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The Next Wave

June 28, 2010
June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA FINALS
2010 WORLD CUP

The Next Wave

The talent pool on Thursday will be one of the deepest in years. The 14 teams with lottery picks can land an immediate contributor or make trades to fill their needs

1 | WIZARDS

This is an article from the June 28, 2010 issue

John Wall

6'4" PG, Fr., Kentucky

Wall enables Washington to chart a new course based on his speed, his willingness to share the ball and—above all—his potential to be an elite defender. Another benefit: The Wizards can preserve their cap space this summer, then watch Wall develop and decide which players to piece around him.

2 | 76ERS

Evan Turner

6'7" SG-SF, Jr., Ohio State

If Philadelphia keeps this pick, 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 abilities that the team lacked last season.

3 | NETS

Derrick Favors

6'10" PF, Fr., Georgia Tech

The trade talk heats up here. Will the Pistons deal guard Richard Hamilton to New Jersey and pick DeMarcus Cousins? Will the Grizzlies swap two or three of their first-rounders to grab Favors or Wesley Johnson? Or will G.M. Rod Thorn choose Favors and his explosive athleticism to complement center Brook Lopez?

4 | T-WOLVES

DeMarcus Cousins

6'11" C, Fr., Kentucky

A shocker, as Minnesota is said to covet Wesley Johnson. But G.M. David Kahn has admitted that 6'10" center-forwards Al Jefferson and Kevin Love are too small to play together, and how often will he have a shot at an old-school, triple-threat center (points, rebounds, blocks) such as Cousins?

5 | KINGS

Wesley Johnson

6'7" SF, Jr., Syracuse

Sacramento took itself out of the running for Cousins by acquiring center Samuel Dalembert last week. Now the Kings will settle on Johnson, an unselfish frontcourt scorer who can help replace the production of departed guard Kevin Martin and serve as a running mate for point guard Tyreke Evans.

6 | WARRIORS

Greg Monroe

6'11" PF, So., Georgetown

Golden State coach Don Nelson will love Monroe, who has wowed scouts as the best-passing big man in college. Questions about his fitness and his defensive abilities have turned off some teams, but Nellie will focus on Monroe's soft hands, high basketball IQ, shooting touch and court vision.

7 | PISTONS

Ekpe Udoh

6'10" PF, Jr., Baylor

Assuming that Detroit doesn't move up to take Cousins, Udoh is a fine consolation prize. He exudes energy, is a decent passer and has a solid midrange jumper. The Pistons may be hoping to land a more explosive athlete, but Udoh would be a heathy upgrade over their current big men.

8 | CLIPPERS

Al-Farouq Aminu

6'9" SF, So., Wake Forest

An aggressive young tweener who attacks the basket and gets to the foul line, Aminu will be a steal if he develops a three-point shot. If Blake Griffin, the No. 1 pick in 2009, recovers from the broken left kneecap that sidelined him last season, L.A. could have an exciting frontcourt for years to come.

9 | JAZZ

Gordon Hayward

6'8" SF, So., Butler

Hayward is a shooter who knows how to play, and his stock has been rising ever since his stellar performance in the Final Four. While he could replace Andrei Kirilenko, who's in the final year of his contract, don't be surprised if Utah tries to move up even higher in this draft.

10 | PACERS

Ed Davis

6'9" PF, So., UNC

The Pacers need a point guard, but this is the wrong draft to try to fill that hole. So Davis will be their man—a long power forward with soft hands and the ability to defend either of the big positions. He'll be a project offensively, but his physical tools make him worth the investment.

11 | HORNETS

Xavier Henry

6'6" SG, Fr., Kansas

Peja Stojakovic's back problems have left New Orleans desperate for a wing scorer, and Henry has three-point range, along with the intelligence to pass and defend within the needs of the team. There are better athletes available, but the same was said seven years ago, when the Hornets took David West.

12 | GRIZZLIES

Patrick Patterson

6'8" PF, Jr., Kentucky

The Grizzlies could use a solid backup and eventual heir to power forward Zach Randolph, and Patterson may be the answer. He has a lot to learn defensively, but he'll arrive in Memphis as a ready-made scorer with soft hands and an innate ability to finish with his back to the basket.

13 | RAPTORS

Larry Sanders

6'10" PF, Jr., VCU

If free agent Chris Bosh leaves as expected, then Sanders will be his replacement. He's raw, but he has the hops and length that G.M. Bryan Colangelo covets, as well as ability to become a low-post force, which will make him an effective partner with outside threat Andrea Bargnani.

14 | ROCKETS

Cole Aldrich

6'11" C, Jr., Kansas

He'll be the insurance policy for Yao Ming, who's recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot, and a solid backup should Yao return to full health. Aldrich is a banger who can run the pick-and-roll and block the occasional shot. He also helps fill Houston's need for low-post scoring now that Carl Landry is in Sacramento.

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