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Draft Time: Instant Analysis

Thu, 06/25/2009 - 1:24pm

Check back for real time coverage of each pick in both rounds of the NBA Draft, beginning at 8 PM ET. Commentary being made by Brian Cerone (odds) and Nick Prevenas (even). To see all of the picks as they're being made, click here.

First Round

1. Blake Griffin | Oklahoma

This was the only sure thing about tonight. Griffin is the best player in the draft, and it’s a distant second. He will give the Clippers immediate production, especially on the offensive end. Now, they have to move one of their big men (Zach Randolph, Marcus Camby, or Chris Kaman) to clear up some minutes for the 20-year old Griffin, and he will be the clear-cut favorite for win Rookie of the Year.
2. Hasheem Thabeet | Connecticut

Now that Mr. Foregone Conclusion is wearing his L.A. Clippers hat, the real intrigue can begin. The Memphis Grizzlies have held the key to the rest of the draft since the lottery order was decided six weeks ago. Will they trade the pick, or will they take Hasheem Thabeet, Ricky Rubio, James Harden, even Tyreke Evans? Nobody knew for certain until now. Thabeet, the enormous shot-blocker out of UConn by way of Tanzania, will be heading to Tennessee. He will be a beast on the defensive end and contribute immediately with his shot-blocking, but the Grizz must prepare to play four-on-five offensively until he learns a couple of post moves. Also, what does this mean for Marc Gasol -- a player Memphis GM Chris Wallace called “the key” to his infamous Pau Gasol deal? Does Memphis have another trade or two in the works?
3. James Harden | Arizona State

Drafting Harden gives the Thunder four young studs (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Jeff Green). Not too many NBA teams can match that kind of youth and talent. Harden is a mature player who can shoot it from distance and is underrated athletically. He should be able to contribute to Thunder immediately. He won’t make OKC an immediate winner, but they sure have a bright future and are headed in the right direction. Plus, anyone who wears that bowtie has to have a boatload of confidence.
4. Tyreke Evans | Memphis

Kings fans were mighty disappointed when the lottery results were announced. With the worst record in the NBA, Sacramento had a 25 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick, but fell all the way to No 4. They decided to draft Tyreke Evans out of Memphis, passing up on Ricky Rubio. Evans is an explosive slasher who some NBA scouts believe can transition to point guard. He’s much better than Beno Udrih, but he has a tendency to play one-on-five. The Kings might regret passing up on Rubio at this spot.
5. Ricky Rubio | Spain

This was best case scenario for the Timberwolves. Rubio was who Minnesota was hoping for at five. He has the type of flashy game that will win over fans in Minnesota right away. With the T’wolves dealing away guard Randy Foye and forward Mike Miller a couple of days ago, their should be minutes for Rubio right away, even at the age of 18. The team as a whole will be young, but right now they are stockpiling talent. They will go through their struggles next year, but after a few years of bonding with Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, and whoever they draft with the next pick, this team will be dangerous in a few years.
6. Jonny Flynn | Syracuse

After lucking into Rubio with the No. 5 pick they acquired from Washington, the Timberwolves followed that up by taking another point guard. Either new Minnesota GM David Kahn has another trade in the works, or he just took two point guards with back-to-back lottery picks. I really like Jonny Flynn (excellent athlete, terrific leader, explosive) and think he has a Terrell Brandon-esque ceiling, but how will Flynn and Rubio develop together? Neither guy is going to want to play second fiddle in Minnesota. If they hang onto Flynn, the T-Wolves have an exciting (if extremely young) core of Flynn, Rubio, Al Jefferson and Kevin Love. "ESPN's Ric Bucher reports that Minnesota plans to keep them both, but we'll see if the T'Wolves field an offer they can't refuse."

7. Stephen Curry | Davidson

Stephen Curry was the most exciting player in college basketball this year and it was for good reason. He led the nation in scoring and is a lights out shooter with unlimited range, but also can find the open man. The only question about Curry will be about which position he is going to play. Is he a point guard in the NBA or a shooting guard. Current Warriors guard Monta Ellis is in a similar situation. But, between both Curry and Ellis, they will have an explosive backcourt no matter who decides to play the point guard. With Hill available, this pick is a vote of confidence for talented PF Brandan Wright. The Warriors have officially entered the 2010 LeBron James free agent sweepstakes!
8. Jordan Hill | Arizona

Knicks fans are still clearly reeling from Golden State snagging Curry out from under them, so they unfortunately took their frustrations out on Jordan Hill. One infant even gave the pick a “thumbs down” to the ESPN cameras. Hill didn’t start playing organized hoops until his junior year of high school, so his development curve has been exponential. Hill has a lot of natural ability and could develop into one of this draft’s premier players. He has a lot of Chris Bosh in him. If he adds more strength, he could be a real load on the interior. Plus, he gets to play for Mike D’Antoni, which should help boost his stats.
9. DeMar DeRozan | USC

Demar DeRozan is a super athletic two-guard and has very good size at 6-7. Only played one season of college basketball so this draft pick is more about potential than immediate production. This previous season’s shooting guard Anthony Parker started 70 games, but he is 34 years old and a free agent. Drafting DeRozan will add some youth to the Toronto roster, which is much needed, especially on the wing. He has as bright as future as anyone in the draft not named Blake Griffin. Good selection for the Raptors.
10. Brandon Jennings | USA

What does a team do when it needs a little bit of everything? At No. 10, the Milwaukee Bucks go with Brandon Jennings -- the draft’s biggest “boom or bust” prospect. He was the first teenager to bail on the NCAA to play in Europe and help his draft standing. He didn’t show much in Europe, but he was one of the best high school players at Oak Hill Academy. He possesses elite-level quickness and athleticism (think Allen Iverson), but there are serious questions about his decision making and jump shot. But Milwaukee isn’t going to contend anytime soon, so Jennings will be able to develop at his own speed under a proven NBA point guard in head coach Scott Skiles.
11. Terrence Williams | Louisville

By trading away Vince Carter today told us that the Nets are not serious about putting an immediate contender on the court for next year. This pick was about selecting the best player available regardless of position. Terrence Williams does a little bit of everything, minus an outside shot. He could be an excellent defender in the NBA, guarding both shooting guards and small forwards. Offensively, he was the best passer on a Louisville team even though he was playing on the wing most of the time. Playing under former NBA coach Rick Pitino is a bonus, and he should be earning minutes right away for the Nets.

12. Gerald Henderson | Duke

The Charlotte Bobcats maintain their tradition of taking proven college guys (especially ones who played in the state of North Carolina) by taking Gerald Henderson. He’s one of the draft’s top athletes and has a Jason Richardson type of ceiling. He’ll have the perfect mentor in the hard-nosed Raja Bell at the 2-guard spot. He’s not the best ball handler, which might hurt his ability to create his own shot, but he’ll fit into Charlotte’s personality. With Henderson, Bell, Gerald Wallace and Emeka Okafor, this team can wreak havoc on the defensive end. Hey, did you know the Bobcats were only four games out of a playoff spot last season? It’s true.
13. Tyler Hansbrough | North Carolina

Some questioned why Tyler Hansbrough was even in the green room tonight. Now we know. Hansbrough style should fit in well with the Pacers. Most of Indiana’s big men tend to step away from the hoop and shoot over people. Hansbrough fills a need for the Pacers because he is going to do all the dirty work in the paint. Probably not going to be a superstar, but should be able to stay in the league for 10+ years because of his work ethic. Underrated athletically and plenty of experience with four years under coach Roy Williams.
14. Earl Clark | Louisville

The Phoenix Suns, in the midst of a fire-sale of epic proportions, add Earl Clark instead of selling the pick, as they’ve been known to do in the past. There is a lot to like about Clark. He’s exceptionally long with a tremendous skill set. There isn’t anything he can’t do on a basketball floor. However, he doesn’t always put everything together all the time. He isn’t the most assertive player. Clark reminds scouts of Lamar Odom -- a tantalizing talent, if he could only figure out a way to play to his capabilities 82 games a year.

15. Austin Daye | Gonzaga

Austin Daye is a very long forward that is probably going to play on the wing for his NBA career. He is a skilled basketball player, being able to shoot from distance and put the ball on the floor when needed. Detroit’s starting perimeter is set with point guard Rodney Stuckey, shooting guard Rip Hamilton, and small forward Tayshaun Prince. After that there is not much certainty. Daye will not be forced to play right away because of Detroit’s veteran bunch. He will have to put on some weight in order to be effective at the next level. Some question his toughness and say he is not a great athlete. But, going to Detroit is a great fit for him because he can learn from Prince who also faced the same type of criticism when he was entering the league.
16. James Johnson | Wake Forest

The Chicago Bulls, desperately in need of an interior scoring option, takes James Johnson out of Wake Forest. He’s kind of a 3/4 hybrid, but will play power forward on this roster. The Bulls are one of the most exciting up-and-coming teams in this league, and Johnson is an excellent fit for them. He’ll be able to play pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop with Derrick Rose, thanks to his perimeter shooting ability and his varied offensive attack. He’s not a terribly explosive leaper, but that’s what Chicago has Ty Thomas for. He can also back a guy down and score in an isolation situation on the block. Solid pick.
17. Jrue Holiday | UCLA

With Andre Miller’s status up in the air for the 76ers, Jrue Holiday was a no brainer still being available at 17. Holiday is a bit of a ‘tweener’, not exactly a point guard or a shooting guard, but he is young enough (just turned 19) to learn the position and become their future point guard. How quickly he will help the 76ers is something that will be figured out, but Philly will still most likely try to re-sign the veteran Miller because it would be asking too much to hand the reigns over the Holiday so early in his career. He had inconsistencies at UCLA as a freshman, but showed enough talent to be drafted in the 1st round. After a season of grooming or two, Holiday could be one of the best players to come out of this draft when all said and done.
18. Ty Lawson | North Carolina

Minnesota has to be planning a trade, right? David Kahn knows you can’t play three point guards at the same time, doesn’t he? OK, good. Ric Bucher comes on as the voice of reason and lets us know that Ty Lawson has been traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future Charlotte Bobcats pick. This is an excellent move for Denver, given the glaring need for a backup point guard behind Chauncey Billups. With the current hand-check rules in place, Lawson is almost impossible to guard one-on-one. He was the driving force in North Carolina’s title push, but his lack of height pushed him down to No. 18. He’ll spend the first couple years of his career learning from one of the best in the business.
19. Jeff Teague | Wake Forest

This won’t cover up for the 2005 blunder when they passed up on Chris Paul for Marvin Williams, but Teague should be able to help immediately. Earlier today the Hawks acquired Jamal Crawford who plays both guard positions, and they have to decide whether or not to re-sign current point guard Mike Bibby. Teague’s value to the team next year could depend on how the Hawks decide to treat the Bibby situation. But, overall he is a good player and an explosive scorer with good range and able to get to the basket with ease during his college career.
20. Eric Maynor | VCU

The run of point guards continues, as Utah tabs Eric Maynor to back up Deron Williams. He doesn’t have the measurables of some of the other top-flight points, but he might be the most advanced pure point guard in this draft. He possesses tremendous leadership abilities and has that innate sense of what it takes to play the one-spot. He also made a name for himself hitting game-winning shots for Virginia Commonwealth in the NCAA Tournament. Maynor and Williams could turn into one of the league’s best point-guard tandems right away, and he gives Utah extra roster flexibility, as Williams can easily play 2-guard against most teams.


21. Darren Collison | UCLA

This is a bit of a shocker. Drafting a point guard when the best player on your team plays the same position doesn’t make sense at first glance. But, the Hornets lack overall playmakers as a team and Collison can create offense out of nothing. He also shot well in his last two years at UCLA. Early in his career he will back up Chris Paul and bring energy off the bench, especially on the defensive end where Collison is a pest. But, the pick still really does not make much sense when you consider that Rasual Butler started 73 games at shooting guard last year, and UNC’s Wayne Ellington, Arizona’s Chase Budinger, and FSU’s Toney Douglas were all available.
22. Victor Claver | Spain

Kevin Pritchard has been relatively quiet this year. He did throw in a second-round pick to move up two spots into Dallas’ No. 22 slot, but the Trailblazers’ GM typically makes somewhere between five and 500 trades on draft day. It was widely speculated that Portland had their sights set on Victor Claver, and that’s exactly who they selected. Portland plans to stash him away in Spain for a year or two while the squad looks to extend the contracts of franchise cornerstones Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. Claver is a hard-nosed kid with a deep bag of offensive tricks, but his lack of foot speed will hurt him as he tries to defend other small forwards.
23. Omri Casspi | Israel

The Kings are drafting for the 2nd time tonight. After drafting a guard in Tyreke Evans, they chose the bigger Omri Casspi from Israel to possibly play on the other wing. Casspi is only 21 years old and is a very good athlete. His outside shot needs improvement but he still should compete for minutes next year for the lowly Kings. After winning only 17 games last year, the Kings are not in a position to draft for need, so they took the best prospect available in Casspi. His game is very similar to current King Andres Nocionni and should see minutes backing him up.
24. BJ Mullens | Ohio State

BJ Mullens didn’t start at Ohio State, but his per-minute numbers were terrific. His stamina and basketball IQ need serious work, but there’s no questioning his natural ability. Few 7-footers can match Mullens’ athleticism and quickness. He’ll be able to learn at his own pace in Oklahoma City and he’ll fit in with that team’s up-tempo, athletic philosophy. He won’t contribute a lot right away, but Mullens should figure into OKC’s long-term plans.


25. Rodrigue Beaubois | France

Traded to Dallas -- Dallas has its starting line-up pretty much figured out, so Mark Cuban decided to grab a project with tremendous upside. France’s Rodrigue Beaubois is a phenomenal athlete at the point guard position, with otherworldly leaping ability and terrific quickness. The Mavs originally selected Ohio State’s BJ Mullens, but sent him to Oklahoma City, picking one spot later. Dallas will leave Beaubois in France as he continues to feel his way through becoming a point guard.
26. Taj Gibson | College

The Bulls go with a post guy once again, selecting USC’s Taj Gibson to go along with their earlier pick of James Johnson. Gibson is a hard-nosed guy who’ll rebound, block shots, take charges and do all the dirty-work stuff inside. At 24 years of age, Gibson doesn’t have much upside left, but he has an enormous wingspan and has proven himself against top-level competition. He’s not going to be much of a scorer and he gives up a lot of weight to most of the NBA’s interior players, but he’ll find many ways to contribute.
27. DeMarre Carroll | Missouri

The Grizzlies drafted center Hasheem Thabeet with the 2nd overall pick, giving them a possible starting team of Thabeet and Marc Gasol as big men, and Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, and Rudy Gay around the perimeter. Now drafting for the 2nd time in the first round, they select DeMarre Carroll who should be able to earn minutes right away at both forward positions. Carroll has incredible energy and is a very tough kid, but this is far too high for him. Carroll is an undrafted free agent type of talent and with guys like DaJuan Summers on the board a very questionable pick.
28. Wayne Ellington | North Carolina

Outstanding pick for Minnesota. Wayne Ellington is one of the premier sleepers in this draft. The questions surrounding his athleticism were answered after a surprising showing at the combine, and he might be the second-best shooter in this draft (after Stephen Curry). He’s not a lockdown defender, but he’ll immediately contribute in Minnesota. He’s a perfect fit for what the T’Wolves are trying to build and will likely be better than Mike Miller was for them last season. Getting a player of this caliber at the No. 28 pick is a steal. A+.
29. Toney Douglas | Florida State

New York bought this pick from the LA Lakers earlier today. Drafting a big man in Arizona’s Jordan Hill with the 8th overall pick, the Knicks decide to go with a combo guard in FSU’s Toney Douglas. Nate Robinson played major minutes for the Knicks last year at both guard positions and could be out the door via free agency, so drafting Toney Douglas could be insurance for a Robinson departure. Douglas should be able to get some minutes at the two-spot regardless of the roster. Point guard Chris Duhon needs a backup because he logged lots of minutes for the Knicks, and Douglas should be able to fill a need there as well. In D’Antoni’s system, Douglas will be able to put up some numbers next year.
30. Christian Eyenga | Congo

Will the Cleveland Cavaliers add the missing link to their title hopes with the final pick of the first round? With Shaq and LeBron on board, expectations were high for this pick. And the Cavs select … Christian Eyenga from the Congo. He’s a jaw-dropping athlete, but he hasn’t had much experience against top-level competition. He might give them something down the road, but he won’t be taking part in any crazy pre-game dance rituals in Cleveland this season.

Second Round


31. Jeff Pendergraph -- Pendergraph is a four year player with size. Immediately getting moved from Sacramento to the Portland Trailblazers who’s only real need is a backup power forward to LaMarcus Aldridge so its possible for Pendergraph to earn minutes next year.
32. Jermaine Taylor -- The Wizards make their first pick of the night and grab UCF’s Jermaine Taylor (not to be confused with the former middleweight champ). He can really fill up the scoring column and he attacks the bucket with bad intentions. But with Randy Foye getting fitted for his Wizards’ jersey, it’s hard to say how much playing time Taylor will get right away. It makes sense that the Wizards dealt him to Houston for cash. Taylor will get a good shot to play there.
33. Dante Cunningham -- Portland looks like they want to use their 2nd round picks to bring in some power forwards. Cunningham was very effective at Villanova. He probably fell to the 2nd round because he is considered undersized at power forward and does not really have the skill set to expand his game to the perimeter. He, like Pendergraph, could win some minutes next year backing up LaMarcus Aldridge.
34. Sergio Llull -- The Nuggets select Sergio Llull (best described as a poor man’s Ricky Rubio) with their second-round pick. He has solid size and quickness for the point guard position, but lacks the court vision of other top-notch prospects.
35. DaJuan Summers -- The Pistons have to be happy with this pick. Summers was thought to be a late 1st round pick coming into draft night. He is a very big and physical small forward who needs to improve his shot and ball handling. But, enough of an athlete to compete for minutes next year.
36. Sam Young -- Memphis grabs the solid, hard-nosed Sam Young at 36. What you see is what you get with Young -- a really crafty scorer who is as tough as anyone in the draft. He’s kind of trapped between the shooting guard and small forward, but he has a better chance of contributing than DeMarre Carroll.
37. DeJuan Blair -- The San Antonio Spurs cash in again with a 2nd round pick. The co-Big East player of the year slips to 37 after being considered a possible lottery pick. The Spurs traded away center Fabricio Oberto and started PF Matt Bonner 66 games last year, so the minutes should be available alongside Tim Duncan for Dejuan Blair.
38. Jon Brockman -- Sacramento uses Portland’s pick to take Washington’s Jon Brockman. With the success of undersized rebounding workhorses like Paul Milsap and Chuck Hayes, Brockman should have an excellent chance at making the Kings’ roster. He’s not an explosive athlete and his game has a few holes, but he attacks the glass like few others. He should find a spot in this league as a rebounding specialist.

39. Jonas Jerebko -- Swedish/American product is an athletic small forward ala Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz. He was a possible 1st round pick coming into the night. Jerebko is the third small forward drafted by the Detroit Pistons tonight. Fran Frachilla with the line of the night, "He married a Swedish woman, not a bad move Stu!"
40. Derrick Brown -- Charlotte snags Xavier’s Derrick Brown, an excellent sleeper pick at No. 40. He’s a remarkable athlete at the small forward position and could develop into a Danny Granger type if he’s given the opportunity. He easily could’ve gone in the first round, and he fits the Bobcats’ identity of athletic slashers.
41. Jodie Meeks -- Meeks was one of the most explosive scorers in the country this year. Put up 54 points at Tennessee. Very good shooter, but also a good athlete. Could compete for minutes in Milwaukee with Richard Jefferson recently traded to San Antonio.
42. Patrick Beverly -- The defending champs from LA make their first selection tonight, snagging Patrick Beverley out of the Ukraine by way of Chicago. Fans might remember him as the kid who was surrounded by controversy at Arkansas (the former SEC Freshman of the Year who left school after a tutor wrote a paper for him). He’s a young point guard with decent quickness, but he lacks size. He has talent, but he’s a long shot to stick on this roster, which is why the Lakers dealt him to the Miami Heat.
43. Marcus Thornton -- Miami made good last year with their 2nd round pick (PG Mario Chalmers) and are hoping to strike gold again LSU’s Marcus Thornton. He can score points in bunches and is built like a rock.

44. Chase Budinger -- Chase Budinger’s epic draft slide finally comes to a halt. Once projected as a lottery pick, the former UA standout slips all the way to pick No. 44. He’s one of the draft’s better shooters and he’s an NBA-level athlete (think Mike Miller’s first four years in the league). His career at Arizona was up and down, and he didn’t always display the toughness you’d like to see, but he improved on both his consistency and his toughness his junior year. Excellent pick-up for Detroit.
45. Nick Calethes -- Calathes is a big point guard who is a very good offensive player. With a Greek passport, he has already signed with Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos so he will play in Greece for a year or two and then take his shot at the NBA.
46. Danny Green -- The Cavs get a better player at No. 46 than they did at No. 30. Danny Green was one of the major contributors on North Carolina’s title run and could carve out a niche on Cleveland’s roster as a wing defensive specialist. He’s got excellent size and really long arms. He’s not an outstanding athlete, but he doesn’t have any major holes, either.

47. Henk Norel -- Norel is a work-in-progess and not ready for the NBA level but the Dutchman is only 21 years old. Norel has to work on virtually every part of his game, but he does have size and will be able to work on it for the next few years. He will stay overseas for at least another two years.
48. Taylor Griffin -- Looks like the Suns are stockpiling on subpar siblings. Last year, Phoenix selected Robin Lopez at No. 15 and watched his twin brother Brook establish himself as one of the league’s most promising young big men. This year, the Suns snag Taylor Griffin, Blake’s older brother, at 48. Who does Steve Kerr plan on drafting at No. 57? You guessed it, Frank Stallone.
49. Sergii Gladyr -- Gladyr is only 19 years old and won’t be in the NBA for at least two years. He is a good shooter, but the rest of his game will need to improve if he is ever going to make an NBA roster.
50. Goran Suton -- That almost seemed like a foregone conclusion. Goran Suton in Utah? It makes way too much sense, doesn’t it? He’s a perfect Jerry Sloan guy and should provide solid support behind Mehmet Okur at the center spot.
51. Jack McClinton -- McClinton does not have good size for the NBA, but he can certainly score the basketball and is a great shooter. He could be a specialist for the Spurs as a dead-eye shooter. Would have to figure out how to be a point guard if he is ever going to be a big-time impact player at the NBA level.
52. AJ Price -- Indiana is pretty deep at the point guard spot, but A.J. Price could find a spot on this roster. He bounced back from some serious character questions and helped lead Connecticut to a terrific regular-season mark. He’s more of a shot-maker than a traditional point guard, but he tends to run out of steam if he’s racking up big minutes. But in spot duty, he could contribute something to an NBA roster.
53. Nando De Colo -- De Colo has good size for a point guard is more mature than most of the international players. He has a shot at backing up his countryman Tony Parker next year, but most likely will stay in Europe for a few more seasons.
54. Robert Vaden -- Charlotte grabs another stellar college player in UAB’s Robert Vaden. He’s not a flashy guy or a top-flight athlete, but he has outstanding range on his jumper and he can score from anywhere on the floor. He was among the most consistent scorers in college hoops, but might struggle to get his own shot against NBA defenders. The Bobcats moved Vaden to Oklahoma City, where he makes a little more sense as a bench guy.

55. Patrick Mills -- The Australian electric guard cannot be happy slipping all the way to the 55th pick. He was once thought to be one of the top point guards in the country. An injury to his wrist last year certainly hurt his stock. To make things worse, he is going to be competing on a Portland Trailblazer team that is jammed up with guards. Portland most likely convinces him to play overseas for a few years.
56. Ahmad Nivens -- Dallas takes Ahmad Nivins at 56, a strong interior presence for St. Joseph’s. He has a decent future as a rebounder/shotblocker in the NBA, but he doesn’t have the lateral quickness to hang with most NBA power forwards. He’ll have a chance to make the Mavericks roster.
57. Emir Preldzic -- Preldzic is a versatile player at 6-9 who can handle the ball and distribute it as well. With the Suns clearly looking to dump their salary, Preldzic will most definitely be overseas trying to improve for at least a year, probably more.
58. Lester Hudson -- The Celtics, who have been awfully quiet tonight, make their first pick of the night by taking Lester Hudson out of Tennessee-Martin. He’s a prolific scorer (No. 2 in the nation behind Stephen Curry), but a bit of a tweener. He’s kind of a herky-jerky player who is a nightmare to defend one-on-one, but he doesn’t have much in the way of point guard skills. He has a chance to be a Flip Murray type in this league.


59. Chinemelu Elonu -- Elonu surprised everyone when he decided to stay in the draft. Nonetheless, the Lakers could have a steal here with the 59th pick. Elonu is long, athletic, and he plays extremely hard. Is not very polished offensively, probably the main reason he wasn’t considered for the 2nd round. But, with his size and work ethic, he could be an NBA player for years providing rebounding and blocked shots.
60. Robert Dozier -- In the NFL, they call this guy “Mr. Irrelevant.” In the NBA, he doesn’t really get a catchy name, but a pretty decent shot to make a roster. You could certainly do a lot worse than Robert Dozier at pick No. 60. He’s a lanky athlete who can guard a lot of different positions. Miami doesn’t really have anyone like him.
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is Mitch Kupchak insane

I know the Lakers are trying to save money for Ariza and Odom, but THIS was a PERFECT chance for LAL to select a PG for future to replace Fisher, Farmer is a bust, and Brown is probably not going to resign, this was it.

(Patty Mills, Maynor, Collison, Lawson,) ANY of those guys would have been perfect for LA.

I mean this is probably the LAST YEAR the Lakers are running the TRIANGLE OFFENSE since after this year Phil might retire.

So why not take a PG, or HECK a big like Tyler Hansbrough to replace guys like Powell or Mbenga.

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I agree

I think there are is going to be great value around 29. Jonas Jerbko is like a poor man's ariza and would have been a great safety net for LA.

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They just

traded away their 1st round pick. The best PG available at their 2nd round pick may be Tyrese Rice

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