From the moment the Wizards won the draft lottery, there was never any question that Wall would be their pick. Wall is a difference-maker, his end-to-end speed already among the fastest in the league and his defense disruptive. How he fits in with and is accepted by Gilbert Arenas remains to be seen, but the Wizards are going to start rebuilding around Wall, whose biggest weakness is his outside jump shot.
The Sixers were true to their word: Even though they shook up their roster last week, they still took Turner, the national player of the year. He is redundant with Andre Iguodala, but GM Ed Stefanski could very well shop Iguodala in the same fashion that led to his dealing Samuel Dalembert to Sacramento last week. Otherwise, new coach Doug Collins will have to figure out how to maximize production from two players who prefer the ball in their hands.
Despite some late smoke screens regarding Wesley Johnson, New Jersey took the player it was expected to take all along. Placing Favors alongside Brook Lopez, the Nets, the worst team in the league last season, should have their two big frontcourt positions set for years to come. The 18-year-old Favors, of course, will take time to develop, but the choice likely means that Yi Jianlian is destined either for the trade block or the bench soon enough.
Though center DeMarcus Cousins may have a better NBA career, GM David Kahn could not bring himself to duplicate Al Jefferson and Kevin Love in the frontcourt. The versatile Johnson is probably one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft and he fits in well with Minnesota, which is light on scoring and playmaking on the wing.
The Kings, with no real center last season (Spencer Hawes wasn't effective), now have an abundance of them: Veteran Samuel Dalembert came from Philadelphia in a trade last week and Cousins joins them with the fifth pick. Cousins was incredibly productive at Kentucky but has been dogged by questions about his maturity. With Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans at the point and Cousins in the paint, the Kings are now physical on both ends.
Even with GM Larry Riley probably making the pick for another owner, he still knows the Warriors are desperate for some frontcourt defensive help to go with the scoring of guards Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. One of the older players in the draft, Udoh, 23, transferred from Michigan to Baylor in the middle of his college career. He has huge hands and a big wingspan. He's yet another tall, long forward for the Warriors, who already have Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright.
The Pistons took one of the best passers in the draft, regardless of position. Monroe could step in and start immediately in a frontcourt that last season included the disappointing Charlie Villanueva, the aging Ben Wallace and underachievers Kwame Brown and Chris Wilcox. The Pistons just hope Monroe continues the long line of successful Georgetown big men.
With last year's No. 1 pick, Blake Griffin, expected back at full strength from a knee injury, the selection of Aminu gives Los Angeles some duplication in the frontcourt, making one wonder if they pulled another Clippers-like move. Aminu, though, is a good rebounder (10.7 in 31.3 minutes last season) and runs the floor well. As a tweener forward, he has to extend his shooting range.
From the moment he declared himself eligible for the draft, Hayward was seen as a perfect fit for Jerry Sloan's system. The darling of the NCAA tournament (who almost quit basketball after the 10th grade) should fit in well with the Jazz, a Mike Miller-type who needs to bulk up. The Jazz now need to figure out what is going to happen with Carlos Boozer; adding Hayward to the frontcourt of Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur leaves the Jazz wanting for some physical players (though Boozer's potential replacement as a starter, Paul Millsap, helps in that area).
George was one of the players who moved up in the draft because of his individual workouts. He goes to a team that has several holes, though the Pacers most need a point guard. They offered this pick around in an effort to acquire a point guard but ultimately settled on George, a talented athlete who was criticized for not being more of a consistent force at Fresno State. Expect to see the Pacers active on the trade market in the offseason.
Aldrich reportedly is headed to Oklahoma City in a trade. The proposed deal would make sense for the Thunder, who are seeking to add size to their promising young nucleus of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green and James Harden.
Owner Michael Heisley insists that the Grizzlies intend to re-sign restricted free agent Rudy Gay. If they don't, Henry could help replace Gay's scoring on the wing. Henry, the first one-and-done player in Kansas history, is a good long-range shooter.
Say hello to Chris Bosh's potential replacement. Davis isn't the physical defensive presence up front that the Raptors lack (he has to get stronger), but he's an active big man with length, a strong rebounder (9.6 in 27.9 minutes last season) and a capable shot-blocker (2.8 per game).
The final pick of the lottery went to the third player chosen from Kentucky (after John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins). Patterson is not flashy but is very solid, and he provides frontcourt strength for the Rockets, who still don't know the future of the injury-plagued Yao Ming and also have starting power forward Luis Scola set to test the market as a restricted free agent.
The Bucks traded Dan Gadzuric to Golden State this week for scoring small forward Corey Maggette, and veteran Kurt Thomas is a free agent, so taking Sanders fills an immediate need for size up front alongside center Andrew Bogut. Sanders' offensive game is a work in progress, but he was a solid rebounder and shot-blocker in college.
On a night that Portland reportedly fired GM Kevin Pritchard an hour before the draft, somebody in the Blazers' draft room decided that Babbitt was worth acquiring. Portland obtained his rights in exchange for forward Martell Webster, whom the Blazers felt never quite reached his potential after drafting him out of high school in 2005. Babbitt will give Portland a frontcourt scorer, something that it lacked in the postseason when LaMarcus Aldridge was double-teamed.
Seraphin, the first international player selected, is reportedly ticketed for Washington, which is expected to acquire this pick and guard Kirk Hinrich in a salary dump by the Bulls, who are trying to clear more cap space for their pursuit of free agents. Seraphin, a long-term prospect, has spent the last four years playing in France. He averaged about six points and four rebounds in limited minutes last season.
The Thunder reportedly are dealing this choice to the Clippers for a future first-round pick. Bledsoe, the fourth first-rounder from Kentucky, could slide in as a backup point guard to often-injured Baron Davis.
Bradley is a speedy backcourt tweener who has the potential to develop into a point guard. He didn't have a great year at Texas after a celebrated high school career, but this is an upside pick for the Celtics.
The Big 12 player of the year is a pure scorer who should address San Antonio's need for perimeter scoring -- San Antonio likes to limit Manu Ginobili's minutes when possible, backup shooting guard Roger Mason is a free agent and Richard Jefferson is coming off a disappointing season.
OKC is believed to be selecting for the Hornets as part of the Cole Aldrich trade. Brackins gives the Hornets a possible backup for David West -- like West, he can step out and hit outside shots. His junior season (16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 42 percent shooting) wasn't as good as his sophomore season (20.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 47.5 percent shooting).
Williams injured his knee in a pre-draft session with San Antonio that limited his subsequent workouts, but the Blazers were tempted by his 17.9 points per game at Memphis last season. The Blazers are still searching for a point guard of the future and Williams may be the latest candidate.
Washington is among the most active teams in the draft, reportedly acquiring the rights to Booker in exchange for the 30th and 35th picks. Booker, the first senior off the board, is an undersized power forward who is most comfortable in the paint.
The Nets are acquiring this pick for Nos. 27 and 31. James, the second straight senior chosen, rebounds about as well as he scores. He averaged 10.3 rebounds in both his senior and sophomore seasons.
Dallas has bought this pick from Memphis. Jones was tasked with carrying the load at South Florida, where he averaged 21.4 points last season but continued to struggle with his three-point shot (32.4 percent for his career). The Mavericks had success around this spot in the draft last year, getting promising 22-year-old Rodrique Beaubois at No. 25.
Pondexter appears headed to the Hornets as another piece of the Cole Aldrich deal. He jumped from 12.1 points as a junior to 19.3 points as a senior.
Crawford, the player best known for dunking on LeBron James, is going to Atlanta in exchange for Damion James. Undersized for a shooting guard, he can get to the rim and score in bunches.
The ACC player of the year is another guard pick for the Grizzlies, who went with Xavier Henry at No. 12. Vasquez isn't much of a three-point shooter and his defense is a concern, but he has a good feel for the game and averaged 19.6 points as a senior.
Orton's selecton gives Kentucky a record five first-round picks. Orton had been projected much higher but dropped amid concerns about a knee injury and his lack of production for the Wildcats.
This pick will go to the Timberwolves, who in Hayward get a player who improved his scoring from 6.6 points as a freshman to 18.1 as a senior. The first round ends without Marshall center Hassan Whiteside being picked, a surprising omission from the top 30.
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