The 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft is now officially underway, with each SB Nation blogger making selections for their respective teams. Mike Prada, the lead editor at SB Nation's Washington Wizards blog Bullets Forever, checks in to make the first overall selection in this year's mock. Take it away, sir!
With the first overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft, the Washington Wizards have selected John Wall, PG, Kentucky Wildcats.
Prada explains: John Wall is the best talent in this draft. Sure, his numbers in college could have been better. Sure, he and Gilbert Arenas may not be the most ideal fit in the world. But for a team desperately needing that A-list superstar to lead them into the next generation, John Wall is the shot in the arm.
His open-court style is best suited for the NBA game, and while he still needs to work on his pick and roll game and his defensive intensity, all the tools to dominate in both spots are there. His jumper is still a work in progress, but it's also the easiest thing a player can improve, so there's hope there. Most importantly, Wall is a great kid, a leader and a joy to be around, the kind of guy that turns potential malcontents into choir boys and attracts all sorts of great players to want to play with him.
Few players drafted in the last 10 years offer as much potential to be a building block as John Wall. It might take a couple years for him to develop, but he will, and when he does, he will be one of the best players in the NBA.
Ridiculous Upside reacts: Duh? It seems everyone is on board this pick - even Evan Turner.
SB Nation's Kentucky blog weighs in: A Sea Of Blue's Truzenzuzex did a podcast with Prada a couple of weeks ago that should easily tell you everything you'll ever need to know about John Wall and the Wizards. In April, Truzenzuzex also did a great profile chronicling Wall's lone season as a Wildcat.
Ridiculous Upside's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Evan Turner, SG/SF, Ohio State. 2 - Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech. 3 - DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kentucky. 4 - Wesley Johnson, SF, Syracuse. 5 - Al-Farouq Aminu, F, Wake Forest.
Sound off, SB Nation! What say you of the Wall-to-Washington pick? Please be sure to check out Bullets Forever for all of your Wizards needs and SB Nation DC for all of your Washington, D.C. sports needs.