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Dime NBA Mock Draft, 6.19.09

James Harden (photo. Bruce Yeung)

James Harden (photo. Bruce Yeung)

With just a under a week before the 2009 NBA Draft, after numerous individual workouts, teams are starting to figure out who they can see hanging out in their locker room and wearing their jersey. As long as unknown draft day promises don’t surface, this is how we see it all shaking out.

1. L.A. Clippers — Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma
Team USA has already planned on inviting him to Las Vegas after the Draft and they know the type of talent they’re getting. Whether or not the Clippers keep or trade this pick, one thing is certain: Blake Griffin is going to be the No. 1 pick.

2. Memphis — Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn
Building around O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies would be crazy to pick anybody but Thabeet. While a lot of teams are extremely high on James Harden, last time I checked, they still only play with one basketball.

3. Oklahoma City — James Harden, SG, Arizona State
If they can’t land Griffin, Harden is a more than acceptable second option. Fitting into the two-spot alongside Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, Western Conference GMs are certainly going to be worried for years to come.

4. Sacramento — Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain
Ricky Rubio is exactly what the Kings need to bring excitement back to Arco. Pairing him with Kevin Martin means buckets galore.

5. Washington — Jrue Holiday, PG/SG, UCLA
Catapulting up the charts, Jrue Holiday is exactly the guy Washington needs to play alongside Gilbert Arenas when he returns.

6. Minnesota — Tyreke Evans, PG/SG, Memphis
With a team that basically consists of Al Jefferson and 14 other bodies, you need a playmaker to get things going. After an impressive second half of the season from Tyreke Evans, whoever you put around him will benefit.

7. Golden State — Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona
Word out of The Bay is that they will not let Jordan Hill fall below them. While that’s bad news for Knicks fans that would love a shot at the 6-10 power forward, Warriors fans are excited that they’ll have someone over 6-7 on the roster.

8. New York — Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Davidson
The closer we get to draft day, the more and more likely it is that Stephen Curry will don a Knicks uniform on opening night.

9. Toronto — DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, USC
If DeMar DeRozan can live up the potential he came out of college with, then he could be Toronto’s reincarnation of Vince Carter. They just hope that he sticks around.

10. Milwaukee — Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse
Despite Ramon Sessions and Luke Ridnour on the roster, if you can get Jonny Flynn at the No. 10 spot, he could be the biggest steal since Paul Pierce over ten years ago.

11. New Jersey — Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke
As good as Devin Harris and Vince Carter are, the Nets need an explosive player who can play some defense – kind of like what they had in Richard Jefferson. With Gerald Henderson, they get the best of both worlds.

12. Charlotte — Wayne Ellington, SG, North Carolina
After such a surprising season in Charlotte, Larry Brown could probably do whatever he wants. And more often than not that means taking a guy out of UNC.

13. Indiana — Earl Clark, SF, Louisville
As Andrew said in the office, “If the Pacers get Earl Clark, they will be me new favorite team.” Let’s just hope that he becomes more Danny Granger than Jonathan Bender.

14. Phoenix — Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy
If Brandon Jennings drops this low, there is no doubt the run-and-gun system will be back in Phoenix. Learning from Steve Nash and playing alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and Jason Richardson, he could very well be Rookie of the Year.

15. Detroit — James Johnson, PF/SF, Wake Forest
A relatively unknown in terms of name recognition, James Johnson is a perfect piece to bring the soul back to Motown.

16. Chicago — B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State
The one thing the Bulls were missing this postseason was a true center, so if they can get a 7-0, 258-pound work in progress with the 16th pick, that’d be a steal.

17. Philadelphia — Eric Maynor, PG, Virginia Commonwealth
With Andre Miller clearly gone in Philly, the Sixers need a PG they can build around and one that can get the job done right now. Eric Maynor is that guy. After four years at VCU, Maynor is ready to step in and push the Sixers to that next level.

18. Minnesota — Chase Budinger, SG, Arizona
If Kevin McHale was still in Minnesota, he would love to see this pick. An athletic guard/forward with unbelievable hops, Chase Budinger could work his way into the starting lineup by opening night. If they get Tyreke Evans earlier, building around him, Kevin Love and Al Jefferson should have the T-Wolves back on the right track.

19. Atlanta — Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest
While Mike Bibby is a free agent, it’s clear that every year the Hawks have had a chance, they’ve tried to select a PG in the Draft. This year, where there is a plethora of them available, the Hawks will walk away with a steal at the 19th pick.

20. Utah — DeJuan Blair, PF, Pittsburgh
Once the Jazz lose Carlos Boozer this summer and promote Paul Millsap, Jerry Sloan needs the next Millsap waiting in the wings. And that guy is certainly DeJuan Blair. With freakish numbers in the pre-draft measurements, he should come right in and work his way into the rotation.

21. New Orleans — Ty Lawson, PG, North Carolina
If Ty Lawson drops this low, the Hornets will only have to spend 15 seconds of their allotted time to make a decision next Thursday. While the Hornets may need other position players that could be available, they couldn’t find a better backup for CP3.

22. Dallas — Tyler Hansbrough, PF, North Carolina
The Mavericks have been looking for a guy like Tyler Hansbrough ever since they lost Eduardo Najera years ago. A blue-collar player who will leave it all out on the floor on both ends, that is exactly the type of player Dallas needs.

23. Sacramento — Sam Young, SF, Pittsburgh
After gambling on Rubio earlier in the Draft, the Kings need a proven guy that can score, defend and bring toughness to the squad (so it can hopefully rub off on Spencer Hawes). Young brings all three.

24. Portland — Omri Casspi, SF, Israel
Knowing Kevin Pritchard, he’s had a file on Omri Casspi ever since he was in eighth grade. Although the last thing the Blazers need is another SF, drafting Casspi gives them some flexibility to move some guys if need be.

25. Oklahoma City — Darren Collison, PG, UCLA
The Thunder have the ability to fill a lot of holes in this Draft. After picking up Harden with the 3rd pick, they can solidify their point guard situation in bringing in Russell Westbrook’s former UCLA mentor in Darren Collison.

26. Chicago — Terrence Williams, SG/SF, Louisville
While I would love to see Terrence Williams go earlier in the Draft, if they Bulls can snag him this late, they’d be getting a real steal. After getting on and off court tutelage from Gary Payton, Williams could be just the guy to push the Bulls over the top next season.

27. Memphis — Patrick Mills, PG, St. Mary’s
Walking away from the draft board and seeing you got Thabeet and Patty Mills means you’re scoring an A in the grades the next day. While many people never got to see Mills play this season as he was relegated to the West Coast TV schedule, the Grizzlies need a tough-minded point guard to get things done in Memphis.

28. Minnesota — Austin Daye, SF, Gonzaga
Some mock drafts have Austin Daye as high as No. 15, while others have him being drafted in the second round. But at 6-11, 192 pounds, you might as well take a chance on the kid and see how he pans out. Minnesota would actually be the perfect situation for him, as he would have a chance to play right away.

29. L.A. Lakers — Taj Gibson, PF, USC
Despite winning the NBA Championship on Kobe’s shoulders, the Lakers need depth and athleticism in the frontcourt. And this late in the first round, they’d love to see 6-10, 214-pound Gibson still on the board from the local USC.

30. Cleveland — Derrick Brown, SF, Xavier
While many people have never heard of Derrick Brown, the 6-8 225-pound SF could be considered LeBron-lite. If the Cavs are going to make moves, it’s not going to necessarily come in the Draft, so chances are they’re going give a chance to the local product from Dayton.

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  • Dirtball Rotten

    Eric Maynor!!! thats my dog, him in Philly is a dream situation

  • http://xgarcia.blogspot.com/ Xavier Garcia

    With Thabeet in Memphis, will he be backing up Gasol? Gasol is a much better player and I dont see him sliding to PF anyways, I don’t see it happening. It’ll be Rubio.

    Also, Portland needs a PF backup, no way they’re gonna pick ANOTHER SF, they’re backed the hell up and clogged in that position.

  • Diego

    Yeah, the Hawks will, at this stage, correctly take another point guard.

    Hawks recent point guard draft woes:

    (i) Draft Jamal Tinsley at end of 1st round and then literally give him away to Indiana. (Tinsley remember actually had some real good years early on.)
    (ii) So following year Hawks draft Dan Dickau in 1st round! (Ouch.)
    (iii) Hawks pass on Chris Paul and Deron Williams.
    (iv) So following year Hawks throw boat loads of money at Paul’s back-up in N.O., Speedy Claxton (who proceeds to be chronically injured).

    At least the Hawks took Horford over Conley (much to the dismay of a lot of local numbnuts at the time).

  • jzsmoove

    C’mon T.O. dont mess this one up no more araujos shit aight? hopefully Colangelo isnt capable of that. Derozan or Evans.

  • http://nerditry.com nerditry

    I can’t believe you think that Flynn at 10 is a bigger steal than Wade at 5th or Tony Parker at 28th?

    Minny is probably going to trade both Brewer and Miller if they’re going after any type of SG/SF combo player. If the Lakers lose Odom, I think he would be a good fit into their system and mentality.

  • Kevin McHale

    Timberwolve “mentality” is a oxymoron….it simply doesn’t exist

  • TO

    Insider news…possibly
    Bosh to Clevland either via trade or as a FA next year.
    More to come

  • nick

    cavs can’t afford that and they don’t the pieces to make a deal work that would satisfy the raptors.

  • TO

    @7 Havent thought about it in depth…sorry just a shotgun reaction to post it.
    Fairly reliable source from here in Toronto.

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    Although the Hornets desperately need a back up point guard I think they would be better served bringing Pargo back instead of drafting a point. Instead they would draft Dejuan Blair (if he falls that low). Anyone who watched New Orleans this year knows they need inside toughness more than anything else.

  • Drink the Haterade

    I think hansborough is goin in the top 12… At least thats what I hear.

  • Kobeef

    @7
    Bosh to Cleveland via FA is a real possibility (and that is not news). Bosh to Cleveland via trade isn’t happening unless there is a 3rd team involved.

    @Dime
    Thabeet to Memphis could work but if Memphis is smart they will take Harden and move OJ to PG (the position he wants to play since it puts the ball in his hands).

  • YOUNGFED

    So let me get this correct you guys think this James Johnsons guy is better than Hansborough

  • Kobeef

    @dime

    Yeah – Terrence williams is statistically the best SG in this draft so seeing him drop to 26 would be insane.

    If you don’t believe me check out draft express. Williams is miles ahead of the rest of the SG crop in terms of playmaking and rebounding.

  • BiG ShoT BoB

    Yeah T-Williams is my sleeper in this draft. If he’s able to transition into the point guard spot watch out. With that size and skill he’s definitely going to be a PROBLEM!

  • mike

    I’m not sure why everyone says this draft class is so weak…it is the first time in recent memory that I actually recognize and recall watching more than 2/3 of the class. Sure there may not be 5 superstars, but it looks like there are a lot of guys on here who will contribute right away.

  • Kobeef

    @Big Shot

    it’s hard to believe but if you consider T-Williams a PG he is statistally the #2 ranked POINT GUARD in this draft. The kid has skills.

  • http://www.nbadraftdaycountdown.com Aaron

    Nice job guys! The only issue I have is I think Daye and Williams are far too low. Also, I think Mills is a bit too high. We just updated our mock too.

    http://nbadraftdaycountdown.com/2009-mock-draft/

  • IG

    I see a couple European players sneaking into the first round (Claver, Jerebko, and maybe Beaubois).

  • BRUCE

    Atlanta drafted Acie Law IV! Where is that boy now?

  • Ansonious

    @ dime

    That shit about Earl Clark was hilarious

  • Seven Duece

    Why would Minnesota draft ANOTHER combo guard in Evans? Either get a real pg or try to get a shot blocking big with a 15 footer.

  • Chigusa

    New Brandon Jennings Virtus Roma Mix

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NpVH_ckBb8

  • moneybags

    @nerditry
    Wade was amazing in college but coming out he was undersized and without a jumper, so GM’s weren’t completely sold on taking him in the top 3. Parker was also relatively unknown as was his running mate Ginobili, who actually went 58th in 2001, so you can’t really say anything on his draft position as every other team passed on them also.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    Looks good guys! I’m glad we got close. The biggest question mark right now is Rubio. I think he’ll be very good, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  • M Intellect

    Gilbert Arenas wasn’t a steal? Okay – undersized or some shit? How about Rashard Lewis who was in the fucking Green Room and was drafted second round…

    Come on fellas…

  • http://dime harrill7

    Hansbrough to the Nets puts them head and shoulders above the Knicks, and makes them a contender for some playoff wins. T Williams will be this year’s ROY in my opinion, and even though I will get laughed at for saying this-Blake Griffin will not be a difference maker. He will be a good player, but the Clippers should trade that pick for some future picks and a backup PG. The difference in the first 5 picks is minimal, and this draft has no standout really. The combine showed Griffin’s athletic ability closer to Hansbrough’s than Superman’s. That is still very good- but not a great year to have the 1st pick IMO.

  • QQ

    @27 – you on crack G. bgriffin gon’ be killin. he will be a complete difference maker. twill will be good to, but Kobeef is jockin twill a lot. take it easy .

    these boards are full of haters. fuck yall!

    Goooo Magicccc!!!!

  • QQ

    if memphis takes anyone but thabeet, they’re dumb.

    stay true fellas!