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The 2010 NBA draft redone: Where do Favors, Hayward land? (30 items)

By , For the Deseret News

Aug. 3, 2014

Now that the Utah Jazz have matched the contract for Gordon Hayward and he is back in the fold for the next four years, it's the perfect time to have a look back at the draft that brought him to the Jazz. The favorite topic of conversation when it comes to the 2010 draft for Jazz fans is how they missed on Paul George to take Hayward. While that is certainly true, it doesn't tell the whole story. The '10 draft is full of players who are still looking to reach their immense potential. To this point, only two players have been All-Stars (Paul George and John Wall), but there are plenty of solid contributors. The draft was 60 picks over two rounds with each round consisting of 30 picks. Of the 60 players selected, 49 have played in the NBA so far, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Of the 49 players to appear in an NBA game, Derrick Caracter ( second round, 58th overall) was the player with the lowest pick in the draft to play in the league.

Here is a look at how the 2010 draft would go if we knew then, what we know now.

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1 of 30. 30. Donald Sloan

Sloan wasn't drafted after a successful career at Texas A&M. He has played three seasons in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers. His most impressive stretch came with the Cavaliers in 2011-12 when he averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 25 games (11 starts).

To this point in his career, he has averaged 3.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 104 games.


2 of 30. 29. Elliot Williams

Williams was originally selected with the 22nd overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. He has played for the Trail Blazers and the Philadelphia 76ers since coming into the league. His best season came with the 76ers in 2013-14 when he averaged six points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 67 appearances.

To this point in his career, he has averaged 5.4 points. 1.6 rebounds and nearly an assist a night in 91 games.

3 of 30. 28. Luke Babbitt

Babbitt was originally taken with the 16th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves before he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on draft night. He has spent his four-year career with the Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans. His most productive season came with the Pelicans in 2013-14 when averaged 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27 games.

To this point in his career, he has averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 153 games (six starts).

4 of 30. 27. Jeremy Evans

Evans was originally selected with the 25th pick in the second round (55th overall) by the Utah Jazz. He has spent all four of his NBA seasons in a Jazz uniform. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 6.1 points on 52.7 percent shooting from the floor and 4.7 rebounds in 66 games.

To this point in his career, he has averaged four points and 2.8 rebounds in 181 games (seven starts).

5 of 30. 26. Quincy Pondexter

Pondexter was originally taken with the 26th overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder before he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets on draft night. He has spent his four years in the NBA with the Hornets and the Memphis Grizzlies. His most productive season came with the Grizzlies in 2012-13 when he averaged 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and one assist in 59 games.

To this point in his career, he has averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 204 games (17 starts).

1. scalman
Temecula, CA,
Aug. 4, 2014

I have no doubt that Hayward would be a higher ranked player here if he had gone to the Pacers instead of the Jazz. George has been outstanding at times, but he has benefited from playing on a more experienced team. Even Larry Bird thought that George and Hayward were good choices for both teams coming out of the draft, and some thought he wanted to pick Gordon. Do this same analysis in two years. I'm guessing Hayward and Favors will be higher. I wonder what Coach K's rankings would be.