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2009 NBA Draft Prospects' Highlight Reel

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 21:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners follows through on his slam dunk over Laval Lucas-Perry #31 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 21, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
John LorgeSenior Writer IJune 19, 2009

With the 2009 NBA Draft less than a week away, you're probably buried in rumors and mock drafts. 

The teams aren't basing their picks on something they've read, however, it's what the prospects have done on the court that counts.

I've crawled through every procrastinators' best friend, YouTube, to find the best highlights from the best of the best in the 2009 NBA Draft. 

Click the links and enjoy.


Head of the Class


Call him a knucklehead but ever since Blake Griffin won the 2007 McDonald's Slam Dunk Contest, he hasn't stopped dunking on any and everyone in his way.

Some think Griffin may not go down as the best player in the 2009 class, however.  Get familiar with Spain's Ricky Rubio, he has a rare ability to make highlight passes again and again.

While acrobatic dunks and no-look passes bring the oohs and aahs, nothing brings down the house like an outright swat, enter Hasheem Thabeet.  He won't be dunked on and he can create highlights on the other side of the court.

Now that James Harden has proved he is big and athletic enough to be a star shooting guard in the NBA, teams can finally take his play for what it's worth—pure gold.

In the 2008 March Madness tournament, everyone fell in love with Stephen Curry, let me remind you why.

He was only a freshman this year, but Tyreke Evans opened some eyes filling Derrick Rose's shoes.


Flight School


Coolio once said, "You gotta gotta get up to get down" and that's exactly what Terrance Williams does on fast breaks, alley oops, and in traffic.

DeMar DeRozan is another former McDonald's Dunk Champ who took his high-flying game to USC for one year.

To dunk or not to dunk?  That is the question Gerald Henderson is asked every time he enters the lane, here's his answer.

Looking like a guard on the break, James Johnson represents on this fast break bang-out for the big men.

Not only is Chase Budinger nasty on the volleyball court but he also knows how to spike it on the hoops court.

At 24, he may be an old man compared to most prospects, but Sam Young still has young legs.

Sleeper picks Jermaine Taylor and Paul Harris can also throw down with the best of 'em.

And last but not least, everybody’s favorite Psycho, Tyler Hansbrough.



Point Gods

The European media can't get enough of Rubio, but Americans will enjoy the triple-threat ability of Brandon Jennings.  Most of his highlights are from high school, but you can't complain with a 42 point or 63 point effort at any level.

In possibly the thickest point guard draft ever, Jeff Teague holds his own with his amazing scoring ability.

Other prospects are bigger than Jonny Flynn, but none will outlast him.  Flynn has top-notch one-on-one ability and his 40-inch vert was head of the class.

A true champion, Ty Lawson has the grit and skills to get it done at the next level and he plays big in rivalry games.

Small school prospects can ball too, remember when Eric Maynor brought VCU to the forefront in March by putting on in the CAAs then the NCAAs?

Jrue Holiday didn't get much of the spotlight at UCLA this season but he has NBA game, and plays hard to the whistle.


Where Have All The Big Men Gone?


This 2009 class isn't the best for posts, but Jordan Hill is doing a good job of holding his own.

He's projected to fall out of the top 10, which could make the talented Earl Clark the steal of the 2009 NBA Draft.

B.J. Mullens is one of the most athletic 7' we've seen in a while.

If you have some dirty work that needs to be done, DeJuan Blair is your man.

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