2009 NBA DRAFT

Mock … Mock … Who\’s There?

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

As everyone knows by now, the upcoming 2009 NBA draft will be held tomorrow, on June 25, between the hours of 7pm thru midnight ET at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

For the New Jersey Nets, a lot depends on who is there when they choose. The Nets\’ braintrust should have a shot at a number of good players.

If the Nets want another pick, they should \’bite the bullet\’ and buy it. Minnesota, Chicago or Portland have multiple selections in the first or second rounds.

In what has been termed a \”weak\” draft, there are pockets of opportunity, but many hazards. On balance, there will be more players that don\’t pan out than those that do. It\’s up to the personnel types to play this draft well … if … at all!

While I don\’t want to make a mockery of all the other mock boards out there, they represent no more than speculation (read: guesswork). Some, however, are more informed than others.

Some tell you what they think the teams will do. Others are about what the individual author of the mock would do if he were running the entire draft. Still, others are for the sake of getting something down on paper.

With that in mind what follows is NBASCOUT\’S 2009 First Round Mock.* It makes no claim to greatness but should be measured against how these players do a number of years down the road and where they should have been drafted based on team needs.

NBASCOUT\’S 2009 FIRST ROUND MOCK

1 Blake Griffin
6\’10\” PF, Oklahoma
LA Clippers

2 Hasheem Thabeet
7\’3\” C, Connecticut
Memphis

3 James Harden
6\’5\” SG, Arizona State
Oklahoma City

4 Jordan Hill
6\’10\” PF, Arizona
Sacramento

5 Stephen Curry
6\’3\” PG, Davidson
Minnesota

6 Tyreke Evans
6\’5\” SG, Memphis
Minnesota

7 B.J. Mullens
7\’1\” C, Ohio State
Golden State

8 Earl Clark
6\’10\” SF, Louisville
New York

9 Ricky Rubio
6\’5\” PG, Spain
Toronto

10 Jonny Flynn
6\’1\” PG, Syracuse
Milwaukee

11 Tyler Hansbrough
6\’10\” PF, North Carolina
New Jersey

12 Terrence Williams
6\’6\” SG, Louisville
Charlotte

13 Gerald Henderson
6\’5\” SG, Duke
Indiana

14 Brandon Jennings
6\’2\” PG, Italy
Phoenix

15 DeMar DeRozan
6\’6\” SG, USC
Detroit

16 Austin Daye
6\’11\” SF, Gonzaga
Chicago

17 Ty Lawson
6\’1\” PG, North Carolina
Philadelphia

18 Jrue Holiday
6\’4\” PG, UCLA
Minnesota

19 Eric Maynor
6\’3\” PG, VA Commonwealth
Atlanta

20 Chase Budinger
6\’7\” SG, Arizona
Utah

21 DeMarre Carroll
6\’8\” PF, Missouri
New Orleans

22 Wayne Ellington
6\’5\” SG, North Carolina
Dallas

23 Jeff Teague
6\’2\” PG, Wake Forest
Sacramento

24 Darren Collison
6\’2\” PG, UCLA
Portland

25 Nick Calathes
6\’5\” PG, Florida
Oklahoma City

26 Omri Casspi
6\’9\” SF, Israel
Chicago

27 Derrick Brown
6\’9\” PF, Xavier
Memphis

28 James Johnson
6\’8\” PF, Wake Forest
Minnesota

29 Taj Gibson
6\’10\” PF, USC
LA Lakers

30 Jodie Meeks
6\’4\” SG, Kentucky
Cleveland

Happy Draft Night!

NBASCOUT is an independent freelance sportswriter that covers the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. He is not affiliated with the National Basketball Association. Copyright 2009 by NBASCOUT, all rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the express written consent of the author. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily this website. You may e-mail NBASCOUT in care-of his wife, who writes for children, at kathyforkids@cs.com

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