2010 NBA draft capsules

By Paul Montella

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 24 2010 11:17 p.m. MDT

NEW YORK — A thumbnail look at the first-round selections of the NBA draft Thursday:

No. 1 Washington

John Wall, g, Kentucky

6-4, 195. ... 16.6 ppg, 6.5 apg, 4.3 rpg

A freshman early entry. ... May be the most dynamic player in the draft. ... Extremely quick point guard. ... Aggressive with good instincts. ... Unselfish with the ball. ... Needs to improve perimeter game. ... His ability to operate in the half-court needs work.

No. 2 Philadelphia

Evan Turner, g, Ohio State

6-7, 205. ... 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 6.0 apg

A junior early entry. ... May be the most versatile player in the draft. ... The national player of the year. ... Can play any backcourt position. ... Impressive midrange game. ... Dynamic shot creator. ... Needs to improve his perimeter shot.

No. 3 New Jersey

Derrick Favors, f, Georgia Tech

6-9, 246. ... 12.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg

A freshman early entry. ... Has a great wing span. ... Athletic power forward. ... Excels as a rebounder and defender. ... A huge upside, as his offensive game is improving. ... Needs to be more assertive in his game.

No. 4 Minnesota

Wesley Johnson, f, Syracuse

6-7, 205. ... 16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg

A junior early entry. ... Has the physical tools for the small forward position. ... Explosive, excels in transition. ... Great footwork. ... Solid shooter with a nice touch. ... Plays like he has something to prove. ... Needs to improve ballhandling.

No. 5 Sacramento

DeMarcus Cousins, f, Kentucky

6-11, 270. ... 15.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg

A freshman early entry. ... Huge frame, a presence in the post. ... A true center with excellent skills. ... Can score with back to the basket or facing it. ... Has a great wingspan. ... Some concern about his conditioning. ... Needs to improve passing and lateral quickness.

No. 6 Golden State

Ekpe Udoh, c, Baylor

6-10, 240. ... 13.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.7 bpg

A junior early entry. ... Set the Big 12 single-season record for blocks (3.7 per game). ... Versatile. ... Fluid around the rim. ... Can step out to the midrange. ... Needs to improve ballhandling and passing. ... Needs to become stronger in his lower body.

No. 7 Detroit

Greg Monroe, f, Georgetown

6-11, 253. ... 16.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg

A sophomore early entry. ... Has the size and length to play center. ... Has a solid all-around game in the post. ... Likes to face the basket. ... Excellent court vision and instincts. ... Terrific passer ... Average rebounder and defender. ... Needs to improve perimeter shooting.

No. 8 L.A. Clippers

Al-Farouq Aminu, f, Wake Forest

6-9, 215. ... 15.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg

A sophomore early entry. ... Long and athletic, can create matchup problems for opponents. ... A competitor with a strong work ethic. ... Runs the floor well. ... Strong rebounder with a massive wingspan. ... Inconsistent shooter. ... Needs to improve his ball handling and perimeter game.

No. 9 Utah (From New York through Phoenix)

Gordon Hayward, f, Butler

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