With Ricky Rubio in, NBA Draft Is Point-Guard Heavy

Miikeee D.Correspondent IMay 6, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States speaks to an official as Ricky Rubio #6 and Marc Gasol #13 of Spain look on in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Before a few weeks ago, the draft status of Spanish phenom Ricky Rubio, was unknown.

As soon as he announced that he will indeed enter his name into the draft, the 2009 draft class went from decent to good.

Rubio’s entrance into the draft forces everyone’s potential draft position down by one spot, with the exception of Blake Griffin.

The greater population of North America was first introduced to Rubio during the 2008 Summer Olympics, when he manned the point guard position for the international powerhouse Spain.

At 17, Rubio, wowed audiences with his hustle and creativity with the ball. He is the type of player that can take over a game with his intensity and scoring ability.

With Rubio in the draft, it also makes this class unbelievably loaded with point guards. According to NBAdraft.net, nine of the first twenty-one picks are expected to be point guards.

This includes American high-school standout Brandon Jennings, who chose to play internationally rather than in the NCAA. Also in the point guard mix are Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Eric Maynor, Ty Lawson, Tyreke Evans, Jeff Teague, and St Mary’s little man, Patty Mills.

That’s just the first round.

There are also some gems to be found in the second round. Leading scorer in the ACC Toney Douglas, UCLA floor general Darren Collison, UCONN clutch performer AJ Price, and Boston College’s version of Nate Robinson, Tyrese Rice.

This draft is perfect for a team like the Washington Wizards, who are in need of a good point guard. They still have Gilbert Arenas, but he is more suited for the shooting guard position because he has a shoot-first mentality.

Other teams that might be looking forward to snatching a point guard at the draft could possibly be Houston, Minnesota, Memphis, Milwaukee and Sacramento.

Fifty Mission Cap will release its first-annual NBA mock draft as soon as the draft order is determined on May 19. The NBA has recently released the odds for each team to win the lottery:

  • Sacramento Kings (17-65) - 25.0 percent
  • Washington Wizards (19-63) - 17.8 percent
  • Los Angeles Clippers (19-63) - 17.7 percent
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (23-59) - 11.9 percent
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (24-58) - 7.6 percent
  • Memphis Grizzlies (24-58) - 7.5 percent
  • Golden State Warriors (29-53) - 4.3 percent
  • New York Knicks (32-50) - 2.8 percent
  • Toronto Raptors (33-49) - 1.7 percent
  • Milwaukee Bucks (34-48) - 1.0 percent
  • New Jersey Nets (34-38) - 0.9 percent
  • Charlotte Bobcats (35-47) - 0.7 percent
  • Indiana Pacers (36-46) - 0.6 percent
  • Phoenix Suns (46-36)- 0.5 percent