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Sam Bowie. Michael Olowokandi. Darko Milicic. Each NBA Draft season, a GM ponders a selection that provokes a fanbase to collectively wonder, "Uh…what?"
However, rather than ranting their opinions on a website or radio show, basketball enthusiasts now have another forum to voice their beliefs: the Whatifsports NBA Draft Simulator.
John Wall appears to be the consensus choice for the first overall pick. Yet after Washington’s turn, the equation becomes somewhat muddled. Do the 76ers take the elusive Evan Turner or dominant Derrick Favors at the 2nd spot? How far does talented-but-troubled DeMarcus Cousins fall? Such predicaments can make fans fret over their city’s selection. But with the NBA Draft Simulator, the user can take the reins of their favorite franchise and control their team’s Draft destiny.
To utilize this tool, simply:
1) Click on the "Team" drop down menu and select any of the 23 NBA franchises with a first-round pick
2) Click on the "Player" drop down menu to select your pick
3) Click "Draft"
We fed our 2010 NBA Draft Simulator three different inputs to come up with the likelihood (percentage) of X-player being drafted by Y-team.
The three inputs are overall player rank (i.e. John Wall, at the moment, is #1), team needs (i.e. the 76ers need a post-player) and position ranking (i.e. Favors is ranked higher than Cousins at center).
The 2010 NBA Draft Simulator provided us our own
1st Round Mock Draft based on the results generated from the test run.
Whatifsports.com's 2010 NBA Mock Draft Version 1.0
1. John Wall
- Although Washington won just 26 games in the ’09-10 campaign, the Wiz suddenly have one of the more dynamic backcourts in the Association with John Wall and Gilbert Arenas. With the addition of a free-agent big body (Boozer? Stoudemire?), playoff basketball could be returning to the D.C. area in the ‘10-11 season.
2. Derrick Favors
- With a suddenly aging frontline of Elton Brand (age 31) and Samuel Dalembert (29), Favors gives Philadelphia some much-needed youth and energy. While Favors’ skill set is somewhat unpolished, the ACC Freshman of the Year’s athleticism and instincts remind scouts of fellow Georgia Tech big man Chris Bosh.
3. Evan Turner
- New Jersey’s undoubtedly disappointed missing out on the #1 overall pick. However, Turner is a heck of a consolation prize. Turner has the versatility to man three different NBA positions, and his game possesses very few weaknesses. The addition of Turner, along with former All-Star Devin Harris and rising talent Brook Lopez, gives the Nets a solid core for their exodus to Brooklyn in two seasons.
4. Wesley Johnson
- The reigning Big East Player of the Year should be a nice addition to the Timberwolves, who are lacking an explosive small forward. Johnson’s versatility will allow him to occasionally fill in for Corey Brewer at shooting guard, and his rebounding tenacity will help lessen the load for Al Jefferson and Kevin Love.
5. Al-Farouq Aminu
- Aminu brings a defensive mindset to the offensive-oriented Kings. Aminu doesn’t need to score to stay happy, which is apropos since he’ll be teaming with non-facilitator Tyreke Evans. Aminu’s presence gives Sacramento another youthful talent to add to their core of Evans, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes, and Omri Casspi.
6. Ekpe Udoh
- Don Nelson loves quick, athletic ballplayers, and that’s exactly what he’ll get in Ekpe Udoh. A banger on the boards, “the Nightmare” gives the Warriors a desired presence on the defensive end. His offensive skills are unpolished, but with Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Corey Maggette, and Anthony Randolph, scoring won’t be a requirement for Udoh.
7. DeMarcus Cousins
- A talent like Cousins shouldn’t fall out of the top-5; however, his attitude and lack of maturity make Cousins somewhat of a gamble even at this position in the Draft. Physically, he has all the tools to become one of the better defenders around the basket, and displays amassing touch for a man his size. If Cousins gets his act together, getting him in the seven spot could prove to be a steal.
8. Ed Davis
- Davis will serve as an essential backup for big men Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman. Davis possesses good footwork and is active on the offensive boards. Davis will need to add some weight and strength to survive the brutal grind of the NBA schedule. The addition of Davis, along with Griffin, Kaman, Eric Gordon, and Baron Davis, could make for an enticing roster for a potential superstar free-agent.
9. Cole Aldrich
- With Carlos Boozer unlikely to return to Salt Lake City, Aldrich gives the Jazz some depth in the frontcourt. Aldrich runs the floor well for a PF/C, and is one of the better shot-blockers in the draft. While not an offensive force, Aldrich has decent range and is effective from the charity stripe.
10. Greg Monroe
- Monroe will team-up with former Hoya Roy Hibbert to form a ridiculous rebounding tandem. Monroe is one of the quicker big men in the draft, which should fit well into Indiana’s fast pace tempo. The Monroe selection does create somewhat of a logjam in the frontcourt, with Hibbert, Troy Murphy, and last year’s 1st rounder Tyler Hansbrough all looking for minutes.
11. Patrick Patterson
- At first glance, the Patterson selection seems to give the Hornets an apt power forward to give assistance off the bench to All-Star David West. However, with West’s name centered in numerous trade rumors, Patterson could be seeing more court time than expected. The Kentucky product is an aggressive rebounder with good range and a sound jumper. Patterson will need to improve on his defense and first move.
12. Luke Babbitt
- Babbitt’s stock has risen tremendously in the past month due to impressive workouts and front offices’ collective realization his stats at Nevada (21.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg) weren’t a product of inferior WAC competition. If Rudy Gay departs in free agency, Babbitt could be a perfect fit in the SF position for the Grizzlies. The main concern for Babbitt is his quickness, or lack thereof, as some scouts question if he’ll be able to stay in front of NBA forwards.
13. Avery Bradley
- Toronto could be in full rebuilding mode if Chris Bosh does not return. Bradley, an explosive scorer from Texas, could be a building block in lieu of Bosh’s absence. Bradley has been labeled a “tweener,” as he’s too small to play shooting guard, but lacks the vision to man point. However, Bradley is an excellent defender, and could find his niche with distributor Jose Calderon running the show for the Raptors.
14. Daniel Orton
- With Yao Ming coming off surgery, the Rockets will need a big body to help ease Yao’s return to NBA action. Orton, a 6’10 center from Kentucky, should help alleviate that work load. Overshadowed in Lexington, Orton provides first-class defense and rebounding. His offensive skills need work; however, his lack of shooting could also be the product of deferring to others in the Wildcat offense.
15. Paul George
- A relative unknown, George has been shooting up draft boards thanks to his striking resemblance to Pacer Danny Granger. George gives Bucks guard Brandon Jennings another offensive asset to work with, and George possesses the agility to play three positions. George will need to work on his shot selection, as well as playing consistent defense.
- An assassin, Hayward came to national prominence during Butler’s Cinderella run this past March. While one of the best shooters in the Draft, Hayward is also active on the offensive glass. Hayward could provide instant offense off the bench for Minnesota, which lacks a true outside threat. Hayward will need to improve his defense and add some weight to his frame.
- Playing in obscurity at Marshall, Whiteside quietly put together one of the best collegiate defensive seasons in a decade. Whiteside averaged 5.4 blocks for the Thundering Herd, while gathering 8.9 rpg. Whiteside is viewed as a project, and will find his playing time backing up Bulls center Joakim Noah.
- Henry had a so-so campaign at Kansas in ’09-10 after arriving amidst much hype. Henry is primarily a shooter with an accurate touch, hitting 42% of hit shots from downtown. If Dwayne Wade returns to Miami, Henry will transition to the SF spot. Henry needs to improve his defense and ball-handling to contribute at the NBA level.
- The Celtics could end up with a late-round steal in the forward from Texas. James has been called this Draft’s best rebounder, which can be correlated to his aggressive nature around the post. The two knocks on James are his height and his habit of settling into jump shots rather than driving to the hole. James could offer relief for a rapidly aging Celtic roster.
- Alabi, along with DeJuan Blair, provides San Antonio with some youthful vigor to support veterans Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess. Alabi possesses the rare ability to effectively play defense without getting in foul trouble. The Florida State product also has above average touch for a 7-footer. Alabi will need to bulk-up and add some offensive weapons to his arsenal.
- The Frenchman is viewed by many in the league as a long-term project, as Seraphin has only been participating in competitive basketball for five years. At 6’10, is exceptionally apt in running the floor, and has a nose for getting to the ball on defense. His offensive game in largely unpolished, but Oklahoma City has the talent to allow Seraphin the room to develop without rushing him onto the court.
- With Rudy Fernandez in numerous trade rumors, Eric Bledsoe gives Portland a guard capable of scoring off the bench. Lost in the shadow of John Wall, Bledsoe averaged over 11 ppg at Kentucky in ’09-10. Bledsoe will need to improve on his turnover ratio, as well as participating on the defensive end.
- Anderson is a swingman who has a knack for scoring. Although accurate from the field, Anderson added the ability to drive to his game in the past year. Anderson will need to improve on getting his teammates involved when the ball is in his hands.
- Mike Bibby showed noticeable signs of decline this past year, meaning the Hawks need to select their PG of the future. At 6’3, Johnson is amazingly quick for a guard his size. Although he doesn’t own an outside shot, Johnson controls the pace of the game exceptionally well. The Nevada product also provides shutdown D, something that has been M.I.A. in the A.T.L.
- Robinson is more of an athlete rather than a basketball player, and has yet to make significant progress to change that perception. Robinson improved his scoring and rebounding in ’09-10, but almost doubled his turnover ratio from the previous season. Memphis is taking a gamble, but at this point in the Draft, the risk is worth the reward.
- Sanders brings a defensive down-low toughness that was notably absent for the Thunder last season. The only knock on Sanders is his offensive game, which is almost nonexistent. However, Sanders makes up for it on the boards, where he averaged 9.1 rpg at VCU in ’09-10.
- No one confused New Jersey as a defensive juggernaut last season, which is why the Nets select Pondexter in this slot. At 6’7, 215 lbs, the former Huskie has the ability to guard the SG, SF, and PF positions. Pondexter doesn’t have much of an outside game, but makes up for it with constant hustle and good basketball IQ.
- Memphis lacks a solid 6th man, a role that Williams could admirably fill. He’s one of the best guard defenders in the Draft, and is at home in an up-tempo offense. Williams will need to improve on his shooting, which is subpar from the perimeter range.
- The Magic add another offensive weapon in Warren. Warren’s very quick and creates shots for himself with ease. However, a knock on the Oklahoma Sooner has been his shot selection, as well as developing a rep for being a “ball-hog.” Warren will need to show development that was lacking from his ’09-10 season.
- Crawford was able to play himself into the 1st round with his performance in March. Washington is in desperate need for scoring off the bench, and Crawford is an instant offensive machine. Crawford will need to improve his shot selection, as well as focusing more on the defensive end.
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