Thursday June 24th, 2010

2010 NBA Mock Draft: Version 4.0
Sounds as though the proposed trade isn't likely to happen -- Oklahoma City offering a combination of Nos. 18, 21 and/or 26 in exchange for Indiana's No. 10 pick. Here's how the first round will shape up.

1PGJohn WallKentuckyFr.6-4195
Wall enables the Wizards to embark on a new course based on his speed in the open court, his willingness to share the ball and, above all, his potential to be an elite defender. Gilbert Arenas -- provided he can manage to play a full season for the first time in four years -- will accommodate Wall by moving off the ball to become a finisher.
2SGEvan TurnerOhio StateJr.6-7210
New coach Doug Collins will hope Turner -- the most mature player at the top of this draft -- becomes the Eastern version of Brandon Roy, settling down the Sixers and providing the leadership and playmaking they were lacking last season.
3PFDerrick FavorsGeorgia TechFr.6-10246
Nets have made life miserable for Minnesota by threatening to take Johnson here, which still might happen. In meantime the questions they've created with the Favors vs. Johnson talk has set themselves up as the epicenter of trade talk for teams hoping to move up.
4SFWesley JohnsonSyracuseJr.6-7205
Minnesota's dreams come true if Johnson is available. They need wing scoring, and he can provide it.
5CDeMarcus CousinsKentuckyFr.6-11270
A true center capable of dominating up front one day. But will the Kings provide the structure he needs?
6PFEkpe UdohBaylorJr.6-10240
They need production up front and Udoh has a chance to be a paint force with his scoring, shot-blocking and passing.
7PFGreg MonroeGeorgetownSoph.6-11247
Detroit settles on highly skilled big man over the more athletic and more raw Ed Davis.
8PFAl-Farouq AminuWake ForestSoph.6-9215
Imagine a healthy Blake Griffin sharing the frontcourt with Aminu, an aggressive tweener who defends, attacks the basket and gets to the foul line. Aminu could be a steal if he learns to extend his shooting range to the three-point line.
9SFLuke BabbittNevadaSoph.6-9225
A big riser, Babbitt considers himself the best shooter in the draft. He'll provide needed scoring on the wing to Utah as an eventual replacement for Andrei Kirilenko.
10PFEd DavisNorth CarolinaSoph.6-10225
If they don't trade back with OKC, Pacers will go with size and pick Davis here.

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