The 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft is still(!) underway, with each SB Nation blogger making selections for their respective teams. Ben Q Rock from Orlando Pinstriped Post, SB Nation's Orlando Magic blog, checks in to make the second-to-last first round selection in this year's mock.
With the twenty-ninth overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft, the Orlando Magic will select Greivis Vasquez, point guard, Maryland Terrapins.
BQR explains: I investigated Vasquez's strengths and weaknesses, and how they relate to the Magic, in greater detail in this post.
Essentially, Vasquez fits the Magic's biggest positional need--Jameer Nelson is the only point guard the Magic have under contract for next season--and has the skills to be a good fit. Sure, there are red flags, such as the turnovers, lackluster individual defense, and prior track record of tall point guards in the NBA. However, Vasquez's ability to run an offense seems genuine, and interesting. Additionally, his willingness to take big shots could be a plus, especially with an expert coach like Stan Van Gundy on hand to help his at-times iffy shot-selection in those situations.
Though I prefer Quincy Pondexter in this spot, he's off the board. Yet Vasquez is not a terrible consolation prize. He has a chance to make a solid, immediate contribution to the Magic.
Ridiculous Upside reacts: Point guard is the biggest (only?) need for the Magic and Vasquez has plenty of experience running a team. Solid pick.
Ridiculous Upside's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky. 2 - Stanley Robinson, F, Connecticut. 3 - Dominique Jones, G, South Florida. 4 - Elliot Williams, G, Memphis. 5 - Darington Hobson, F, New Mexico.
Sound off, SB Nation! What say you of the Vasquez-to-Orlando pick?
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