Main event: Darnell Mayberry's Mock NBA Draft

DARNELL MAYBERRY Published: June 22, 2009

photo - Oklahoma's Blake Griffin is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma's Blake Griffin is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

1. Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin, 6-10, 248, Soph., PF, Oklahoma

Look at the bright side. It won't be hard leaving work at the office in beautiful L.A.

2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ricky Rubio, 6-4, 180, PG, Spain

Grizzlies take next best asset and trade him for the player they prefer and more pieces.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder: James Harden, 6-5, 222, Soph., SG, Arizona State

This is me thinking like Sam Presti. I think.

4. Sacramento Kings: Tyreke Evans, 6-5, 221, Fr., PG/SG, Memphis

Kings need talent. Evans needs polish but could shine given time.

5. Washington Wizards: Jordan Hill, 6-10, 232, Jr., PF, Arizona

If they don't trade out, Wizards add to promising stock of talented pups behind the vets.

6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Hasheem Thabeet, 7-2, 267, Jr., C, Connecticut

Wolves need a steady point guard but if this projected top three pick falls they'll pounce.

7. Golden State Warriors: DeMar DeRozan, 6-6, 211, Fr., SG/SF, USC

Just what the Warriors need, another 6-foot-6 wing player.

8. New York Knicks: Stephen Curry, 6-3, 181, Jr., PG/SG, Davidson

If you can shoot like he can, coach Mike D'Antoni finds a way to get you minutes.

9. Toronto Raptors: Gerald Henderson, 6-5, 215, Jr., SG, Duke

Raptors reach a little but get high-flying scoring guard they need.

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, 6-4, 199, Fr., PG/SG/UCLA

Jonny Flynn is better, but coach Scott Skiles can do more defensively with Holiday.

11. New Jersey Nets: Earl Clark, 6-10, 230, Jr., SF/PF, Louisville

Clark could create nightly matchup problems running the pick-and-roll with Devin Harris.

12. Charlotte Bobcats: B.J. Mullens, 7-1, 258, Fr., C, Ohio State

Bobcats are well-positioned to pass on a point guard and take one of this draft's few bigs.

13. Indiana Pacers: Tyler Hansbrough, 6-9, 234, Sr., PF, North Carolina

Indiana's fan base desperately needs a blue-collar player with buzz (and no rap sheet) to latch onto.

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