Thursday, May 21, 2009

OFFICIAL NBA mock draft 2009

Longtime NBA draft guru, talent evaluator, recruiting analyst and hoop writer, Doug Ferguson of NBE breaks down the 2009 NBA Draft.

Big Ups to Ferg for his contribution and top-notch work.

1. LA Clippers- Blake Griffin/PF/6-10/Oklahoma Might not be the perfect pick but Clips can't pass up Griffin...

2. Grizzlies- Hasheem Thabeet/C/7-3/Connecticut/ Already enough scorers on a team who desperately needs D...

3. Thunder- Ricky Rubio/PG/6-2/Spain Thunder continues to build for the future w/ talented, bullet-quick spaniard...

4. Kings- Tyreke Evans/SG/6-6/Memphis Disappointed by not winning lottery, Kings take 08 McDonald's MVP...

5. Wizards- Brandon Jennings/PG/6-1/Italy Poor play in Europe won't stop Jennings from being 2nd PG picked...

6. T-Wolves- James Harden/SG/6-4/Arizona State T-Wolves try to complement their loaded front line...

7. Warriors- Jonny Flynn/PG/6-0/Syracuse/Comparison: Baron Davis
Flynn may have been fastest riser in the college postseason

8. Knicks- Stephen Curry/SG/6-3/Davidson/Comparison: Shorter Ray Allen
Fits in perfectly for D'Antoni's speedball attack because he knocks down shots

9. Raptors- Earl Clark/SF/6-9/Louisville/Comparison: Danny Granger

May one day have to replace Chris Bosh

10. Bucks- Eric Maynor/PG/6-1/VCU

Scott Skiles loves this playmaking point guard...

11. Nets- Gerald Henderson/SG/6-7/Duke

Skyrocketed to stardom as go-to-guy this year, athletic forward has good bloodline and NBA package...

12. Demar Derozan/SG/6-5/USC

Trojans need to add more scoring punch which DeRozan can do early, often, and with athleticism...

13. Pacers- BJ Mullens/C/7-1/Ohio State

Poor play at Ohio State makes him fall from top of lottery...

14. Suns- Jeff Teague/PG/6-2/Wake Forest

Suns looking to find an eventual replacement for Nash...

15. Pistons- Jordan Hill/PF/6-10/Arizona

Hill fits in with Michael Curry's system and builds frontcourt...

16. Bulls- Terrence Williams/SG/6-6/Louisville

Questions of Luol Deng's durability lead Bulls to find insurance...

17. Sixers- Ty Lawson/PG/6-0/North Carolina

Very late for first National Title winner to go and speed is unmatched...

18. T-Wolves- Jrue Holliday/SG/6-3/UCLA

Hoping for Holliday to develop into a point...

19. Hawks- Dajuan Blair/PF/6-8/Pitt

Hawks could go PG here but choose to add some much needed grade A beef...

20. Jazz- Wayne Ellington/SG/6-4/North Carolina

The Jazz need someone who can knock down shots and score buckets in clusters...

21. Hornets- Chase Budinger/SG/6-7/Arizona

Budinger gives Chris Paul someone to kick to on the wing...

22. Mavs- James Johnson/SF/6-9/Wake Forest

Very versatile forward will probably fall because of defensive woes...

23. Kings- Derrick Brown/SF/6-7/Xavier

After trading John Salmons the Kings get another athletic swingman...

24. Blazers- Darren Collison/PG/6-1/UCLA

A proven winner in college and Portland is a team in need of his court leadership...

25. Bobcats- Gani Lawal/PF/6-9/Georgia Tech

A big body on the floor much needed in Charlotte...

26. Bulls- Chris Johnson/C/6-11/LSU

Bulls want to stay young and athletic and add more size...

27. Grizzlies- Patty Mills/PG/5-11/St. Mary's

Just in case Mike Conley doesn't pan out, Mills is good value here...

28. T-Wolves- Sam Young/SF/6-6/Pitt

T-Wolves hope to maybe go 2 for 3 with their first round picks...

29. Lakers- Curtis Jerrells/PG/6-2/Baylor

Separated with Derrick Fisher at birth????

30. Cavs- Omri Casspi/SF/6-8/Israel

With Sczerbiak on his last leg they get a uber version of Wally's World