The 2010 ESPN TrueHoop Network NBA Mock Draft is here and I’m more than glad to represent the Wizards with the first pick. Each selection will be made available on network sites (picks and links at the bottom of this post), will cover just the first round, and will be made according to prediction, not some blogger preference. Enjoy.
The hype surrounding John Wall’s appearance on the cover of ESPN The Magazine has come and gone. But what about the feature that went along with the pretty picture of him in all white?
There’s not much revealing information in the quick hitting piece of paragraphed facts … Wall can call LeBron anytime, people called him ‘Jimmy’ growing up, but he now likes ‘Great Wall’, and he grew up on Magic Johnson’s point guard skills, and somehow remembers a big shot Magic hit in the ’87 NBA Finals, despite being born in September 1990. Thank you ESPN Classic.
But did you know that Wall has an “interesting” pre-game meal (one that he calls “weird”)? Wall tell’s ESPN The Magazine’s Elena Bergeron:
“I’m picky, so all I eat are grapes and a hamburger with nothing on it. I get the meat, the bun, that’s it. When I was at Kentucky we had a cook who would make them for us, so I’ll figure something out when I get to my new city. It’s kinda got to be a specialty burger, though, because I’m trying not to eat too much fast food. But I gotta have my burger or I’ll get mad.”
Surely when Wall comes to D.C. there will be establishments lining up to cash in on his celebrity by making John Wall burgers, or Wallburgers, just like they have done with Stephen Strasburg and the multiple versions of the Strasburger. But ironically, it seems that Wall won’t like any of them.
What’s a restaurateur to do? Who cares.
What are the Wizards to do? They are to select John Wall with the No. 1 pick, and I’ve made that obvious move for them in his TrueHoop Network 2010 Mock Draft.
We’ve known this pick to be the case for a long time, now Wizards fans can finally prepare for the future with a team anchored by a young, crazily athletic point guard who is smart, eager to learn, and ready to be a leader.
You the man, John Wall … and that’s the reason I’m a Bullets fan.
ESPN TrueHoop Network Mock 2010 NBA Draft
Check back hourly for picks until 5 pm today.
#2 – Evan Turner, Philadelphia 76ers — Carey Smith, Philadunkia
#3 – Derrick Favors, New Jersey Nets – Sebastian Pruiti, NetsAreScorching
#4 – Wesley Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves – Zach Harper, A Wolf Among Wolves
#5 – DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings – Zach Harper, Cowbell Kingdom
#6 – Greg Monroe, Golden State Warriors – Rasheed Malek, Warriors World
#7 – Ekpe Udoh, Detroit Pistons – Dan Feldman, Piston Powered
#8 – Al-Farouq Aminu, Los Angeles Clippers - D.J. Foster, ClipperBlog
#9 – Xavier Henry, Utah Jazz - Spencer Hall, Salt City Hoops
#10 – Paul George, Indiana Pacers - Tim Donahue, 8 Points, 9 Seconds
#11 – Cole Aldrich, New Orleans Hornets - Joe Gerrity, Hornets 27/4
#12 – Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies – Chip Crain, 3 Shades of Blue
#13 – Avery Bradley, Toronto Raptors – Zarar Siddiqi, Raptors Republic
#14 – Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets – Matt Moore, Hardwood Paroxysm
#15 – Gordon Hayward, Milwaukee Bucks – Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball
#16 – Hassan Whiteside, Minnesota Timberwolves - Zach Harper, A Wolf Among Wolves
#17 – Luke Babbitt, Chicago Bulls – Matt Moore, Hardwood Paroxysm
#18 – Eric Bledsoe, Miami Heat - Surya Fernandez, Hot Hot Hoops
#19 – James Anderson, Boston Celtics - Matt Moore, Hardwood Paroxysm
#20 – Damion James, San Antonio Spurs - Tim Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell
#21 – Daniel Orton, Oklahoma City Thunder - Royce Young, Daily Thunder
#22 – Solomon Alabi, Portland TrailBlazers - Nathan Begley, Porland Roundball Society
#23 – Kevin Seraphin, Minnesota Timberwolves - Zach Harper, A Wolf Among Wolves
#24 – Larry Sanders, Atlanta Hawks - Bret LaGree, Hoopinion
#25 – Dominique Jones, Memphis Grizzlies - Chip Crain, 3 Shades of Blue
#26 – Tibor Pleiss, Oklahoma City Thunder - Royce Young, Daily Thunder
#27 – Jordan Crawford, New Jersey Nets - Sebastian Pruiti, NetsAreScorching
#28 – Elliot Williams, Memphis Grizzlies - Chip Crain, 3 Shades of Blue
#29 – Quincy Pondexter, Orlando Magic - Eddy Rivera, Magic Basketball
#30 – Craig Brackins, Washington Wizards – Kyle Weidie, Truth About It.net