Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 10:35 am  |  96 responses

Redux: This is a Mock Draft!

Naturally… Where madness meets perfection.

by Ryne Nelson

Well… James Johnson got screwed.

As the 2009 SLAMonline Mock Draft wraps up so does some of our claim of knowing the best available talent. If we’ve learned anything after all 30 selections, it’s that being as good as General Managers in the L is damn near impossible.

What you say to friends about being able to handle an NBA franchise is fickle. One bad draft pick, one nasty trade, one bad free agent signing is all it takes to get yourself axed. Not to mention you’ll be shoved face first into the eternal ire pile of thousands of fans and one billion dollar owner.

Luckily here, we were able to f*ck things up a bit.

We warned you from the beginning. And we also said we would be proud of calling this mock draft our own no matter how ugly a duckling it turned out to be. So here I am talking to you two days before the 2009 Draft, presenting you something with an over-under of five on total correct picks.

Sorry James Johnson, if we’re right about you, I’ll eat my hat. Better yet, since I’m not much of a hat person, I’ll eat your pocket square at the Garden this Thursday. I’ll be there, and this is a proof positive record. We’ll put it on YouTube. Here’s your ticket if you want to make me (and, by proxy, us) look like a fool for banishing you to the second round.

So it might be a good idea to talk a few specifics about this mock draft and not dig myself into any more particularly deep, dark and very bitter and unhealthy holes. Considering we began this over a month ago during the second round of the playoffs, only having one hiccup at the tail end (thanks Myles!) is a testament to the SLAMonline crew. I thank them all immensely.

Contrary to popular belief, a lot goes through a GM’s (even a mock GM’s) head when he makes a selection. I won’t pretend to know what it’s like because I, just like you, enjoyed this event from the comfortable and safe desk chair. When I dropped a comment, it was often of the “Excellent choice!” variety, but if I had to be a bit more critical, this would be my quick two (or 10) cents for the entire Mock Draft:

1. Who the f*ck is Slava Kravtsov? When I googled his name, not only did I find mostly images of Jonas Jerebko—who would’ve been a reasonable selection at No. 28, by the way—but I think I temporarily shut down the Draft Express server while trying to visit this prospect’s profile. I’m still not sure if Myles decided to make a second round pick instead of his first round pick with the No. 28 pick, and going back keeps giving me migraines. So maybe Slava is still out there in Internet fantasy land. He doesn’t exist, does he? A 7-0, 21-year-old with decent skills in a draft this devoid of big centers couldn’t be overlooked for this long, right? Heck, who am I kidding, the Spurs will probably take him and develop him into an all-star.

2. Sam Young to the Bulls is nice. But please, please, please don’t let new GM Gar Forman be so anxious that he takes the forward in the middle of the first round. Yikes, someone got a little over-anxious at the No. 16 spot. No one would’ve said anything if the Bulls used their No. 26 on Young, but let this be a lesson that caffeine should be banned from all war rooms.

3. Could Hasheem Thabeet and Ricky Rubio be the biggest stiffs ever taken in the top three in a draft? Likely not, but there’s also a chance. I like them both. They’re solid players and even better people. But if I’m the Grizzlies and the Thunder, I’m listening to every trade that’s offered. Scratch that, I’m offering my pick to anyone who’s interested! Both teams have huge holes and enough prospects to stock a full D-League team. Thabeet is the only defensive-minded big man in the draft with proven skill, but it doesn’t make him a good No. 2 overall selection. Don’t bank on Ricky Rubio because people say he’s the next Pete Maravich. Bank on established talent. That is, unless his name happens to be Kobe or KG.

4. Alright, I get it. Stephen Curry is the God of the Class of 2009. He is exactly what he is: a scorer. Not a point guard. Not a defender. Not a ninth man. Not J.J. Redick. He’s deft at getting those things that all teams need to win ballgames. That’s good enough to me and should be to others as well.  When a team calls Curry’s name, they will actually know what they’re getting. How’s that for a novel concept? He’s a known capacity who shouldn’t be stretched and fitted into anything else.  This also means he’s not the best player in the Draft and he’ll likely go too high. But, hey, who’s going to hate if their team lands Steph?

5. James Harden and Blake Griffin are the real deal. We know they can play. They won’t be the best players in the Class of 2009, but they’ll be among the best. Let’s hope teams learned something about the dangers of “potential” from the high school “era” from ’00-05 and take Harden sooner than we did at than No. 7.

6. This Chase Budinger character… He’s a volleyball player, isn’t he?

7. Nick Calathes, the sophomore guard from Florida, got the snub in this first round, and it’s not because we overlooked him. Dude can’t make up his mind like a low-carb dieter trying to order from a pizza/pasta restaurant. First he’s in the Draft. Then he’s not in the Draft and playing for Panathiakos. Then he’s back in the Draft and still playing for Panathiakos. Then he’s not going to Europe next year? If Calathes is this terrible at making up his mind, how is he going to decide whether to shoot or pass (or rebound??) in the L? Our GMs sure didn’t like it. Just order the slice of pepperoni and get it over with Nick. You’ll like the League better too.

8. Other than the aforementioned Young and Kravtsov, here are a couple guys who, according to the “experts,” went too high in the SLAMonline Mock Draft: Terrence Williams (No. 12), Patrick Mills (No. 19), Wayne Ellington (No. 21), Victor Claver (No. 24). Overall, not bad, considering these dudes have legitimate NBA futures. Yes, they’re not likely to become the next Tony Parker-esque steal, but they have strengths that could land them anywhere between 14-30.

9. On the other side of the coin, here are the “steals” of the Draft (other than James Harden at No. 7): James Johnson (can you say Carlos Boozer?), Gerald Henderson (No. 20), Jeff Teague (No. 26).

10. The European craze needs to end immediately, at least for this draft. Other than Ricky Rubio, there isn’t a prospect overseas who deserves to be paid (and played) like a first rounder. Of course, when all the known qualities from the American collegiate circuit are snatched up around the mid- to late-first round, David Stern will call names that make even Jay Bilas run out of adjectives. You know the routine. Cue Dicky V. Cue Darko mentions. Re-run tape from past drafts for all it matters. The thinking is GMs can still hit a home run by selecting a player from the under-scouted regions of the world instead of taking a (often much-needed) role player with their low draft picks. This is madness.

So what if James Johnson is a couple Snickers away from being overweight or if Chase Budinger would rather play volleyball on the beach? Don’t make a fool of the franchise. That’s the No. 1 goal. Take talent that fits your team. Be prepared. Come to compete.

But that’s just my two cents. Here’s how it really went down:

2009 SLAMonline Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 L.A. Clippers Blake Griffin 16 Chicago Bulls Sam Young
2 Memphis Grizzlies Hasheem Thabeet 17 Philadelphia 76ers Ty Lawson
3 Oklahoma City Thunder Ricky Rubio 18 Minnesota Timberwolves Eric Maynor
4 Sacramento Kings Brandon Jennings 19 Atlanta Hawks Patty Mills
5 Washington Wizards Jordan Hill 20 Utah Jazz Gerald Henderson
6 Minnesota Timberwolves Demar DeRozan 21 New Orleans Hornets Wayne Ellington
7 Golden State Warriors James Harden 22 Dallas Mavericks Austin Daye
8 New York Knicks Stephen Curry 23 Sacramento Kings Omri Casspi
9 Toronto Raptors Tyreke Evans 24 Portland Trail Blazers Victor Claver
10 Milwaukee Bucks Jonny Flynn 25 Oklahoma City Thunder Tyler Hansbrough
11 New Jersey Nets DeJuan Blair 26 Chicago Bulls Jeff Teague
12 Charlotte Bobcats Terrence Williams 27 Memphis Grizzlies DaJuan Summers
13 Indiana Pacers Earl Clark 28 Minnesota Timberwolves Slava Kravtsov
14 Phoenix Suns Jrue Holiday 29 Los Angeles Lakers Jeff Pendergraph
15 Detroit Pistons B.J. Mullens 30 Cleveland Cavaliers Dionte Christmas
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  • Ken

    Really, after #1 it’s all anybody’s guess. Outside the top 3 or 4, it’s even murkier. But I enjoyed SLAM’s take.

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    Chase Budinger falling to the second round would be a steal for ANY time. I really don’t even get it…. Summers, Kravtsov, Pendergraph, CHRISTMAS? Really?

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    I think doing the mock draft this way was a great idea by Ryne. I enjoyed participating in it.

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    oh, and Johnny Flynn WONT BE THAT GOOD.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    well done, Ryne.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I stand by Kravstov. Well, not right by him, but somewhere in the vicinity. I had three first round picks and one to waste. I was stacked at every other position and needed a true center and defensive presence. Of course if his name is called out Thursday night, I should have the right to represent him as his agent. Oh, and Ricky Rubio will be a bust because he’s just a product of the Great White Hype and not the product of a pro career that was hard earned and well decorated. At least thats what Ive heard.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Jukai what’s your beef with Flynn?

  • French Toast

    Jennings is a joke at 4, the guy can’t play. Nice back up that’s all. Like you said, only Griffin and Harden will be good or great player maybe Curry (and maybe Rubio ?)

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Rubio could very well be an excellent player but I don’t know why he’s being labeled a ‘can’t miss’. It’s kind of a leap of faith to ask a franchise to draft a pg that doesn’t have excellent shooting AND athletic abilities. Is he that much of a better passer than a guy like Rondo (who can’t shoot either but he’s twice the athlete)? / I’d be highly surprised if Budinger ever amounted to anything in the league. He doesn’t know how to use his athleticism and effort is actually a skill at the NBA level. / Juks, why would Flynn struggle? Nobody is expecting him to be an all-star but I don’t see why he wouldn’t be a starter for a good 10 years.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    I’ve criticized almost every single pick, but I loved the overall experience and checked every morning for the next article. Whether I bashed your pick or not, much love to all the bloggers who contributed. Please PLEASE put the entire segment into the next issue! Unless we’ve reached the two-month lull where I don’t get another magazine until September?

  • fragile

    “Could Hasheem Thabeet and Ricky Rubio be the biggest stiffs ever taken in the top three in a draft?”

    Do you mean collectively? Or individually? Because if it’s the latter, you owe an apology to Darko and Shawn Bradley.

  • riggs

    you heard it here first, jeff teague is going to be big!

  • http://sdfjklc.com Jukai

    Ciolkstar: I have no beef with him, I rooted for him all year as Syracuse is my Dad’s favorite team (and in turn, my second favorite). I just feel that the dude has so many damn cons, it’s not even funny, and if this was last year, he could have fallen to the second round. Six feet tall (with SHOES) turnover prone shoot-first point guard who has to dominate the ball to be effective, sleeps on defense and takes a lot of dumb shots. He will have to change his entire game to fit in the structure of the NBA, so I don’t see him being an immediate effect player. If he can’t become a true point guard, I don’t see him being any any-time player. A lot of people are calling him a sure fire starter, but he has so much he has to get over, that’s wayyyy too much pressure.
    Oh, and Myles sums up Rubio great. All hype, because he’s white.

  • Fat Lever

    As a Sixer fan, I’d rather have Maynor than Lawson.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Chase is top 15 to me. Maybe even lottery. Rare talent/rare mix of skills–that’s what distinguishes him.

    Why do people that never watch college basketball (aside from a few games in March) suddenly become experts on whether someone will be a bust at the next level????

    As someone that dispises mock drafts/power rankings and the such…. i loved this idea. Sorry i couldn’t have been a larger contributor/commentor (this is my bread and butter) but the birth of my second daughter kind of took over.

    I’ve got an interesting post with a top pick coming in the next day.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    As a basketball fan, I would rather SEE Maynor rather than Lawson.

    Can’t see a bust with Rubio. Although I have seen him less than most of these guys, he is again, that rare talent/rare mix of size and skill set–sets him apart.

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    Thanks Cub, I thought I was going crazy and Chase had suddenly become worthless

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    Draft = 2nd best time of year for us in the Clipper Nation. The best time of year is when we get our first win and get our hopes way too high

  • Chiefo

    How is Griffin not the best player in the Class of 2009? If it weren’t for him, this entire draft would be a waste of time.

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    onlyclipfanonslam: so uhm, December?

  • Fat Lever

    Cub, if you were Stefanski and you had to pick between the two, you’d pick Lawson? I like Lawson’s game, but I think Maynor’s better defensively and he carried that VCU team 2 years in a row. Not knocking Lawson, but between the 2 I think Maynor fits the Sixers better.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Sigh…people are still sleeping on Sam Young. And agree with Cub: Maynor will be a sleeper in this draft. I do not believe in Lawson at the next level outside of a very good backup.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    I pray that Eric Maynor drops to the Mavericks.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I think chase’s game translates much better to the pros than college and rubio is going to be excellent at a lot of things and mediocre at some which makes him a near can’t miss.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Jukai: I think you’re focusing way too much on what Flynn can’t do, while ignoring thge fact that he does so many things well. Syracuse EXCLUSIVELY plays zone so of course Flynn didn’t seem like a great defenisve PG, but he came out of HS labeled as a defensive stalwart. Syracuse didn’t have another perimeter player who could create a shot dvendorf was a certifiec chucker, so almost all of the ballhandling and distributing burden was on Flynn. I’ve been saying it for close to two years now, Jonny Flynn is the closest thing we’ve seen to CP3 since he came out. He competes at an insane level, is a plus passer with NBA-level vision, still not a great jump shooter, but certainly good enough to hurt teams, by all accounts a great character guy and natural leader, AND he was arguably the best athelete in the draft. The things he did at Syracuse were largely a function of neccesity, he’ll be able to pull back and be more of a pure point on a more talented sqaud.
    I’m praying he doesn’t wind up in the hell that is Miluakee, but I really have no doubts about Flynn being a REALLy REALLY good pro.

  • Izzo

    Chase Budinger=Rudy Gay 0.5.That’s a good thing btw.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Fat, god no.
    I have mentioned previously that Maynor is a lottery pick on my “big board.”

    Lawson impressed me this year (i was a bit of a hater before)and his ability to stay healthy in the tourney and play major minutes was one of the biggest reasons that the Heels were able to win the title.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Maynor carried VCU from the minute he stepped foot on campus.

    Next year? We’ll be talking about his Ram teammate, Larry Sanders…..

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Maynor >>> Lawson in the pro game, no doubt.
    And Chase has a crazy talent/size/skill combination but he’s weak mentally and doesn’t utilize his (abundant)skills effectively. I’m not sure if those things will ever change, if they do he could be a beast, no one can deny that. He seriously might just be more suited to being a volleyball player, he disappears on the floor to often and seems to shy away from contact far too much for a guy his size with those hops. He feels like Joe Alexander without the mean streak.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Cub, I’m highly suspicious of guys that can’t bring it every game in a 30-game season to suddenly ‘get it’ and bring it every night in a 82-game season. It’s the same reason why Rudy Gay will likely not be an all-star even though the skillset is there. Saying that he won’t amount to anything is a bit too strong but I’m not sold on him being even a starter in the L.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    To be honest, Chase DID bring it every night! He may not have dominated every opponent, but other than Blake, no one really did. Also, if needing to dominate every night is the requisite to being worthy of being drafted highly, then James Harden needs to slide a bit….
    Sorry, James, you know you’re my boy.

    (Mr. Harden was one of my early PUNKS pieces while at Artesia)

    Both are borderline lottery picks on my big board (harden barely/Chase almost)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Wait til Chase gets his first real bang on some dude in the league (which will take all of ONE or TWO games) and dudes will be loving him…..

  • http://dsfkl.com Jukai

    Ciolkstar: He was a great man-to-man defender out of High School. What we’ve seen in college is that if he’s not on his man, he day dreams. A lot of point guards went to town, cutting without the ball because Flynn wasn’t watching the man in his area. However, I disagree with the shot chucking: I KNOW it was what he was told to do in Syracuse, but from all accounts, he did it in High School and everywhere else he’s played basketball. Yes, it was his role, but it will be very hard for him to change if he’s never played any other way.
    And Chris Paul was a masterful passer, even in college. I don’t see that in Flynn, especially since he was pretty much on a team of shooters.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    James Harden will be going #3, and the Thunder will NOT be taking Rubio. They might take some other random shooting guard, but Russel Westbrook is the future Point God of OKC.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Why must all of you hate Derrick Brown? Im dissapointed….

  • Izzo

    I saw Flynn play at the U 19 World Championship on a stacked Team USA where he was not permitted to all out shoot and was forced to become a facilitator.He was sloppy,over dribbled and made bonehead decisions all tournament long.That’s why I’m not convinced by mr Flynn.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    Jennings is too high, Harden is too low, and for some reason if Memphis does make the pick at 2, i think they are drafting tyreke evans.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Cub, I’m worried about Harden too. He just looked so blasé sometimes… But maybe I value constant effort too much over talent.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Raptors need to do whatever it takes to make sure they get Tyreke Evans or Demar Derozen. I’m liking Evans a lot more than Demar, though.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I have a feeling the Grizzlies are going to pick Rubio and the Thunder are going to get Thabeet…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Teddy, stop having feelings

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Wait, Flynn is the next CP3?! I must be in an alternate universe.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    As for Budinger, i’m just not sure. I have to agree that his heart doesn’t seem completely there when playing the game. In that way, he is much like Daye. Both players are super-talented, but lack the desire to play all out.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    With that said, if the Pistons were to get both Daye and Budinger in the draft, I can’t say I would be highly disappointed. It would be better than Mullens.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    putting words in my mouth TAD, not tthe bext CP3 but the “closest thing we’ve seen to him” coming out. Undersized, but extremely tough, he’s probably a better athelte, he’s not as good a passer, but he did make Devendorf and Paul Harris look like players while pretty much carrying a very shallow Syracuse team in the Big East and NCAA. He’s a high character guy and natural leader with all the intangibles. Does he have room to improve? Definitely. But I’ll admit he’s risen so high in these mock drafts that he can’t be the “Great value sleeper” in the late lottery-mid first that I was predicting. (If he wound up in Philly or Atlanta he would have a MONSTER rookie year. Miluakee? Not so much.)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    B.J. Mullens is one of the ugliest basketball players in the history of the existence of basketball players. That man’s face is squished.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    I don’t know TAD, two guys who were both too soft to compete day in day out in college, I don’t really see either guy coming in and burning it up, definitely not right away and maybe never. Not to mention the fact that they both play the same position as Tayshaun… I think the Pistons would be better off with Johnson/Clark early and if the could get Buddinger late, go for it.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    He sorta looks chinese, BET

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Sorry, I misread what you said ciol. As for Daye and Budinger, I was looking strictly at value for the pick. I understand Prince plays the same position, but talent trumps all. However, I agree that both players just seem to lack desire. Maybe i’m just hoping they discover that fire to play all out. Anything is better than drafting Mullens, is what I think i’m saying.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    What exactly is Mullens nationality? I’m pretty sure he is mixed.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Tad: 1/2 sperm 1/2 egg

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Tad, now that i have won you over with funny comments: what exactly is happening with SKO and why is does Izzo’s screename no longer link to your site? Are yall on some Jon and Kate type BS? DONT DIVORCE! DONT DO IT!

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    I can’t believe there are this many people debating Chase Budinger… IT’S CHASE BUDINGER!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    BET: life and work, my man. No, we are still around, but busy. We are doing the Marbury and getting “caught up in life!”, but we are working on something big right now.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    your a clipper fan. just be happy we are not talking about your squads historical winning %

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ok, I have a question about the Clippers: since they are set on drafting Blake Griffin, who out of their front court players goes out of Kaman, Camby, and Zach Randolph. I know they would get rid of Randolph in a heartbeat, but I don’t see any takers. I wonder if the Clips are open to trading Kaman?

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    They are looking for offers last i heard tad

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i thought you were deaf nbk.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Offers for Kaman?

  • Izzo

    If I were the Clips I’d try and get something decent for Camby.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I agree with you Izzo, but i’m quite sure Kaman has the most trade value.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    yeah for kaman. there can’t be that many takers considering the whole league is broke

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    TAD, most truthful on Kaman.

    He gone.

    I hope the Nuggets get Josh Heytvelt. Gives them outside shooting (a need) and frontcourt depth (another major need)

    I think they have a mid-30 pick…..

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    But who out there can trade for Captain Kaman? He makes $9.5 mil a year and has another 4 years left on his deal. I like Kaman and I know he is talented, but what teams can deal for that contract amount?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Cub, do you really believe Heytvelt would be a good value at #30? I know he is skilled for a big man, but most mocks have him going mid or late 2nd round.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    On a side note for the Slam staff: Is anyone liveblogging the draft? Ryne?

  • QRS88

    Being the only person in the world to drop James Johnson out of the first round, then turning around and calling him a steal does not qualify as good analysis. I’m going to make a mock where Blake Griffin goes undrafted and then call him a summer league surprise.

    Aside from this, as student at WF who hears plenty of stories, James is not worth the baggage he’s bringing. Not close.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Breaking News: Foye And Miller to the Wizards for the #5 PICK!

  • Orlando Green

    yo if Griffin ends being a total bust, I would really start feeling sorry for Clipper fans. The team should get out of LA. Move to Montreal…at least I can root for the visitor..

  • Jesse

    Here’s my trade proposal grizzlies trade marc gasol, ricky rubio, next year’s lakers pick for the lakers andrew bynum and 29th pick in the draft.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Jennings wall fall down to the teens, teams will trade up, and Curry is Reddick 1.0.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @Jukai: Rubio isn’t white! You fools can’t handle some latino heat.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    ^ Are you stupid? Rubio IS white. Spain is part of Europe. Latino is a person of spainish colonist/native southern american desent

  • navi

    french toast is a joke hahaha buddy have you seen him play??? brandon jennings can rock your ass anyday buddy. the dude is for real watch him.. james harden jrue holiday and curry are nutts..

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  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Call a Spaniard white in the hood and see how he/she reacts, brotha.

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Anton: What the heck are you talking about? Spanish from Spain is not the same as Latino from South/Central America. Rubio is white. There are no Spaniards in the hood, because people from Spain are white Europeans.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Unless you were joking, which you probably were.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    BJ Mullens does not look Chinese, Ciolkstar. You idiot. He looks like you and your face looks like his @ss.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ TAD: Lang is liveblogging the draft.

  • http://twitter.com/etaylorprice Taylor Price

    Ryne, does your praise mean my squad had the best draft? I think I should keep the GM title…

  • Dutch Rob

    Co Sign Navi.

    You don’t know or you have not played basketball to say that Brandon Jennings is a joke. This Guy has prob. the best handling in the draft and MAD HOPS. His courtvision is also amazing. Yes in Italy he did not achieve much but watch out cuz this guy can play.

  • Ben

    Isn’t Mills a little high at 19, from what has been said so far? I think 21 to the Hornets is the highest he could possibly go because it sounds like he had a great workout there, and they do need a high-tempo backup to keep them rolling when CP3 spells. After then, who knows. Whole draft seems unsettled.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    TAD, skill-wise, Heytvelt is a mid-first rounder to me.

    Also, I don’t read mock drafts or power rankings.

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  • niQ

    i hope demar derozan drops to the raptors AND the raps actually take him.

  • http://kingakai.com Alpha-bet

    To be honest, out of this whole draft I only see decent role players AT BEST. I don’t see any potential stars, let alone franchise players in this draft.
    I usually dont agree with Jay Bilas but he brought up a good point about Rubio,
    saying, “The Pistol and Nash comparison is a bit much, he’s more like Jason Williams than anything”. (end paraphrase)
    The dudes passes and vision is sickness, can’t take that away from him, but I think his flashiness is blinding people to think he’s a better player than what he actually is.

  • Adam Canada

    Get ready to be on You Tube. James bring that pocket square!

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  • serevei

    hahah i think u guys got 2 correct

  • http://hotmail ld5

    minnesota did better in the mock cause really rubio wont come to the nba and flynn is like a poor mans nate robinson

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