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Wall starts wave of Wildcats

John Wall greets commissioner David Stern after he was taken No. 1 overall by the Wizards. Wall’s Kentucky teammate, backup center Daniel Orton, was taken by the Magic at No. 29.

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John Wall greets commissioner David Stern after he was taken No. 1 overall by the Wizards. Wall’s Kentucky teammate, backup center Daniel Orton, was taken by the Magic at No. 29.

John Wall started a record run of first-round picks from Kentucky, going No. 1 overall to the Wizards in the draft Thursday, and center Daniel Orton was the fifth Wildcat selected, by the Magic at No. 29. That is the most by any school in the first round.

Orton, 6 feet 10 and 255 pounds, averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13 minutes per game in his only college season, when he never started. He is considered above average athletically, with a wide frame and great wingspan, and has knee problems dating to high school. His selection might mean Orlando is ready to trade Marcin Gortat, who backs up Dwight Howard.

"I didn't work out for them and I never talked to anybody on the staff or anybody really affiliated with the Orlando Magic," Orton said. "So, I am surprised that they picked me."

The other Kentucky first-rounders: DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Eric Bledsoe.

"I feel like I had pressure since I became No. 1 in high school," Wall said. "When I step on the court I'm going to take on any challenge there."

The SEC player of the year is the first Kentucky player chosen first overall. He goes to a team reeling from Gilbert Arenas' season-ending suspension for bringing guns into the locker room.

Wall could replace Arenas at point guard or play with him.

After his name was announced, Wall hugged family members.

Arenas is eligible to return, but Wall is ready to take charge.

"I was always a leader by example, being the first in the gym and the last in the gym," he said. "But I'm a leader that doesn't mind speaking up to the older guys."

Wall has worn No. 11 throughout high school and college, and the number is prominent in his new Reebok commercial. But that number is retired for Elvin Hayes.

The 76ers took national player of the year Evan Turner from Ohio State at No. 2.

"I don't have any pressure. I have a lot of demands of myself," Turner said. "If Philly expects me to be great, then we have a mutual understanding."

more magic: General manager Otis Smith says he has had "discussions" with the Raptors about reacquiring forward Hedo Turkoglu but that talks "never went anywhere." Orlando parted ways last summer with Turkoglu so it could trade for Vince Carter.

alabi to mavs, then raptors: Center Solomon Alabi, who led FSU in scoring and anchored a stingy defense, was taken by the Mavs at No. 50. He was then dealt to the Raptors for a future draft pick and cash considerations. "He has progressed; he needs to go a lot further,'' ESPN's Jay Bilas said. "A lot of people, including myself, thought he was going to be a first-round draft pick.'' The Pacers took FSU forward Ryan Reid at No. 57, then traded him to Oklahoma City.

Wizards-Bulls Trade: The Wizards agreed to acquire the Bulls' Kirk Hinrich and the 17th overall pick in exchange for a future second-round choice. Trades can't become official until July 8. Henrich, 29, can play point or shooting guard. The Bulls cleared nearly $10.3 million in cap space and with about $30 million could sign two free agents to maximum contracts when the signing period begins July 1. Chicago was also in discussions to trade forward Kevin Seraphin from French Guyana, the No. 17 pick, to Washington.

blazers: The Oregonian newspaper reported that GM Kevin Pritchard was fired less than an hour before the draft.

clippers: Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu, the No. 8 pick, is descended from a line of Nigerian kings. His first name means "the chief has arrived."

Suns: Phoenix exercised the option year of coach Alvin Gentry for the 2011-12 season. The Suns also signed assistant coaches Bill Cartwright, Dan Majerle and Igor Kokoskov through 2011-12. John Shumate, an assistant last season, is expected to return to scouting duties.

timberwolves: Clemson forward Trevor Booker was the first senior drafted, at No. 23.

Round 2

31. New Jersey, Tibor Pleiss, C, Germany

32. Miami (from Minnesota through Oklahoma City), Dexter Pittman, C, Texas

33. Sacramento, Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall

34. Portland (from Chicago through Golden State), Armon Johnson, G, Nevada

35. Washington, Nemanja Bjelica, F, KK Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

36. Detroit, Terrico White, G, Mississippi

37. Milwaukee (from Philadelphia), Darington Hobson, F, New Mexico

38. New York, Andy Rautins, G, Syracuse

39. New York (from L.A. Clippers through Denver), Landry Fields, F, Stanford

40. Indiana, Lance Stephenson, G, Cincinnati

41. Miami (from New Orleans), Jarvis Varnado, G, Mississippi State

42. Miami (from Toronto), Da'Sean Butler, G, West Virginia

43. L.A. Lakers (from Memphis), Devin Ebanks, G, West Virginia

44. Milwaukee (from Portland through Golden State), Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa

45. Minnesota (from Houston), Paulo Prestes, C, CB Murcia (Spain)

46. Phoenix, Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech

47. Milwaukee, Tiny Gallon, F, Oklahoma

48. Miami, Latavious Williams, F, Tulsa (NBADL)

49. San Antonio, Ryan Richards, F, Gran Canaria (Spain)

50. Dallas (from Oklahoma City), Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State

51. Oklahoma City (from Dallas and Minnesota through Portland), Magnum Rolle, C, Louisiana Tech

52. Boston, Luke Harangody, F, Notre Dame

53. Atlanta, Pape Sy, F, STB Le Havre (France)

54. L.A. Clippers (from Denver), Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma

55. Utah, Jeremy Evans, F, Western Kentucky

56. Minnesota (from Phoenix), Hamady Ndiaye, C, Rutgers

57. Indiana (from Dallas), Ryan Reid, F, Florida State

58. L.A. Lakers, Derrick Character, F, UTEP

59. Orlando, Stanley Robinson, F, Connecticut

60. Phoenix (from Cleveland), Dwayne Collins, F, Miami

Note: See box on right for trades

Draft trades

Trades that involved selections in the 2010 NBA draft on draft night (x-proposed):

•-x New Orleans trades Morris Peterson and rights to Cole Aldrich (No. 11) to Oklahoma City for rights to Craig Brackins (No. 21) and rights to Quincy Pondexter (No. 26).

• Minnesota trades Ryan Gomes and rights to Luke Babbitt (No. 16) to Portland for Martell Webster.

• Chicago trades G Kirk Hinrich and rights to Kevin Seraphin (No. 17) to Washington for future second-round pick.

•-x Oklahoma City trades rights to Eric Bledsoe (No. 18) to the L.A. Clippers for future first-round pick.

•-x Minnesota trade rights to Trevor Booker (No. 23) and rights to Hamady Ndiaye (No. 56) to Washington for rights to Lazar Hayward (No. 30) and Nemanja Bjelica (No. 35).

• New Jersey trades rights to Jordan Crawford (No. 27) and rights to Tibor Pleiss (No. 31) to Atlanta for rights to Damion Jones (No. 24).

• Memphis trades rights to Dominique Jones (No. 25) to Dallas for cash.

• Atlanta trades rights to Tibor Pleiss (No. 31) to Oklahoma City for financial considerations.

• Miami trades rights to Latavious Williams (No. 48) to Oklahoma City for future second-round pick.

• Dallas trades rights to Solomon Alabi (No. 50) to Toronto for future second-round pick and financial considerations.

• Oklahoma City trades rights to Magnum Rolle (No. 51) to Indiana for Ryan Reid (No. 57) and cash.

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