- Clippers - My pick: Blake Griffin. Correct!
- Grizzlies - My pick: Ricky Rubio. +3
- Thunder - My pick: Hasheem Thabeet. -1
- Kings - My pick: Jordan Hill. +4
- Timberwolves - My pick: Tyreke Evans. -1
- Timberwolves - My pick: Stephen Curry. +1
- Warriors - My pick: DeJuan Blair. +1...ROUND
- Knicks - My pick: James Harden. -5
- Raptors - My pick: DeMar DeRozan. Correct!
- Bucks - My pick: Gerald Henderson. +2
- Nets - My pick: Jrue Holiday. +6
- Bobcats - My pick: Brandon Jennings. -2
- Pacers - My pick: Terrence Williams. -2
- Suns - My pick: Austin Daye. +1
Jeff Van Gundy said all night that maybe the most reliably predictable aspect of a game is rebounding, and Blair was a monster on the boards. He's long, he's strong, and he's got a serious motor. No joke, when the Wizards passed on Blair with their second round pick, I felt like I was watching a championship piece slip through their fingers. And of course, the San Antonio Spurs were happy to gobble him up at pick 37.
The other surprise for me was Jonny Flynn going at number six to Minnesota. He's undersized even for a point guard, and you simply don't find many NBA stars who are undersized. I honestly like Ty Lawson more than Flynn. Time will tell whether I'm seeing this correctly, but I stand by my mock.
Other than Blair and Flynn, though, I think we here at Joe & Joe did a pretty good job of handicapping the draft. We got two lottery picks correct, four more we missed by just one slot, and two more by just two slots. That's pretty good in my book.
Part 2 of our 2009 NBA Draft Debriefing will look at how teams tried to improve themselves through the draft, as well as through trades in the days leading up to the draft. And I'll probably bring up DeJuan Blair seven or eight more times. See you then.