The Washington Wizards will have the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft that will take place Thursday night in Madison Square Garden at 7:00 p.m. The Wizards are expected to take Kentucky guard John Wall as the first overall selection in the draft.
Wall is considered a once in a lifetime talent by NBA scouts heading into the draft. The guard set Kentucky Freshman records in scoring, assists in a game, and assists in a season. He as voted to the all SEC first-team, a consensus All-American, and a John R. Wooden award finalist. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, and Slam magazines.
Instead of following in the footsteps of former No. 1 pick LeBron James, Wall signed an endorsement deal with Nike rival Reebok to become the face of the company’s basketball merchandise.
Wednesday, Wall introduced the “ZigTech Slash” as a part of the new ZigTech collection. The guard said he fielded several offers from companies, but said the decision to sign with Reebok was the best business decision.
“Growing up you like Nike and all that,” Wall said. “I looked into it from the business side, and I feel like this is the best choice for me.”
Another highly touted prospect has moved up the draft board when the New Jersey Nets announced they would take Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors over Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson with the third pick in the draft.
Favors looks like a nice pick for the rebuilding Nets as they are not guaranteed a strong power forward in free agency. Veterans like Utah’s Carlos Boozer, and Toronto’s Chris Bosh will likely be looking for a team with a nucleus already in place, so the Nets believe Favors to be their best bet for the future.
All Star Chris Paul is another free agent looking to join a contender for the 2011 NBA Championship. He recently announced that he would entertain the idea of being traded from the New Orleans Hornets to a contender.
“My first choice is to be in New Orleans,” Paul told an interviewer. “I just want to make sure we’re committed to winning. If we’re not committed to winning and trying to get better so we can contend with the Lakers, the Celtics and all these other top teams, then I’m open to being traded.”
NBA sportsbooks have set Evan Turner as the favorite to be selected second overall in the 2010 NBA Draft regardless of the team picking. Favors is favored to go second at -300.