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My thoughts on some of the players not likely to be around at #15.

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Blake Griffin- Going out on a limb here and saying he will be the unanimous ROY. Ok, I’ll concede this much…Rubio will get one vote. Blake over/under 7 All-Star Game appearances?

More: Draft Express , Burnside Writers Collective

Hasheem Thabeet- Enough with the Mutombo and Dalembert comparisons. This cat is his own. Good Great coaching could propel him to be much more than just a defensive enforcer. Unless Thabeet has the motivation of Jerome James, then all bets are off.

More: Posting and Toasting , Welcome to Loud City

Ricky Rubio- If Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Nash bred, Rubio would be the result. I hope Rubio ends up in Oklahoma City since he even said he wouldn’t object going there. Rubio will be outstanding in three or four years.

More: Dime Mag , Washington Post

Jordan Hill- Right now it’s tough to say he’ll amount to anything more than a very athletic energy guy. And remember, he’s still rather new to the game. And I have to ask, did he choose basketball or did basketball choose him?

More:  Mavsblog , Bucks Diary

Brandon Jennings- Will Sebastian Telfair please stand up? Though on the bright side, Jennings might end up being the guy teams wished they would have taken ala Chris Paul in 05. Covering. My. Bases.

More: Flagrant Fouls , The Painted Area

James Harden- Morris Peterson comes to mind when I picture Harden in the NBA. Absolutely none of the Manu Ginobili comparison drivel comes to mind. None at all. Slow foot speed and lack of mid range game will hurt him, I expect maybe a nice 12 year career with a 10 ppg average. Steady but not worth a top 10 pick.

More: Slamonline ,  Bleacher Report

Stephen Curry- Will start many more games than his father did (99) but will not make more All-Star teams (0). I have nothing else to add except to give my condolences to Davidson College.

More: NBA.com/knicks ,  Oregon Live

Demar DeRozan- The fact that Demar already has a solid mid-range game bodes well to what he can further accomplish in his career. He will be a superstar.

More:  Bullets Forever , Sports Polymath

Tyreke Evans- If he’s still there at #7, I’ll eat an earwig. He can get his own shot at anytime and has the strength and agility to make splendidly beautiful moves. I’ve never been wrong about a basketball player named Tyreke before. The Thunder would be very wise to select him, provided Rubio is off the board.

More: Rufus On Fire , Commercial Appeal

Jonny Flynn- I think I first fell in love with Flynn during that UConn-Syracuse marathon in the Big East tourney.  A top 10 NBA point guard when it’s all said and done.

More: Chicago Now , RealGM

DeJuan Blair- I keep thinking about a longer and a tad more reckless Corliss Williamson when I ponder Blair. His 7’2” inch wingspan is marvelous, but when push comes to shove will he ever be able to start for a quality NBA team? Put me down for a long career and a couple of 6th man of the year awards, or he could be a Barkley-esque freak. Damn conundrums.

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