2009 NBA Mock Draft

May 21, 2009
This is my first 2009 NBA Mock Draft.  Click here for my latest 2009 NBA Mock Draft (6/24).

1.  Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin
This one is a no-brainer.  He oozes talent.  Even though they have Zach Randolph, Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman, and DeAndre Jordan, they will add another big.  Griffin is too good to pass up.

2.  Mempis Grizzlies – Jordan Hill
The popular pick is Point Guard Ricky Rubio, but Memphis has Mike Conley.  With O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay, they can’t move one to off-guard.  Thabeet doesn’t make sense because they have Marc Gasol at Center.  The logical choice becomes Hill to play Power Forward.

3.  Oklahoma City – Hasheem Thabeet
Rubio would again slide simply because there is no room for him.  Like Memphis, Oklahoma City is set with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Jeff Green.  Unless they can trade down they’ll take Thabeet, who will give them a game-changer on defense.  With the scorers they already have in place, this could end up being better than getting Griffin.

4.  Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio
Sacramento got screwed by the lottery system, which is totally flawed, but are happy to find Ricky Rubio fall into their laps.  He gives them a playmaker they have missed since Bibby left town. 

5. Washington Wizards – James Harden
The Wizards are much better than they played last year.  Adding a polished scorer like Harden to go along with Arenas (if he can ever get health), Butler, and Jamison makes perfect sense.
6.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Brandon Jennings
Forget about using Randy Foye at Point Guard.  Telfair still can’t shoot.  Adding a top notch Point Guard with crazy upside makes too much sense.  Thankfully Kevin McHale isn’t drafting or they’d take another undersized Shooting Guard.

7.  Golden State Warriors – Ty Lawson
I know he’s rated out much lower, but adding Lawson to a team that loves to get out and run makes too much sense.  He isn’t going to worry about his shots, instead getting the ball to the likes of Stephen Jackson, Monta Ellis, and company.  If he gets the minutes, he’ll be among the league leaders in steals.

8.  New York Knicks – Jonny Flynn
Flynn knows what it’s like to play on the big stage of Madison Square Garden.  He can get out and run, but has great vision.  Should be a great fit in the Knicks’ system. 
9.  Toronto Raptors – DeMar DeRozan
Toronto could use DeMar’s explosiveness and athleticism at SG/SF.  Jose Calderon would have a field day tossing alley-oops to him.

10.  Milwaulkee Bucks – Stephen Curry
Curry can flat out score.  He’s probably a tweener at the NBA level, but too talented to pass up. 

11.  New Jersey Nets – DeJuan Blair
While he lacks ideal size, he is a big body to bang down low with Brook Lopez. 
12.  Charlotte Bobcats – Wayne Ellington
The Bobcats lack a pure shooting guard and they don’t have to go far add one. 
13.  Indiana Pacers – Eric Maynor
The bigs in this draft aren’t great outside of the first couple, and the Pacers could use some help at Point Guard as Jamaal Tinsley’s days are likely numbered.

14.  Phoenix Suns – Earle Clark
The good Point Guards are gone so the Suns turn to a big SF who can make an immediate difference on D.

15.  Detroit Pistons –  Tyler Hansbrough
The Pistons need bigs badly.  In a normal draft, Hansbrough would probably slide further, but this draft is lacking in size.  Hansbrough is a tireless worker who seems to thrive when he’s disliked.  Sounds a little like Laimbeer.

16. Chicago Bulls – Tyreke Evans
Memphis was a good place to find last year’s top pick, why not go back for seconds.  Not a bad option if Ben Gordon walks.
17.  Philadelphia 76ers – Jeff Teague
The Sixers’ PG cupboard is bare, even if they are to re-sign Andre Miller making Teague an attractive pick.

18.  Minnesota Timberwolves – B.J. Mullens
The Wolves take a true Center that should allow them to slide Al Jefferson to the 4 at times when Kevin Love is out.  

19.  Atlanta Hawks – Patrick Mills
If Mike Bibby leaves, the Hawks would be left without a Point Guard.  Even if he does return, the Hawks could groom Mills to be his replacment.  Acie Law doesn’t appear to be the guy. 

20.  Utah Jazz – Gerald Henderson
The Jazz are pretty set, assuming Okur and Boozer are back.  They could use a solid Shooting Guard, and Henderson fits the bill.

21.  New Orleans Hornets – Chase Budinger
Chase gives them versatility as he can play the 2 or 3. 

22.  Dallas Mavericks – Jrue Holliday
If Kidd leaves and Terry slides to point, the Mavs will need a SG. At this point Holliday could be the best option.  He could log minutes at both guard positions.
23.  Sacramento Kings – James Johnson
The Kings are fortunate again as SF James Johnson slides to them.
24.  Portland Trail Blazers – Darren Collison
The Blazers are pretty well set  Why not add a playmaker like Collison?
25.  Oklahoma City – Gani Lawal
They added Thabeet earlier.  Adding Lawal would give them another big body.

26.  Chicago Bulls – Derrick Brown
They took a SG with their first pick and a SF with their second.

27.  Memphis – Sam Young
Memphis falls for Young’s versatility.
28.  Minnesota Timberwolves – Terrence Williams
The Wovles finish off a solid draft with a SG to go with the PG & C they took earlier.

29.  Los Angeles Lakers – Omri Casspri
Gives them another outside threat and they can afford to let him develop.

30.  Cleveland Cavaliers – DaJuan Summers
Summers rounds out the first round.
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31 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Brad
    May 21st, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    I’m hoping Jonny Flynn falls into the Hawk’s laps … though I seriously doubt hat will happen.

    I don’t know if Bibby will return, but you’re right … Law is definitely not the man to be his replacement. He’s a 8th-9th option off the bench at best.

  2. LestersLegends
    May 21st, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    Yeah, flynn isn’t going that far.

  3. Rad
    May 21st, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    If I can’t have Rubio and his crazy hair in the orange and blue, I guess Flynn will do. I think you and I are the only ones who see Rubio going to Sacramento, I don’t see why the Grizzlies would draft him with Mayo/Conley playing the point. Good stuff Les

  4. LestersLegends
    May 21st, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    Yeah, Rubio could be great, but doesn’t fill their needs.

  5. Rotoprofessor
    May 21st, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    You don’t think Stephen Curry could end up in NY? Seems like the perfect fit for that system.

  6. LestersLegends
    May 21st, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Rather pick a true point guard than a tweener

  7. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    May 21st, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    it is a weak draft class when a limited guy like Thabeet is so desired

    wish the Wiz got a higher pick

    Rubio would fill a big need…since there are no Centers in the draft…just a bunch of PF’s as the best available post guys…which is where the Wiz need help the most

  8. LestersLegends
    May 21st, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    The Wiz and Kings got screwed. Thabeet is not a #3 pick, but he’s a game changer on D.

  9. Greg
    May 27th, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    your mock is similar to mine. i especially love the Pistons pick! i’d go psycho crazy if psycho T landed in Detroit!!! also glad someone agrees with me about the Warriors and Ty Lawson!

  10. LestersLegends
    May 27th, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Hopefully great minds think alike. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. brad
    May 30th, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    im thinking the pacers get johnny flynn he wont go 8 he is going like 11-13 i think but i like where you put ricky rubio great job

  12. LestersLegends
    May 30th, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    you may be right. could be my cuse bias coming out.

  13. Craig
    June 4th, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    Terrernce Williams going that late? Wow, not sure about that one

  14. LestersLegends
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Maybe some wishful thinking from a Wolves fan.

  15. pacersfan
    June 4th, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    pacers have way to many PG’s, no way they pick up another. What they need is someone who can score big time, like Terrance Williams.

  16. LestersLegends
    June 4th, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    I hear ya.

  17. James
    June 5th, 2009 at 11:52 am #

    Nice draft! I had Jodi Meeks getting bumped up to the first round after the workouts, so we’ll have to see how it works out! http://www.collegehoopsvideo.com/2009/06/complete-2009-nba-mock-draft-rounds-1-and-2/

  18. LestersLegends
    June 5th, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Thanks. I was a little unsure whether or not he’d go back when I mocked this.

  19. James
    June 6th, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Yeah, I think only his dad really knows for now…if this year’s pool of talent wasn’t so thin, I think he’d definitely go back!

  20. 2009 NBA Mock Draft, Kentucky's Jodi Meeks | College Hoops Video
    June 9th, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    [...] Jodi Meeks is considered a bit short at 6′4″ to play the 2 guard role in the NBA, though the upside of his shooting ability and scoring instincts make him attractive for NBA teams to go ahead and take him in the 2009 NBA draft. Meeks is solid at 211 lbs, and has a solid frame to go with excellent 3 point and free throw shooting. On the down side, Jodi Meeks is only considered an average ball handler for the NBA and is criticized for being able to create separation with his defenders. Another knock on Jodi, is that he did not win at the college level, so his ability to be the difference maker for an NBA team has been put in question at times. He has been reported to be having good workouts for NBA teams, and the Detroit Pistons have expressed a potential interest in drafting Meeks with their first round pick. One consideration for Jodi Meeks is with the expected depth of the 2010 draft, should he just go ahead and take his chances this year while working on his ball handling and dribbling? With the talent coming in to Kentucky for the 2009-10 season, its doubtful he would get the touches to improve on his scoring average so Coach Cal can keep all of the 4 and 5 star prospects happy so his stock would have a potential to dip in the 2010 draft. The Detroit Pistons have expressed a potential interest in taking Meeks in the first round, and my guess is that we will see him stay in the 2009 NBA draft. [...]

  21. Shaun
    June 11th, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    Jrue Holliday is severely under-rated in your mock draft, I dont think he’ll drop that far. He suffered last year in UCLA’s system, but has immense athletic talent at both guard positions, and is extremely aggresive on defense. Jennings suffered overseas, which has hurt his stack, last year he was projected to be a top 3 pick. Henderson is a better pro prospect than Ellington, but Jordan is a terrible drafter and the tarheel connection is cult-like. Although this draft is considered weak, Scotty Reynolds withdrew his name and decided to return back to college, which is quite telling since the draft is loaded with back-court players. Meeks would have been a early second round at best. Evans could be Gerald Wilkins son, but could be rook of the year. Griffin will have a Mike Beasley type rookie year with the kings and Derozen might be best player in the draft.

  22. LestersLegends
    June 11th, 2009 at 7:30 am #

    I have a second one set to drop in about a half-hour. Jrue and Henderson both moved up.

  23. Jake
    June 12th, 2009 at 12:35 am #

    I hope the wolves front office agrees with you about the whole draft. Jennings for the most part, im HUGE on him

  24. LestersLegends
    June 12th, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    hard to say they actually have some new blood in there.

    June 15th, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Your order looks great to this bleeding purple Kings fan. Hope you are correct in your projections. Go Kings

  26. LestersLegends
    June 15th, 2009 at 7:49 pm #

    The Kings got ripped. Hope it works out for them. Some of the best fans in the NBA.

  27. cjozz
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    Come on now – Chris Camby – come on brother, its Marcus.

  28. LestersLegends
    June 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Brain freeze. Morphed him with Kaman.

  29. chuck
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    yo! who the hek did this mock draft. even i can predict a better draft than this dude. got about every pick wrong . I would even be suprise if they predicted the clippers to draft someone other than blake griffin. come on you can do better.

  30. chuck
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    yo! who the hek did this mock draft. even i can predict a better draft than this dude. got about every pick wrong . I would even be suprise if they predicted the clippers to draft someone other than blake griffin. come on you can do better.

  31. LestersLegends
    June 26th, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    The updated mock was better.

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