by: David Kay
Bigger is better! After what many NBA executives declared one of the weakest drafts in recent memory, the 2010 NBA Draft should have a lot more talent and depth than the 2009 Draft. Point guards were plentiful in the 2009 class, but it will be all about the big men in 2010.
1. Sacramento- John Wall, PG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
This kid is so talented that by his committed to Kentucky, the Wildcats have gone from a Top 25 team to a realistic title contender for next season. 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. Washington – 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. Expect him to develop into a more dominating player in his sophomore campaign with the Hoyas.
Think: Chris Bosh
3. L.A. Clippers- 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 issues regarding a buyout and he could come to the states right away.
Think: Andrea Bargnani
4. Oklahoma City- 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
5. Minnesota- 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 will have every chance to prove just how talented of a scorer he is. A combo guard who can create his own shot, he has great range and is not afraid to attack the basket.
Think: Ben Gordon