2010 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (1-29-10)

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By: David Kay

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– Hassan Whiteside, F/C, Marshall, 7-0, Fr.
Whiteside’s stock has risen faster than anyone in college basketball.  He is an absolute terror in the paint, averaging about 5.5 blocks per game and altering just as many shots.  The Thundering Herd freshman is still raw on the offensive end but has as much potential to develop and fill out physically as any prospect.
Think: A poor-man’s Dwight Howard

3. Golden State- Evan Turner, G/F, Ohio State, 6-7, Jr.
Despite suffering what appeared to be a serious injury when he fractured two vertebrae in his upper neck earlier this season, Turner was only sidelined for a month and has picked up right where left off.  He 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 as demonstrated by him playing the point this season for the Buckeyes.
Think: Scottie Pippen

For an in-depth profile/exclusive interview of Evan Turner click here

4. Washington- Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-10, 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: Al Jefferson

5. Philadelphia- 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

6. Detroit- 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

7. Indiana- 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

8. Sacramento- 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

9. ^Utah (from New York)- 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

10. MilwaukeeCole 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. L.A. Clippers- 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

12. Oklahoma City- Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-10, So.
One of 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 remains a concern.
Think: Chris Bosh

13. Houston- 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

14. &Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)- 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

15. ChicagoStanley Robinson, SF, UConn, 6-9, Sr.
For a 6-9 player, Robinson is one of the top athletes in the college game.  He lives around the basket whether it’s on the drive or crashing the boards and is a ferocious finisher.  His biggest knock has always been his poor outside shooting, but he has shown nice strides in that area during his senior season.
Think: Al Thornton

16. @Minnesota (from Char)- Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State, 7-1, So.
Alabi is still very much a work in progress but he seems to be getting more and more comfortable on the offensive end.  He has the size and shot-blocking ability that NBA teams covet in their big men, but still has a ways to go until he is a regular contributor at the next level.
Think: DeSagana Diop

17. Miami- 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

18. ~Miami (from Tor)- 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

19. New Orleans- 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

20. Memphis- 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

21. Portland- Elias Harris, F, Gonzaga, 6-7, Fr.
The German-born Harris is already 20 years old which will probably accelerate his decision to turn pro despite only being a freshman.  The combo forward is a very physical but also has great athleticism.  He can play with his back to the basket but also has a nice perimeter game.
Think: Ryan Gomes

22. San Antonio- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Sr.
Once projected as 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

23. >Minnesota (from Utah)- 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

24. Orlando- 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. Atlanta- 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

26. *New Jersey (from Dallas)- 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

27. Denver-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 but has taken a step back in his junior year.  The Cyclone will need to add some muscle to help him match-up better against NBA power forwards.
Think: Hakim Warrick

For an in-depth profile/exclusive interview of Brackins click here

28. Boston- 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

For an in-depth profile/exclusive interview of Harris click here

29. #Memphis (from L.A. Lakers)- Quincy Pondexter, G/F, Washington, 6-6, Sr.
After under-achieving his first three years with the Huskies, Pondexter is finally having a break-out season.  He is athletic, has a nice mid-range game, and is one of the better the better rebounding swing players in college basketball.  His three-point shot needs work.
Think: Chris Douglas-Roberts

30. Cleveland- Dexter Pittman, C, Texas, 6-10, Sr.
A big body who lives in the paint, Pittman has gotten himself into much better shape this season and it is paying off as he has been a beast down low.  He is very physical down low and is showing better explosiveness.  Pittman still needs to work on his conditioning, athleticism, and jump shot.
Think: Adonal Foyle

#Pau Gasol trade (top 6 protected)
*Jason Kidd trade (unprotected)
&Kurt Thomas trade (unprotected)
^(unprotected)
?Marko Jaric trade (top 10 protected)
@Ty Lawson trade via Alexis Ajinca trade (lottery protected)
>Rodney Carney trade via Kyle Korver trade (top 17 protected)
~Jermaine O’Neal trade (top 17 protected)

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