Saturday, June 20, 2009

2009 NBA Mock Draft v7.0 (Round 1)

I’m still convinced that the New York Knicks will do something on or around draft day. Ricky Rubio’s latest meeting in Sacramento didn’t go according to plan after the 18-year-old Spaniard came down with an illness. If the Kings aren’t necessarily sold on Rubio at this point, the following sign-and-trade makes sense: New York re-sings Nate Robinson and trades him, along with Wilson Chandler, for the rights to the fourth overall draft pick, Ricky Rubio. It would give Sacramento a solid young starting lineup of Robinson, Kevin Martin, Chandler, Jason Thompson, and Spencer Hawes. New York, on the other hand, would re-sign David Lee, and offer him, alongside Rubio and 8th overall pick DeMar DeRozan as a solid supporting cast to surround LeBron James. Trade or no trade, I think the following mock is still valid.

1) LAC- Blake Griffin- PF (Oklahoma)
2) MEM- Hasheem Thabeet- C (Connecticut)
3) OKC- James Harden- SG (Arizona State)
4) SAC- Ricky Rubio- PG (Spain)
5) WAS- Stephen Curry- PG (Davidson)
6) MIN- Tyreke Evans- SG (Memphis)
7) GSW- Jordan Hill- PF (Arizona)
8) NYK- DeMar DeRozan- SG (Southern Cal)
9) TOR- Earl Clark- SF (Louisville)
10) MIL- Jonny Flynn- PG (Syracuse)
11) NJN- Tyler Hansbrough- PF (North Carolina)
12) CHA- Jrue Holiday- PG (UCLA)
13) IND- Austin Daye- SF (Gonzaga)
14) PHO- Brandon Jennings- PG (Italy)
15) DET- BJ Mullens- C (Ohio State)
16) CHI- DeJuan Blair- PF (Pittsburgh)
17) PHI- Eric Maynor- PG (Virginia Commonwealth)
18) MIN- Terrence Williams- SG (Louisville)
19) ATL- Ty Lawson- PG (North Carolina)
20) UTA- Gerald Henderson- SG (Duke)
21) NOH- Marcus Thornton- SG (Louisiana State)
22) DAL- Jeff Teague- PG (Wake Forest)
23) SAC- James Johnson- PF (Wake Forest)
24) POR- Omri Casspi- SF (Israel)
25) OKC- Victor Claver- PF (Spain)
26) CHI- Wayne Ellington- SG (North Carolina)
27) MEM- DaJuan Summers- SF (Georgetown)
28) MIN- Darren Collison- PG (UCLA)
29) LAL- Jonas Jerebko- PF (Sweden)
30) CLE- Chase Buddinger- SG (Arizona)

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