The Washington Wizards selected point guard John Wall with the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Wall joined the Wizards after spending one season at the University of Kentucky. Wall, who was named SEC Player of the Year in 2010, finished second in Rookie of the Year voting for the 2010-11 NBA season.
Wall was one of a record five players selected from Kentucky in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Top Ten Picks in the 2010 NBA Draft
With the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Ohio State guard Evan Turner. At number three, the New Jersey Nets chose Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors. Syracuse forward Wes Johnson went to the Minnesota Timberwolves at number four, while the Sacramento Kings took Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins to round out the top five.
The top 10 picks in the 2010 NBA Draft included:
- Golden State Warriors – Ekpe Udoh (PF, Baylor)
- Detroit Pistons – Greg Monroe (C, Georgetown)
- Los Angeles Clippers – Al-Farouq Aminu (SF, Wake Forest)
- Utah Jazz – Gordon Hayward (SF, Butler)
- Indiana Pacers – Paul George (SF, Fresno State)
The other players selected from Kentucky in the first round were Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton.
2010 NBA Draft Notes
No players selected in the 2010 NBA Draft were named to an All-Star team during their rookie season. The Rookie of the Year Award went to Blake Griffin, who was taken with the top overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft but missed all what would have been his rookie season due to injury. Griffin, Wall, Landry Fields, Demarcus Cousins and Gary Neal were all named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.
The most notable player not to be selected during the 2010 NBA Draft was point guard Jeremy Lin. Ben Uzoh, Sherron Collins and Marqus Blakely also weren’t selected.
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