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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The KnickerBlogger.Net 2009 Draft Contest

Welcome readers, passersby, and lurkers to the KnickerBlogger 2009 Draft Contest! Time to test your psychic powers and predicative ability. We want you to guess the first 15 picks of the NBA draft which occurs on Thursday, June 19th, 2009.

To enter do the following:
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2. Comment here with your picks. Make sure you have them numbered 1-15 (teams don’t matter, draft slot does).

For each pick you guess correctly, you get that many points. For instance, the first pick is worth 1 point, the second 2 points, … the fifteenth 15 points. Ties will be broken by order of posting (the first person to post the winning selection will be declared the winner). One entry per person. Entries will be closed approximately one hour before the draft. All decisions by KnickerBlogger.Net are final. Do not take internally.

The winner will choose between an Awesome Custom KnickerBlogger T-Shirt and an autographed copy of Brian Cronin’s book Was Superman a Spy? The runner up will rightfully receive the runner-up prize. Brian has been a KnickerBlogger writer since 2006, and his book is perfect for some light summer reading, coffee table discussion, or learning more about our funny section friends. On the other hand the T-Shirt will tell everyone you meet how truly awesome you are, in a way only a T-Shirt can.

37 comments on “The KnickerBlogger.Net 2009 Draft Contest

  1. ess-dog

    FIRST!!!!

    Ok, ok… here goes:

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Ricky Rubio
    3. Stephen Curry
    4. Johnny Flynn
    5. Hasheem Thabeet
    6. James Harden
    7. Tyreke Evans
    8. Jrue Holiday
    9. Earl Clark
    10. Jordan Hill
    11. Dajuan Blair
    12. Terrence Williams
    13. Ty Lawson
    14. Brandon Jennings
    15. Austin Daye

  2. iserp

    Hi, my first post! I am from spain and I’ve been lurking for a while, following the fate of Ricky Rubio. I’d like to see him at NY, but seems unlikely. Go and get Sergio Rodríguez! hehehe

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Jordan Hill (surprise!)
    3. Hasheem Thabeet
    4. Ricky Rubio
    5. James Harden
    6. Johnny Flynn
    7. Tyreke Evans
    8. Stephen Curry
    9. Austin Daye
    10. Jrue Holiday
    11. Brandon Jennings
    12. DeJuan Blair
    13. Demar DeRozan
    14. Ty Lawson
    15. Terrence Williams

  3. arbrown8

    1 Clippers Blake Griffin
    2 Grizzlies James Harden
    3 Thunder Hasheem Thabeet
    4 Kings Ricky Rubio
    5 Wizards Jordan Hill
    6 Timberwolves Tyreke Evans
    7 Warriors Stephen Curry
    8 Knicks Jrue Holiday
    9 Raptors Demar DeRozan
    10 Bucks Jonny Flynn
    11 Nets Brandon Jennings
    12 Bobcats Gerald Henderson
    13 Pacers DeJuan Blair
    14 Suns Earl Clark S
    15 Pistons Austin Daye

  4. Ted Nelson

    1. Griffin
    2. Rubio
    3. Thabeet
    4. Holiday
    5. Harden
    6. Evans
    7. Hill
    8. Curry
    9. DeRozan
    10. Flynn
    11. Blair
    12. Henderson
    13. Ellington
    14. Clark
    15. Mullins

  5. jpr7

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Ricky Rubio
    3. Hasheem Thabeet
    4. James Harden
    5. Jordan Hill
    6. Jonny Flynn
    7. Tyreke Evans
    8. Stephen Curry
    9. Demar DeRozan
    10. Brandon Jennings
    11. Jrue Holiday
    12. DeJuan Blair
    13. Ty Lawson
    14. Earl Clark
    15. Austin Daye

  6. WheatForSheep

    1. Griffin
    2. Rubio
    3. Thabeet
    4. Harden
    5. Evans
    6. Hill
    7. DeRozan
    8. Curry
    9. Holiday
    10. Jennings
    11. Blair
    12. Henderson
    13. Flynn
    14. Clark
    15. Daye

  7. Z

    1. Griffin
    2. Rubio
    3. Thabeet
    4. Harden
    5. Hill
    6. Curry
    7. Evans
    8. Holiday
    9. Henderson
    10. DeRozan
    11. Blair
    12. Clark
    13. Jennings
    14. Daye
    15. Hansbrough

  8. howlintwolf

    Ok I want that T-Shirt… and I’ll even guess the trades…

    1. Clippers – Blake Griffin
    2. T-Wolves – Ricky Rubio
    3. Thunder – James Harden
    4. Kings – Jonny Flynn
    5. T-Wolves – Stephen Curry
    6. Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet
    7. Warriors – Jordan Hill
    8. Knicks – Tyreke Evans
    9. Raptors – Demar DeRozan
    10. Bucks – Jrue Holiday
    11. Bulls – Dejuan Blair
    12. Bobcats – Gerald Henderson
    13. Pacers – Ty Lawson
    14. Suns – Brandon Jennings
    15. Pistons – Earl Clark

  9. Dan Panorama

    1. Griffin
    2. Thabeet
    3. Harden
    4. Rubio
    5. Hill
    6. Evans
    7. Curry
    8. Holiday
    9. DeRozan
    10. Flynn
    11. Clark
    12. Jennings
    13. Blair
    14. Teague
    15. Mullens

  10. Frank

    1. Griffin
    2. Thabeet
    3. Harden
    4. Rubio
    5. Harden
    6. Evans
    7. Hill
    8. Curry
    9. DeRozan
    10. Teague
    11. Blair
    12. Henderson
    13. Daye
    14. Jennings
    15. Clark

    Also – VERY interesting article out of Hahn this AM — this Wizards want either Jefferies or Hughes? Yes please to Jefferies!

  11. Dan Panorama

    I’m pretty high on Harden as well, Frank, but I don’t think any player is good enough to be both the 3rd and 5th pick.

  12. Z

    Harden getting drafted twice on Thursday is more likely than the Knicks finding a sucker to dump Jeffries on :(

  13. Frank

    I just think he’s that awesome.

    Hmm. I guess I will need to re-do my list. How’s this:

    1. Griffin
    2. Thabeet
    3. Harden
    4. Rubio
    5. Hill
    6. Evans
    7. Curry
    8. Holiday
    9. DeRozan
    10. Teague
    11. Blair
    12. Henderson
    13. Daye
    14. Jennings
    15. Clark

    I’d love for Evans to drop if Curry does not — he can play/defend the 2 this year, be groomed to play point by Duhon first then Nash when he comes for the MLE in 2010 — then when Nash retires Evans can be the man.

    Alternatively I’d love to see a trade like this – Hughes + Chandler to DC for Mike James, Etan Thomas, and the 5, draft Curry with the 5, and then pick BPA at 8 or trade down for multiple picks or in a package with JJ or Eddy for an expiring…

  14. Caleb

    I’m not a big Chandler fan, but I don’t see any point in trading him to go from 8 to 5 – BPA at 8 could easily be as good or better than Curry. If you could swing that deal with Jeffries — JJ, Chandler and the 8 for Thomas (or James) and #5 — then hell yeah, go for it. Or even Jeffries and Chandler for Thomas and Washington’s 2010 pick (figure, mid-first).

  15. Frank

    I meant trade Hughes + Chandler (and NOT the #8) for the #5 + James and Thomas. So it’s basically Chandler for the 5 which I still think is a good deal. Especially if it allows us to move the #8 with Jefferies or Curry for an expiring contract.

  16. Ray

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheem Thabeet
    3. James Harden
    4.Jonny Flynn
    5.Jordan Hill
    6.Tyreke Evans
    7.Demar DeRozan
    8. Stephen Curry
    9.JRue Holiday
    10.Ty Lawson
    11. Terrence Williams
    12.Gerald Henderson
    13.Jeff Teague
    14.Brandon Jennings
    15.Earl Clark

    REally hope we get curry. Would be interested in Holiday at plan B but im not sure what we would get in the kid. Really hope it all works out for the best for the team. Lets go Donnie!!!

  17. Hudson River

    I’m a long time reader and used to post but never really ended up posting though I’ve got a pretty good memory of all the goings ons around here. Anyways this inspired me to put a pen to paper so to speak and pump out my list. Here goes:

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. James Harden
    3. Hasheem Thabeet
    4. Ricky Rubio (Probably traded)
    5. Jordan Hill
    6. Jrue Holiday
    7. Tyreke Evans
    8. Stephen Curry (I think he’ll end up in New York somehow, at least he does)
    9. Demar DeRozan
    10. Johnny Flynn
    11. Brandon Jennings
    12. Gerald Henderson (The Bobcats site is just plastered with his face)
    13. Terrence Williams
    14. DeJuan Blair
    15. Earl Clark

    A couple side notes: I scoured a couple teams sites to see who they were trying to hype up and learned that 1) Larry Brown called Henderson “well coached” which tells me he’ll overlook the fact that he’s from Duke because he acknowledged coach K and 2) Tyreke Evans uses the phrase “you know” anywhere most people would use a comma or period.

  18. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger) Post author

    Hey Hudson, still hoping the Knicks nab DeAndre Jordan? His per minute numbers were nice on a small basis – save for the free throw shooting. And with the Clippers getting another big man… Hey I wouldn’t mind him as a cheap option at center.

  19. Ricky_J

    No. Player
    1 Blake Griffin
    2 Hasheem Thabeet
    3 Ricky Rubio
    4 Jordan Hill
    5 Brandon Jennings
    6 Stephen Curry
    7 Tyreke Evans
    8 James Harden
    9 Ty Lawson
    10 Jrue Holiday
    11 Jonny Flynn
    12 DeJuan Blair
    13 DeMar DeRozan
    14 Earl Clark
    15 Austin Daye

  20. Caleb

    *** NOT A CONTEST ENTRY ***

    But for what it’s worth, here’s my list of how the draftees really stack up. I ignored team needs, but considered many subjective things like injury history, bust risk, potential, etc.

    1 Blake Griffin
    2 Ricky Rubio
    3 Ty Lawson
    4 James Harden
    5 Hasheem Thabeet (I guess I’m officially on the bandwagon. I
    don’t see him as a top-5 talent, but this year, who is?)
    6 Tyreke Evans
    7 DeJuan Blair (Most years, a chubby guy with bum knees would
    be disqualified from the top 10. But production-wise he’s a
    giant)
    8 Brandon Jennings (the PGs at 8-11 are hard to separate. Flip ‘em
    around if you want)
    9 Stephen Curry
    10 Jrue Holliday
    11 Jeff Teague
    12 Terrence Williams
    13 Austin Daye (One of the few with a chance to be a star)
    14 Earl Clark
    15 Tyler Hansbrough

    No, I didn’t forget Flynn or Jordan Hill. I wouldn’t argue if you picked them 10-15, but I don’t think 16-20 is too low. I have to say, aside from Lawson, Flynn and Blair I’m feeling pretty mainstream this year. Brainwashing? Or is there something to be said for conventional wisdom?

  21. latke

    1 Clippers: Blake Griffin
    2 Grizzlies: James Harden
    3 OKC: Hasheem Thabeet
    4 Kings: Stephen Curry
    5 Minnesota: Ricky Rubio
    6 Minnesota: Tyreke Evans
    7 Golden State: Brandon Jennings
    8 New York: Jordan Hill
    9 Toronto: DeMar DeRozan
    10 Milwaukee: Jonny Flynn
    11 Nets: Gerald Henderson
    12 Charlotte: Tyler Hansbrough
    13 Indiana: Jrue Holiday
    14 Phoenix: Earl Clark
    15 Detroit: Ty Lawson

  22. knickerbacker

    Humbly submitted:

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheem Thabeet
    3. James Harden
    4. Tyreke Evans
    5. Ricky Rubio
    6. Stephen Curry
    7. Jordan Hill
    8. Jrue Holiday
    9. Demar DeRozan
    10. Jonny Flynn
    11. Gerald Henderson
    12. Terrence Williams
    13. Brandon Jennings
    14. James Johnson
    15. Earl Clark

  23. mase

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheem Thabeet
    3. James Harden
    4. Tyreke Evans
    5. Ricky Rubio
    6. Stephen Curry
    7. Jordan Hill
    8. ty lawson
    9. Terrence Williams
    10. jrue holiday
    11. Gerald Henderson
    12. demar derozan
    13. Earl Clark
    14. Jonny Flynn
    15. Earl Clark

  24. Dan Feldman

    1. Clippers: Blake Griffin

    2. Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet

    3. Thunder: James Harden

    4. Kings: Ricky Rubio

    5. Timberwolves: Tyreke Evans

    6. Timberwolves: Stephen Curry

    7. Warriors: Jordan Hill

    8. Knicks: Jrue Holiday

    9. Raptors: Brandon Jennings

    10. Bucks: Johnny Flynn

    11. Nets: DeMar DeRozan

    12. Bobcats: Terrence Williams

    13. Pacers: Dejuan Blair

    14. Suns: B.J. Mullens

    15. Pistons: Earl Clark

  25. Silvio

    Hi, I’m occasional reader from Croatia, but I always stop by to check extended stats.

    1 LA Clippers PF Blake Griffin
    2 Memphis PG Ricky Rubio
    3 Oklahoma City SG James Harden
    4 Sacramento G Tyreke Evans
    5 Minnesota C Hasheem Thabeet
    6 Minnesota G Stephen Curry
    7 Golden State PF Jordan Hill
    8 New York PG Jrue Holiday
    9 Toronto SF Demar DeRozan
    10 Milwaukee PG Jonny Flynn
    11 New Jersey SG Terrence Williams
    12 Charlotte SG Gerald Henderson
    13 Indiana PG Brandon Jennings
    14 Phoenix PF Earl Clark
    15 Detroit C B.J. Mullens

    Notes:
    – Rubio doesn’t want to play in Memphis, but I believe Grizzlies will either trade #2 either later trade Rubio to highest bidder (Knicks? Wolves? Kings? ).
    – Thabeet falling outside top 4 because only Grizzlies out of top 4 picks needs center, Kings even traded away Brad Miller to make room for their youngsters.
    – Knicks are looking for a point guard “who can play high tempo and defend.” . Well, Jrue is the best such still available at #8.
    – Tough choices for Raptors and Nets, both would rather have different draft positions, both might trade picks.
    – Nets would like PF as they have covered PG/SF/C well with Devin/VC/Lopez. But this is, even more than usually, biggies thin draft.
    – Raptors need swingman, but only DeRozan can justify high #9 pick. Alas, he’s “project” and after bad season BC needs results now. Tough luck.
    – Pacers need every position, they could finish with complete miss or best pick of the draft.

  26. Thomas B.

    Thomas B.’s “Sure to be totally wrong MockERY Draft”

    1. Blake Griffin. Shortly after being selected by the Clips, Griffin will tear his left ACL on his way to the podium. The subsequent fall will damage his right knee requiring micro-fracture surgery. It’s the clips afterall.

    2. Hasheem Thabeet. The trade of Darko means the Grizz have a slightly larger hole to fill in the middle than when Darko was playing. They will take the best center of the class.

    3. Ricky Rubio. The Thunder have to be thinking run, run, run by adding Rubio to young guns Durant and Westbrook.

    4. Tyreke Evans. The Kings will seriously consider Curry or Harden here but will take Evans. James Harden should go here, but in a draft that is long on promise and short of sure things, GM’s start looking at the players with the most promise once the sure things are off the board. Evans fits the promise model; he is bigger and younger than Harden and “could develop” into so much more.

    5. James Harden. Minny will be giddy to nab Harden here to replace Foye. With McHale gone, I can’t joke about the Wolves trading the rights to Harden to themselves for…

    6. Johnny Flynn. The revamp of the Wolves backcourt continues as will the Wolves’ drafting mistakes. Minny will want a point and will conclude that Flynn has more “promise” than Curry being younger and having played at a “Major” program. Oh well, our gain.

    7. Jordan Hill. GS gets the size they were looking for thaks in part to the Wolves stock of young PF’s. His lack of offense is offset by his ability to run the floor.

    8. Stephen Curry. Dare I purchase a Knicks jersey with “Curry” on the back? I will now.

    9. DeMar Derozen. No, he doesn’t shoot well so he’ll be right at home with the Raptors.

    10. Terrence Williams. The Bucks could use some defensive toughness in the backcourt and they will get it with Williams. Kendall Gill’s second coming?

    11. Earl Clark. The Nets won’t be able to resist this guy’s measurements. He has great tools combined with a questionable work ethic.

    BR: “Hi, Derrick Coleman? Yeah, Bruce Ratner here. We just drafted a kid that really reminds us all of you.”

    DC: “Whoop-dee-damn-do.”

    12. Ty Lawson. Carolina. Tar Heel. Tough PG. Coach Brown. ‘Nuff said.

    13. Brandon Jennings. He will manage to stay a lottery pick and will work with a coach that can get the most out of his skill set.

    14. Dejuan Blair. With Shaq gone and Wallace headed to Boca-Raton, the Suns will take one of the NCAA’s best rebounders and strongest interior defenders. If anyone won’t mind playing an undersized front line its the Suns.

    15. Jrue Holiday. He is big smart and a great defender-sounds like Dumars. He gives Detriot just what they are looking for in a backcourt player (minus seasoning). I say they won’t take Mullens here because he isnt strong enough a prospect. Yes, there are some front court holes for the Pistons but those can be addressed over the off-season via free agency.

    There you have it. Picks 2-15 almost sure to be wrong. At least I dont have Earl Clark being drafted twice.

  27. tastycakes

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheem Thabeet
    3. James Harden
    4. Tyreke Evans
    5. Ricky Rubio
    6. DeMar Derozan
    7. Jordan Hill
    8. Stephen Curry
    9. Jonny Flynn
    10. Brandon Jennings
    11. Terrence Williams
    12. Gerald Henderson
    13. Tyler Hansbrough

  28. Frank

    1. Griffin
    2. Thabeet – did you hear Boeheim thought he could be as good as Patrick?
    3. Harden
    4. Rubio
    5. Evans
    6. Flynn
    7. Hill
    8. Curry
    9. Henderson
    10. Jennings
    11. Williams
    12. DeRozan
    13. Holiday
    14. James Johnson
    15. Clark

  29. TDM

    Here goes:

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheen Thabeet
    3. Ricky Rubio
    4. Harden
    5. Curry
    6. Evans
    7. Hill
    8. Holiday
    9. Flynn
    10. Blair
    11. DeRozan
    12. Henderson
    13. Teague
    14. Lawson
    15. Earl Clark

  30. Jahiegel

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheem Thabeet
    3. James Harden
    4. Ricky Rubio
    5. Tyreke Evans
    6. Stephen Curry
    7. Jordan Hill
    8. Jrue Holiday
    9. DeMar DeRozan
    10. Jonny Flynn
    11. Gerald Henderson
    12. Terrence Williams
    13. Ty Lawson
    14. Earl Clark
    15. B.J. Mullens

  31. david

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheem Thabeet
    3. Ricky Rubio
    4. Stephen Curry
    5. Tyreke Evans
    6. Johnny Flynn
    7. James Harden
    8. Ty Lawson
    9. Jordan Hill
    10. Jrue Holiday
    11. Earl Clark
    12. DeMar DeRozan
    13. Brandon Jennings
    14. Austan Daye
    15. DeJuan Blair

  32. Owen

    1. Blake Griffin
    2. Hasheem Thabeet
    3. James Harden
    4. Stephen Curry
    5. Ricky Rubio
    6. Johnny Flynn
    7. Tyreke Evans
    8. Ty Lawson
    9. Jordan Hill
    10. Jrue Holiday
    11. Brandon Jennings
    12. DeMar DeRozan
    13. Terrence Williams
    14. BJ Mullens
    15. DeJuan Blair

    But honestly, I have no idea, seems like anything could happen…

  33. Mike K. (KnickerBlogger) Post author

    I’ll add mine. That t-shirt looks awesome.

    1 Griffin
    2 Thabeet
    3 Harden
    4 Rubio
    5 Curry
    6 Evans
    7 Hill
    8 Lawson
    9 Holiday
    10 Blair
    11 Williams
    12 Jennings
    13 DeRozan
    14 Mullens
    15 Henderson

  34. thejanitor33

    The 2009 NBA Draft
    1) Griffin
    2) Thabeet
    3) Rubio
    4) Evans
    5) Harden
    6) Curry
    7) Hill
    8) Flynn
    9) DeRosan
    10) Blair
    11) Clark
    12) Henderson
    13) Jrue Holiday
    14) Brandon Jennings
    15) B.J. Mullens

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