2009 NBA Mock Draft: Version 3.0 (cont.)

Wednesday June 17th, 2009

21PFTyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaSr.6-10234
They need to package this pick in a salary dump, but if no reasonable trade develops, the Hornets will seek instant frontcourt help from this hard-working college star. New Orleans can't afford to invest in a long-term project, so Hansbrough makes sense here.
22SFSam YoungPittsburghSr.6-7223
He may lack upside, but Young defends, rebounds, plays hard and can score in the paint. What more can you ask from a No. 22 pick?
23CB.J. MullensOhio StateFr.7-1258
He accomplished little as a freshman, but Mullens has the physical abilities to become a versatile NBA center. The Kings can afford to be patient in developing him behind Spencer Hawes.
24SGTerrence Williams LouisvilleSr.6-6213
The biggest surprise would have the Blazers sticking with this pick, based on their history of draft-day trading. They'll do well to find someone who can help their second unit, and to that end, Williams' defense should impress coach Nate McMillan.
25PGRodrigue BeauboisCholet (France)--6-2182
The Thunder won't want to invest their precious cap space on such a late pick, and yet the selection has value. So they'll invest in someone like Beaubois, a quick French point guard, and leave him in Europe to develop.
26SGWayne EllingtonNorth CarolinaJr.6-5202
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.
27PFJosh Heytvelt GonzagaSr.6-11246
He provides size -- a huge need in Memphis -- as well as perimeter-shooting range.
28PGNick CalathesFloridaSoph.6-5185
If the Timberwolves don't move this pick, they'll draft Calathes knowing that the combo guard has already committed to play in Europe next season.
29SFJonas Jerebko Angelico Biella (Italy)--6-9220
The champs face the luxury tax while trying to re-sign key free agents. They'll draft an international player and keep him off the payroll for now.
30SGChase BudingerArizonaJr.6-7206
He's a ready-made shooter, and heaven knows the Cavaliers need as much shooting as they can get.

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