Commentary

The NBA's potential future

Updated: June 24, 2010, 2:26 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

John WallJim Brown/US PresswireDickie V thinks John Wall proved himself worthy of the No. 1 pick in his one year at Kentucky.
This is a draft based on potential, potential, potential. A number of talented players are out there, but not too many immediate-impact stars.

It will be interesting to see how many deals are made. I'm sure a number of clubs without a first-round pick would like to deal their way in.

I love the upside of Georgetown's Greg Monroe. Two athletes with star potential are Oklahoma State's James Anderson and Xavier's Jordan Crawford.

New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson would be perfect for Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins, who could have an immediate impact as a scorer and rebounder. Johnson would also be tasked with managing Cousins' personality.

Figuring out this draft is difficult. A player chosen at No. 15 may end up being close to the one tabbed at No. 40. Only time will tell.

2010 NBA Mock Draft

  1. Washington -- John Wall, Kentucky
  2. Philadelphia -- Evan Turner, Ohio State
  3. New Jersey -- Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech
  4. Minnesota -- Wesley Johnson, Syracuse
  5. Sacramento -- DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
  6. Golden State -- Greg Monroe, Georgetown
  7. Detroit -- Ekpe Udoh, Baylor
  8. Los Angeles Clippers -- Al-Faroq Aminu, Wake Forest
  9. Utah -- Gordon Hayward, Butler
  10. Indiana -- Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
  11. New Orleans -- Cole Aldrich, Kansas
  12. Memphis -- Luke Babbitt, Nevada
  13. Toronto -- Ed Davis, North Carolina
  14. Houston -- Avery Bradley, Texas
  15. Milwaukee -- Xavier Henry, Kansas
  16. Minnesota -- Paul George, Fresno State
  17. Chicago -- James Anderson, Oklahoma State
  18. Oklahoma City -- Hassan Whiteside, Marshall
  19. Boston -- Solomon Alabi, Florida State
  20. San Antonio -- Damion James, Texas
  21. Oklahoma City -- Daniel Orton, Kentucky
  22. Portland -- Kevin Seraphin, France
  23. Minnesota -- Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky
  24. Atlanta -- Dominique Jones, South Florida
  25. Memphis -- Jordan Crawford, Xavier
  26. Oklahoma City -- Quincy Pondexter, Washington
  27. New Jersey -- Larry Sanders, Virginia Commonwealth
  28. Memphis -- Terrico White, Mississippi
  29. Orlando -- Elliot Williams, Memphis
  30. Washington -- Devin Ebanks, West Virginia

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.