Redraft 2010: George or Wall No. 1?

In hindsight, would the Wizards still take the athletic PG or wing?

Updated: June 3, 2014, 5:03 PM ET
By David Thorpe and Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Paul George, John WallGetty ImagesIn hindsight, who should be the No. 1 pick of 2010? Paul George or John Wall?

We've redrafted 2007, 2008 and 2009, so it's only fitting we redraft the last class to have completed its entire rookie scale years. The 2010 class has a few transcendent talents, but also more than its fair share of unfulfilled potential (so far) and unclear futures. The depth of this draft class is dotted with several "behavioral issue" prospects, and the overall talent wanes significantly beyond the top 10, making a redraft of only the lottery the sensible route to follow.


1. Washington Wizards | Actual Pick: John Wall
Amin Elhassan's pick: Wall | David Thorpe's pick: Wall

Thorpe: He's easily the most unique player in this draft class, and a rough start to his career seems to be past him, as he's finally been able to overcome injuries and the toxic locker room of his earlier years to blossom into one of the game's top young point guards.

Elhassan: The Wizards chose wisely. Wall is the best passer among all of the "uber-athletic" point guards in the NBA, and he has the potential to be a dominant defensive player as well. His learning curve has been exciting to watch.


2. Philadelphia 76ers | Actual Pick: Evan Turner
Elhassan's pick: Paul George | Thorpe's pick: DeMarcus Cousins

Elhassan: George has developed into one of the top two-way players in the league, and I would have loved to see him line up alongside Andre Iguodala in what would have been the best perimeter defensive tandem in the NBA. George also would benefit from playing alongside two playmakers (Iguodala and Jrue Holiday), focusing his efforts offensively in catch-and-shoot and coming off screens rather than trying to create off the dribble.

Thorpe: Philly desperately needed a franchise big man to pair with Iguodala and Holiday, and Cousins would have made Thaddeus Young a far better power forward. The Philly fans would have made Cousins grow up faster than the Kings did, that's for sure. Paul George is great, but I don't love him next to Iguodala.