NBA Mock Draft – May 21, 2009

As we all know, the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft can make for an overwhelming flurry of inside scoops, conspiracy theories and rumors from all around the internet; this year appears to be no different.

Fortunately, Hoops Addict has been keeping tabs on all the top college prospects and will be in attendance at NBA pre-draft workouts in Toronto and Washington in May and June to put it all in perspective. While there is a lot up in the air, this is our best attempt to get through all the speculation and give you some insight into who the top 30 prospects are.

Make sure you keep checking back for updated rankings over the next weeks. Once the NBA Draft order is announced on May 19, we’ll start adapting these rankings to reflect specific team needs and what we’re hearing specific NBA teams will do.

1. Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin PF/C
20 years old, 6’10”, 251 lbs.
Oklahoma, Sophomore

2. Memphis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet C
22 years old, 7’3″, 265 lbs.
Connecticut, Junior

3. Oklahoma City Thunder – Ricky Rubio  PG
18 years old, 6’4″, 180lbs.
DKV Joventut

4. Sacramento Kings – Brandon Jennings PG
19 years old, 6’1″, 170 lbs.
Lottomatica Roma, International

5. Washington Wizards – Jordan Hill PF
21 years old, 6’10”, 235 lbs.
Arizona, Junior

6. Minnesota Timberwolves – DeMar DeRozan SG/SF
19 years old, 6’7″, 207 lbs.
USC, Freshman

7. Golden State Warriors – James Harden SG
19 years old, 6’5″, 218 lbs.
Arizona State, Sophomore

8. New York Knicks – Stephen Curry PG/SG
21 years old, 6’3″, 185 lbs.
Davidson, Junior

9. Toronto Raptors – Earl Clark SF/PF
21 years old; 6’9″; 220 lbs.
Louisville, Junior

10. Milwaukee Bucks – Tyreke Evans PG/SG
19 years old, 6’5″, 195 lbs.
Memphis, Freshman

11. New Jersey Nets – James Johnson PF
22 years old, 6’8″, 235 lbs.
Wake Forest, Sophomore

12. Charlotte Bobcats – Gerald Henderson SG
21 years old, 6’5″, 215 lbs.
Duke, Junior

13. Indiana Pacers - Eric Maynor PG
21 years old, 6’2″, 165 lbs.
VCU, Senior

14. Phoenix Suns – Jrue Holiday PG/SG
18 years old, 6’3″, 185 lbs.
UCLA, Freshman

15. Detroit Pistons – DeJuan Blair PF/C
19 years old, 6’7″, 265 lbs.
Pittsburgh, Sophomore

16. Chicago Bulls – Terrence Williams SG/SF
21 years old, 6’6″, 220 lbs.
Louisville, Senior

17. Philadelphia 76ers – Ty Lawson PG
21 years old, 6’0″, 195 lbs.
North Carolina, Junior

18. Minnesota Timberwolves – Jonny Flynn PG
20 years old; 6’0″; 172 lbs.
Syracuse, Sophomore

19. Atlanta Hawks – Jeff Teague PG/SG
20 years old, 6’2″, 180 lbs.
Wake Forest, Sophomore

20. Utah Jazz – Austin Daye SF/PF
20 years old; 6’10″; 190 lbs.
Gonzaga, Sophomore

21. New Orleans Hornets – B.J. Mullens  C
years old; 7’0″; 260 lbs.
Ohio State, Freshman

22. Dallas Mavericks – Darren Collison PG
21 years old, 6’1″, 165 lbs.
UCLA, Senior

23. Sacramento Kings – Patrick Mills PG
20 years old, 6’0″, 175 lbs.
Saint Mary’s, Sophomore

24. Portland TrailBlazers – Tyler Hansbrough PF
23 years old, 6’9″, 230 lbs.
North Carolina, Senior

25. Oklahoma City Thunder – Toney Douglas PG/SG
23 years old; 6’1″; 196 lbs.
Florida State, Senior

26. Chicago Bulls – Chase Budinger SG/SF
21 years old; 6’7″; 218 lbs.
Arizona, Junior

27. Memphis Grizzlies – Gani Lawal PF
20 years old; 6’8″; 233 lbs.
Georgia Tech, Sophomore

28. Minnesota Timberwolves – Sam Young SF/PF
23 years old, 6’6″, 210 lbs.
Pittsburgh, Senior

29. Los Angeles Lakes – Wayne Ellington SG
21 years old, 6’5″, 190 lbs.
North Carolina, Junior

30. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nick Calathes PG/SG
20 years old; 6’5″; 185 lbs.
Florida, Sophomore

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Comments (7)

  1. spirow

    Okay why would the raptors draft clark when they can get Evans. . . who is under rated on this mock draft. . . Before you put clark in that category please look at the needs the raps have!

  2. Spirow – Evans is a bit of a tweener guard and if anything he translates to being more of a “points” guard in the NBA.

    Clark, on the other hand, projects to be a gritty wing player which is something the Raptors desperately need.

  3. Memphis

    Uhhh…folks, don’t believe the hype that these mock drafts are pushing. I don’t know why so many mocks are pushing Thabeet to Memphis. We already have Gasol who cannot guard PFs in the league. Our problem hasn’t been interior defense as much as perimeter defense.

    The talk about Rubio not wanting to go to Memphis is his agent talking, not Rubio. Rubio knows Gasol and will make a great tandem.

    While Rubio won’t be a shut-down PG, he’ll be better than what we have outside. He’s bigger and a much better passer. (Yes, I’ve seen videos, not just hearsay). We’ll take Rubio, sign Ramon Sessions to a free agent contract, and trade Conley plus (?) to get a more established PF.

    What about grading with Golden State to get either Anthony Randolph or Brendan Wright?

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