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June 22nd, 2009
With 2 days until the draft, the first round has become crystal clear... Errrr, actually this remains one of the most difficult drafts to project as no one has any idea what Memphis will do (including them) at 2, which will have a direct effect on the picks after it. So basically go ahead and tear up you mock drafts now... With so many teams looking to make deals, projecting the draft has become increasingly difficult. Here's our best effort to forecast the first round... for now.
Headlined by perhaps the draft's top two talents, the 2009 power forward class comes up short in depth. As a result, most of the better players are established college veterans, almost entirely lacking upside. Still, there might just be a few sleepers who drift into the second round and prove capable of making an immediate impact.
The champion Lakers made it out of the Pacific division as the only playoff team. It clearly didn’t hurt them for their playoff run. Next year won’t be the same. Shaq aka The Big Cactus has a team of veterans in Phoenix, the Clippers have the 1st pick in the draft, and Golden State is loaded with talent. Kobe’s Lakers ripped through the Pacific last year with a 14-2 record, but next year should be much more challenging with nearly every team on the rise.
Los Angeles Lakers
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
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Good. It's been a long process. I've done so much traveling and playing, there've been times when I've woken up in a hotel and forgotten where I was. But I've gotten a lot of good feedback.
People expect franchise-altering talent to be available at every turn — especially those teams consistently trapped in the lottery.
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