The 2009 Draft night featured winners and losers in the draft. There are numerous trades and shocking deals which could be beneficial or unfavorable for teams lets look at the winners and losers:
Blake Griffin – It’s like poker when you have four A’s any other way gambling on Griffin is already a win-win situation. One of NBA’s weakest draft Griffin stood tall among the pool of rookies. A sure double-double who could contribute right away to the Clipper’s depleted offense.
Shaquille Oneal – the Cavaliers clearly need an extra muscle in the post which Dwight Howard easily dismantled the Cavs big men during the conference finals. Signing Shaq could help them tremendously and making Lebron James happy, happy enough to sign him an extension after July 1 next year. Shaq won a championship when he was with Kobe and Wade maybe this time it’s Lebron’s time.
Tyler Hansbrough – Sliding all the way down to no.13 but he could have gone a bit lower if not for Indiana. He is a proven scorer but he is always an underrated player but when nobody dared to gamble on Tyler, Larry Bird sees his reflection on the young forward. Tremendous work ethic and although he has problems in defending taller and agile forwards I think he can pull this off. He’s not the North Carolina’s all-time leading scorer in NCAA tournament for nothing.
Tyreke Evans – Kudos for Sacramento for choosing a young and tested shooter in Tyreke Evans the 6-foot-5, 205 pound shooting guard can give Kevin Martin the needed help with his shooting and explosive offense and did I mention he has a wingspan of a 7-foot-3.
Wizards – They are the true winners for passing the draft and acquiring two reliable guards in Randy Foye and Mike Miller and giving up only Songalia, Pecherov and their no.5 spot. Not bad right?
Ricky Rubio – The boy has hype spelled all over his face. It was expected that Memphis would like to hire his services but when there was a no show on camp it was clear he was not interested in playing for the Grizzlies with his looming contract with JKV Joventut it’s a hairline chance for Rubio to play in the NBA next season. Looks like the hype will continue till next year.
Brandon Jennings – What’s this kid talking about? Playing as a starter, bashing reliable veterans in Ramon Sessions, Chris Duhon and Luke Ridnour, trash talking about Rubio’s hype reputation it made him look bad in print and in person. Can somebody give him a spanking maybe it would wake him up and realized you do all the talking in the basketball court.
Golden State Warriors – No matter how Don Nelson defended his 7th pick rookie Stephen Curry they still have to deal with a vulnerable Power Forward position. Jordan Hill could have given them the post presence and defense against Kevin Garnet or Carlos Boozer but instead got surprise on Curry’s availability and decided to take the son of former NBA shooter Dell Curry. It’s a great pick but Curry will have to battle minutes against Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson not to mention the abundant guards from the Warriors namely Speedy Claxton, AC Law, CJ Watson, Azubuike, Belinelli and Anthony Morrow.
Houston Rockets – Yao Ming is out for the coming season because of his foot injury and to make the situation worst his out indefinitely. Maybe playing with the Chinese National team in the Olympics despite having a fractured toe has taken its toll. Whatever it is the Rockets should be thinking of rebuilding now and despite of their low bargaining roster Tracy Mcgrady can help them with good trade baits especially in finding a center that could somehow fill the hole Yao has vacated. Why not Thabeet? Yep they could get Thabeet with Marc Gasol in exchange for Mcgrady.