2009 NBA Mock Draft
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While he lacks ideal size, he is a big body to bang down low with Brook Lopez.
The Bobcats lack a pure shooting guard and they don’t have to go far add one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kings are fortunate again as SF James Johnson slides to them.
The Blazers are pretty well set Why not add a playmaker like Collison?
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.
Memphis falls for Young’s versatility.
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.
Summers rounds out the first round.