2009 NBA Mock Draft: Version 5.0 (cont.)

Thursday June 25th, 2009

21PFDeJuan BlairPittsburghSoph.6-6277
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.
22SFEarl Clark LouisvilleJr.6-10226
This talented froncourt 'tweener can help replenish their frontcourt if the Blazers decide to package some of their young existing talent in a trade this summer.
23PGJeff TeagueWake ForestSoph.6-1175
The scoring point guard can provide complementary assistance as a backup to lottery pick Tyreke Evans.
24SFSam 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. 24 pick?
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.
29PGToney Douglas Florida StateSr.6-2205
Point guard with high upside will go to Knicks in a trade.
30PGDarren CollisonArizonaSr.6-0160
They can give him years to develop behind Mo Williams.

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