2009 NBA Mock Draft

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Eight days until the NBA Draft, and our very own David Kay has made some major changes to his mock draft.

1. L.A. ClippersBlake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.
Poor Blake Griffin.  This has to be the worst case scenario for him.  The Clips are a destination where players just do not thrive.  They already have some talented big man in Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby, and Zach Randolph.  Maybe Griffin can be the spark and hard worker the Clipper franchise has been longing for for the past decade-plus.
Think: Amare Stoudamire

2. MemphisHasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.
Since it looks like the Grizzlies are going to hang onto this pick, Thabeet is the best option.  Memphis needs a defensive presence in the middle to compliment their young talent on the wing.  I still maintain that Rubio is the better long term prospect, but it appears the Spanish sensation isn’t interested in playing for the Griz.
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

3. Oklahoma City– James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
The former Sun Devil would be a nice backcourt compliment to Russell Westbrook and provide an added scoring punch to put alongside Kevin Durant.  Rubio could once again be an option but like Memphis, he doesn’t seem very interested in playing in OKC.  Drafting Rubio would also mean shifting Westbrook to the two-guard spot which is not a great fit since he struggles with his outside shot.
Think: Paul Pierce

4. Sacramento– Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
This is a dream situation for the Kings.  All along, I have said that Rubio is a perfect match for a Sacramento team in need of a point guard and face of the franchise.  The Kings could royally screw up my mock draft if they decide to take Jonny Flynn or Jrue Holiday instead; a rumor that is gaining steam.
Think: Steve Nash

5. WashingtonStephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-3, Jr.
Rumors remain persistent that the Wizards are still actively shopping this pick with hopes of landing a veteran player.  If they do end up staying put, Curry would make sense to pair with Agent Zero in the backcourt.  Expect Curry of Jordan Hill to be the target if a team trades into this spot.
Think: Jason Terry

Click here for David Kay’s complete first and second round mock draft.

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