Rumors swirl as teams jockey for draft position

MIKE BALDWIN Published: June 25, 2009
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Rubio, the teenage point guard from Spain, could go anywhere from No. 2 to No. 5.

"This is an interesting draft,” said New Jersey Nets general manager Kiki Vandewghe. "You’ve got the first three of four where everyone’s sort of agreed, five or six tops (but in no particular order). It’s really up in the air.”

Thabeet is a gamble in a draft void of big men, but defensive intimidators are an invaluable commodity. Thabeet’s offensive game is limited.

Because he started playing basketball late, there are questions about the 7-foot-3 center.

"For teams that pass on Thabeet, the next choices are guards, wing type players, the flavor of the month,” said ESPN analyst Fran Franchilla. "Each of those guys like Harden, Curry and Evans bring a different element.”

Teams looking for a point guard will have a ton of options. As many as 12 point guards could go in the first round. Rubio, Curry, Jonny Flynn, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holliday and Ty Lawson could all be lottery picks.

Eric Maynor, Jeff Teague, Nick Calathes should go in the first round. Darren Collison, Patrick Mills and Toney Douglas have a shot at going in the first round.

"There’s varying opinions,” said one scout. "Jennings is very athletic and has tremendous potential. But how long it will take for him to make an impact? Do teams take a point guard for immediate help or long-term potential?”

Despite the lack of All-Star caliber players, the consensus is this is a deep draft at picks 15 through 35.

"This will be an interesting draft,” Fraschilla said. "We all feel, in some ways, it’s a weak draft, but there are guys that will be taken 20th or lower that will be very good players.”


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