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**Official 2009 NBA Draft Thread** (ON RIGHT NOW)

DeRozan is a small forward. He doesn't have the ball handling to play shooting guard in the nba.
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Originally posted by Hopper:
DeRozan is a small forward. He doesn't have the ball handling to play shooting guard in the nba.

Explosive athleticism with little ball handling ability. Wow, that sounds exactly like a young Jason Richardson.

Anyways, I think he can develop his handles and play shooting guard in certain offensive systems.

I just hope Derozan learns to actually use his physical attributes to become a good defender, because it used to p**s me off SO MUCH just how poor of a defender J-Rich was.

I'd still take Derozan over every other shooting guard in this draft. I watched Gerald Henderson closely last night and didn't see anything in him that justifies why DraftExpress.com has him at the 6th pick.
After everything the Suns have gone through over the years, starting with the coin toss loss to the Bucks for the rights to Kareem(), NBA karma dictates that should the the Suns miss the playoffs, they oughta beat out impossible odds and get a top 3 pick in this draft....


which will be promptly sold by Mr Sarver.
I rank Tyreke Evans higher as a SG. He has the ball handling and he can defend. He just needs to work on his jumper to become the good all around SG.

A young J Rich is not a bad comparison for DeRozan though.
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Friday Stock Watch


Blake Griffin
Jonny Flynn
Earl Clark
Terrence Williams
Ty Lawson
Jordan Hill
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Yikes Hasheem Thabeet's has Adonal Foyle stone hands
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Gaudio says that Aminu, Teague should be back

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Dino Gaudio continues to openly discuss his thoughts on whether or not Wake Forest’s underclassmen will enter this year’s draft, in another article released on the Winston-Salem Journal. The head coach thinks that Jeff Teague may put his name in the draft, but will ultimately return, and mentions that Al-Farouq Aminu may not even test the waters. James Johnson is another story, though.

"I feel very comfortable, with the information that they have, that Jeff and Al-Farouq will be back here," Gaudio said. "And I told them after I had my meetings with them and I talked to their parents, ‘You think about it this week and get back to me. And whatever you want to do, I'll help you with.'

"I feel very comfortable that Al-Farouq might not even put his name in. I would not be surprised if Jeff looks at it for the experience, and then comes back. Now James, I'm not sure where he's at. I'm not sure where he's at."

Austin Daye will consider jump to NBA

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Bud Withers of the Seattle Times got some quotes from Austin Daye and his father indicating that they haven’t ruled out declaring for the draft.

"It's a possibility," said Darren Daye. "I'm not saying anything right now."

As for what might be the determining factor for his son in the decision, Daye said, "If he were going high enough in the first round, it would make sense."


Sherron Collins: “Strong possibility” of Returning to Kansas
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Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World indicates that Sherron Collins appears to be leaning towards returning to Kansas:

“It's a strong possibility, a real strong possibility,” Collins said of returning to KU. “Whatever coach tells me to do, I'm going to do. I’m not in a rush to go. Financially I’m fine. Nothing’s hurrying me to go.
^ All four should stay in school.

Opinions on Sam Young at the next level? I love this guy in college, but I'm torn on his prospects in the pros.
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Originally posted by SacRock14:
^ All four should stay in school.

Opinions on Sam Young at the next level? I love this guy in college, but I'm torn on his prospects in the pros.

Sam Young is a good tough bruiser who has really developed staying in school for 4 years.

Good mid-late first round pick

He looks like he's related to Greg Oden.

[ Edited by crzyafrican on Mar 29, 2009 at 12:51 AM ]
Sam Young's benefited from being an almost 24 year old man who's playing against 18-20 year olds. Could be a good defender at the next level, but will need to develop his jumper more to be in a rotation.
Please let my lame duck Wizards get the 1st pick. somehow they will end upwith the 3rd pick
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Friday Stock Watch


Blake Griffin
Jonny Flynn
Earl Clark
Terrence Williams
Ty Lawson
Jordan Hill


Falling enough to get to 7? I would LOVE to get Jordan Hill
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I don't care what Jonny Flynn said last week, he's definitely coming out and he's going in the top 10.
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According to the ESPN Sports ticker Boehim is telling flynn to put his name in the NBA draft.....
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Final Four Mock Draft
1. Sacramento - Blake Griffin, PF/C, Oklahoma, Sophomore
2. Washington - Ricky Rubio, PG, DKV Joventut, Spain
3. LA Clippers - Greg Monroe, PF/C, Georgetown, Freshman
4. Memphis - Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, Junior
5. Minnesota - Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, Junior
6. Oklahoma City - Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas, Sophomore
7. Golden State - Brandon Jennings, PG, Lottomatica Roma, Italy
8. New York- Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, Sophomore
9. Toronto - James Harden, SG, Arizona St., Sophomore
10. New Jersey- Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, Junior
11. Milwaukee - Tyreke Evans, PG/SG, Memphis, Freshman
12. Indiana - Demar DeRozan, SG/SF, USC, Freshman
13. Charlotte - Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, Junior
14. Phoenix - Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, Junior
15. Chicago- Terrence Williams, SG/SF, Louisville, Senior
16. Detroit - Craig Brackins, PF/C, Iowa State, Sophomore
17. Minnesota (from Miami) - Patrick Mills, PG, St.Mary's, Sophomore
18. Philadelphia - DeJuan Blair, PF/C, Pittsburgh, Sophomore
19. Atlanta - Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Junior, Davidson
20. Dallas - Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, Senior
21. Utah - James Johnson, SF/PF, Wake Forest, Sophomore
22. Portland - Sam Young, SF, Pittsburgh, Senior
23. New Orleans - Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, Senior
24. Sacramento (from Houston) - Chase Budinger, SF, Arizona, Junior
25. Chicago (from OKC from San Antonio)- Damion James, SF/PF, Texas, Junior
26. Oklahoma City (from Denver) - Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, Senior
27. Memphis (from Orlando)- BJ Mullens, C, Ohio State, Freshman
28. Minnesota (from Boston) - Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, Junior
29. LA Lakers - Toney Douglas, PG, Florida St., Senior
30. Cleveland - Nick Calathes, PG/SG, Florida, Sophomore

31. Sacramento - Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona St., Senior
32. Washington - Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, Junior
33. Portland (via LA Clippers)- Andrew Ogilvy, C, Vanderbilt, Sophomore
34. Houston (via Memphis) - Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, Junior
35. Denver (via Oklahoma City) - Omri Casspi, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel
36. Detroit (via Minnesota) - AJ Price, PG, UConn, Senior
37. San Antonio (via Golden State)- Michael Washington, PF, Arkansas, Junior




Point Guards
1) Ricky Rubio, PG, DKV Joventut, Spain
2) Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse, Sophomore
2) Brandon Jennings, PG, Lottomatica Roma, Italy
4) Patrick Mills, PG, St.Mary's, Sophomore
5) Ty Lawson, PG, UNC, Junior
6) Eric Maynor, PG, VCU, Senior
7) Darren Collison, PG, UCLA, Senior

8) Kemba Walker, PG, UConn, Freshman *2010 DRAFT*
9) Toney Douglas, PG, Florida St., Senior
10) Sherron Collins, PG, Kansas, Junior *2010 DRAFT*
11) AJ Price, PG, UConn, Senior
12) Scottie Reynolds, PG, Villanova, Junior
13) AJ Abrams, PG, Texas, Senior

Combo (PG/SG) Guards
1) Tyreke Evans, PG/SG, Memphis, Freshman
2) Jrue Holiday, PG/SG, UCLA, Freshman *2010 DRAFT*
3) Jeff Teague, PG/SG, Wake Forest, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
4) Stephen Curry, PG/SG, Junior, Davidson
5) Nick Calathes, PG/SG, Florida, Sophomore

6) Greivis Vasquez, PG/SG, Maryland, Junior
7) Lester Hudson, PG/SG, Tenn. Martin, Senior

Shooting Guards
1) Demar DeRozan, SG/SF, USC, Freshman
2) James Harden, SG, Arizona St., Sophomore
3) Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke, Junior

4) Willie Warren, SG, Oklahoma, Freshman *2010 DRAFT*
5) Wayne Ellington, SG, UNC, Junior
6) Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple, Senior

7) Jodie Meeks, SG, Kentucky, Junior *2010 DRAFT*
8) Marcus Thornton, SG, LSU, Senior
9) Jerel McNeal, SG, Marquette, Senior

Small Forwards
1) Earl Clark, SF, Louisville, Junior
2) Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, Wake Forest, Freshman
3) Terrence Williams, SG/SF, Louisville, Senior

4) Evan Turner, SG/SF, Ohio State, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
5) James Johnson, SF/PF, Wake Forest, Sophomore
6) Sam Young, SF, Pittsburgh, Senior
7) Damion James, SF/PF, Texas, Junior
8) Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, Junior
9) Chase Budinger, SF, Arizona, Junior

10) Kyle Singer, SF, Duke, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
11) Omri Casspi, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel
12) DaJuan Summers, SF/PF, Georgetown, Junior
13) Danny Green, SF, UNC, Senior
14) Stanley Robinson, SF, UConn, Junior *2010 DRAFT*

Power Forwards
1) Blake Griffin, PF/C, Oklahoma, Sophomore
2) Greg Monroe, PF/C, Georgetown, Freshman
3) Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona, Junior

4) Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Tech, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
5) DeJuan Blair, PF/C, Pittsburgh, Sophomore
6) Ed Davis, PF, UNC, Freshman *2010 DRAFT*
7) Austin Daye, PF, Gonzaga, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
8) Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
9) Craig Brackins, PF/C, Iowa State, Sophomore
10) Samardo Samuels, PF, Louisville, Freshman *2010 DRAFT*
11) Larry Sanders, PF, VCU, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
12) Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona St., Senior
13) Tyler Hansbrough, PF, UNC, Senior
14) Michael Washington, PF, Arkansas, Junior

15) JaJuan Johnson, PF, Purdue, Sophomore *2010 DRAFT*
16) Luke Harangody, PF, Notre Dame, Junior *2010 DRAFT*
17) Jon Brockman, PF, Washington, Senior
18) Taj Gibson, PF, USC, Junior

Centers
1) Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn, Junior
2) Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas, Sophomore

3) Donatus Motiejunas, C, Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania *2010 DRAFT*
4) BJ Mullens, C, Ohio State, Freshman
5) Jerome Jordan, C, Tulsa, Junior
6) Andrew Ogilvy, C, Vanderbilt, Sophomore

7) Goran Suton, C, Michigan St., Senior
8) Dexter Pittman, C, Texas, Junior *2010 DRAFT*
9) Giorgi Shermadini, C, Panathinaikos, Greece
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