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Roll ‘em! Charlotte Bobcats visit Minnesota, Rubio-to-Johnson connection gets ‘Tubed

When the Charlotte Bobcats come to town, do NBA players consciously seek to create highlight reels? The Human YouTube Highlight Clip himself, Ricky Rubio, was able to demonstrate his ridiculous court vision early and often last night – How difficult is it, after all, to bring the circus to town against an NBA team that’s dead last in offensive efficiency and gets the penultimate ranking on D – in his Minnesota Timberwolves’ 102-90 victory over the ‘Cats.

So, let’s roll the tape! From the first quarter, here’s La Pistola to Wesley Johnson for the effortless slam.

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Official 2010 BallinEurope mock draft, version 3.0: The first 15

Though not quite completely settled yet, most devotees have a pretty good idea of the pool for this year’s suddenly distinctly non-European flavored 2010 NBA Draft. BallinEurope’s man in the U.K., Sam Chadwick, revisits the official BallinEurope NBA Mock Draft once again with updated prognostications for the first 15 choices in round one.

1. Washington Wizards: John Wall (6’4”, PG, Kentucky, Freshman). As I said in the earlier mock, this is the easiest pick of the year, and even the Wizards can’t mess this up. After such a terrible season in Washington D.C., it’s nice to see something good happen. Hopefully John Wall can have the same impact that Derrick Rose had with the Chicago Bulls; the Wizards still need a few building blocks but winning the draft will increase their chances of landing a star free agent.

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Official 2010 BallinEurope mock draft, version 2.0

Now that the order for the 2010 NBA Draft has been officially settled, BallinEurope’s man in the U.K., Sam Chadwick, revisits his mock draft of last week with updated prognostications for the first 30 choices.

Prospective European draftees in Donatas Motiejunas and Miroslav Raduljica haven’t budged on Sam’s chart and much of the lower half remains the same, but new BiE favorite Nemanja Bjelica manages to sneak into the first round. And the inevitable shakeups in the top 10 keep things interesting as ever. And the BallinEurope crystal ball says…

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The official BallinEurope NBA draft mock

Courtesy of the Everyone Else Is Doing It So Why Don’t We Department comes the official BallinEurope mock NBA draft for 2010. Our man in the UK, Sam Chadwick looks into his metaphorical crystal ball to see how the American clubs might be thinking on draft day. BiE will be running official mock draft 2.0 next week, once the chaos theory of the pingpong balls has taken effect.

1. New Jersey Nets: John Wall (6’4”, PG, Kentucky, Freshman). This will be the easiest pick of this year draft and is clearly everybody’s no. 1 pick no matter who wins the lottery. If the Nets drop to second, I’d suggest Evan Turner or Wesley Johnson at three or four, as they already have enough bigs.

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