By Ian Thomsen
June 24, 2009
21 PF DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh Soph. 6-6 277
Viewed as a lottery pick before teams got wind of his knee issues, Blair has been sliding. He shouldn't get past New Orleans, which is desperate for frontcourt help off the bench and could live with him playing limited minutes in exchange for his production. The Hornets, however, could also package this pick in hopes of cutting payroll for next season.
22 SG Terrence Williams Louisville Sr. 6-6 213
The Blazers dealt to Dallas the 24th and 56th picks in this year's draft, plus a second-rounder in 2010, to move up to this spot. If Portland keeps this pick, they'd do well to find someone who can help their second unit, and to that end, Williams' defense should impress coach Nate McMillan.
23 C B.J. Mullens Ohio State Fr. 7-1 258
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.
24 SF Sam Young Pittsburgh Sr. 6-7 223
He may lack upside, but Young defends, rebounds, plays hard and can score in the paint. What more can you ask from a No. 24 pick?
25 PG Rodrigue Beaubois Cholet (France) -- 6-2 182
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.
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 PF Josh Heytvelt Gonzaga Sr. 6-11 246
He provides size -- a huge need in Memphis -- as well as perimeter-shooting range.
28 PG Nick Calathes Florida Soph. 6-5 185
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.
29 SF Jonas Jerebko Angelico Biella (Italy) -- 6-9 220
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.
30 SG Chase Budinger Arizona Jr. 6-7 206
He's a ready-made shooter, and heaven knows the Cavaliers need as much shooting as they can get.

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