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2010 NBA Draft Live Blog

Wes Johnson at Syracuse

Forgive me if I fall asleep. I just walked in the door after spending all day moving out of my apartment, which included a two-section couch that weighs approximately 6,000 pounds. And it’s blazing hot in Seattle today. I’m weak, hungry, thirsty, irritated and exhausted. In other words, I feel infinitely worse than the 60 ballplayers who will hear their names called during tonight’s NBA Draft. And especially worse than the 14 Lottery picks who are about to bring home serious paper.

Although I missed the first four picks, those were predictable anyway: John Wall to the Wizards, Evan Turner to Philly, Derrick Favors to New Jersey, and Wesley Johnson to the Wolves. Now it gets interesting, with the Kings on the clock at No. 5…

* Sacramento picks … DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Kentucky. His diamond-studded watch could pay for three public schools in Compton. ESPN graphic says, “Must Improve: Maturity.” My cousin just asked me, “Is he fat?” My answer: “Ummmm … he could lose some weight.”

* John Calipari says this is the greatest day in Kentucky basketball history. Tony Delk, Ron Mercer and Rick Pitino would like a word with him.

* Golden State picks … Ekpe Udoh, PF, Baylor. His name is pronounced like “Eppay,” so get ready for some inappropriate Speedy Gonzalez-inspired signs in the Oracle Arenas crowd. I thought Greg Monroe would have been perfect for the Warriors’ offense, but I guess the rumors were true that the team wasn’t sold on Monroe.

* Detroit picks … Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown. Stu Scott says it’s “interesting” that Greg’s uncle played football at BYU. I think it’s interesting that the Pistons passed on Ed Davis, who they were supposedly in love with. As a Georgetown fan, I wish Monroe would have stayed one more year, but that’s being selfish. He’s ready to go pro now and will be a good pro. Jay Bilas: “Some question his desire, but you heard the same thing about Jeff Green.” Yeah, and people still question Green’s desire and aggressiveness.

* The Clippers pick … Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest. Did he just do the Fresh Prince/Jazz handshake with his boys? Nice grown-man suit by Aminu, but the clear locs bring it down a tad. Bilas has said multiple times that Aminu needs to “work on his skill level,” which is his way of saying the kid is a sick athlete who doesn’t really know how to play basketball yet and might end up being the next Julian Wright. But the Clips had to go with a small forward here, and Aminu may have the most raw talent of all the prospects.

* Utah picks … Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler. Of course they did. Not that they needed a small forward or anything, but, you know … At the same time, Hayward is a highly-skilled, smart player who can help a playoff team right away and doesn’t need to be brought along like a project. Larry Bird must be crushed to have this happen right before the Pacers picked at No. 10.

* It says Hayward was an all-state tennis player in high school, but Mark Jones AND his colleague fail to ask what he (or his twin sister, a college tennis player) thought of the Isner/Mahut 11-hour marathon match. Dropped the ball there.

* Comment of the live-blog so far, from reader fallinup: “Clippers pick ‘Squints’ from The Sandlot. Good pick!”

Paul George at Fresno State

* My Pacers pick … Paul George, SF, Fresno State. Umm … OK. We already have Danny Granger. I like George and think he’ll be a good player, but Indy had so many other needs, namely shooting guard, power forward and point guard. Maybe they made this pick for somebody else.

* New Orleans picks … Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas. Again, did they really need a center? Especially one who can’t really slide over to the four? The Hornets needed help up front, but I was thinking more in the form of a power forward who can back up David West, play D and play a couple of positions. Aldrich is a true center and nothing else. But he is a really good defender, so it’s not the worst pick in the Lottery. Fran Fraschilla just said Aldrich “is not going to be a great NBA player.” They’ve gotta ask Cole about that in his interview …

* WOW. Right after Fraschilla dogged Aldrich, it says Aldrich’s favorite TV personality is … Fran Fraschilla. Maybe he appreciates his honesty.

* Ric Bucher just reported that Cole and Mo Pete will be traded to OKC for the Thunder’s first-round picks (21, 26).

* Memphis picks … Xavier Henry, SG, Kansas. My cousin: “Zah-vee-ay?!? What happened to Xavier?” I don’t know. Bilas says Zah-vee-ay has “excellent length.” That’s what she said. Then Bilas says Zah-vee-ay is “somewhat left-handed.” I think this means O.J. Mayo is definitely being groomed to play point guard.

* Toronto picks … Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina. Another skinny lefty power forward full of potential. Sounds familiar.

* I would seriously murder one of these hip-hop gerbils for a cheeseburger right now. I’m deathly hungry.

* Houston picks … Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky. I was thinking they’d go with a center, but remember that Luis Scola is a free agent this summer. Patterson has always been in somebody’s shadow, from playing next to super-hyped O.J. Mayo in high school to playing with John Wall and crew at Kentucky, but he’s really good. I think he’ll surprise a lot of people with how effective he is in the League.

* Milwaukee picks … Larry Sanders, PF, VCU. The first guy who is not in the building. The Bucks needed a big man who can play defense, so this was a good pick.

* Minnesota picks … Luke Babbitt, SF/PF, Nevada. The Wolves hope he doesn’t repeat as the Wack Player of the Year. Get it? Never mind …

* Chicago picks … Kevin Seraphin, PF, France. The same fans who chanted “U-S-A!” when the Raptors picked are booing the international kid. David Stern was already laughing before he read the card, expecting to butcher the name. From the highlight video we learn that Seraphin can dunk when nobody is guarding him, and block shots when nobody is looking.

* Oklahoma City picks … Eric Bledsoe, PG, Kentucky. Kevin Durant does a quick interview beforehand, then immediately jumps back on Twitter or whatever he’s doing.

* Trade rumor/report: Ryan Gomes and Luke Babbitt from Minnesota to Portland for Martell Webster. Good move for the Wolves (if it’s true) who could use a shooter, but between Webster, Wes Johnson and Corey Brewer, that’s a lot of small forwards.

* Boston picks … Avery Bradley, PG, Texas. If you see somebody twitching and foaming at the mouth on the MSG floor right now, it’s Dime’s Aron Phillips. He’s a huge Celtics fan, and Bradley is probably his favorite college player.

Elliot Williams (photo. Joe Murphy/University of Memphis)

* San Antonio picks … James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State. GREAT pick for the Spurs, who needed a shooter (though they also could have used a big man) and got one of the best college players in the nation after he slipped farther than expected.

* Bucher reports that Eric Bledsoe is being traded to the Clippers.

* Oklahoma City picks … Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State.

* Portland picks … Elliot Williams, SG, Memphis. Good picks that I’ve been predicting for a while. Sorry, I’m elbow deep in McDonald’s right now.

* Minnesota picks … Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson. Love this guy. First senior off the board, and my pick to be the next underrated undersized big man who will make a real impact in the League. Except usually those guys get picked by playoff teams.

*Atlanta picks … Damion James, SF/PF, Texas.

* Memphis picks … Dominique Jones, SG, South Florida. One of the guys who was called a “sleeper” so much, he’s almost not a sleeper anymore. Stu Scott says Jones is a “Poppa’s boy” who talks to his Dad at least five times a day. I guess that means I’m a Poppa’s boy, too. And my Dad’s one of those where if you don’t pick up a couple times, the next time it’s, “Where were you? Why didn’t you pick up?”

* Oklahoma City picks … Quincy Pondexter, SF, Washington. I don’t understand how Pondexter has a father named “Roscoe” whose basketball nickname is “Bonecrusher,” and yet his only nickname is the tragically lame “Q-Pon.”

* Forget my bragging about the Brackins-to-OKC pick. He’s been traded to the Hornets. But that’s a good move for them. Like I said, they need a versatile four who can put the ball in the basket.

* New Jersey picks … Jordan Crawford, SG, Xavier. And apparently he’s being traded to the Hawks for Damion James. Good move for ATL, who needs some insurance in case Joe Johnson leaves.

* Memphis picks … Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland. And the Venezuelans are going NUTS. Good pick for a team that needs some depth at point guard. First highlight on the video is Vasquez making Duke’s Kyle Singler fall down on a crossover, which MD fans of course love. I agree with the ESPN crew: I like when guys like Vasquez don’t do the too-cool-for-school thing and have raw emotional reactions to getting drafted. That’s the footage you want to show kids who dream of going to the League.

* Orlando picks … Daniel Orton, C, Kentucky. Three points, three rebounds, 13 minutes a night … and he’s getting first-round money while somebody like Jerome Randle will have to fight and scrap to make a roster. That’s how it is when you’re tall and appear very talented.

* That clip of Orton messing up his commercial spots, while funny, might have just killed his potential endorsement career.

* With the last pick in the first round, Washington picks … Lazar Hayward, SF, Marquette. Everybody loves seniors at the end of the first round. I’m shocked Hassan Whiteside hasn’t been picked yet. Not that the Wizards necessarily need another young springy center, but still.

* Interview with Stan Van Gundy, who seems really excited to get Daniel Orton but whom I feel will blow a few vocal chords screaming at Orton next season. Is the Orton pick a slap in the face to Marcin Gortat?

Hassan Whiteside at Marshall

SECOND ROUND

* New Jersey picks … Tibor Pleiss, C, Germany. Tibor is going to the Hawks. Seven-footer put up 8 and 5 last season, and his highlight tape was shot at one of Germany’s best YMCA’s.

* Miami picks … Dexter Pittman, C, Texas. Bilas: “You wonder whether the game is a little too fast for Dexter.” That was the nicest way he had of saying Pittman is fat.

* My guy Hassan Whiteside is pulling a reverse DeAndre Jordan. A couple years ago, Jordan went into his freshman college season with a ton of hype, almost completely fell off the map at Texas A&M, and slipped into the second round. Whiteside had zero hype coming out of high school, shot up the mock drafts like a rocket, and was supposed to be a Lottery pick before slipping into the second round.

* Sacramento picks … Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall. Finally. Although he’ll find a hard time getting minutes behind Sam Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson. I wonder if Sacramento trades this pick later on.

* Trade: Memphis sends Dominique Jones to the Mavs for cash.

* Portland picks … Armon Johnson, PG, Nevada.

* Washington picks … Nemanja Bjeclica, PF, Serbia. Do I really have to how learn to spell this one by heart for Smack?

* Detroit picks … Terrico White, SG, Ole Miss. Great shooter, but smallish for a two.

* Milwaukee picks … Darrington Hobson, SG, New Mexico. Great slasher, but skinny for an NBA player. Two guys who will almost definitely be better college players than pros. But if you could combine them, you’d have quite a player.

* And now the Knicks are on the clock. It’s all gonna be a letdown from here, so we’ll slow down on the pick-by-pick analysis and check in with regular updates instead.

Andy Rautins at Syracuse

* New York picks … Andy Rautins, SG, Syracuse. Total hometown pick. Not that Rautins isn’t a deadly shooter who knows how to play, but I don’t even think a lot of people had him being drafted. Did I just hear that Leo Rautins has a gigantic tattoo on his ribcage? He’s like 60 years old, right?

* New York picks … Landry Fields, SF, Stanford. The crowd is only booing because the West Coast time difference means they have no idea who Fields is. But as a Pac-10 fan, I can tell you the kid is nice. He was probably the best pure scorer in the Pac-10.

* While the broadcast was on commercial, my Pacers took Lance Stephenson, SG, Cincinnati. Basketball-wise and business-wise, it makes a ton of sense. Lance has first-round talent, but if he doesn’t work out, Indy isn’t committed to him for first-round money. The Pacers need a two-guard and they need somebody who can create his own shot. Lance can help them out. That’s kind of a letdown that they didn’t shot the Lance pick on TV. He may have been in the building and he’s a New York guy, so the crowd would have had some kind of reaction.

* My man Jarvis Varnado (C, Mississippi State) gets scooped up by the Heat, then Miami picks Da’Sean Butler (SF, West Virginia). Everybody knows Varnado can block shots, but he’s not really center size and doesn’t have much of an offensive game. Butler would have gone in the first round if he didn’t wreck his knee in the Final Four.

* Tom Penn reminds us that if Miami trades Mike Beasley, they can potentially sign three max-contract guys. In other words, Beasley is getting traded any day now.

* The Lakers just got better. Devin Ebanks (SF, West Virginia) might never be an impact player, or he could become the next Trevor Ariza. Low-risk, high-reward pick for the defending champs.

* Milwaukee took Jerome Jordan (C, Tulsa), the classic guy who probably should have gone pro a couple years earlier than he did when he was getting first-round buzz as a mysterious prospect. After giving scouts time to nit-pick his game, Jordan dropped. But he could be a late steal for the Bucks.

* Gani Lawal (PF, Georgia Tech) is another guy who could have been a first-rounder. Either he’s this year’s DeJuan Blair or we never hear from him again. If Mike D’Antoni were still coaching the Suns he’d have no chance, but Alvin Gentry actually uses his bench.

* With the 48th pick Miami gets Latavious Williams, a small forward who would have been a freshman in college this year but went to the D-League instead after flirting with the idea of going to China.

* Projected Lottery pick (or at least first-rounder) Solomon Alabi (C, Florida State) finally gets picked at No. 50 by Dallas. Before the college season started I wrote a column saying Alabi could be the next Hasheem Thabeet. And the fact that I still might be right isn’t a compliment to Alabi.

* The Celtics picking Luke Harangody (PF, Notre Dame) is just corny. Did they need the White Big Baby? Not really. But he played for the Irish and they’re the Celtics.

* The Oklahoma Sooners get the collective “Stay In School, It’s Your Best Move” award. Willie Warren (PG/SG) and Tiny Gallon (C/PF) fell into the second round when they could have stayed in Norman, showed more of their game next season and increased their chances of getting a guaranteed contract.

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  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Dang so far it’s going as Dime predicted that means Houston might not get Hassan ….dang it!

  • fallinup

    Reke and Cousins aint bad. Thats a good duo. Especially with Landry there to hold stuff down for now.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Well Greg Monroe should be happy lol that Golden State didn’t choose him.

  • fallinup

    Gotta love the new Golden State jerseys. More teams should go old school.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Nice one for Detroit.

  • Tim

    Happy pistons didn’t get Ed Davis.

  • fallinup

    Clippers pick ‘Squints’ from the Sandlot. Good pick!

  • http://dimemag.com/ Camron Ghorbi

    Great pick for the Clippers, they’re in desperate need of help at the 3.

  • Sambuu

    I hope it’s not Cole…

  • http://dimemag.com/ Camron Ghorbi

    Xavier Henry still on the board…

  • sh!tfaced

    LOL@9 just got ur wish…

  • fallinup

    Oh snap. First trade during the draft. cole’s probably going to OKC with Mo Pete for a couple draft picks. I like that for OKC.

  • sh!tfaced

    t-dot getting ready for bosh’s departure

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    YES YES YES, that means that Houston can still get Hassan Whiteside!

    Don’t mess this up Houston!

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Why do people keep saying that Ed Davis is athletic? I don’t see any examples of exceptional athleticism in any of his highlights they just showed.

  • read it

    2nd Michiagn St Flint squad traded this week. Next will be Maeteen getting trade from the NBDL to the MINN. LYNX…

  • fallinup

    A hip hop gerbils turd has to be the size of a basketball. Its just science.

  • read it

    bucks Henry? Trade for Al Jefferson or Love or Sign David Lee…

  • fallinup

    Oh damn POPPI. Don’t break anything.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    @$^%$^%$&^&#@^&%**&$&(&!

  • sh!tfaced

    broken keyboard, gee?

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Great just what we need another 6’9 guy whoopeee!

    Can’t believe they passed on Hassan.

    Everyone knows Yao can’t give you a full year and DA backing him up is not a solution #%^@!

    Houston shouldn’t even get picks to waist them just give them 2nd round picks from now on.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    @gee post 20

    Wasn’t that Ekpe Udoh’s real name?

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    LOL Spliff yea I think so lol.

  • sh!tfaced

    and damn that burger talk… gonna go eat instead. im out. lol

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    This year Kahn is stockpiling forwards.

  • Rey J

    Webster for Babbit is a STEAL 4 T-Wolves!!!!!!

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    What hell are the Bulls doing?!

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    who????……..?

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    On second thought not a bad idea Chicago.

  • fallinup

    Goddammit. I never thought I could hate John Paxson any more than I already do.

  • Rey J

    isn’t that bulls pick heading to washington wit Kirk?

  • http://dimemag.com/ Camron Ghorbi

    Yikes, which free agents are Chicago trying to attract with that kind of pick? They must think they’ve got these guys in the bag money-wise if they don’t plan on bringing Seraphin over…

  • Rey J

    OKC Thunder are killen the draft right now!!!!

  • http://dimemag.com Sean Sweeney

    So Bledsoe is on his way to N’awlins (the trade)? He’s a mystery to me…I can’t figure him out.

  • http://dimemag.com/ Camron Ghorbi

    Whoops, Seraphin’s heading out in the Hinrich deal, nevermind…scratch that!

  • Rey J

    nvm Bledsoe headed to LAC!!!!

  • http://dimemag.com Sean Sweeney

    LA is a good spot for him…like that move

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Where are you guys getting these trade rumors from?

  • http://dimemag.com/ Camron Ghorbi

    Y’alls thoughts on the Celtics’ pick of Bradley? Great player, but isn’t he a little too Rondo-esque?

  • Milos Jameson

    You have got to respect Sam Presti’s hustle… setting up OKc for the future, and he isn’t done yet!

  • fallinup

    Okay Anderson… you know what to do… stand there behind the arc. And wait for Manu and Tony to pass it to you… then… You SHOOT!

    Spurs got another good pick out of the draft.

  • D.I. Dollar

    Just heard the Lakers are working on trying to get CP3 from the Hornets. Can it be true?

  • quest???

    lmao haahahah minny is stockpiling fowards this year. David Khan is trying to make stockpiling his new thing or trademark. Last year was the point guard, this year is the foward, next year they will pick every center available.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Everyone is working on trying to get CP3 from the Hornets lol.

    Although the Lakers usually do get someone for a Popeye’s two piece ever so often lol.

  • http://dimemag.com Sean Sweeney

    Just heard the Grizzlies will trade their starting lineup for CP…then Memphis is sending him to LA for Luke Walton n Dj Mbenga to continue tradition

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Durant looks bored as F%^$ lol. I bet he will never take draft duty again. Next year watch him sucker Jeff Green lol.

  • sh!tfaced

    Jordan Crawford from Zah-vee-ay U…

  • Rey J

    ATL’s got 2 Crawfords that score the rock!!!!!!!!

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    If Atlanta coveted Crawford why didn’t they just draft him?

  • D.I. Dollar

    What happened to the days when size mattered. The top 3 talents still available are all centers.

  • sh!tfaced

    Yeah, Whiteside, Alabi, etc…

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Memphis stockpiling big guards.

  • Celts Fan

    Wow. Grevais Vasquez. So cool. I don’t care about UM or the Grizzlies, but cool moment.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Mayo, Henry, Jones, Vasquez.

  • D.I. Dollar

    Spanish food joints in Memphis erupt in cheer.

  • sh!tfaced

    Think I’ve never seen anyone give Stern a hug like that… lol

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    I guess it pays off to be an asshole and slip in the draft. You get drafted by a contender.

  • Celts Fan

    oh, and Averyyyyyyyyyy. Hell ya Celtics. Now we gotta find a rotation guy at 52. Oh, and GState? WTF? Monroe woulda been perfect in that system. Ekpe Udoh? Why???

  • Rey J

    5 KENTUCKY players in the 1st round!!! WOW

  • Celts Fan

    @Camron – what’s the problem w/ Rondo-esque on a team that desperately needed a backup PG? Plus, Rondo’s not a great on-ball defender and can’t shoot, Bradley’s got a few distributor questions but is damn good at the things Rondo can’t do. They compliment each other well and should be able to play together if we decide to go small. LOVE the pick.

  • sh!tfaced

    do they serve beer for those who are watching? new york crowd sounds drunk by now…

  • Celts Fan

    BTW Al-Farouq Aminu makes Evan Turner sound like Mr. T

  • LiamG

    Is it me or does Daniel Orton look like a middle aged lesbian

  • Celts Fan

    wow. Lawai, Whiteside, Vernardo, Caracter, Pittman, Gallon, Armon Johnson, Terrico White, Sherron Collins, Stanley Robinson, the Int’l Cs from Germany and Brazil. Lots of solid guys still here.

  • Celts Fan

    and forgot JJordan and Alabi and Ebanks and Warren and don’t sleep on Dasuan Butler

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Where’s Born Slippin!?

  • sh!tfaced

    LMAO! Born Falling…

  • Milos Jameson

    On the whole Evan Turner speaking thing… If you guys have seen the movie “I Love You Man”, the scene where Paul Rudd & Jason Segal are at dinner… and Jason impersonates Andre the Giant, “ANYBODY WANT A PEANUT” – thats what Evan Turner sounds like. Haha

  • argh

    wtf why did miami not choose whiteside or alabi

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    @Austin

    Pittman is in great shape. Unfortunately that shape is a circle.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Kings just got really big the past few days. Dalembert, Cousins, and Whiteside.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Great pick for Knicks. Wow can’t believe he was still avaiable.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Guess that is the goodbye for McGrady?

  • K Dizzle

    Damn! Vernado dropped…

  • lifep

    T Mac should go to the Lakers

  • Robmo35

    Does this mean that Portland’s long standing nightmare or Austin Burton talking about Martell Webster’s upside is over?

    I hope it is for Dime reAders

  • K Dizzle

    Yo. Did I fall asleep and miss Devin Ebanks or did he pull out or something?

    Even Butler just got picked up…

  • http://dimemag.com Sean Sweeney

    There are still some legit players left from big conferences

  • K Dizzle

    LOL! Oh damn….my Lakers stole him….bye bye Mr. Morrison

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Yo. Did I fall asleep and miss Devin Ebanks or did he pull out or something?

    ^^Really K? LOL

  • argh

    whens lolomon alabi gona get picked

  • lifep

    Nice pick Suns!

  • D.I. Dollar

    D’Antoni just said he was gonna grovel to get Lebron to sign.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Tiny Gallon chants lol.

  • K Dizzle

    damn. Willie Warren and Jerome Randle better than most of these “prospects”.

  • IG

    I’d like to see Mikhail Torrance picked.

  • K Dizzle

    Scalabrini got a new best friend lol

  • D.I. Dollar

    The Celtics are stocking up on red headed white boys.

  • kdeezy

    Austin, Andy Rautins has the ribs tattoo. Not Leo. SMH

  • D.I. Dollar

    Damn, they just took completely took off the Draft overlay to show a diabetes commercial.

  • K Dizzle

    @ Kdeezy

    they both got the ribs tatted

    We takin some risks…Caracter?
    Last chance, son…

  • K Dizzle

    Oh. Phoenix got the last pick? You know they sellin this draft pick lol.

    I’m out.
    Peace

  • Badger

    They said Andy Rautins and Leo both have the same tat, but they didn’t say where Leo’s tat is located. Nobody would have wanted to see his old-man torso anyway.