2009 NBA Mock Draft: Version 2.0 (cont.)

Wednesday June 10th, 2009
21 PF James Johnson Wake Forest Soph. 6-8 257
Look for the Hornets to deal this pick and avoid paying a rookie salary. But Johnson would be a nice fit as a forward who is ready to help immediately.
22 PF Gani Lawal Georgia Tech Soph. 6-9 229
If the Mavericks don't move up in the draft, they could settle for the athleticism and length of Lawal, a long-term project in the frontcourt. Dallas is seeking explosive athletes.
23 PF Derrick Brown Xavier Sr. 6-8 225
The Kings will be looking for athletic potential as they establish their new up-tempo style. Brown eventually could help them there.
24 PF Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Sr. 6-10 234
There's a good chance he'll go in the late teens because he'll be a reliable, hard-working second-unit player. If he's still available here, look for Portland to snap him up.
25 SF Omri Casspi Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) -- 6-9 211
The 20-year-old has played in a lot of big Euroleague games for Maccabi. He has the hard-nosed experience that the Thunder will appreciate in a rookie.
26 SG Wayne Ellington North Carolina Jr. 6-5 202
At this stage of the draft, you're lucky to find someone to make the rotation. Could Ellington's shooting help the Bulls in a backup role to Ben Gordon? His chances for minutes would improve if Gordon were to leave as a free agent.
27 SG Terrence Williams Louisville Sr. 6-6 213
He would give them toughness, perimeter defense and help on the glass -- and the Grizzlies are in great need of those qualities.
28 PG Rodrigue Beaubois Cholet (France) -- 6-2 182
If the Timberwolves keep this pick, they could invest in this quick French point guard, 21, and let him remain in Europe to develop.
29 SG Chase Budinger Arizona Jr. 6-7 206
Superior athlete has the ability to stretch defenses with his deep shooting (190 three-pointers in 100 college games).
30 SF Victor Claver Pamesa Valencia (Spain) -- 6-9 224
The Cavs could invest in the 20-year-old and leave him in Europe to develop while they lessen their luxury-tax demands next season.
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