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Surprises of Draft Night
by: Jonathan Givony - President
June 26, 2009
This year's draft was full of surprises after Oklahoma City opted for James Harden over Ricky Rubio, but that only set the dominoes in motion. We take a look at some of the biggest surprises from draft night.

Harden Over Rubio

Sam Presti definitely played this one perfectly in terms of keeping things close to the vest, but he probably didnít make himself any friends in the process. This was obviously the best fit in terms of his teamís situation, but you canít fault their GM for trying to make the best possible deal he could find. He definitely had David Kahn fooled.

Minnesota Picking Rubio, and then Flynn

There was a small chance that agent Dan Fegan would be able to convince Ricky Rubio (and especially his family) to pay his way out of living in suburban Barcelona to play for very little money in Minnesota. Unfortunately, that small chance evaporated once incoming GM David Kahn decided to select Jonny Flynn with the following pick.

Rubio is for now refusing to attend Minnesotaís press conference, while Kahn continues to swear that heís excited about the possibility of playing both point guards together. This is an instance that having a coach in the war room really could have helped, as there is really no way that Flynn and Rubio can be considering anything less than the worst defensive backcourt in the NBA, and they really donít complement each other offensively either.

Whatís strange is how surprisingly unaggressive New York was while all this was going on. They really tried hard to move up in the days and weeks leading up to draft night, but decided to take a wait and see approach once it became clear that Rubio would slip to 5. It appears likely that Kahn initially took Rubio with the intent of ďauctioning off the pick,Ē in the words of one source close to the situation, but it seems like the market isnít quite as robust as initially anticipated.

Rubioís comments after the draft made it very clear that he has no problem going back to Spain, and there will likely be a number of lucrative offers coming his way from the direction of Real Madrid and other top European teams once he returns home. This is likely going to be a long and drawn out process, and itís very possible that we see teams like Dallas, New Jersey, New York and Indiana get back into the mix.

Blair Falling to 37

One of the more unfortunate parts of draft night was watching the free-fall of rebounding machine DeJuan Blair all the way to the #37 pick, much lower than anyone could have anticipated. The upside here is that Blair landed in a tremendous situation. The Spurs have a depleted frontcourt in terms of depth after the 3 for 1 trade for Richard Jefferson, and have an organization and team culture that will absolutely bring out the best in him. Blair is, at worst, the next Leon Powe, and at best could be a real (and extremely cheap) asset for the next few years.

It was really surprising to see team after team picking in the late first round pass on Blair, and considering the risk/reward factor involved with a two-year guarantee contract, itís tough not to think that a lot of them made a mistake.

Sam Young Falling to 36

Not quite as shocking as Blair's slide, but still a little surprising was Sam Young's descension into the 2nd round. Youngís camp doesnít really have an explanation for why he slipped that far, besides the fact that heís quite a bit older than most of the players drafted ahead of him. He showed extremely well in the Group Workouts in Minnesota and Golden State, so itís not like he didnít have a chance to be seen by the teams that decided to pass on him. Seeing Cleveland opt to make a speculative pick on a 3-4 year project in Christian Eyenga rather than lock up an ultra tough and aggressive wing to replace Sasha Pavlovic doesnít seem to make a great deal of sense.


Longest Painful Slide: Patty Mills

While Blair most definitely took a tumble on draft night, at least he was able to take it in from the comfort of his own home. St. Maryís junior Patty Mills wasnít quite as fortunate, as he was sitting in the stands with a large contingent of family members, for well over three hours.

Biggest Surprise: Taylor Griffin at 48

We definitely didnít see this one coming, we can tell you that much. We donít think that Griffinís camp did either from what we can gather. Griffin likely gets stashed in Europe for a year or two and then will get a chance to make Phoenixís roster.

Top Undrafted Free Agents:
in no particular order

Josh Heytvelt
Alade Aminu
Paul Harris
Dionte Christmas
Jerel McNeal
Luke Nevill
Milenko Tepic
Vitor Faverani
Dar Tucker
Tyrese Rice
Wesley Matthews
K.C. Rivers
Daniel Hackett
Aaron Jackson
Kevin Rogers
Curtis Jerrells
John Bryant
Ben Woodside
Tony Gaffney
Slava Kravtsov
Micah Downs
Leo Lyons
Jeff Adrien
Jeremy Pargo
Joe Ingles
Eric Devendorf

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Feedback for this article may be sent to jonathan@draftexpress.com .

 

James Harden
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 08/26/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Artesia
Previous Team: Arizona State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 2009 Draft
by the Thunder
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
14.2 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 3.2 Asts


Ricky Rubio
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 10/21/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Joventut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2009 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
5.4 Pts, 4.4 Rebs, 5.1 Asts


Jonny Flynn
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthday: 02/06/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Niagara Falls
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2009 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
2.0 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


DeJuan Blair
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 277 lbs.
Birthday: 04/22/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Schenley
Previous Team: Pittsburgh , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #7 in 2009 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
6.4 Pts, 4.7 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Richard Jefferson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 06/21/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Moon Valley
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2001 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: SF,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
10.1 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Leon Powe
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 01/23/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oakland Tech
Previous Team: California , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #19 in 2006 Draft
by the Nuggets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
4.6 Pts, 3.6 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Sam Young
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 06/01/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hargrave Military Academy
Previous Team: Pittsburgh , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #6 in 2009 Draft
by the Grizzlies
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
20.3 Pts, 7.7 Rebs, 2.3 Asts


Christian Eyenga
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 06/22/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Joventut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #30 in 2009 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
9.2 Pts, 4.7 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Sasha Pavlovic
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 11/15/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Buducnost , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #19 in 2003 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
13.1 Pts, 3.7 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Taylor Griffin
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 231 lbs.
Birthday: 04/18/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oklahoma Christian School
Previous Team: Oklahoma , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #18 in 2009 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Josh Heytvelt
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 246 lbs.
Birthday: 06/02/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Clarkston
Previous Team: Tofas , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
15.5 Pts, 10.3 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Alade Aminu
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 229 lbs.
Birthday: 09/14/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Stephenson
Previous Team: Brindisi , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
7.3 Pts, 3.7 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Paul Harris
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 10/15/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Notre Dame Prep
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
13.2 Pts, 6.3 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Dionte Christmas
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 211 lbs.
Birthday: 09/15/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Philadelphia Lutheran
Previous Team: Temple , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
10.6 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Jerel McNeal
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 07/01/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hillcrest
Previous Team: Marquette , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
21.5 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 4.7 Asts


Luke Nevill
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Birthday: 02/19/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Kell
Previous Team: Utah , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
5.0 Pts, 6.0 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Milenko Tepic
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 02/27/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Partizan , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: SF,
Possible: PG/SG/SF
Quick Stats:
4.8 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 3.3 Asts


Vitor Faverani
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 233 lbs.
Birthday: 05/05/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Valencia , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
7.3 Pts, 4.4 Rebs, 0.1 Asts


Dar Tucker
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 04/11/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Arthur Hill
Previous Team: DePaul , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
16.7 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Tyrese Rice
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birthday: 05/15/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: L.C. Bird
Previous Team: Maccabi Tel Aviv , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
10.3 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Wesley Matthews
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 10/14/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Madison Memorial
Previous Team: Marquette , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
16.4 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 2.4 Asts


K.C. Rivers
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 211 lbs.
Birthday: 03/01/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: Khimki , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
15.8 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Daniel Hackett
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 12/19/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. John Bosco
Previous Team: Siena , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
14.3 Pts, 5.2 Rebs, 5.6 Asts


Aaron Jackson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birthday: 05/06/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Worcester Academy
Previous Team: CSKA Moscow , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
4.8 Pts, 1.6 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Kevin Rogers
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Birthday: 09/22/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: South Oak Cliff
Previous Team: Baylor , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 6.3 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Curtis Jerrells
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 02/05/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Del Valle
Previous Team: Besiktas , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
17.3 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 4.3 Asts


John Bryant
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 286 lbs.
Birthday: 06/13/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Pinole Valley
Previous Team: Bayern Muenchen , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.8 Pts, 6.5 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Ben Woodside
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birthday: 07/01/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Albert Lea
Previous Team: North Dakota State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
9.4 Pts, 2.9 Rebs, 3.2 Asts


Tony Gaffney
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 207 lbs.
Birthday: 11/14/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Northfield Mount Hermon
Previous Team: Massachusetts , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
11.0 Pts, 6.5 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Slava Kravtsov
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 260 lbs.
Birthday: 08/25/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: Kyiv , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.4 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Micah Downs
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 197 lbs.
Birthday: 09/09/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Juanita
Previous Team: Gonzaga , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
10.4 Pts, 6.6 Rebs, 3.0 Asts


Leo Lyons
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 05/25/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Coastal Christian Academy
Previous Team: Missouri , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
11.9 Pts, 5.5 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Jeff Adrien
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 236 lbs.
Birthday: 02/10/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brookline
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.3 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Jeremy Pargo
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 208 lbs.
Birthday: 03/07/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Robeson
Previous Team: Galil Gilboa , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
15.5 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 5.5 Asts


Joe Ingles
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 209 lbs.
Birthday: 10/02/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Australian Institute of Sport
Previous Team: Maccabi Tel Aviv , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
11.4 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 3.4 Asts


Eric Devendorf
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 04/21/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
8.5 Pts, 1.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


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