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2009 NBA Draft: Top 5 Lists

Sun, 06/21/2009 - 12:46pm
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Our annual list looking at this year's draft's top prospects by category (top 5 lists). This year's list has been expanded to include 25 categories including athleticism, speed, strength, explosiveness, shooters, passers, defenders, and many more.

A look back at last year's: 2008 Draft Top 5 lists


Athleticism:




Blake Griffin
1. Blake Griffin
2. Demar Derozan
3. Brandon Jennings
4. Gerald Henderson
5. Jonny Flynn

Speed:

1. Patty Mills
2. Josh Akognon
3. Brandon Jennings
4. Darren Collison
5. Ty Lawson

Strength:

1. DeJuan Blair
2. Blake Griffin
3. Garret Siler
4. Jon Brockman
5. Paul Harris

Explosiveness (Guards):

1. Brandon Jennings
2. Jonny Flynn
3. Gerald Henderson
4. Jeff Teague
5. Jermaine Taylor

Explosiveness (Forwards):

1. Blake Griffin
2. Charlie Coley
3. Derrick Brown
4. Jordan Hill
5. James Johnson

(Un)Athletic:

1. John Bryant
2. Austin Daye
3. Garret Siler
4. Henk Norel
5. Nando De Colo

Length:

1. Hasheem Thabeet
2. Taj Gibson
3. Derrick Brown
4. Tyreke Evans
5. Rodrigue Beaubois

Shooters:

1. Stephen Curry
2. Wayne Ellington
3. Marcus Thornton
4. Chase Budinger
5. Austin Daye

Ball Handlers:

1. Ricky Rubio
2. Brandon Jennings
3. Jeff Teague
4. Patrick Mills
5. Jonny Flynn

Passers:

1. Ricky Rubio
2. Nick Calathes
3. Eric Maynor
4. Nando De Colo
5. Terrence Williams

Defenders:

1. Hasheem Thabeet
2. Toney Douglas
3. Paul Harris
4. Terrel Harris
5. Jerel McNeal

Rebounders:

1. DeJuan Blair
2. Blake Griffin
3. Jon Brockman
4. Jordan Hill
5. Jeff Adrien

Post Skills:

1. Taj Gibson
2. James Johnson
3. Jordan Hill
4. Blake Griffin
5. James Harden

Competitors:

1. Tyler Hansbrough
2. Blake Griffin
3. Jonny Flynn
4. Stephen Curry
5. Brandon Jennings

Warriors/Toughness:

1. Blake Griffin
2. DeJuan Blair
3. Tyler Hansbrough
4. Jeff Adrien
5. Sam Young

Versatility:

1. Terrence Williams
2. Earl Clark
3. James Johnson
4. Tyreke Evans
5. Derrick Brown

Basketball IQ:

1. Ricky Rubio
2. Stephen Curry
3. James Harden
4. Eric Maynor
5. Tyler Hansbrough

Big Personalities:

1. DeJuan Blair
2. Hasheem Thabeet
3. Brandon Jennings
4. Terrence Williams
5. James Harden

Best Potential:

1. Blake Griffin
2. Brandon Jennings
3. Demar Derozan
4. Jordan Hill
5. Ricky Rubio

High Risk/Reward:

1. Brandon Jennings
2. Demar Derozan
3. Hasheem Thabeet
4. Earl Clark
5. BJ Mullens

Low Risk:

1. Blake Griffin
2. James Harden
3. Eric Maynor
4. Tyler Hansbrough
5. Sam Young

Overrated:

1. Jrue Holiday
2. Tyreke Evans
3. Austin Daye
4. Stephen Curry
5. Nick Calathes

1st Round Sleepers:

1. Wayne Ellington
2. Earl Clark
3. James Johnson
4. Brandon Jennings
5. Jeff Teague

2nd Round Sleepers:

1. Victor Claver
2. Jermaine Taylor
3. Dionte Christmas
4. Tyrese Rice
5. Sergio Llull

Free Agent Gems (Likely Undrafted):

1. Robert Vaden
2. Courtney Fells
3. Alonzo Gee
4. Russell Hicks
5. Luke Nevill

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You can put John Bryant atop

You can put John Bryant atop of the most UN-Athletic list.

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DON'T SLEEP ON THIS YEAR DRAFTEES

THIS DRAFT IS FULL OF GUYS LIKE JOSH HOWARD,GILBERT AREAS,DANNY GRANGER AND CARLOS BOOZER..NOBODY EXPECTED THOSE GUYS TO BECOME ALL-STARS..

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Rice

I think tyrese Rice is a sleeper too. He took it to all the best point guards the ACC and NCAA put in front of him.

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the competitive list is a

the competitive list is a mockery, tyler hansbrough is clearly the most competitive guy, and ricky rubio should be 4th or 5th while jennings shouldn't be in that list, the guy couldn't even compete against the pg's in lottomatica roma for a spot and was cut for the italian playoffs for it.

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wow Brandon jennings

is the biggest competitor in this draft by far............do ur research then comment it makes u sound like u are actually smart..please rubio should be 4th or 5th come on u must be some lil kid that watches u tube and is amazed by tat stuff......b jennings is th most competitive and most passionate player in the whole draft

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Demar DeRozan

Could be the biggest wing bust since Martell Webster. Terrence Williams will act like a veteran in the playoffs next year. Thabeet will be a cross between Sene and Mutumbo, somewhere in the middle. And if iam picking 9 to 14 i am trading down.

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trades

Memphis should trade down to the Knicks spot if they think Wash isn't going to take Hill. Then grab Hill with the 8th pick.

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lol

He actually put John Bryant on.

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holiday

i hope you stand by your thinking at the end of the season when holiday is one of the better players of the draft

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Unathletic

The list is fine but then why does Henk Norel have an 8 in his rating for athleticism. And Austin Daye have a 7.

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Holiday

i think everyone should let the holiday thing play it out by itself. Everyone has their opinion whether he is under rated and a sleeper or over rated and will be a bust. Because his talent that everyone saw coming out of high school was hidden in UCLA's system. But it could also be he didnt have the talent to thrive at that level. I say give him some time in the NBA and let his game speak. Then we will be able to tell if he was under rated coming into the draft like Tony Parker was or if he was over rated like Sebastian Telfair was

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Claver

I agree with Victor Claver as a 2nd round sleeper. I actually picked him in the 1st round in SLAMonline's Mock Draft that I wrote for.

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steph

I really hope steph curry drops to the knicks at 8. Lights out shooter, would be perfect in D'antoni's offense, and can flat out score score score. Just what they need. Fingers crossed....

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Borko you are my hero. John

Borko you are my hero. John Bryant would be so proud to find out he's on top of something. Even if it's the most unathletic player in this draft. We got to mail this guy a trophy.

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Rubio isn't a best ball handler...and why he isn't on the high risk list??

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Come on, seriously?

Rudeboy, I'm sorry but you expect way too much from way too little. A. Arenas was expected to become an All Star, it was just that his draft status plummeted due to phony injury rumors. B. Every time there's a clear off year it's bogus to say hey maybe there's just a whole flock of Carlos Boozer's in here. In this case it is patently untrue. You fail to name anyone who is like any of the guys you named or why they are being universally panned if they are all so secretly good. We can base reasonable predictions based upon prior performance.

You have no basis to say that there are so many in here who are talented despite how they played. It could be true, but what are you basing such a claim on? Why would you assume that players who were either largely mediocre in college or Europe (Brandon Jennings-worst inevitable lottery pick this year BY FAR) or players who were good but failed to show NBA good qualities will just snap out of it and become something completely different in the NBA? It would be like taking a bunch of kids from some poor, collapsing public school who were in remedial courses and throwing them into Harvard and just assuming they'll end up at the top of their class. Why would that be the case?

Actually this draft is full of guys like Stromile Swift, DerMarr Johnson, Darius Miles, Chris Mihm, Marcus Fizer and Jerome Moiso. (i.e. the 2000 Draft)

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One thing these fans who

One thing these fans who never played basketball fail to realize is that Europe is a big adjustment for anyone to go play. Esppecially if you're used to the way the game is played in the USA. Even good NBA players go over there and struggle. Talent wise Jennings is more than ready as anyone that has seen him in workouts can plainly see. Also even though his state weren't great they weren't that far off than rubios. I'd take him over holiday any day of the week every one is hoping he can play pg even though he's played sg in hs and college

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2008

Just taking a look back at your 2008 rankings...Brook Lopez was only 3rd in your low post scoring rankings, and Joey Dorsey was ranked 1st in rebounding. Brandon Rush wasn't even placed in any category. And none of the sleepers played in the NBA last season. Just indicating some potential foreshadowing in areas this predictions can be wrong.

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I'm sorry

But this is the worst, piece of crap list I have ever seen.

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