By Ian Thomsen
May 20, 2009
11 PG Ty Lawson North Carolina Jr. 5-11 195
The NCAA champion provides leadership and tough-mindedness as a backup who can also play some minutes alongside Devin Harris. But he will drop if his toe injury is red-flagged during medical exams.
12 PF DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh Soph. 6-7 265
Think of George Lynch and Tyrone Hill playing for Larry Brown in Philadelphia. Now imagine Blair providing dirty-work toughness up front for Brown in Charlotte. The Hall of Fame coach loves this type of player.
13 SG Gerald Henderson Duke Jr. 6-4 215
The namesake son of Larry Bird's former Celtics teammate (a coincidence that will not influence this pick in the least) is an athletic scorer who will give the Pacers insurance for injured guard Mike Dunleavy.
14 PG Jonny Flynn Syracuse Soph. 6-0 185
Could this be Steve Nash's eventual replacement? Flynn brings speed and potential leadership skills, and he'll be able to grow as an understudy for as long as the 35-year-old Nash remains in Phoenix.
15 C B.J. Mullens Ohio St. Fr. 7-0 275
It's going to take a few years, but Mullens has the size and soft hands to develop into a legit center. He'll be a wise investment for a team that is turning over its frontcourt.
16 SF Earl Clark Louisville Jr. 6-9 225
A skilled frontcourt tweener, the question is whether Clark has upside. He should offer scoring off the bench, but like the Bulls' young big men, he must develop a back-to-basket game.
17 SG Chase Budinger Arizona Jr. 6-7 218
What do the Sixers need to salvage their signing of Elton Brand? Three-point shooting to space the floor. Budinger will address the weakness at a low rookie-scale price.
18 SF Austin Daye Gonzaga Soph. 6-11 200
If he stays in the draft, and if the Timberwolves don't package their three first-round picks in a larger trade, the promising Daye will supply shooting and length on the perimeter.
19 PG Eric Maynor VCU Sr. 6-3 175
He lacks deep shooting range, but you can't find everything this late in the draft. Maynor has the speed and skills to run the offense for the Hawks, who also could decide they have enough young talent and package this pick in a draft-day deal.
20 SF Sam Young Pittsburgh Sr. 6-6 220
A tough, athletic worker who doesn't shy away from the paint -- sounds like a Jerry Sloan guy, especially if they need to replace free agents Carlos Boozer or Paul Millsap in the frontcourt.

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