Mock draft

Staff WriterJune 25, 2009 

1. L.A. Clippers -- Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, PF

He's the only sure thing in this draft; an athletic and rugged power forward. Will the Clippers trade one of their other big men?

2. Memphis Grizzlies -- Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, C

It's what he does, not how well he does it; he's the only defensive center in this first round.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder, Ricky Rubio, Spain, PG

Would pair with Russell Westbrook in a blowout backcourt.

4. Sacramento Kings -- Tyreke Evans, Memphis, PG

Syracuse's Jonny Flynn is also a strong possibility here.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves -- James Harden, Arizona State, SG

Remaking the backcourt following the trade with the Washington Wizards.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Stephen Curry, Davidson, PG

Buy a good parka, Steph; you're not in Charlotte anymore.

7. Golden State Warriors -- Jordan Hill, Arizona, PF

Unorthodox Warriors can live with Hill's lack of bulk at the position.

8. New York Knicks -- Jonny Flynn, Syracuse, PG

The Knicks want Curry, but Flynn's dribble-penetration fits what coach Mike D'Antoni wants to do.

9. Toronto Raptors -- DeMar DeRozan, Southern Cal., SG-SF

They need wing players and DeRozan is a great athlete, but he needs to improve his jump shot.

10. Milwaukee Bucks -- Brandon Jennings, European pro, PG

They would love for Flynn to get to them, but that seems unlikely.

11. New Jersey Nets -- Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, PF

Terrence Williams is also on the Nets' short list.

12. Charlotte Bobcats -- Terrence Williams, Louisville, SG-SF

They'll be happy if either Williams or Gerald Henderson is still there to back up Raja Bell.

13. Indiana Pacers -- Ty Lawson, North Carolina, PG

DeJuan Blair also makes some sense at this spot.

14. Phoenix Suns -- Gerald Henderson, Duke, SF

A value pick at this spot in the draft.

15. Detroit Pistons -- DeJuan Blair, Pitt, PF

They get the best rebounder in a draft short on big men.

16. Chicago Bulls -- James Johnson, Wake Forest, SF

He has a wide spectrum of offensive skills.

17. Philadelphia 76ers -- Jrue Holiday, UCLA, PG

They need a playmaker; they'd love for Lawson to get to them.

18. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Earl Clark, Louisville, SF

Continuing the mass makeover of the Timberwolves' roster.

19. Atlanta Hawks -- Jeff Teague, Wake Forest, PG-SG

Ideally, Teague evolves into a Flip Murray-like combo guard.

20. Utah Jazz -- Sam Young, Pitt, SF

He's just the sort of tough, gritty player coach Jerry Sloan has always valued.

21. New Orleans Hornets -- Eric Maynor, VCU, PG

The Hornets would be open to selling this pick to avoid another guaranteed salary.

22. Portland Trail Blazers -- Chase Budinger, Arizona, SF

Budinger, formerly an elite volleyball player, is a fine athlete.

23. Sacramento Kings -- B.J. Mullens, Ohio State, C

He's a center, but he's a long way off from being an NBA rotation player.

24. Dallas Mavericks -- Austin Daye, Gonzaga, PF

He has plenty of skill, but needs to fill out his body considerably.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Derrick Brown, Xavier, SF

Still assembling talent, so they could go for any position with this pick.

26. Chicago Bulls -- Wayne Ellington, North Carolina, SG

Bulls could lose backcourt scoring if Ben Gordon leaves in free-agency.

27. Memphis Grizzlies -- Toney Douglas, Florida State, PG

Not yet a true point guard, but he has the makings of an NBA player.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Marcus Thornton, LSU, SG

He's small for his position, but this guy can flat-out shoot and score.

29. Los Angeles Lakers -- Omri Casspi, Israel, SF

They could leave him overseas to continue developing on another team's payroll.

30. Cleveland Cavaliers -- DaJuan Summers, Georgetown, SF

Good luck finding much time, playing behind LeBron James.

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