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A Night To Remember: Your 2010 NBA Draft Winners And Losers

6/25/2010
Tartan

Steve Braband

Johnson rocks the colors of every single NBA team in one pair of pants alone.

Now that it's the day after the 2010 NBA Draft, basketball fans have the whole summer to start debating who won and who lost. While it may take a few seasons for a good picture to fully emerge on which teams made the best picks, it's never too early to start second-guessing the only qualities that trump performance on the court. That's right, the intangibles.With that, Sportscenter.com presents the winners and losers of the 2010 NBA Draft:

Winners:

1. The University of Kentucky Wildcats. No school has ever had five players selected in the first round before. Coach Calipari was understandably proud, although calling it the best day in history of Kentucky basketball seems a little sensational. And we highly doubt that Wildcat fans will also consider the draft to be consolation enough for Kentucky's loss to West Virginia in this year's NCAA tournament.

2. Guys With Awesome But Totally Unspellable Names. Of course we're talking about you, Ekpe Udoh. Thanks to a welcome update of the Golden State Warriors logo, the Baylor forward will get to wear one of the classiest and cleanest uniforms in the Association. We're also talking about other first rounders like Al-Farouq Aminu, Greivis Vasquez and Lazar Hayward. And second rounders Tibor Pleiss, Nemanja Bjelica and Hamady N'Diaye. You're all winners in our book of fact-checking and accuracy and we're sure you'll help us to never walk alone. Many thanks in advance!

3. The Tartan producers of Scotland. We're not sure which clan Wesley Johnson belongs to (MacCadden? Abercrombie? McClaughlin?) but he just did for Tartan what Joakim Noah did for seersucker suits.

4. Gordon Hayward. What a difference a draft makes. Hayward was just another Indiana farm boy practicing three-pointers into a peach basket in the backyard who came heart-breakingly close to winning it all. And what does signing with the Utah Jazz bring him? How about instant street cred, for starters, as evidenced by the "Straight Outta Compton" Hayward mix that is floating around YouTube. We look forward to Hayward's continued evolution of style as he settles into Salt Lake.

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Steve Braband

Al-Farouq Aminu inadvertently made both of our lists last night. It was a busy evening for LA's newest Clipper.

Losers:

1. Contact lens manufacturers. With prospects rocking thick black frames left and right, Buddy Holly glasses are to the 2010 draft what knit ties were to the 1985 draft. Perfect.

2. David Stern. As per usual, the NYC loyalists were tough to please. The commish can't even step out on the podium without being met by a chorus of boos. Of course, reminding the New York fans that the 2010 NBA Champions are the Los Angeles Lakers, probably doesn't help. At all.

3. The Portland Trail Blazers. Nothing could be more unproductive than going into the draft without a General Manager, but Portland did just that when they fired Kevin Pritchard just a few hours before Stern took the stage. We're not sure if Elliot Williams and Armon Johnson know what they're getting into, but at least Johnson knows he's wanted.

4. Duke University. Sure, the get to raise another NCAA Championship banner into the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium, but Brian Zoubek and Jon Scheyer went undrafted.

5. Derrick Favors. Sure, he went third in the draft and gets to play for Avery Johnson and Mikhail Prokhorov (boy will he have some stories to tell) but after working out for the Timberwolves, Minnesota's president of basketball operations David Kahn went on the record that Favors is out of shape. Ouch.

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