NBA Mock Draft: First Five Players To Go off the Board

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 7, 2009

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners claps in the first half while taking on 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.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Alright, so since I am still very into the NBA Playoffs and all the festivities that they entail, but I have managed to post my top-five players to get off the board first.

Below is the list. Comment after and let me know what you think.

1. Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin (PF)

Clearly the best in this draft, Griffin is an extremely unique basketball player standing 6'10" and weighing around 250 pounds. He has the ability to attack the basket, hit the jumper, and slam the ball down on just about anybody in the league.

This dude has unlimited potential and can really become something amazing in the NBA. There is no doubt that he will be selected first pick.

2. Memphis Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet (C)

Yes, the Grizzlies have a 7'0" center in Marc Gasol, but a 7'3" center like Hasheem Thabeet does not come around very often. I expect Thabeet to come off of the bench and emerge as one of the top shot-blockers in the league. He is still extremely raw talent-wise and could become great if coached well enough.

Lots of rumors are circulating about Rubio not wanting to go to Memphis, but I think the Grizzlies would be better off with Thabeet anyway.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder: Ricky Rubio (PG)

Regardless if Rubio wants to be with this team or not, the Thunder will be obligated to draft him if he is still on the board by the third pick. If they can somehow work something out with the Euro, he can turn into their starting point guard, shifting Russell Westbrook to his original shooting guard position, Durant to the three, and Green to the four.

This would be an even more exciting team to watch, as the Thunder could turn into contenders in just a matter of seasons.

4. Sacramento Kings: Jrue Holiday (PG)

Since the Kings are in need of a point guard, this guy would be the perfect pick for them. He is only 18-years-old and really impressed teams in the draft during the NBA Combine.

Even though there are still other players that could be worth drafting ahead of Holiday (like James Harden, but he is a shooting guard and the Kings have Kevin Martin), he is the best point guard left on the board. I can see Holiday getting tons of playing time on a beat-up Kings team and improving into a solid all-around point guard in the years to come.

5. Washington Wizards: James Harden (SG)

I really think Harden would be an awesome fit in Washington. With him and Arenas in the frontcourt, this one-two punch could really help the Wizards win games next season.

At the young age of 19, Harden has serious potential to emerge as a top-15 scorer in the NBA in just a few seasons. Standing 6'5" and weighing around 220 pounds, he has the size and talent to be a future All Star in the league.


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