2010 NBA Mock Draft – Top 10 Prospects
Take a guess at who is our projected no. 1 overall pick?
While it was fun strolling down memory lane with our NBA Draft Remix series, it’s time to get back to the matter at hand – the 2010 NBA Draft. As is usually the case, there is a clear-cut choice as the projected top pick in next June’s draft, and the way he has been playing this year so far there is pretty much a 100 percent chance he’ll remain on top when June rolls around. Without further ado, Draft 365′s first 2010 mock draft — the top 10 prospects as of now — but remember, it is still really early and we can only guess which underclassmen will declare for the draft in June).
1. John Wall | PG | Kentucky | Freshman
Not that this comes as a big surprise, but we’re enamored with John Wall. Guessing we’re probably not alone in our feelings. The best point guard prospect to come along since Chris Paul left Wake Forest, Wall has it all – size, speed and skills. While he still has a few holes in his game (not much of an outside threat; turnover prone), he will no doubt be a top point guard in the NBA for a long time and is a no-brainer to be the first overall pick next June.
2. Derrick Favors | PF | Georgia Tech | Freshman
Derrick Favors is one of those guys who seems to have be born to be a NBA player. He’s 6-10 with a freakish wingspan. He’s uber-athletic. He can run the floor, rebound, block shots and jump out of the gym. In many other draft years he would be the top prospect – but this isn’t your average draft year.
3. Donatas Motiejunas | PF | Benetton Treviso | 1990
Donatas Motiejunas looks primed to be the highest-picked European in the draft since fellow Benetton Treviso product Andrea Bargnani went first overall in 2006. What intrigues the scouts about the lefty Lithuanian is the same thing that intrigues scouts about most European prospects – he’s a 7-footer who can shoot the three. But, as an added bonus, he is also able to play in the post on offense and defense.
4. Al-Farouq Aminu | SF | Wake Forest | Sophomore
Al-Farouq Aminu got overshadowed by teammates James Johnson and Jeff Teague last season, so he wisely stuck around college for a second year. Looks like the move paid off, as he is averaging a double-double and has already matched his total three-pointers made from last season.
5. Evan Turner | SG | Ohio State | Junior
The 6-7 Evan Turner was putting up insane numbers (19 points, 11 boards, 6 assists) in Ohio State’s first eight games (while playing the point guard spot, no less) before falling off the rim during a dunk attempt and breaking his back. Assuming he heals up fully, his versatility should make him a high draft pick.
6. Willie Warren | PG/SG | Oklahoma | Sophomore
An explosive athlete and explosive scorer, the main question surrounding 6-4 Willie Warren is can play the point guard position in the NBA or is he instead an undersized 2-guard? Our guess is the later.
7. Ed Davis | PF | North Carolina | Sophomore
An early favorite to be selected in the top three, Ed Davis’ stock seems to have fallen a bit since he hasn’t been as dominant as expected this season. Still, he is one of the top talents in the draft and shouldn’t fall out of the top 10.
8. Wesley Johnson | SF | Syracuse | Junior
The athletic Iowa State transfer has made sure that this isn’t a rebuilding year in Syracuse despite all of their offseason player departures. Besides his athleticism, he also is hitting over 50 percent of his three-pointers this year and has a 7-foot wingspan that he has been using to block over two shots a game.
9. Cole Aldrich | Center | Kansas | Junior
The top center in the college game, Cole Aldrich might not have the “upside” of other guys on this list, but he has a good skill-set and, as the saying goes, “You can’t teach height”.
10. Xavier Henry | Shooting Guard | Kansas | Freshman
Overlooked by all the John Wall hype is the fantastic freshman season former SLAM diary keeper Xavier Henry is having. The athletic shooting guard is leading top-ranked Kansas in scoring and is hitting his three’s at a 53 percent clip.
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