By Ian Thomsen
June 10, 2009
11 PG DeMar DeRozan USC Fr. 6-6 211
Consider this an investment in DeRozan's athleticism and energy as a complement to -- and ultimately a potential replacement for -- Vince Carter. If he can extend his range to the three-point line, the Nets could have a steal with this pick.
12 PF DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh Soph. 6-6 277
It's hard to predict the desires of Larry Brown, who may change his mind several times by draft day. But Blair could be this draft's version of the toughness that Tyrone Hill and George Lynch gave Brown in Philadelphia.
13 SG Gerald Henderson Duke Jr. 6-5 215
With Mike Dunleavy's future in doubt, Indiana could invest in Henderson to provide athletic production on the wing during Dunleavy's extended rehab from knee surgery. He's the kind of solid citizen the Pacers have coveted in recent years.
14 PG Ty Lawson North Carolina Jr. 6-1 199
Lawson could serve initially as Steve Nash's backup and eventually as his replacement -- assuming Phoenix is satisfied with his medical exams after he sustained a toe injury last season.
15 C B.J. Mullens Ohio St. Fr. 7-1 258
Mullens will need a few years to develop, but look at what the Celtics have been getting from Kendrick Perkins after acquiring him late in the first round of the 2003 draft. The rebuilding Pistons need length up front to replace free agent Rasheed Wallace.
16 SF Earl Clark Louisville Jr. 6-10 226
Chicago shouldn't be looking for a starter outside the lottery, but Clark could supply scoring off the bench as a rookie. Like other young Bulls big men, however, he lacks a back-to-the-basket game.
17 PG Eric Maynor VCU Sr. 6-3 164
Having recently acquired a shooter from Toronto in Jason Kapono, the 76ers now look for a young point guard as a potential replacement for free agent Andre Miller. Maynor needs to extend his range, but he brings the speed and skills necessary to run their up-tempo offense.
18 SF Austin Daye Gonzaga Soph. 6-11 192
A player with terrific potential, Daye could become a shooter who spreads the floor for Al Jefferson in the paint. But the Timberwolves may consider packaging this and either (or both) of their other first-rounders (Nos. 6 and 28) in search of a bigger deal.
19 PG Jeff Teague Wake Forest Soph. 6-1 175
The Hawks will need to take a patient approach in developing Teague's leadership and skills at point guard, but he has the athleticism and scoring instincts that will force defenses to respect him.
20 SF Sam Young Pittsburgh Sr. 6-7 223
With so much of their roster in flux this summer, it's hard to know which position the Jazz will be looking to fill. Young, an athletic worker who doesn't shy away from the paint, is Jerry Sloan's kind of guy.

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