The consensus is this year’s NBA Draft is the weakest in years for producing All-Star caliber players. But the 2009 class has one thing going for it — an abundance of quality point guards.
Nearly two dozen point guards, roughly one out of every three players selected, might be taken on June 25. Even if the Thunder were to bypass Ricky Rubio with the No. 3 pick, would Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti consider selecting a point guard with his No. 25 pick? "They don’t really need a point guard, but this is an exceptionally deep draft at the point position,” said an Eastern Conference scout. "It’s the deepest I can remember at that position in a long time. There are 12 or 13 point guards that are getting first-round discussion.” It’s no secret Presti would like to trade Earl Watson, a veteran who began the season as the Thunder’s starting point guard before becoming Russell Westbrook’s backup. Watson has only one year left on his contract. Regardless of Watson’s situation, it might be prudent to select a point guard late in the first round to serve as Westbrook’s backup for years to come. Rubio, Stephen Curry (Davidson), Jrue Holiday (UCLA), Jonny Flynn (Syracuse), Brandon Jennings (Italy) and Ty Lawson (North Carolina) are potential lottery picks. Three other point guards are considered locks to go in the first round — Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Jeff Teague (Wake Forest) and Patrick Mills (St.
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Possible lottery picksRicky Rubio, 6-3 (Spain) Brandon Jennings, 6-1 (USA) Stephen Curry, 6-1 (Davidson) Jonny Flynn, 6-0 (Syracuse) Jrue Holiday, 6-3 (UCLA) Ty Lawson, 6-0 (N. Carolina)
First roundersEric Maynor, 6-3 (Va. Commonwealth) Jeff Teague, 6-2 (Wake Forest) Nick Calathes, 6-5 (Florida) Patrick Mills, 5-11 (St. Mary’s) Rodrique Beaubois, 6-2 (France) Toney Douglas, 6-2 (Florida St.)
Second roundersDarren Collison, 6-0 (UCLA) Sergio Lull, 6-3 (Spain) A.J. Price, 6-2 (Connecticut) Nando DeColo, 6-5 (France) Tyrese Rice, 6-0 (Boston College) Lester Hudson, 6-3 (Tenn.-Martin) Ben Woodside, 6-11 (N. Dakota St.) Dominic James, 6-0 (Marquette) Daniel Hackett, 6-5 (USC) Curtis Jerrells, 6-1 (Baylor) Jeremy Pargo, 6-2 (Gonzaga) Greivis Vasquez, 6-5 (Maryland) Jack McLinton, 6-1 (Miami)