2009 NBA Mock Draft (cont.)

Wednesday May 20th, 2009

21PFJames JohnsonWake ForestSoph.6-9245
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.
22PFGani LawalGeorgia TechSoph.6-9233
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.
23PFDerrick BrownXavierSr.6-8227
Another explosive athlete, he could fit into the Kings' up-tempo future as they try to define a new style of play.
24PFTyler Hansbrough North CarolinaSr.6-9250
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.
25SFOmri CasspiMaccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)--6-8220
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.
26SGWayne EllingtonNorth CarolinaJr.6-4200
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.
27SGTerrence Williams LouisvilleSr.6-6220
The finesse Grizzlies need toughness, and this swingman can supply defense and rebounding to supplement Gay and Mayo on the perimeter.
28PGRodrigue BeauboisCholet (France)--6-2182
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.
29PGSergio LlullReal Madrid (Spain)--6-3175
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.
30SFVictor ClaverPamesa Valencia (Spain)--6-9224
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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