This year's draft is going to be one of the hardest to gauge, due to the various talented guards that are to be taken in lottery. This is my version of how the draft is going to go:
1. Clippers: Blake Griffin, F
Griffin is the only obvious choice in this draft at No. 1. He is by far the best player in the draft due to his size and scoring and rebounding abilities.
2. Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet, C
Although I don't think Thabeet will develop into a great player, his potential for immediate impact defensively is through the roof. The Grizzlies have a solid amount of guards, which include Mike Conley (drafted in 2007) and O.J. Mayo (drafted in 2008). The Grizzlies are also in need of a defensive force, which is just what Thabeet brings to the table.
3. Thunder: James Harden, G
Even with Ricky Rubio available here to be selected, the Thunder will get a stud who will provide scoring from day one. Harden is ready to make a veteran-like impact. Plus, the Thunder took their point guard of the future last year by selecting Russell Westbrook No. 4 overall.
4. Kings: Ricky Rubio, G
This will be a dream come true if Rubio falls into the Kings' hands. Beno Udrih and Rashad McCants just aren't enough at the point, and Rubio would fit in perfectly feeding Kevin Martin the ball.
5. Timberwolves: Tyreke Evans, G
If Evans is available here, it will be impossible for the Wolves to pass him up. At 6'6", Evans has the body of a small forward but can play either of the two guard positions. With Randy Foye and Mike Miller now in Washington, Evans will likely be put into the starting position right out of the gate at the point for the T'Wolves.
6. Timberwolves: Jonny Flynn, G
Face it, Sebastian Telfair isn't going to live up to his original expectations, and the Wolves would get two very talented guards that can be thrust into the starting lineup immediately.
7. Warriors: Demar DeRozan, F
Although the Warriors could use a point guard, I don't see them passing up on DeRozan due to his size and scoring ability.
8. Knicks: Stephen Curry, G
The Knicks are in love with this guy and they need a backup for Chris Duhon, who struggled the second half of last season.
9. Raptors: Brandon Jennings, G
It's safe to say that Jose Calderon won't be the answer forever, so Jennings is a good fit here. I don't see Jrue Holiday being taken quite yet, as he is still too fresh and unripe to be taken in the top 10.
10. Bucks: Jrue Holiday, G
The Bucks' current point guard, Ramon Sessions, doesn't have a useful back-up as of right now, and Holiday would be able to fill that role.
11. Nets: Terrence Williams, G-F
The Nets have a good squad of big men and a solid back-court that includes breakout player Devin Harris and newly acquired players Rafer Alston and Courtney lee. This leaves a need at small-forward, in which Williams is pretty much the only lottery-value small-forward at this point in a draft where small forwards are almost non-existent. Rumor is that the Bulls are to trade their No. 16 and 26 picks for this one to snag Williams.
12. Bobcats: Jordan Hill, F
The Wizards' trade of their No. 5 pick will allow Hill to fall all the way down to the Bobcats at No. 12. The Bobcats selected a guard for the future last season, taking D.J. Augustin No. 9 overall. Support can be used at the power forward position, and Hill is the answer. He will provide toughness and take the pressure off of Emeka Okafor with his work in the paint.
13. Pacers: DeJuan Blair, F
The Pacers have a plethora of guards in Marquis Daniels, Jamaal Tinsley, Brandon Rush, Jarrett Jack, and T.J. Ford, so it will be tough to see them taking yet another guard here. Blair, although undersized, will provide offense in the paint for the Pacers, which is something they definitely lack.
14. Suns: Earl Cark, F
It wouldn't be a surprise if a guard such as Ty Lawson or Jeff Teague is selected here due to current point guard Steve Nash's age. But word is that this pick will either be Clark or Austin Daye, and Clark has more potential which leads me to believe he will be selected here. Clark will learn a lot from Phoenix's savvy veteran forwards.
*All picks beyond this point will not contain an explanation
15. Pistons: James Johnson, F
16. Bulls: B.J. Mullens, C
17. Sixers: Jeff Teague, G
18. Timberwolves: Gerald Henderson, G
19. Hawks: Tyler Hansbrough, F
20. Jazz: Omri Casspi, F
21. Hornets: Ty Lawson, G
22. Mavericks: Eric Maynor, G
23. Kings: Sam Young, G-F
24. Trailblazers: Darren Collison , G
25. Thunder: Chase Budinger, G
26. Bulls: Wayne Ellington, G
27. Grizzlies: Nick Calathes, G
28. Timberwolves: Jonas Jerebko, F
29. Lakers: Rodrigue Beaubois, G
30. Cavaliers: Taj Gibson, F
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