I'm still struggling to find time to give you all the draft coverage that you deserve, so Kevin States is going to step up to the plate and help me out. Kevin's an expert in NCAA hoops, and has followed it all season long and will write in depth about the entire draft. The following is his introduction to the 2010 NBA draft where he'll be covering prospects on a daily basis.
The 2010 NBA Draft has two for-sure franchise type players
in John Wall and Evan Turner, and a possible perennial All-Star in DeMarcus
Cousins if he can behave and stay motivated.
After the top three players, the draft is loaded with several guys that
are very skilled or very talented on one side of the ball or one skill that is in high demand.
Last year, the draft was
loaded with point guards and playmakers while this year is more geared towards
skilled power forwards, shot blocking athletic big men, wings/guards that
can shoot, and raw athletic wings.
While this might be only a three-player draft
in terms of dominant players, it is a very deep draft in which all teams in the
first round should be getting a player that can help in one skill on either
defense or offense.
On nearly a daily basis, I am going to release a profile of
a different prospect and how that prospect's game translates to the NBA
For guard prospects,
I am going to break down how their game translates in being a
ball-handler, setting up others, skill in shooting, how their speed translates
to this level, and how their game will be affected by the pick-and-roll.
I will also cover how they will be able to
guard opposing guards and how they will be able to use their speed and lengths
to get into passing lanes, if they have the speed or size to match up with the
majority of opposing guards.
For Forwards and Centers, I will cover how they can impact
the game defensively whether that is with shot-blocking, rebounding,
post-defense, or defense off the pick-and-roll.
On offense, I will be covering the ability to play in the post, ability
to pass out of the post and in general, the ability to shoot or create opportunities
off of a pick-and-roll, and if they have any unique skills at their height.
I venture to state that this could be one of the deepest
drafts in NBA History and there could be several good players to pick in the
second round such as Alexev Shved, Sylven Landesburg, Craig Brackins, Armon
Johnson, Terrico White, Jordan Crawford, Jarvis Varnado, Dominique Jones,
Charles Garcia, and much more.
I will break down the draft of each team near the draft and
who they should draft, who the Bulls should focus on, and the results after the
draft for each team.