2010 NBA Mock Draft – Top 10 Prospects, Vol. 2
John Wall still leads the pack, but there’s been plenty of movement behind him.
Not surprisingly there’s been plenty of changes since we last did our 2010 NBA mock draft. But one thing remains unchanged — John Wall is the man. In today’s 24/7 media world, players’ warts get exposed pretty quickly and “experts” tend to sour on prospects just as fast. So saying Wall is still head and shoulders above the rest of the pack is really saying something.
While Wall continues to be a rock (rock wall?!) at No. 1, the rest of the top 10 has changed considerably since we last did a mock draft in December. We have a few new additions to the list, a couple of guys who have fallen off, and a new consensus No. 2 prospect who looks to be almost as much of a lock as Wall is.
(Previous ranking in brackets)
1. (1) John Wall | PG | Kentucky | Freshman
Conference play hasn’t slowed down John Wall one bit — he just missed out on a triple-double last week versus Mississippi State (18 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists). He’s still turnover prone and isn’t much of a threat shooting from outside, but Wall still remains a lock to go first overall. He isn’t a lock, however, to win the various National Player of the Year awards this season due to the guy coming up next in our mock draft.
2. (5) Evan Turner | SG | Ohio State | Junior
Evan Turner was ranked lower in our first mock draft because he had just recently broken his back and his status was up in the air. Well Turner has made us doubters no more — he’s actually played even better since recovering from the injury and is now the consensus choice to go second overall in the draft. A shooting guard in the Brandon Roy mold, Turner, like Wall, also needs to improve his outside shot. But how can you argue with a statline like this (remember — despite naturally being a shooting guard he is playing the point this year): 19.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 5.8 apg? Ladies and gentlemen, your National Player of the Year.
3. (2) Derrick Favors | PF | Georgia Tech | Freshman
Size? Check. Wingspan? Check. Athleticism? Check. Upside? Check. Good attitude? Check. Derrick Favors fills in all the categories on your “perfect NBA prospect checklist”. And his 21-point, 18-rebound performance versus Maryland the other day helps too. In a draft minus John Wall he would be in the running to go first overall. Still, he’ll be a nice consolation prize for a team that doesn’t win the lottery.
4. (NR) DeMarcus Cousins | PF/C | Kentucky | Freshman
The player whose stock has risen the most dramatically since we last did a mock draft is John Wall’s teammate, DeMarcus Cousins. There are still concerns over his attitude/work ethic and his level of athleticism, but Cousins’ size, strength, ability to score inside and out, rebounding ability and knack for drawing fouls has gotten the NBA’s attention.
5. (4) Al-Farouq Aminu | SF | Wake Forest | Sophomore
Al-Farouq Aminu’s decision to return to Wake Forest for his sophomore year has proven to be a wise one. He is having an outstanding season as the leader of the Demon Deacons and has improved his draft stock in the process. Possessing great size for a small forward (6-9 215 lbs), he is a terrific rebounder, is great at drawing fouls and is a versatile threat on the floor. If he can improve his ball-handling and outside shot, the sky is the limit.
6. (NR) Hassan Whiteside | C | Marshall | Freshman
From a virtual unknown to a top 10 prospect, Hassan Whiteside has enjoyed a meteoric rise the past few months. But that’s what happens when you’re an athletic 7-footer (with a 7-6 wingspan) who is blocking more than five shots a game. He’s still more prospect than pro, but given time Whiteside could be a gem.
7. (8) Wesley Johnson | SF | Syracuse | Junior
After a blazing start to the season, Wesley Johnson has cooled off in February. He is still a solid NBA prospect with good athleticism and length who can knock down threes, block shots and rebound. But at 22-years-old (23 in July) he is a greybeard in the world of NBA prospects.
8. (7) Ed Davis | PF | North Carolina | Sophomore
A nightmare season in Chapel Hill just got worse for Ed Davis — a broken wrist will keep him out of action for the rest of the year. That also is bad news for his draft stock. If he still chooses to enter this June’s draft he will no doubt be a top 10 pick due to his size and potential, but he is still a work in progress.
9. (3) Donatas Motiejunas | PF | Benetton Treviso | 1990
His draft stock has fallen considerably since we last checked in, but versatile, athletic 7-footers like Donatas Motiejunas don’t grow on trees (well, maybe they do in Europe, but they certainly don’t over here). He may not be the next Dirk, but he could be the next Bargnani.
10. (9) Cole Aldrich | Center | Kansas | Junior
He may not be a flashy pro, but Cole Aldrich could have the longest NBA career of any player on this list. He will provide size, strength, rebounding and shot-blocking to whichever team picks him. He should have a better career than Eric Montross, right?!
Fallen out of the top 10: Willie Warren, Xavier Henry.
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