2010 NBA Draft Order - NBA Draft Lottery Results
by Trevor Whenham - 5/19/2010
The NBA Draft Lottery took place yesterday in glorious Secaucus, New Jersey. It was a short drive for the Nets, the team with the best chance of taking the No. 1 pick, to get to the event, but it probably felt like a much longer drive to get home. The Nets fell all the way to third, and kept alive a bizarre streak - Dwight Howard in 2004 was the last first overall pick to be taken by the team with the worst record the previous season. Instead, it was Washington that moved up from fifth to grab the top spot.
Here's the 2010 NBA Draft order via Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery :
1. Washington Wizards
2. Philadelphia 76ers
3. New Jersey Nets
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Golden State Warriors
7. Detroit Pistons
8. L.A. Clippers
9. Utah Jazz (from the Knicks)
10. Indiana Pacers
11. New Orleans Hornets
12. Memphis Grizzlies
13. Toronto Raptors
14. Houston Rockets
The top portion of this draft should provide very little drama. There were very few teams that weren't likely to make Kentucky point guard John Wall the top pick in the draft, and Washington is not one of them. The Wizards already have point guard Gilbert Arenas under contract, but he's so volatile that the team won't hesitate to add Wall - especially because the rookie could be a major upgrade. Wall was happy about the Washington win, and it's easy to imagine the Wizards being happy with him for years to come.
The second pick isn't likely to involve much drama, either. Evan Turner was, at worst, the second best player in college basketball last year, and he's the clear second choice here. He's not a perfect fit in Philadelphia because between Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holliday the team already has players doing some of what Turner can do, but he's so clearly the best payer on the board that they pretty much have to take him and then figure out how to get all three players on the floor. There are worse problems to have.
The Nets have likely been dreaming of Wall or Turner, but they will have to settle for someone else - likely Derrick Favors of Georgia Tech. Favors has ridiculous raw talent, but his only season with the Yellow Jackets showed that he has work to do to realize that potential. He has massive upside, but he won't likely have the major immediate impact that Wall could have had.
The Timberwolves find themselves in a decent spot, and aren't likely to draft yet another point guard after taking three last year. Their biggest need is at small forward, and they have a shot at taking a pretty good one in Wesley Johnson of Syracuse. Evan Turner would have been a better fit, of course, but Johnson has the game to be pretty good, and he can contribute right away.
The Top 5 is rounded out by the Kings. They have a chance to add another very nice player to complement Tyreke Evans and build a potent young nucleus. My guess is that that will be DeMarcus Cousins. On paper Cousins has what it takes to go first overall in many drafts - he's a center with real athleticism who can score and rebound. His attitude is a bit of a concern, though, and he can be lazy on the court when he's not involved in the play. That's why he'll likely be available for the Kings. If they can get him to buy in and commit to playing then he could be a serious steal at this spot.
Now that the NBA Draft order is established one of the most intriguing players to keep an eye on will be Gordon Hayward, the Butler star who had two shots at stunning Duke and winning the national championship. He may or may not make the lottery, and his fate will be determined in large part by how he does at the draft combine. If he can prove his athleticism there then there's a chance he could go as high as eighth. If he doesn't have a good day at the combine, though, the he could fall out of the lottery - perhaps to Milwaukee at 15th. Hayward is one of the players who wouldn't have been happy to see the Wizards win the lottery - Washington was one of the teams that had expressed the most interest in him, but he's obviously not in the discussion for the top pick.
No school will have a better day on draft day than Kentucky. They have the likely top pick, and have as many as five guys who could go in the first round. Wall, Cousins, and Daniel Orton seem very likely to go in the lottery, and there's a chance that Eric Bledsoe could as well. Patrick Patterson isn't a lottery pick, but he'll be a bargain for a team who gets him in the 20s.
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