Wednesday June 17th, 2009

 
11PGJrue HolidayUCLAFr.6-4199
He is not fully developed as a shooter or as a playmaker, but Holiday's upside is enormous. He could be like Russell Westbrook -- another Bruin -- with the ability to play either guard position, complementing Devin Harris.
12SGGerald HendersonDukeJr.6-5215
He's an in-state star and a versatile talent who can defend three positions. That's all Larry Brown needs to hear.
13PGBrandon JenningsLottomatica Roma (Italy)--6-2165
The Pacers have two strong point guards in T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack, but they can't afford to pass on a talent like Jennings. He is perfectly suited to push the ball for coach Jim O'Brien.
14PGJeff TeagueWake ForestSoph.6-1175
Talented but raw, Teague has the speed and scoring instincts to serve as an eventual replacement for Steve Nash.
15PFJames Johnson Wake ForestSoph.6-8257
The Pistons may package this pick in pursuit of extra cap space to use on free agents this summer; otherwise, they'll do well to incorporate Johnson's versatile offensive skills while rebuilding their frontcourt.
16PGTy LawsonNorth CarolinaJr.6-1199
If they re-sign Ben Gordon, will the Bulls trade Kirk Hinrich? If so, they'll need a point guard to back up Derrick Rose, and Lawson is the ideal candidate with the major-program (and championship) pedigree the Bulls covet.
17SFAustin DayeGonzagaSoph.6-11192
They'll have to be patient, but the Sixers need as much perimeter shooting as they can get -- and they'll love it from a player who also provides length and athleticism. In two or three years, he could fit nicely with their up-tempo rotation.
18PGEric MaynorVCUSr.6-3164
A four-year collegian, Maynor will instantly provide solid direction at point guard. Nothing flashy here, but he'll be a reliable addition and a nice find for a team that needs long-term backcourt help.
19SFEarl ClarkLouisvilleJr.6-10226
With most of the point guards off the board, the Hawks supplement their frontcourt with this versatile (but occasionally tentative) 'tweener. Atlanta is another team that could deal its pick.
20SFOmri Casspi Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)--6-9211
He needs to improve his shooting, but this ultra-aggressive forward looks like an eventual high-energy replacement for Matt Harpring. Casspi is a Jerry Sloan player.
 

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