The 2010 NBA draft order was determined in the latest NBA lottery. But the NBA draft order 2010 did not go as everyone expected. The Nets threatened the all-time worst record in league history most of the year, while the Timberwolves still almost challenged them for the year’s worst record. Yet neither of them came close to winning the No. 1 pick or even the No. 2. The best of the worst were two teams that weren’t as historically awful, but still reached new lows even by their woeful standards. But with the NBA draft order, the Wizards and Sixers can use John Wall and Evan Turner to get well again.
In spite of the Nets having the most ping-pong balls, they could only place third in the lottery. This left the Wizards and 76ers, whose records were hardly as abysmal, to take the top two picks. For all the suspicion that bad teams tank late to get the most lottery balls, having the worst record isn’t always the best strategy.
As such, the 2010 NBA draft order will be led by the Wizards, as they are widely expected to take Kentucky’s John Wall. The next closest candidate is Evan Turner, who may fall No. 2 to the Sixers instead. Afterward, the Nets, Timberwolves and Kings will make up the top five, although they each had hopes of going higher.
This victory for the Wizards comes after the Gilbert Arenas scandal, and the death of owner Abe Pollin, destroyed their season. After a few years in the playoffs, where they fought Cleveland tooth and nail, the Wizards took giant steps back to the point where they could get the No. 1 pick. But since they led the 2010 NBA draft order, either Wall or Turner can be the franchise’s new face instead of Arenas.
As for the Sixers, their high standing is no less of a surprise or a relief. They too took a giant step backward this year as former Wizards’ coach Eddie Jordan failed miserably with his Princeton offense. Bringing Allen Iverson back didn’t help either, as the Sixers became an afterthought next to the other pro sports contenders in Philadelphia. But if Wall or Turner is drafted by Philadelphia, the Sixers could make a dent in their own city again.
Now that the NBA draft order 2010 is set, the mock draft stage can begin. Wall and Turner are already projected to be in Wizards’ and Sixers’ uniforms, but Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins and others make this a deep draft. Yet given the injuries that struck top picks Greg Odon and Blake Griffin, going No. 1 or No.2 may be a curse.
The winners on the 2010 NBA draft order will have a month to take advantage, as they get to choose their future stars on June 24.
NBA.com- “2010 NBA draft order”
Yahoo Sports- “After turbulent year, lottery luck for the Wizards”
FanHouse- “NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Snappy Judgment”