2009 NBA Mock Draft #2
1. Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin
Nothing has changed here.
2. Mempis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet
The Grizzlies have a Center in Marc Gasol, but as I said in the first mock, Thabeet is a game-changer on defense. It would be better to slide Gasol to the 4 or bring him off the bench to give them some toughness on the defensive end of the floor.
Previous Pick: Jordan Hill
3. Oklahoma City – Jordan Hill
With their stars on offense, it would have been nice to see Thabeet wind up in OKC. This draft is short on bigs and Hill is the best available.
Previous Pick: Hasheem Thabeet
4. Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio
I know that everyone has Rubio going earlier, but to me it wouldn’t make sense for Memphis or OKC to take a PG when they have young ones already. It just makes sense to me that the Kings get Rubio.
Previous Pick: Ricky Rubio
5. Washington Wizards – James Harden
No change here. Harden is NBA ready and could help immediately on a NBA Playoff caliber team.
Previous Pick: James Harden
6. Minnesota Timberwolves – Brandon Jennings
Most have the Wolves taking a wing player, but that isn’t a primary need. They need a PG and a C most of all. There isn’t a C worthy of the sixth pick, so they go with a PG with a high ceiling.
Previous Pick: Brandon Jennings
7. Golden State Warriors – Jrue Holliday
While I think Lawson would be fun in Nellie’s system, I think a PG with more size makes more sense. Monta could move to the 2, which is a better fit.
Previous Pick: Ty Lawson
8. New York Knicks – Stephen Curry
Curry can flat out shoot and is a good fit for Mike D’Antoni’s system. Knick fans may revolt if they went elsewhere.
Previous Pick: Jonny Flynn
9. Toronto Raptors – DeMar DeRozan
Still a great fit for the Raptors. A Wing with off the charts athleticism.
10. Milwaulkee Bucks – Jonny Flynn
If they can lock up Ramon Sessions, they will go in a different direction, but if they lose him, Flynn will be a nice replacement.
Previous Pick: Stephen Curry
11. New Jersey Nets – DeJuan Blair
The Nets stick with the stout PF from Pitt.
Previous Pick: DeJuan Blair
12. Charlotte Bobcats – Gerald Henderson
UNC fans aren’t going to like my flip-flop here as I swap out a Ellington for Henderson.
Previous Pick: Wayne Ellington
13. Indiana Pacers – Eric Maynor
This pick depends on what they decide to do with Jarrett Jack, but as much as I tried to find someone else for the Pacers to take, I ended up back with Maynor. He can create for others and has good range.
Previous Pick: Eric Maynor
14. Phoenix Suns – Earle Clark
James Johnson seems to be the trendy pick, but I like the defensive presence Clark brings.
Previous Pick: Earle Clark
15. Detroit Pistons – Tyler Hansbrough
Endless energy, willing to do the little things, ready to contribute right away.
Previous Pick: Tyler Hansbrough
16. Chicago Bulls – Tyreke Evans
Could go much sooner, but if he sticks around, the Bulls will nab him.
Previous Pick: Tyreke Evans
17. Philadelphia 76ers – Ty Lawson
The Sixers grab the speedy Lawson. He gives them tons of speed and a floor leader. .
Previous Pick: Jeff Teague
18. Minnesota Timberwolves – B.J. Mullens
The Wolves still need that Big Man.
Previous Pick: B.J. Mullens
19. Atlanta Hawks – Jeff Teague
Teague may not be a true PG, but with Joe Johnson on board, he doesn’t need to be.
Previous Pick: Patrick Mills
20. Utah Jazz – Terrence Williams
Williams can do a bit of everything, which will fit Jerry Sloan’s plans nicely.
Previous Pick: Gerald Henderson
21. New Orleans Hornets – Chase Budinger
Chase can play either Wing position, and should be deadly knocking down 3′s from CP3′s dishes.
Previous Pick: Chase Budinger
22. Dallas Mavericks – Darren Collison
Collison gives the Mavs a polished PG to follow Jason Kidd.
Previous Pick: Jrue Holliday
23. Sacramento Kings – James Johnson
James Johnson still seems like a good fit to me.
Previous Pick: James Johnson
24. Portland Trail Blazers – Austin Daye
The Blazers are pretty set so why not go with best available and allow Daye to develop his game.
Previous Pick: Darren Collison
25. Oklahoma City – Gani Lawal
Lawal gives OKC another banger.
Previous Pick: Gani Lawal
26. Chicago Bulls – Omri Casspri
The Bulls have the luxury of selecting a talented Wing player and allowing him to develop.
Previous Pick: Derrick Brown
27. Memphis – Sam Young
Still looks like a good fit with the Grizzlies.
Previous Pick: Sam Young
28. Minnesota Timberwolves – DaJuan Summers
I don’t see Corey Brewer cutting it so the Wolves add the athletic Summers to challenge Ryan Gomes for the 3 spot.
Previous Pick: Terrence Williams
29. Los Angeles Lakers – Patrick Mills
The Lakers need to upgrade their PG situation. Mills could develop into a solid one.
Previous Pick: Omri Casspri
30. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nick Calathes
The Cavs need a lot to keep LBJ in Cleveland. Calathes will help LeBron by creating for others, taking some of that burden away.
Previous Pick: DaJuan Summers
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