Posted: Wednesday June 10, 2009 11:34AM; Updated: Wednesday June 10, 2009 11:34AM
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2009 NBA Mock Draft: Version 2.0 (cont.)
Look for the Hornets to deal this pick and avoid paying a rookie salary. But Johnson would be a nice fit as a forward who is ready to help immediately.
If the Mavericks don't move up in the draft, they could settle for the athleticism and length of Lawal, a long-term project in the frontcourt. Dallas is seeking explosive athletes.
The Kings will be looking for athletic potential as they establish their new up-tempo style. Brown eventually could help them there.
There's a good chance he'll go in the late teens because he'll be a reliable, hard-working second-unit player. If he's still available here, look for Portland to snap him up.
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
The 20-year-old has played in a lot of big Euroleague games for Maccabi. He has the hard-nosed experience that the Thunder will appreciate in a rookie.
At this stage of the draft, you're lucky to find someone to make the rotation. Could Ellington's shooting help the Bulls in a backup role to Ben Gordon? His chances for minutes would improve if Gordon were to leave as a free agent.
He would give them toughness, perimeter defense and help on the glass -- and the Grizzlies are in great need of those qualities.
If the Timberwolves keep this pick, they could invest in this quick French point guard, 21, and let him remain in Europe to develop.
Superior athlete has the ability to stretch defenses with his deep shooting (190 three-pointers in 100 college games).
Pamesa Valencia (Spain)
The Cavs could invest in the 20-year-old and leave him in Europe to develop while they lessen their luxury-tax demands next season.