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Updated NBA Mock Draft

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


A week ago I posted a mock draft immediately after the Lottery. Now that some time has passed and my head has cooled off, there are several changes in Version 2. Check it out.

Lottery Picks

1. Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma

I still think the Clippers are going to make some moves and somehow end up with Ricky Rubio, but as long as they still have the No. 1 pick, you have to go with Griffin to the Clippers.

2. Memphis Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn

Rubio's agent now says he would consider playing for the Grizzlies, but owner Michael Heisley wants Thabeet. And that's probably all that matters.

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

A backcourt of Rubio and Russell Westbrook would look pretty good about two years from now. Regardless of what kind of hardball his agent is going to play, it still looks like Rubio will go in the Top 3.

4. Sacramento Kings – Brandon Jennings, PG, USA

The Kings are looking for a point guard and will still be looking for a way to get Rubio in a Sacramento jersey. If he's not available, Jennings looks like the pick here, and he should make a run at ROY regardless of where he lands.

5. Washington Wizards – James Harden, SG, Arizona St.

The Wizards aren't exactly heavy at shooting guard, making James Harden look like the perfect pick for them here. In addition, they'll probably look at Brandon Jennings, Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, DeMar DeRozan and Gerald Henderson, as well. Harden (a lefty) looks like a safe pick and is said to be as versatile (and potentially good) as Manu Ginobili.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves – Ty Lawson, PG, UNC

This is very high for Lawson, but I still sense he's a player whose stock will rise over the next 30 days or so. And the Wolves still need a PG because they don't want to rely on Sebastian Telfair forever. Lawson is a proven winner and was the key to the Carolina championship – a fact not lost on new GM David Kahn.

7. Golden State Warriors – Tyreke Evans, SG, Memphis

I'm still not sure the Warriors are set on Monta Ellis over the long haul, although they probably should be. Evans works for them though, as long as Don Nelson is running the show and playing guys out of position.

8. New York Knicks – Stephen Curry, G, Davidson

Curry has long been rumored to the Knicks and I haven't seen anything to change my mind. If he falls by New York, the Bucks make a lot of sense. I doubt he's been guaranteed anything by Donnie Walsh, but I doubt Mike D'Antoni wants to continue to rely on guys like Nate Robinson, Larry Hughes and Quentin Richardson. Curry read D'Antoni's book, which adds a little more fuel to the fire.

9. Toronto Raptors – Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona

Hill took the biggest fall from Version 1, as I had him going too high to begin with. He may easily go higher than No. 9 and probably should, but if teams are drafting by need, he may fall to Toronto. And you have to think that would be a steal.

10. Milwaukee Bucks – DeMar DeRozan, SG, USC

The Bucks have Michael Redd, Luke Ridnour, Ramon Sessions and Charlie Bell in their backcourt, but need to think about the future. DeRozan is a bit of a project and sets up best for a fast-paced offense, but you have to think Scott Skiles would like to get his hands on him either way.

11. New Jersey Nets – DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt

With the jury still out on Ryan Anderson and Yi Jianlian, the Nets could take a swing at Blair here. But if they draft by need, a smaller forward, like Earl Clark or James Johnson could be the call.

12. Charlotte Bobcats – Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke

Henderson is a guy whose stock I see possibly rising before the draft, but for now, he should go somewhere between the 10th and 12th picks. With Raymond Felton, D.J. Augustin and Raja Bell around, he may not make much noise as a rookie if he plays for Larry Brown. But he really came on in his junior season at Duke and should make for an excellent pro.

13. Indiana Pacers – Jrue Holiday, G, UCLA

Jarrett Jack appears to have emerged as a possible point guard of the future in Indy, but they could still use some depth at the position. Brandon Rush and Danny Granger have the wings covered, Roy Hibbert looks like a solid center prospect and Troy Murphy is their power forward. Point guard has to be the pick for the Pacers, but the only question is 'which one?' Ty Lawson, Johnny Flynn and Eric Maynor are also possibilities here.

14. Phoenix Suns – Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse

Steve Nash can't play forever, right? And Goran Dragic doesn't look like a long-term solution. However, Flynn does. The Suns could also use a PF if Shaquille O'Neal doesn't return and they slide Amare Stoudemire over to center. Gani Lawal, Earl Clark or James Johnson would also work here.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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