With the NBA Draft on Thursday I thought we could go back 5 year to 2010 and see how your favorite team did with it’s 1st round pick. The draft set a record with 5 players from the same college (Kentucky) being selected in the 1st round. The Washington Wizards won the draft lottery in May and have the 1st pick.
#1, Washington Wizards; John Wall, Guard, Kentucky.
Wall became the 1st of 5 Kentucky Wildcats to come off the draft board in the 1st round. Wall battled some inuries his first 3 seasons, but he’s been healthy and an All-Star in his last 3 seasons. For his career Wall averages 17.6 points per game and 8.7 assists per game. He did have his career high in assists per game last season averaging 10.0. A good pick for the Wizards at the top of the draft as long as he’s healthy.
#2, Philadelphia 76ers, Evan Turner, Guard, Ohio State.
Turner looked like he was going to turn into the scorer the 76ers thought he’d be in 2013-14 when he was averaging 17.4 points per game, but with the 76ers rebuilding and going young Turner was dealt to the Indiana Pacers to bolster their bench for the playoffs. Turner then signed with the Boston Celtics as a free agent last off season and played in all 82 games averaging 9.5 points per game, 5.5 assists per game and 5.2 rebounds per game while playing a little under 28 minutes a game.
#3, New Jersey Nets, Derrick Favors, Forward, Georgia Tech.
The Nets were still in New Jersey when they drafted Favors, but he only played 56 games with the Nets as a rookie before he was dealt to the Utah Jazz were he’s still playing. For his career Favors averages 10.9 points per game, but last last season he posted his highest scoring average of his career at 16.0. Favors also grabs 7.3 rebounds per game for his career and blocks 1.3 shots per game as well.
#4, Minnesota Timberwolves, Wesley Johnson, Forward, Syracuse.
As a lottery pick Johnson is a bust. He’s on his 3rd team in 5 seasons. He was with Minnesota for his first 2 NBA seasons. The Timberwolves dealt him to the Phoenix Suns were he spent 1 season and the last 2 seasons he’s been with the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson did post his highest points per game total of 9.9 with the Lakers last season. On his career Johnson averages 8.5 points per game.
#5, Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins, Center, Kentucky.
While Cousins has a interesting personality he has been able to score in the NBA. Cousins is a double digit scorer for his career and even though he was limited to just 59 games due to injury he averaged a career best 24.1 points per game, 12.7 rebounds per game, 1.7 blocks per game and 3.6 assists per game. Cousins made his 1st All-Star team last season and you have to wonder if he can keep his emotions under control on the floor if his numbers will continue to go up.
#6, Golden State Warriors, Ekpe Udoh, Center, Baylor.
While the Warriors won the NBA Title jut a week ago; 5 years ago they were in the draft lottery. Udoh was only with the Warriors for about a season and a half. They dealt Udoh along with .Kwame Brown and Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. Udoh spent 2 1/2 seaons with Milwaukee before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2014-15 season. He averages 4.0 points per game and plays just under 17 minutes a game.
#7, Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe, Forward, Georgetown.
Monroe has been a good player for Detroit since they drafted him. In 5 seasons with the Pistons he averages 14.3 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. He did just post his highest rebounding per game average last season at 10.2. Monroe did lose some games in injury last season playing in 69 games; he had only missed 3 games in his career before last season. Monroe plays 30 plus minutes a night for Detroit.
#8, Los Angeles Clippers, Al-Farouq Aminu, Forward, Wake Forest.
Aminu only spent 1 season with the Clippers averaging 5.6 points per game. After that 1st season he was dealt with Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a 2012 1st round draft pick (Austin Rivers was later selected) to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, a 2015 2nd round draft pick and a 2015 2nd round draft pick. Aminu played 3 seasons with New Orleans before signing with the Dallas Mavericks last off season.
#9, Utah Jazz, Gordon Hayward, Forward, Butler.
I remember the expert coming down pretty hard on the Jazz for picking Hayward, but he’s been a good player for Utah. Hayward averaged 19.3 points per game last season which was a career high. For his career Hayward averages 13.5 points per game, 3.3 assists per game. 3.7 rebounds per game and 1.0 steals per game. Hayward has played quite a few minutes the last 2 seasons. He averaged 36.4 minutes a game in 2013-14 and 34.4 minutes a game last season.
#10, Indiana Pacers, Paul George, Forward, Fresno State.
I think we’ve all seen or heard about the horrible leg injury George sustained playing for the USA basketball team. It cost George all but 6 games in the 2014-15 season. George had made back to back All-Star teams before the injury and had also posted his career high in points per game during the 2013-14 season with 21.7. A lot of questions will be answered this season as George should be ready to go come training camp.
#11, New Orleans Hornets, Cole Aldrich, Center, Kansas.
While Aldrich was drafted by New Orleans he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aldrich spent 2 seasons with Oklahoma City before playing 30 games with the Houston Rockets and 15 games with the Sacramento Kings in 2012-13 seasons. Aldrich has played the last 2 seasons with the New York Knicks. On his career Aldrich averaged 3.1 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game.
#12, Memphis Grizzlies, Xavier Henry, Guard, Kansas.
Henry was the 2nd of back to back Kansas players to come off the board. Henry spent just 1 season in Memphis and Henry was part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Washington Wizards (as a future 2010 1st round draft pick) to the Memphis Grizzlies; the Memphis Grizzlies traded a 2015 2nd round draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets; the Memphis Grizzlies traded Javaris Crittenton to the Washington Wizards; the New Orleans Hornets traded Mike James to the Washington Wizards; and the Washington Wizards traded Antonio Daniels to the New Orleans Hornets. In 2014-15 Henry played just 9 games with the Los Angeles Lakers.
#13, Toronto Raptors, Ed Davis, Forward, North Carolina.
Davis spent 2 1/2 seasons with Toronto and then was part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Toronto Raptors with Jose Calderon and a 2013 2nd round draft pick (Jamaal Franklin was later selected) to the Memphis Grizzlies; the Detroit Pistons traded Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince to the Memphis Grizzlies; the Memphis Grizzlies traded Jose Calderon to the Detroit Pistons; and the Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors. Davis spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers were he averaged 8.3 points per game.
#14, Houston Rockets, Patrick Patterson, Forward, Kentucky.
Patterson played 2 1/2 seasons with the Rockets before they dealt him with Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and cash to the Sacramento Kings for Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and Thomas Robinson. After just 41 games with the Kings they dealt Patterson with Chuck Hayes, John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez to the Toronto Raptors for Quincy Acy, Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray. In 81 games last season Patterson averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Raptors.
#15, Milwaukee Bucks, Larry Sanders, Center, VCU.
Sanders was a solid player for Milwaukee, but injuries and him just not wanting to play limited him to 233 games in 5 seasons. Milwaukee actually decided to waive Sanders in February of this year. Sanders averaged 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in his career. It’s unclear if Sanders will ever play in the NBA again.
#16, Minnesota Timberwolves, Luke Babbitt, Forward, Nevada.
Babbitt was drafted by Minnesota, but a draft day trade sent him to the Portland Trailblazers were he played 3 seasons. Babbitt played in 126 games for the Trailblazers before signing as a free agent with the New Orleans Hornets. In 90 games over 2 seasons Babbitt has averaged 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for New Orleans.
#17, Chicago Bulls, Kévin Séraphin, Forward, Cholet Basket (France)
Seraphin was the 1st international player taken and was sent to the Wahington Wizards in a draft day trade. The Bulls dealt Seraphin with Kirk Hinrich and cash to the Washington Wizards for Vladimir Veremeenko. Chicago also received a trade exception from Washington. In 5 seasons with the Wizards Seraphim has averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
#18, Oklahoma City Thunder, Eric Bledsoe, Guard, Kentucky.
While picked by Oklahoma City Bledsoe was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for a 2012 1st round draft pick. Bledsoe spent 3 seasons with the Clippers. As part of a 3 team trade Bledsoe landed with the Phoenix Suns were he has showed he can score. In his 2 seasons with Phoenix he’s averaged 17.3 points per game in the Suns three guard system. Bledsoe is also averaging 5.9 assists per game with Phoenix.
#19, Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley, Guard, Texas.
Bradley has played in 282 games in 5 seasons with Boston. His career scoring average is 10.5, but his last 2 seasons have been better than that; 14.9 in 2013-14 and 13.9 in 2014-15, Bradley made the switch from point guard to shooting guard last season mostly because he was averaging just 1.5 assists per game.
#20, San Antonio Spurs, James Anderson, Guard, Oklahoma State.
Anderson played 2 1/2 seasons with the Sups, but it covered just 87 games. He finished the 2012-13 season with the Houston Rockets before moving on to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013-14 season. Anderson has a career scoring average of 6.3 points per game. Anderson is currently not on an NBA roster.
#21, Oklahoma City Thunder, Craig Brackins, Forward, Iowa State.
Brackins was drafted by Oklahoma City, but was sent with Quincy Pondexter to the New Orleans Hornets for Cole Aldrich and Morris Peterson as part of a draft day trade. Brackins played just 2 season in the NBA with Philadelphia and it covered just 17 games before he was released. Brackins averaged 1.8 points per game in his NBA career.
#22, Portland Trailblazers, Elliot Williams, Guard, Memphis.
Williams has played for 4 teams since being drafted by the Trailblazers. Williams spent 1 season in Portland. He didn’t play in the 2012-13 season. Williams spent 2013-14 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season Williams played for both the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans. In 104 career games Williams has averaged 5.1 points per game.
#23, Minnesota Timberwolves, Trevor Booker, Forward, Clemson.
Booker was drafted by the Timberwolves, but was sent with Hamady N’Diaye to the Washington Wizards for Nemanja Bjelica and Lazar Hayward as part of a draft day trade. Booker spent 4 seasons with Washington before signing with the Utah Jazz last season. Booker averages 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his career.
#24, Atlanta Hawks, Damion James, Forward, Texas.
Another draft day trade here as Atlanta drafted James and sent him to the New Jersey Nets for Jordan Crawford and Tibor Pleiss. James spent 3 seasons with the Nets, but it covered just 34 games. James played 5 games with the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013-14 season, but is currently not on an NBA roster. James has a career scoring average of 3.8 points per game in his NBA career.
#25, Memphis Grizzlies, Dominique Jones, Guard, USF.
While the Grizzlies drafted Jones at #25 they sold him to the Dallas Mavericks on draft day. Jones was with the Mavericks for 3 seasons playing in 80 games. Jones averaged 3.1 points, 1,8 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in his career. Jones has been out of the NBA since the end of the 2012-13 season which would lead you to believe that his NBA career is over.
#26, Oklahoma City Thunder, Quincy Pondexter, Forward, Washington.
Oklahoma City had multiple 1st round picks in this draft. Pondexter was part of a deal you may have seen early on the draft board as he went with #21 pick Craig Brackins to the New Orleans Hornets for Cole Aldrich and Morris Peterson. Pondexter spent the 2010-11 season with New Orleans before being dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies. After 3 1/2 seasons in Memphis Pondexter ended up back with New Orleans as part of a 3 team deal. Pondexter has a career scoring average of 5.3 points per game.
#27, New Jersey Nets, Jordan Crawford, Guard, Xavier.
This deal appears earlier as well as Crawford was sent to the Atlanta Hawks with Tibor Pleiss for #24 pick Damion James. Crawford played 1 season with Atlanta, 2 1/2 seasons with the Washington Wizards, 1 season with the Boston Celtics and wrapped up the 2013-14 season playing 42 games with the Golden State Warriors. Crawford has a career scoring average of 12.2 points per game.
#28, Memphis Grizzlies, Greivis Vásquez, Guard, Maryland.
Vasquez spent 1 season with Memphis before being dealt to the New Orleans Hornets. After 2 seasons with New Orleans they traded him to the Sacramento Kings. Vasquez played just 18 games with the Kings before being traded to the Toronto Raptors. Vasquez has found a home with Toronto as a back up at both guard spots. Vasquez averages 9.2 points and 4.6 assists per game in his career.
#29, Orlando Magic, Daniel Orton, Center, Kentucky.
The 5th Kentucky Wildcat player drafted in the 1st round Orton played just 51 games in the NBA. Orton played just 16 games for the Magic in 2011-12. Signed by Oklahoma City for the 2012-13 season Orton played in 13 games. The Philadelphia 76ers signed Orton for the 2013-14 season, but he played in just 22 games that season. Orton averaged 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in his career.
#30, Washington Wizards, Lazar Hayward, Forward, Marquette.
The final pick of the 1st round; Hayward was drafted by Washington, but traded with Nemanja Bjelica to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Trevor Booker and Hamady N’Diaye. Hayward played 42 games for Minnesota in 2010-11. He then played 26 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011-12. Hayward found his way back to Minnesota and got into 2 games in the 2012-13 season. Hayward averaged 2.9 points for his career.
There you are 5 years ago this is who was picked where in the NBA draft. How did your team do?
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