Main event: Darnell Mayberry's Mock NBA Draft

DARNELL MAYBERRY Published: June 22, 2009
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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

14. Phoenix Suns: Jonny Flynn, 6-0, 196, Soph., PG, Syracuse

An absolute steal if he lasts this long.

15. Detroit Pistons: Brandon Jennings, 6-1, 170, PG, Italy

Even with Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey, Jennings is too good to pass up.

16. Chicago Bulls: Terrence Williams, 6-6, 213, Sr., SG/SF, Louisville

Reigning ROY Derrick Rose gets a new wingman who can finish on the break.

17. Philadelphia 76ers: Ty Lawson, 6-0, 197, Jr., PG, North Carolina

Andre Miller is on the way out, Lawson is the young playmaker Sixers need.

18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Austin Daye, 6-10, 192, Soph., SF/PF, Gonzaga

Versatile forward has the potential to correct the Corey Brewer blunder.

19. Atlanta Hawks: Jeff Teague, 6-1, 175, Soph., PG, Wake Forest

The Hawks need a fresh young point to replace Mike Bibby.

20. Utah Jazz: DeJuan Blair, 6-6, 277, Soph., PF, Pittsburgh

Bye bye Carlos Boozer. (Darren Collison could be a surprise pick here as well.)

21. New Orleans Hornets: Sam Young, 6-6, 223, Sr., SF, Pittsburgh

Hornets need his size, strength, athleticism and defense on the perimeter.

22. Dallas Mavericks: Patrick Mills, 6-0, 175, Soph., PG, St. Mary's

A solid choice no matter what Jason Kidd decides to do in free agency.

23. Sacramento Kings: James Johnson, 6-7, 257, Soph., PF, Wake Forest

Kings add depth at the position with the best available big left on the board.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Nick Calathes, 6-5, 185, So., PG/SG/Florida

Steve Blake is not the long-term answer but gets the nod while Calathes heads overseas.

25. Oklahoma City Thunder: Eric Maynor, 6-3, 164, Sr., PG, Virginia Commonwealth

Terrific scorer but also a crafty playmaker who can both spell Russell Westbrook and play alongside him.

26. Chicago Bulls: Darren Collison, 6-1, 165, Sr., PG, UCLA

Bulls are now set in the backcourt, can look to unload Kirk Hinrich's contract.

27. Memphis Grizzlies: Chase Budinger, 6-7, 218, Jr., SF, Arizona.

He's the most NBA-ready player available at this point.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves: Wayne Ellington, 6-5, 190, Jr., SG, North Carolina

Draft-day trio of Thabeet, Daye and Ellington makes Minny forget it wanted a point guard.

29. Los Angeles Lakers: Omri Casspi, SF, 6-9, 211, SF, Israel

Insurance for free agents Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza.

30. Cleveland Cavaliers: Victor Claver, 6-10, 218, Spain

A long-term project. Immediate help will come via free agency and trades.


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