walterfootball 2 round mock draft
New Jersey Nets: John Wall, PG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
Wall has been as good as advertised for the Wildcats. 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
Minnesota Timberwolves: Hassan Whiteside, 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: Poor-man's Dwight Howard
Golden State Warriors: 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
Washington Wizards: 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
Philadelphia 76ers: 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
Detroit Pistons: 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
Indiana Pacers: 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 10 of 2010 NBA Draft.
Think: Travis Outlaw
Sacramento Kings: 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 Kansas and is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on.
Think: J.R. Smith
Utah Jazz: Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Jr.
The Wildcat junior decided to return to school after briefly testing the NBA waters. 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
Milwaukee Bucks: Cole 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 and is a solid rebounder. The Jayhawk junior is not going to wow anybody with his athleticism, but is very crafty around the basket.
Think: Chris Kaman
Los Angeles 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
Oklahoma City Thunder: 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. His lack of a killer instinct and tendency to be passive is hurting his stock.
Think: Chris Bosh
Houston Rockets: 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 European 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
Oklahoma City Thunder: 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
Chicago Bulls: Stanley 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
Minnesota Timberwolves: 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
Miami Heat: 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
Miami Heat: 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 his 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
New Orleans Hornets: 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 lottery-type prospect.
Think: Andre Iguodala
Memphis Grizzlies: 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
Portland Trail Blazers: 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
San Antonio Spurs: Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Sr.
Once projected 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 tremdous athlete and very physical, especially on the glass. His outside shooting somehow took a step back which really hurt his stock.
Think: Wilson Chandler
Minnesota Timberwolves: 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
Orlando Magic: Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-9, Jr.
Lawal is a slightly undersized 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
Atlanta Hawks: 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
New Jersey Nets: 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
Denver Nuggets: 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 jumper. He made huge strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons as he nearly doubled his scoring and rebounding. The Cyclone will need to add some muscle to help him match up better against NBA power forwards.
Think: Hakim Warrick
Boston Celtics: 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 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: Nick Young
Memphis Grizzlies: Quincy Pondexter, G/F, Washington, 6-6, Sr.
After underachieving 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 rebounding swing players in college basketball. His three-point shot needs work.
Think: Chris Douglas-Roberts
Cleveland Cavaliers: 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 and is showing better explosiveness. Pittman still needs to work on his conditioning, athleticism and jump shot.
Think: Adonal Foyle
New Jersey Nets: Artiom Parakhouski, C, Radford, 6-11, Sr.
A beast inside, the Belarus native is very tough though he lacks great quickness or athleticism.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Scottie Reynolds, PG, Villanova, 6-1, Sr.
An extremely intelligent player who can stroke it from deep, Reynolds lacks the ideal athleticism for the NBA level.
Golden State Warriors: Jerome Dyson, SG, 6-3, UConn, Sr.
Dyson excels in transition and off the bounce, and may have to become more of a point guard at the NBA level.
Washington Wizards: Luke Harangody, PF, Notre Dame, 6-8, Sr.
An unbelievably hard worker, Harangody has a nice inside/outside game. He is very physical, but not a great athlete.
Philadelphia 76ers: Marquis Gilstrap, SF, Iowa State, 6-6, Sr.
His offensive game is well-rounded with the ability to attack the basket and stroke it from the outside, and his tremendous strength makes him effective on the boards.
Detroit Pistons: Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Sr.
Jordan is a good shot blocker and rebounder, but lacks any real NBA-level athleticism.
Indiana Pacers: Kevin Seraphin, PF, France, 6-10, 1989
An athletic forward who continues to grow his game overseas.
Sacramento Kings: Da'Sean Butler, SF, West Virginia, 6-7, Sr.
A perimeter-based scorer, Butler lacks the explosiveness and athleticism to be a first-round pick.
New York Knicks: Alexy Shved, G, Russia, 6-5, 1989
A combo guard, Shved is a natural talent who still has a ways to go in his development before he is ready to play in the Association.
Milwaukee Bucks: Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami, 6-8, Sr.
An undersized four, Collins uses his strength and explosiveness to be effective down low.
Denver Nuggets: Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson, 6-7, Sr.
Despite lacking the ideal size, Booker makes up for his shortcomings with his physicality and non-stop work ethic.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Vladamir Dasic, SF, Montenegro, 6-10, 1988
An athletic Euro prospect, Dasic has good range on his shot, but needs to become more physical.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Magnum Rolle, F/C, Louisiana Tech, 6-11, Sr.
The LSU transfer is an athletic big man who needs to become more physical.
Charlotte Bobcats: Nemanja Bjelica, F, Serbia, 6-10, 1988
A typical Euro-type prospect, Bjelica has nice handles and range on his jumper, but needs to add muscle.
Chicago Bulls: Matt Bouldin, G, Gonzaga, 6-4, Sr.
Bouldin is an extremely intelligent player who can shoot the rock. He doesn't have the size to play the two in the NBA, but isn't a true point guard either.
Charlotte Bobcats: Greivis Vasquez, G, Maryland, 6-6, Sr.
A combo guard who can handle the ball, but also plays well without it.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Pablo Aguilar, F, Spain, 6-10, 1989
Has a good face-up game and jumper, but is not very physical or athletic.
Toronto Raptors: Ater Majok, PF, UConn, 6-10, Fr.
At 22, Majok does not have the up-side of the normal freshman. He has nice size, length and potential, but will be a project for any team that selects him.
New Orleans Hornets: Michael Washington, PF, Arkansas, 6-9, Sr.
Washington is a physical presence who was one of the most improved players in the country last season.
Los Angeles Lakers: Lazar Hayward, G/F, Marquette, 6-6, Sr.
The Golden Eagle senior has great range on his jumper and can play more physical than his height would suggest.
Dallas Mavericks: Ludovic Vaty, PF, France, 6-9, 1988
Vaty has a nice combination of strength and athleticism, but is still developing as an offensive talent.
San Antonio Spurs: Aubrey Coleman, SG, Houston, 6-4, Sr.
One of the leading scorers in the nation, Coleman is a physical guard who thrives when attacking the basket.
Utah Jazz: Raymar Morgan, SF, Michigan State, 6-7, Sr.
Illness and injury stunted Morgan's development last season, but he has first-round potential when he is healthy.
Orlando Magic: Mac Koshwal, PF, DePaul, 6-10, Jr.
The Blue Demon is an intimidating physical presence, but is still developing his all-around game.
Atlanta Hawks: Milan Macvan, PF, Serbia, 6-9, 1988
Macvan is a banger down low who does all the dirty work, and can also step out and knock down jumpers.
Indiana Pacers: Trevon Hughes, PG, Wisconsin, 6-1, Sr.
An experienced floor leader who can attack the basket, knock down outside jumpers and get after it on the defensive end.
Toronto Raptors: DeShawn Sims, SF, Michigan, 6-8, Sr.
The Wolverine has a solid frame and nice inside/outside game.
Boston Celtics: Deon Thompson, PF, North Carolina, 6-9, Sr.
Thompson is a bit of an undersized forward who has a very nice mid-range game.
Los Angeles Lakers: Devan Downey, PG, South Carolina, 5-9, Sr.
An undersized point guard who can light up the scoreboard.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Paulo Prestes, C, Spain, 6-11, 1988
Prestes has great strength and knows how to use it to his advantage, but is not a great athlete.
The comparisons they put forth are nothing short of awful. Poor man's Dwight Howard? When Howard was 20 years old, he was averaging 15-12 for Orlando, already ripped like few others, and led the league in rebounds. Ed Davis, think Al Horford? So we are just ignoring the importance of strength now in comparisons. Scottie Freaking Pippen? If Evan Turner makes you think about Scottie Pippen, then you take him over John Wall and there isn't a chance in this world you would think a team would take Hassan Whiteside over him. A little thinking goes a long way.
Evan Turner is the second coming of OSU's own Jimmy Jackson
Think: You wasted too much of your life writing this.
Give him a break, he didn't write it. He got it from here.