2009 NBA Draft First Round Results

Who Made The Best And Worst Picks This Year? Let Us Know. [NBA Draft Results]

6/25/09 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect



Here are the results for the 1st round of the 2009 NBA Draft:

1. Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin, F, Oklahoma
2. Memphis Grizzlies - Hasheem Thabeet, C, Connecticut
3. Oklahoma City Thunder - James Harden, G, Arizona State
4. Sacramento Kings - Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis
5. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Washington) - Ricky Rubio, G, Spain
6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Jonny Flynn, G, Syracuse
7. Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry, G, Davidson
8. New York Knicks - Jordan Hill, F, Arizona
9. Toronto Raptors - DeMar DeRozan, G, USC
10. Milwaukee Bucks - Brandon Jennings, G, Italy
11. New Jersey Nets - Terrence Williams, F, Louisville
12. Charlotte Bobcats - Gerald Henderson, G, Duke
13. Indiana Pacers - Tyler Hansbrough, F, North Carolina
14. Phoenix Suns - Earl Clark, F, Louisville
15. Detroit Pistons - Austin Daye, F, Gonzaga
16. Chicago Bulls - James Johnson, F, Wake Forest
17. Philadelphia 76ers - Jrue Holiday, G, UCLA
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami) - Ty Lawson, G, North Carolina
19. Atlanta Hawks - Jeff Teague, G, Wake Forest
20. Utah Jazz - Eric Maynor, G, VCU
21. New Orleans Hornets - Darren Collison, G, UCLA
22. Portland Trail Blazers (from Dallas) - Victor Claver, F, Spain
23. Sacramento Kings (from Houston) - Omri Casspi, F, Israel
24. Dallas Mavericks (from Portland) - BJ Mullens, C, Ohio State
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from San Antonio) - Rodrique Beaubois, G, Guadaloupe
26. Chicago Bulls (from Denver through Oklahoma City) - Taj Gibson, F, USC
27. Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando) - DeMarre Carroll, F, Missouri
28. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Boston) - Wayne Ellington, G, North Carolina
29. New York Knicks (from Los Angeles Lakers) - Toney Douglas, G, Florida State
30. Cleveland Cavaliers - Christian Eyenga, G/F, Congo

Which picks do you think were the best? Which were the worst? Leave your thoughts here.
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6/26/09   |   ipunki   |   91 respect

To everyone who said Harden wouldn't go in the top 5, read it and weep!!! Granted he didn't go #2 like I had thought, but he was pretty darn close!!!

6/26/09   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

The worst pick throughout the draft is easily Nick Calathis at any pick... this guy is barely college ready let alone NBA what are you thinking Minn?

6/26/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

As for worst Picks: ditto on B.J Mullens, a world of very raw talent but he might not be ready to be dominant force in the D-League let alone the NBA, Austin Daye will give the Detroit fans a chance to see the Bizarro World version of Prince, both lean, long, quick and talented, but one is a mental and physical battler and one is as soft as soggy biscuit dough, also Daye's 28" vertical is the worst in the entire drafts, another measure of his lack of lower body power.  Christian Eyenga is intriguing, a hyper-athletic slashing wing, but he was not always dominant in the 2nd Division, which is similar to the D-league, he might be a bigger Jeff Trapagnier in 2 years or he might be Courtney Lee, it's far too early to tell.

6/26/09   |   fiend_ga   |   16 respect

guylake wrote:
Spurs got a steal in Blair in the 2nd round, even with concerns about his knees. It's not as if he had major knee issues at Pitt; the ACL surgeries were in high school. I can see why he dropped  but this guy is late lottery level talent and the Spurs got him with the 37th pick overall. Steal.

I agree with you about Mr. Blair!  I though he was a mid first rounder.   He will do well with the Spurs.  He totally dominated the number #2 pic Thabeet in head to head battle.  Blair will be like a More athletic Malik Rose..... 

6/26/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

(Edited by elevenbravo138again)

First this draft that was not very deep with NBA-ready talent.  Many players got drafted on "potential" or are "projects" that have grow or to learn something or another to be an NBA-caliber player.  Most of them won't make much of a contribution to their teams for 2-3 years.  

That being said a very good move was getting Ellington a 6'4 1/4 202 pound Byron Scott type at #28 who is the 4th best pull up jump shooter, after Curry, McClinton and Meeks in the whole draft, Ellington like Harden has a mature game and is a better athlete than most know, he can be an 8th man off the bench who stretches defenses, he does struggle to create off the dribble and needs to be a tougher defender.

Time travel aficionados can save themselves some time and trouble, rather than transporting Dave Cowens and Wes Unseld from the past, you can watch Hansbrough and Blair and see how two great undersized pivots would have fared in the modern NBA.  The selection of DeJuan Blair makes so much sense on a few levels, the Spurs had some success with Malik Rose, a very similar player, his level of conditioning is let’s say less than elite but he fits a need in that he provides grit, rebounding and defense to a team that just added Jefferson who will allow Ginobili to go back to being the NBA’s best 6th man, if Blair continues to improve as a post passer, improves his low post repertoire, adds a baby hook as well as an up and under and learns to hit the 15-18  footer he can be a valuable part of the Spurs 2nd unit.

BUT- The steal of the night has to be Sam Young, a 6’6” 223 pound grown with 4.9% body fat, a man in all senses of the word.  Worried that he’s 24?!  Fine then don’t sign him to a 12 year deal!  He’s strong, mentally and physically, also tough, an impressive perimeter defender with a game that is 1/2 way between Jerome Kersey's and Mark Aguirre's, not as athletic as Kersey but a more diversified offensive player than Kersey was at the same point, not quite the pure natural scorer that Aguirre was, but a better athlete and defender with the best shot fake in the entire draft.  A steal!!

 

6/26/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

mk_donley wrote:
My best picks: Griffin and Thabeet are total no-brainers, and I'm surprised that Indiana picked Hansbrough I thought Hansbrough would've been higher than # 13 but that's me.
My worst pick: B.J. Mullins going to Dallas. Mullins is TOTALLY not ready, and he should've stayed in THE Ohio State U. for another year. As for my Cavs they picked who? Christian Eyenga from the Congo? Are you kidding me? WHO HE??? I wonder.......if Danny Ferry and Dan Gilbert are sitting in the deep deep dark dark back room smoking crack  when they made that pick? Hmmmmmmm I wonder.......

I was so relieved this morning when I saw that the Mavs traded BJ Mullins and got Rodrique Beaubois instead. He makes much more sense for the Mavs.

In the end, I doubt very many teams have immediate contributors from this draft. We'll know who did well in 3-4 years.

6/26/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
No they picked that guy because instead of paying 1st round money for the last pick of the first round, they took a guy that will stay overseas for another year or two and refine his game, then come over and join the Cavs. It is a very common practice with the Spurs doing it the most successfully with Ginobili and Parker.

Thanks I rest my case

6/26/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

Spurs got a steal in Blair in the 2nd round, even with concerns about his knees. It's not as if he had major knee issues at Pitt; the ACL surgeries were in high school. I can see why he dropped  but this guy is late lottery level talent and the Spurs got him with the 37th pick overall. Steal.

6/26/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

The biggest relief happened when Indiana took Hansbrough off the board at #13.  I guess the Bulls really liked him at #16.  Basketball nightmare avoided. 

6/26/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

mk_donley wrote:
My best picks: Griffin and Thabeet are total no-brainers, and I'm surprised that Indiana picked Hansbrough I thought Hansbrough would've been higher than # 13 but that's me.
My worst pick: B.J. Mullins going to Dallas. Mullins is TOTALLY not ready, and he should've stayed in THE Ohio State U. for another year. As for my Cavs they picked who? Christian Eyenga from the Congo? Are you kidding me? WHO HE??? I wonder.......if Danny Ferry and Dan Gilbert are sitting in the deep deep dark dark back room smoking crack  when they made that pick? Hmmmmmmm I wonder.......

No they picked that guy because instead of paying 1st round money for the last pick of the first round, they took a guy that will stay overseas for another year or two and refine his game, then come over and join the Cavs. It is a very common practice with the Spurs doing it the most successfully with Ginobili and Parker.

6/26/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

My best picks: Griffin and Thabeet are total no-brainers, and I'm surprised that Indiana picked Hansbrough I thought Hansbrough would've been higher than # 13 but that's me.
My worst pick: B.J. Mullins going to Dallas. Mullins is TOTALLY not ready, and he should've stayed in THE Ohio State U. for another year. As for my Cavs they picked who? Christian Eyenga from the Congo? Are you kidding me? WHO HE??? I wonder.......if Danny Ferry and Dan Gilbert are sitting in the deep deep dark dark back room smoking crack  when they made that pick? Hmmmmmmm I wonder.......

6/26/09   |   ruvian   |   17 respect

What is Minnesota doing with so many backcourt draft picks. All that basicly play the same position. Makes no sense.

6/25/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

Not a fan of the way these teams drafted.  I think there are plenty of solid rotation guys in this draft, but I'm not sure that they were picked by the right teams.  My favorite pick is James Johnson to Chicago.  Outside of that, I'm not overly impressed.

6/25/09   |   Scott   |   53585 respect

Outside of the top 5, I think the best picks were in the middle of the round.  I like Holliday by the 76ers, Teague by the Hawks, Collison by the Hornets and the Ty Lawson pick by the Wolves that will go to the Nuggets.

As for the worse picks, I wasnt a fan of of DeRozan at #9, Austin Daye had no business going #15 to the Pistons and I cant fathom why anybody would draft a player who started 2 games in college.  At least the Mavericks had the sense to ship the pick to Oklahoma after