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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

NBA Mock Draft and LeBron Watch

The Cavs have changed their team colors.

According to the AP, “the Cavs have deepened the original wine and brightened the original gold colors the team used exclusively from 1970-83.” The team made the change because the old colors (which are like assault on the eyes) are popular with fans. Their primary and secondary logos have been updated with the new colors. The new-look Cavs will be rocking these bad boys next season.
So … that’s it? A color change is gonna keep The King? Good luck with that, Cavs.

Baseball team offers LeBron max contract
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder … it did. The Lake Erie Crushers decided to one-up the Lake County Captains by planning to offer The King a maximum contract under Frontier League rules on “Keep LBJ in the C-L-E Night” next week.
The offer is worth a whopping $1,600 a month and will include a host family so the NBA superstar won’t have the “stress of a potential commute” from the Akron.” Also available will be a luxury suite, because that’s how ballers roll.
The Crushers will wear Cavaliers-themed jerseys June 30 and each player will wear No. 6 to honor James’ switch from No. 23. The team is renaming its park LeBron James Field at All Pro Freight Stadium for the game.
The best part: Anyone named LeBron gets free tickets. Since when did minor league baseball become so … awesome? [AP]

2010 NBA Mock Draft:

1 PG John Wall Kentucky Fr. 6-4 195
Wall enables the Wizards to embark on a new course based on his speed in the open court, his willingness to share the ball and, above all, his potential to be an elite defender. Gilbert Arenas -- provided he can manage to play a full season for the first time in four years -- will accommodate Wall by moving off the ball to become a finisher.

2 SG Evan Turner Ohio State Jr. 6-7 210
New coach Doug Collins will hope Turner -- the most mature player at the top of this draft -- becomes the Eastern version of Brandon Roy, settling down the Sixers and providing the leadership and playmaking that were lacking last season. The 76ers may also consider a trade to move back in the draft while picking up a veteran in the package.

3 PF Derrick Favors Georgia Tech Fr. 6-10 246
Nets president Rod Thorn may receive offers from the Pistons to trade up (so they can pick DeMarcus Cousins) for a package that includes Richard Hamilton, or from a team with multiple first-rounders, like the Grizzlies, who could grab Favors or Wesley Johnson. If nothing else, Thorn can settle for the raw but athletic Favors as an explosive open-floor complement to center Brook Lopez.

4 C DeMarcus Cousins Kentucky Fr. 6-11 270
David Kahn has admitted that Al Jefferson and Kevin Love are too small to play together. So why not invest this pick in the enormous (and enormously talented) Cousins as a scorer, rebounder and rim-protector whose paint presence will enable Kahn to deal Jefferson for a scorer on the wing? Minnesota

5 SF Wesley Johnson Syracuse Jr. 6-7 205
Having taken themselves out of the running for Cousins by acquiring center Samuel Dalembert, the Kings will settle on Johnson to help replace the lost production of Kevin Martin and serve as a complement to Rookie of the Year point guard Tyreke Evans. Johnson will arrive as a ready-made NBA scorer and rebounder, a long athlete who doesn't mind passing the ball either.

6 PF Greg Monroe Georgetown Soph. 6-11 247
Monroe is the best-passing big man in this draft, though his low-gear motor and poor defense have turned off some teams. But Don Nelson will focus on Monroe's soft hands, high basketball IQ and skills as a shooter to go with his vision of the court.
Golden State

7 PF Ekpe Udoh Baylor Jr. 6-10 240
If the Pistons can't trade up for Cousins, then Udoh will be a good fall-back option. He plays with energy and he's a solid passer and with a mid-range game. He may not be quite the explosive big man the Pistons were hoping to land, but he'll upgrade their frontcourt.

8 PF Al-Farouq Aminu Wake Forest Soph. 6-9 215
Imagine a healthy Blake Griffin sharing the frontcourt with Aminu, an aggressive young tweener who defends, attacks the basket and gets to the foul line. Aminu could be a steal if he learns to extend his shooting range to the three-point line. Clippers

9 SF Gordon Hayward Butler Soph. 6-9 207
Hayward is a shooter who knows how to play -- two pluses for Jerry Sloan's system -- and his stock has been rising ever since the national championship game. But don't be surprised if the Jazz attempt to trade up as they rarely have a lottery pick and, therefore, will want to make the most of this opportunity.

10 PF Ed Davis North Carolina Soph. 6-10 225
The Pacers won't find a point guard in this draft, so they'll settle on Davis as the best player of reliable character on the board. He is raw but intelligent, with soft hands and the ambition to defend either of the big positions. A long-term project offensively.

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