In fewer than eight hours, the 2009 NBA Draft Will be here. So much action is going on now, as we just saw two trades—Shaq going to the Cavs and the T-Wolves trading up in picks for Mike Miller and Randy Foye.
Experts are calling this a weaker draft. Apparently, this draft will exceed most of the owners expectations. I, on the other hand disagree with that statement. I feel that even if you do have a later pick, you can still select a great player.
1. Clippers select Blake Griffin
Griffin proved himself last year. Griffin is clearly the best player in the NBA Draft this year. He has every little thing that could and will make him the one of the most dominant players this year, just look. He has size, power, and potential. If the Clippers do not select Blake Griffin, they should be gone from the NBA.
Blake Griffin, PF/C, 6-10, 250, Oklahoma, Sophomore, 22.7 ppg, 14.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 bpg, 65.4% FG
2. Grizzlies select Hasheem Thabeet
Late in the season Hasheem Thabeet showed the entire world how and why he was dominant. Thabeet's a shot-blocking defender who can add size, but not a ton of offense. He has limited basketball experience.
Thabeet will probably not be an impact at center when he joins the NBA, but he's the only true center to go after, since this pick could make or break the Grizzlies. Thabeet is still a great pick, though, because he is young and is great at getting back on defense.
Hasheem Thabeet, C, 7-3, 265, Connecticut, Junior, 13.6 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 4.2 bpg, 64.0% FG
3. Thunder select James Harden
Makes great sense here. The Thunder need a shooting guard. I don't see how Kyle Weaver is starting as it is. Also, the Thunder just drafted a great point guard who has tons of potential, and is already proving himself, Russell Westbrook.
That eliminates the possibility of Rubio, Curry, or Flynn. Harden is a bulldozer shooting guard who reminds most of Paul Pierce. Harden is a scorer, who isn't afraid to drive. I think he may have the best shot in the draft. Harden also seems to have a leader quality in him.
James Harden, SG, 6-5, 220, Arizona State, Sophomore, 20.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.7 spg, 48.9% FG, 35.6% 3FG
4. Kings select Ricky Rubio
Rubio is a young point guard who has made a splash, but unlike most of the draftees, he didn't play in the NCAA, he's international. Rubio has great passing skills.
Rubio has dominanted at his age, but he might have trouble adjusting to the "NBA Ready Mode". Ricky has a decent shot, which could be better. Most of the experts and insidehoops compares Rubio's play to "Pistol" Pete Mararvich.
Ricky Rubio, PG, 6-4, 180, International
5. Timberwolves select Stephen Curry
Curry was the best scorer in college. Curry is basically a scoring phenom who can shoot lights up from three, and can get points in no time. Curry is a scoring guard, and like many others in the draft isn't a true point guard.
When Curry is struggling, double teamed, etc. he can create and make things happen for other players. One question and thing that stopped Curry from going No. 1 in this draft was his size. Curry is very small, but I think he'll do well.
Stephen Curry, G, 6-3, 185, Davidson, Junior, 28.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.6 apg, 45.4% FG, 38.7% 3FG
Cudi - VSN Writer