2009 NBA "Mock" Draft

The 2009 NBA Draft: The Way It Should Go

6/23/09 in NBA   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

There are plenty of mock drafts out there and as Chad Ford pointed out, most of them are useless.  So instead of trying to predict who teams will select, we'll go through the draft and pick who the teams should select.  Its obvious that a lot of GMs could use some help, so I will offer it.  And with the 1st pick...

1. Los Angeles Clippers select Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma
There aren't many no-brainers in this draft, but Blake Griffin is one of them.  He is about the only player in this draft who is guaranteed to at least produce a little bit.  He's going to create a big man logjam for the Clippers, but the Clips really don't need Marcus Camby or Zach Randolph.

2. Memphis Grizzlies select Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain
Most likely Memphis will pick Hasheem Thabeet, but that will be a mistake.  With Rubio, the Grizzlies will have a formidable nucleus for a running team.  O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay would become full blown stars with Rubio creating open shots and dunks for them.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder select Hasheem Thabeet, C, UCONN
The Thunder quietly have built one of the better young teams in the league with Russy Westrbook, Jeff Green, and of course Kevin Durant.  They are, however, missing defense and size. Thabeet gives them both of those and will be an important cog to their development.  This is about as good of a fit as possible for Thabeet.

4. Sacramento Kings select Jrue Holiday, PG, UCLA

This is where we see a severe drop-off in the draft.  Holiday has great potential and is a wonderful defender.  However, he was a big disappointment at UCLA and may have leveled off after high school.  He's a risky pick, but most of the guys in this draft are.

5. Washington Wizards select Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona
Hill averaged a double-double for the Wildcats last year and will give the Wizards an inside presence.  The Wizards are looking to trade this pick but unless Rubio somehow falls to #5 its hard to see them getting many bidders.  Hill was a later-bloomer in college, but was considered a top prospect coming out of high school.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves select James Harden, SG, Arizona St
Harden was probably the most underrated player in college basketball last year.  He is a very efficient and smart player and will give the Timberwolves a decent outside presence to complement both Al Jefferson and Kevin Love.

7. Golden State Warriors select Tyreke Evans, PG/SG, Memphis
Don Nelson loves combo guards and the athletic Evans tops this bunch in this draft class.  Evans is pretty much useless without the ball in his hands so in some ways is like Allen Iverson, however he is much taller and appears to have a more developed shot.  Evans could be the best player in this draft or end up as a bust.

8. New York Knicks select Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Davidson
If there is any system where a combo guard can survive, its in Mike D'Antoni's "7 seconds or less" offense.  Curry has been promised to be picked here by the Knicks if he is still available and will be an excellent complement to LeBron James when he shows up in 2010.

9. Toronto Raptors select Johnny Flynn, PG, Syracuse
The Raptors missed having T.J. Ford as Jose Caledron's backup last year and will be looking for his replacement in this draft.  Flynn is similar to Ford in that he is incredibily quick and is a great penetrator.  If Flynn can hit his outside shot, he's a defender's nightmare. 

10. Milwaukee Bucks select DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC
The Bucks are an awful franchise and are utterly hopeless.  They should re-sign Ramon Sessions and pick the best player available (in this case DeRozan, who has drawn some comparisons to Kobe Bryant), but will likely let budding star Sessions walk and draft a PG. 

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6/23/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Supposedly the T'Wolves will be getting the #5 pick from the Wizards (without giving up any of their 3 1st rounders).  That will certainly have a big impact on the draft.

6/23/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

I think this could be one of the most wide-open, unpredictable drafts in recent memory.     Could see a few trades, with teams trying to move into the Top 3 or 4 (to get Rubio or Thabeet), Top 10 (to get Evans, DeRozan, maybe Curry), or trading out all-together to clear cap space for next off-season (LBJ, D-Wade, Bosh, etc.).

Looking forward to it !

6/23/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

BluDevil wrote:

Yeah, I don't think Harden is top 10 talent either... I live in AZ, I get to see lots of ASU games and I just don't see it. I think he's closer to Mateen Cleaves, in the sense that he's peaked in college and really has no other place for his game to go in the pros. Obviously, he's a lot better than Mateen Cleaves, I'm just saying I think that Harden is like Cleaves in how his game will translate to the pro level.

Ricky Rubio #2? That will be *exactly* like Darko going #2 to Detroit. Total bust there.

Other than that I think this is a great look at the draft. I would think there is a small chance that Gerald Henderson could go in the top 10, especially if Golden State wants him at SG.

I could see Henderson being one of the Top 3 players from this draft in 2-3 years.............early mocks had him making it to Chicago at 16.....if so, Pax would take him in a heartbeat !!!     Here's to hope at least !

6/23/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Keeter wrote:
I dunno...I saw Harden play twice last year on TV, and was NOT impressed.    In each game, he disappeared, especially in the 2nd half.    I think he may be a decent-to-solid pro, but that's about it.     I would certainly take Evans or DeRozan instead of Harden.....but that's me.

OK, how about this for some trade talk - Chicago trades Hinrich and their 2nd 1st round pick to Minn for their 6th, and take Evans; we (Bulls) need some height in the backcourt.      Chicago may have to throw another play in there too, depending on salaries & such.     I'd like to see Evans in Chicago red !!

Yeah, I don't think Harden is top 10 talent either... I live in AZ, I get to see lots of ASU games and I just don't see it. I think he's closer to Mateen Cleaves, in the sense that he's peaked in college and really has no other place for his game to go in the pros. Obviously, he's a lot better than Mateen Cleaves, I'm just saying I think that Harden is like Cleaves in how his game will translate to the pro level.

Ricky Rubio #2? That will be *exactly* like Darko going #2 to Detroit. Total bust there.

Other than that I think this is a great look at the draft. I would think there is a small chance that Gerald Henderson could go in the top 10, especially if Golden State wants him at SG.

6/23/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

I dunno...I saw Harden play twice last year on TV, and was NOT impressed.    In each game, he disappeared, especially in the 2nd half.    I think he may be a decent-to-solid pro, but that's about it.     I would certainly take Evans or DeRozan instead of Harden.....but that's me.

OK, how about this for some trade talk - Chicago trades Hinrich and their 2nd 1st round pick to Minn for their 6th, and take Evans; we (Bulls) need some height in the backcourt.      Chicago may have to throw another play in there too, depending on salaries & such.     I'd like to see Evans in Chicago red !!

6/23/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Good stuff.  I would like to see the Bulls improve their frontline by taking the guy from Wake. 

6/23/09   |   ojekeme1   |   600 respect

Good post; but, if the draft were an exact science then there wouldn't be a single 'D-League' player in the NBA.

6/23/09   |   ary201   |   213 respect

I hope the Mavs don't have to settle for Collison. He's small and we already have a tiny underachieving PG. We need size and athleticism at the 2 or 3. (because center is not one of the "strengths" of this draft)

6/23/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Nice write-up Mike, I agree with a lot of what you said in terms of needs, fits, etc.  Although I think it was a mistake for him to come out after missing a great part of last season, my sleeper pick is Patty Mills, PG out of Saint Mary's college.  He is definitely the quickest player in the draft, and in a system like Phoenix, Golden State, or New York, he could really do some things.  And I agree with the Lakers selecting someone foreign, since with the cap/luxury tax threshold, they wouldn't have to pay them for a year or two in the future.

6/23/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

What's hilarious to me is how so many NBA GMs are quite clueless. In most other jobs, you'd be fired instantly for some of these decisions. In the NBA, you can hang for years despite killing your franchise, see Elgin Baylor, Kevin McHale.

6/23/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

I think there will be draft day trades but if things stay as they are, I don;t see The Bullets, er Wizards, passing on Harden. Yes, they need size but they also need a reliable scorer a the two. Besides if Jordan Hill is off the board, how will Nellie and Riley keep their promise to Monta Ellis that they wouldn't draft a point guard?

6/23/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

aos035 wrote:
#2 Tyler Hansbourou

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6/23/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

#2 Tyler Hansbourou

6/23/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 great article - thanks for posting. I think if the Thunder add a strong center they should be very dangerous this coming year.