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2010 NBA Mock Draft

Mothers sobbing hysterically in joy!! Giant teenagers in expensive suits!! Awkward handshakes with Commissioner Stern!! It can only mean one thing….the NBA Draft!!!!

With the 2010 college basketball season over, the draft takes center stage. This should be an important draft because of all the expected player movement in the “Summer of 2010” free agent extravaganza.

Individual team picks will not be set until May 15, but here is an early look at what the 2010 Draft might look like:

* has yet to declare for Draft

1. New Jersey- John Wall, G, Kentucky  This is the only pick for the putrid Nets. Wall is the draft’s best player; he will go No. 1 no matter who lands the pick.

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2. Sacramento- DeMarcus Cousins, F, Kentucky  The Kings need help inside and Cousins is the best option in a draft loaded with frontcourt talent.

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3. Minnesota- Evan Turner, G, Ohio State  will make up for the Ricky Rubio/ Jonny Flynn debacle from last year’s draft.

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4. Washington- Wesley Johnson, G, Syracuse  Johnson is an unselfish guard who can score and dish, something the Wizards lack in the backcourt. (ahem, Gilbert Arenas)

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5. Golden State- Greg Monroe*, F, Georgetown  Monroe is the perfect big man for Don Nelson’s up-tempo offense.

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6. Philadelphia- (TRADE)-Miami– Derrick Favors, F, Georgia Tech Miami trades up in hopes of encouraging Dwyane Wade to stay. They take Favors, a much-needed scoring threat at PF .

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7. L.A. Clippers- Al-Farouq Aminu, F, Wake Forest  The Clips could use Aminu’s quickness and length at SF. If PF Blake Griffin comes back, L.A. could have a solid frontcourt.

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8. Detroit- Ekpe Udoh, F/C, Baylor The Pistons desperately need help inside, and Udoh is the most NBA-ready center on the board.

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9. Utah- Cole Aldrich, F, Kansas The Jazz will likely lose PF Carlos Boozer, and need help on the inside. Coach Jerry Sloan will love Aldrich’s intensity and rebounding ability.

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10. New Orleans- Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina The Hornets need an interior presence, and Davis falls right into their hands.

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11. Indiana- Patrick Patterson*, PF, Kentucky Patterson fills the Pacers’ need for a skilled big man who can match up defensively against the league’s better power forwards.

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12. Toronto- Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas Henry would be the perfect fit for the Raptors, who need to take some pressure off of G Hedo Turkoglu. Still, Toronto may likely use the pick to replace PF Chris Bosh, who they will almost likely lose to free agency.

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13. Memphis- Avery Bradley*, G, Texas The Grizzlies need a solid defensive point guard to compliment O.J. Mayo. Bradley fits the bill.

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14. Houston- Donatas Motiejunas, F/C, Lithuania The big man from Lithuania can shoot, rebound and score. He could be a replacement for the falling-apart Yao.

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15. Milwaukee (via Chicago)- Gordon Hayward*, F, Butler If Hayward decides to come out, the Bucks could use him as a three-point threat and another scoring option.

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16. Minnesota (from Charlotte)- Hassan Whiteside, F/C, Marshall- Whiteside is an athletic, raw 7-footer with a nice shooting touch. Kevin Garnett, anyone? Probably not, but the Wolves could use him inside.

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17. Chicago (via Milwaukee)- Larry Sanders, F/C, Virginia Commonwealth Teams have shown in the past that they aren’t afraid to take raw big men.

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18. Miami- (TRADE)-Philadelphia- Jan Vesley, F/C, Czech Republic At best, Vesley is the next Dirk Nowirzki. At worst, he’s Darko Millicic.

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19. Boston- James Anderson*, SG, Oklahoma State  Anderson is an outstanding scorer who could be the sleeper of the draft. The Celtics might see him as Ray Allen’s replacement.

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20. San Antonio- Dominique Jones*, G, South Florida Jones is a terrific scorer, and proved his mettle by carrying USF to the upper division in the Big East.

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21. Oklahoma City- Daniel Orton*, F/C, Kentucky The Thunder will take a chance on Orton because they desperately need inside help if they want to compete in the West.

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22. Portland- Quincy Pondexter, F, Washington Pondexter is an up-and-coming prospect who put the Huskies on his back last season. He can help the Blazers.

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23. Minnesota- Devin Ebanks*, F, West Virginia Ebanks has length, size, and a ton of ability. He would fit in well in a very important draft class for the Wolves.

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24. Atlanta- Paul George*, F, Fresno State George could potentially fill a void left by Joe Johnson if he leaves via free agency.

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25. Memphis- Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Tech Lawal is an athletic big man with great potential. The Grizzlies could use him in the post to spell PF Zach Randolph.

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26. Oklahoma City- Solomon Alabi, F/C, Florida State Alabi is a defensive specialist who could have helped in guarding Gasol and Odom in the post.

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27. New Jersey- Jordan Crawford*, G, Xavier Crawford is another draft sleeper with great shooting ability. He should compliment Wall in a revamped Nets backcourt.

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28. Memphis-(TRADE)- Dallas-Elliot Williams, G, Memphis The Grizzlies don’t need another guard, and at this point on the board, there are not many quality big men. They move down so Dallas can pick up Williams.

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29. Orlando- Luke Babbitt, F, Nevada Babbitt fills the Magic’s need for another shooter to spread the defense, much in the way F Hedo Turkoglu did last season.

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30. Washington- Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mississippi State The Wizards take a chance on Varnado, the all-time NCAA leader in blocked shots.

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