|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 27 June 2009 09:07|
2009 NBA Draft fans saw Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin go first among the NBA Draft prospects as he will try and be the savior of the Los Angeles Clippers. 2009 NBA Draft experts had Griffin pegged far and away as the top player among this year’s NBA Draft prospects and a sure thing to go first.
The Clippers certainly need a lot of help and the 2009 NBA Draft gave them a perfect opportunity to begin the process of remaking their image. Griffin was the best known and most respected of the NBA Draft prospects and is expected to provide immediate help. The Clippers got the first pick in the 2009 NBA Draft as a lottery team that went 19-63 straight up and 30-52 against the spread.
The Memphis Grizzlies were another team that desperately needed help in the 2009 NBA Draft and they got it with the second overall pick by taking Hasheem Thabeet, the junior center from Connecticut. Thabeet is known as an outstanding defender and the best shot blocker available in the 2009 NBA Draft. Memphis entered the 2009 NBA Draft with a record of 24-58 straight up and 38-43-1 against the spread.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took James Harden with their third overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. Harden is a sophomore shooting guard from Arizona State that averaged just over 20 points per game last year and has the reputation as a pure shooter and natural scorer. OKC was 23-59 straight up and 46-34-1 against the spread last year.
Tyreke Evans, a freshman shooting guard from Memphis, went 4th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft as he was selected by the Sacramento Kings. He averaged 17.1 points per game for Memphis last year. He is expected to make an immediate impact for Sacramento, who desperately needs the help as they were 17-65 straight up and 38-44 against the spread last year.
The fifth and sixth picks went to Minnesota and they selected Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn. Rubio is a Spanish point guard and only 18 years old while Flynn is yet another point guard. The sophomore from Syracuse averaged 17.4 points per game last year. Minnesota was 24-58 straight up and 37-43-2 against the spread last year.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.