Teague headed to Milwaukee?
Written By: Ray Anczelowicz
www.GothamHoops.com For RealScout.net
The guards are leading the way while the clock winds down toward the 2009 NBA Draft. As big man Blake Griffin is the 2009 Potential #1 pick. This year’s Draft Class is lacking depth in size. I expect numerous trades to be made including, big name stars from around the league.
Players from all over the world are headlining this year’s draft, as 18year old point guard Ricky Rubio (Spain), is one of the most talked about and hyped up athletes for this draft.
Former Oak Hill Academy star Brandon Jennings, who moved to Italy to play professionally for a single season, has only been showcasing his skills in private workouts for an array of NBA teams.
Stephen Curry from Davidson, North Carolina’s Ty Lawson, Johnny Flynn of Syracuse and the guards from UCLA, Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday are the other point guards who are expecting to hear their names be announced early on in the draft.
The Los Angeles Clippers, who hold the #1 pick in the draft a.k.a Oklahoma stud Blake Griffin have not worked out any other players but the former Sooner.
The 2009 National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels have three players who are expected to be drafted along with Lawson. Shooting guard Wayne Ellington, wing Danny Green and power forward Tyler Hansbrough are anxiously waiting till June 25th, 2009.
One-and-done players Tyreke Evans (Memphis) and DeMarr Derozan (USC) have impressed numerous teams with their great athleticism and ability to score in a hurry. Both players are over sized guards, with Evans being a 6’5” point guard and Derozan a 6’7” shooting guard.
The 2009 NBA Draft doesn’t have standout names but does include depth in the backcourt. Players from across the world will be drafted on June 25th. Who will be the top 13 picks of the draft? Here are my predictions for how the night will start out for the future NBA All-Star hopefuls.
1. L.A. Clippers- Blake Griffin (Oklahoma)
A great athlete who will work well with PG Baron Davis.
2. Memphis Grizzles- Ricky Rubio (Spain)
Rubio, O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay…future is looking pretty good in Memphis
3. OKC Thunder- Hasheem Thabeet (Uconn)
The Thunder have enough scoring to keep them in games but need defensive toughness to win them
4. SAC Kings- Brandon Jennings (Italy)
A skilled point guard will give the Kings a well-needed burst of energy and flash
5. Washington Wizards- Tyreke Evans (Memphis)
A combo guard who will improve his game while playing with All-Stars Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler
6. Minnesota Wolves- DeMar Derozan (USC)
The Wolves need a great athlete who can put the ball in the hoop…welcome to Minnesota Mr. Derozan
7. Golden State Warriors- Earl Clark (Louisville)
Don Nelson is a sucker for athletic small forwards and loves the game Earl Clark provides
8. New York Knicks- Stephen Curry (Davidson)
Curry’s game works the best with D’Antoni’s system and Curry loves playing in the Garden
9. Toronto Raptors- James Harden (Arizona State)
A great pick for the Raptors this low. Harden will cause defenders to take their eyes off of Bosh for a second
10. Milwaukee Bucks- Jeff Teague (Wake Forest)
A surprise pick for the Bucks will lead to them to great success for the upcoming season
11. New Jersey Nets- Jrue Holiday (UCLA)
The quick, flashy point guard will give Devin Harris a rest and load-up the Nets scoreboard
12. Charlotte Bobcats- Gerald Henderson (Duke)
One of the most, if not the most athletic player in the draft will be extremely beneficial playing under Larry Brown
13. Indiana Pacers- Ty Lawson (North Carolina)
An aging Jamal Tinsley and an improving Danny Granger are great signs for Lawson