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Posted: Wednesday June 10, 2009 11:36AM; Updated: Wednesday June 10, 2009 11:51AM
Ian Thomsen Ian Thomsen >
INSIDE THE NBA

2009 NBA Mock Draft: Version 2.0

Story Highlights

Blake Griffin (Clippers) and Ricky Rubio (Grizzlies) remain in the top two spots

Seven guards are part of the top 10, including Stephen Curry at No. 4 to the Kings

Memphis (No. 2) and Washington (No. 5) are potential candidates for a trade

In this latest mock draft, Stephen Curry climbs into the top four and Jonny Flynn rounds out a guard-heavy top 10. I'm still expecting shakeups in the lottery with Memphis potentially trading the No. 2 pick, Sacramento and others trying to move up to select Ricky Rubio and Washington -- offering No. 5 for ready-made NBA talent -- among the teams seeking to get out of the first round.

 
1 PF Blake Griffin Oklahoma Soph. 6-10 248
They're listening to offers, but it's almost impossible to sell fans on a trade for the No. 1 pick. Griffin isn't a sure-thing All-Star, but no one in the draft has more potential. He gives the Clippers an opportunity to reinvent their frontcourt while dealing the expiring contracts of Marcus Camby (a free agent in 2010) and Zach Randolph (a free agent in '11) over the next two years.
2 PG Ricky Rubio DKV Joventut (Spain) -- 6-4 180
Far-fetched rumors of a potential deal involving Rajon Rondo for this pick are a sign that the Grizzlies are trying to create trade demand. Expect much interest in the final days before the draft from teams looking to trade up for the rights to Rubio, who will provide instant excitement at a cheap rookie salary.
3 SG James Harden Arizona St. Soph. 6-5 222
Not unlike Jeff Green, Harden fits this developing roster as an all-around player who will complement Kevin Durant. They will be glad to have him whether he develops into a starter or a sixth man.
4 PG Stephen Curry Davidson Jr. 6-3 181
If he can turn into a point guard, all the better. If not, the Kings will still embrace this fearless scorer with an innate feel for the game. He will help create a new identity for the franchise (unless, of course, Sacramento moves up to choose Rubio).
5 PF Jordan Hill Arizona Jr. 6-10 232
If they don't like trade offers, Hill makes sense as a physical inside player to a roster that needs toughness. But the priority in Washington remains to trade this pick for a veteran -- while also cutting payroll if possible.
6 C Hasheem Thabeet Connecticut Jr. 7-2 267
He'll give the Timberwolves length and shot-blocking up front to eventually enable Al Jefferson to move back to his original position of power forward. But Thabeet probably won't start on Day One; he's more likely to begin his career as the first big man off the bench behind Jefferson and Kevin Love.
7 PG Tyreke Evans Memphis Fr. 6-5 221
Don Nelson undoubtedly would love to have Curry, but Evans offers the versatility that the coach values. Evans' size and feel for the game can turn him into an elite scoring point guard.
8 PG Jrue Holiday UCLA Fr. 6-4 199
He isn't a fully developed shooter or point guard by any means, but what can be expected at No. 8? Holiday has the athletic potential to follow the example of Russell Westbrook and become a promising NBA point guard.
9 PG Brandon Jennings Lottomatica Roma (Italy) -- 6-2 165
The absence of a backup point guard was glaring last season, so Jennings will take pressure off Jose Calderon while adapting to the NBA after a season in Europe.
10 PG Jonny Flynn Syracuse Soph. 6-1 196
Flynn brings speed and potential leadership skills to a team that faces the possibility of losing point guard Ramon Sessions, a restricted free agent.
 

 
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