You've seen plenty of mock drafts so far, but this one is different. It's not about who we think teams will take; but instead is about who they should take from someone who has seen these kids more than just about anyone. Here's one hint for NBA GMs: Don't sleep on Jeff Teague. (And don't worry about that knee injury.)
1. Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin, 6-8-1/2, 248, PF, Soph., Oklahoma He's a future All-Star and is as close to a franchise player as there is in this year's draft. High character kid who, at times, appears as though he's jumping off a trampoline. Watch his video preview
2. Memphis Grizzlies Hasheem Thabeet, 7-1, 267, C, Jr., UConn You just don't find 7-footers that run the court like Thabeet every day. He may not be an offensive threat, but he can eventually become a dominating presence on the defensive end in the NBA and is worth the risk. Watch his video preview
3. Oklahoma City Thunder Tyreke Evans, 6-4, 221, G, Fr., Memphis He and Russell Westbrook would be a quality combo with neither being a pure point guard, but both guys being able to make plays with the ball in their hands. Evans is deadly in the open court and his perimeter shot will improve over time. Watch his video preview
4. Sacramento Kings Ricky Rubio, 6-4, 180, PG, Spain The Kings probably have as little talent as any team in the league. They need to get a young point guard that can become the cornerstone of the franchise and the pick here is Rubio who comes with all the accolades and knows how to make his teammates better.
5. Washington Wizards Jonny Flynn, 5-11, 196, PG, Soph., Syracuse The Wizards need someone that can play alongside Gilbert Arenas and make his life easier. Flynn would be an ideal complement to Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves James Harden, 6-4, 222, SG, Soph., Arizona State The T'Wolves need a big-time scoring guard with size and Harden is the perfect fit here to go along with Randy Foye in the backcourt and guys like Al Jefferson and Kevin Love up front. Watch his video preview
7. Golden State Warriors B.J. Mullens, 7-0, 258, C, Fr., Ohio State He's not ready yet to make an impact, but he's worth the risk and could mesh perfectly in Don Nelson's system. He's got great athleticism for someone his size and the Warriors are already loaded with athletic guards and wings.
8. New York Knicks Jeff Teague, 6-0, 175, PG, Soph., Wake Forest He's got a chance to be as good as anyone in this draft down the road. Can really score the ball and would be an ideal backcourt mate for Larry Hughes. Higher upside than Stephen Curry at this spot. Watch his video preview
9. Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan, 6-5-1/2, 211, SF, Fr., USC The Raptors need a big-time wing and DeRozan arguably the most athletic player in the entire draft fits the bill. Watch his video preview
10. Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Jennings, 6-1, 170, PG, Italy I'm not sold on Ramon Sessions as a front-line point guard. With time, Jennings has all the tools to develop into a quality floor leader. He just needs to learn to play under control.
11. New Jersey Nets Stephen Curry, 6-2, 181, G, Jr., Davidson The Nets could use a big-time perimeter shooter and Curry wouldn't have to be the sole ballhandler with Devin Harris in the mix. Watch his video preview
12. Charlotte Bobcats Jordan Hill, 6-9, 232, PF, Jr., Arizona This is where I'd take the raw big man. No sooner. He'd also make life easier for Emeka Okafor. Watch his video preview
13. Indiana Pacers Jrue Holiday, 6-3, 199, G, Fr., UCLA The Pacers have a plethora of point guards, but Holiday is a true combo guard who needs to work on his floor game. Doesn't do any one thing spectacular, but is the most well-rounded guard in the draft. Watch his video preview
2009 NBA draft
- 2009 NBA Draft Central
- NBADraft.net: Mock draft 2.0
- NBADraft.net: Tough choice at No. 2
- Goodman: Draft winners and losers
- Goodman: Who teams should pick
- Scout.com: Best player you don't know
- Rosen: Will Griffin be an NBA star?
- Marques Johnson's top 5 picks
- Goodman's NBA draft preview
14. Phoenix Suns Terrence Williams, 6-5, 213, SG-SF, Sr., Louisville He's a big, strong, athletic wing who can come in and make an instant impact for a team that needs to do something soon with aging superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Steve Nash. Watch his video preview
15. Detroit Pistons DeJuan Blair, 6-5, 277, PF, Soph., Pittsburgh He's undersized, but the Pistons need some frontcourt help with the expected loss of Rasheed Wallace. Blair is a big-time rebounder despite his lack of size and athleticism. Watch his video preview
16. Chicago Bulls Gerald Henderson Jr., 6-4, 215, SG, Jr., Duke The Bulls may lose Ben Gordon and will need a scoring wing. Henderson took a giant step midway through last season and just needs to continue to work on his perimeter shot. Watch his video preview
17. Philadelphia 76ers Ty Lawson, 5-11, 197, PG, Jr., North Carolina New coach Eddie Jordan may need to find a point guard for the future with the potential loss of Andre Miller. Lawson is a blur and is one of the few floor leaders who can keep up with Andre Iguodala on the break. Watch his video preview
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami) James Johnson, 6-7, 257, F, Soph., Wake Forest He needs to lose a few pounds, but he's exactly what the T-Wolves need a strong, athletic forward who can do a multitude of things on the court.
19. Atlanta Hawks Darren Collison, 6-0, 166, PG, Sr., UCLA His shot may not be pretty, but it goes in. Collison has blazing speed which suits the young Hawks well. Watch his video preview
20. Utah Jazz Earl Clark, 6-8-1/2, 228, SF, Jr., Louisville The long and talented Clark could be a star playing alongside Deron Williams.
21. New Orleans Hornets Tyler Hansbrough, 6-8, 234, PF, Sr., North Carolina Psycho T may not have all that so-called upside, but I'd bet he's productive playing with Chris Paul. The Hornets lack that hard-working inside guy who gets on the glass. Watch his video preview
22. Dallas Mavericks Eric Maynor, 6-2, 164, PG, Sr., VCU The Mavs need someone to take Jason Kidd's spot whether it's this season or down the road. Maynor can do it all he can score, run a team and has an improved jump shot. Watch his video preview
23. Sacramento Kings (from Houston) Chase Budinger, 6-6, 207, SF, Jr., Arizona The Arizona star's stock has fallen since his freshman season, but he's become tougher with all the adversity. Budinger is still a big-time athlete who needs to learn how to constantly utilize that gift. Watch his video preview
24. Portland Trail Blazers Sam Young, 6-5, 223, SF, Sr., Pittsburgh He's tough and gives the Blazers a piece that they really don't have. One of the most improved players I've seen over the years, Young is able to go down low and score on bigger guys and also can now step out and make shots.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (from San Antonio) Gani Lawal, 6-8, 229, PF, Soph., Georgia Tech The Thunder needs some size up front and Lawal, while not ready, is an intriguing big man who will thrive once he gets stronger and develops a low-post game.
26. Chicago Bulls (from Denver) Jodie Meeks, 6-3, 211, SG, Jr., Kentucky Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't understand why most people have Meeks so low. He's got decent size, can really shoot the ball and demanded as much attention as just about any player in the country this past season.
27. Memphis Grizzlies (from Orlando) Austin Daye, 6-10, 192, SF, Soph., He's still a couple years away, but so are the Grizzlies. So why not take a chance with the long, skilled forward out of the 'Zags program? Watch his video preview
28. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Boston) Nick Calathes, 6-5, 185, G, Soph., Florida The T'Wolves have a trio of first-round picks and would be OK with the fact that Calathes will spend a year or two in Greece.
29. Los Angeles Lakers Patrick Mills, 5-11, 175, PG, Soph., St. Mary's Derek Fisher isn't getting any younger. Watch his video preview
30. Cleveland Cavaliers Wayne Ellington, 6-4, 202, SG, Jr., North Carolina He's a knock-down perimeter shooter that would get easy looks playing with LeBron. Watch his video preview
Author: Fox Sports
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Added: June 18, 2009