1. Washington- John Wall (PG) Kentucky
- The most coveted name in this draft. He’s been slotted at number 1 since his 1st game at Kentucky. He’s electrifying in the open court, lightning fast. He can defend, 1.8 spg.
- I question his quickness and jumpshot. Will he be able to transition his game to a half-court league? John Wall is fast. Derrick Rose is quick.
- NBA Comparison- Jason Kidd/Monta Ellis
2. Philadelphia- Evan Turner (SG) Ohio State
- Combo guard who is a “Basketball Player.” Smooth with the ball in his hands, can get to the basket anytime. Extremely versatile, can play 3 different positions and completely fill out a stat sheet.
- Draft “Experts” are saying he’s not athletic enough. They said the same things about Brandon Roy.
- NBA Comparison- Brandon Roy
3. New Jersey- Derrick Favors (PF) Georgia Tech
- A pure, explosive athlete with great skill around the basket. He has a unique blend of speed and power for his size.
- He needs to continue to get stronger, and improve his jumpshot.
- NBA Comparison- Smaller Dwight Howard
4. Minnesota– Wesley Johnson (SF) Syracuse
- I believe Minnesota will trade down, but if they stay here, Johnson is the pick. He has great length and slippery in the land. He can really finish by throwing it down. He’s a good defender who uses his wingspan to perfection.
- Well he is 23 and you have to question whether or not he has peaked.
- NBA Comparison- Richard Jefferson
5. Sacramento– DeMarcus Cousins (C) Kentucky
- Has size, power, and length. A great offensive rebounder, and uses his frame to score down low.
- There’s skepticism about his attitude. If you don’t want to be an NBA Player there’s something wrong with you.
- NBA Comparison- Benoit Benjamin
6. Golden State– Greg Monroe (PF) Georgetown
- A point forward in the truest sense. He’s definetely not your typical power forward. A great passing power forward, and likes to drive to the basket. With Don Nelsen’s style this is a pefect system for Monroe.
- Sometimes at Georgetown he shyed away from the big moment. There’s no shying away at this level.
- NBA Comparison- Lamar Odom
7. Detroit- Ed Davis (PF) North Carolina
- A long, athletic lean post-man. He has great skill with a nice up-and-under move. A good basketball IQ and a “high-motor.”
- Not overpowering at all. I hope he makes it because I feel he has “Bust” written all over him.
- NBA Comparison- Brandan Wright
8. LA Clippers- Al-Farouq Aminu (SF) Georgia Tech
- A freak, explosive athlete who has a pair of pogo sticks for legs. He’ll be on a couple of posters, and perhaps some NBA Dunk Contests.
- He struggles to create for himself and shoot from the outside.
- NBA Comparison- Shareef Abdur-Rahim
9. Utah- Xavier Henry (SF) Kansas
- He just seems like a perfect fit in Utah to me. He seems like a Jerry Sloan players. Henry is coachable and his game is based on his fantastic fundamentals. Knows how to defend and rebound using his wingspan. Silky smooth shooting stroke. His body is already NBA ready.
- He’s a nice athlethe, but he’s not an elite athlete.
- NBA Comparison- Jalen Rose
10. Indiana- Gordon Hayward (SG/SF) Butler
- For a team struggling with ticket sales, this would be a nice match. Hayward is the golden boy of Indiana basketball right now, even if he plays for Butler. Plus, Indiana loves drafting white guys. An outstanding shooter with nice touch.
- With any white player, does he have enough athleticism to flourish in the NBA.
- NBA Comparison- Mike Dunleavy Jr.
11. New Orleans– Paul George (SF) Fresno State
- A great athlete who likes to run the floor. He would be a nice asset in transition if Chris Paul does indeed stay in New Orleans. A solid defender as well.
- I question how a guy on a .500 team in the WAC can be rising up the draft boards.
- NBA Comparison- Shawn Marion
12. Memphis– Ekpe Udoh (PF) Baylor
- The best shot-blocker in this draft. He has great timing in his jump to block shots using his long wingspan.
- An offensive liability.
- NBA Comparison- Ben Wallace
13. Toronto– Eric Bledsoe (PG) Kentucky
- I always felt this kid got lost in the shuffle at Kentucky. He played the 2, although he is a true point guard. He has a quick first step to go along with a solid jumpshot. Great defender who can lock-down an oppossing. My sleeper of this draft.
- He does turn the ball over, and I question his decision making at times. This is where good coaching comes into play.
- NBA Comparison- Aaron Brooks
14. Houston- Cole Aldrich (PF/C) Kansas
- Houston is screaming for a precense in the post that can defend, especially if Yao Ming struggles coming back from his foot injury. Aldrich is a fundamental player who uses his positioning and wingspan to defend and block shots.
- Not exactly an explosive athlete, and possesses one of the ugliest shooting strokes I’ve ever seen.
- NBA Comparison- Andres Biedrins
15. Milwaukee- Luke Babbit (SF) Nevada
16. Minnesota- Devin Ebanks (SF) West Virginia
17. Chicago- James Anderson (SG) Oklahoma State
18. Oklahoma City- Patrick Patterson (PF) Kentucky
19. Boston- Jordan Crawford (SG) Xavier
20. San Antonio- Avery Bradley (SG) Texas
21. Oklahoma City- Hassan Whiteside (C) Marshall
22. Portland- Tibor Pleiss (C) Germany
23. Minnesota- Dominique Jones (SG) South Florida
24. Atlanta- Quincy Pondexter (SG) Washington
25. Memphis- Larry Sanders (PF) VCU
26. Oklahoma City- Stanley Robinson (SF) Connecticut
27. New Jersey- Daniel Orton (PF) Kentucky
28. Memphis- Damion James (SF) Texas
29. Orlando- Craig Brackins (PF) Iowa State
30. Washington- Greivis Vasquez (SG) Maryland
- Wesley Johnson
2nd Round Sleepers