Originally Published: Feb 13, 2011 8:52 PM CDT
After Demarcus Cousins boarding pass was denied for the Kings team plane thanks to his lockerroom hissy fit, someone in the Blitz office made some remark about how all the teams that didnt draft him this year are breathing a sigh of relief because hes a head case. Maybe, I dont know. Thats not the point of this blog. The point is, we went back and looked up last years NBA Draft. Im going to list every pick for you...not to bore you...but to prove a point at the end.
1) John Wall - Wizards
2) Evan Turner - 76ers
3) Derrick Favors - Nets
4) Wesley Johnson - TWolves
5) DeMarcus Cousins - Kings
6) Ekpe Udoh - Warriors
7) Greg Monroe - Pistons
8) AlFarouq Aminu - Clippers
9) Gordon Hayward - Jazz
10) Paul George - Pacers
11) Cole Aldrich - Hornets
12) Xavier Henry - Grizzlies
13) Ed Davis - Raptors
14) Patrick Patterson - Rockets
15) Larry Sanders - Bucks
16) Luke Babbitt - TWolves
17) Kevin Seraphin - Wizards
18) Eric Bledsoe - Thunder
19) Avery Bradley - Celtics
20) James Anderson - Spurs
21) Craig Brackins - Thunder
22) Elliott Williams - Trailblazers
23) Trevor Booker - TWolves
24) Damion James - Hawks
25) Dominique Jones - Grizzlies
26) Quincy Pondexter - Thunder
27) Jordan Crawford - Nets
28) Greivis Vasquez - Grizzlies
29) Daniel Orton - Magic
30) Lazar Hayward - Wizards
I wont make you read through the 2nd round picks (I dont want to type them all). Ill just tell you that the Knicks took Landry Fields at #39 and thats about it.
Heres the point. This class stinks! I mean really stinks! John Wall is a player. DeMarcus Cousins could turn into something someday, but hes just as likely to end up on TMZ. And beyond that you cant convince me that theres one other player in this draft that will ever threaten to be an All-Star. The #2 pick, Evan Turner, is averaging 7 points a game. The #3 pick, Derrick Favors, is averaging 6 points a game. Landry Fields is a nice story coming out of the 2nd round to be a contributor for New York, but hes a role player at best. Im not so sure Trevor Booker wasnt the steal of the draft at #23 by Minnesota. He looked like a beast against the Thunder a couple weeks ago.
I think well look back at the 2010 NBA Draft as the worst draft in league history. Every other year you can go back and find at least 5 guys who turned out to be really good players.
2009 - Blake Griffin, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, DeJuan Blair
2008 - Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Eric Gordon
2007 - Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Aaron Brooks, Marc Gasol
2006 - LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Paul Millsap
2005 - Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Andrew Bynum
2004 - Dwight Howard, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Al Jefferson, Andre Iguodala
2003 - Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, David West
2002 - Yao Ming, Nene, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Caron Butler
2001 - Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker
You get the point. Who in the world will be the 5 guys we remember from the 2010 draft? Good luck.
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