SLAMonline Mock Draft: Greivis Vasquez, No. 29
Bringing us back on point.
by Dennis Tarwood / @tuffyr
At this point in the 2010 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Orlando Magic would settle for trading this pick to the hinterlands for a warm soda and a cold date.
Most of the athletic wings (Quincy Pondexter, Jordan Crawford, Devin Ebanks) are off the board. The point guards remaining are an amorphous blob of weak-limbed non-shooters or non-passers with the exception of a Russian (Alexey Shved) who won’t be joining the NBA for years unless Mikhail Prokhorov asks his old friends nicely.
Seeing as their greatest need (backup PG, not a one-way ticket for Vince Carter to Saskatchewan) can be filled more expensively but not better in the free agent market, they’re stuck. Assuming they don’t beat another team to Shved and bail on this pick entirely, they’re drafting a point guard to mark time between Jameer Nelson appearances.
Armon Johnson and Mikhail Torrance, while athletic, cannot hit the broad side of a theme park with their stroke. Perhaps they can be taught to splash the ball in to Splash Mountain in a year or two, but the Magic don’t have a tremendous window with their current squad.
And Darrington Hobson, the swingman from New Mexico who can play three positions and disappear from games at all three of them? That’s “win some time, perhaps”, not “win now”.
So Orlando GM Otis Smith rolls up his sleeve, reaches way down the draft board, and…
With the 29th pick in the 2010 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Orlando Magic select…
Greivis Vasquez from the University of Maryland.
(Sorry, Wiz fans at No. 30. Where was he going to play with Wall and Arenas filling the backcourt?)
(Sorry for mentioning Arenas again. Now stop crying. It’s unsettling.)
Vasquez is the most ready to play on a big stage, having been the star of the top team of the ACC and shown an ability to hit shots close-and-late. He creates his own shots and can hit from the new three-point stripe at Amway Center. He can drive and dish in a pick-and-roll offense.
At 6-5, he can stand up to point guards and tangle with shooting guards. Unfortunately, this means he can easily give up shots to both groups equally well, but this is the 2010 NBA Draft. If you’re that caught up on defense from your backup from Maryland, DJ Strawberry’s available to a good home. (Which would be a first for him, sadly.)
Reports suggest Vasquez may enjoy the limelight a bit too much and think a bit more highly of himself than others do. There’s nothing wrong with personal pride, though. Instead, consider Vasquez the level-headed Nate Robinson addition to the Magic, bringing scoring bursts with a wingspan longer than Venus de Milo’s.
Vasquez is rumored to be one of the players working out for the Magic Monday. His four years of polish and outsized confidence should carry him well in game situations during the workout and leave a similarly outsized impression on Smith and the scouting staff.
If the Magic find the best of a mediocre bunch off the board, they might go with the relative experience and track record of Vasquez. Maybe they’ll even play that record for their cold date to warm her up. “Hey, baby; did you know I once went blow-for-blow with Jon Scheyer? Aw, yeah… care for a soda?”
|2010 SLAMonline Mock Draft|
|1||Washington||John Wall||16||Minnesota||Damion James|
|2||Philadelphia||Evan Turner||17||Chicago||James Anderson|
|3||New Jersey||Derrick Favors||18||Miami||Avery Bradley|
|4||Minnesota||DeMarcus Cousins||19||Boston||Jordan Crawford|
|5||Sacramento||Greg Monroe||20||San Antonio||Hassan Whiteside|
|6||Golden State||Wesley Johnson||21||OKC||Daniel Orton|
|7||Detroit||Ed Davis||22||Portland||Eric Bledsoe|
|8||L.A. Clippers||Al-Farouq Aminu||23||Minnesota||Quincy Pondexter|
|9||Utah||Cole Aldrich||24||Atlanta||Lance Stephenson|
|10||Indiana||Ekpe Udoh||25||Memphis||Elliot Williams|
|11||New Orleans||Gordon Hayward||26||OKC||Solomon Alabi|
|12||Memphis||Luke Babbitt||27||New Jersey||Devin Ebanks|
|13||Toronto||Patrick Patterson||28||Memphis||Forfeited *|
|14||Houston||Xavier Henry||29||Orlando||Greivis Vasquez|
|* SLAMonline GM forfeited selection by not selecting player before designated time.|