My NBA Mock Draft Part Two
Let's recap what I did yesterday:
1. L.A. Clippers - Blake Griffin
2. Memphis Grizzlies - Ricky Rubio
3. OKC Thunder - Hasheem Thabeet
4. Sacramento Kings - Stephen Curry
5. Washington Wizards - James Harden
For the full riveting analysis this link will take you to my Top five picks
Anyhoooo...We have an interesting bunch in the 6-10 range of draft picks. The talent pool is pretty even for about 15-18 prospects so this group will set the tone for the rest of the draft.
I also expect a few teams to trade up and down (and all around, lol) this draft. With the even talent pool teams will expect to get the same amount of talent 5-10 spots down. On the other end of the spectrum some a lot of teams won't be sure if the guy they put on their board will be available.
Lets get down to business
With the sixth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft the Minnesota Timberwolves select...
Earl Clark, SF, Louisville
The T-Wolves have a great young core up front with Jefferson and Love. Mike Miller had the worst season of his 10 year career. His 3pt percentage went down almost 60 points from the year before, his points went down to 6.5 points.
I think they'll try to trade Miller, which should be easy with him in the last year of the contract. With Miller on the down side and probably on his way out, Earl Clark will get a lot of minutes and will contribute with his very good passing ability.
The consensus is that they need a shooting guard, especially after they traded Brandon Roy and O.J. Mayo in previous drafts. But I have the feeling the new regime will stay away from trying to pick another SG in the draft and instead try to address that position in free agency.
They'll have some money with Juwan Howard and Jason Collins coming off the books, they earned a combined 13.575 million dollars last season.
With the Seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft the Golden State Warriors select...
Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona
The Chris Mullin era is over and I'm not overly confident about this pick at all. If Larry Riley goes with "Nellyball" I think they take Tyreke Evans. But since they showed Mullin the door I'm guessing the ownership wants to see a more traditional team.
Hill is not only a need fit, he's probably the most talented front court player available. He can run the court and is a very good athlete who could do some damage with the Wariors.
There are whispers that B.Diddy will make a return to the Warriors, if he does return look for the Wariors to try to stick with "Nellyball" and go with yet another wing player.
With the eight pick in the 2009 NBA Draft the New York Knickerbokers select..
Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy
The Knicks are happy...very happy that Jennings falls in the draft. The Knicks need a long term solution at PG, the kid is marketable and will do well in D'antoni's system, like every PG in his system.
I'm not a fan of Jennings as I mentioned in the first part of my mock draft, but I have no doubt that he doesn't fall past this point. He will fit in wonderfully in New York.
Chris Duhon is the incumbent at PG and had a good season, but he's only under contract for one more year and D'antoni needs more production out of the one spot for his team to be successful. Jennings will go great with Robinson, whose size says PG but skills scream SG, and Lee.
There's a lot of talk about Stephon Curry going at this spot but I have him off the board.
The Knicks shaved off about 25 millions from their roster for 2009 but don't expect them to sign anyone big, this year. They're going to make a run at LeBron in 2010.
With the ninth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft the Toronto Raptors select...
Tyreke Evans, SG, Memphis
I love this pick for the Raptors, they need an upgrade at the two guard and Evans can be it. He is one of the more exciting and explosive players in the draft. He has problems on the defensive side but I think Colangelo wants to be more like his Phoenix teams of past, running and gunning.
If Bosh does leave after next season Evans could be a guy Colangelo could build around.
Colangelo also wants his team to be tougher, but he will address that part with some gritty players in free agency. They really miss Garbajosa, he was the glue that led the team to the Atlantic division title.
With the tenth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft the Milwaukee Bucks select...
DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC
The Bucks are one of the more complete teams in the lottery, and their starting five is pretty set. DeRozan is the best player available and will boost the Bucks bench next season.
He is not as NBA ready as the other picks in my mock draft so this situation will allow him to ease into the tub of potential he has. Playing under Redd will also help him a lot.
Some will say that this is too low for DeRozan and he'll never slip this far. However I maintain that the talent pool is too even for a few players not to slip.