2009 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Shady BotrosAnalyst IJune 7, 2009

1. Los Angeles Clippers- Blake Griffin

Who else the consensus No. 1 overall pick, Griffin is extremely athletic has a great work ethic, extremely creative at getting to the rim, however lacks a jump shot, expect that to develop over the years. Expect the Clippers to try to get rid of Zach Randolph ad his contract.  

2. Memphis Grizzlies- Hasheem Thabeet

Obviously we have all heard the Mutumbo comparisons. Thabeet can come into the NBA and be a defensive presence immediately, he is seven feet and he changes the game defensively; however, offensively, he still has ways to go and lacks a go to post move, very raw but the Grizzlies need height and Thabeet will be the pick at No. 2, although they give Rubio a long hard look.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder-Ricky Rubio

Rubio is the best point guard in this year’s draft period. A great distributor, the whole package, great court vision, reminds me of a younger Steve Nash with a better defensive game. Expect Russell Westbrook to move to shooting guard and Oklahoma City will have a nice core of young players with Durant, Rubio, Westbrook and Jeff green.

4. Sacramento Kings- Jrue Holliday

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Obviously, the big losers of the lottery, a bit of a surprise, but remember when the Kings were a contender; Jason Williams was the point guard and the Kings think they can get a point guard who will rejuvenate the franchise.

Coming out of high school Holliday was expected to be one of the top freshmen, but he had a disappointing season at UCLA, Holliday is an enigma, and very gifted.

He is long and athletic and impressed scouts with a nice touch at the combine in Chicago; however, Holliday did not play his true position at UCLA, scouts believe Holliday can be great due to his upside and in a weak draft the fourth pick is as good as the 10th pick so you go on upside from here on out.

However, expect the Kings to look at Jordan Hill, Brandon Jennings, and Tyreke Evans.

5. Washington Wizards-James Harden

Harden proved to be an elite scorer at Arizona State, extremely NBA ready due to his size (6'5" 225) and can be an elite shooting guard. Harden is s true playmaker and can take over the game.

Although Harden had a less than stellar tournament, however he would be a great fit with the Washington Wizards under new head coach Flip Saunders and would fit well with the Arenas, Butler and Jamison. Expect this southpaw to be among the rookie leaders in scoring.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves- DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan has great size for a 2 guard and has even drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant; DeRozan is not a great defensive player but a great mid range jumper. DeRozan is a shaky ball handler but expect him to fit in Minnesota with young players like Randy Foye and a future all star frontcourt with Al Jefferson and Kevin Love.

7. Golden State Warriors- Johnny Flynn

Flynn has completely shot up the boards from being a mid first rounder to a sure top ten pick. Scouts worry about his size but he did reach six feet at the combine.

8. New York Knicks- Stephon Curry

Donnie Walsh has publicly expressed that he would take Curry no matter what. At worst he becomes a three point shooter off the bench, Curry can shoot his behind off and proved he can play the point last season at Davidson. Plus New York is a perfect place for a guy like Curry.

9. Toronto Raptors- Tyreke Evans

The get a two guard who is a great ball handler, Evans has a great wingspan and has progressed on his jumpshot.

10. Milwaukee Bucks- Jordan Hill

At 6'10" Hill has perfect size to play power forward. Hill has a great left shoulder hook shot that is dangerous in the post; Charlie Villanueva looks like he is leaving Milwaukee, the Bucks end up taking the best player on the board.

11. New Jersey Nets- DeJuan Blair

Blair may be a little undersized, but he makes up for his size with his fearless rebounding abilities, and his toughness.

12. Charlotte Bobcats- Gerald Henderson

Henderson is a very streaky shooter, the true definition of hot and cold. However when he is hot it was almost impossible to stop. The Bobcats get a nice two guard to play alongside DJ Augustine.

13. Indiana Pacers- Brandon Jennings

The Pacers need a point guard and they take the dark horse of this draft Brandon Jennings. Jennings in my mind is the best point guard not named Rick Rubio and the Pacers end up getting great value.

14. Phoenix Suns- Earl Clark

The Suns need a power forward and all signs point to Amare being moved and the Suns going into a rebuilding project.

15. Detroit Pistons- BJ Mullens

Detroit pills a surprise and they take the seven footer from Ohio State, many people would have them taking Austin Daye but they take a center as Rasheed Wallace looks like he is not coming back. They take a young center as they are determined to sign Carlos Boozer in free agency.

16. Chicago Bulls- Austin Daye

The Bulls are extremely happy that Daye fell to 16, Daye is 6'10" and has improved his jumper, he can be a matchup nightmare, however they give James Johnson a look.

17. Philadelphia 76ers- Ty Lawson

The 76ers need a point guard and Andre Miller may be departing through free agency, they have to make the tough decision between Maynor and Teague, and Lawson (assuming Teague stays in the draft) the Sixers get Lawson, Lawson is undersized but he can shoot the ball, Lawson is an undersized guy who is lighting quick and can get o the lien, kind of like another point guard who played in Philly.

18. Minnesota Timberwolves-Chase Budinger

Budinger has been thought of as a lottery pick but his work ethic is questionable, at this point teams take the best player on the board.

19. Atlanta Hawks- Jeff Teague

The Hawks have not picked particularly well at this position; they took Acie Law a few years back when Rodney Stuckey was still on the board. They take Teague and get their point guard for the future to go along with the young core of players they have.

20. Utah Jazz- James Johnson

Johnson slips to 20 and the Jazz get a rare hybrid that can play the 3 and the 4.

21. New Orleans Hornets- Terrence Williams

Williams is a nice defensive player, however is inconsistent, however the Hornets get a nice player who can be a whole lot better playing alongside Chris Paul.

22. Dallas Mavericks- Eric Maynor

Mark Cuban is still kicking himself over trading Devin Harris, now he has to draft a point guard with Jason Kidd departing, Maynor is a great offensive point guard who can shoot and distribute. The most underrated player in this draft and the top senior in this draft.

23. Sacramento Kings- DaJuan Summers

Summers will be a nice player to go alongside Kevin Martin

24. Portland Trailblazers- Darren Collison

Collison is an experienced point guard who will fit in nicely with the young Blazers squad.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tyler Hansbrough

Hansbrough falls to the Thunder; he has a great work ethic and is a great fouls shooter. Expect Hansbrough to have a major chip on his shoulder.

26. Chicago Bulls- Sam Young

Young will be a nice wing player who can score at will; he will fit in perfectly with the Bulls.

27. Memphis Grizzlies- Gani Lawal

The Grizzlies get a nice shot blocker Lawal, who is one of the better defensive players in this draft.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves- Patrick Mills

The Wolves take a the young point guard from Saint Mary’s. Although Mills is undersized, he is a great scorer.

29. Los Angeles Lakers-Toney Douglas

Douglas may not be a true point guard, but it looks like Derek Fisher may be retiring the Lakers would be happy with Douglas.

30. Cleveland Cavaliers- Demare Carroll

Cleveland lacks a dominant front-line and it showed when they could not stop Dwight Howard, if they can develop Carroll he will be a nice defensive player.