Posted: Thursday June 25, 2009 12:10PM; Updated: Thursday June 25, 2009 7:51PM
INSIDE THE NBA
2009 NBA Mock Draft: Version 5.0 (cont.)
They'll be happy he slid to them, a high upside combo guard to help fill in for Vince Carter someday.
He's a feisty wing player who will mix it up inside, and over the years Larry Brown has done well with those kind of players. He'll provide some grit.
He's a big-time winner who has been downgraded slightly because of worries about his turf-toe injury last season and the relative lack of "upside," but the Pacers will embrace Lawson's leadership. His basketball IQ will enable him to make the most of his quickness. A highly reliable choice here.
The Suns are a wild card as they continue to reinvent their roster, and so they could go in any number of directions. But Johnson could be a building block for their new frontcourt.
He has a lot to learn, but he'll be going to a team willing to invest the time to teach him. Mullens has the raw ability to turn into a versatile center whether in the paint or facing the basket.
A perimeter shooter with length and athleticism, he could create matchup problems in a few years. But he needs to be with a team willing to invest in his talents -- and this is the right team for him.
Lottomatica Roma (Italy)
They'll be happy to have an up-tempo point guard who will arrive with something to prove. The open-floor 76ers are an excellent landing spot for Jennings.
The Timberwolves have a need for a traditional point guard and Maynor fits that profile. As a four-year collegian, he'll provide stability despite of his rookie status.
Even as a rookie, he'll provide leadership to their second unit and raise the level of practices by playing hard without fail. This would be a surprisingly good addition for a team picking so late in the draft.
Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)
He needs to improve his shooting, but this ultra-aggressive forward looks like an eventual high-energy replacement for Matt Harpring. Casspi is a Jerry Sloan player.