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Tuesday And-1 Links: Re-imagining the 2010 NBA draft

Aug 27, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than pundits love mock outrage over Miley Cyrus (you know, if you don’t like her act you can just tune out)….

• It really takes about three years to judge a draft properly, to look at the players after they developed and see who nailed it. Look back at the 2010 draft and it’s pretty clear the Indiana Pacers nailed it — Paul George and Lance Stephenson were their picks. Over at Sekou Smith looked back at that draft and reconfigured it in the order the players would go now. Here is his top 10 (with their actual draft spot in parenthesis):

1. Paul George (10, with Indiana Pacers); 2. John Wall (1, with Washington Wizards); 3. DeMarcus Cousins (5, with Sacramento Kings); 4. Larry Sanders (15, with Milwaukee Bucks); 5. Greg Monroe (7, with Detroit Pistons); 6. Avery Bradley (19, with Boston Celtics); 7. Derrick Favors (3, with Utah Jazz); 8. Gordon Hayward (9, with Utah Jazz); 9. Eric Bledsoe (with Phoenix Suns); 10. Greivis Vasquez (28, with Sacramento Kings).

Who would have fallen? Evan Turner, the No. 2 pick of the Sixers; Wesley Johnson, the No. 4 pick now with the Lakers; and Ekpe Udoh who went No. 6 and is with the Bucks now (behind Sanders).

• Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Wizards (and Capitals of the NHL) has thrown his support behind an effort to bring the 2024 Olympics to Washington D.C. He owns the Verizon Center, where you would imagine some major sports like basketball would take place.

“I think our community is ready for it,” Leonsis told “We’re the largest, most powerful city in the world that’s never hosted an Olympic games.”

• Here is how often NBA players get mentioned in hip-hop lyrics, in a chart.

Kobe Bryant met with a terminally ill veteran.

This is a great in-depth look at the Pacific division, with look ins from a scout and more.

• Here is the latest on the NBA negotiating its next television deal — let’s hope Turner (TNT) still keeps its Thursday night

Everything you wanted to know about the upcoming Portland Trail Blazers season but were afraid to ask.

Lang Whitaker at the All Ball Blog wrote a fantastic appreciation of Allen Iverson.

Jordan Hill believes the Lakers could be the third best team in the West. He also believes in unicorns.

• Here is a good Q&A with rookie Trey Burke of the Jazz.

• Rookie Solomon Hill looks “ready to contribute right away” for the Pacers according to coach Frank Vogel. Good luck cracking that rotation.

• The former head of the  Arizona Board of Executive Clemency (parole board) became friends with Amar’e Stoudemire then coincidentally voted to parol STAT’s half-brother. Okay, not so coincidentally, apparently.

  1. legend30 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    John Wall still number one. Paul George 2.

    • moseskkim - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Agree except Avery Bradley is not that great. Favors is super talented and be an all star big with all the minutes he’ll have next season. Would put Bradley after everyone mentioned except for Wes Johnson and maybe udoh.

    • legend30 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Whoever dislike this probably only watch the playoffs. John Wall was a absolutely beast during the 2nd half of the season. I like Paul George a lot, however, he still needs to develop his offensive game. After this season, everyone is gonna be on the John Wall bandwagon…

  2. moseskkim - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    George was great in the playoffs but was consistently good in the entire regular season. Plus there aren’t nearly as many star potential wings as great pg’s. plus George is clearly but can be argued as the best player on a title contending team. I agree his offense needs work but he already has a very effective 3 pt jumper and is getting better in all facets of the game. Wall is good but u gotta do that for more than a couple months to prove ur a top tier pg.

    • legend30 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Imagine if Wall had Roy Hibbert. Hibbert takes so much pressure off of George on the defensive side. George has a much better supporting cast than Wall and its not even close. George playing this well doesn’t surprise. He should be able to produce those type of numbers with those guys around him (Hibbert, West, Hill) now Granger is back, and they still have Stephenson, Scola, Watson, etc.

      • moseskkim - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Roy hibbert was horrible in the 1st half of the season. He stepped up a bit later. Of course George has a much better supporting cast, but it shows he can be effective in helping his team win. And it’s not obvious that he produces with good teammates. He’s worked very hard and improved greatly every year. Not everyone gets better that much that fast just because they have a good supporting cast

    • money2long - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      george was good in the regular season. he was NOT consistent. what is he? a 15 point scorer? a 20 point scorer? he’ll have nights where he gets 25 and then have consecutive nights where he doesn’t even reach 20. he is just well rounded. i can’t predict what he’ll get in any stat any given night. 5 assists this night, 3 the next then explode for 10 dimes. rebounds the same story. you can’t predict george’s numbers. he disappears on many nights. that’s why he doesn’t average 20 points. he fluctuates too much from single digit scoring to dominant scoring. but he did have a good season overall.

  3. 2016olympics - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Gordon Hayward is way underrated…his breakout season will be this year. Remember, he only played 1 year at Butler, still so young. I’ve got him #6 on this list.

    • dexterismyhero - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      he played 2 years at Butler.

  4. 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    For those of you wondering, Eric Bledsoe was pick #18.

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    That was a pretty nice little draft class. Although I would put it in this order…

    John Wall
    Paul George (Tough one, soooo close between him and Wall. For me, at least.)
    DeMarcus Cousins
    Greg Monroe
    Derrick Favors
    Eric Bledsoe
    Greivis Vasquez
    Larry Sanders
    Avery Bradley
    Evan Turner


    Gordon Hayward
    Ed Davis
    Patrick Patterson
    Lance Stevenson
    Kevin Seraphin
    Wes Johnson
    Trevor Booker
    Landry Fields
    Al-Farouq Aminu

  6. seanb20124 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Keep Olympics away from DC, and AZ Parole Board is a bunch of jock sniffers

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