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Jeff Goodman's final 2010 mock draft

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The NBA Draft is just days away and while it’s clear who Washington will select with the top overall pick, the rest of the first round remains difficult to figure.

We’ll take our second stab at a mock draft:

1. Washington Wizards: John Wall, 6-4, 195, PG, Fr., Kentucky

It’s a foregone conclusion that the Wizards select Wall -- a fast, athletic and strong point guard who is the one guy in this draft with superstar potential written all over him. (See him in action)

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner, 6-7, 215, SG/SF, Jr., Ohio State

New coach Doug Collins and the Sixers brass could use a perimeter shooter, but they’ll go with Turner -- the safe pick. Turner is versatile and can play multiple positions. (See him in action)

3. New Jersey Nets: Derrick Favors, 6-10, 245, PF/C, Fr., Georgia Tech

The athletic and mild-mannered post player is the pick over the risky DeMarcus Cousins here. Favors’ game will also mesh with current big man Brook Lopez on the frontline. (See him in action)

4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson, 6-7, 205, SF, Jr., Syracuse

The T-Wolves could use a wing who can stretch the defense and make shots from the perimeter. That’s Johnson’s strength as he made nearly 42 percent of his 3-pointers a year ago. (See him in action)

5. Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, 6-11, 290, C, Fr., Kentucky

After getting rid of Spencer Hawes, Geoff Petrie could roll the dice and take a gamble on Cousins -- who is a man, but comes with plenty of questions surrounding his work ethic and character. (See him in action)

6. Golden State Warriors: Greg Monroe, 6-11, 245, PF, Soph., Georgetown

He may not be a big-time athlete, but he knows how to play -- kind of like the Warriors' pick a year ago -- Stephen Curry. Monroe is a skilled power forward who makes his teammates better and does just about everything well. (See him in action)

7. Detroit Pistons: Ekpe Udoh, 6-10, 235, PF/C, Jr., Baylor

The Pistons could desperately use some length and a defensive presence in the middle. Udoh is athletic, blocks shots and is far more skilled than many realized. His stock has soared with quality workouts and interviews. (See him in action)

8. Los Angeles Clippers: Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-8 1/2, 215, F, Soph., Wake Forest

The Clippers need an athletic wing and Aminu -- while not a terrific shooter -- thrives in transition and would fit well alongside Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman up front. (See him in action)

9. Utah Jazz (from New York Knicks): Ed Davis, 6-10, 225, PF, Soph., North Carolina

The long and athletic big man isn’t ready to come in and do much in the NBA right now, but he’s worth the risk. He runs the court well and is a shot-blocker, but needs to work on being able to score in the post. (See him in action)

10. Indiana Pacers: Luke Babbitt, 6-9, 220, F, Soph., Nevada

The skilled Reno native went under the radar for his two-year college career, but he’s athletic, can make shots from the perimeter and is also able to put it on the floor and get to the basket. (See him in action)

11. New Orleans Hornets: Patrick Patterson, 6-9, 240, PF, Jr., Kentucky

He’s expanded his game and also worked on his athleticism. Patterson is one of the few guys that should be able to step right in away and play against NBA guys from the get-go. He’ll rebound and give effort each and every night. (See him in action)

12. Memphis Grizzlies: Gordon Hayward, 6-8, 210, F, Soph., Butler

Hayward is a versatile wing who does a variety of things to make his team better. He won’t step in and make a huge impact immediately, but can become a quality NBA player. (See him in action)

13. Toronto Raptors: Eric Bledsoe, 6-1½, 190, PG, Fr., Kentucky

The Raptors desperately need a point guard who gives the team speed and athleticism. It’ll take Bledsoe some time since he didn’t play the point last season at Kentucky, but he has all the physical tools. (See him in action)

14. Houston Rockets: Cole Aldrich, 6-11, 235, C, Jr., Kansas

The Rockets need a legitimate big man in case Yao Ming doesn’t come back 100 percent. Aldrich gives Rick Adelman much-needed size along the frontline. (See him in action)

15. Milwaukee Bucks (from Chicago Bulls): Xavier Henry, 6-6, 210, SG, Fr., Kansas

He’s not Michael Redd, but he can certainly help soften the blow since it looks like even if Redd returns he won’t be the same player. Henry can score the ball, but needs to become more than just a one-dimensional player. (See him in action)

16. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Charlotte Bobcats): Paul George, 6-9, 215, F, Soph., Fresno State

He’s an under-the-radar guy who has a ton of potential. He’s versatile, a big-time athlete and is more skilled than many give him credit for. (See him in action)

17. Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee Bucks): James Anderson, 6-6, 210, SG, Jr., Oklahoma State

The Bulls could use a wing that can really score the ball -- and that’s exactly what Anderson will give them. He’s strong and is a versatile scorer. (See him in action)

18. Miami Heat: Avery Bradley, 6-3, 180, G, Fr., Texas

There is a school of thought that Bradley can be a point guard at the next level. Personally, I question it -- but I’ve been told the Heat, who need a floor leader, feel he may be able to make the conversion. (See him in action)

19. Boston Celtics: Damion James, 6-8, 225, F, Sr., Texas

The Celtics have plenty of needs. James is a four-year college player who is a big-time athlete that can rebound and is also capable of scoring from the perimeter and in the paint. (See him in action)

20. San Antonio Spurs: Hassan Whiteside, 7-0, 225, C, Fr., Marshall

This would be the ideal spot for the long and talented, yet immature Whiteside, who could learn from one of the best in Tim Duncan. (See him in action)

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Solomon Alabi, 7-1, 235, C, RS Soph., Florida State

Once he gets stronger, Alabi could become a solid big man in the league. His length and athleticism make him a quality shot-blocker and he’s also capable of scoring on the block. (See him in action)

22. Portland Trail Blazers: Daniel Orton, 6-9½, 270, PF, Fr., Kentucky

He only averaged three points a year ago, but Portland may roll the dice on Orton, who will take some time to develop. (See him in action)

23. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Utah): Larry Sanders, 6-11, 220, F, Jr., VCU

This is one of those potential picks. Sanders is long and talented, but it’ll take some time. He definitely gives the T-Wolves a different look up front. (See him in action)

24. Atlanta Hawks: Jordan Crawford, 6-4½, 200, SG, Soph., Xavier

With the status of Joe Johnson up in the air, the Hawks may protect themselves and take Crawford -- a guy with an old-school game who can score in a variety of ways. (See him in action)

25. Memphis Grizzlies (from Denver Nuggets): Elliot Williams, 6-4, 180, G, Soph., Memphis

The local pick is also one that could help since Williams could become an insurance policy in case the team decides to move O.J. Mayo. (See him in action)

26. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Phoenix Suns): Kevin Seraphin, 6-10, 255, PF, 20, France

From watching him on tape, he’s an impressive athlete with limited skills. GM Sam Presti likes international guys.

27. New Jersey Nets (from Dallas Mavericks): Dominique Jones, 6-4, 210, SG, Jr., South Florida

Jones gives them something a little different than the wings currently on the roster. (See him in action)

28. Memphis Grizzlies (from Los Angeles Lakers): Gani Lawal, 6-9, 230, PF, Soph., Georgia Tech

Big-time athlete who runs the floor extremely well for a big man and can be a big-time rebounder. (See him in action)

29. Orlando Magic: Devin Ebanks, 6-8, 205, SF, Soph., West Virginia

He’s long and talented -- and can defend. His shot needs some work, but he won’t need to score right away with guys like Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter. (See him in action)

30. Washington Wizards (from Cleveland Cavaliers): Craig Brackins, 6-10, 230, PF, Jr., Iowa State

Skilled big man has too much potential to fall out of the first round. (See him in action)

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