The 2010 NBA draft results were made official last night. However, the 2010 NBA draft results were anticipated for weeks, after the 2010 NBA draft lottery. Ever since the Wizards and Sixers got the top two picks, virtually everyone knew what they would do with them. Despite their failures on the court this past year, and for many years beforehand, the two teams made sure not to screw up last night. Now, the 2010 NBA draft results have given them their newest chance to rebuild, while others, like the Nets, Timberwolves and Kings, hope they made the right choices too.
The Wizards started the night by officially making John Wall one of them. Wall led a record five Kentucky players who were taken in the first round, as expected. After a tumultuous year on- and off-the-court, the Wizards are counting on Wall to help them bounce back. At the least, the 2010 NBA draft results have to be better than those in 2001, when top pick Kwame Brown bombed for Washington.
Afterward, the Sixers also did what was expected, and got national player of the year Evan Turner at No. 2. Turner, along with new coach Doug Collins, will try to lead Philadelphia into basketball relevance again next year. If recent history is an indication, Turner will have better luck than Wall.
The 2010 NBA draft results are ominous for Wall, since two of the last three top picks have been plagued with injury. But, Wall hopes he will be more like Derrick Rose, and not Greg Oden or Blake Griffin.
While Wall and Turner are the leaders of the class, the true test of the 2010 NBA draft results could be those below them. Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans, slid down to the fourth pick, which Minnesota used this year to get Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson. The Nets began their big rebuilding project by getting Georgia Tech big man Derrick Favors at No. 3, while Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins joined Evans in Sacramento at No. 5.
The top 10 picks went according to form, until the Hornets traded 11th pick Cole Aldrich to the Thunder. The Bulls also made some moves, trading 17th pick Kevin Seraphin to the Wizards, along with Kirk Hinrich. But, for the Bulls, and many others, the 2010 NBA draft results are secondary to free agency.
This year’s draft already played second fiddle this year to the World Cup and Wimbledon. It is also an afterthought compared to the free agency gold rush to come on July 1.
Soon enough, attention on the 2010 NBA draft results will fade away, compared to the results for who gets LeBron, Dwayne and Chris Bosh. But, the Wizards, Sixers and Nets have other things to worry about, which is why they had the top picks in the first place.
Bleacher Report- “2010 NBA Draft Results: Team-By-Team Draft Grades”
ESPN- “A trade that makes cents”
Yahoo Sports- “2010 NBA Draft”