2010 NBA Mock Draft

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by: David Kay

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- 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. Oklahoma City- 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

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

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FINAL 2009 NBA MOCK DRAFT

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by: David Kay

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1. L.A. ClippersBlake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.
Poor Blake Griffin.  This has to be the worst case scenario for him.  The Clips are a destination where players just do not thrive.  They already have some talented big man in Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby, and Zach Randolph.  Maybe Griffin can be the spark and hard worker the Clipper franchise has been longing for for the past decade-plus.
Think: Amare Stoudamire

2. MemphisHasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.
Since it appears the Griz are not trading this pick to Minnesota, Thabeet is the guy.  He could be the defensive presence Memphis badly needs.  I maintain Ricky Rubio is the second best prospect in the draft and the Griz will regret not selecting him or trading down to gain more assets.
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

3. Oklahoma City– Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
I get the feeling the Thunder GM Sam Presti is far too intelligent to let Rubio pass them.  Drafting the Spanish sensation means Russell Westbrook shifts to the two which may not be the ideal fit, but is worth doing to land Rubio.  P.S. Is it me or are the Thunder the best young team in the NBA if they land Rubio?
Think: Steve Nash

4. SacramentoTyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-5, Fr.
I am very high on Evans and apparently so are the Kings.  Sacramento needs a point guard which Evans played at Memphis, but is probably better suited as a two-guard in the NBA.  I would be curious to see how Evans and Kevin Martin would co-exist in the same backcourt.  If the Kings decide to take a more pure point guard, Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holiday, and Stephen Curry are all options.
Think: Manu Ginobli

5. Minnesota (from Washington)- Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-3, Jr.
The T-Wolves have to be massively disappointing that they traded into this spot and didn’t land Rubio, Thabeet, OR Evans.  I’ve had more than one person say to me that Curry is in a way, a Randy Foye Part 2 which makes the trade with the Wiz a bit of a head scratcher.  Regardless, they need a point guard prospect with one of their top 6 picks.  Yeah, I know Curry isn’t even a real point guard.  Ish.
Think: Jason Terry

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NBA Draft Mailbag

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Paul M. Banks and David Kay answer your college and professional hoops queries

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I love it.

Although a bone to pick is with this Ty Lawson selection.  If he’s not gone by 10 I’ll be shocked.  He’s a fluid shooter now and will be a defensive pest.  But if the Pistons end up with him in their laps, holy cow what a pick up.

Good stuff.

Ryan

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I hate North Carolina (especially Tyler Hansbrough) with a passion, but I respect Lawson’s game to the utmost. As soon as I found out he would be ready to go for the big dance, I picked UNC to win it all and that earned me the last in-the-money spot in the final standings of the pool I entered. He was the key to that offense and has 1000x more pro potential than Psycho T.

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Does Jodie Meeks have the talent to go top 5 if he returns for his senior year at UK? 23.7 ppg. last season, 41% from 3PT range, 37 inch vert…if he improves his handle, defense, and shows the ability to penetrate/score in Cal’s dribble drive motion, what is not to like?

Also, what would the Timberwolves need to trade to move up from #6 or #2 or #3 to get Ricky Rubio?

Matt McGuire
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Saying Meeks is a top five prospect for next year would be a pretty aggressive statement.  Meeks is pretty one-dimensional right now and needs to work on his ability to get to the basket if he is going to be a starter at the next level.  He is not the quickest player in the game, but showing he can thrive in the dribble-drive should help his stock.  Problem is that Kentucky has so much talent coming in for next season (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins) and plenty of players returning, so Meeks won’t get the amount of shots or touches he did last season.  I have him at #27 right now in my 2010 mock draft and think he could potentially move into the mid-first round or late-lottery, but he would have to show some major improvement in the areas you mentioned (defense, handles) to even be a top 10 pick let alone top 5.

In regards to your T’Wolves questions, I defer to my Wolves expert, Andy Weise- he answers your queries in this link

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Nellie said that SJax would work as mostly a SG this season so the projected depth chart should look more like this, not using UFA’s, like you did (I’m too lazy to go find proof so if you want you can take my word or do the research yourself or whatever):

PG: Monta Ellis/Anthony Morrow
SG: Steven Jackson/Jamal Crawford/Marco Belinelli
SF: Corey Magette/Kelenna Azubuike
PF: Anthony Randolph/Brandon Wright
C: Andris Biedrins/Ronny Turiaf

Spencer Duncan

Sometimes I’m even too lazy to go look up the contracts….ok, not really. but thanks for the heads up. That was the first one we did and hasn’t been updated since Cinco de Mayo, so we’ll get on it.

Can the Denver Nuggets repeat this year’s success next year? Any chance they can get Amare Stoudemire?

Saul

I don’t think the Nuggets have the pieces to deal for Amare, mostly because it doesn’t appear they have the requisite expiring contracts. We listed them out here:price121

They can certainly duplicate this year’s success if Chauncey Billups stays healthy and this team continues to stay in the mold that George Karl re-shaped them into this year. They made a giant leap forward because Karl got them to D up and stop trying to just outscore people. And of course, Billups  is the ultimate game changer. I spoke with UConn guard A.J. Price at the NBA Draft combine, and he tells it like it is here:

“It’s the most important position on the court. It’s like the quarterback in football, you’re making the calls, it’s up to you to execute. You’ve got to be headstrong to play the one, no room for error, to be shaken up or rattled because the team’s going to follow you. Teams understand the need to have a steady guy at the one, who is always under control, a la Chauncey Billups or someone like that. Those teams tend to do better,”

Other questions surround Nene, J.R. Smith and the Birdman, because all of them had breakthrough years and I’m not sure they’re completely for real….yet. They just might be because the Nuggets’ stock in the West is going up right now, while San Antonio, Phoenix and Dallas are in decline. Utah and New Orleans also regressed a bit this season- opening things up for Denver to reach the conference finals again next year.

Regards,
–Paul M. Banks

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