- Washington Wizards – John Wall – Point Guard – Kentucky
This pick couldn’t have gone any better for the Wizards as they were able to select what is still the face of their franchise. Wall has struggled with injuries at times, but when he is healthy he is one of the best point guards in the NBA as proven by his 5 all-star appearances. Wall should be in Washington for a long time and this was a terrific pick for the Wizards.
2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner – Small Forward – Ohio State
Evan Turner was an elite prospect coming into the 2010 draft, but he hasn’t lived up to the hype. He is currently a role player for the Trail Blazers right now and he has been a borderline starter for most of his career. He had a couple of good years with Philadelphia including when he averaged 17.4 points during the 2013 season. He only lasted a few years in Philadelphia and this wasn’t a terrible pick for the 76ers. However, this wasn’t exactly a franchise-defining selection either.
3. New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors – Power Forward – Georgia Tech
Derrick Favors never got much of a chance with the Nets because he played only 56 games for the franchise before being dealt to the Jazz in the Deron Williams trade. Favors has become a reliable starter for Utah, but he never got a chance to prove himself with the Nets. It’s hard to give the Nets a bad grade for this selection since they were able to land an elite player in return, yet he never provided much for the franchise.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson – Small Forward – Syracuse
Wesley Johnson has massively underachieved during his NBA career and he didn’t help out Minnesota much in his 2 years with the team. The most points that he scored during his time with the Timberwolves was in his rookie year when he averaged 9 points. Johnson still hasn’t averaged double digits in scoring in any season despite being a starter for most of his career. He has already played with 4 different NBA teams and right now he is considered just a role player at best.
5. Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins – Center – Kentucky
This was basically the only draft selection that Sacramento didn’t mess up in recent years as Cousins quickly became the face of the franchise. Cousins spent 6 1/2 seasons with the Kings where he was by far the team’s only really good player during that time period. Cousins carried the team on his back, although he was never able to lead the Kings to a playoff appearance. The team couldn’t work out a long-term deal with him and they ended up trading him to the Pelicans during the 2016 season. Cousins at least provided Sacramento with some sort of respectability during his time there and this was a terrific pick for the Kings.
6. Golden State Warriors – Ekpe Udoh – Center – Baylor
The Warriors have made some really good draft picks in recent years, but this was certainly their worst. Udoh only played in two seasons and the best he averaged was 5.5 points during the 2011 season for the Warriors. He ended up being traded to the Bucks and he spent 3 seasons there before spending a season with the Clippers. He then was out of the NBA for two years before reemerging as a role player for the Jazz last year. Udoh has had a really disappointing NBA career as he has averaged 3.7 points per game in his career and he is still lucky to be in the NBA considering his poor performance.
7. Detroit Pistons – Greg Monroe – Power Forward – Georgetown
Greg Monroe didn’t turn into an all-star level player, but he certainly has had a very productive NBA career. He was very consistent during his 5 seasons with Detroit as he averaged at least 15 points per game in every season except for his rookie year. Monroe was a good starter in Detroit, but he eventually left for Milwaukee in free agency. Monroe spent a couple of years there before being dealt to both Phoenix and Boston last season. Monroe undoubtedly played his best with the Pistons and he provided them with good production, so this was a good pick for the team.
8. Los Angeles Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu – Small Forward – Wake Forest
Al-Farouq Aminu didn’t last long with the Clippers as he only played one season with the team before being dealt to New Orleans in the Chris Paul trade. Aminu spent a few years with New Orleans before spending a year with Dallas and 3 years with Portland. Aminu hasn’t been much of a scorer in his NBA career, but he is a really good defender and he rebounds very well. Aminu didn’t quite last with the Clippers, but at least he has become a productive player in the NBA.
9. Utah Jazz – Gordon Hayward – Small Forward – Butler
Gordon Hayward’s career started off slow with Utah, but he improved every year that he was with the Jazz. He became the face of the franchise and he even earned an all-star appearance during his last season with Utah. He led the Jazz to the playoffs a couple of times when he was with the team. It is unfortunate that the Jazz lost him for nothing last season when he departed for Boston. However, this was still a great pick for the Jazz as he kept Utah as a relevant franchise for several seasons.
10. Indiana Pacers – Paul George – Small Forward – Fresno State
Paul George was undoubtedly the face of the franchise during his time with the Indiana Pacers. In fact, he was named an all-star four times while he was with the team while averaging at least 21 points per game in 4 of his seasons with Indiana. George led the Pacers to the playoffs in every season that he was there except for when he missed 76 games during the 2014 season due to injury. George became one of the best players in the NBA during his time in Indiana and he was an all-star player yet again for Oklahoma City last year. It is unfortunate that George didn’t stay long-term with the Pacers, although the team did receive superstar guard Victor Oladipo in the deal for George. This pick continues to be great for Indiana even after George has been traded.
11. New Orleans Hornets(Traded to Oklahoma City) – Cole Aldrich – Center – Kansas
This was really a bad deal for both New Orleans as Oklahoma City. Aldrich was technically drafted by the New Orleans Hornets, but he never played a game for them as he was traded to the Thunder for basically nothing shortly after the draft. Aldrich played 3 seasons for the Thunder, but he was absolutely awful as the most he averaged was 2.2 points per game. He then bounced around the NBA with the Rockets, Kings, Knicks, Clippers, and Timberwolves. He has basically been a benchwarmer for his entire career, which is an extreme disappointment considering that he was a lottery pick. The Hornets and Thunder both really failed with this pick as Aldrich was awful and New Orleans never got much in return.
12. Memphis Grizzlies – Xavier Henry – Small Forward – Kansas
Xavier Henry didn’t seem to fit in well with Memphis as he only spent one year with the team while averaging 4.3 points per game. He ended up being traded to New Orleans where he spent two years, but he didn’t do much. Henry had his best season in 2013 with the Lakers when he averaged 10 points per game, but he hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2014. He spent the past few years in the G-League, but he didn’t play for any team at all last season. It seems like Henry’s NBA hopes are surely diminished and that is a shame since he was drafted so high.
13. Toronto Raptors – Ed Davis – Power Forward – North Carolina
Ed Davis had a somewhat productive career during his 3 seasons with the Raptors as he was a key role player for the team. Davis was then traded to the Grizzlies during the 2012 season where he spent about 1 1/2 seasons with that team. He then signed with the Lakers for one season before spending the past 3 seasons with Portland. Davis is still a decent role player and he has been in the NBA for awhile now, but he still didn’t quite live up to expectations. This wasn’t a bad pick for Toronto, yet he never became anything more than a role player.
14. Houston Rockets – Patrick Patterson – Power Forward – Kentucky
Patrick Patterson had a decent tenure with the Rockets as he spent 2 1/2 seasons with the team and he had his best season when he averaged 11.6 points for the Rockets in 2012. He ended up getting traded to the Kings where he spent a little over a season with. Then he spent 4 years with the Thunder before signing with Oklahoma City last season. Patterson has had a productive NBA career as a role player and he contributed in a big way to the Rockets at least for a few seasons. This wasn’t a terrible pick for the Rockets, but he didn’t last very long with the team.
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Larry Sanders – Center – VCU
Larry Sanders showed signs of his potential during his NBA career and that is why he lasted 5 years with the Bucks. However, some stupid decisions really held his NBA career back. He was suspended for drug use by the NBA and he stepped away from the NBA for about a season and a half. He returned for Cleveland in the 2016 season, but he only appeared in 5 games for the team. It appears that his career is over at this point, but this was still a decent pick for Milwaukee since he was a solid role player during his time with the team.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves(Traded to Portland) – Luke Babbitt – Small Forward – Nevada
This trade didn’t work out very well for either the Timberwolves or the Trail Blazers. Babbitt spent the first 3 years of his career with Portland and he didn’t contribute much, but Minnesota got Martell Webster in this deal and that didn’t work out well either. Babbitt revived his career as a good role player for New Orleans where he spent two years and he has since been a decent role player for Miami and Atlanta. It is amazing Babbitt has lasted this long in the NBA, but this selection still wasn’t good for Portland.
17. Chicago Bulls(Traded to Washington) – Kevin Seraphin – Power Forward – France
This was a horrible trade for the Bulls as they traded Kirk Hinrich and Seraphin for a player that never even appeared in a game for them. However, this trade worked out very well for Washington as Seraphin became a very key role player during his 5 seasons with the team. He then left for the Knicks and Pacers where he didn’t contribute much, yet he hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2016 season. It appears Seraphin’s career might be over, but this still a good pick for the Wizards as he provided 5 decent years for the team.
18. Oklahoma City Thunder(Traded to LA Clippers) – Eric Bledsoe – Point Guard – Kentucky
Eric Bledsoe surprisingly became one of the best players in this draft and the Thunder made a terrible deal. However, this selection worked out OK for the Clippers as he showed flashes of his potential during his 3 years with the team. Eric Bledsoe was then traded to Phoenix where he basically became the face of the franchise and an all-star caliber player. He then was dealt to Milwaukee last year and he still a very good starting point guard in the NBA. Bledsoe didn’t quite work out with the Clippers, but this was still a good pick for the team.
19. Boston Celtics – Avery Bradley – Shooting Guard – Texas
This was a very good pick for the Celtics as Avery Bradley became a good starting shooting guard for the team for several years. The first few years in Boston he didn’t show much as he was just a good role player that provided good defense. However, starting in 2013 he took his game to the next level as he averaged at least 13 points per game for the team until he was traded to Detroit prior to the 2017 season. Bradley was then dealt again to the Clippers last season in the Blake Griffin trade. Bradley became a terrific all-around player for Boston and he turned out to be a very good player for the team.
20. San Antonio Spurs – James Anderson – Shooting Guard – Oklahoma State
This was one of the very few poor draft choices that the Spurs have made in awhile as he never found a good role for San Antonio in his 3 years with the team. Anderson then went to Houston for a year where he was once again a benchwarmer. He then went to Philadelphia where he had the best year of his career while averaging 10.1 points per game for a terrible 76ers team. He then was out of the NBA for a year before once again being in a benchwarmer role for Sacramento in 2015. He hasn’t appeared in the NBA since and it appears that his hopes for an NBA comeback are basically dead now. Anderson never found a fit in the NBA and he certainly wasn’t a fit for the Spurs.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder(Traded to New Orleans) – Craig Brackins – Power Forward – Iowa State
Craig Brackins was the victim of an unfortunate circumstances as he was dealt twice before he even played an NBA game. He first appeared with the 76ers for 3 games during his rookie season and he played another 14 games for the 76ers next season. However, Brackins never played in another NBA game and he is currently playing overseas in Japan. This was an awful selection for the Thunder and New Orleans as well especially since he barely played in the NBA.
22. Portland Trail Blazers – Elliot Williams – Shooting Guard – Memphis
Injuries really derailed the career of Elliot Williams as he missed the entire 2010 and 2012 seasons due to injury. He made his debut in 2011 for Portland, but he basically played a benchwarmer role for the team. That was the only season that he played for Portland and he ended up in Philadelphia where he had the best season of his career in 2013 while averaging 6 points per game. He then played a minor role for Utah, New Orleans, and Memphis over the next two seasons. However, he hasn’t played in an NBA game since the 2015 season. Williams certainly had a disappointing NBA career and he especially didn’t provide anything for Portland.
23. Minnesota Timberwolves(Traded to Washington) – Trevor Booker – Power Forward – Clemson
Booker turned into very productive role player during his time with the Wizards and he turned out to be a good selection for the team. He spent 4 years in Washington before spending time with Utah, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Indiana. He is still a productive NBA role player and he has basically been exactly what was expected of him when he came out in the draft.
24. Atlanta Hawks(Traded to New Jersey) – Damion James – Small Forward – Texas
This selection actually worked out better for the Hawks than it did for the Nets. The Hawks were able to select Jordan Crawford who turned into a decent role player. However, James ended up only spending a couple of years with the Nets and he was absolutely awful for them. He then spent a lot of time in the D-League before popping up for the Spurs for 5 games in 2013, but he didn’t do much. James hasn’t appeared in the NBA since that point and he is currently playing professionally in Puerto Rico. James was an awful draft pick and his NBA career only lasted a total of 39 games.
25. Memphis Grizzlies(Traded to Dallas) – Dominique Jones – Shooting Guard – USF
This trade really didn’t work out for either team as the Grizzlies only got cash and the Mavericks didn’t get much out of Jones during his 3 years with the team. Jones hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2012 season and he is currently playing basketball overseas in Iran. It was a failed NBA career for Jones and it was certainly a poor pick for the Mavericks.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder(Traded to New Orleans) – Quincy Pondexter – Small Forward – Washington
This trade between the Thunder and New Orleans was actually supposed to be more about Cole Aldrich and Pondexter actually turned out to be the best player in this deal. Pondexter only played one season with the New Orleans Hornets and he didn’t contribute much during his rookie year. He ended up being traded to Memphis where he really improved to become a decent role player in a little over 3 seasons for the Grizzlies. He ended up being traded back to New Orleans in 2014 and he performed well, but he missed the next two seasons due to injuries. He returned last season for Chicago, but he didn’t contribute much. Overall, this was a decent draft selection for New Orleans as he turned into a decent role player in the NBA.
27. New Jersey Nets(Traded to Atlanta) – Jordan Crawford – Shooting Guard – Xavier
Jordan Crawford didn’t turn out well for the Hawks for the Nets really as neither team really gave him an opportunity to succeed. He only spent 1 season in Atlanta and he didn’t make much of an impact as he only played in 6 games. However, he ended up being traded to Washington and ended up averaging 16.3 points in 26 games for the Wizards that season. Crawford averaged at least 13 points the next 2 seasons for Washington as he proved that he can be a very good scorer. He then was a key contributor for Boston and Golden State as a role player over the next couple of seasons. However, Crawford spent two seasons out of the league until New Orleans signed him during the 2016 season. Crawford has been a terrific role player during his NBA career and this was a good pick by Atlanta even though he didn’t last long with the team.
28. Memphis Grizzlies – Greivis Vasquez – Point Guard – Maryland
Greivis Vasquez didn’t have a good tenure with Memphis as he only averaged 3.6 points in his lone season with the Grizzlies. However, the Grizzlies traded him to New Orleans and that was probably the best thing that ever happened to him. He spent two years as a starting point guard for New Orleans and he even averaged a career high 13.9 points per game for the team in 2012. He continued to be a key role player for Sacramento and Toronto over the next 3 seasons. However, he then went to Milwaukee and Brooklyn where he didn’t have a very productive tenure. He hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2016 season, but he was still a very good role player in his prime. He didn’t last long with Memphis, yet it was still a good pick for the team.
29. Orlando Magic – Daniel Orton – Center – Kentucky
Daniel Orton definitely wasn’t a good draft pick for Orlando as he only appeared in 16 games in one season for the team while averaging 2.8 points per game. He then spent time with Oklahoma City and Philadelphia over the next two seasons, but he was awful for those teams as well. He hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2013 season and he only averaged 2.8 points in 51 career NBA games. Orton was a big failure of a draft pick for the Magic.
30. Washington Wizards(Traded to Minnesota) – Lazar Hayward – Small Forward – Marquette
Lazar Hayward showed some promise in a limited role during his rookie year as he averaged 3.8 points for Minnesota. However, he ended up being traded to Oklahoma City where he spent one season basically as a benchwarmer. The Thunder traded him back to Minnesota in 2012, but he only appeared in 4 games and he hasn’t played in an NBA game since. Hayward’s NBA career was very short and it was extremely disappointing especially since the Timberwolves traded for him.