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NBA Draft: Mike Baldwin's 2009 Mock Draft

Published: June 21, 2009

under (trade): C 7-1 B.J. Mullens (Ohio State)

→Mullens flopped last season, but his potential intrigues Presti, who trades up

16. Chicago: PF 6-7 DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh)

→Would be a slam dunk lottery pick if scouts weren’t concerned about his knees

17. Philadelphia: PG 6-3 Eric Maynor (VCU)

→The Sixers have their choice of PGs and choose Maynor over Lawson, Teague

18. Memphis (trade): PF 6-8 James Johnson (Wake Forest)

→A pick acquired in deal with Minnesota, the Grizzlies are the talk of the draft

19. Atlanta: Ty Lawson (N. Carolina)

→The Hawks need a PG and can choose between Lawson and Teague

20. Utah: PG 6-10 Tyler Hansbrough (N. Carolina)

→Unless the Nets take Hansbrough, he’s the perfect fit for Jerry Sloan’s Jazz

21. New Orleans: SF 6-11 Austin Daye (Gonzaga)

→Under the radar player is the best player still on the board: by far

22. Dallas: PG 6-1 PG 6-2 Jeff Teague (Wake Forest)

→Even if the Mavericks re-sign Jason Kidd, they need a PG for the future

23. Sacramento: SF 6-7 Sam Young (Pittsburgh)

→Tough, savvy player can help Kings’ rebuilding process

24. Portland: PG 6-2 Darren Collison (UCLA)

→The Trail Blazers can go several different directions but take a PG

25. Detroit (trade): SF 6-9 DeJuan Summers (Georgetown)

→Pistons add an underrated player capable of playing the 3 or the 4

26. Chicago: SG 6-5 Wayne Ellington (No. Carolina)

→Bulls need insurance policy since Ben Gordon probably leaves

27. Memphis: SF 6-9 Omri Casspi (Spain)

→Grizzlies take gritty 20-year-old who might play another year in Europe

28. Minnesota: SG 6-7 Chase Budinger (Arizona)

→The Timberwolves are stocked inside and add a sidekick for Rubio

29. LA Lakers: PG 6-5 Nick Calathes (Florida)

→Ex-Gator has deal to play in Greece, but is still in draft pool. Buyout possible?

30. Cleveland: PF 6-9 Derrick Brown (Xavier)

→Cavaliers try to beef up production off the bench