Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 NBA draft results: Chad Ford Draft Grades

Chad Ford gives the Sacramento Kings an 'A' grade for their picks in the 2010 NBA draft!

2010 NBA draft results: Draft grades - ESPN
Round 1: DeMarcus Cousins (5)

Round 2: Hassan Whiteside (33)

Analysis: For a second straight year, I think the Kings had a terrific draft.

Some GMs believe Cousins has more talent than anyone else in the draft. And as a No. 5 pick, it would be hard to find a better value. If Cousins can overcome the maturity issues he displayed at Kentucky, he could be a monster contributor, scoring in a variety of ways, rebounding and providing tough, physical defense in the paint. Guys with his ability don't come along every day.

Whiteside is very intriguing as a second-round pick. He's a long, lanky shot-blocker who, in his best moments, reminds me a bit of Marcus Camby. In his worst moments, he's more like Patrick O'Bryant. As a lottery pick, he would have been a huge risk, but as a second-rounder, he's all upside.

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