One Final Mock Draft of the 2009 NBA Lottery Picks
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It's been a brutal two week stretch for sports, hence the lack of articles. But since the NBA draft is two days away, I'll give you my Lottery Mock draft for this year. By the way, these picks are who I THINK the teams will take. Not who they should take.
Alright, let's get started.
Disclaimer: I have a man-crush on Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry. Just wanted to give you guys a heads up.
1. LA Clippers - Blake Griffin F/Oklahoma
Its almost way too obvious, to the point at which the Clippers have already said that they are taking Blake Griffin. However, (I'll be in the minority here) I am not sold on Blake Griffin's immediate impact in this league.
This is not the Big 12. Every night Griffin is going to play against guys who will be physical with him, and without a legitimate jump shot, I do not see the immediate impact.
2. Memphis Grizzlies - Hasheem Thabeet C/UCONN
Wow, what a mess Memphis is. It's really a shame, because they could have a decent fan base. However, if they take Thabeet, they'll have a Mayo, Gay, Thabeet core. Which is not terrible. I guess...
3. Oklahoma City - Ricky Rubio G/Spain
My favorite team for next year, already. I was so torn on this pick because everyone is saying that they are going to take James Harden, but they have to be completely insane not to take Ricky Rubio.
The other name I have for this team is Stephen Curry. Could you imagine a Rubio/Curry, Westbrook, Durant, Green, Krstic starting lineup? I'm calling shotty on them in NBA 2K10 right now.
4. Sacramento Kings - James Harden G/Arizona State
Sacramento needs any sort of help. They were the worst team in the NBA, and you can expect that again next year. At least Harden will provide some excitement on that team.
5. Washington Wizards - Jordan Hill F/Arizona
Washington almost has to take Jordan Hill out of necessity. He's the best big left on the board, and the Wizards need some kind of presence inside.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Tyreke Evans G/Memphis
Another player who left too early. There seems to be a lot of these guys lately.
Evans has the ability to be a decent scorer, but I am just not sold on his readiness to help the T-Wolves now.
7. Golden State Warriors - Brandon Jennings G/Italy
God, I loved this kid in the McDonald's All-American game two years ago. Then he decided he did not want to take Final Exams and then went to play in Italy.
Now we see him back in the draft. If Jennings falls to Don Nelson at seven, I don't even think that David Stern will have to leave the podium. The pick will be in, in about three seconds.
8. New York Knicks - Stephen Curry G/Davidson
My favorite player in the draft. He has that IT factor that you cannot measure.
He's the best shooter of the past 15 years, hands down. I said he would be a Knick last year, and I feel like David Stern will make sure that the Knicks get Steph Curry somehow.
Imagine, LeBron/Bosh in 2010 with Curry. I'm giddy.
9. Toronto Raptors - Demar DeRozan G/USC
The Raptors need guard help—terribly. At this point, any guard would work for the Raptors. However, considering that they have a decent PG right now, they try their luck at DeRozan from USC.
10. Milwaukee Bucks - Jru Holiday G/UCLA
Milwaukee needs a PG to lead their team. Actually I shouldn't say team, because I don't even know what they are after trading their best player.
11. New Jersey Nets - Terrence Williams G/F Lousiville
Love Williams from Lousville. The Nets have a PG and Big, so they need a swing man opposite of Vince Carter. Terrence Williams would learn under Vince Carter because I'm pretty sure Yi Janlian is not panning out.
12. Charlotte Bobcats - Gerald Henderson G/F Duke
Henderson broke out this year as a legitimate wing threat—just what the Bobcats need. The Bobcats are going to make the playoffs next year. Mark it down.
13. Indiana Pacers - Jonny Flynn G/Syracuse
No-brainer for Indiana. If Flynn falls this far, he's the easy pick. Flynn will end up being one of the best six guys taken in this draft. Mark that down, too, while your at it.
14. Phoenix Suns - Ty Lawson G/UNC
Very sketchy pick from a fan standpoint, but think about it. How many years does Nash have left to play? In Phoenix? One, maybe Two?
So you get Ty Lawson in to learn as much as he can about playing PG in the NBA from one of the best five PGs of all time.
Enjoy the weekend. I'm sure I'll be back when something crazy happens in the draft Thursday!
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