The Clippers have won the first pick, with Memphis and Oklahoma City rounding out the top three spots. Several teams, including Minnesota, Sacramento and Chicago, have multiple picks in the first round.
After the jump, find the full first round mocked out. Then, feel free to mock it. That's how this works.
- 1. Clippers: Blake Griffin, PF, Oklahoma
The Clippers don't necessarily need a big man, with possession-sponge Zach Randolph and defenders Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby in tow. But they can't pass on Griffin, considering the injury issues with the others and the youth deficiency in the frontcourt. Ricky Rubio could also be a possibility, if the murmurs of Baron Davis' persona non grata status are accurate. Mike Dunleavy was in Spain this weekend scouting Rubio.
- 2. Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet, C, UConn
Kings fans will hope a trade gets worked out between Memphis and Sacramento -- Thabeet could still be around at No. 4. But otherwise, Thabeet is the single non-Griffin top prospect that makes real sense for Memphis.
- 3. Thunder: Ricky Rubio, PG, Spain
No one knows whether Sam Presti believes Russell Westbrook is a point guard or two-guard in the NBA. If Rubio is on the board, we'll find out in rather quick order. This would also be a tradable pick, depending on how the top two picks shake out.
- 4. Kings: Tyreke Evans, PG, Memphis
I don't want to talk about it. I will note that Brandon Jennings is openly campaigning for the selection, though: "All imma say is, that #4 spot! Is a good spot for people in the draft! WESTBROOK #4? CONLEY #4???"
- 5. Wizards: James Harden, G, Arizona State
Harden is actually a really, really good fit for Washington: he doesn't need the ball to be effective (good thing), and he should (in time) have the defensive chops to help out Gilbert Arenas.
- 6. Timberwolves: Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy
The wolves could be in play to move up for Thabeet, but replacing Sebastian Telfair at the point won't make anyone mad.
- 7. Warriors: Ty Lawson, PG, Carolina
The Monta Ellis as point guard experiment failed (according to everyone but ... Monta Ellis), but Lawson should fit right in. Let's hope Don Nelson doesn't ruin him!
- 8. Knicks: Jordan Hill, PF, Arizona
The one requirement of the Mike D'Antoni is ... a great point guard. Number two? Forwards who can fly and finish.
- 9. Raptors: DeJuan Blair, PF, Pitt
Bryan Colangelo knows he needs a brawny ball-buster to fit into his frontcourt between lithe Chris Bosh and fluffy Andrea Bargnani. Blair is one heckuva brawny ball-buster.
- 10. Bucks: James Johnson, PF, Wake Forest
Milwaukee's in an odd spot, and you wonder if John Hammond and Scott Skiles will have a clue of how the Ramon Sessions/Charlie Villanueva situations will work out. But the team always needs frontcourt help, and Johnson should light up the workout scene.
- 11. Nets: Earl Clark, F, Louisville
New Jersey has a nice base at point guard (Devin Harris) and center (Brook Lopez), which leaves some neat options in between. Clark defines "in between," and provides the sort of scoring prowess a post-Carter (Vince, not Sean) NJ needs.
- 12. Bobcats: Stephen Curry, G, Davidson
I believe Michael Jordan has already called "dibs." But Curry could actually go as high as No. 4 by my watch.
- 13. Pacers: Gerald Henderson, SG, Duke
Henderson, the un-Dukie, could be a phenomenal flyer alongside fellows like T.J. Ford, Danny Granger and Jeff Foster. Indiana doesn't draft to its system, though, so this is pretty wide open.
- 14. Suns: Jeff Teague, PG, Wake Forest
Shockingly, Goran Dragic is not the heir apparent, looking more in his rookie year like countryman Beno Udrih than Tony Parker. Teague is creative and fearless, a fine combination when Amare Stoudemire is hanging near the rim waiting for your delivery.
- 15. Pistons: Terrence Williams, G/F, Louisville
- 16. Bulls: Demar DeRozan, G/F, Southern Cal
- 17. 76ers: Jrue Holiday, PG, UCLA
- 18. Timberwolves: Sam Young, F, Pitt
- 19. Hawks: Jonny Flynn, PG, Syracuse
- 20. Jazz: Austin Daye, F, Gonzaga
- 21. Hornets: Eric Maynor, PG, VCU
- 22. Mavericks: Chase Budinger, G/F, Arizona
- 23. Kings: Nick Calathes, PG, Florida
- 24. Blazers: Omri Casspi, G/F, Israel
- 25. Thunder: Tyler Hansbrough, F, Carolina
- 26. Bulls: Patrick Mills, PG, St. Mary's
- 27. Grizzlies: Victor Claver, PF, Spain
- 28. Timberwolves: Jeff Pendergraph, F, Arizona State
- 29. Lakers: B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State
- 30. Cavaliers: Wayne Ellington, G, Carolina