Detroit Pistons unlikely to break playoff drought

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The Detroit Pistons are still suffering from some recent poor financial decisions made by general manager Joe Dumars that has held back the franchise (i.e. the Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva off-season along with the fact that Richard Hamilton still accounts for $5.5 million of their cap this year.)  Like the past three seasons, Detroit figures to fall short of the playoff picture.

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Detroit Pistons in a bit of a holding pattern this off-season

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The one time Eastern Conference power Detroit Pistons missed out on the post-season for a third straight season.  Coincidentally enough, that streak started when general manager Joe Dumars wasted his abundant cap space by overpaying Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to long-term deals.  The franchise is still in recovery mode from those signings and doesn’t figure to make any major moves this off-season.

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Detroit Pistons Fall to #8 in NBA Draft Lottery

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The Detroit Pistons will have the eighth pick in the 2011 NBA draft, as their luck in the lottery faltered, costing them one spot from their projected seventh spot.

The team entered with a 15.3 percent chance of netting a top-three pick, including a 4.3 percent chance of taking the top spot. They had a 59 percent of staying at #7– the slot they held last year that resulted in drafting forward Greg Monroe, their player representative at this year’s lottery –but were pushed down a spot when Cleveland vaulted to number one.

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2010 NBA Draft Lottery Re-Do

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With the NBA All-Star weekend upon us, it is time for an annual tradition here at The Sports Bank; the NBA Draft Lottery Re-do.  Peter Christian and David Kay will alternate re-drafting the top fourteen picks in the 2010 NBA Draft taking into account what they know about the rookies based off their performances so far this season.  They will factor in how each team’s roster looked at the time of the draft (for example, Gilbert Arenas was still with the Wizards and not the Magic, so when the Wiz pick first, Arenas will be part of the team) and give their reasons as to why the selection would be made.  You can check out our 2011 NBA Mock Draft by clicking here.

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2010 NBA Mock Draft

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by: David Kay

Bigger is better!  After what many NBA executives declared one of the weakest drafts in recent memory, the 2010 NBA Draft should have a lot more talent and depth than the 2009 Draft.  Point guards were plentiful in the 2009 class, but it will be all about the big men in 2010.

1. Sacramento- John Wall, PG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
This kid is so talented that by his committed to Kentucky, the Wildcats have gone from a Top 25 team to a realistic title contender for next season.  He is beyond gifted and so quick with the ball in his hands whether it’s creating on the drive for other teammates or finishing at the rim himself.  His outside shot does need some work though.
Think: Derrick Rose

2. Washington – Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-10, So.
Probably the most versatile big man in college basketball, Monroe is the total package.  He has a great inside/outside game, can put the ball on the floor, and is a tremendous passer.  Expect him to develop into a more dominating player in his sophomore campaign with the Hoyas.
Think: Chris Bosh

3. L.A. Clippers- Donatas Motiejunas, F/C, Lithuania, 7-0, 1990
A very intriguing prospect, Montiejunas has the size to play center but ability to step out on the perimeter and play the three.  He is skilled on the block, can also handle the ball and stroke it from the outside.  Unlike most Europeans prospects, Montiejunas will be a free agent in the summer of 2010 meaning an NBA team won’t have to deal with any issues regarding a buyout and he could come to the states right away.
Think: Andrea Bargnani

4. Oklahoma City- Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-9, Fr.
Favors is a well-rounded prospect with a combination of size, strength, and athleticism.  He uses his great length to be an intimidating shot blocker.  While he is better suited as a post player right now, he projects more as a combo forward in the NBA.  To excel at that position, Favors will have to improve his limited range from the perimeter.
Think: Josh Smith

5. Minnesota- Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma, 6-4,  So.
Warren’s successful freshman year with the Sooners was understandably overshadowed by Blake Griffin’s player of the year season.  With Griffin gone to the NBA, Warren will have every chance to prove just how talented of a scorer he is.  A combo guard who can create his own shot, he has great range and is not afraid to attack the basket.
Think: Ben Gordon

Click here for the rest of the mock draft as well as position rankings.

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2010 NBA Draft Rankings: Power Forwards

Monroe will be a top prospect at the four

By Paul M. Banks and David Kay, Walterfootball.com

#1   Greg Monroe, Georgetown

Height: 6-11. Weight: 250. Year: So.
Projected Selection: Top 5.
’08-’09: 12.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 bpg, 57.2 FG%, 70.0 FT%,

# 2Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania

Height: 7-0. Weight: 220. Year: 1990.
Projected Selection: Top 5.
’08-’09: n/a


#3 Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

Height: 6-9. Weight: 220. Year: Fr.
Projected Selection: Top 10.
’08-’09: n/a

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Monroe will be a top prospect at the four

2010 NBA Mock Draft

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By David K.

Here’s the first 5 picks in our 2010 NBA Mock Draft, for the full list click here

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2010mock.php

•  Sacramento Kings: John Wall, PG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
This kid is so talented that by his committed to Kentucky, the Wildcats have gone from a Top 25 team to a realistic title contender for next season. He is beyond gifted and so quick with the ball in his hands whether it’s creating on the drive for other teammates or finishing at the rim himself. His outside shot does need some work though.

Think: Derrick Rose
• Washington Wizards: Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-10,So.
Probably the most versatile big man in college basketball, Monroe is the total package. He has a great inside/outside game, can put the ball on the floor, and is a tremendous passer. Expect him to develop into a more dominating player in his sophomore campaign with the Hoyas.

Think: Chris Bosh

 

•  Los Angeles Clippers: Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma, 6-4, So.
Warren’s successful freshman year with the Sooners was understandably overshadowed by Blake Griffin’s Player of the Year season. With Griffin gone to the NBA, Warren will have every chance to prove just how talented of a scorer he is. A combo guard who can create his own shot, he has great range and is not afraid to attack the basket.

Think: Ben Gordon

•  Oklahoma City Thunder: Donatas Motiejunas, F/C, Lithuania, 7-0, 1990
A very intriguing prospect, Montiejunas has the size to play center but ability to step out on the perimeter and play the three. He is skilled on the block, can also handle the ball and stroke it from the outside. Unlike most Europeans prospects, Montiejunas will be a free agent in the summer of 2010 meaning an NBA team won’t have to deal with any issues regarding a buyout and he could come to the states right away.

Think: Andrea Bargnani
•  Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Favors, PF, Georgia Tech, 6-9, Fr.
Favors is a well-rounded prospect with a combination of size, strength, and athleticism. He uses his great length to be an intimidating shot blocker. While he is better suited as a post player right now, he projects more as a combo forward in the NBA. To excel at that position, Favors will have to improve his limited range from the perimeter.

Think: Josh Smith
Write-ups for the second round will be posted in the next 2010 NBA Mock Draft update. Click here for our 2009 NBA Mock Draft.

To see the full list click here 

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2010mock_2.php

The first 5 picks of Round 2

•  Sacramento Kings: Scottie Reynolds, PG, Villanova, 6-1, Sr.
•  Washington Wizards: Da’Sean Butler, SF, West Virginia, 6-7, Sr.

•  Los Angeles Clippers: Vitor Faverani, PF, Brazil, 6-11, 1989

•  Oklahoma City Thunder: Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami (Fl), 6-9, Sr.

•  Memphis Grizzlies: A.J. Ogilvy, C,  Vanderbilt, 6-10, Sr.

To read the complete list of round 2 click here

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2010mock_2.php

2009 NBA Mock Draft

By: David K.

This begins an interesting few weeks.  Now is when we begin to see which underclassmen will be entering the NBA Draft and which will be returning to school.  As the decisions are made, it changes the entire layout of the draft.  These are my projections as to which underclassmen are likely to declare (below you will see a list of who I think will/should stay in school.)  As it is made more concrete as to who is throwing their hat in the ring, we will get a better idea of how the draft might unfold.

1. Sacramento- Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.
-Griffin has proven to be the most dominant player in college basketball and the undoubted number one pick.  He is a double-double machine, a ferocious finisher, and can play facing or with his back to the basket.
Think: Amare Stoudemire

2. Washington – Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-10, Fr.
-Monroe is an outstanding passer for a big guy and is at his best when taking players off the dribble which is a rare skill to find in a 6-10 player.
Think: Chris Bosh

3. L.A. Clippers- Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.
-Absolutely owns the paint on the defensive end.  If he is not blocking a shot, he is altering it.  Offensively, his game continues to develop.  He needs to learn how to stay out of foul trouble to be an effective pro.
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

4. Oklahoma City- James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
-Harden has the ability to take over a game whenever he wants, although he also tends to be too unselfish at times as well.  His offensive repertoire is loaded and is an above average defender even though he played primarily in a 2-3 at ASU.
Think: Paul Pierce

5. Memphis – Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So.
-A tremendous athlete for his size, Hill can run the floor, hit the mid-range jumper, and attacks the glass.  He will need to add some muscle to bang down low with the post players in the NBA.
Think: LaMarcus Aldridge

6. *Minnesota- Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.
-Evans has led the Memphis charge since John Calipari moved him to the point.  He plays like a man with his ability to almost effortlessly get to the basket.  His shot selection is questionable at times and needs to become more consistent from the outside.
Think: Manu Ginobli

7. Golden State- Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
-Clark has really elevated his game during the past few weeks.  He has the potential to be a point forward type player in the NBA, is a freak of an athlete, and has nice range on his jumper.
Think: Lamar Odom

8. ?New York- Demar DeRozan, SG, USC, 6-6, Fr.
-The Trojan freshman really came along strong during the final month of the season.  DeRozan is extremely athletic, has a nice mid-range game, and can ‘D’ it up.  His three-point shot needs improvement.
Think: Vince Carter

9. Toronto- Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, 6-4, Jr.
-The Blue Devil finally showed us why he was so hyped since coming to Duke.  He has proven he can be a big-time scorer, knocking down shots from the outside or taking it to the basket.  He will likely only get better once he enters the NBA.
Think: Rudy Fernandez

10. New Jersey- Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, 6-0, So.
Flynn just gets it.  He understands how to run the point, when to be a distributor, and when his team needs him to be a scorer.  There might not be a better point guard in college at leading the break.
Think: Raymond Felton

11. Milwaukee- Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy, 6-0, 1989
-Jennings is probably counting down the days until the NBA Draft.  He chose to play overseas after academic issues prohibited from going to college and has had a difficult time finding his niche.  Still, his potential should be intriguing to NBA scouts.
Think: Kenny Anderson

12. Indiana- B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
-I am still surprised Mullens decided to go pro.  He would probably be better served returning to the Buckeyes and developing his game.  Based on his athleticism, size, and potential, he is still likely a late lottery pick.
Think: Spencer Hawes

13. Charlotte- Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State, 6-10, So.
-A lengthy forward, Brackins has the size to play the four in the NBA, but not the strength.  He has a nice touch on his shot and can knock down mid-range jumper, but does not have the ideal athleticism to play the three.
Think: Hakim Warrick

14. Phoenix- Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, Fr.
-Aminu is one of those “upside” picks.  Whoever drafts him probably will not see an immediate contribution, but his size and athleticism will certainly be attractive to an NBA team.
Think: Travis Outlaw

15. Detroit- Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
-Williams is the definition of versatile.  He attacks the hoop, is a very improved shooter, can rebound, is a great passer, and plays defense.  I think he is a steal of a mid-first round pick.
Think: Gerald Wallace.

16. Chicago- Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
-Budinger’s strength is his versatility.  He can jump out of the gym when around the hoop, stroke it from deep, handle the ball, and play a few positions.  His tendency to disappear during stretches of games is his biggest knock.
Think: Stephen Jackson

17. #Minnesota- Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.
-Maynor is a playmaker on the offensive end, a true floor general, and has good size to play the point in the NBA.  He must continue to become a more consistent shooter.
Think: Antonio Daniels

18. =Philadelphia- Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s, 5-11, So.
-Mills can create his own shot, excels in transition, and is lightning quick off the dribble.  He had a very successful Olympics last summer playing for Australia and caught the eyes of a lot of NBA scouts.
Think: Ramon Sessions

19. Atlanta- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Jr.
-One of the most aggressive offensive rebounders in college basketball, James is an outstanding athlete.  He shoots the ball well from the perimeter and has an NBA-ready body.
Think: Marvin Williams

20. Dallas- Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, 5-11, Jr.
-Lawson might be the best floor general in college basketball.  He is gifted in creating with the basketball and finding open teammates, and is very quick with the ball and has improved his three-point shot.
Think: Jameer Nelson

21. Utah- Sam Young, G/F, Pitt, 6-6, Sr.
-Young can elevate, hit it from deep, and has a tremendous basketball IQ.  He can take bigger defenders off the dribble and post up smaller guys.  He is not the greatest ball-handler on the perimeter, but is ready to contribute right away.
Think: Michael Finley

22. New Orleans- DaJuan Summers, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.
-Despite underachieving at G-Town this past season, Summers has thrown his name into the draft.  He has an NBA-ready body, is a good slasher, and a decent outside shooter.  I’m not sure how he will match-up athletically with other three’s in the NBA.

23. &Sacramento- A.J. Price, PG, UConn, 6-2, Sr.
When Price is on, he can absolutely light it up from deep.  However when his shot is not on, he tends to be too much of a non-factor.  He is a good decision maker and handles the rock fairly well.
Think: Delonte West

24. Portland- Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.
-Smith is fearless when attacking the hoop and thrives on the break.  He is not a great outside shooter and must develop more consistency.  His rebounding and passing really help his stock.
Think: Jeff Green

25. +Oklahoma City- James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.
-An athletic forward who can put the ball on the deck and attack the rim.  His frame is ready for the rigor of the NBA, but his shot is not.
Think: Wilson Chandler

26. %Chicago- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Jr.
-Jordan has the size and potential that is intriguing.  He is still growing as an offensive players and has average athleticism at best.  He is a good shot blocker and would be a bit of a project.
Think: Theo Ratliff

27. $Memphis- Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland, 6-5, Jr.
-A combo guard, Vasquez has the complete all-around offensive game from handling the ball to lighting it up from deep.  He is not a great defender and needs to add some toughness to contribute at the next level.
Think: Francisco Garcia

28. ^Minnesota- Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU, 6-4, Sr.
-Thornton is a little undersized to play the two in the NBA, but there is no question can kid can flat-out shoot the rock.  What he lacks in size, he makes up for in strength.  He would be worth the risk this late.
Think: Daequan Cook

29. L.A. Lakers- Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, 6-9, Sr.
-One of the most decorated players in college basketball defines what toughness is inside.  However, the biggest question is how will his game translate into the NBA?  I don’t see him being anything more than an energy guy off the bench at the next level.
Think: Eduardo Najera

30. Cleveland- Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-0, Sr.
-Collison knows how to run an offense and has a lot of success and experience doing so.  He is a smart-decision maker, solid shooter, automatic free-throw shooter, and great on-the-ball defender.  A less than stellar senior season hurt his stock.
Think: Bobby Jackson

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Second Round
31. Jermaine Taylor, SG, UCF, 6-4, Sr.
32. Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.
33. Curtis Jerrells, PG, Baylor, 6-1, Sr.
34. Danny Green, SF, UNC, 6-7, Sr.
35. Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga, 6-11, Sr.
36. Omri Cassipi, SF, Isreal, 6-8, 1988
37. Taj Gibson, PF, USC, 6-9, Jr.
38. Lester Hudson, PG, UT-Martin, 6-3, Sr.
39. Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State, 6-10, Sr.
40. Jonas Jerebko, PF, Sweden, 6-9, 1989
41. Toney Douglas, PG, Florida State, 6-2, PG
42. Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple, 6-5, Sr.
43. Vitor Faverani, F, Brazil, 6-11, 1989
44. Chris Johnson, PF, LSU, 6-11, Sr.
45. Wesley Matthews, SG, Marquette, 6-5, Sr.
46. Robert Vaden, SG, UAB, 6-5, Sr.
47. Tyrese Rice, PG, Boston College, 6-1, Sr.
48. Luigi Datome, SF, Italy, 6-8. 1987
49. Jack McClinton, PG, Miami (FL), 6-1, Sr.
50. Nando de Colo, G, 6-5, France 1987
51. Stefon Jackson, SG, 6-5, UTEP, Sr.
52. Brandon Costner, PF, N.C. State, 6-9, Jr.
53. Dante Cunningham, F, Villanova, 6-8, Sr.
54. Demarre Carroll, F, Missouri, 6-8, Sr.
55. Jeff Adrien, PF, UConn, 6-7, Sr.
56. Ben Woodside, PG, 5-11, North Dakota State, Sr.
57. Antonio Anderson, SG, Memphis, 6-6, Sr.
58. Jeremy Pargo, PG, Gonzaga, 6-2, Sr.
59. Sergio Llull, G, Spain, 6-3, 1988
60. Robert Dozier, F, Memphis, 6-9, Sr.

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Declared for the Draft:
>Nick Calathes, G, Florida, 6-6, So.
Earl Clark, F, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
Brandon Costner, PF, N.C. State, 6-9, Jr.
Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.
>Roderick Flemings, SF, Hawaii, 6-7, Jr.
James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.
>Mac Koshwal, C, DePaul, 6-10, So.
B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
DaJuan Summers, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.

>has yet to hire an agent

Staying in School:
Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson, 6-7, Jr.
JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue, 6-10, So.
Dexter Pittman, C, Texas, 6-10, Jr.
Evan Turner, SF, Ohio State, So.

Other First Round talent likely to stay in school:
Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
Jrue Holliday, SG, UCLA, 6-4, Fr.
Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-2, Jr.
DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt, 6-7, So.
Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
Austin Daye, SF, 6-10, Gonzaga, So.
Cole Aldrich, F/C, Kansas, 6-10, So.
Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech, 6-8, So.
Kyle Singler, F, Duke, 6-8, So.
Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, 6-4, Jr.
Derrick Brown, F, Xavier, 6-9, Jr.
Manny Harris, SG, Michigan, 6-5, So.

*Clippers get Minnesota’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protectred) via Marko Jaric trade
?Utah gets New York ’09 1st round pick (top 22 protected) via Phoenix
=Minnesota gets Philadelphia ’09 1st round pick (from Utah –Gordon Giricek trade-top 22 protected) via Rodney Carney trade
&Kings get Houston ’09 1st round pick via Ron Artest trade
#Minnesota gets Miami’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protected) via Ricky Davis trade
+Thunder gets Spurs’ ’09 1st round pick (lottery preotected) via Kurt Thomas trade
%Bulls get lower of Thunder’s ’09 1st round pick (from either SA or Den) via Thabo Sefolosha trade
$Memphis gets Orlando ’09 1st round pick via Rafer Alston trade
^Minnesota gets Boston’s ’09 1st round pick (top 3 protected) via Kevin Garnett trade

2009 NBA Mock Draft

By: David K.

This begins an interesting few weeks.  Now is when we begin to see which underclassmen will be entering the NBA Draft and which will be returning to school.  As the decisions are made, it changes the entire layout of the draft.  These are my projections as to which underclassmen are likely to declare (below you will see a list of who I think will/should stay in school.)  As it is made more concrete as to who is throwing their hat in the ring, we will get a better idea of how the draft might unfold.

1. Sacramento- Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.
-Griffin has proven to be the most dominant player in college basketball and the undoubted number one pick.  He is a double-double machine, a ferocious finisher, and can play facing or with his back to the basket.
Think: Amare Stoudemire

2. Washington – Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-10, Fr.
-Monroe is an outstanding passer for a big guy and is at his best when taking players off the dribble which is a rare skill to find in a 6-10 player.
Think: Chris Bosh

3. L.A. Clippers- Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.

-Absolutely owns the paint on the defensive end.  If he is not blocking a shot, he is altering it.  Offensively, his game continues to develop.  He needs to learn how to stay out of foul trouble.
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

4. Memphis – James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
-Harden has the ability to take over a game whenever he wants, although he also tends to be too unselfish at times as well.  His offensive repertoire is loaded and is an above average defender even though he played primarily in a 2-3 at ASU.
Think: Paul Pierce

5. *Minnesota- Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So.
-A tremendous athlete for his size, Hill can run the floor, hit the mid-range jumper, and attacks the glass.  He will need to add some muscle to bang down low with the post players in the NBA.
Think: LaMarcus Aldridge

6. Oklahoma City- Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.

-Clark has really elevated his game during the past few weeks.  He has the potential to be a point forward type player in the NBA, is a freak of an athlete, and has nice range on his jumper.
Think: Lamar Odom

7. Golden State- Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, 6-4, Jr.
-The Blue Devil finally showed us why he was so hyped since coming to Duke.  He has proven he can be a big-time scorer, knocking down shots from the outside or taking it to the basket.  He will likely only get better once he enters the NBA.
Think: Rudy Fernandez

8. Toronto- Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.
-Evans has led the Memphis charge since John Calipari moved him to the point.  He plays like a man with his ability to almost effortlessly get to the basket.  His shot selection is questionable at times and needs to become more consistent from the outside.
Think: Manu Ginobli

9. ?New York- Demar DeRozan, SG, USC, 6-6, Fr.
-The Trojan freshman has really come along strong during the past month of the season.  DeRozan is extremely athletic, has a nice mid-range game, and can ‘D’ it up.  His three-point shot needs improvement.
Think: Vince Carter

10. Indiana- Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, 6-0, So.
Flynn just gets it.  He understands how to run the point, when to be a distributor, and when his team needs him to be a scorer.  There might not be a better point guard in college at leading the break.
Think: Raymond Felton

11. New Jersey- Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy, 6-0, 1989
-Jennings is probably counting down the days until the NBA Draft.  He chose to play overseas after academic issues prohibited from going to college and has had a difficult time finding his niche.  Still, his potential should be intriguing to NBA scouts.
Think: Kenny Anderson

12. Milwaukee- Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
-Budinger’s strength is his versatility.  He can jump out of the gym when around the hoop, stroke it from deep, handle the ball, and play a few positions.  His tendency to disappear at important parts of games is his biggest knock.
Think: Stephen Jackson

13. Charlotte- Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, Fr.
-Aminu is one of those “upside” picks.  Whoever drafts him probably will not see an immediate contribution, but his size and athleticism will certainly be attractive to an NBA team.
Think: Travis Outlaw

14. Phoenix- Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
-Williams is the definition of versatile.  He attacks the hoop, is a very improved shooter, can rebound, is a great passer, and plays defense.  I think he is a steal of a mid-first round pick.
Think: Gerald Wallace.

15. Chicago- Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s, 5-11, So.
-Mills can create his own shot, excels in transition, and is lightning quick off the dribble.  He had a very successful Olympics last summer playing for Australia and caught the eyes of a lot of NBA scouts.
Think: Ramon Sessions

16. Detroit- Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.
-Maynor is a playmaker on the offensive end, a true floor general, and has good size to play the point in the NBA.  He must continue to become a more consistent shooter.
Think: Antonio Daniels

17. =Philadelphia- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Jr.

-One of the most aggressive offensive rebounders in college basketball, James is an outstanding athlete.  He shoots the ball well from the perimeter and has an NBA-ready body.
Think: Marvin Williams

18. #Minnesota- Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech, 6-8, So.
-Lawal is a slightly under-sized power forward who has a nice low-post game.  He is a solid rebounder, decent shot blocker, but doesn’t have much of a perimeter game.
Think: Brandon Bass

19. Atlanta- Sam Young, G/F, Pitt, 6-6, Sr.

-Young can elevate, hit it from deep, and has a tremendous basketball IQ.  He can take bigger defenders off the dribble and post up smaller guys.  He is not the greatest ball-handler on the perimeter, but is ready to contribute right away.
Think: Michael Finley

20. Dallas- Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, 5-11, Jr.
-Lawson might be the best floor general in college basketball.  He is gifted in creating with the basketball and finding open teammates, and is very quick with the ball and has improved his three-point shot.
Think: Jameer Nelson

21. Portland- A.J. Price, PG, UConn, 6-2, Sr.
When Price is on, he can absolutely light it up from deep.  However when his shot is not on, he tends to be too much of a non-factor.  He is a good decision maker and handles the rock fairly well.
Think: Delonte West

22. Utah- Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.
-Smith is fearless when attacking the hoop and thrives on the break.  He is not a great outside shooter and must develop more consistency.  His rebounding and passing really help his stock.
Think: Jeff Green

23. New Orleans- Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-0, Sr.
-Collison knows how to run an offense and has a lot of success and experience doing so.  He is a smart-decision maker, solid shooter, automatic free-throw shooter, and great on-the-ball defender.  A less than stellar senior season hurt his stock.
Think: Bobby Jackson

24. +Oklahoma City- Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, 6-9, Sr.
-One of the most decorated players in college basketball defines what toughness is inside.  However, the biggest question is how will his game translate into the NBA?  I don’t see him being anything more than an energy guy off the bench at the next level.
Think: Eduardo Najera

25. &Sacramento- Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland, 6-5, Jr.
-A combo guard, Vasquez has the complete all-around offensive game from handling the ball to lighting it up from deep.  He is not a great defender and needs to add some toughness to contribute at the next level.
Think: Francisco Garcia

26. %Chicago- James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.

-An athletic forward who can put the ball on the deck and attack the rim.  His frame is ready for the rigor of the NBA, but his shot is not.
Think: Wilson Chandler

27. ^Minnesota- Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.
-McNeal elevated his game as an all-around offensive threat this season.  He can handle the ball, drive, and is a much improved shooter.  Add that to his defensive abilities and he could be a late-first round steal.
Think: Charlie Bell

28. Orlando- A.J. Ogilvy, F/C, Vanderbilt, 6-11, So.
-The Aussie has a solid, fundamental low post game and a nice touch around the basket.  He is not very physical or athletic which would be a concern at the next level.
Think: Rasho Nesterovic

29. L.A. Lakers- Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU, 6-4, Sr.
-Thornton is a little undersized to play the two in the NBA, but there is no question can kid can flat-out shoot the rock.  What he lacks in size, he makes up for in strength.  He would be worth the risk this late.
Think: Daequan Cook

30. Cleveland- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Jr.
-Jordan has the size and potential that is intriguing.  He is still growing as an offensive players and has average athleticism at best.  He is a good shot blocker and would be a bit of a project.
Think: Theo Ratliff

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Second Round
31. Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga, 6-11, Sr.
32. Jermaine Taylor, SG, UCF, 6-4, Sr.
33. Curtis Jerrells, PG, Baylor, 6-1, Sr.
34. Danny Green, SF, UNC, 6-7, Sr.
35. Taj Gibson, PF, USC, 6-9, Jr.
36. Omri Cassipi, SF, Isreal, 6-8, 1988
37. Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State, 6-10, Sr.
38. Lester Hudson, PG, UT-Martin, 6-3, Sr.
39. Wesley Matthews, SG, Marquette, 6-5, Sr.
40. Jonas Jerebko, PF, Sweden, 6-9, 1989
41. Toney Douglas, PG, Florida State, 6-2, PG
42. Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple, 6-5, Sr.
43. Vitor Faverani, F, Brazil, 6-11, 1989
44. Chris Johnson, PF, LSU, 6-11, Sr.
45. Dante Cunningham, F, Villanova, 6-8, Sr.
46. Robert Vaden, SG, UAB, 6-5, Sr.
47. Tyrese Rice, PG, Boston College, 6-1, Sr.
48. Luigi Datome, SF, Italy, 6-8. 1987
49. Jack McClinton, PG, Miami (FL), 6-1, Sr.
50. Nando de Colo, G, 6-5, France 1987
51. Stefon Jackson, SG, 6-5, UTEP, Sr.
52. Brandon Costner, PF, N.C. State, 6-9, Jr.
53. Jeff Adrien, PF, UConn, 6-7, Sr.
54. Demarre Carroll, F, Missouri, 6-8, Sr.
55. Sergio Llull, G, Spain, 6-3, 1988
56. Jeremy Pargo, PG, Gonzaga, 6-2, Sr.
57. Antonio Anderson, SG, Memphis, 6-6, Sr.
58. Jon Brockman, PF, Washington, 6-7, Sr.
59. Ben Woodside, PG, 5-11, North Dakota State, Sr.
60. Robert Dozier, F, Memphis, 6-9, Sr.

Declared for the Draft:
Earl Clark, F, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
Brandon Costner, PF, N.C. State, 6-9, Jr.

Staying in School:
DaJuan Summers, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.

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Other First Round talent likely to stay in school:
B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma, 6-3, Fr.
Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
Jrue Holliday, SG, UCLA, 6-4, Fr.
Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-2, Jr.
Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State, 6-10, So.
DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt, 6-7, So.
Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
Austin Daye, SF, 6-10, Gonzaga, So.
Cole Aldrich, F/C, Kansas, 6-10, So.
Nick Calathes, G, Florida, 6-5, So.
Kyle Singler, F, Duke, 6-8, So.
Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, 6-4, Jr.
Derrick Brown, F, Xavier, 6-9, Jr.
Manny Harris, SG, Michigan, 6-5, So.

*Clippers get Minnesota’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protectred) via Marko Jaric trade
?Utah gets New York ’09 1st round pick (top 22 protected) via Phoenix
=Minnesota gets Philadelphia ’09 1st round pick (from Utah –Gordon Giricek trade-top 22 protected) via Rodney Carney trade
&Kings get Houston ’09 1st round pick via Ron Artest trade
#Minnesota gets Miami’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protected) via Ricky Davis trade
+Thunder gets Spurs’ ’09 1st round pick (lottery preotected) via Kurt Thomas trade
%Bulls get lower of Thunder’s ’09 1st round pick (from either SA or Den) via Thabo Sefolosha trade
$Memphis gets Orlando ’09 1st round pick via Rafer Alston trade
^Minnesota gets Boston’s ’09 1st round pick (top 3 protected) via Kevin Garnett trade

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2009 NBA Mock Draft

By: David K.

2009 Mock NBA Draft
To justify that I am not some hack throwing out a random mock draft, consider that I got as many right in my final mock of 2008 as ESPN “expert” Chad Ford, and less than a handful of other mocks on the web had more correct than I did.  Considering I don’t have the “connections” that Ford or some other sites have, that is pretty impressive.  Team needs have not been taken into account with this mock.

1. Sacramento- Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.
-physical, explosive, can put the ball on the floor, owns the boards
Think: Amare Stoudemire

2. Washington- Greg Monroe, C/F, Georgetown, 6-10, Fr.
-does it all on offense, best passing big in college, extremely athletic
Think: Chris Bosh

3. L.A. Clippers- Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.
-athletic for his size, tremendous shot blocker, still raw on offense
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

4. Oklahoma City- James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
-great at attacking the hoop, solid outside shooter, too unselfish at times
Think: Paul Pierce

5. Memphis- Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So.
-lives around the rim, great on the glass, much improved outside game
Think: LaMarcus Aldridge

6. *Minnesota- Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
-shoots it at a high-percentage from all areas, a true play-maker
Think: Devin Harris

7. Golden State- Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, 6-4, Jr.
-ferocious finisher, much improved shooter, team player
Think: Rudy Fernandez

8. Toronto- Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
-a point forward type, excels as a penetrater, good rebounder
Think: Lamar Odom

9. ?New York- Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, Fr.
-all-around skill set from handling the ball to creating his own shot, runs floor well
Think: Travis Outlaw

10. Indiana- Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
-ridiculous athleticism, can stroke it from deep but is sometimes too streaky a shooter
Think: Stephen Jackson

11. Charlotte- Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy, 6-0, 1989
-tremendous court vision, unselfish, not afraid to take it to the hoop
Think: Kenny Anderson

12. New Jersey- Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.
-slasher, handles the ball well in transition, needs more consistency with jumper
Think: DeShawn Stevenson

13. Chicago- Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-2, Jr.
-unbelievable three-point range and scorer, great vision as a passer
Think: a sharp-shooting Tony Parker

14. Phoenix- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Jr.
-very versatile, strong rebounder, nice mid-range game
Think: Marvin Williams

15. Milwaukee- Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s, 5-11, So.
-made a name for himself in Olympics playing for Australia, has been out a month with a broken bone in his hand.
Think: Ramon Sessions

16. =Philadelphia- Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech, 6-8, So.
-low-post threat, solid on the boards, not a great shooter
Think: Brandon Bass

17. Detroit- Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
-great skill set in the post, very physical, good ball-handler for a big
Think: Kenyon Martin

18. #Minnesota- Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, 5-11, Jr.
-very quick with the ball, suffocating perimeter defender, leader on the floor
Think: Jameer Nelson

19. Atlanta- Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-0, Sr.
-great on-the-ball defender, smart decision-maker, can hit three ball
Think: Bobby Jackson

20. Dallas- Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.
-playmaker on the offensive end, a floor general, must become more consistent shooter
Think: Antonio Daniels

21. Portland- Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
-very versatile, great passer, solid defender, needs to work on outside shot
Think: Gerald Wallace

22. Utah- Johnny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, 6-0, So.
-can take over a game, great range and driver, lock-down perimeter defender
Think: Raymond Felton

23. &Sacramento- Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.
-fearless when attacking the hoop, great in transition, must improve outside shooting
Think: Jeff Green

24. New Orleans- Sam Young, G/F, Pitt, 6-6, Sr.
-can score from outside or inside, doesn’t take a lot of bad shots, not a great creator
Think: Michael Finley

25. ~Oklahoma City- Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, 6-9, Sr.
-high basketball IQ, plays with an incredible intensity, nice touch on jump shot
Think: Eduardo Najera

26. +%Chicago- James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.
-can put the ball on the deck and attack the rim, NBA-ready body, inconsistent shooter
Think: Wilson Chandler

27. $Memphis- A.J. Price, PG, UConn, 6-2, Sr.
-can light it up from deep, good decision-maker, sometimes disappears during games
Think: Delonte West

28. ^Minnesota- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Jr.
-big time shot blocker, still raw on the offensive end, average at best athleticism
Think: Theo Ratliff

29. Cleveland- Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.
-creates his own shot, much improved shooter, ferocious defender
Think: Charlie Bell

30. L.A. Lakers- Danny Green, SF, UNC, 6-7, Sr.
-does a little bit of everything, will be a great role player in the NBA
Think: James Posey

Second Round
31. Vitor Faverani, F/C, Brazil, 7-0, 1988
32. Jermaine Taylor, SG, Central Florida, 6-4, Sr.
33. Omri Cassipi, SF, Isreal, 6-8, 1988
34. Wesley Matthews, SG, Marquette, 6-5, Sr.
35. Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga, 6-11, Sr.
36. Jack McClinton, PG, Miami (FL), 6-1, Sr.
37. Taj Gibson, PF, USC, 6-9, Jr.
38. Tyrese Rice, PG, Boston College, 6-1, Sr.
39. Robert Vaden, SG, UAB, 6-5, Sr.
40. Luigi Datomi F, Italy, 6-8, 1987
41. Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State, 6-10, Sr.
42. Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU, 6-4, Sr.
43. Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple, 6-5, Sr.
44. Dante Cunningham, F, Villanova, 6-8, Sr.
45. Curtis Jerrells, PG, Baylor, 6-1, Sr.
46. Lester Hudson, PG, UT-Martin, 6-3, Sr.
47. Hank Norel, PF, Netherlands, 6-11, 1987
48. Leo Lyons, PF, Missouri, 6-9, Sr.
49. Jonas Jerebko, PF, Sweded, 6-9, 1989
50. Joe Ingles, SF, Australia, 6-8, 1987
51. Lee Cummard, G/F, BYU, 6-7 Sr
52. Jeff Adrien, PF, UConn, 6-7, Sr.
53. Chris Johnson, PF, LSU, 6-11, Sr.
54. Nando de Colo, G, 6-5, France 1987
55. Luke Nevill, C, Utah, 7-0, Sr.
56. DeMarre Carroll, F, Missouri, 6-7, Sr.
57. Jon Brockman, PF, Washington, 6-7, Sr.
58. Jeremy Pargo, PG, Gonzaga, 6-2, Sr.
59. A.J. Abrams, G, 5-11, Texas, Sr.
60. Stefon Jackson, SG, UTEP, 6-5, Sr.

Other First Round talent likely to stay in school/overseas:
Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC, 6-6, Fr.
Austin Daye, SF, 6-10, Gonzaga, So.
DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt, 6-7, So.
Kyle Singler, F, Duke, 6-8, So
Derrick Brown, SF, Xavier, 6-8, Jr.
Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma, 6-3, Fr.
Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State, 6-10, So.
Cole Aldrich, F/C, Kansas, 6-10, So.
Nick Calathes, G, Florida, 6-5, So.
Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, 6-4, Jr.

Returning to School:
DaJuan Summers, F, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.

*Clippers get Minnesota’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protectred) via Marko Jaric trade
#Minnesota gets Miami’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protected) via Ricky Davis trade
=Minnesota gets Philadelphia ’09 1st round pick (from Utah –Gordon Giricek trade-top 22 protected) via Rodney Carney trade
&Kings get Houston ’09 1st round pick via Ron Artest trade
?Utah gets New York ’09 1st round pick (top 22 protected) via Phoenix
+Thunder gets Spurs’ ’09 1st round pick (lottery preotected) via Kurt Thomas trade
~Thunder gets Denver ’09 1st round pick (lottery protected) via Johan Petro trade
%Bulls get lower of Thunder’s ’09 1st round pick (from either SA or Den) via Thabo Sefolosha trade
$Memphis gets Orlando ’09 1st round pick via Rafer Alston trade
^Minnesota gets Boston’s ’09 1st round pick (top 3 protected) via Kevin Garnett trade

2009 Mock NBA Draft

By David K.

To justify that I am not some hack throwing out a random mock draft, consider that I got as many right in my final mock of 2008 as ESPN “expert” Chad Ford, and less than a handful of other mocks on the web had more correct than I did.  Considering I don’t have the “connections” that Ford or some other sites have, that is pretty impressive.  Team needs have not been taken into account with this mock.

1. L.A. Clippers- Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.

-physical, explosive, can put the ball on the floor, owns the boards
Think: Amare Stoudemire

2. Washington- James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
-great at attacking the hoop, solid outside shooter, too unselfish at times
Think: Joe Johnson


3. Sacramento- Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.

-athletic for his size, tremendous shot blocker, still raw on offense
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller


4. Oklahoma City- Greg Monroe, C/F, Georgetown, 6-10, Fr.

-does it all on offense, best passing big in college, extremely athletic
Think: Chris Bosh

5. Memphis- Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So.
-lives around the rim, great on the glass, much improved outside game
Think: LaMarcus Aldridge

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6. Golden State- ?Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
-shoots it at a high-percentage from all areas, a true play-maker
Think: Devin Harris


7. *Minnesota- Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, Fr.

-all-around skill set from handling the ball to creating his own shot, runs floor well
Think: Travis Outlaw


8. Toronto- Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-2, Jr.

-unbelievable three-point range and scorer, great vision as a passer
Think: a sharp-shooting Tony Parker


9. Indiana- DaJuan Summers, F, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.

-good inside/outside offensive game, tremendous athlete, physical player
Think: Bobby Simmons


10. Charlotte- Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech, 6-8, So.

-low-post threat, solid on the boards, not a great shooter
Think: Brandon Bass


11. ?New York- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Jr.

-very versatile, strong rebounder, nice mid-range game
Think: Danny Granger


12. Chicago- Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.

-a point forward type, excels as a penetrater, good rebounder
Think: Lamar Odom


13. New Jersey- Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.

-slasher, handles the ball well in transition, needs more consistency with jumper
Think: DeShawn Stevenson

14. Phoenix-  Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
-ridiculous athleticism, can stroke it from deep but is sometimes too streaky a shooter
Think: Stephen Jackson


15. Milwaukee- Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy, 6-0, 1989
-tremendous court vision, unselfish, not afraid to take it to the hoop
Think: Kenny Anderson

16. =Philadelphia- Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
-great skill set in the post, very physical, good ball-handler for a big
Think: Kenyon Martin


17. #Minnesota-  Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s, 5-11, So.

-made a name for himself in Olympics playing for Australia, this year’s Stephen Curry
Think: Ramon Sessions

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18. Detroit- Johnny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, 6-0, So.

-can take over a game, great range and driver, lock-down perimeter defender
Think: Raymond Felton

19. Utah- Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-0, Sr.
-great on-the-ball defender, smart decision-maker, can hit three ball
Think: Bobby Jackson


20. Atlanta- Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.

-fearless when attacking the hoop, great in transition, must improve outside shooting
Think: Gerald Wallace


21. Dallas- Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.

-playmaker on the offensive end, a floor general, must become more consistent shooter
Think: Antonio Daniels


22. &Sacramento- Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, 5-11, Jr.

-very quick with the ball, suffocating perimeter defender, leader on the floor
Think: Jameer Nelson

23. New Orleans- Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
-very versatile, great passer, solid defender, needs to work on outside shot
Think: Matt Barnes


24. Portland- Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Jr.

-big time shot blocker, still raw on the offensive end, average at best athleticism
Think: Theo Ratliff


25. ~Oklahoma City- Sam Young, G/F, Pitt, 6-6, Sr.

-can score from outside or inside, doesn’t take a lot of bad shots, not a great creator
Think: Michael Finley
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26. +Oklahoma City- Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, 6-9, Sr.

-high basketball IQ, plays with an incredible intensity, nice touch on jump shot
Think: Eduardo Najera


27. Orlando- James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.

-can put the ball on the deck and attack the rim, NBA-ready body, inconsistent shooter
Think: Wilson Chandler


28. ^Minnesota- Manny Harris, SG, Michigan, 6-5, So.

-a pure scorer from the outside or with his dribble-drive game, can play the point
Think: Sasha Vujacic


29. Cleveland- Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.

-creates his own shot, much improved shooter, ferocious defender
Think: Charlie Bell


30. L.A. Lakers- Danny Green, SF, UNC, 6-7, Sr.

-does a little bit of everything, will be a great role player in the NBA
Think: James Posey


Second Round

31. Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga, 6-11, Sr.
32. Vitor Faverani, F/C, Brazil, 7-0, 1988
33. Curtis Jerrells, PG, Baylor, 6-1, Sr.
34. A.J. Price, PG, UConn, 6-2, Sr.
35. Taj Gibson, PF, USC, 6-9, Jr.
36. Omri Cassipi, SF, Isreal, 6-8, 1988
37. Jermaine Taylor, SG, Central Florida, 6-4, Sr.
38. Jeremy Pargo, PG, Gonzaga, 6-2, Sr.
39. Robert Vaden, SG, UAB, 6-5, Sr.
40. Luigi Datoma, F, Italy, 6-8, 1987
41. Tyrese Rice, PG, Boston College, 6-1, Sr.
42. Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple, 6-5, Sr.
43. Chris Johnson, PF, LSU, 6-11, Sr.
44. Wesley Matthews, SG, Marquette, 6-5, Sr.
45. Jonas Jerebko, PF, Sweded, 6-9, 1989
46. Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State, 6-10, Sr.
47. Hank Norel, PF, Netherlands, 6-11, 1987
48. Leo Lyons, PF, Missouri, 6-9, Sr.
49. Lester Hudson, PG, UT-Martin, 6-3, Sr.
50. Joe Ingles, SF, Australia, 6-8, 1987
51. Lee Cummard, G/F, BYU, 6-7 Sr
52. Nando de Colo, G, 6-5, France 1987
53. Jack McClinton, PG, Miami (FL), 6-1, Sr.
54. A.J. Abrams, G, 5-11, Texas, Sr.
55. Jeff Adrien, PF, UConn, 6-7, Sr.
56. Vladimir Dasic, F, Serbia, 6-9, 1988
57. Stefon Jackson, SG, UTEP, 6-5, Sr.
58. Dominic James, PG, Marquette, 6-0, Sr.
59. Jon Brockman, PF, Washington, 6-7, Sr.
60. Luke Nevill, C, Utah, 7-0, Sr.

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Other First Round talent likely to stay in school/overseas:

Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, 6-5, Jr.
DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC, 6-6, Fr.
Austin Daye, SF, 6-10, Gonzaga, So.
Jrue Holliday, SG, UCLA, 6-4, Fr.
Kyle Singler, F, Duke, 6-8, So
Cole Aldrich, F/C, Kansas, 6-10, So.
Samardo Samuels, PF, Louisville, 6-10, Fr.
Nick Calathes, G, Florida, 6-5, So.
Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, 6-4, Jr.
Raymar Morgan, G/F, Michigan State, 6-7, Jr.
DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt, 6-7, So.

#Minnesota gets Miami’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protected) via Ricky Davis trade
*Clippers get Minnesota’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protectred) via Marko Jaric trade
+Thunder gets Spurs’ ’09 1st round pick (lottery preotected) via Kurt Thomas trade
^Minnesota gets Boston’s ’09 1st round pick (top 3 protected) via Kevin Garnett trade
&Kings get Houston ’09 1st round pick via Ron Artest trade
?Utah gets New York ’09 1st round pick (top 22 protected) via Phoenix
=Minnesota gets Philadelphia ’09 1st round pick (from Utah –Gordon Giricek trade-top 22 protected) via Rodney Carney trade
~Thunder get Denver ’09 1st round pick (lottery protected) via Johan Petro trade