The Top 5 Picks in the 2009 NBA Draft
The NBA Draft is right around the corner and the lottery teams are ready to add talent in numbers. The teams vary from Phoenix, who just missed the playoffs, and the abysmal Sacramento Kings. This year's draft is filled with talent and youth. The youngest player of them all is the Spanish sensation, Ricky Rubio, who will definitely be picked in the top three. But anyway, without further ado, with the first pick in the 2009 NBA Draft the Los Angeles Clippers select...
1. Blake Griffin - Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin will undoubtedly be the first pick of the draft, considering this was the Blake Griffin sweepstakes even before the lottery. His raw talent alone can make him the perfect pick for the Clippers. The former Sooner will be the perfect addition to a team whose leading scorer only averaged 20 points a game and was injured for the majority of the season anyway. The Clippers can use a dynamic scorer like Griffin, not to mention his defensive skill is half bad either.
2. Ricky Rubio - Memphis Grizzlies
The 18-year-old Spanish prodigy was first recognized in Beijing during the Olympics when he played for his country, Spain. The sensation only averaged five points a game, but led his team to the silver medal. His only fallout lies with his ability to shed his Spanish team. The Grizzlies are in dire need for someone to compliment O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay. The dynamic duo of Mayo and Gay can create a major fuss for teams, but with no one available to feed them the ball they are easily stopped.
3. Hasheem Thabeet - Oklahoma City Thunder
Thabeet could become an all star in no time with the Thunder. The Thunder are in need of a big man to command boards underneath the basket. Thabeet standing tall at 7'3" could be the perfect man for the job. Thabeet averaged four blocks and 10 boards per game for UConn last year and with that potential defensive production in mind, he could be just what the young team needs to get their feet off the ground.
4. Jrue Holiday - Sacramento Kings
The Kings NEED a point guard to help complete the team, but unfortunately they fall just shy of the Ricky Rubio sweepstakes. This brings up the age old question of drafting for needs or talent. The Kings could very well take Jordan Hill to solidify a strong front court with Hill and the team's center Spencer Hawes. But, if they draft for needs they should draft the next best point guard, Jrue Holiday out of UCLA. His ability to spread the ball around and his court vision make him the centerpiece of the Kings rebuilding project.
5. Jordan Hill - Washington Wizards
If the Kings pass on Jordan Hill, expect the Wizards to take him with the fifth pick. He is a strong power forward that the Wizards could use to replace an aging Antawn Jamison. This is the perfect scenario for the Wizards, who are also drawing interest from the Mavericks to trade away this pick for Josh Howard. The Wizards will however, probably not choose to trade the pick for Howard and will go for Hill almost instantly if he is available.