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2010 NBA Draft Recap


The 2010 NBA Draft was held Thursday night and no there was no shock or surprise when the Washington Wizards selected John Wall from Kentucky with the first overall pick. Wall, a 6’ 4’’ point guard, was the player everyone knew the Wizards would select. His speed, court vision and athletic ability will help make him a star on the court and the Wizards are hoping he will be the foundation they can build around. Following Wall were National Player of the Year Evan Turner to the 76ers with the second pick and Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors to the New Jersey Nets at number three. Neither of these selections were a surprise. The real intrigue came at the number four sport. The Minnesota Timberwolves opted for Syracuse swingman Wesley Johnson over Kentucky center Demarcus Cousins. Johnson is a NBA ready player and concerns over Cousins maturity and work ethic may have made the Timberwolves lean more toward Johnson. But Demarcus Cousins wouldn‘t have to wait long to hear his name called as he was selected at number five by the Sacramento Kings. Picks six through ten were Ekpe Udoh (Golden State Warriors), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Al-Farouq Aminu (Los Angeles Clippers), Gordon Haywood (Utah Jazz), and Paul George (Indiana Pacers).


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Haywood, the star of Butler’s run to the NCAA championship game this season, saw his stock rise over the past few weeks and was a surprise for some to jump into the top ten. But his game seems like a good fit for Jerry Sloan and the Jazz organization. The first round saw an amazing number of trades as eleven players selected in the first round were traded to other teams. Another story of the draft was that five players from Kentucky were selected in the first round. Besides John Wall at number one and Demarcus Cousins fifth, Patrick Patterson went fourteenth to the Houston Rockets, Eric Bledsoe selected eighteenth by the Oklahoma City Thunder (and then traded to the L.A. Clippers) and finally Daniel Orton was picked twenty-ninth by the Orlando Magic. Now the work begins for each of these players as they begin their professional careers. It will be years before it will be known if these players end up being stars, steals or busts, but today every team has a hope and excitement about the future.


By: David Hyland
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