RCP NBA Mock Draft Part I

We’re giving you Part I of the Mock Draft today, which is just the results of SJ and I arguing for the better part of the day. Monday, I’ll post our explanations for each of the first-round picks. Everything you see in parenthesis marks an either/or situation — mostly if the team appears likely to move the pick.

#
Team
Player
P
School
1
LA Clippers
Blake Griffin
PF
Oklahoma
2
Memphis
Hasheem Thabeet
C
UConn
3
Oklahoma Cty
Jordan Hill (Trade Down) PF
Arizona
4
Sacramento
Ricky Rubio
PG
Spain
5
Washington
James Harden (Trade Down)
SG
Arizona St.
6
Minnesota
Jonny Flynn
PG
Syracuse
7
Golden St.
Brandon Jennings
PG
USA
8
New York
Stephen Curry
PG/SG
Davidson
9
Toronto
DeMar DeRozan
SG
USC
10
Milwaukee
Jrue Holiday
PG/SG
UCLA
11
New Jersey
DeJuan Blair
PF
Pittsburgh
12
Charlotte
Gerald Henderson
SG/SF
Duke
13
Indiana
Tyreke Evans PG/SG Memphis
14
Phoenix
Earl Clark
SF
Louisville
15
Detroit
James Johnson (Austin Daye)
SF Wake Forest
16
Chicago
Terrence Williams
SG
Lousiville
17
Philadelphia
Eric Maynor
PG
VCU
18
*Minnesota
BJ Mullens
C
Ohio St.
19
Atlanta
Ty Lawson
PG
North Carolina
20
Utah
Tyler Hansbrough (Darren Collison)
PF/C
North Carolina
21
New Orleans
Austin Daye
SF/PF
Gonzaga
22
Dallas
Jeff Teague
PG
Wake Forest
23
*Sacramento
Wayne Ellington (Patrick Mills)
SG
North Carolina
24
Portland
Jeff Pendergraph
(Gani Lawal) or (Trade Out)
PF Arizona St.
25
*Oklahoma Cty
Toney Douglas
PG/SG Florida St.
26
*Chicago
DaJuan Summers
SF
Georgetown
27
*Memphis
Patrick Mills
PG St. Mary’s
28
*Minnesota
Chase Budinger
SG
Arizona
29
LA Lakers
Darren Collison
PG
UCLA
30
Cleveland
DeMarre Carroll
PF
Missouri

Topics: 2009 Nba Draft, Blake Griffin, Mock Draft, NBA General, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry

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  • http://yanksgoyard.com demarcojordan

    You don’t think OKC takes Rubio if Memphis gets Thabeet? Even with Westbrook how do you pass on Rubio?

  • http://ripcityproject.com Coup

    Hopefully we’ll have our full explanations up soon, but the mock is a combination of what we think should and will happen. I don’t know that turning Westbrook into an off-guard is best for his development. I’m not that sold on Rubio either…think they should trade down to where they can get Hill.

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  • http://www.collegehoopsvideo.com James

    Nice draft. For the one I did, I was thinking the Pistons may take Meeks in round one with how thin this year’s is…diff note, do you see Memphis trading the two pick at all to get more picks or sticking with Thabeet?
    Cheers,
    James

  • http://ripcityproject.com Coup

    From what I hear, Memphis’ pick is readily available. If I were them, I’d consider everything, but they don’t want to take on salary and there’s no point in them getting vets yet so…that said, I don’t like Thabeet at No. 2, but I’m not a huge Rubio fan either. The real value in this draft is 10-25ish.

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  • http://lifeondumars.com/ toasterhands

    Wow, haven’t seen Carroll in the first round at all, but I’d question that pick just because Cleveland has two young forwards in Hickson and Jackson waiting and developing, especially Hickson.

  • SJ

    Good point. As you’ll see in our explanations (which are coming…ummm….soon) you have to assume Wallace, Varejao and Smith are all out of there. Why not take what could be the next coming of Big Ben? Might be a reach.

  • http://lifeondumars.com/ toasterhands

    Very true. But really, they might be waiting around quite awhile for the next Big Ben.

    Carroll very well could be there at #46 anyways.

    You guys are not that high on Evans huh?

    Also, in regards to Portland, Taj Gibson might be a nice pickup early in the 2nd round.

  • international

    It seems to me that you have missed Omri Caspi.
    Not only he becomes trendy (almost all selects him at 23-28), but he also impresses at the current camps.

  • http://ripcityproject.com Coup

    Believe me, we didn’t miss him. He was in every discussion from pick 20 onward.

  • SJ

    I see what you’re saying but for some reason I don’t see Carroll dropping down that far in this draft. He’s got enough upside to trump a lot of the talent here.

    It’s not that we aren’t high on Evans, it’s just we felt he wasn’t quite the best fit for certain teams. IMO, he’s a little too much like Foye to go to Minny and I felt like Skiles would like Holiday’s defense in Milwaukee. If Indy could steal him that would be a nice dig.

    Sidenote it was a nightmare trying to think about who the Pistons would take.

    I wouldn’t mind giving Taj a try but he reminds me too much of Channing. And he’s old.

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  • Go Pacers

    That’s not a bad mock draft, I’ll keep Tyreke Evans in mind for the Pacers when I make my first round mock draft.

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