2009 NBA Mock Draft #3

Jun 17, 2009


Here’s my third 2009 NBA Mock Draft.  Click here for my latest 2009 NBA Mock Draft (6/24).

1.  Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin
Blake is a lock for the #1 pick.
Previous pick:  Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin 

2.  Mempis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet
Thabeet’s defensive presence is too much for Memphis to pass up.  They are set at Guard already with Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo so drafting Rubio or Harden doesn’t make sense. 
Previous Pick:  Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet

3.  Oklahoma City – Jordan Hill
Hill is an athletic big man that should be able to get out an run with Westbrook, Durant, and Green.
Previous Pick:  Hasheem Thabeet, Jordan Hill

4.  Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio
The Kings need Rubio’s star power in the worst way.  Not to mention his ability to handle the rock.  He could help bring Kevin Martin to the next level.
Previous Pick:  Ricky Rubio, Ricky Rubio

5. Washington Wizards – James Harden
Harden’s smooth play should translate well with Jamison, Bulter, and company.
Previous Pick:  James Harden, James Harden

6.  Minnesota Timberwolves – DeMar DeRozan
Though a PG makes more sense, the Wolves need players who can play right away.  DeRozan’s athleticism should get him minutes right away at 2 or 3.  
Previous Pick: Brandon Jennings, Brandon Jennings 

7.  Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry
I keep changing my mind with Golden State’s intentions.  Curry’s stock rises again.  Curry and Ellis form an interchangeable backcourt.
Previous Pick:  Ty Lawson, Jrue Holliday

8.  New York Knicks – Brandon Jennings
Having missed out on Curry, the Knicks turn to a kid with the confidence to play PG in Madison Square Garden.  Let’s just hope he has the game to match. 
Previous Pick:  Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry

9.  Toronto Raptors – Tyreke Evans
Tyreke is a big climber as well.  He’ll look good alongside Jose Calderon in Toronto’s backcourt.
Previous Pick:  DeMar DeRozan, DeMar DeRozan

10.  Milwaulkee Bucks – Jrue Holliday
Jrue slides back a bit because of Evans’ leap, but remains in the top ten.  Gives the Bucks a solid PG if Ramon Sessions bolts. 
Previous Pick:  Stephen Curry, Jonny Flynn

11.  New Jersey Nets – Earl Clark
Concerns about Blair’s knees allow Clark to move up a few slots.  The athletic big man is a nice fit alongside Lopez.
Previous Pick: DeJuan Blair, DeJuan Blair

12.  Charlotte Bobcats – Gerald Henderson
Henderson is a good fit. Brings it on both ends of the floor.
Previous Pick:  Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson

13.  Indiana Pacers – Jonny Flynn
Flynn slides a bit to the Pacers.  Flynn can get up and go in a hurry.  Can penetrate and kick out to Granger.
Previous Pick:  Eric Maynor, Eric Maynor

14.  Phoenix Suns – James Johnson
With Clark gone, the Suns turn to another athletic forward in James Johnson.  Could be a poor man’s Shawn Marion.
Previous Pick:  Earl Clark, Earl Clark

15.  Detroit Pistons –  Tyler Hansbrough
I just like Hansbrough in this spot.  Tons of energy and toughness.
Previous Pick:  Tyler Hansbrough, Tyler Hansbrough

16. Chicago Bulls – DeJuan Blair
I had the Bulls going small in the first two mocks, but with Blair dropping a bit they add more size in the frontcourt.
Previous Pick:  Tyreke Evans, Tyreke Evans

17.  Philadelphia 76ers – Ty Lawson
Lawson would give Philly a ton of speed and should create havoc on defense.  
Previous Pick:  Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson

18.  Minnesota Timberwolves – B.J. Mullens
I wanted to go PG here, but the Wolves could use B.J.’s size taking some pressure off of Al Jefferson down low.
Previous Pick:  B.J. Mullens, B.J. Mullens

19.  Atlanta Hawks – Eric Maynor
Maynor gives the Hawks a true PG to step in when Bibby leaves.
Previous Pick: Patrick Mills, Jeff Teague

20.  Utah Jazz – Chase Budinger
Budinger gives the Jazz a solid Wing player that can stretch defenses with his outside shooting.
Previous Pick:  Gerald Henderson, Terrence Williams

21.  New Orleans Hornets – Jeff Teague
Teague gives the Hornets a solid backup to Chris Paul.  His versatility should allow him to slide into the 2-guard spot if needed.
Previous Pick:  Chase Budinger, Chase Budinger

22.  Dallas Mavericks – Darren Collison
Collison gives the Mavs a polished PG to follow Jason Kidd.
Previous Pick: Jrue Holliday, Darren Collison

23.  Sacramento Kings – Austin Daye
He will need time to develop.  The Kings aren’t going anywhere for a while so they have the time.
Previous Pick:  James Johnson, James Johnson

24.  Portland Trail Blazers – DaJuan Summers
Summers gives the Blazers an athletic Wing player.
Previous Pick:  Darren Collison, Austin Daye

25.  Oklahoma City – Sam Young
Sam gives them a wing who can score and defend.
Previous Pick:  Gani Lawal, Gani Lawal

26.  Chicago Bulls – Omri Casspri
I still like Casspri for the Bulls.  Gives them another outside threat.
Previous Pick: Derrick Brown, Omri Casspri

27.  Memphis – Taj Gibson
Gives them frontcourt depth.
Previous Selection:  Sam Young, Sam Young

28.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Patrick Mills
They took a Wing and a Big Man.  If they don’t trade away their any of their picks, they’ll likely grab a PG.  Mills could develop into a good one.
Previous Pick:  Terrence Williams, DaJuan Summers

29.  Los Angeles Lakers – Derrick Brown
With Odom likely gone, the Champs could use Brown to soften the blow.
Previous Pick:  Omri Casspri, Patrick Mills

30.  Cleveland Cavaliers – Wayne Ellington
The Cavs need someone who can score to help King James.
Previous Pick:  DaJuan Summers, Nick Calathes

Previous Mock Drafts
Mock Draft #1:  5/21/09
Mock Draft #2:  6/11/09


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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    June 17th, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    I know I said it before, but I agree that Curry will go to GS. Nelly likes small scorers, now he can combine Ellis and Curry to battle with Nate Robinson and Chris Duhon (I think Robinson will get some time at the 2 next year) for the NBA’s smallest backcourt.

    Lawson to Philly at 17?? I really like his game and his speed, I hope NY goes after him to push the tempo and play more D’Antoni ball.

    Keep up the good work Lester

  2. LestersLegends
    June 17th, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    thanks rad.

  3. David Funk
    June 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    I agree with your reasons on these picks. I think Oklahoma City is still in good position to get an athletic front court player like Jordan Hill since Griffin won’t be there.

    Rad makes a great point about Lawson because of the uptempo game that the Knicks have.

    Nice post!

  4. lbj23
    June 17th, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    These picks are on the money. The Knicks need a shooter more than anything else. They have a dynamo in Nate so there’s not a big need for Jennings or Flynn. Hopefully Curry can fall to NY.

  5. LestersLegends
    June 17th, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Don’t think Curry will fall to them.

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