No surprise here. John Wall is number one on my list, just like every other list out there. Check out the entire 9 players, 9 days series
here. Info after the jump.
Age: 20 (in September. He's 3 months younger than Jrue)
Weight: 195 lbs (DraftExpress), 185 lbs (ESPN)
Wall is an unbelievable athlete with exceptional size and pure point guard instincts. He's got superstar written all over him, and there's absolutely no way the Sixers can pass him up. Period.
Short term, Iguodala, Wall and Jrue all start on the perimeter and absolutely terrorize teams on the defensive end of the floor.
Long term, the Sixers would need to figure out if Jrue and Wall can exist together in the back court. This is a very, very good problem to have. If it turns out they can't, Jrue's trade value is sky high, and there's really no rush to move him even if those two can't play 30+ minutes together. He's an extremely affordable rookie contract for the next four seasons. The team is built around Wall, he's your superstar. He's your gate draw. Essentially, he's the savior.
A couple of minor concerns with Wall. 1) The turnovers. The game needs to slow down for him, and I don't have a doubt it will. 2) The three-point shot. It's not absolutely critical, but for him to really punish teams he's going to need to add that to his arsenal some time down the road.
Best-case scenario: Jrue and Wall find a way to coexist and thrive together. The Sixers suffocating perimeter defense leads to endless transition points, Wall turns into the guy who takes the big shots in the half court, the front court can then be filled in with guys who will do the dirty work through trades and free agency. Jrue's catch-and-shoot skills are enough to stretch the floor and 2010-2011 is the first of a decade of playoff appearances, with the team growing into a contender.
Here's my final top 9
9. Ed Davis
8. Cole Aldrich
7. Ekpe Udoh
6. Al-Farouq Aminu
5. Wesley Johnson
4. DeMarcus Cousins
3. Evan Turner
2. Derrick Favors
1. John Wall
Today is the day, folks. Jrue Holiday is on his way to Secaucus, lucky charms in tow. I wish so much wasn't riding on silly ping pong balls, but this is the hole the Eds have dug for us. Now all we can do is wait and cross our fingers. I'll have a Lottery Viewer's guide this morning for you, and of course we'll do a live blog during the lottery tonight. Check back throughout the day.