Final Mock Draft 2009

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IJune 25, 2009

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the court after losing to 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. The Tar Heels defeated the Sooners 72-60 to advance to the Final Four.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

1. Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin (PF)

The ultra-athletic workhorse out of Oklahoma is sure to go at No. 1.

2. Memphis Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet (C)

Thabeet would give the Grizzlies a defensive presence at center for the next 10 years.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyreke Evans (PG/SG)

Evans could step in immediately as a force at shooting guard, while spelling Westbrook at point guard when necessary.

4. Sacramento Kings: Ricky Rubio (PG)

Rubio would provide the Kings with a franchise point guard.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves*: James Harden (SG)

Harden would give the Timberwolves the scoring that they desparately need.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Stephen Curry (PG)

Curry is a pin- point shooter and projects to be an excellent NBA point guard.

7. Golden State Warriors: Demar DeRozan (SG)

DeRozan would provide the Warriors with up-tempo scoring that should fit well into their offensive system.

8. New YorkKnicks: Jonny Flynn (PG)

Flynn would give the Knicks an ultra-athletic point guard who should immediately become a fan favorite.

9. Toronto Raptors: James Johnson (SF/PF)

Johnson a solid and versatile forward that should help solve the mess in Toronto.

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jordan Hill (PF)

Hill is an athletic power forward who can be considered a steal at No. 10.

11. New Jersey Nets: Terrence Williams (SG/SF)

Williams is essentially a point forward who should do wonders for the New Jersey offense.

12. Charlotte Bobcats: Tyler Hansbrough (PF)

At No. 12, Jordan will stick to his Tar heel roots and draft a fellow UNC alum.

13. Indiana Pacers: Ty Lawson (PG)

Lawson will give the Pacers an excellent point guard with great leadership skills on and off the floor.

14. Phoenix Suns: Earl Clark (SF/PF)

Earl Clark is an athletic and versatile forwarda perfect fit for the Phoenix system.

15. Detroit Pistons: B.J. Mullens (C)

Mullens would give the Pistons a presence at center and allow Wallace to move back to power forward.

16. Chicago Bulls: Sam Young (SF)

Young is a solid perimeter scorer who should provide immediate help to the Bulls.

17. Philadelphia 76ers: Brandon Jennings (PG)

Jennings was once predicted to be a top five draft pick, and if he proves his critics wrong, he will be an absolute steal for the 76ers.

18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jeff Teague (PG/SG)

Teague is a solid combo guard that should be a nice building block in the Minnesota.

19. Atlanta Hawks: Austin Daye (SF)

At 6’11", Daye is a raw but freakishly gifted small forward who could blossom into a star in Atlanta.

20. Utah Jazz: Taj Gibson (PF)

A solid player for a solid team.

21. New Orleans Hornets: Eric Maynor (PG)

Maynor would provide Paul with a very solid backup at the point guard position.

22. Dallas Mavericks: Dejuan Blair (PF)

Blair would provide the Mavericks with the toughness that they sorely need.

23. Sacramento Kings: DeMarre Carroll (SG)

A scorer for a team that needs as much of it as it can get.

24. PortlandTrailblazers: Darren Collison (PG)

Collison is a very solid point guard prospect, but needs time to develop.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder: Gerald Henderson (SG)

Very solid scorer who should add depth to this developing team.

26. Chicago Bulls: Chase Budinger (SG/SF)

More perimeter help for the Bulls.

27. Memphis Grizzlies: Jonas Jerebko (SF/PF)

The Grizzlies should look to take on more of a project with this pick.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rodrigue Beaubois (PG)

A foreign point guard who can potentially play overseas longer before joining the Wolves.

29. New York Knicks: Nick Calathes (PG)

A 6’6" point guard from Florida who can also potentially play overseas before joining team, thereby alleviating the Knicks of some salary cap space.

30. Cleveland Cavaliers: Omri Casspi (SF/PF)

Potential perimeter help for Lebron James.


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