2009 NBA Mock Draft Round Two 2.0
31. Sacramento Kings: DaJuan Summers, SF, Georgetown
After addressing their two most glaring holes at power forward and point guard, the Kings select Summers, who has great value. Summers is a player whose size may suit the pros better than it did in the college game. Considering how well he played for the Hoyas, he could be a very good player in the NBA.
NBA Comparison: Tim Thomas
32. Portland Trailblazers: Nick Calethes, PG, Florida
Calethes is a very interesting prospect as he learned the point guard role after Jai Lucas transferred to Texas last year. I have seen him play only a handful of times, but he’s very efficient and has great athleticism. He takes the ball strong to the hoop and also plays well in transition. His size, 6′5″, doesn’t hurt either.
NBA Comparison: Rajon Rondo
33. Washington Wizards: Omri Casspi, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv
I really believe that if Gilbert Arenas can stay healthy and Nick Young can step up to a bigger role next year, the Wizards are very close to a playoff berth. Depth in the front court can only help this projection, and Casspi gives it to Washington. He is reportedly a very efficient player who plays long and wide on defense. I have never seen him play and am simply going off of scouting reports.
NBA Comparison: Tayshaun Prince
34. Denver Nuggets: Jermaine Taylor, SG, Central Florida
The Nuggets do not have many needs, so they go with the best player left on the board. Going up against weaker talent, Taylor averaged 26.2 points per game last year and was even better at the recent Portsmouth Invitational. He should fit in perfectly with the high-scoring Nuggets.
NBA Comparison: Jason Richardson
35. Memphis Grizzlies: Tyler Hansbrough, PF, North Carolina
Many have wondered how Hansbrough will do in the NBA. I am one of the few who believe he can make a big impact right away. Everyone knows his tenacity, toughness, and ability in college. I think it will transition. Memphis would be smart to take a flyer on him here.
NBA Comparison: Rasheed Wallace
36. Detroit Pistons: Toney Douglas, PG, Florida State
Much like Rodney Stuckey, Douglas is a combo guard who brings a lot to the table. Despite Will Bynum’s surge toward the end of the year, Allen Iverson’s uncertainty leaves a lot of questions that Douglas will be able to answer. From what I saw of Douglas, he has the body of a point guard and the ability of a two guard.
NBA Comparison: Gilbert Arenas
37. San Antonio Spurs: Jeff Adrien, SF, Connecticut
Adrien is one of my favorite players in this draft. His toughness is unparalleled in this draft, and I am sure he will make it at the next level. Despite his height, Adrien has great leaping ability and great technique, which could make him a double-double machine in the pros.
NBA Comparison: David Lee
38. Portland Trailblazers: Sergio Llull, SG, Spain
Whoever Portland’s international scout is deserves a raise. They have hit on a ton of great international players. Llull, a combo guard, will add to that list. From what I have heard, he has the ability to play both guard positions and does a great job off the pick-and-roll.
NBA Comparison: Tony Parker
39. Detroit Pistons: Jonas Jerebko, SF, Spain
The Pistons are not going to have many roster spots open next year, so they take a flyer on Jerebko, whom they can have play overseas for a few years to develop his game. Again, I do not know international players very well, but he supposedly plays more like a power forward and could use some work offensively.
NBA Comparison: Kevin Durant
40. Charlotte Bobcats: Dante Cunningham, SF, Villanova
I got to see Cunningham play a lot last year and came away very impressed with the Big East’s Most Improved Player. His work in the post could use a bit of shaping up, but his ability to knock down 15-footers was probably better than most 6′8″ players in the nation not named Tyler Hansbrough. He will, however, need to get a little faster.
NBA Comparison: Jeff Green
41. Milwaukee Bucks: Dionte Christmas, SG, Temple
Christmas let me down in the NCAA Tournament. I had the Owls going to the Sweet 16 with wins over Arizona State and Syracuse. But he has a shot to be a pretty decent pro. Although he is still very raw in terms of fundamentals, his offensive game is one of the best in the country, and he has great size. The Bucks have a lot of depth after Michael Redd, but no one really warrants minutes other than Charlie Bell.
NBA Comparison: Manu Ginobili
42. Los Angeles Lakers: Derrick Brown, PF, Xavier
Brown is another intriguing prospect who plays very a very athletic type of game for his size. Although he does not have the size of a true power forward, as with Jeff Adrien, his physical play will warrant him minutes in the post. Whether Los Angeles has room for him on it roster is another question, but Brown should fare just fine.
NBA Comparison: Luis Scola
43. Miami Heat: Jerel McNeal, SG, Marquette
Yes! I can only hope McNeal will be suiting up next year next to his Marquette counterpart Dwyane Wade. Other than my wish coming true, this move makes sense. Miami really lacked depth at shooting guard last year (among other spots), and I believe he can be a very good player in this league. His defense is outstanding, and if he can develop his dribble a little more, he can be a good role player.
NBA Comparison: Jason Terry
44. Detroit Pistons: Jeff Pendergraph, PF, Arizona State
The Pistons round out their second-round draft picks with Pendergraph. He is a smart player who produced good numbers at Arizona State and is looking to gain a better jump shot to go with his back-to-the-basket skills. Whether he can obtain a roster spot with the Pistons will depend on how well he progresses, especially on defense.
NBA Comparison: Antonio McDyess
45. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jodie Meeks, SG, Kentucky
Minnesota has a bunch of picks in this draft, some of which will be traded. The Timberwolves will look to continue to find gems. No one denies Meeks’ shooting range, but the other aspects of his game are suspect. He does not do anything else extremely well.
NBA Comparison: Ben Gordon
46. Cleveland Cavaliers: A.J. Price, PG, Connecticut
Mo Williams was arguably the biggest off-season acquisition in the NBA this year and has paid huge dividends for the Cavs. However, with Delonte West playing more of a shooting-guard role this year, the Cavs could use another true point guard in the rotation. That is exactly what Price could provide.
NBA Comparison: Deron Williams
47. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nando De Colo, PG, Cholet
I really do not know a whole lot about De Colo other than he is the best remaining prospect. Minnesota has a ton of picks (five) and should go with the best player available. De Colo is a Randy Foye-type who can play both guard positions fairly well. His game is still very raw and will need to improve if he wants to make the final roster.
NBA Comparison: Brandon Roy
48. Phoenix Suns: Leo Lyons, PF, Missouri
Lyons had a great year followed by a great tournament and is extremely athletic for his size. The Suns will look to add depth behind Amar’e Stoudemire. Lyons is a great fit for the Suns’ up-tempo offense. Lyons’ toughness and strength may be a concern, but overall he looks to be a decent prospect.
NBA Comparison: Drew Gooden
49. Atlanta Hawks: Danny Green, SF, North Carolina
After addressing the center position in Round One, the Hawks get a great small forward here. Green has outstanding length, plays exceptional defense, and has improved his offensive game out to the perimeter. Whether he will be quick enough in the NBA remains to be seen, but he has all the tools.
NBA Comparison: Gerald Wallace
50. Utah Jazz: Damion Jones, SF, Texas
Utah stays big in Round Two, opting to go with the versatile and athletic James. Although I can definitely see James going back to Texas for his senior year, he would be a good option as a big man for the Jazz. At the three position, the Jazz are not very big and could use a good post presence.
NBA Comparison: Ron Artest
51. San Antonio Spurs: Milan Macvan, C, KK Hemofarm
The Spurs are almost as good as the Trailblazers at finding international talent, and although I do not know a whole lot about Macvan, he would give the Spurs another good big man. The Spurs can probably let him play overseas for a few years and see how he progresses.
NBA Comparison: Pau Gasol
52. Indiana Pacers: Wesley Matthews, SF, Marquette
The second Golden Eagle goes off the board at No. 52. Matthews played great in the Portsmouth Invitational and showed some moves that may convince scouts he can succeed as a shooting guard. The size is there, but the quickness might not be. Matthews developed an excellent outside shot this year that will also help his chances of being drafted.
NBA Comparison: Grant Hill
53. San Antonio Spurs: Alex Ruoff, SG, West Virginia
The Spurs find a lot of their talent in young players who are very smart. Ruoff fits this description perfectly. He may not have all the athletic tools, but he plays smart and is very efficient. With so much talent at the shooting-guard position, it may be hard for Ruoff to find a spot, but it won’t be because he didn’t try.
NBA Comparison: Kirk Hinrich
54. Charlotte Bobcats: Taj Gibson, PF, Southern Cal
The Bobcats finish out their balanced draft with the best player available. Gibson did not improve a whole lot while at Southern Cal, but his consistency shone through as he became a go-to option this year for the Trojans. The Bobcats should find a spot for him on the roster as Sean May experiment is all but over.
NBA Comparison: Leon Powe
55. Portland Trailblazers: Michael Washington, PF, Arkansas
The Trailblazers have four second-round picks, so to end it I will give them the best player available. That happens to be Washington. Playing for the Razorbacks last year, Washington filled up the stat sheet and was great on offense. Defensively, he is still a little out of control, but he has great size to go with his skills.
NBA Comparison: Al Horford
56. Portland Trailblazers: Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland
Another best-player-available selection, Vasquez has played in big time games and stepped up in a big way. He does a little bit of everything and may fly under the radar as a guy who can make a roster. Portland is filled with young guards, but you never know what will happen with injuries and trades.
NBA Comparison: Jason Kidd
57. Phoenix Suns: Josh Heytvelt, PF, Gonzaga
The Suns took Leo Lyons earlier in the round, but Heytvelt is too good of value to pass up here. Despite his great offensive game, his defensive struggles really concern me. Will he be good enough to defend centers in the NBA? If he is, he could form a very nice duo with Robin Lopez in the Suns’ front court. Having a platoon of Lyons and Heytvelt would give the Suns a little bit of everything.
NBA Comparison: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
58. Boston Celtics: Dominic James, PG, Marquette
Maybe I’m being a bit of a homer pick here, but I could see the Celtics going with a point guard, and James is the next best one. James has been through a ton in his career and has maintained a positive outlook. That will transition to the next level in the Celtics’ locker room. If James can improve his free-throw shooting and jump shooting, he can start in the NBA. His defense is that good.
NBA Comparison: Nate Robinson
59. Los Angeles Lakers: Lee Cummard, SG, BYU
Cummard will be a long shot to make the team with such a deep unit for the Lakers, but he has great size for a shooting guard with a nice jump shot. He will need to improve his defense, but if he can, he could be a nice end-of-the-bench guy.
NBA Comparison: Matt Carroll
60. Miami Heat: Robert Dozier, SF, Memphis
Dozier had a decent year at Memphis, but last year’s losses clearly exposed him. Miami can use all the depth it can get, and Dozier plays nice defense with good length in his arms. Mr. Irrelevant for the NBA actually has a pretty good shot to make the team if the Heat stay at this position.
NBA Comparison: Tyrus Thomas