|2010 NBA draft|
|Date(s)||June 24, 2010|
|Location||Madison Square Garden (New York City)|
|60 total selections in 2 rounds|
|First selection||John Wall (Washington Wizards)|
The 2010 NBA draft was held on June 24, 2010, at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The draft, which started at 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (2300 UTC), was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. This draft set a record with five players being drafted from the same school in the first round. The players were John Wall (first), DeMarcus Cousins (fifth), Patrick Patterson (fourteenth), Eric Bledsoe (eighteenth), and Daniel Orton (twenty-ninth), all from the University of Kentucky. This draft also marked the second time an NBA D-League player was drafted, with the first case coming in 2008.
The Washington Wizards, who won the draft lottery on May 18, 2010, used their first overall draft pick to draft John Wall from the University of Kentucky. The Philadelphia 76ers, who also beat the odds in the draft lottery to obtain the second pick, selected Evan Turner from Ohio State University. The New Jersey Nets, who had the worst win–loss record in the previous season, used the third pick to select Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech.
The 2010 NBA draft is the last draft conducted at Madison Square Garden. The 2011 and 2012 NBA drafts were temporarily moved to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, while the 2013 NBA draft would be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the Garden underwent renovations during those summers of 2011–2013. After 2014, the draft would continue being hosted at the Barclays Center despite the renovations being done by the 2014 deadline.
This draft class had no Rookie of the Year because Blake Griffin, who was drafted first overall in the previous year's draft, missed his first season with an injury, but played in the 2010–2011 season and won the award. As of 2023, the only remaining active players from this draft are Paul George and Gordon Hayward.
|PG||Point guard||SG||Shooting guard||SF||Small forward||PF||Power forward||C||Center|
|*||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team|
|+||Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game|
|#||Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game|
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality[n 1]||Team||School/club team|
|1||1||John Wall*||PG||United States||Washington Wizards||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|1||2||Evan Turner||SF/SG||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Ohio State (Jr.)|
|1||3||Derrick Favors||PF||United States||New Jersey Nets||Georgia Tech (Fr.)|
|1||4||Wesley Johnson||SF||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves||Syracuse (Jr.)|
|1||5||DeMarcus Cousins*||C||United States||Sacramento Kings||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|1||6||Ekpe Udoh||C||United States||Golden State Warriors||Baylor (Jr.)|
|1||7||Greg Monroe||C||United States||Detroit Pistons||Georgetown (So.)|
|1||8||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF|| United States
|Los Angeles Clippers||Wake Forest (So.)|
|1||9||Gordon Hayward+||SF||United States||Utah Jazz (from New York via Phoenix)[a]||Butler (So.)|
|1||10||Paul George*||SF/SG||United States||Indiana Pacers||Fresno State (So.)|
|1||11||Cole Aldrich||C||United States||New Orleans Hornets (traded to Oklahoma City)[A]||Kansas (Jr.)|
|1||12||Xavier Henry||SG||United States[n 3]||Memphis Grizzlies||Kansas (Fr.)|
|1||13||Ed Davis||PF||United States||Toronto Raptors||North Carolina (So.)|
|1||14||Patrick Patterson||PF||United States||Houston Rockets||Kentucky (Jr.)|
|1||15||Larry Sanders||C||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (from Chicago)[b]||VCU (Jr.)|
|1||16||Luke Babbitt||SF||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Charlotte via Denver,[c] traded to Portland)[B]||Nevada (So.)|
|1||17||Kévin Séraphin||PF||France||Chicago Bulls (from Milwaukee,[b] traded to Washington)[C]||Cholet Basket (France)|
|1||18||Eric Bledsoe||PG||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Miami,[d] traded to LA Clippers)[D]||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|1||19||Avery Bradley||SG||United States||Boston Celtics||Texas (Fr.)|
|1||20||James Anderson||SG||United States||San Antonio Spurs||Oklahoma State (Jr.)|
|1||21||Craig Brackins||PF||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to New Orleans)[A]||Iowa State (Jr.)|
|1||22||Elliot Williams||SG||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||Memphis (So.)|
|1||23||Trevor Booker||PF||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Utah via Philadelphia,[e] traded to Washington)[E]||Clemson (Sr.)|
|1||24||Damion James||SF||United States||Atlanta Hawks (traded to New Jersey)[F]||Texas (Sr.)|
|1||25||Dominique Jones||SG||United States||Memphis Grizzlies (from Denver,[f] traded to Dallas)[G]||USF (Jr.)|
|1||26||Quincy Pondexter||SF||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Phoenix,[g] traded to New Orleans)[A]||Washington (Sr.)|
|1||27||Jordan Crawford||SG||United States||New Jersey Nets (from Dallas,[h] traded to Atlanta)[F]||Xavier (So.)|
|1||28||Greivis Vásquez||PG||Venezuela||Memphis Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers)[i]||Maryland (Sr.)|
|1||29||Daniel Orton||C||United States||Orlando Magic||Kentucky (Fr.)|
|1||30||Lazar Hayward||SF||United States||Washington Wizards (from Cleveland,[j] traded to Minnesota)[E]||Marquette (Sr.)|
|2||31||Tibor Pleiß||C||Germany||New Jersey Nets (traded to Oklahoma City via Atlanta)[F][H]||Brose Baskets (Germany)|
|2||32||Dexter Pittman||C||United States||Miami Heat (from Minnesota via Oklahoma City)[d]||Texas (Sr.)|
|2||33||Hassan Whiteside||C||United States||Sacramento Kings||Marshall (Fr.)|
|2||34||Armon Johnson||PG||United States||Portland Trail Blazers (from Golden State)[k]||Nevada (Jr.)|
|2||35||Nemanja Bjelica||PF||Serbia||Washington Wizards (traded to Minnesota)[E]||Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)|
|2||36||Terrico White#||SG||United States||Detroit Pistons||Ole Miss (So.)|
|2||37||Darington Hobson||SF||United States||Milwaukee Bucks (from Philadelphia)[l]||New Mexico (Jr.)|
|2||38||Andy Rautins||SG||Canada[n 4]||New York Knicks||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|2||39||Landry Fields||SG||United States||New York Knicks (from L.A. Clippers via Denver)[m]||Stanford (Sr.)|
|2||40||Lance Stephenson||SG||United States||Indiana Pacers||Cincinnati (Fr.)|
|2||41||Jarvis Varnado||PF||United States||Miami Heat (from New Orleans)[n]||Mississippi State (Sr.)|
|2||42||Da'Sean Butler#||SF||United States||Miami Heat (from Toronto)[o]||West Virginia (Sr.)|
|2||43||Devin Ebanks||SF||United States||Los Angeles Lakers (from Memphis)[i]||West Virginia (So.)|
|2||44||Jerome Jordan||C||Jamaica||Milwaukee Bucks (from Chicago via Portland and Golden State,[k] traded to New York)[I]||Tulsa (Sr.)|
|2||45||Paulão Prestes#||C||Brazil||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Houston)[p]||CB Murcia (Spain)|
|2||46||Gani Lawal||PF||Nigeria[n 5]||Phoenix Suns (from Charlotte)[q]||Georgia Tech (Jr.)|
|2||47||Tiny Gallon#||PF||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||Oklahoma (Fr.)|
|2||48||Latavious Williams#||SF||United States||Miami Heat (traded to Oklahoma City)[J]||Tulsa 66ers (D-League)|
|2||49||Ryan Richards#||PF||United Kingdom||San Antonio Spurs||CB Gran Canaria (Spain)|
|2||50||Solomon Alabi||C||Nigeria||Dallas Mavericks (from Oklahoma City,[r] traded to Toronto)[K]||Florida State (So.)|
|2||51||Magnum Rolle#||PF||Bahamas||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Portland via Dallas and Minnesota,[d] traded to Indiana)[L]||Louisiana Tech (Sr.)|
|2||52||Luke Harangody||PF||United States||Boston Celtics||Notre Dame (Sr.)|
|2||53||Pape Sy||SF||France||Atlanta Hawks||STB Le Havre (France)|
|2||54||Willie Warren||PG||United States||Los Angeles Clippers (from Denver)[m]||Oklahoma (So.)|
|2||55||Jeremy Evans||PF||United States||Utah Jazz||Western Kentucky (Sr.)|
|2||56||Hamady N'Diaye||C||Senegal||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Phoenix,[s] traded to Washington)[E]||Rutgers (Sr.)|
|2||57||Ryan Reid||PF||United States||Indiana Pacers (from Dallas,[t] traded to Oklahoma City)[L]||Florida State (Jr.)|
|2||58||Derrick Caracter||PF||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||UTEP (Jr.)|
|2||59||Stanley Robinson#||SF||United States||Orlando Magic||Connecticut (Sr.)|
|2||60||Dwayne Collins#||PF||United States||Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland)[u]||Miami (Sr.)|
Further information: List of National Basketball Association undrafted players
These players were not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft, but have played in at least one NBA game.
|Patrick Christopher||SG/SF||United States||California (Sr.)|
|Sherron Collins||PG||United States||Kansas (Sr.)|
|Jerome Dyson||G||United States||Connecticut (Jr.)|
|Courtney Fortson||PG||United States||Arkansas (Sr.)|
|Jeff Foote||C||United States||Cornell (Sr.)|
|Jonathan Gibson||PG||United States||New Mexico State (Sr.)|
|Manny Harris||PG/SG||United States||Michigan (Jr.)|
|Darington Hobson||SF||United States||New Mexico (Jr.)|
|Dennis Horner||PF||United States||North Carolina State (Sr.)|
|Jeremy Lin||PG||United States||Harvard (Sr.)|
|Boban Marjanović||C||Serbia||KK Hemofarm (Serbia)|
|Elijah Millsap||SG/SF||United States||UAB (Sr.)|
|Tim Ohlbrecht||PF/C||Germany||Brose Baskets (Germany)|
|Arinze Onuaku||PF/C||United States||Syracuse (Sr.)|
|Miroslav Raduljica||C||Serbia||Efes Pilsen (Turkey)|
|Samardo Samuels||PF/C||Jamaica||Louisville (So.)|
|Alexey Shved||PG/SG||Russia||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|Donald Sloan||PG||United States||Texas A&M (Sr.)|
|Ish Smith||G||United States||Wake Forest (Sr.)|
|Jerry Smith||G||United States||Louisville (Sr.)|
|Lance Thomas||PF||United States||Duke (Sr.)|
|Edwin Ubiles||SG/SF||United States||Siena (Sr.)|
|Ben Uzoh||PG|| United States
Main article: Eligibility for the NBA draft
The basic eligibility rules for the draft are:
The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U.S. player is the completion of his college eligibility. Players who meet the CBA definition of "international players" are automatically eligible if their 22nd birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft (i.e., born on or before December 31, 1988). U.S. players who were at least one year removed from their high school graduation and have played professionally with a team outside the NBA (either top-level basketball in another country, or minor-league basketball in North America) were also automatically eligible. Former high school player Latavious Williams meets these criteria, having graduated high school in 2009, skipped college basketball and then played professional basketball in NBA D-League.
A player who is not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft. For the 2010 draft, this date fell on April 25. Under NCAA rules taking effect with this draft, they only had until May 8 to withdraw from the draft and maintain their college eligibility. Previously, players who declared for the draft could withdraw as late as 10 days before the draft (the withdrawal deadline under the CBA) and still maintain college eligibility. This year, a total of 80 collegiate players and 23 international players declared as early entry candidates. At the withdrawal deadline, 48 early entry candidates withdrew from the draft, leaving 50 collegiate players and five international players as the early entry candidates for the draft.
A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted. Also, while the CBA allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice, the NCAA mandates that a player who has declared twice loses his college eligibility. This second provision affected Mac Koshwal, Gani Lawal, and Patrick Patterson, all of whom declared for and withdrew from the 2009 draft.
This draft was expected to see an unusual influx of underclassmen, even compared with recent years, for reasons explained by ESPN.com columnist Eamonn Brennan in an April 2010 piece:
Because of a potential NBA labor dispute and the threat of an impending lockout in 2011, lots of current college basketball underclassmen have a more drastic decision to face. In addition to the traditional risk of injury, future pros will now have to decide if they want to risk the possibility of there not even being an NBA draft in 2011. Expect lots of these guys to cash in as early as possible, and expect this year's draft to be full of players testing the waters and going all-in a year or two before they should.
The following college basketball players successfully applied for early draft entrance.
The following international players successfully applied for early draft entrance.
Further information: NBA draft lottery
The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams which had missed the playoffs; the order was determined through a lottery. The lottery determined the three teams that would obtain the first three picks on the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. As it is commonplace in the event of identical win–loss records, the NBA performed a random drawing to break the ties on April 16, 2010.
The lottery was held on May 18, 2010 in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers beat the statistical odds by winning the first and second overall picks respectively. The New Jersey Nets won the third overall pick.
Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2010 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places:
|^||Denotes the actual lottery results|
|New Jersey Nets||12–70||250||.250||.215||.177^||.358||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Golden State Warriors||26–56||104||.104||.112||.121||.099||.373||.178^||.014||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Los Angeles Clippers||29–53||23||.023||.027||.032||—||—||—||—||.725^||.184||.009||.000||—||—||—|
|New York Knicks||29–53||22||.022||.026||.031||—||—||—||—||—||.797^||.121||.004||.000||—||—|
|New Orleans Hornets||37–45||8||.008||.009||.012||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||.907^||.063||.001||.000|
^ 1: New York Knicks' pick was conveyed to the Utah Jazz via the Phoenix Suns.[a]
Prior to the day of the draft, the following trades were made and resulted in exchanges of draft picks between the teams.
The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft.