NBA Mock Draft – June 18, 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 was in attendance at NBA pre-draft workouts in Toronto and Washington this past month 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 four final updated rankings next Wednesday.

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 - Jrue Holiday PG/SG – Video: In The Scrum With Jrue Holiday
18 years old, 6’3″, 185 lbs.
UCLA, Freshman

5. Washington Wizards – James Harden SG – Audio: In The Scrum With James Harden
19 years old, 6’5″, 218 lbs.
Arizona State, Sophomore

6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Tyreke Evans PG/SG
19 years old, 6’5″, 195 lbs.
Memphis, Freshman

7. Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry PG/SG – Audio: In The Scrum With Stephen Curry
21 years old, 6’3″, 185 lbs.
Davidson, Junior

8. New York Knicks - Jonny Flynn PG – Video: In The Scrum With Jonny Flynn
20 years old; 6’0″; 172 lbs.
Syracuse, Sophomore

9. Toronto Raptors - DeMar DeRozan SG/SF
19 years old, 6’7″, 207 lbs.
USC, Freshman

10. Milwaukee Bucks - Brandon Jennings PG – Audio: In The Scrum With Brandon Jennings
19 years old, 6’1″, 170 lbs.
Lottomatica Roma, International

11. New Jersey Nets - Jordan Hill PF
21 years old, 6’10″, 235 lbs.
Arizona, Junior

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

13. Indiana Pacers - DeJuan Blair PF
19 years old, 6’7″, 265 lbs.
Pittsburgh, Sophomore

14. Phoenix Suns - Eric Maynor PG
21 years old, 6’2″, 165 lbs.
VCU, Senior

15. Detroit Pistons - Earl Clark SF – Video: In The Scrum With Earl Clark
21 years old; 6’9″; 220 lbs.
Louisville, Junior

16. Chicago Bulls - Austin Daye SF/PF – Video: Exclusive Interview With Austin Daye
20 years old; 6’10″; 190 lbs.
Gonzaga, Sophomore

17. Philadelphia 76ers – Ty Lawson PG – Video: In The Scrum With Ty Lawson
21 years old, 6’0″, 195 lbs.
North Carolina, Junior

18. Minnesota Timberwolves - B.J. Mullens  C
20 years old; 7’0″; 260 lbs.
Ohio State, Freshman

19. Atlanta Hawks – Darren Collison PG
21 years old, 6’1″, 165 lbs.
UCLA, Senior

20. Utah Jazz - Tyler Hansbrough PF
23 years old, 6’9″, 230 lbs.
North Carolina, Senior

21. New Orleans Hornets - Jeff Teague PG
20 years old, 6’2″, 180 lbs.
Wake Forest, Sophomore

22. Dallas Mavericks - Terrence Williams SG – Audio: In The Scrum With Terrence Williams
21 years old, 6’6″, 220 lbs.
Louisville, Senior

23. Sacramento Kings – James Johnson PF – Video: Exclusive Interview with James Johnson
22 years old, 6’8″, 235 lbs.
Wake Forest, Sophomore

24. Portland TrailBlazers – Chase Budinger SG/SF
21 years old; 6’7″; 218 lbs.
Arizona, Junior

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

26. Chicago Bulls – Derrick Brown SFVideo: Exclusive Interview With Derrick Brown
21 years old; 6’7″; 225 lbs.
Xavier, Junior

27. Memphis Grizzlies - Patrick Mills PG
20 years old, 6’0″, 175 lbs.
Saint Mary’s, Sophomore

28. Minnesota Timberwolves – Omri Casspi SF/PF
20 years old; 6’8″; 220 lbs.
Maccabi Tel Aviv, International

29. Los Angeles Lakers – Sam Young SF
23 years old, 6’6″, 210 lbs.
Pittsburgh, Senior

30. Cleveland Cavaliers - Wayne Ellington SG
21 years old, 6’5″, 190 lbs.
North Carolina, Junior

About the Author

Ryan McNeill Ryan McNeill has appeared on NBA XL, ESPN Radio, The Fan 590, The Score, TSN Radio and The Home Stretch. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.

Comments (12)

  1. Don

    Why – why would Portland take Budinger when they already have 3 SFs better than he is? Blazers need a PG upgrade and a backup PF. That’s it. We’re fine at SF.

  2. Don – A point guard upgrade? Really? I don’t see how any of the point guards left at 23 would be better than Blake or Bayless.

    Also, what PF would you have the team draft? This is a draft lacking in PF’s so they would not be able to draft someone of high value at this point of the draft at that position.

    At this point of the draft the Blazers would need to pick the best available player. If that means a glut at one position then they have depth in injuries occur or they can make trades to address team needs.

  3. Merrick

    Ryan,

    C’mon…get off of the Thabeet bandwagon. The Griz will NOT take him. They’ll take Rubio, Jordan Hill, Tyreke, or Holliday before they’ll take Thabeet.

    They’ll probably trade down (I know you aren’t predicting trades) to get more value, but they will NOT take Thabeet. That was a bad rumor from the get go.

    Also, Chris Wallace likes to other foreign players: Omri and Victor Claver. Don’t be surprised if one of them isn’t picked at #27.

  4. Nick

    Sam Young would be an excellent pick up for the Lakers at 29 but whats their shot at a decsent PF at 42? Do you think Gibson will still be avaliable? Or what about Pendergraph?

  5. Ryan,

    Write down and remember the names Derrick Brown, Taj Gibson, Dante Cunningham, Marcus Thornton, Danny Green and Nando De Colo … each of whom is a player the Raptors could easily acquire via this year’s draft, if they played their cards with skill and finesse.

    Time will be the judge.

  6. Khandor – Great picks for some sleepers! All of those guys are being slept on during most mock drafts – this one included – but are guys who are likely to be taken in the first round if teams become enamored with them during pre-draft workouts.

    Nick – Gibson could go in the first round but I think Pendegraph could still be around at 42.

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