By Ian Thomsen
May 20, 2009
21 PF James Johnson Wake Forest Soph. 6-9 245
He could provide instant frontcourt depth after two solid seasons at Wake. But the Hornets may need to package this pick as part of a payroll-slashing trade on draft day.
22 PF Gani Lawal Georgia Tech Soph. 6-9 233
The Mavericks are seeking length and athleticism, and Lawal may help in both areas. But they'll need to be patient in developing him. Dallas may try to move up in the draft.
23 PF Derrick Brown Xavier Sr. 6-8 227
Another explosive athlete, he could fit into the Kings' up-tempo future as they try to define a new style of play.
24 PF Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Sr. 6-9 250
He is definitely going to succeed in the NBA, not as a star but as a hard-working contributor to the second unit of a good team. He'll be a reliable guy off the bench for Portland.
25 SF Omri Casspi Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) -- 6-8 220
Coming from one of Europe's top programs, the 20-year-old fits the Thunder profile as a hard-nosed, all-around contributor with far more big-game experience than any American collegian his age.
26 SG Wayne Ellington North Carolina Jr. 6-4 200
A shooter who will provide backcourt insurance should the Bulls lose Ben Gordon to free agency. If Gordon stays, Ellington becomes another scorer off the bench -- no harm there.
27 SG Terrence Williams Louisville Sr. 6-6 220
The finesse Grizzlies need toughness, and this swingman can supply defense and rebounding to supplement Gay and Mayo on the perimeter.
28 PG Rodrigue Beaubois Cholet (France) -- 6-2 182
If the Timberwolves don't move this pick, they could invest in this quick French point guard, 21, and let him remain in Europe to develop.
29 PG Sergio Llull Real Madrid (Spain) -- 6-3 175
Another promising 21-year-old European point guard who could remain overseas to develop as an understudy to former Jazz guard Raul Lopez, who is the starter at Real Madrid.
30 SF Victor Claver Pamesa Valencia (Spain) -- 6-9 224
Why pay luxury tax on the salary of the No. 30 pick? This 20-year-old power forward can be left overseas to work on his game while the Cavs focus on winning now.

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