Well, it is almost showtime. This is my final guestimock up for the 2009 NBA Draft. Time to enjoy the thedraft. Best day of the year for Memphis fans until out pick is made.
1. Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin – The Clippers will simply have to be blown away by an offer
2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ricky Rubio – I will continue to be the last hold out that believes that the Grizzlies will do the right thing and pick the 2nd best player with the 2nd pick. It is really not hard to do. Only the Grizzlies can make the easy difficult.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder – Hasheem Thabeet – Well as soon as this pick is made, it will be hailed as the slickest move in draft history. Go figure.
4. Sacremento Kings – Jonny Flynn – Still not buying into them pairing Evans with Kevin Martin.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves – Stephen Curry – I think the T’Wolves increase their perimeter shooting to give Al Jefferson some space to operate.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves – Tyreke Evans – Should be a great compliment to Curry and Jefferson with his slashing ability.
7. Golden State Warriors -Jordan Hill – Regardless of what they say, I think they told Monta that they will not draft a guard this season.
8. New York Knicks – James Harden – New York gets a gift here supposedly but I am not a big Harden fan. Good value at 8 though.
9. Toronto Raptors – DeMar Derozan – Vince Carter II. Derozan is much tougher, physically and mentally.
10. Milwaukee Bucks – Jrue Holiday – Perfect point guard for Scott Skiles to groom in Milwaukee.
11. New Jersey Nets – DeJuan Blair – Nets go out on a limb that his knees will hold up for 82 games. Will probably put them into the playoffs if they keep Vinsanity.
12. Charlotte Bobcats – Terrence Williams – It seems like every year the Bobcats are plugged into the appropriate ACC product. Time for a change.
13. Indiana Pacers – James Johnson – Combo forward gives them a little of every thing.
14. Phoenix Suns – Earl Clark – Phoenix is rebuilding or not. Who knows? They like Clark, so that means Clark won’t be that good.
15. Detroit Pistons – Austin Daye – I guess they like chop sticks in the D. Daye and Prince are to good after pictures.
16. Chicago Bulls – Gerald Henderson – I don’t think this is a good fit next to Rose but I don’t get paid to make these decision.
17. Philadelphia 76ers – Tywon Lawson – Resigning Andre Miller for more than 1 or 2 seasons is probably not an option with Elton Brand’s contract on the books. Lawson will provide a good transition.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves - BJ Mullens – Good value reach for them to pair with Love and Jefferson.
19. Atlanta Hawks – Jeff Teague – He falls a little bit but he is very capable of coming in and contributing as a rookie.
20. Utah Jazz – Chase Budinger – Budinger gives the Jazz a hedge just in case Aston opts out of his deal. Good outside shooting in a fairly athletic body and with Deron Williams on the team, he will not be asked to create much for himself.
21. New Orleans Hornets - Marcus Thornton – Could be a good 6th man.
22.Portland Trailblazers - Omri Casspi – Might stay in Europe but really wants to be the first NBA player from Israel.
23. Sacremento Kings – Tyler Hansbrough – Kings make it 1-2 with players with good college cred. Hansbrough will make a decent 3rd big.
24. Dallas Mavericks – Jack McClinton – The new age Eddie House.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder – Wayne Ellington – Thunder gets a sniper off the bench.
26. Chicago Bulls – Sam Young – Should bring some toughness to the wing position.
27. Memphis Grizzlies – DeMarre Carroll – Supposedly they promised him. Usually they want promises from the Grizzlies not to draft them.
28. Minnesota Timberwolves – Eric Maynor – The free fall stops. Lack of size and athleticism overshadows production in big games.
29. Los Angeles Lakers – Taj Gibson – Can come in and be the 4th big in their deep rotation.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers – Jonas Jerebko – Good wing defender that can shoot with some range.