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Posted: Thursday June 25, 2009 12:11PM; Updated: Thursday June 25, 2009 7:38PM
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2009 NBA Mock Draft: Version 5.0 (cont.)

 
21 PF DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh Soph. 6-6 277
Viewed as a lottery pick before teams got wind of his knee issues, Blair has been sliding. He shouldn't get past New Orleans, which is desperate for frontcourt help off the bench and could live with him playing limited minutes in exchange for his production. The Hornets, however, could also package this pick in hopes of cutting payroll for next season.
22 SF Earl Clark Louisville Jr. 6-10 226
This talented froncourt 'tweener can help replenish their frontcourt if the Blazers decide to package some of their young existing talent in a trade this summer.
23 PG Jeff Teague Wake Forest Soph. 6-1 175
The scoring point guard can provide complementary assistance as a backup to lottery pick Tyreke Evans.
24 SF Sam Young Pittsburgh Sr. 6-7 223
He may lack upside, but Young defends, rebounds, plays hard and can score in the paint. What more can you ask from a No. 24 pick?
25 PG Rodrigue Beaubois Cholet (France) -- 6-2 182
The Thunder won't want to invest their precious cap space on such a late pick, and yet the selection has value. So they'll invest in someone like Beaubois, a quick French point guard, and leave him in Europe to develop.
26 SG Wayne Ellington North Carolina Jr. 6-5 202
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.
27 PF Josh Heytvelt Gonzaga Sr. 6-11 246
He provides size -- a huge need in Memphis -- as well as perimeter-shooting range.
28 PG Nick Calathes Florida Soph. 6-5 185
If the Timberwolves don't move this pick, they'll draft Calathes knowing that the combo guard has already committed to play in Europe next season.
29 PG Toney Douglas Florida State Sr. 6-2 205
Point guard with high upside will go to Knicks in a trade.
30 PG Darren Collison Arizona Sr. 6-0 160
They can give him years to develop behind Mo Williams.
 

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