle.

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48. Minnesota (from HOU)- Raymar Morgan, SF, Michigan State, 6-7, Sr.
Illness and injury stunted Morgan’s development last season, but he has first round potential when he is healthy.

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49. Utah- Milan Macvan, PF, Serbia, 6-9, 1988
Macvan is a banger down low who does all the dirty work, and can also step out and knock down jumpers.

50. Minnesota (from MIA)- Paulo Prestes, C, Spain, 6-11, 1988
Prestes has great strength and knows how to use it to his advantage, but is not a great athlete.

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51. San Antonio- Lazar Hayward, G/F, Marquette, 6-6, Sr.
The Golden Eagle senior has great range on his jumper and can play more physical than his height would suggest.

52. Dallas (from POR)- Matt Bouldin, G, Gonzaga, 6-4, Sr.
Bouldin is an extremely intelligent player who can shoot the rock.  He doesn’t have the size to play the two in the NBA, but isn’t a true point guard either.

53. Atlanta- Marcus Ginyard, SG, North Carolina, 6-5, Sr.
An extremely smart player, Ginyard is great on the defensive end with a pretty solid all-around offensive ability.

54. Toronto (from DEN)- Artem Zabelin, PF, Russia, 7-1, 1988
A torn ACL didn’t help his stock this past season, still Zabelin has the athleticism and perimeter game to be an intriguing prospect despite his rail thin frame.

55. Phoenix (from CLE)- Magnum Rolle, PF, Louisiana Tech, 6-11, Sr.
The LSU transfer is an athletic big man who needs to become more physical.

56. Charlotte (from PHX)- Omar Samhan, C, St. Mary’s, 6-11 Sr.
A physical low post presence with a soft touch around the basket.

57. Indiana (from DAL)- DeShawn Sims, SF, Michigan, 6-8, Sr.
The Wolverine has a solid frame and nice inside/outside game.

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58. Boston- Nic Wise, PG, Arizona, 5-9, Sr.
His size is a major concern, but there is no questioning Wise’s toughness or ability to knock down open jumpers.

59. Orlando- Girogi Shermadini, C, Georgia, 7-1, 1989
His size and fundamentals in the post are there, but there is not a lot of upside with this foreign prospect.

60. L.A. Lakers- Arinze Onuaku, F/C, Syracuse, 6-9, Sr.
An immoveable presence in the pant, Onuaku is very limited with his offense to around the basket.

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&Kurt Thomas trade (unprotected)
?Marko Jaric trade (top 10 protected)
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>Rodney Carney trade via Kyle Korver trade (top 17 protected)

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