2009 NBA Mock Draft



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1.  Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-9, So.

Poor Blake Griffin. This has to be the worst case scenario for him. The Clips are 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. Memphis Grizzlies: Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990 

I am sort of ashamed I allowed myself to put Hasheem Thabeet in this spot in my previous mock draft. Rubio HAS to be the pick here. He is by far the second best prospect in this draft. If I am the Griz, I either take Rubio and then trade Mike Conley for a power forward or try to trade down a couple spots (the Kings would be a perfect partner) and pick either Thabeet or Jordan Hill since Memphis needs some help up-front.

Think: Steve Nash

 3. Oklahoma City Thunder: Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr. 

Thabeet would be the defensive presence the Thunder desperately need down low and another building block in OKC alongside Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Russell Westbrook. If Thabeet is taken No. 2 by Memphis, Rubio is a no brainer and Westbrook is shifted to the two-guard spot.

Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

4.  Sacramento Kings: Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So. 

Hill is the fourth pick, but by the Grizzlies in a swap of picks. This makes too much sense (which is probably why it won’t happen.) I have made it obvious that I think Rubio is the perfect fit for the Kings and they should do everything in their power to move up to get him. Hill would be a great addition in Memphis alongside Conley, O.J. Mayo, and Rudy Gay. If the Kings can’t trade up, don’t be surprised if they reach for a point guard like Brandon Jennings or Jrue Holiday.

Think: LaMarcus Aldridge

 5. Washington Wizards: James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So. 

Early buzz has the Wizards trying to shop this pick to acquire a veteran to help them get back to the playoffs since they have the pieces in tact to do so (they just need to stay healthy.) If they can’t find a taker, Harden makes the most sense since he can come in and contribute right away and possibly grow into a solid backcourt running mate for Agent Zero.

Think: Paul Pierce

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Here’s the first 5 picks of the second round, for the whole list click here


Sacramento Kings: Victor Claver, F, Spain, 6-11 
Claver has first-round potential but won’t be ready to come to the NBA for a couple years.

 Portland Blazers: Derrick Brown, SF, Xavier, 6-8, Jr. 
The Blazers have four second-round picks and likely take the best available player in Brown, who could easily be a first round.

 Washington Wizards: Vladimir Dasic, SF, Montenegro, 1988 
The Wiz have a pretty full roster and would be wise drafting a foreign player who can come over and contribute in a couple years.

 Denver Nuggets: Toney Douglas, PG, Florida State, 6-2, Sr. 
A potential back-up to Chauncey Billups, Douglas is in the combo-guard mold and could sneak into the late-first round.

 Memphis Grizzlies: Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU, Sr. 
I think Thornton would be a steal of a second-round pick and could be a three-point threat off the Griz bench.

 Detroit Pistons: Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State, 6-10, Sr. 
The Pistons could use an athletic big man to come off their bench with Rasheed Wallace likely leaving via free agency.


Here’s the first 5 picks of the second round, for the whole list click here


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