This season, there was no shortage of bad NBA teams who need all the help they can get. Fortunately for these teams, that is what the NBA draft is for. Let’s take a look at the four most talented players, and some possible landing spots for each of these players.
1. John Wall (PG, Kentucky)- Wall is one of the most explosive and athletic players to appear in the last decade, and he has been the assumed first overall draft pick since his arrival on the University of Kentucky campus. Scouts rave about his quickness and leaping ability, and he is frequently compared to Derrick Rose. While there are still worries about his jump shot and tendency to commit turnovers, there is no doubt that he will be the first overall pick, and wearing a Wizards’ jersey within a month.
2. Evan Turner (SG, Ohio State)- Turner is regarded as one of the safest picks in this draft; he will bring a guaranteed 17 points per game as a rookie to any team in the league. At this point, it seems clear that he will be headed to Philadelphia with the 2nd pick in the draft. Although there are questions about Turner’s ceiling because of his lack of explosiveness and athleticism, he truly has no obvious weaknesses and he will make any team he is on better right away.
3. DeMarcus Cousins (C, Kentucky)-If NBA teams picked on talent alone, then Cousins would be heading to Philadelphia, and Washington would have to contemplate taking him as well. Unfortunately for Cousins, that isn’t the case. Cousins has the combination of size, strength, and agility that the NBA hasn’t seen since Shaquille O’Neal. (or Eddy Curry, if you want to be negative) In addition, Cousins shows great rebounding ability and a solid mid-range jumper. So, what’s the negative? First and foremost, Cousins is regarded as an immature headcase who often appears uncoachable. In addition, he has long battled with weight issues, and many scouts worry that he will be unable to control his weight in the future. If Cousins matures, however, he will be the steal of the draft. Although he has great talent, however, it is unlikely that he will go to New Jersey with the 3rd pick, because they already have a franchise center in Brook Lopez. Expect to see him in Minnesota (if they trade Al Jefferson) or Sacramento.
4. Derrick Favors (PF, Georgia Tech)-Favors is an excellent athlete, who is a slightly worse athlete than Cousins, but he doesn’t bring any of the baggage to a team that Cousins would. Favors is an excellent defender and shot blocker who also has a fairly polished post game. Although his ceiling may not be as high as Cousins’, there appears to be no threat of him flaming out as well.
by Nathan Eagan at the Sports Fan Blog Network