NBA Mock Draft – June 24, 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 was no different.

Fortunately, Hoops Addict has been keeping tabs on all the top college prospects and had writers in attendance at NBA pre-draft workouts in Toronto and Washington this 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 how the first round will shake out.

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

4. Sacramento Kings – Ricky Rubio  PG
18 years old, 6’4″, 180lbs.
DKV Joventut

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

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

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

8. New York Knicks – Stephen Curry PG/SG – Audio: In The Scrum With Stephen Curry
21 years old, 6’3″, 185 lbs.
Davidson, Junior

9. Toronto Raptors – Jonny Flynn PG – Video: In The Scrum With Jonny Flynn
20 years old; 6’0″; 172 lbs.
Syracuse, Sophomore

10. Milwaukee Bucks – Jordan Hill PF
21 years old, 6’10″, 235 lbs.
Arizona, Junior

11. New Jersey Nets – Brandon Jennings PG – Audio: In The Scrum With Brandon Jennings
19 years old, 6’1″, 170 lbs.
Lottomatica Roma, International

12. Charlotte Bobcats – Terrence Williams SG – Audio: In The Scrum With Terrence Williams
21 years old, 6’6″, 220 lbs.
Louisville, Senior

13. Indiana Pacers – James Johnson SF/PF – Video: Exclusive Interview with James Johnson
22 years old, 6’8″, 235 lbs.
Wake Forest, Sophomore

14. Phoenix Suns – Austin Daye SF/PF – Video: Exclusive Interview With Austin Daye
20 years old; 6’10″; 190 lbs.
Gonzaga, Sophomore

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

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

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

21. New Orleans Hornets – DeJuan Blair PF
19 years old, 6’7″, 265 lbs.
Pittsburgh, Sophomore

22. Dallas Mavericks – Jeff Teague PG
20 years old, 6’2″, 180 lbs.
Wake Forest, Sophomore

23. Sacramento Kings – Derrick Brown SFVideo: Exclusive Interview With Derrick Brown
21 years old; 6’7″; 225 lbs.
Xavier, Junior

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

27. Memphis Grizzlies – Darren Collison PG
21 years old, 6’1″, 165 lbs.
UCLA, Senior

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 ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.

Comments (11)

  1. Ryan,

    Minnesota making that trade yesterday to allow them to possibly select both DeRozan [5/6] and Evans [6/5] would certainly be a bold step taken by David Kahn … and, throw a wrench the Raptors’ way.

    IMO, drafting a Back-up PG, like Jonny Flynn, with the No. 9 Selection, will not be a sound move by the Raptors, who should absolutely trade down if that’s what happens in front of them tomorrow night.

    Wasting available resources like that is how teams remain “stuck on the treadmill” for years to come.

  2. If the Pistons can snag Earl Clark with No. 15, that would be a steal, IMO.

    Earl Clark is another player who is on my list of possible draftees for the Raptors.

  3. Khandor – I agree that ideally it would be great to get a wing like James Johnson. They’ve had JJ in twice so it’s possible they roll the dice and take him a little higher than he’s projected to go.

    Clark has a ton of potential but he doesn’t appear to be on the teams radar. After watching him workout he showed flashes of brilliance but he also coasted for stretches.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see a player like James Harden slip down in the draft if he doesn’t go to OKC or Minnesota. If that’s the case then BC’s list of five players is out the window and we have a complete steal on our hands.

  4. Brendan de Haan

    There is no way that Rubio drops down to 4th spot. .

  5. re: Harden

    IMO, the lower he falls in the draft the more appealing he becomes. At the top end, at his size and with his game, he falls into a category of player which I do not really like. Give my team someone like Earl Clark, or James Johnson, or Derrick Brown and I will beat the opposition with the likes of James Harden more times than not, in the NBA … which is not to say that I think Harden is a “bad” player by any stretch of the imagination, only that any team with Harden on the floor vs an opponent with someone similar to Kobe or Lebron or Pierce [etc.] lining up against them is going to be hard-pressed to win a playoff series down-the-road.

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