Monday, June 15, 2009

2009 NBA Mock Draft V - June 15, 2009

Version V

First Round

1. LA Clippers - Blake Griffin -
2. Memphis - Hasheem Thabeet - Thabeet will be a good fit with the young Grizzlies. Give them a few seasons and this will be a formidable line-up.
3. Oklahoma City - James Harden - Harden is the best player available here. The Durant/Harden tandem will be difficult to counter.
4. Sacramento - Ricky Rubio - Rubio will be greater than or equal to Beno Udrih.
5. Washington - Jordan Hill - A great fit for a team needing interior help.
6. Minnesota - Tyreke Evans - The team needs a reliable scorer. Hopefully, he can relieve some pressure off of Miller and whoever is on the court at PG.
7. Golden State - Brandon Jennings - Apparently Jennings' stock has fallen since he accused Rubio of being overrated. I like his demeanor and am sure the Warriors will too (I also agree with him).

8. New York - Stephen Curry - RUMORS
9. Toronto - Demar DeRozan - Depending on how negotiations go on with Marion, DeRozan will be a suitable replacement or back-up. The Raptors are eager to sign him, but he is more eager to win.
10. Milwaukee - Jonny Flynn - The Bucks like Flynn. You can't blame them. He is a talented guard with speed, great play-making skill, fine handle, and a shot.
11. New Jersey - Jrue Holliday - Holliday can become an essential part of a rebuilding franchise. He can play behind Harris and provide PG depth or move over to the 2 as he did last year with Darren Collison at UCLA.
12. Charlotte - Gerald Henderson - The Bobcats have worked out a number of players at this point. It is safe to say they will not go with another point guard since they are secured with Felton and Augustin. The team needs a back up shooting guard and some interior help at the four. This pick has to be DeJuan Blair, Earl Clark, or Gerald Henderson. With Raja Bell's contract expiring next season the team needs to lock up a shooting guard, so Henderson is the choice.
13. Indiana - DeJuan Blair - The Pacers need interior size. Blair is a perfect pick here. The Hibbert/Blair combo of the future is a promising one.

14. Phoenix - Earl Clark - Trading Shaq or at least the rumors say so. Clark would be the pick if this is true, if not then a point guard would be wise, especially with Lawson and Maynor on the board.
15. Detroit - James Johnson - After this pick we will know how confident Dumars is with Stuckey. He will have Johnson and Daye, two promising forwards on the board along with the possibility of Maynor or Lawson. With Wallace on the way out, the Pistons go with Johnson to fill the void.
16. Chicago - Austin Daye - The Bulls could use someone that can play the 4 effectively.
17. Philadelphia - Ty Lawson - The Sixers need a guard, especially with the uncertainty of Andre Miller. Lawson on the slide is a great value here.
18. Minnesota (from Miami) - Eric Maynor - The Wolves cannot wait around for Telfair forever. Maynor is a really talented guard who is easily the most underprized prospect in the draft.
19. Atlanta - Terrence Williams - This year is a big free agency year for the Hawks. The team has a number of big men testing waters, so with that liability the team seeks security with Williams.
20. Utah - B.J. Mullens - The Jazz will take a big man here. The team is lucky as the once lottery pick has fallen out after an underachieving year at Ohio State.
21. New Orleans - Jeff Teague - The Hornets could use a little depth in the backcourt.
22. Dallas - Chase Budinger - Since losing Diop, the Mavericks need to fill the void. Cuban is looking for immediate success so he will go out and sign a free agent leaving this pick for potential.
23. Sacramento (from Houston) - Sam Young - Sam Young has the best pump fake in the draft along with a respectable jump shot and high determination which will make him a useful role player in the league.
24. Portland - Tyler Hansbrough - With a number of big man going into free agency, Hansbrough will provide security for the Trailblazers.
25. Oklahoma City (from San Antonio) - Omri Casspi - It seems as though Casspi will stay in Europe for another season; this will stagger a rising stock. The work in progress Thunder will be willing to wait.
26. Chicago (from Denver via Oklahoma City) - Wayne Ellington - There is a strong possibility that the Bulls will lose Ben Gordon this off-season. Ellington is the best shooter in the draft and will at least be able to come in as a spot shooter to provide some relief from losing Gordon.
27. Memphis (from Orlando) - DaJuan Summers - Summers' inability down in the block makes him an oversized three. Still his good shooting will be useful to the Grizzlies.
29. LA Lakers - Darren Collison - Hope the Lakers stay local with this fan-favorite.
30. Cleveland - Taj Gibson - The Cavs like Gibson.

Second Round

31. Sacramento - Marcus Thornton
32. Washington - Patrick Mills
33. Portland (from LA Clippers) - Derrick Brown
34. Denver (from Oklahoma City) - Jeramine Taylor
35. Detroit (from Minnesota) - Nick Calathes
36. Memphis - Toney Douglas
37. San Antonio (from Golden State via Phoenix) - Jonas Jerekbo
38. Portland (from New York via Chicago) - Jeff Pendergraph
39. Detroit (from Toronto) - Rodrigue Beaubois
40. Charlotte (from New Jersey via Oklahoma City) - Danny Green
41. Milwaukee - Dionte Christmas
42. LA Lakers (from Charlotte) - Milan Macvan
43. Miami (from Indiana) - Josh Heytvelt
44. Detroit -Victor Claver
45. Minnesota (from Philadelphia via Miami) - Dante Cunningham
46. Cleveland (from Chicago) - Sergio Llull
47. Minnesota (from Miami) - A.J. Price
48. Phoenix - Jerel McNeal
49. Atlanta - Nando De Colo
50. Utah - Vladimir Dasic
51. San Antonio (from New Orleans via Toronto) - Jeff Adrien
52. Indiana (from Dallas) - DeMarre Carroll
53. San Antonio (from Houston) - Wesley Matthews
54. Charlotte (from San Antonio) - Alade Aminu
55. Portland (from Denver) - Emir Preldzic
56. Portland - Chris Johnson
57. Phoenix (from Orlando via Oklahoma City) - Jodie Meeks
58. Boston - Robert Dozier
59. LA Lakers - Joe Ingles
60. Miami (from Cleveland) - Milenko Tepic

Undrafted: Jon Brockman, Lee Cummard, Chinemelu Elonu, Daniel Hackett, Lester Hudson, Curtis Jerrells, Slava Kravtsov, Leo Lyons, Jack McClinton, Luke Nevill, Hank Norel, Jeremy Pargo, Tyrese Rice, Alex Ruoff, Garret Siler, Shawn Taggert, Dar Tucker, and Robert Vaden

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