By Ian Thomsen
June 24, 2009
11 PG Jeff Teague Wake Forest Soph. 6-1 175
An explosive guard, he needs to develop his skills at the point. But he'll be able to score from Day 1, and that will enable him to be a helpful third guard coming off the bench to supplement starter Devin Harris.
12 SG Gerald Henderson Duke Jr. 6-5 215
He's an in-state star and a versatile talent who can defend three positions. That's all Larry Brown needs to hear.
13 PG Brandon Jennings Lottomatica Roma (Italy) -- 6-2 165
The Pacers have two strong point guards in T.J. Ford and restricted free agent Jarrett Jack, but they can't afford to pass on a talent like Jennings. He is perfectly suited to push the ball for coach Jim O'Brien.
14 PF Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Sr. 6-10 234
He may not have high "upside", but Hansbrough is a sure thing. He'll have a long NBA career as a hard worker who will raise the energy of practices and at the very least provide reliable frontcourt play off the bench.
15 PF James Johnson Wake Forest Soph. 6-8 257
The Pistons may package this pick in pursuit of extra cap space to use on free agents this summer; otherwise, they'll do well to incorporate Johnson's versatile offensive skills while rebuilding their frontcourt.
16 PG Ty Lawson North Carolina Jr. 6-1 199
If they re-sign Ben Gordon, will the Bulls trade Kirk Hinrich? If so, they'll need a point guard to back up Derrick Rose, and Lawson is the ideal candidate with the major-program (and championship) pedigree the Bulls covet.
17 SF Austin Daye Gonzaga Soph. 6-11 192
They'll have to be patient, but the Sixers need as much perimeter shooting as they can get -- and they'll love it from a player who also provides length and athleticism. In two or three years, he could fit nicely with their up-tempo rotation.
18 PG Eric Maynor VCU Sr. 6-3 164
A four-year collegian, Maynor will instantly provide solid direction at point guard. Nothing flashy here, but he'll be a reliable addition and a nice find for a team that needs long-term backcourt help.
19 SF Earl Clark Louisville Jr. 6-10 226
With most of the point guards off the board, the Hawks supplement their frontcourt with this versatile (but occasionally tentative) 'tweener. Atlanta is another team that could deal its pick.
20 SF Omri Casspi Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) -- 6-9 211
He needs to improve his shooting, but this ultra-aggressive forward looks like an eventual high-energy replacement for Matt Harpring. Casspi is a Jerry Sloan player.

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