2009 NBA Draft: The Star, The Bust, and The Sleeper

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 20, 2009

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs out to the court before taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional Final at the FedExForum on March 29, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Since Draft day is quickly approaching, I decided to write an article on three predictions.

These picks are totally my opinion and will ultimately predict three different players out of the draft that will become a star, a bust, and a sleeper in the NBA.


The Star

Blake Griffin - PF, LAC

Griffin has the height, weight, and talent to succeed in the league. With his tremendous ability to attack the basket and his outstanding leadership skills that he so greatly possesses, Griffin will become a star in the NBA in no time.

Griffin has added a nice shooting touch to his arsenal, resembling a type of shot like the great Tim Duncan. He also has an above average eye on the court and can deliver the ball on point to any teammate on the floor.

During Griffin's entire career, he will be looked at as a superstar and rightfully so. After being drafted first pick of the draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, fans will begin to believe in Mr.Griffin.


The Bust

Ricky Rubio - PG, OKC?

Bash me for this one, but from the many signs of things, Rubio looks to be just another extremely hyped up European bust. At the tender age of just 18, he does not have the size to bully any point-guards defending him. Rubio's jump shot is nothing more than mediocre and he has already battled a few injuries throughout his career.

Rubio has stated that he could remain overseas if he is not drafted by a team that he likes and currently has not worked out for any organization thus far.

Although the young man has incredible upside to become a top tier point guard in the NBA, as of right now it just does not look good for the Spaniard.

If he cannot adjust to the American world and the NBA, this hyped up dude will become nothing more than a BUST.


The Sleeper

Patrick Mills - PG, SA?

Patrick Mills is a six foot point-guard that averaged 18.4 PPG during his sophomore season on the Saint Mary's Gaels.

Well poised and with an outstanding basketball IQ, Mills has the rare talent to really become a great success in the NBA. He is currently projected to be drafted during the second round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.

Mills has the speed, the vision, the consistent jump shot, and the Australian accent to excel in the league and ultimately is the official sleeper during the 2009 NBA Draft. Watch out for Mr.Mills!