Here are their top 5 picks:
1. Washington Wizards: John Wall, Kentucky
Wall is not only the best prospect of the 2010 draft -- he might be the best prospect since Kevin Durant in 2007. There's no reason for the Wizards to even think about passing on Wall.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
Doug Collins is a defensive-minded coach. Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday -- all starters next season -- project or are plus defenders, but unpolished on offense. Collins and his team will need all the offensive help they can get going forward. It helps, then, that Cousins is one of the best offensive big men prospects in years. The word on Cousins is that he needs someone on his tail every day; Collins will be on his draft pick's tail every day, whether the rook needs it or not.
3. New Jersey Nets: Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech
The Nets' offense was the worst in the league last year, and only figures to improve through wholesale changes. New coach Avery Johnson gets dap for his defense, but he's also a fine offensive coach. (Of course, when you're coaching Dirk Nowitzki, it's hard to look bad.) A bounceback for Devin Harris, a bigger role for Terrence Williams, continued improvement for Brook Lopez and the addition of a name free agent could really make the offense sing. But in Favors the Nets can set their frontline for the next decade. Favors projects to be a great NBA defender in a few years, and a brilliant finisher. Mixed with Lopez's size and post skill, this could be a devastating combo.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Evan Turner, Ohio State
The Wolves desperately need a perimeter creator, despite the presence of Jonny Flynn, who had a really poor rookie campaign for someone considered by many to be "ready." Turner will waste a lot of possessions with a middling jumper and turnovers galore, but he'll also put pressure on opposing defenses from Day 1, and open up the floor for Flynn and whoever survives the Al Jefferson-Kevin Love fight scene.
5. Sacramento Kings: Greg Monroe, Georgetown
As I wrote last month, only one legit first-round prospect rebounded better than Monroe on the defensive end last season: Cole Aldrich. Monroe projects to be so much better than Aldrich on offense that it's almost a no-brainer that he's become the de facto third big man in the draft behind Cousins and Favors. He could start next to any of the Kings' three incumbent bigs (Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and Samuel Dalembert), and honestly, the Kings, who value versatility, would love that.
I don't see anything like this ever happening, but it's an interesting perspective.
What do you guys think?