2010 NBA Mock Draft: Is John Wall No. 1?

May 3rd, 2010 by Patrick Harrel Leave a reply »
The NBA Draft is the greatest equalizer that American professional basketball has to offer. The worst teams of the year select first, replenishing their talent for the future and supposedly setting themselves up to rejoin the game's elite. And yet the same teams are in the playoffs year after year while the others seem to be stuck in neutral in the lottery. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as the Thunder and the Blazers, but for the most part there is little turnover from year to year in the playoffs. All that this tells us is that while draft picks certainly present an advantage, more important is the way those draft picks are utilized. Michael Redd was drafted in the second round of his draft yet is considered to be the top player of his class while the second, third, and fourth players in that draft class are out of basketball. But, looking at the draft months in advance, all that can be done is estimation. Sure, John Wall is an impressive prospect, but will he be better than Evan Turner? Will DeMarcus Cousins learn maturity? None of these questions will be answered before June 24, they are merely factors that teams must factor into their assessments of playe ...

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