I am running a live blog update during the 2009 NBA Draft. Click on the title of this post to view the up-to-date information and analysis on the NBA Draft. What are the odds that both the Jazz and Pacers pick white boys? I’m not a betting man (at least that’s what I tell my mother), I would bet the house.
7:27 – Why does Dick Vitale is wearing a shirt that matches his skin color…orange.
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7:37 – I’m suprised that the Clippers really waited this long to announce their pick. Donald Sterling was probably with a few of his “asian friends” and forgot what time it was.
The Los Angeles Clippers pick Blake Griffin
7:43 – I wonder if Griffin grew out his hair, would he look like Delonte West?
7:45 – Stu Scott is interviewing Mike Dunleavy. Everytime Dunleavy is on ESPN, Bill Simmons sheds a tear
The Memphis Grizzlies pick Hasheem Thabeet
7:46 – Can a tailor actually make suits that fit these guys? There is just too much fabric on suits for guys over 7 feet. They look like they are wearing stilts.
7:50 – Thabeet just explained the difference between soccer and basketball. I’m glad that I watched this or I would have never known.
The Oklahoma City Thunder pick James Harden
7:52 – Ricky Rubio was just shown clapping as if someone just stole his girlfriend.
7:53 – Is there enough points to go around in OKC? Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, and James Harden will put up some nice offensive numbers.
7:55 – Harden is the early leader for the worst suit of the night. His bowtie screams Joakim Noah and his shirt/vest combo screams Hakeem Olajuwon.
The Sacramento Kings pick Tyreke Evans
7:57 – Evans and Griffin appear to be wearing the same suit. I like this pick, he’s tall and can get into the paint. The Kings really don’t have anyone else on their team, they are probably 3-4 years away from being competitive.
8:01 – ESPN is showing the resume of David Kahn, the new GM for the Minnesota Timberwolves. I have seen high school graduates with better credentials to be a GM.
The Minnesota Timberwolves pick Ricky Rubio
8:04 – Rubio’s suit was probably made by some European designer and cost a lot of money, but he looks like he’s either going to a funeral or re-fill my drink.
8:06 – This is either a Ricky Rubio interview or a promo for the movie “Bruno.”
8:07 – They are comparing Rubio to ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich and Steve Nash. Are they setting this kid up for disaster?
The Minnesota Timberwolves pick Jonny Flynn
8:10 – If Jonny Flynn drops a “passion bucket” in his interview here, the Minnesota Timberwolves will be the official team of the Dan Patrick Show. Is the NBA going to have two balls on the court now? I don’t quite understand going point guard/point guard here. Is there going to be a trade coming up?
8:14 – Ouch! No “passion bucket” reference, but he did say “overflowing passion”…close enough.
The Golden State Warriors pick Stephen Curry
8:16 – The Knicks fans boo, but I think Curry will fit well in Oakland. Doesn’t the Knicks have enough tweener guards? Trust me Knicks fan, you need more than Curry.
8:19 – I bet Curry gets carded everywhere he goes. The kid looks 15 years old and he was just picked in the NBA Draft.
The New York Knicks pick Jordan Hill
8:21 – Get used to the boos Mr. Hill, you’re going to be hearing them every night.
8:23 – Hmmm, a PF/C chosen by the Knicks #8 from Arizona…Channing Frye? How did that turn out for you guys? Oh, ouch!
The Toronto Raptors pick DeMar DeRozan
8:27 – The ESPN crew is going to have a hard time trying to talk up DeRozan. He had a bad year at USC for a guy expected to be a stud.
8:29 – DeRozan has a family with healthy issues AND he had to play under Tim Floyd. I don’t know which one to feel more sorry for him about.
The Milwaukee Bucks pick Brandon Jennings
8:33 – I love “Young Money”‘s flat-top. I am crossing my fingers that that hair-style will come back soon. By the way, it was rumored that he was going to drop in the 20s, I guess they were wrong. He sounds like he could be the next T.J. Ford, since he doesn’t have much of an offensive game.
8:36 – A player who struggled in Italy and did bad on his SATs…sounds like it could end horribly.
The New Jersey Nets pick Terrence Williams
8:38 – This kid could be my new favorite player. He looks like his suit is made out of satin. I heard this kid wears Spongebob socks and a Barbie backpack. I may need to get this guy’s jersey.
8:41 – The first awkward moment of the night. Williams kept talking as they cut to a shot of the crew.
The Charlotte Bobcats pick Gerald Henderson
8:45 – The Bobcats continue their solid “when all else fails, pick a guy from UNC or Duke, it could help attendance” plan.
8:46 – I can’t say this enough, but I hate the term “Basketball I.Q.” What the hell doesn’t that even mean?
The Indiana Pacers pick Tyler Hansbrough
8:50 – If you read the beginning of this post, I won. The team photo for the Pacers now looks like the 1940 Fort Wayne Pistons. The Indiana Pacers are still official team of “America’s White Boy.”
8:53 – All kidding aside, I think the Pacers needed a point guard, but Hansbrough will be a good player for the Pacers. Indiana could get a point guard in the early second round. This draft is deep at that position.
The Phoenix Suns pick Earl Clark
8:56 – Haha! Bradon Jennings randomly shows up. That was weird, it completely threw off the entire ESPN crew.
8:57 – Clark was #10 on the “Best Players Available” by Jay Bilas. I don’t like this pick here, they need to get a point guard to take Steve Nash’s spot when he leaves.
8:59 – The Pistons are picking next, can they just forfeit this pick? I doubt they really need to add more payroll at this point.
The Detroit Pistons pick Austin Daye
9:02 – The Pistons just drafted a Tayshaun Prince clone, but unfortunately he isn’t as talented.
9:04 – Jay Bilas said that Daye needs to get tougher. Maybe the Pistons need to send him to Jay Glazer for some MMA training, ala Matt Leinert.
9:06 – Dick Vitale loves the Tyler Hansbrough and Stephen Curry picks? I’m shocked! He just predicted that Curry would win Rookie of the Year. Every time he complains about players who leave college early and get picked on potential, he sound like a mean, old man that was just served cold soup.
The Chicago Bulls pick James Johnson
9:09 – Yikes, I don’t like this pick. Wake Forest had a stacked team and many blame Johnson for the team not living up to their potential. Apparently the kid didn’t get along with his teammates.
9:12 – I was going to say something about how Steve Kerr looks weird, but then my power went out. There is a bad storm oustide here in Columbus,OH.
My power went out for 5 hours….I guess that concludes the live portion of my “live coverage”….maybe next year. I am going to list the rest of the NBA Draft picks and some analysis.
The Philadelphia 76ers pick Jrue Holiday
Holiday is a few years away from being an impact player. The Sixers have a young team, they might be able to wait on him.
The Minnesota Timberwolves pick Ty Lawson *trades pick to Denver
Great, a “future considerations” trade for a mid-1st round pick? That proves how weak this draft is.
The Atlanta Hawks pick Jeff Teague
Teague is a combo guard that can score. I thought the Pacers was trying to move up to take him, but Atlanta is re-building their backcourt with him and trading for Jamal Crawford.
The Utah Jazz pick Eric Maynor
I like this pick. The Jazz are content with Deron Williams at point, but Maynor will be a key reserve off the bench.
The New Orleans Hornets pick Darren Collison
This is a bad pick by New Orleans, they already have a small point (Chris Paul), they would have been better suited to get more size at that position.
The Portland Trail Blazers pick Victor Claver
The Blazers missed out on Ricky Rubio, but picked up his countryman. The passed up DeJuan Blair here, good idea, the kid doesn’t have any ACLs.
The Sacramento Kings pick Omri Casspi
He was the other buzz-word European in this draft, other than Rubio. His name has been floating around for a few years. He has a great motor and doesn’t quit.
The Dallas Mavericks pick B.J. Mullens * traded to Oklahoma City
The Thunder are loading up on talent, but Mullens will take a few years to see what he can do.
The Oklahoma City Thunder pick Rodrique Beaubois *traded to Dallas
This kid has had upside, length, explosiveness, all the token adjectives to describe a draft pick.
The Chicago Bulls pick Taj Gibson
I like this pick, Gibson will replace Ben Gordon, it’s doubtful that he will re-sign.
The Memphis Grizzlies pick DeMarre Carroll
He had a good month last season and it translated into a 1st round. Mizzou came out of nowhere this year and a lot of it is because of this kid.
The Minnesota Timberwolves pick Wayne Ellington
This draft is the T-Wolves draft. If Ellington would have came out last year, he would have been a lottery pick.
The Los Angeles Lakers pick Toney Douglas *trade to New York
Douglas would have been a good fit for the Lakers, but even better for the Knicks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers pick Christian Evenga
Danny Ferry is trying to duplicate what he learned at San Antonio. Evenga will probably stay overseas and be ready in a couple seasons. He was a teammate of Ricky Rubio, he better thank him for helping out his game.