Tuesday, June 23, 2009

NBA Mock Draft: Picks 11-30

The NBA draft is just two short days away, so today, in likely our last post here at the Warriors Rundown before the good guys make their selection Thursday evening, we're going to break down how we think the draft will round out. For Picks 1-10, just scroll down to the previous post or click here.

11. New Jersey Nets: Tyreke Evens, SG, Memphis: Evans could give Devin Harris a solid young back-court mate for years in New Jersey, and they need the offense. Although he may not last this far.

12. Charlotte Bobcates: Terrence Williams, G/F, Louisville: A lot of people things Williams could end up being one of the best in this draft down the line, so he'd be a steal at 12 and could fit nicely in Charlotte in the back-court with Felton. Amazing strength for his size and position.

13. Indiana Pacers: Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse: Flynn is projected to be a top-10 pick, and likely won't last this long, but could come in and give the Pacers their point guard of the future. Could be the most polished all-around point guard in the draft, just doesn't have typical NBA size.

14. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Hansbrough, PF, North Carolina: Hansbrough fits the Suns mold perfectly, as he's a bright offensive talent with defensive deficiencies. Could fit nicely in Phoenix's run-and-go offense, as he's very good on the perimeter.

15. Detroit Pistons: DuJuan Blair, PF, Pittsburgh: Blair could come in and provide Detroit that physical power forward presence that Jason Maxiel has yet to develop into. A little undersized heighth wise, but extremely stong.

16. Chicago Bulls: Earl Clark, SF, Louisville: The versatile and athletic Clark can play either 3 or 4 and immediately make in impact in the Bulls front-line rotation.

17. Philadelphia 76ers: Austin Daye, PF, Gonzaga: Daye is a big time defender and could help Elton Brand and Sam Dalembert inside. He's got 3-point range as well, a lot like former-Warrior, Troy Murphy.

18. Minnesota T-Wolves: Jeff Teague, G, Wake Forest: Teague has been compared to Monta Ellis by some scouts and he could end up being a tremendous offensive player in this league, with Kevin Love and Al Jefferson up front, the T-Wolves need to bulk up their back-court too.

19. Atlanta Hawks: Ty Lawson, PG, North Carolina: Lawson could give the Hawks a true point guard who could learn behind Bibby, and eventually take over for him.

20. Utah Jazz: James Johnson, F, Wake Forest: Johnson could develop into a nice power forward with an all-around game for Utah in a year or two, after they deal Carlos Boozer.

21. New Orleans Hornets: BJ Mullens, C, Ohio State: It's highly doubtful he'll last this long, but Mullens would make perfect sense for the Hornets, as they look for a their center of the future.

22. Dallas Mavericks: Eric Maynor, PG, VCU: Maynor his a big time scoring point guard, but also can set-up his teammates. Could give the Mavericks their ball-handler in the post Jason Kidd era which could start after next year.

23. Sacramento Kings: Sam Young, SF, Pittsburgh: Young is a scoring wing player, who could eventually take over a thin small forward position in Sac-town.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Darren Collison, PG, UCLA: Not a star, but a solid player, Collison should be a good potential point guard to take over for Steve Blake after 2009.

25. OKC Thunder: Marcus Thornton, SF, LSU: Thornton is a scorer, averaging 20.5 points in his 2 seasons at LSU, and should translate into an above average scorer in the NBA.

26. Chicago Bulls: Chase Budinger, SF, Arizona: The athletic Budinger averaged 18.8 points per game as a Jr. for Arizona and could be a Brent Barry-type wing in the NBA.

27. Memphis Grizzlies: Omar Casspi, F, Israel: The Grizzlies may take a shot on this international sensation. Casspi hasn't don't a whole lot yet, but has the potential to be a contributor in due time.

28. Minnesota T-Wolves: Nick Calathes, PG, Florida: At 6'5", Callathes would give the T-Wolves a nice counterpart to the undersized Randy Foye at the point.

29. Los Angeles Lakers: Wayne Ellington, PG, North Carolina: The Lakers could find their next point guard in Ellington, who's got a knack for shooting the ball.

30. Cleveland Cavaliers: DaJuan Summers, F, Georgetown: Summers would give the Cavs another athletic forward, who they could play along side LaBron at the 4.

: Check in after the Warriors selection on Thursday for a full breakdown and analysis on the newest Golden State Warrior!

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