NBA Draft Busts: rating the top five of the past 30 years

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The 2014 NBA draft will take place on Thursday, June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. All of the teams who either intentionally (like the Sixers) or unintentionally (like the Cavs) tanked last season will be looking to add that one player who can turn their franchise around.

With this year’s NBA draft class being touted as one of the greatest of all time, lots of fans of lots of teams are very excited to see what future superstar their favorite team will be adding. But someone should warn these guys and gals not to get their hopes up, as draft busts abound in the history of the NBA draft.

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FINAL 2009 NBA MOCK DRAFT

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by: David Kay

All your NBA Draft needs including my Final Mock Draft, prospect profiles, position rankings, and NBA team off-season needs are just a click away.

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 appears the Griz are not trading this pick to Minnesota, Thabeet is the guy.  He could be the defensive presence Memphis badly needs.  I maintain Ricky Rubio is the second best prospect in the draft and the Griz will regret not selecting him or trading down to gain more assets.
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

3. Oklahoma City– Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
I get the feeling the Thunder GM Sam Presti is far too intelligent to let Rubio pass them.  Drafting the Spanish sensation means Russell Westbrook shifts to the two which may not be the ideal fit, but is worth doing to land Rubio.  P.S. Is it me or are the Thunder the best young team in the NBA if they land Rubio?
Think: Steve Nash

4. SacramentoTyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-5, Fr.
I am very high on Evans and apparently so are the Kings.  Sacramento needs a point guard which Evans played at Memphis, but is probably better suited as a two-guard in the NBA.  I would be curious to see how Evans and Kevin Martin would co-exist in the same backcourt.  If the Kings decide to take a more pure point guard, Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holiday, and Stephen Curry are all options.
Think: Manu Ginobli

5. Minnesota (from Washington)- Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-3, Jr.
The T-Wolves have to be massively disappointing that they traded into this spot and didn’t land Rubio, Thabeet, OR Evans.  I’ve had more than one person say to me that Curry is in a way, a Randy Foye Part 2 which makes the trade with the Wiz a bit of a head scratcher.  Regardless, they need a point guard prospect with one of their top 6 picks.  Yeah, I know Curry isn’t even a real point guard.  Ish.
Think: Jason Terry

Here is the rest of my mock draft (don’t worry, you need not be an Insider like ESPN.com to access it)

Click here for prospect profiles.

Interested in position rankings?

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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.

For other draft related content including player profiles, position rankings, and a complete list of who is in the draft, check out www.walterfootball.com

NBA Draft Prospects Centers

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Here are the 2009 NBA Draft Center rankings. Go here for the rest of the  2009 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings.

For the full list of centers click here.

# 1  Hasheem Thabeet, UConn
Height: 7-2. Weight: 265. Year: Jr.
Projected Selection: 2-5.

Alters an entire game by his mere presence in the paint… Outstanding shot blocker who can swat a shot with either hand… Changes as many shots as he stuffs due to his incredible length and athleticism… A solid rebounder because of his height, but relies too much on his length which often puts him out of position and gets him into foul trouble… Still raw on the offensive end… Has a decent stroke from 10-15 feet out but it still needs a lot of work… Little threat when catching the ball on the block, but has shown steady improvement in that area.

# 2 B.J. Mullens, Ohio State
Height: 7-1. Weight: 258. Year: Fr..
Projected Selection: 14-21.

An intriguing prospect loaded with potential… A very good athlete for a seven-footer… Soild footwork in the post, but needs to do a better job of establishing him as a force down low… Average ability when facing the basket… Nice strength for some as young as he is and that should only improve over time… Probably a couple of years away from being a steady contributor in the NBA…

2009 NBA Mock Draft

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Here are the first few picks in the first round of our NBA Mock Draft. To view the rest of the draft click here

#  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

Even though there are rumors he doesn’t want to play for Memphis, Rubio HAS to be the pick here. He is by far the second-best prospect in the 2009 NBA 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 Hasheem Thabeet or Jordan Hill, who would fill a need for Memphis 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

#6 Minnesota Timberwolves: Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.
I love Evans and think he would be the perfect fit for the T-Wolves who need a player that can attack the basket which is Evans’ strength. He can also play some point guard, a position that Randy Foye has never really taken over since arriving in Minnesota. The knock on Evans is his inconsistent outside shot, but that improves with time.

Think: Manu Ginobli

Here are the first few picks in the second round of our NBA Mock Draft. To view the rest of the draft click here

#31 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.

#32 Portland Blazers: Jonas Jerebko, PF, Sweden, 6-9, 1989

The Blazers have four second-round selections and will likely take a few foreign prospoects or trade a couple of the picks.

#33 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.

#34 Denver Nuggets: Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-0

A potential backup to Chauncey Billups, Darren Collison is an experienced floor leader and could sneak into the late first round.

#35 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.

NBA Draft Combine Photos, Measurables Chart

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Hasheem Thabeet in the house.

Here are some of the best pics from the NBA Draft combine Media Day in Chicago. It’s kind of like Super Bowl Media Day, but for basketball geeks. Come to think of it, I’d rather attend this than Super Bowl Media Day. Although this one doesn’t feature interviews conducted by sock puppets or journalists in wedding dresses…that I know about.

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Blake Griffin always had somebody shadowing him. If the amount of media around him here looks thin…that’s a bit misleading because he was swamped by reporters almost all the time. This moment gave me a chance to actually get a shot of him.

 

Time to take a break and get geeky. These were the results of the NBA Draft combine’s measurables.

 

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Anthropometric Results      
(Alphabetical Sort)      
      
  1 2 3 4 5
  HT HT WT WS RCH
  Player Height w/o Shoes Player Height with Shoes Player Weight Wingspan Standing Reach
  (Ft/Inches) (Ft/Inches) (Pounds) (Ft/Inches) (Ft/Inches)
Name      
Adrien, Jeff  6′  5.25” 6′  6.5” 236.2 7′  2” 8′  11.5”
Beaubois, Rodrigue  6′  1.25” 6′  2.25” 182.4 6′  9.75” 8′  4”
Blair, DeJuan  6′  5.25” 6′  6.5” 276.6 7′  2” 8′  10.5”
Brown, Derrick  6′  7.5” 6′  8.5” 224.6 7′  2.5” 8′  11.5”
Budinger, Chase  6′  6.25” 6′  7” 206.4 6′  7” 8′  5”
Carroll, DeMarre  6′  6.25” 6′  7.75” 207.2 6′  10” 8′  9”
Casspi, Omri  6′  7.75” 6′  9.25” 211.2 6′  9.25” 8′  10.5”
Christmas, Dionte  6′  4.25” 6′  5.5” 210.8 6′  9” 8′  6.5”
Clark, Earl  6′  8.5” 6′  10.25” 228.4 7′  2.5” 9′  1.5”
Collison, Darren  6′  0.25” 6′  1.5” 166.2 6′  3” 8′  0.5”
Cunningham, Danté  6′  7” 6′  8.25” 227.4 6′  11” 8′  10.5”
Curry, Stephen  6′  2” 6′  3.25” 181.0 6′  3.5” 8′  1”
Daye, Austin  6′  9.75” 6′  10.75” 191.8 7′  2.75” 9′  2”
DeRozan, DeMar  6′  5.5” 6′  6.5” 211.2 6′  9” 8′  6.5”
Douglas, Toney  6′  1” 6′  2” 183.4 6′  6” 8′  1.5”
Ellington, Wayne  6′  4.25” 6′  5.25” 202.4 6′  6.5” 8′  4”
Evans , Tyreke  6′  4” 6′  5.25” 220.6 6′  11.25” 8′  8”
Flynn, Jonny  5′  11.25” 6′  0.75” 195.6 6′  4” 7′  11.5”
Gibson, Taj  6′  8.5” 6′  9.75” 214.4 7′  4” 9′  1”
Green, Danny  6′  5.25” 6′  6.5” 208.0 6′  10” 8′  7”
Griffin, Blake  6′  8.5” 6′  10” 248.4 6′  11.25” 8′  9”
Hansbrough, Tyler  6′  8.25” 6′  9.5” 234.2 6′  11.5” 8′  10”
Harangody, Luke  6′  6.25” 6′  8” 240.4 6′  9.75” 8′  10”
Harden, James  6′  4” 6′  5.25” 222.0 6′  10.75” 8′  7.5”
Henderson, Gerald  6′  4” 6′  5” 214.6 6′  10.25” 8′  6.5”
Heytvelt, Josh  6′  10” 6′  11” 246.2 7′  1.25” 9′  0”
Hill, Jordan  6′  9.25” 6′  10.25” 232.4 7′  1.5” 9′  0”
Holiday, Jrue  6′  3.25” 6′  4.25” 199.0 6′  7” 8′  4.5”
Ingles, Joe  6′  7.75” 6′  8.25” 209.2 6′  10.25” 8′  9”
James, Damion  6′  6.25” 6′  7.5” 224.0 7′  0.75” 8′  10”
Johnson, James  6′  7” 6′  7.75” 257.2 7′  0.75” 8′  9.5”
Lawal, Gani  6′  7.75” 6′  9” 229.0 7′  0” 8′  10”
Lawson, Ty  5′  11.25” 6′  0.5” 196.6 6′  0.75” 7′  10.5”
Maynor, Eric  6′  2.25” 6′  3.25” 163.6 6′  2.5” 8′  1”
McClinton, Jack  5′  11.75” 6′  0.75” 185.2 6′  2.5” 8′  0”
McNeal, Jerel  6′  1.5” 6′  3” 190.4 6′  7.25” 8′  3.5”
Meeks, Jodie  6′  3” 6′  4” 211.4 6′  4.5” 8′  2”
Mills, Patrick  5′  11.25” 6′  0.5” 175.4 6′  2” 7′  11”
Mullens, BJ  6′  11.75” 7′  1.25” 258.2 7′  1.5” 9′  3”
Pendergraph, Jeff  6′  8.75” 6′  10” 239.6 7′  1” 8′  11”
Price, AJ  6′  0.5” 6′  2” 192.8 6′  3.75” 8′  1”
Smith, Tyler  6′  5.25” 6′  6” 212.0 6′  9.75” 8′  8.5”
Summers, DaJuan  6′  7.25” 6′  8.5” 243.0 7′  0.75” 8′  10.5”
Taylor, Jermaine  6′  3.5” 6′  4.75” 207.4 6′  8.75” 8′  5”
Teague, Jeff  6′  0.25” 6′  1.5” 175.2 6′  7.5” 8′  2.5”
Thabeet, Hasheem  7′  1.25” 7′  2.5” 267.2 7′  6.25” 9′  5”
Thornton, Marcus  6′  2.75” 6′  3.75” 194.4 6′  5” 8′  3”
Vasquez, Greivis  6′  4.75” 6′  6” 197.4 6′  7.25” 8′  5”
Williams, Terrence  6′  5” 6′  6.25” 213.2 6′  9” 8′  7.5”
Young, Sam  6′  5.25” 6′  6.75” 222.8 6′  10.75” 8′  9.5”

 

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if you haven’t heard of Jordan Hill…no it’s not the name of a WB nighttime soap series about angry sisters in a dysfunctional family. Jordan Hill is a University of Arizona product who’s projected to go lottery in almost everyone’s mock draft.

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I don’t why I included this. My least favorite player from my least favorite team of all-time. You’ve heard me complain about Psycho T.’s overexposure, so yes I’m aware of the irony of posting a picture of him to complain about his unjustified over-publicity. So you don’t have to bother pointing that out.

The Big East’s Battle Tested NBA Prospects

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By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

During the 2008-2009 season, the Big East set itself apart from any other conference in the history college basketball.  It became the first conference in NCAA Tournament history to not only send five teams to the Sweet Sixteen, but also advance four schools to the Elite 8.  At one time, eight Big East teams were ranked in the AP Top 25, the first time a conference had ever accomplished such a feat. In the first week of January, the conference topped their own mark, as nine teams were voted into the Top 25.

With that sort of resume, it should come as no surprise that the Big East will hear a record number of player names called during this year’s NBA Draft.  While only four players from the conference were drafted last year and just six selected in the 2007 Draft, our most recent mock draft has 12 players being drafted. (The previous high was 11 in 2006; ten of which being among the top 33.)  That number could be even higher if underclassmen Luke Harangody of Notre Dame or Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds stay in the draft, but both are expected to return to their respective schools for their senior seasons as they have left that option open by not signing an agent. “We talk off and on. He’s doing his thing, I’m doing my thing. We communicate a little bit, but it’s kind of shaky what he’s feeling,” Villanova’s Dante Cunningham said of his former teammate at the NBA Draft Combine.notre_dame20harangody20beasley

Having played in undoubtedly the toughest conference in the nation should greatly benefit these future NBA’ers at the next level as they will enter the league battle-tested.  Former UConn point guard A.J. Price summed it up best during our exclusive chat at the combine, “Running through the Big East Conference is like you said, kind of like a mini D-League because there were no easy games, a lot of guys who played in that league will be pros if not this year, then eventually, and it prepared me for this time and I’m glad we got a chance to do that,” Price said.

 
Louisville: Clark Bar and T. Will

Louisville, the Big East regular season and conference tournament champions, was one of the two Big East teams to advance to the Final Four.  The Cardinals punched their ticket to Detroit mainly because of their tandem of versatile forwards, Earl Clark and Terrence Williams.  Clark played some of his best basketball down the stretch and shouldn’t fall out of the lottery while Williams will likely be a mid-to-late first rounder.

Williams was very candid at the combine about the big picture of the NBA Draft. “Some others don’t really work out because they feel they’re already secure in a certain spot, and that’s surprises me because you’d think that people who love basketball would play regardless. Other than it’s just everybody going for a job and at the end of the day it’s just business,” Williams said. 

 
Pittsburgh’s Dynamic Duo

Pitt’s DeJuan Blair is an intriguing prospect.  He only measured in at 6-6.5 in shoes which is far from the ideal size for an NBA power forward.  But his physicality and 7’2” wingspan will help wipe away any doubt teams have about his future productivity in the NBA.  Blair is pretty confident: “I don’t think there was a better offensive rebounder by far in this class at all. There’s something about that ball, I go get it,” he said at the combine. A dominating 22 point, 23 rebound beat-down of UConn’s Hasheem Thabeet during the regular season doesn’t hurt either.

NBA Draft aficionados are buzzing about Blair astonishing weight loss (40 pounds in three weeks) during his workouts. At the NBA Draft combine, Blair had a sense of humor about it. “I told my mom that this morning she said did you cut off your leg off? She couldn’t believe it and that was pretty exciting,” Get ready for the next best-selling book: “The DeJuan Blair Diet.”  

Besides being the object of obsession by ESPN analyst Bob Knight because of his outstanding shot fake, fellow Panther Sam Young should be taken in the last first *Nov 21 - 00:05*round and have a solid pro career due to his savvy basketball knowledge and multi-faceted offensive game. “A lot of people don’t think I can play the two, but I think when it’s all said and done I’m going to be a two,” Young said.

 
In like Flynn

Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn churned out one of the gutsiest performances in conference tournament history this March, when he played 67 of the 70 minutes in the six-overtime classic against UConn and following that up by being on the floor for all 45 minutes of the Orange’s OT victory against West Virginia the very next night.  He is the perfect combination of a true point guard who can score in a variety of ways when needed to.  He currently projects as a mid-lottery pick and should make an immediate impact at the NBA. 

Flynn described his game: “I think I have some characteristics of Chris Paul. His tenacity, he’s hard as nails, fiery, fires his teammates up, he really knows how to get his teammates in position to where they can score, where they don’t have to do much to score. Look at David West and Tyson Chandler; where would they be without Chris Paul?”

2009 NBA Mock Draft

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See the rest of round one here

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2009mock.php

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

See the rest of round one here

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2009mock.php

 

 

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

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2009mock_2.php 

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

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2009mock_2.php

UConn Continues Pipeline to NBA

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By Paul M. Banks and David K.

In 2006, UConn had five players picked in the NBA Draft. Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams, and Josh Boone were all chosen in the first round while Denham Brown was selected in the second.  This sort of Husky-representation at the next level should come as no surprise as Jim Calhoun has placed 13 players currently on a NBA roster.

At the NBA Draft combine A.J. Price mentioned the dynamics “obviously one of us is in a different boat right now, but me and Jeff we’re roommates so we’ve been going out together, and it makes it easier to have people you’re comfortable with to go through this process together.”

That guy in the different boat is the 7’3 Hasheem Thabeet.  Although he will almost certainly be drafted top 5, Thabeet still needs to polish his offensive skill set. He’ll also need to add some muscle to his frame and learn how to not be like Greg Oden, a.k.a. stay out of foul trouble.  At the NBA Draft Combine I asked Thabeet about his attempts to add weight. “During the season I went up to 278, at the end of the season I started doing a lot of conditioning, a lot of working out, not lifting weights, but I was in California working out with the Navy S.E.A.L.S. and I dropped to about 267, my goal is to get up to about 280-285,” the Tanzanian center responded.

Too often Thabeet relies on his size alone to block shots, which puts him out of position and increases the likelihood of making contact with the shooter.  On the other hand, he does have solid footwork and quickness for a 7’3” player. If he learns to better utilize those tools, (and perhaps some of the things he learned from the Navy S.E.A.L.S.), he will become an even more dangerous defender.jeffadrien


Yo Adrien!

Thabeet’s frontcourt mate, Jeff Adrien is the antithesis of Thabeet in the post.  Adrien measured in at just 6-6.5 while wearing shoes at the NBA Draft combine which knocks him down to a second round prospect.  That is not the ideal size for a power forward at the next level, but what Adrien lacks in height, he makes up for with his outstanding strength, toughness, and 7-2 wingspan.  “I think I bring a lot of toughness. I’m a guy that’s physical, who will go all out. I’m going to dive in the stands for that loose ball to save that possession for us, to grab that offensive rebound and score inside. I think I bring a lot to the table, but I think the biggest part right now is toughness. Some NBA teams lack toughness, and that could really hurt them, and I can come in there and change the tone and attitude,” Adrien said at the NBA Draft combine.

Adrien was a steady force from his sophomore to senior seasons in Storrs, averaging about 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during that span.  He is built like a truck and will need to assert his physicality down low and also further develop his mid-range game if he wants to have a long NBA career. During our exclusive interview, Adrien told me he’s confident that he can become the next NBA player to flourish despite being undersized at the four. “A lot of guys in my position have had success: Craig Smith, Paul Millsap, Leon Powe, Jason Maxiell, Glen Davis, Evans over at Philadelphia…you’ve seen more NBA teams have the undersized power forward. Houston did pretty well with the two guys they had over there,” he said.


Price Equilibrium

A.J. Price’s collegiate career got out to a very rocky start at UConn.  A near-fatal blood vessel abnormality in his brain cost Price all of his freshman year.  He was then arrested in August of his sophomore year after being charged with felony larceny involving the theft of laptop computers.  Price overcame both of these obstacles and matured during his four years in Storrs, both as a person and a player, and will almost certainly be drafted in the second round. When I asked him what one of his favorite aspects of the combine was, Price described a non-basketball related experience, “To be able to go in and sit down with head coaches and GMs from different teams and talk to them and have them really understand you as a person, and you get to understand them as well has been really cool,” he said.uconnajprice

Price primarily ran the point for UConn, but played more two guard in his senior season as he and freshman point guard Kemba Walker often shared the same backcourt.  That shifting of positions opened the door for Price to become more of a chucker, with almost half of his field goal attempts coming from downtown.  He hit more than 40% from deep which is an impressive number at the collegiate level, but because of his height (6’2”), Price must get back to running the point and being a distributor if he hopes to make a roster.

“It’s the most important position on the court. It’s like the quarterback in football, you’re making the calls, it’s up to you to execute. You’ve got to be headstrong to play the one, no room for error, to be shaken up or rattled because the team’s going to follow you. Teams understand the need to have a steady guy at the one, who is always under control, a la Chauncey Billups or someone like that. Those teams tend to do better,” Price said before describing what sets him (as well as his former UConn teammates) apart from the pack:

“I’m a Floor General, I demand success, coming from the University of Connecticut, I believe that’s been instilled in us. All three of the guys here, we hate to lose. Losing is not acceptable where we come from. I’m a winner. I shoot the basketball, I make shots and I can run the club, so I believe those are my biggest assets.”

Hasheem Thabeet have Enough Offense for the NBA?

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By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

Being 7’3” and possessing the athleticism Hasheem Thabbet does, it’s no surprise he’s regarded one of the top prospects in the 2009 NBA Draft.  In his three years at UConn, he made major strides each season. He conveyed steady growth while still leaving plenty of room for improvement.

“You can see from my freshman year to my junior year. My freshman year I was averaging 6 points, by the time I left UConn I was above 13. I just keep changing and working hard and listening to the coaches, and that’s the only way I can be successful,” Thabeet said at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

Perhaps no player in recent memory had the same impact on the defensive end that Thabeet did.  He leaves UConn just 118 blocked shots shy of the NCAA record, a record he almost certainly would have broken had he returned for his senior season.  Besides averaging 4.2 blocks per game, the intimidating presence of Thabeet in the paint altered several shots a game; discouraging smaller players who wouldn’t even fathom the idea of taking at the big man. Players down low rarely have that sort of impact today.

Dikembe Mutombo is perhaps the most recent example. His mere presence forced opposing offenses to completely overhaul their game plan. At the combine media day, I asked Thabeet about being compared to the “Fear of Zaire,” a post player who’s country of origin is very close to Thabeet’s native Tanzania. “I look up to him. He had a great career, and his being not too far from my country, to be able to stay in the league and accomplish what he did is great. He’s a good player I’d like to have a great career like him,” Thabeet center.

Many NBA Mock Drafts have Thabeet going third overall, due to his impressive shot blocking abilities. He’s 7’3” and has a ridiculous 7’ 6.25” wingspan, incredible timing, and is coordinated enough to go up and swat a shot with either hand on a regular basis.hasheem-thabeet2

Offensively, Thabeet is still very much a work in progress.  And he spoke about all the experts he’s working with to improve his offense. “Right now I’m working out with Scott Roth. He’s a shooter,” Roth played for three different NBA teams (Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves) in the 1980s after starring at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thabeet has also found another workout partner. “I’m working out with a former Navy S.E.A.L. I was in California. Me, Darren Collision and some other guy working out, I’m going back to L.A. And it’s not in the water at all, it’s a mobility workout,” the big man said.

While his skills on the block have improved year-by-year, they are still not anywhere close to where they need to be if he wants to become a steady offensive threat.  Most of Thabeet’s baskets in college came from offensive rebounds or slam dunks, and rarely did he ever have to step out and shoot a mid-range jumper.  When he did spot up to shoot, his stroke wasn’t as horrendous as most would imagine.  His touch is soft, and his form doesn’t need a whole lot of work.  It will more be an issue of finding a rhythm and feeling comfortable enough to shoot the 12-15 footer so that he becomes less of a one dimensional talent.

Thabeet was asked if he would rather go to a team that A.) Wanted him to be a defensive specialist or B.) Wanted him to do it all, including his in-progress offensive game. “To me defense always wins the game, but wherever I end up, I just want to be able to do anything. It’s not like college where maybe they might not throw you the ball too many times. In the NBA you’re going to get your touches,” he responded before answering the critics of his offensive game.

“They’re going to see me out there and that’s the only way I have to talk, I don’t really talk off the court, I just play basketball and have fun.”

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2009 NBA Mock Draft

By: David K.

This is my second mock draft that has taken team needs into account.  Now that the NBA regular season is done, the preliminary order is set until the draft lottery takes place on May 19th.  The deadline has also passed for college underclassmen to announce if they are declaring for the draft or returning to school.  Those underclassmen that have yet to hire an agent have until June 15th to do so.  Remember, I got as many picks correct last year as ESPN’s “expert” Chad Ford and watched 274 college basketball games this season, so I feel pretty good about my projections.

1. Sacramento- Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
If the Kings land the top pick, it’s a gutsy call, but I think Rubio is their guy.  Sacramento has a few young bigs, but has a major need for a long-term franchise player and a point guard, both roles that Rubio can fill.  Plus, I think Rubio is the “sexier” pick and the Maloof brothers are all about “sexy.”
Think: Steve Nash

2. Washington – Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-9, So.
Griffin has proven to be the most dominant player in college basketball and will likely be the number one pick if any team but the Kings are selecting first.  While he doesn’t fill a need for the Wizards, he is too good to pass up with the second pick.
Think: Amare Stoudamire

3. L.A. Clippers- Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.
The Clips already have Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman up-front, but Camby is a free agent after next season.  Thabeet is the third best prospect in this class and absolutely owns the paint on the defensive end.  Not being needed to contribute major minutes in his first season might actually be a good thing since his offensive game still needs to improve.
Think: Ben Wallace, but six inches taller

4. Oklahoma City- James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
OKC would likely take a long look at Jordan Hill as well, but Harden fills a major void for a shooting guard.  He has the ability to take over a game whenever he wants, although he also tends to be too unselfish at times as well.  Harden would be a nice running mate for Kevin Durant.
Think: Paul Pierce

5. Minnesota- Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.
I love Evans and think he would be the perfect fit for the T-Wolves who need a player that can attack the basket which is Evans’ strength.  He can also play some point guard, a position that Randy Foye has never really taken over since arriving in Minnesota.  The knock on Evans is his inconsistent outside shot, but that improves with time.
Think: Manu Ginobli

6. Memphis – Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, So.
The Griz would be ecstatic if Hill fell to them.  With young perimeter players like Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, and Rudy Gay, Memphis needs someone to play down low.  Hill has great athleticism which would be perfect for a young team that wants to run.  He also has nice touch around the basket, but will need to get stronger
Think: LaMarcus Aldridge

7. Golden State- Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy, 6-0, 1989
Jennings is one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft because he did not have great success playing overseas this year, but is loaded with potential.  He would be a perfect fit for a team needing a true point guard who can get other players involved, but also score when called upon.
Think: Kenny Anderson

8. New York- Demar DeRozan, SG, USC, 6-6, Fr.
With Larry Hughes, Cuttino Mobley, and Quentin Richardson all one year away from free agency, the Knicks need to find a long-term solution at the two-guard.  DeRozan is an incredible athlete and really came along strong during the final month of the season, though his three-point shot still needs work.
Think: Vince Carter

9. Toronto- Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, 6-4, Jr.
The Raptors have a major hole for a wing player who can take it to the rack.  Henderson took a major step during his junior season and will likely continue to improve at the next level.  He is that athletic scorer needed in Toronto and can also stroke it from deep.
Think: J.R. Smith

10. Milwaukee- Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, 6-0, So.
Flynn seems like a player who Scott Skiles would love to coach.  He is tough, plays with a lot of heart, and just gets it.  He understands how to run the point, when to be a distributor, when his team needs him to be a scorer.  Since Luke Ridnour is not the answer and Ramon Sessions is a free agent, Flynn is the choice.
Think: Raymond Felton

11. New Jersey- Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
This would be somewhat of a steal for the Nets at 11.  Clark 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.  He would be a great fit in New Jersey as they need some help on the wing.
Think: Lamar Odom


12. Charlotte- Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, 6-5, Jr.

Playing for the National Champion Tar Heels certainly elevated Ellington’s stock.  The Bobcats could use some depth on the wing and Ellington would provide that.  He has one of the smoothest shooting strokes in college hoops and can also take it to the rack.
Think: Richard Hamilton

13. Indiana- Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-3, Jr.
Is he a one or a two?  Despite being the most talented pure shooter in college basketball and having limitless range from the outside, the fact that Dell’s son is a “tweener” could deter teams from taking him.  Plus, he is rail thin.  He likely won’t fall out of the lottery and the Pacers could use a sharpshooter to bring off their bench.
Think: Jason Terry

14. Phoenix- Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, 5-11, Jr.
Steve Nash is getting up their in age and if the Suns pick up his option for next season, would become a free agent in 2010.  Like Ellington, Lawson’s stock soared during UNC’s title run.  He was probably the best floor general in college hoops and has greatly improved his three-point shot.
Think: Jameer Nelson

15. Detroit- Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
I think it’s safe to say the Allen Iverson deal backfired.  AI and Rasheed Wallace are both free agents so the Pistons could go in either direction with this pick.  Teague is a scoring point guard who shot the ball at a very high percentage last season.
Think: Keyon Dooling

16. Chicago- DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt, 6-7, So
It has been pretty clear against the Celtics, that the Bulls lack that low post bruiser.  Enter Blair.  At 6-7, he is undersized to play power forward, but he is just so strong and long which makes him a force on the block and board.  It is uncertain how that will translate to the pro game, as Blair will need to work on his mid-range jumper to be effective at the next level.  A shooting guard could also be an option in case Ben Gordon leaves via free agency.
Think: Craig Smith

17. Philadelphia- Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, 6-3, Sr.
With Andre Miller eligible for free agency, the Sixers likely draft a point guard..  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. #Minnesota- Terrence Williams, SF, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
With the second of their three first round picks, I still think the T-Wolves need to address their need for athletes on the wing.  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.

19. Atlanta- James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.
With only seven players under contract for next season, the Hawks need depth at every position and probably take the best available player.  One major NBA Draft web-site has Johnson listed as the tenth best prospect in this draft, which is a bit ridiculous in my mind.  The former Demon Deacon is an athletic forward who can play the three or four, and while his frame is ready for the rigor of the NBA, his shot is not.
Think: Wilson Chandler

20. Utah- B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
I am still surprised Mullens decided to go pro as he would have been better served returning to the Buckeyes and developing his game.  But based on his athleticism, size, and potential, he is definitely worth a mid-first round pick  The Jazz likely go for a post player since Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur could both opt out of their contracts this off-season.
Think: Spencer Hawes

21. New Orleans- Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
The Hornets need to add some depth up-front as Hilton Armstrong is their only reserve post player under contract for next season.  Patterson has a nice combination of size, strength, and athleticism, and decent range on his jumper.
Think: Kenyon Martin

22. Dallas- Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech, 6-8, So.
The Mavs have two important players entering free agency, Jason Kidd and Brandon Bass, so drafting a replacement for either makes sense.  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

23. &Sacramento- Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
Assuming the Kings take Rubio at #1, they should look for a wing player here. Budinger’s strength is his versatility.  He can jump out of the gym, hit the three ball, and has a nice inside-outside game, but his tendency to disappear during stretches is a major knock.
Think: Stephen Jackson

24. Portland- Victor Claver, F, Spain, 6-11, 1989
The Blazers roster is pretty much set for next season, so the logical move would be to trade out of this pick or draft another Euro player and stash him overseas.  Claver is a typical Euro-style player in that he is long, has a good all-around skill set, but needs to get stronger.
Think: Donte Greene

25. +Oklahoma City- Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, 6-9, Sr.
Despite being one of the most decorated in recent college basketball history, a lot of people are questioning how his game will translate into the NBA.  I don’t see him being anything more than an energy guy off the bench at the next level, but could bring his work ethic and winning mentality to OKC.
Think: Eduardo Najera

26. %Chicago- Sam Young, G/F, Pitt, 6-6, Sr.
Since I have the Bulls going big at #16, they likely take a wing player in case Gordon does bolt this off-season.  Young can elevate, hit it from deep, has a tremendous basketball IQ, can take bigger defenders off the dribble and post up smaller guys.  His lack of NBA-type athleticism drops him to this spot.
Think: Michael Finley

27. $Memphis- Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s, 5-11, So.
The Griz are likely to address their need for a back-up point guard with this pick.  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

28. ^Minnesota- Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Jr.
I doubt the T-Wolves actually keep all three of their picks, but James would be a good value here.  A sub par season hurt his stock as he was once a projected lottery pick.  He was one of the most aggressive offensive rebounders in college basketball, has an NBA-ready build, and a nice shot from the perimeter.
Think: Maurice Evans

29. L.A. Lakers- Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.
Smith would provide some insurance if Lamar Odom leaves via free agency.  The former Vol is fearless when attacking the hoop and thrives on the break.  He is not a great outside shooter, but his rebounding and passing abilities help his stock.
Think: Thabo Sefolosha

30. Cleveland- Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU, 6-4, Sr.

Thornton is a little undersized to play the two in the NBA, but there is no question the kid can flat-out shoot the rock, and what he lacks in size, he makes up for in strength.  I think he would be a great late first round pick especially for the Cavs who would just need him to compliment LeBron for a few stretches a game.
Think: Daequan Cook

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Second Round
31. Sacramento- Vladimir Dasic, SF, Montenegro, 1988
32. Portland- Taj Gibson, PF, USC, 6-9, Jr.
33. Washington- Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, 6-2, Sr.
34. Denver- .Jermaine Taylor, SG, UCF, 6-4, Sr.
35. Memphis- DaJuan Summers, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.
36. Detroit- Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State, 6-10, Sr.
37. San Antonio- Omri Casspi, SF, Isreal, 6-8, 1988
38. Portland- Milan Macvan, PF, Serbia, 6-9, 1989
39. Detroit- Greivis Vasquez, SG, Maryland, 6-5, Jr.
40. Charlotte- Danny Green, SF, UNC, 6-7, Sr.
41. Milwaukee- Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga, 6-11, Sr.
42. L.A. Lakers- Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.
43. Miami- Chris Johnson, PF, LSU, 6-11, Sr.
44. Detroit- Lee Cummard, G/F, BYU, 6-7, Sr.
45. Minnesota- A.J. Price, PG, UConn, 6-2, Sr
46. Cleveland- Dante Cunningham, F, Villanova, 6-8, Sr.
47. Minnesota- Jonas Jerebko, PF, Sweden, 6-9, 1989
48. Phoenix- Demarre Carroll, F, Missouri, 6-8, Sr.
49. Atlanta- Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple, 6-5, Sr.
50. Utah- Jeff Adrien, PF, UConn, 6-7, Sr.
51. San Antonio- Wesley Matthews, SG, Marquette, 6-5, Sr.
52. Indiana- Leo Lyons, F, Missouri, 6-9, Sr.
53. San Antonio- Jon Brockman, PF, Washington, 6-7, Sr.
54. Charlotte- Curtis Jerrells, PG, Baylor, 6-1, Sr.
55. Portland- Dar Tucker, SG, DePaul, 6-5, So.
56. Portland- Nando de Colo, G, 6-5, France 1987
57. Phoenix- Toney Douglas, PG, Florida State, 6-2
58. Boston- Robert Vaden, SG, UAB, 6-5, Sr.
59. L.A. Lakers- Sergio Llull, PG, Spain, 6-5, 1988
60. Miami- Jack McClinton, PG, Miami (FL), 6-1, Sr.

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Declared for the Draft:
>Dominique Archie, SF, South Carolina, 6-7, Jr.
DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt, 6-7, So.
>Derrick Brown, F, Xavier, 6-9, Jr.
Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona, 6-7, Jr.
>Nick Calathes, G, Florida, 6-6, So.
Earl Clark, F, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
>Dwayne Collins, PF, Miami, 6-8, Jr.
>Brandon Costner, PF, N.C. State, 6-9, Jr.
Stephen Curry, G, Davidson, 6-2, Jr.
>Bryan Davis, PF, Texas A&M, 6-9, Jr.
>Austin Daye, F, Gonzaga, 6-0, So.
Demar DeRozan, SG, USC, 6-6, Fr.
>Eric Devendorf, G, Syracuse, 6-4, Jr.
>Devin Downey, PG, South Carolina, 5-9, Jr
>Osiris Eldridge, SG, Illinois State, 6-3, Jr.
Wayne Ellington, SG, North Carolina, 6-5, Jr.
>Chinemelu Elonu, F/C. Texas A&M, 6-10, Jr.
>Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis, 6-6, Fr.
>Roderick Flemings, SF, Hawaii, 6-7, Jr.
Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, 6-0, So.
Taj Gibson, PF, USC, 6-9, Jr.
Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma, 6-10, So.
Daniel Hackett, PG, USC, 6-4, Jr.
>Luke Harangody, PF, Notre Dame, 6-8, Jr.
James Harden, SG, Arizona State, 6-5, So.
>Paul Harris, G/F. Syracuse, 6-5, Jr.
>Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, 6-4, Jr.
Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, 6-10, Jr.
>Jrue Holliday, G, UCLA, 6-4, Fr
>Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Jr.
Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy, 6-0, 1989
James Johnson, F, Wake Forest, 6-9, So.
>Mac Koshwal, C, DePaul, 6-10, So.
>Gani Lawal, F, Georgia Tech, 6-8, So.
Ty Lawson, PG, North Carolina, 5-11, Jr.
>Ater Majok, PF, UConn, 6-10, Fr.
>Jodie Meeks, SG, Kentucky, 6-4, Jr
>Patty Mills, PG, St. Mary’s, 5-11, So.
>Tasmin Mitchell, SF, LSU, 6-7, Jr.
B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State, 7-0, Fr.
>Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
>Scottie Reynolds, PG, Villanova, 6-2, Jr.
Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain, 6-4, 1990
>David Sloan, G, Texas A&M, 6-3, Jr.
>Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, 6-7, Jr.
DaJuan Summers, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.
>Shawn Taggart, PF, Memphis, 6-10, Jr.
>Jonathan Tavernari, G/F, BYU, 6-6, Jr.
>Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest, 6-1, So.
Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, 7-3, Jr.
Dar Tucker, SG, DePaul, 6-5, So.
>Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mississippi State, 6-9, Jr.
>Greivis Vasquez, SG, Maryland, 6-5, Jr.
>Michael Washington, PF, Arkansas, 6-9, Jr.
>Jeremy Wise, PG, Southern Miss., 6-2, Jr.
>Nic Wise, PG, Arizona, 5-10, Jr.

>has yet to hire an agent

Staying in School:
Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas, 6-11, So.
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, 6-9, Fr.
James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma St., 6-6, So.
Trevor Booker, PF, Clemson, 6-7, Jr.
Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State, 6-10, So.
Patrick Christopher, SG, Cal, 6-5, Jr.
Sherron Collins, PG, Kansas, 5-11, Jr.
Ed Davis, PF, North Carolina, 6-10, Fr.
Devin Ebanks, F, West Virginia, 6-9, Fr.
Manny Harris, SG, Michigan, 6-5, So.
JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue, 6-10, So.
Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, 7-0, Jr.
Greg Monroe, PF, Georgetown, 6-10, Fr.
Dexter Pittman, C, Texas, 6-10, Jr.
Stanley Robinson, SF, UConn, 6-8, Jr.
DeShawn Sims, SF, Michigan, 6-8, Jr.
Kyle Singler, F, Duke, 6-8, So.
Evan Turner, SF, Ohio State, So.
Willie Warren, G, Oklahoma, 6-4, Fr.

#Minnesota gets Miami’s ’09 1st round pick (top ten protected) via Ricky Davis trade
&Kings get Houston ’09 1st round pick via Ron Artest 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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