The time has come for me to work this thing out.  I've studied team needs, free agents, and possible trades.  I think I have it figured out, but I'm sure that thought will change in the next few weeks.  Here we go!

  1. Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma - It has already been said by the Clippers' organization that they will take Griffin with this pick, so that is out of the way.
  2. Memphis Grizzlies - Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn - I think I'm one of the few that sees the Grizz taking a big man over Ricky Rubio.  It makes so much sense to pair Marc Gasol with Thabeet that it almost makes too much sense.  Maybe Jordan Hill would work here as well.
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder - Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona - Ricky Rubio doesn't make sense here either.  However, by adding an athletic big man in Hill, this team starts to come together.  Westbrook, Durant, Green, and Hill are a nice core to expand upon.
  4. Sacramento Kings - Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain - The Kings like point guards that can't shoot (Beno Udrih), so this pick makes plenty of sense.  Plus, if the Maloofs ever move this team to Vegas, Rubio would be a HUGE tourist attraction.  For now, he is just going to be the second coming of Jason "White Chocolate" Williams.
  5. Washington Wizards - James Harden, SG, Arizona State - Harden would help bring some scoring power to the backcourt.  He could rotate with DeShawn Stevenson, Nick Young, and Gilbert Arenas.
  6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Stephen Curry, G, Davidson - Some think that Curry is a lock to go to the Knicks, but who says a team can't take him before they pick?  Curry could be paired with Randy Foye in the backcourt and either one could run the point or play off the ball.  This helps move Mike Miller to the small forward slot and the T-Wolves can actually get some firepower from their wings.
  7. Golden State Warriors - Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis - Evans would be a nice piece to the puzzle for Nellie out in Golden State.  With Monta Ellis and Evans in the backcourt, Golden State could see a new Run TMC with Tyreke, Monta, and Corey (Maggette).
  8. New York Knicks - Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse - The Knicks miss out on Curry, but pick up a speed merchant in Flynn.  He would definitely fit in the run-n-gun offense of Mikey D.
  9. Toronto Raptors - DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, USC - DeRozan would probably start right away in Toronto if Anthony Parker is not re-signed.  He adds athleticism to the two-guard, which is something the Raptors are missing.
  10. Milwaukee Bucks - DeJuan Blair, PF, Pittsburgh - I think the Bucks are going to re-sign Ramon Sessions and let Charlie Villanueva walk in free agency.  This opens the door for Blair to come in and compete for the starting power forward slot. 
  11. New Jersey Nets - Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke - Henderson would fill in behind Vince Carter and Bobby Simmons at the two and three slots.  He brings a lot of athleticism to the table.
  12. Charlotte Bobcats - Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy - Charlotte has no shooters on their team outside of Raja Bell, but with Ray Felton most likely leaving in free agency, I could see Charlotte taking Jennings to play the point and possibly move DJ Augustin to the two guard.  Besides, Jennings is the best player available at this point.
  13. Indiana Pacers - Eric Maynor, PG, VCU - Last year, the Pacers teased me by drafting Jerryd Bayless only to turn around and trade him about half an hour later.  I think the team is going to go with an experienced point guard here instead of youth. 
  14. Phoenix Suns - Jrue Holiday, PG, UCLA - With no real backup to Steve Nash, the Suns add Holiday here.  He is an excellent defender and will develop into a tremendous talent in his career.
  15. Detroit Pistons - Terrence Williams, SG/SF, Louisville - Williams would provide a versatile backup to Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.  He could mix in with Aaron Afflalo on the second team and bring some extra athleticism to the team.
  16. Chicago Bulls - Chase Budinger, SG/SF, Arizona - Budinger adds some perimeter help to the Bulls.  Not sure if the Bulls will re-sign Ben Gordon or try to move Luol Deng, but something has to be done at the two and three spots.
  17. Philadelphia 76ers - Ty Lawson, PG, North Carolina - With Andre Miller likely leaving in free agency, the 76ers have a glaring need at the point.  Lawson has plenty of experience and he is best available point guard at this time in the draft.
  18. Minnesota Timberwolves - Earl Clark, SF/PF, Louisville - Clark would provide some depth at the three and four for the T-Wolves who just need talent up and down the line.
  19. Atlanta Hawks - Nick Calathes, PG, Florida - The Hawks' never ending search for a point guard continues.  Calathes is 6'5, can defend fairly well, and can shoot the three. 
  20. Utah Jazz - Darren Collison, PG, UCLA - Brevin Knight and Ronnie Price are both free agents, leaving the Jazz without a backup to Deron Williams.  Collison is that guy.
  21. New Orleans Hornets - James Johnson, PF, Wake Forest - Johnson brings size and tremendous upside to New Orleans.  He will learn under David West, who is a similar player to Johnson.
  22. Dallas Mavericks - Austin Daye, SF/PF, Gonzaga - Daye is soft in his game right now, but he would fit in with Dallas' style of play.  He can shoot from the perimeter and slash to the rim ala Dirk Nowitzki.
  23. Sacramento Kings - DeJuan Summers, SF/PF, Georgetown - Summers is versatile and could play a few different positions for the Kings who are in major need of talent.  Summers provides that and some good defensive skills as well.
  24. Portland Trailblazers - Jeff Teague, G, Wake Forest - Teague is more of a PG than a SG, which is something that Portland is constantly looking for.  Teague is the best available player in the draft at this point and fills a tremendous need.
  25. Oklahoma City Thunder - Gani Lawal, PF/C, Georgia Tech - If the Thunder actually added Jordan Hill and Lawal in this draft, they would have to be very happy.  Lawal is a banger and needs to polish his offensive skills, but he is a highly talented player.
  26. Chicago Bulls - BJ Mullens, C, Ohio State - I don't think Mullens is that talented, but he is big and has a lot of hype surrounding him.  Not really sure where else the Bulls would go with this pick.
  27. Memphis Grizzlies - Wayne Ellington, SG, North Carolina - Ellington would provide Memphis with a nice perimeter touch.  He would backup OJ Mayo, but should get plenty of touches with the second team.
  28. Minnesota Timberwolves - Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU - Thornton has created some buzz for himself and I think he has probably snuck into the first round with that. 
  29. Los Angeles Lakers - Jermaine Taylor, SG, Central Florida - Taylor is a scoring machine and would provide some solid offense to the second team.  Heck, he might even be able to fill in for Kobe if he were to get injured.
  30. Cleveland Cavaliers - Tyler Hansbrough, PF, North Carolina - Hansbrough is tough and that is what the Cavs need on the inside.  He won't be asked to score a ton, but he will need to rebound, hustle, and defend, three things he does quite well.

This is pretty tough to do when you start looking at all of the players and possibilities.  One player could slide a lot if another player is taken or passed on.  It's not science, but it is sure is close!

What are your thoughts?

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[May 28, 2009 1:11 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kelper said

No other Euro-pro players expected other than Rubio and Jennings?

[May 28, 2009 7:55 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Wish said

The Bulls would actually take Earl Clark before Budinger. With Salmons, Deng and probably Gordon they should actually be pretty deep there. Another possibility is trading Hinrich and taking Lawson there but a 4/5 is their first choice. They'll come back later in the first round with another perimeter player like Ellington if they don't trade that pick with Hinrich.

Good stuff though, I like NBA mock drafts a lot more than NFL.

[May 28, 2009 9:46 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Frank said

I think Calathes has already signed with Panathinaikos is Greece.

[May 28, 2009 10:20 AM]  |  link  |  reply
The GM said


You know, there really hasn't been a whole lot of international talk other than Rubio and Jennings. I'm sure there will be the fringe 1st rounders and the 2nd round will probably be the same thing, but I think a lot of international players are looking at NBA free agency for more money than they would make as a rookie in the second round.

[May 28, 2009 10:26 AM]  |  link  |  reply
The GM said


I can never figure out the Bulls and what they are going to do. Sort of like the Colts in the NFL draft!

[May 28, 2009 10:29 AM]  |  link  |  reply
The GM said


You are correct in that he did sign in Greece. He does have a stipulation that could leave him in the NBA draft if he is going to get picked higher than what his salary slot would be in Greece though. So, if he gets word that he is going around where I had him (15-21), then he could stay in. He has until June 15th to decide though.

Nice catch with that one! Had to do some reading up on the situation, because you surprised me with that!

[May 28, 2009 4:26 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Richard said

I wonder if Jermaine Taylor would have to the potential to be another Jerry West? Jerry West is a great hero of mine...I can't wait to see him compete in the Sports Legends Challenege.

[May 29, 2009 3:06 PM]  |  link  |  reply
The GM said

I like Jermaine Taylor's abilities to score, but West had such a greater understanding of the game as whole. Not saying Taylor isn't smart, but how many players like West are there out there?!

I do think he can carve himself out a nice NBA career though. I see him more as a mix of JR Smith/Eddie House.

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