I teamed up with Clark of The Lost Ogle and Max Trueblood, a brilliant poster at the wonderful OKCThunderFans.com for a little mock draft. Picks 1-14 can be found at the exquisite Lost Ogle. And do yourself a favor in the meantime and add that site to your daily reading. It’s excellent stuff. And written by two wildly handsome people. So they say.
With the 15th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select … B.J. Mullens, center, Ohio State University
(Pick made by Royce Young)
Mullens is as raw a talent as you’ll see. He’s got a ton of physical gifts, one being that he’s 7’1″. Another is that he’s got go-go-gadget arms and even another is that he can jump like a shooting guard. Oh, and he also sported a little lip fur last season in Columbus. But the Pistons have already expressed interest and they need a center. Call me crazy, but I don’t think Kwame Brown is the answer there. I see Mullens potentially being what Tyson Chandler is now, but that’s only if he can tap into that potential. Or play with Chris Paul. One of the two.
With the 16th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select … DeJuan Blair, power forward, University of Pitt
(Pick made by Clark Matthews)
This past weekend, the Bulls had a huge workout that tipped the hand of what direction they intend to go with this pick. They invited Blair, Mullens, James Johnson, and Tyler Hansbrough, all big guys, to compete against one another. Hansbrough had to turn them down because he was already scheduled to try out for the Nets who picked 11th. Unless Crazy T gets into Chicago this week, that means this pick likely comes down to Blair and Johnson. Blair’s strength and rebounding would complement the more finesse big guys Chicago already has under contract.
With the 17th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select … Eric Maynor, point guard, Virginia Commonwealth University
(Pick made by Max Trueblood)
It’s another toss up. This time between Maynor and Ty Lawson with Maynor getting the edge due to a height advantage. Sixer management is convinced that Louis Williams is not a point guard and is better suited to being an undersized 2G off the bench who can score in bunches. Philly will most likely re-sign Andre Miller but he’s in his 30’s and has logged 10 years in the association. Maynor fills in well as a sturdy backup for now that can easily be groomed for the starting spot down the road. Keep Reading…