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#1. Los Angeles Clippers- Blake Griffin- PF/C Oklahoma
Blake Griffin is the top player in the 2009 draft and the obvious choice for the Los Angeles Clippers.
#2. Memphis Grizzlies- Ricky Rubio- PG Spain
Rubio is a faster but raw version of Manu Ginobili. Rubio is a project but worth a high lottery pick and would fit nicely bringing his skills to the Grizzlies.
#3. Oklahoma City Thunder- Hasheem Thabeet- C Connecticut
The second coming of Dikembe Mutombo is finally leaving college for the NBA. Throughout his college career, Thabeet has averaged over 4 blocks a game, 10 points a game, and 8 rebounds. Thabeet is NBA ready and will will instantly make the Thunder a playoff contender…yes, he’s that good.
#4. Sacramento Kings- Brandon Jennings- PG Italy
Jennings reminds me of an And 1 street baller similar to Rafaer Alston a.k.a Skip to my lou and also reminds me of former Kings point guard Jason Williams. Jennings has the skills to be successful in the NBA but may have to limit his fancy moves to prevent turnovers.
#5. Minnesota Timberwolves (From the Wizards)- Jordan Hill- PF Arizona
Jordan Hill has a lot of upside even after averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds a game for Arizona last year. Hill could stand to hit the weights hard before his rookie season but has managed to bulk up over his 3 year stint with the Arizona Wildcats.
#6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Stephen Curry- PG/SG Davidson
I almost feel bad for predicting that Stephen Curry will end up in Minnesota, but he could turn around this sad franchise. Curry is not only a fan favorite but a constant threat from anywhere on the court, both outside and in the paint. Curry may be the best player in this draft, but size concerns still worry many NBA front offices.
#7. Golden State Warriors- James Harden- SG Arizona State
Monta Ellis has been disappointing at shooting guard for the Warriors, if Harden is still here at #7 Golden State will take him off the board. Harden is a natural scorer and fits the Warriors style perfectly. Harden averaged just over 20 ppg, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game for ASU last season.
#8. New York Knicks- DeJuan Blair- PF Pittsburgh
The Knicks need a defensive standout at the forward position and DeJuan Blair is the perfect fit for New York. Blairs rebounding and shot blocking ability (12.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg in 2009) will make the Knicks instantly a much better team.
#9. Toronto Raptors- Tyreke Evans- PG Memphis
The Raptors need help at shooting guard, and although Evans makes a great point even at 6’5, he could be a good fit for the Raptors in the 2 spot.
#10. Milwaukee Bucks- Ty Lawson- PG North Carolina
The fastest player in all of college basketball is now making his way to the pro’s and could be leading the Milwaukee Bucks. Lawson averaged over 16 points a game for the Tar Heels but his presence is felt even when he is not scoring due to his breakaway speed.
#11. New Jersey Nets- Demar DeRozan- SG/SF USC
The Nets couldn’t be happier with DeRozan falling to them at #11. DeRozan fills their need for a guard who can rebound and play solid defense.
#12. Charlotte Bobcats- Gerald Henderson- SG Duke
I honestly think that the Bobcats will trade out of the #12 spot, but if they stay, I like hometown star Gerald Henderson from Duke to fill in at shooting guard for Charlotte.
#13. Indiana Pacers- Jonny Flynn- PG Syracuse
Flynn will add instant depth to the Pacers bench and will eventually beat out Jarrett Jack for the Pacers starting point guard spot. Even if Flynn isn’t on the board here, I like the Pacers to pick a point guard or trade down.
#14. Phoenix Suns- Chase Budinger- PF Arizona
The Suns will reach a little to get an athletic power forward in Budinger, the Arizona basketball star. Budinger averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals a game in 2008-2009.
#15. Detroit Pistons- Earl Clark- SF/PF Louisville
Dumars will be busy this offseason and no one is off limits in trade talks except for Rodney Stuckey. The Pistons will select the best player for their team no matter at what position, and Earl Clark with the 15th pick would be that player. Clark averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds for the Cardinals in 2008-2009 and was a leader in their Elite 8 run. Clark could fill in for Rasheed Wallace if he is not resigned to the Pistons.