ESPN’s Chad Ford has posted his first NBA mock draft here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2010/insider/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&page=MockDraft-100506
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He has former Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors going third to Sacramento, saying this:
Analysis: The Kings might be terrible at the moment, but a core of Tyreke Evans and Favors would make them very dangerous in the future. Favors didn’t have a huge freshman season at Georgia Tech, but he has the potential to be the next Antonio McDyess.
Although it’s clear the Kings like Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, neither has the upside of Favors.
However, he didn’t have former Tech junior Gani Lawal going in the first round. He is listed as one of the next players in. Lawal averaged 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last year. He put his name in for the NBA draft after his sophomore season but withdrew it to return to school and refine his game.
Favors averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Jackets, but is seen as a player with more upside than Lawal.
Are you surprised that Lawal isn’t in the first round? Do you have Dwyer deja vu occuring with Lawal?