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Derrick Rose
(1) DERRICK ROSE - BULLS - PG
MEMPHIS - HT: 6'3 WT: 205 - SI RANK: 10

No surprise. Bulls GM John Paxson had to take this gifted point guard (and native Chicagoan) to lead his young roster. If those Deron Williams comparisons prove true, Chicago's future will be Rose-y indeed.

 
Michael Beasley
(2) MICHAEL BEASLEY - HEAT - PF
KANSAS STATE - HT: 6'10 WT: 235 - SI RANK: 10

You didn't think Pat Riley was really going to pass up the chance to draft a potential franchise-changer like Beasley, did you? But will the K-State phenom stay in South Beach, or does Riles have something else up his Armani sleeves?

 
O.J. Mayo
(3) O.J. MAYO - TIMBERWOLVES - PG/SG
USC - HT: 6'5 WT: 200 - SI RANK: 9

Hold the Mayo! The USC star is headed to the Grizzlies as part of a blockbuster deal for Kevin Love and Mike Miller. Say this much for embattled Wolves president Kevin McHale, who once gave up Brandon Roy in a similar draft night swap: He's got guts.

 
Russell Westbrook
(4) RUSSELL WESTBROOK - SUPERSONICS - PG/SG
UCLA - HT: 6'3 WT: 189 - SI RANK: 9

They had a deal with the Clippers to move back if Mayo had been there for L.A., but they will gladly settle for this defensive-oriented guard with spectacular athleticism. Brook Lopez might have filled a bigger need, but they couldn't take a chance on another center project.

 
Kevin Love
(5) KEVIN LOVE - GRIZZLIES - C
UCLA - HT: 6'10 WT: 271 - SI RANK: 9

Grizzlies fans were hoping for a big splash, and they got one with the acquisition of the athletic and dazzling Mayo (courtesy of the T'Wolves). He could join with Mike Conley and Rudy Gay to form an exciting young perimeter for years to come.

 
Danilo Gallinari
(6) DANILO GALLINARI - KNICKS - SF
HT: 6'9 WT: 209 - SI RANK: 9

You just knew Mike D'Antoni couldn't pass up the Italian Stallion. The 6-foot-8 forward from Italy might not have been a popular pick with the New York crowd, but he's a sweet shooter who should eventually be a good fit in D'Antoni's system.

 
Eric Gordon
(7) ERIC GORDON - CLIPPERS - SG
INDIANA - HT: 6'4 WT: 215 - SI RANK: 9

They really wanted Mayo, the local stud from USC, but they fill a need for a scoring guard with a pretty good one in Eric (Don't call me Ben) Gordon. But like Chicago's Gordon, he is a bit of a 'tweener and not a real point guard.

 
Joe Alexander
(8) JOE ALEXANDER - BUCKS - SF
WEST VIRGINIA - HT: 6'8 WT: 230 - SI RANK: 8

New GM John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles get another tough, athletic defensive-minded small forward to go with newly-acquired Richard Jefferson. Suddenly the Bucks are looking a little better defensively already.

 
D.J. Augustin
(9) D.J. AUGUSTIN - BOBCATS - PG
TEXAS - HT: 6'0 WT: 180 - SI RANK: 8

The first surprise. Augustin is a decent point guard prospect, but they already have Raymond Felton. Maybe they have something else planned for one of them. Or maybe Michael Jordan felt Brook Lopez was going to be another Will Perdue.

 
Brook Lopez
(10) BROOK LOPEZ - NETS - PF/C
STANFORD - HT: 7'0 WT: 260 - SI RANK: 9

GM Rod Thorn has to be thrilled that this 7-footer, the top center on the board, dropped in his lap. The Nets have needed a center since, well, like forever. Lopez might not turn out to be a superstar but he should have a solid NBA career.

 
Jerryd Bayless
(11) JERRYD BAYLESS - PACERS - PG/SG
ARIZONA - HT: 6'3 WT: 199 - SI RANK: 9

Bayless is headed to the Blazers, along with Ike Diogu, in exchange for Jarrett Jack and the No. 13 pick (see below). Portland picks up two intriguing prospects with this deal, but shouldn't it be looking to add more veterans?

 
Jason Thompson
(12) JASON THOMPSON - KINGS - PF/C
RIDER - HT: 6'11 WT: 250 - SI RANK: 4

A bit of a surprise to go this high, but GM Geoff Petrie might have been worried that the Warriors would grab him at 14. Thompson is a solid big man who can rebound and defend. He's also a senior, so he's a little more experienced.

 
Brandon Rush
(13) BRANDON RUSH - TRAIL BLAZERS - SG/SF
KANSAS - HT: 6'6 WT: 210 - SI RANK: 7

Rush is headed to join his brother Kareem in Indiana as Pacers GM Larry Bird continues his remodeling of their backcourt. With Jack in the fold, it also clears the way for a future trade of Jamaal Tinsley.

 
Anthony Randolph
(14) ANTHONY RANDOLPH - WARRIORS - SF/PF
LSU - HT: 6'11 WT: 220 - SI RANK: 9

They reportedly liked Thompson, so maybe they just went for the best available prospect here. Randolph is a string bean, but he has tremendous upside and gives the Warriors another lanky forward prospect to go with Brendan Wright.

 
Robin Lopez
(15) ROBIN LOPEZ - SUNS - PF/C
STANFORD - HT: 7'0 WT: 255 - SI RANK: 7

With Rush and Randolph off the board, GM Steve Kerr opts to add another piece to continue his transformation to a more defensive-oriented club. Lopez also provides some insurance in case Shaquille O'Neal goes on the disabled list.

 
Marreese Speights
(16) MARREESE SPEIGHTS - 76ERS - PF/C
FLORIDA - HT: 6'10 WT: 245 - SI RANK: 6

One of several bigs the Sixers were looking at, along with Robin Lopez and Darrell Arthur. Speights has a load of talent, and apparently they liked his upside more. But will they regret passing on Donte Green someday?

 
Roy Hibbert
(17) ROY HIBBERT - RAPTORS - C
GEORGETOWN - HT: 7'2 WT: 275 - SI RANK: 6

This pick is headed to Indiana as part of the Jermaine O'Neal-T.J. Ford trade. The Pacers obviously need a center now, and Hibbert is a 7-foot-2 shot-blocker who stayed in college four years and could be ready to step in and help immediately.

 
JaVale McGee
(18) JAVALE MCGEE - WIZARDS - PF/C
NEVADA - HT: 7'0 WT: 237 - SI RANK: 6

They need to add depth in the middle, and McGee was the best big man left on the board. But will they regret passing on a more athletic forward like Donte Greene or Darrell Arthur, especially if they lose Antawn Jamison to free agency?

 
J.J. Hickson
(19) J.J. HICKSON - CAVALIERS - PF
NORTH CAROLINA STATE - HT: 6'9 WT: 242 - SI RANK: 6

Ohio State fans might have preferred Kosta Koufos here, but LeBron James should like this bruising power forward with the NBA-ready body and a bit of an inside presence. Hickson is still raw, but he could develop into a Jason Maxiell type.

 
Alexis Ajinca
(20) ALEXIS AJINCA - BOBCATS - C
HT: 7'0 WT: 220 - SI RANK: 6

It won't matter who they pick here because Larry Brown will want to trade him in six months anyway. But this French center with a 7-foot-8 wingspan reportedly dazzled Brown with his workouts, so maybe he's got a chance.

 
Ryan Anderson
(21) RYAN ANDERSON - NETS - SG/SF
CALIFORNIA - HT: 6'10 WT: 240 - SI RANK: 4

The Nets used this pick, gained in the Jason Kidd trade, to add a sweet-shooting forward with size as they continue the rebuilding from the Big Three Era. But will he turn out to be better than Donte Greene or Darrell Arthur?

 
Courtney Lee
(22) COURTNEY LEE - MAGIC - SG
WESTERN KENTUCKY - HT: 6'5 WT: 200 - SI RANK: 5

No surprise. The Magic desperately needed a shooting guard, and Lee is considered a solid wing with size who can really shoot the ball. At age 22, he might even be ready to contribute right away. Bad news for J.J. Redick.

 
Kosta Koufos
(23) KOSTA KOUFOS - JAZZ - PF/C
OHIO STATE - HT: 7'0 WT: 265 - SI RANK: 7

They needed help on the perimeter, but they apparently couldn't pass up this 7-foot prospect rated much higher on some draft boards. Still, it's hard not to think of Greg Ostertag and Rafael Araujo here.

 
Serge Ibaka
(24) SERGE IBAKA - SUPERSONICS - PF
HT: 6'10 WT: 220 - SI RANK: 6

GM Sam Presti follows the model of his old Spurs organization with this pick, acquired from Phoenix in last year's Kurt Thomas trade. In other words, Ibaka is a long-term project who might not play in the NBA for several years.

 
Nicolas Batum
(25) NICOLAS BATUM - ROCKETS - SF
HT: 6'9 WT: 210 - SI RANK: 7

Like the Sonics, they're looking long-term with this super athletic French League All-Star who can shoot the three. Plus, they get a double benefit by keeping him away from the Spurs, who reportedly were going to draft him next.

 
 
(26) GEORGE HILL - SPURS - SG
INDIANA U./PURDUE U.-INDIANAPOLIS - HT: 6'2 WT: 180 - SI RANK: N/A

With their top secret foreigners gone, they opt for this high-scoring combo guard who can defend -- at least against his competition at IUPUI. Leave it to the Spurs to pick a guy who's not even listed in the 224-page NBA Draft guide.

 
Darrell Arthur
(27) DARRELL ARTHUR - TRAIL BLAZERS - PF
KANSAS - HT: 6'9 WT: 225 - SI RANK: 8

No truth to the rumors that Paul Allen bought this pick, originally property of the Hornets, because he couldn't stand watching Arthur wait in the Green Room any longer. The real reason, apparently, was to trade him (see below).

 
Donte Greene
(28) DONTE GREENE - GRIZZLIES - SF/PF
SYRACUSE - HT: 6'11 WT: 226 - SI RANK: 7

The Grizzlies used this pick, acquired from the Lakers in the Pau Gasol trade, on Greene before trading him to Houston (who had acquired him from Portland) for Arthur. Grizzlies fans can only hope all the effort was worth it.

 
D.J. White
(29) D.J. WHITE - PISTONS - PF
INDIANA - HT: 6'9 WT: 251 - SI RANK: 5

This pick is headed to the Sonics in exchange for two second-rounders. White is a workhorse and rebounder who should add depth to the frontcourt, but it seems a little high unless Seattle knew he wasn't going to be available later.

 
J.R. Giddens
(30) J.R. GIDDENS - CELTICS - SG
NEW MEXICO - HT: 6'5 WT: 205 - SI RANK: 5

Somehow we don't think Kevin Garnett is worried about this pick right now. GM Danny Ainge went for the most talented prospect left on the board -- an athletic rebounding guard -- but off-court issues might be a concern.

 
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