Don't Make Your NBA Mock Drafts Yet

kwame manuCorrespondent IMay 23, 2009

People get excited when the draft comes around. The draft gives fans the feeling of freshness. The feeling of hope.

It makes some believe that they are one man away from the playoffs, or a championship. Maybe you're next draft pick is the next big thing.

As the draft nears, people also like to make mock drafts. However, this year is the worst and most illogical year to make a mock draft.

Why illogical? Just look at the teams with the top picks and try and make them coincide with the best players in the draft. It doesn't fit.

The Clippers have the No. 1 pick. The best player in the draft is clearly Blake Griffin. You see? The Clippers already have 3 PF/C: Zach Randolph, Marcus Camby, and Chris Kaman.

Zach Randolph has a big contract and is guaranteed at least $23 million over the next two years. In addition to that, Zach Randolph has the personality that few teams would like to deal with.

Add this to Blake Griffins' rookie salary and it makes no logical or financial sense.

The Clippers may be forced to either trade their pick or pick someone else at No. 1 whether they want to or not.

It is already rumored that Oklahoma City is pushing for that No. 1 spot.

Now look at the Grizzlies. The second best player in the draft is Ricky Rubio. It has been said by Rubio's agent that he doesn't even want to play there.

A source from Draft Express said, "Rubio doesn’t want to go to Memphis, and he especially does not want to pay money out of his own pocket with that huge buyout for the honor of doing so.

"(Dan) Fegan [Rubio’s agent] wants him in L.A., and if he can’t have him there, he wants him in Sacramento. Definitely not Oklahoma City.“

Furthermore, if Rubio doesn't like what he sees in the draft, he can always go back to Spain for a year or two. Wow. Looks like the Grizz have to pick someone else besides Rubio.

This would shake up many mock drafts and, potentially, the entire draft.

They do not need Thabeet, because they have 7' Marc Gasol at center. Now, they probably go for a PF like Jordan Hill. 

If Thabeet and Rubio are still on the board, all hell will break lose. At this point, many GMs will be trying to trade up because trading up to No. 3 is a lot easier than No. 1.

Now, I don't have time to break down all the mayhem that can go down on draft night, but I just want to give you a taste about what is not possible, but probable.

This year's draft is looking to be one of the most interesting we have seen in a while.

Stay tuned.

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