NBA Mock Draft 5.0- Post Ping Pong Balls

Posted on 28. May, 2009 by Nolan Shulman in Mock Drafts, NBA Draft, NBA Fantasy

*Team Needs HAVE BEEN taken into consideration for this Mock.


1. LA Clippers Clippers- Blake Griffin, Oklahoma: Even with Zach Randolph, Chris Kaman, and Marcus Camby on the roster the Grizzlies can’t pass up the chance to draft Griffin. He gives them athleticism, intensity, defensive presence, and a great character guy in the lockerroom. He immediately makes them playoff contenders, and immediately makes the other 3 bigs trade bait.

2. Memphis Grizzlies- Hasheem Thabeet, Uconn: I know they already have Marc Gasol, but the Grizzlies have been looking for a center who can anchor the middle for years. Hasheem is a defensive prospect that only comes around once every few years. They’ll be tempted to take Rubio, but he doesn’t want to play there and Conley is alot better than people think.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder- Ricky Rubio, Spain: Can Rubio and Westbrook play together? Westbrook could easily slide over and play the two offensively, but on the other end he’d be somewhat of a liability. Rubio has all the skills you’d want in a lead guard. He can really guard the ball, he can penetrate and find his teammates, and his shot is improving daily.

4. Sacramento Kings- DeMar DeRozen, USC: DeRozen didn’t have a great year at USC but nobody questions his talent. He’s a bit of a project but his upside is through the roof. He needs to improve his jumper and put more effort in on the defensive end if he wants to play in year one. Sacramento needs a superstar and DeRozen has the ability to become one.

5. Washington Wizards- James Harden, ASU: Adding another scorer to the three headed monster of Jamison, Arenas, and Butler doesn’t seem neccesary, but Harden is the best player left on the board and would provide a scorer’s punch when someone went down with injury. Not pointing fingers Gilbert!

6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Brandon Jennings, Rome: The most talented player in the draft, Jennings can do anything and everything on the court. He is a natural lead guard and would allow Randy Foye to play more of the Monte Ellis combo style. Jennings didn’t play great in Europe, but anyone who saw this kid at Oak Hill Academy knows it’s only a matter of time before this kid is a flat out SUPERSTAR.

7. Golden State Warriors- Stephen Curry, Davidson: I know, the last thing Golden State needs is another combo guard. But Nellie loves great shooters and guys who can push it up the court. Steph can clearly do both. Not a great fit, but I think the Warriors take Curry anyways.

8. New York Knicks- Jonny Flynn, Syracuse: Jonny has been very impressive in his workouts at ATTACK gym. He would be a great fit in D’Antoni’s system as a lead guard who can push the tempo, change speeds, and provide immediate leadership. He’s working on hard to improve his jumper and when he does, it’s going to be very difficult to guard him. He’s also a New York pg who fans would really rally behind.

9. Toronto Raptors- Jordan Hill, Arizona: This is pretty low for Hill and Colangelo jumps at the chance to draft the Arizona big man. With the uncertainty surrounding Chris Bosh, the Raptors need a quality big man. Hill is versatile and can play the 5 if Bosh stays, or take over for him if he goes. Great value here.

10. Milwaukee Bucks- Ty Lawson, UNC: Ramon Sessions overachieved last season and he’s not the long term solution at Point Guard for the Bucks. Lawson might be the fastest player in the draft and would really provide stability and leadership. He’s got championship pedigree, something the lowly Bucks could really use.

11. New Jersey Nets- Tyreke Evans, Memphis: Evans would look terrific next to Devin Harris. Both players can distribute and score from either guard position. Evans would allow Harris to move off the ball for some stretches which would make the New Jersey offense alot more potent. Right now it’s all Vince Carter and everyone knows he likes to take nights off.

12. Charlotte Bobcats- Gerald Henderson, Duke: The Bobcats don’t really need a wing player but Henderson is the best player left on the board and is a local product. Charlotte desperately needs more fans in the seats and bringing in a Duke player can’t hurt in that compacity. I don’t mean to make it sound like a charity pick, cause Gerald is an outstanding player. Larry Brown will love his toughness, unselfishness, and discipline.

13. Indiana Pacers- James Johnson, Wake Forest: Troy Murphy had an excellent year in Indiana but the Pacers could use a front court upgrade. Johnson was one of the most versatile players in the country last season and would be an immediate talent upgrade for the Pacers.

14. Phoenix Suns- Earl Clark: Clark would be a terrific fit in Phoenix. He is very versatile with a similar skill set to Shawn Marion. He’s not as fast, but he’s more physical. He’s also a team guy which Marion wasn’t. He could walk in and start immediately and would provide some youth to an aging group of vetrans.

15. Detroit Pistons- Jrue Holiday, UCLA: The pistons got away from the scrapiness that made them so successful in years past. Losing Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups has taken the toughness out of the Pistons. Holiday is a scrapper who has a lot of god given ability. He didn’t produce like everyone expected at UCLA, but his ceiling is way to high to go much lower. He’ll complement Stuckey and Rip with his ability to drive and defend.

16. Chicago Bulls- Dejuan Blair, Pittsburgh: Tyrus Thomas provides the athletisicm at the 4 and Blair will be brought in for toughness and rebounding. There wasn’t a better rebounder in the country last year than Dejuan. At 6′7 Blair is very undersized to be a power forward. We’ll have to wait and see if he continues to play like a pittbull once he gets to the L or if his lack of size makes him the next Mike Sweetney.

17. Philadelphia 76ers- Eric Maynor, VCU: Andre Miller is a free agent and Maynor could step in and start immediately. He has a terrific body, is an outstanding leader, shoots it extremely efficiently, and would be an excellent replacement for Andre.

18. Minnesota Timberwolves- Terrance Williams, Louisville: After filling the void at Point Guard with their lottery pick, the Twolves likely pick the best player available here. Williams has NBA game with a terrific body and high basketball IQ. He does a little of everything and would provide some nice depth in Minnesota.

19. Atlanta Hawks- Jeff Teague, Wake Forest: Another combo guard, Teague is excellent value at this point in the first round. He is a gamer who is always in attack mode. He is relentless in wanting to take it to the rim and is also a very effective 3-point shooter. He needs to work on getting his teammates involved but for now he’ll provide a scoring spark off the bench.

20. Utah Jazz- Gani Lawal, Geroriga Tech: With Boozer and Milsap hitting free agency The Jazz need to add some bodies to their front court in case they can’t retain them. Lawal is improving daily and provides nice toughness in the paint. Sloan will love this hard working big man and will also get the most out of him. A great fit for both parties.

21. New Orleans Hornets- Chase Budinger, Arizona: Peja isn’t getting any younger and the Hornets are built around Chris Paul’s ability to drive and kick. Budinger is a very athletic 2/3 who can score in a variety of ways. He’ll be there to make the open shots when the defense collapses on Paul.

22. Dallas Mavericks- BJ Mullens, Ohio St.: This is another upside pick as Mullens showed very little in his only season at Ohio State. He didn’t display any polish offensively and didn’t work hard every possession on the other end. Dampier is getting old and the Mavs could use some depth in their front court. It’s a project so be patient Dallas fans.

23. Sacremento Kings- Omri Casspi, Israel: Versatilty is the name of the game here in this draft and Omri has it. He can score inside and outside and has an excellent frame to be a wing player in the league. His jump shot mechanics need work but his percentages have been increasing. His defense has improved leaps and bounds and he would make a great upside pick for a team that lacks in talent.

24. Portland Trailblazers- Wayne Ellington, UNC: The Blazers are deep at almost every position but every team needs more shooters. Ellington has the best stroke in the draft and will provide depth as a specialist in Portland.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tyler Hansbrogh, UNC: After landing Rubio in the lottery, Oklahoma City looks to add a winner to the program. Hansbrough would give them toughness and a blue collar attititude. With Westbrook, Green, and Durant doing the scoring, Hansbrough would be the meat and potatoes guy.

26. Chicago Bulls- Patrick Mills, St.Mary’s: The Bulls got their work horse in Blair earlier and now they go for depth in the backcourt. I know what your thinking, the last thing the Bulls need is another point guard. Rose can’t play the whole game and Heinrich and Mills can play some off the ball. Depth has been Chicago’s M.O. and Mills provides it.

27. Memphis Grizzlies- Sam Young, Pittsburgh: Sam is a very versatile player who stayed in school all 4 years. He also got better in each of those years. Blair and Fields got most of the credit at Pitt, but Young was by far there most reliable player. He can guard, drive and finish with the best wing players in this draft. His jumper needs work and his mechanics need tweaking but Young is a gamer who will provide leadership and poise off the bench.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves- Austin Daye, Gonzaga: This is a pure potential pick as Daye was nothing more than a shadow of what he could become while at Gonzaga. His career was plagued with inconsistancy and he probably would have been picked higher in the 2008 draft. That being said he’s got a lot of raw potential and an undeveloped skill set that could become very dangerous.

29. L.A. Lakers- Nick Calathes, Florida: Calathes has an extremely high basketball IQ and can make the open jump shot. That makes him a perfect fit in the Triangle. Combine that with Fisher’s age and Farmar’s mediocrity and Calathes is Phil Jackson’s guy.

30. Clevland Cavaliers- Darren Collison, UCLA: A proven winner, Collison went to 3 Final Fours while at UCLA. He is an excellent defender and is capable of running half court sets. He should be great in relief of Mo Williams.


31. Sacremento Kings- Marcus Thorton, LSU
32. Portland Trail Blazers- Vladimir Dasic, Montenegro
33. Washington Wizards- Taj Gibson, USC
34. Denver Nuggets- Jerel McNeal, Marquette
35. Memphis Grizzlies- Derrick Brown, Xavier
36. Detroit Pistons- Dajuan Summers, Georgetown
37. San Antonio Spurs- Jonas Jerebko, Sweeden
38. Portland Trail Blazers- Rodrigue Beaubois, France
39. Detroit Pistons- Jermaine Taylor, UCF
40. Charlotte Bobcats- Dante Cunningham, Villanova
41. Milwake Bucks- Sergio Llull, Spain
42. L.A. Lakers- Danny Green, UNC
43. Miami Heat- Dionte Christmas, Temple
44. Detroit Pistons- Alex Ruoff, West Virginia
45. Minnesota Timberwolves- AJ Price, UConn
46. Cleveland Cavaliers- Paul Harris, Syracuse
47. Minnesota Timberwolves- Jeff Pendergraph, ASU
48. Phoenix Suns- Tyrese Rice, Boston College
49. Atlanta Hawks- Jeff Adrien, UConn
50. Utah Jazz- Jon Brockman, Washington
51. San Antonio Spurs-Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga
52. Indian Pacers- Milan Macvan, Serbia
53. San Antonio Spurs- Robert Dozier, Memphis
54. Charlotte Bobcats- Henk Norel, Dutch
55. Portland Trail Blazers- Jack McClinton, The U
56. Portland Trail Blazers- Curtis Jerrells, Baylor
57. Phoenix Suns- Toney Douglas, Florida St.
58. Boston Celtics- Wesley Matthews, Marquette
59. L.A. Lakers- Jodie Meeks, Kentucky
60. Miami Heat- Lester Hudson, Tenn. Martin

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5 Responses to “NBA Mock Draft 5.0- Post Ping Pong Balls”

  1. Toasterhands

    03. Jun, 2009

    Jordan Hill, I’m afraid, will be nothing more than an energy player in the NBA. A Stromile Swift type.

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  2. Diceman

    02. Jun, 2009

    I think the Raps are going to be all over the Tyreke Evans train if he is still on the board. they are desperate for a scorer who can create on his own.

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    29. May, 2009

    Bullshit James Johnson goes in the lottery.

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  4. Horace

    28. May, 2009

    Do you really think Hill can fall that low? If so, let Bosh walk !

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  5. Evan

    28. May, 2009

    No way the Grizzlies take Hasheem Thabeet over Rubio…I’ll kill myself. Thabeet is a broom stick

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