2009 NBA Draft: How Will Point Guards Pan Out?

Because of Michael Jackson’s death, the 2009 NBA Draft was surreal. I didn’t watch as attentively as I have for almost 30 years. Blake Griffith obviously went one. Will he be as good as Boozer or end up like Marcus Fizer? Being from here, I wanted Tyreke Evans, but Jrue Holiday was a fine pick for the Philadelphia 76ers (will Allen Iverson return? I think so). He’ll provide versatility on both sides of the ball after the Sixers most likely lose Andre Miller to free agency (possibly somehow to the Lakers, you heard it here first). Elton Brand comes back, but the Eastern Conference just became a juggernaut after Orlando acquired Vince Carter (power move) and Cleveland acquired Shaquille O’Neal (not sold). Edge Magic. I thought after the Conference Finals that the team with more of an edge would win and now that Vince will have joined Orlando, I can see him lighting a fire under the coaching staff, bench and of course the players on the floor.

Atlanta and Washington very much put their names in the competitive Eastern Conference hat by picking up capable players to move into that tier below Orlando and Cleveland. Some speculation has Rubio ending up in Boston. Could that be? That would explain Danny Ainge’s public criticism of Rajon Rondo huh? Don’t do it Boston, Rondo is one of those players who will be seen as underrated as his career matures. Plus, didn’t you just win a championship with dude? Really interested in seeing Brandon Jennings play and also if Ricky Rubio is as good as advertised. His scrutiny is mos def on the clock. Best believe…especially after Jennings dropped. Do you think all of these young point guards will become the next generation of leaders? What do you think was going on with the Timberwolves. Seems like they are trying to dispose of their mediocre existence of the present and wreck shop in the future. Is it basketball season yet? Who will be Rookie of the Year? I’m going with Tyreke Evans.

First the draft day trades:

1 – Dallas traded the rights of C B.J. Mullens (No. 24) to Oklahoma City for the rights to G Rodrigue Beaubois (No. 25).

2 – Los Angeles Lakers the rights of G Toney Douglas (No. 29) to New York for a future second-round draft pick and cash.

3 – Minnesota traded the rights of G Ty Lawson (No. 18) to Denver for a future first-round pick.

4 – Washington traded the rights of G Jermaine Taylor (No. 32) to Houston for cash.

5 – Denver traded the rights of G Sergio Llull (No. 34) to Houston for cash.

6 – Portland traded G Sergio Rodriguez, the rights of F Jon Brockman (No. 38) and cash to Sacramento for the rights of F Jeff Pendergraph (No. 31).

7 – Miami traded the rights of G Marcus Thornton (No. 43) to New Orleans for two future second-round draft choices.

8 – Detroit traded the rights to F Chase Budinger (No. 44) to Houston for a future second-round draft pick and cash.

9 – L.A. Lakers traded the rights to G Patrick Beverley (No.42) to Miami for a future second-round draft pick and cash.

10 – Charlotte traded the rights to G Robert Vaden (No. 54) to Oklahoma City for cash.

Pre-draft trades

Magic/Nets

Magic get Vince Carter, Ryan Anderson

Nets get Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston, Tony Battie

Cavs/Suns

Suns get Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, second-round pick in ’10 Draft and $500,000

Cavaliers get Shaquille O’Neal

Hawks/Warriors

Warriors get Acie Law and Speedy Claxton

Hawks get Jamal Crawford

2009 NBA Draft

FIRST ROUND
Team
Player
Pos., Ht., Wt.
School/Country
1
L.A. Clippers
Blake Griffin
PF, 6-10, 248
Oklahoma
2
Memphis Grizzlies
Hasheem Thabeet
C, 7-3, 267
Connecticut
3
Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden
PG, 6-5, 222
Arizona State
4
Sacramento Kings
Tyreke Evans
PG, 6-6, 220
Memphis
5
Minnesota Timberwolves
(from Washington)
Ricky Rubio
PG, 6-3, 180
Spain/DKV Joventut
6
Minnesota Timberwolves
Jonny Flynn
PG, 6-0, 196
Syracuse
7
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry
PG, 6-3, 181
Davidson
8
New York Knicks
Jordan Hill
PF, 6-10, 235
Arizona
9
Toronto Raptors
DeMar DeRozan
SG, 6-7, 211
Southern California
10
Milwaukee Bucks
Brandon Jennings
G, 6-1, 170
Lottomatica Roma/Italy
11
New Jersey Nets
Terrence Williams
SF, 6-6, 213
Louisville
12
Charlotte Bobcats
Gerald Henderson
SG, 6-5, 215
Duke
13
Indiana Pacers
Tyler Hansbrough
PF, 6-9, 234
North Carolina
14
Phoenix Suns
Earl Clark
SF, 6-10, 226
Louisville
15
Detroit Pistons
Austin Daye
PF, 6-11, 192
Gonzaga
16
Chicago Bulls
James Johnson
SF, 6-8, 257
Wake Forest
17
Philadelphia 76ers
Jrue Holiday
PG, 6-4, 185
UCLA
18
Minnesota Timberwolves
(from Miami)
Ty Lawson
(traded to Denver)
PG, 6-0, 197
North Carolina
19
Atlanta Hawks
Jeff Teague
PG, 6-1, 175
Wake Forest
20
Utah Jazz
Eric Maynor
PG, 6-3, 164
Virginia Commonwealth
21
New Orleans Hornets
Darren Collison
PG, 6-1, 166
UCLA
22
Portland Trail Blazers
(from Dallas)
Victor Claver
PF, 6-9, 224
Pamesa Valencia/Spain
23
Sacramento Kings
(from Houston)
Omri Casspi
SF, 6-9, 211
Maccabi Tel Aviv/ Israel
24
Dallas Mavericks
(from Portland)
B.J. Mullens
(traded to Okla. City)
C, 7-1, 258
Ohio State
25
Oklahoma City Thunder
(from San Antonio)
Rodrigue Beaubois
(traded to Dallas)
PG, 6-2, 182
Cholet Basket/France
26
Chicago Bulls
(from Denver)
Taj Gibson
PF, 6-10, 214
Southern California
27
Memphis Grizzlies
(from Orlando)
DeMarre Carroll
SF, 6-7, 207
Missouri
28
Minnesota Timberwolves
(from Boston)
Wayne Ellington
SG, 6-5, 202
North Carolina
29
L.A. Lakers
Toney Douglas
(traded to New York)
PG, 6-2, 183
Florida State
30
Cleveland Cavaliers
Christian Eyenga
SF, 6-5, 210
DKV Joventut/Congo
SECOND ROUND
Team
Player
Pos., Ht., Wt.
School/Country
31
Sacramento Kings
Jeff Pendergraph
(traded to Portland)
PF, 6-10, 240
Arizona State
32
Washington Wizards
Jermaine Taylor
(traded to Houston)
SG, 6-4, 207
Central Florida
33
Portland Trail Blazers
(from L.A. Clippers)
Dante Cunningham
PF, 6-8, 227
Villanova
34
Denver Nuggets
(from Oklahoma City)
Sergio Llull
(traded to Houston)
PG, 6-2, 180
Real Madrid/Spain
35
Detroit Pistons
(from Minnesota)
DaJuan Summers
SF, 6-9, 243
Georgetown
36
Memphis Grizzlies
Sam Young
SF, 6-7, 223
Pittsburgh
37
San Antonio Spurs
DeJuan Blair
SF, 6-7, 277
Pittsburgh
38
Portland Trail Blazers
Jon Brockman
(traded to Sacramento)
PF, 6-7, 255
Washington
39
Detroit Pistons
(from Toronto)
Jonas Jerebko
PF, 6-8, 231
Sweden
40
Charlotte Bobcats
(from New Jersey)
Derrick Brown
PF, 6-8, 225
Xavier
41
Milwaukee Bucks
Jodie Meeks
SG, 6-4, 211
Kentucky
42
L.A. Lakers
(from Charlotte)
Patrick Beverley
(traded to Miami)
PG, 6-1, 172
Ukraine
43
Miami Heat
(from Indiana)
Marcus Thornton
(traded to New Orleans)
SG, 6-3, 194
LSU
44
Detroit Pistons
Chase Budinger
(traded to Houston)
PF, 6-7, 206
Arizona
45
Minnesota Timberwolves
(from Philadelphia)
Nick Calathes
SG, 6-6, 194
Florida
46
Cleveland Cavaliers
(from Chicago)
Danny Green
SF, 6-6, 208
North Carolina
47
Minnesota Timberwolves
(from Miami)
Henk Norel
PF, 6-10, 230
DKV Joventut/Netherlands
48
Phoenix Suns
Taylor Griffin
SF, 6-7, 238
Oklahoma
49
Atlanta Hawks
Sergey Gladyr
SG, 6-5, 190
Ukraine
50
Utah Jazz
Goran Suton
C, 6-10, 245
Michigan State
51
San Antonio Spurs
(from New Orleans)
Jack McClinton
PG, 6-0, 185
Miami (Fla.)
52
Indiana Pacers
(from Dallas)
A.J. Price
SG, 6-2, 193
Connecticut
53
San Antonio Spurs
(from Houston)
Nando De Colo
SG, 6-5, 190
Cholet Basket/France
54
Charlotte Bobcats
(from San Antonio)
Robert Vaden
(traded to Oklahoma City)
SG, 6-5, 205
Alabama-Birmingham
55
Portland Trail Blazers
(from Denver)
Patrick Mills
PG, 6-0, 165
St. Mary’s (Calif.)
56
Dallas Mavericks
(from Portland)
Ahmad Nivins
PF, 6-9, 235
St. Joseph’s (Pa.)
57
Phoenix Suns
(from Orlando)
Emir Preldzic
PF, 6-9, 205
Bosnia and Herzegovina
58
Boston Celtics
Lester Hudson
SG, 6-2, 190
Tennessee-Martin
59
L.A. Lakers
Chinemelu Elonu
PF, 6-10, 235
Texas A&M
60
Miami Heat
(from Cleveland)
Robert Dozier
PF, 6-9, 215
Memphis

10 Responses to “2009 NBA Draft: How Will Point Guards Pan Out?”

  1. Dredded One says:

    Eric Maynor went 20th??? And ahead of Ellington? Man, this was a creazy draft for sure.

  2. Okori says:

    Here’s the scary part: The Spurs found more guys who fit their system. DeJuan Blair can only be better by learning under Tim Duncan. You got the possible replacement for Parker in McClinton. God…… i am gonna hate this team for another decade. They draft like kings every year.

  3. Mizzo says:

    I was shocked Maynor went so low. I actually thought the Sixers would take him at 17 and the Holiday pick…because of his height…led me to think AI might play here again despite multiple bridges in cinders.

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  6. Jerold Wells Jr. says:

    Minnesota has me intrigued. I’ll never not be a fan but I’m super interested. Like give up my press pass to watch as a fan excited. I like Flynn ALOT. He could be special. I like Ellington’s pedigree and sweet stroke. Maybe he’ll make the shots that Miller couldn’t hit. As for this proposed deal with NY I’m all for it. I’m saying Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler and/or David Lee for this Rubio character. Hell they can have Telfair too.

    @Okori
    You’re right about the Spurs. They just seem to reload. Jefferson and Blair? Wow. If Duncan and Ginobili are healthy they can beat the Lakers in a seven game series.

  7. Tariq says:

    Jerold:

    I’d say the Spurs HAVE A SHOT against the Lakers in a seven game series, but I wouldn’t bet on them winning. Especially if the Lakers get Andre Miller like I hear they might.

  8. Tariq says:

    Also: “this Rubio character” LOL. You make him sound like Rod Blagojevich instead of an 18-year-old kid.

  9. TC says:

    Piggy back on what Okori said…..Spurs have SUCH A GOOD front office. They are in it for the long haul. It’s why, every year, when the Spurs are flying below the radar, I say don’t sleep on the Spurs.

  10. Tariq says:

    The moves San Antonio made are all very smart moves, but I still think the Spurs need one more piece to be a true contender. They need one more big. Without that, I can’t see them really giving the Lakers (or the Celtics) any real trouble. Great front office though, can’t front.

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