NBA Mock Draft 6.0- Post Chicago Combine

Posted on 06. Jun, 2009 by Nolan in Draft, Mock Drafts, NBA

With the NBA Draft Combine in the books and private workouts occurring daily, We move around some prospects who are hot, and some who are not.

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

ROUND 1

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. There is talk of Memphis possibly trading out of this pick, but if they hold their position, Thabeet is their man.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder- James Harden, ASU: The Thunder feel that Westbrook is their Point Guard of the future, and thus pass on Rubio. Harden’s athleticism and measurements surprised many G.M’s in attendance. With Westbrook, Durant, Harden, and Green, Oklahoma City should be a high octane scoring machine for years to come.

4. Sacramento Kings- Ricky Rubio, Spain: Sacramento needs a floor general who can get everyone around him opportunities. Kevin Martin and the bigs need to be force fed as they continue to develop. Rubio is the kind of team first, pass first point guard that Sacremento covets and would be a perfect fit. Oh, and Rubio can play lockdown on the ball defense which should help the Kings horrific defense.

5. Washington Wizards- Jordan Hill, Arizona: The Wizards are pretty thin in the front court and Hill is the best prospect on the board. They’re going to be hoping Thabeet slides cause he’s a much better fit with Jamison than Hill. That being said they need bodies, and Hill is going to be a very high energy player who possesses more skill than most give him credit for.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves- Tyreke Evans, Memphis: Evans would look terrific next to Randy Foye. Both players can distribute and score from either guard position. Evans would allow Foye to move off the ball for some stretches which would make the offense alot more versatile and interchangeable. Tyreke also has the size to defend NBA 2-guard’s and will be asked to do so next to Foye. This would be a homerun pick for the Timberwolves and would help the development and effectiveness of Randy Foye.

7. Golden State Warriors- Jonny Flynn, Syracuse: No player has helped their stock through the early part of the process more than Jonny. He measured out to be 6′0 feet in shoes, had an impressive showing at the combine, and has wowed scouts and General Managers in interviews. He’s being looked at as high as #4 by Sacremento and likely won’t slip past the Buck at #10. In Golden State he would help alleviate some of the ball handling duties from Monte Ellis and his leadership wold be a welcomed sighting in Golden State’s locker room.

8. New York Knicks- Stephen Curry, Davidson: Is their a mock draft anywhere on the internet that doesn’t have Stephen Curry landing in New York? He fits the D’Antoni profile to perfection. An outstanding shooter with a high basketball IQ who likes to play up-tempo. The Knicks are rumored to have made a promise to Curry weeks ago and they haven’t done anything to dispel the notion. Some also suggest that his relationship with LeBron could be a factor in the apparent love affair. I’d say it comes down to one thing. Chris Duhon is not a starting Point Guard on a playoff team. PERIOD. They will also look hard at Flynn if he’s on the board.

9. Toronto Raptors-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 who likes to play the up-tempo style Colangelo craves. The hiring of Coach Ivaroni also suggests the Raptors will look to pick up the pace next season despite having the slowest starting Point Guard in the League. With Chris Bosh likely leaving town, the raps are in rebuild mode. Jennings didn’t play great in Europe last season, 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.

10. Milwaukee Bucks- Jrue Holiday, UCLA: The Bucks can’t really believe Ramon Sessions is the long term answer at Point Guard, can they? Jrue Holiday has all the tangibles you’d look for in a guard prospect. He hasn’t put the package together yet, and is coming off a pretty mediocre freshman season at UCLA, but his talent is undeniable, and with Flynn off the board, the Bucks select Holiday.

11. New Jersey Nets- DeMar DeRozen, USC: DeRozen didn’t have a great year at USC but there is nobody out their questioning his talent. He’s a bit of a project but his upside is as high as anybody in this draft. He needs to improve his jumper and put more effort in on the defensive end of the floor if he wants to play major minutes in year one. With this selection Vince Carter would no longer even be considered the best Dunker on his team. Crazy.

12. Charlotte Bobcats- Gerald Henderson, Duke: The Bobcats really need a wing player and Henderson is the best player left on the board. He’s a local product and could easily replace the loss of jason Richardson. Charlotte desperately needs more fans in the seats and bringing in a Duke player can’t hurt in that compacity either. 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 veterans. He doesn’t always have the highest motor, but with Shaq, Amare, and Nash in his ear, he should be in good hands.

15. Detroit Pistons- Ty Lawson, UNC: Rodney Stuckey certainly isn’t as good as everyone thought he wass. He wasn’t the lead guard that Detroit needs to run it’s offense. With Lawson at the helm, Stuckey can return to his role as 6th man, and play more of a combo roll, which better suits him. Lawson might be the fastest player in the draft and would really provide some stability and leadership that they lost when Chauncey was traded. He’s also got championship pedigree, something the Pistons could use more of again all of the sudden.

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- BJ Mullens, Ohio St.: This is an 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. With Kevin Love and Al Jefferson in the fold already, the Twolves can afford to use their second first rounder on a project.

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-Tyler Hansbrogh, UNC: With Boozer and Millsap both potentially leaving town this summer, the Jazz are in desperate need of a quality big man who can come in and contribute right away. He measured out better than anticipate, and proved he’s more athletic than people give him credit for. Sloan will absolutely love this kid as he gives 110% on the floor, in the huddle, during the pre-stretch, and on the team plane.

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-Terrance Williams, Louisville: Dallas goes with the best player on the board here. Williams has lottery talent but is a bit old for teams drafting on potential. Dallas needs someone who can come off the bench and bring versatility to the floor. T Will brings exactly that as a guy who can guard three positions.

23. Sacremento Kings- Gani Lawal, Geroriga Tech:Lawal is a bit of a project, but he seems to be improving daily and provides nice toughness in the paint. If he can develop his offensive arsenal and learn to play in space, this wide bodied big man could have a long and prosperous career.

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. This pick is proof that Portland laid a lottery egg on Martell Webster.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder- Darren Collison, UCLA:After passing on Rubio at pick 3, the Thunder bring in a Point Guard who will allow Westbrook to move off the ball a few minutes a night. Collison is the definition of floor general. He can play up-tempo and run in transition, or he can also slow it down and run half court sets. He went to 3 Final Fours in 4 seasons and is a proven winner. He should be dynamite in relief of Westbrook.

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. This could make the blow of losing Ben Gordon sting a little less.

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- 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 can wait for his development. The triangle offense would be great for him, and learning from Gasol and Kobe wouldn’t be a bad thing.

30. Clevland Cavaliers- Jerel McNeal, Marquette: The Cavs desperatly need a player who can take some of the scoring load off of King James. McNeal is a heady kid who can score in a multitude of ways. He’s got a high basketball IQ, and should be able to contribute right away as instant offense off the bench.

ROUND 2

31. Sacremento Kings- Marcus Thorton, LSU
32. Portland Trail Blazers- Vladimir Dasic, Montenegro
33. Washington Wizards- Damion James, Texas
34. Denver Nuggets- Jodie Meeks, kentucky
35. Memphis Grizzlies- Derrick Brown, Xavier
36. Detroit Pistons-Paul Harris, Syracuse
37. San Antonio Spurs- Taj Gibson, USC
38. Portland Trail Blazers- Rodrigue Beaubois, France
39. Detroit Pistons-Jonas Jerebko, Sweeden
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- Jon Brockman, Washington
47. Minnesota Timberwolves- Jeff Adrien, UConn
48. Phoenix Suns- Tyrese Rice, Boston College
49. Atlanta Hawks-Jermaine Taylor, UCF
50. Utah Jazz- Jeff Pendergraph, ASU
51. San Antonio Spurs-Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga
52. Indian Pacers- Milan Macvan, Serbia
53. San Antonio Spurs- Lester Hudson, Tenn. Martin
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- Dajuan Summers, Georgetown
60. Miami Heat- Robert Dozier, Memphis

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7 Responses to “NBA Mock Draft 6.0- Post Chicago Combine”

  1. john

    18. Jun, 2009

    Paul Harris will hear his name called for sure. He has been very impressive as of late. Although i think you are correct Diceman in saying he wont get pick 35th. I think it will be somewhere around 50th. Maybe to the Jazz?

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  2. Ted

    18. Jun, 2009

    The Pacers aren’t drafting a SF, they got too many of them on the team as it is.

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  4. Skap

    09. Jun, 2009

    is Wesley Matthews Marquette as good as his brother Jerel McNeal Marquette? I hope to see a good match up with the Celtics and King James.

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  5. Clutch

    08. Jun, 2009

    I like the idea of drafting Jennings at nine. That’s if he isn’t picked up before Flynn (which I feel will happen regardless of the fact Jennings isn’t playing in the eurocamp).

    c’monnnn, Calderon the slowest starting point in the league? Haha Bibby isn’t much faster..

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  6. Diceman

    06. Jun, 2009

    If Paul Harris gets drafted 35th I will be in shock. He will be lucky to hear his name called.

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