Friday June 19 2009 – 8:50am Eastern (Toronto, ON)

I know … it’s been a few days since I last checked in.  Sorry.  Life has been getting in the way.  As we approach next Thursday’s NBA Draft though, I promise to try to be more diligent in posting more blogs – and we’re going to do something new as well:  host at least 1 (if not 2 or more) LIVE Chats. 

In the meantime, I thought I’d bring myself back from my mini hiatus with the Mock Draft that Jonesy and I did on the “HOOPS” show last night.

Warning:  This mock was based on (in no particular order) things like … gut, opinion, info from scouts and sources, our impressions of teams’ needs, rumblings around the league, other mocks and info that are out there, and so on.  There was nothing scientific or “guarantee-able” about this – or any other – mock.  Plus, we made our selections based on there being no trades … and we all know there’s got to be at least a couple of deals, right?!

Jonesy played the role of GM for teams 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13.  I was the GM for teams 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.

Here we go …

1. Blake Griffin (CLIPPERS) – No brainer.

2. Hasheem Thabeet (GRIZZLIES) – You can never have enough size and shot-blocking … especially in the West. 

3. James Harden (THUNDER) – Another young stud for this team-of-the-future.

4. Ricky Rubio (KINGS) – From Spain to SACRAMENTO?  Culture shock for Ricky … legit PG for the Kings.

5. Jordan Hill (WIZARDS) – Big body with a big upside.

6. Tyreke Evans (TIMBERWOLVES) – Nice compliment on the wing to an existing core of Jefferson, Love, and Foye.

7. Stephen Curry (WARRIORS) – Would fit in nicely to Golden State’s run-and-gun, fill-it-up offense.

8. Jrue Holiday (KNICKS) – New York’s PG of the future?  Or a depth SG?  Either way, he’s a scorer NY can use.

9. DeMar DeRozan (RAPTORS) – Athleticism, length, and a lot of untapped potential still.  The wing T.O. is dyin’ for?

10. Jonny Flynn (BUCKS) – Sessions could be going and is Ridnour the answer?  Flynn seems like the perfect pick.

11. Brandon Jennings (NETS) – From Europe to the NBA, Jennings will have a good mentor in Rod Thorn (and D. Harris).

12. Gerald Henderson (BOBCATS) – Reminds me of Shane Battier – on and off the floor.  Larry Brown should love him.

13. Earl Clark (PACERS) – More length and versatility for an Indy team that could/should make some noise next year.

14. Ty Lawson (SUNS) – A true leader.  He can learn the ropes – at least for a year – under 1 of the best … Steve Nash.

Enjoy your weekend folks.  Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads that are celebrating out there!  And remember to check back next week for our LIVE CHAT … probably on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

E. Smith 

8 Responses to “Smith & Jones Mock”
  1. 1.


    If you said Gerald Henderson reminds you of Shane Battier than I think we should really think of drafting him because WE NEED DEFENSE!

    - Raps Fan
  2. 2.

    Ha – I was about to ask you when you’d do your mock after Doug Smith did his. Wondered also if you’d get Jack Armstrong and the Swirsk involved.

    Looking forward to seeing all the wheelings and dealings on draft night.

    When are you planning to do those live chats?

    - Pete Marasmitch
  3. 3.

    Lawson could be a sleeper pick for any team, while I’m happy with DeRozen (a lot of mocks have the Raps picking hime), I’d rather have Curry. You can always use someone who can flat out score.

    - Steve-O from Waterdown
  4. 4.

    ” I’d rather have Curry. You can always use someone who can flat out score.”
    - Steve-O from Waterdown

    Didn’t we have that in Kapono but the Raps x&o guys couldn’t get him open??

    - D12
  5. 5.

    Bosh for top 5 pick trade while we still can even if its to sacromento and pick up Rubio and have him and DeRozen and Andrea going into the future

    - rocky
  6. 6.

    Quick note to Steve-O. Yes he was a major scorer in Collage, but Hansbrough was too…

    - Luka
  7. 7.

    Hello Eric!

    I just want to let you know that yesterday I searched on Youtube about latest updates for Andrea Bargnani. I saw his recent interviews and guestings in Italy. I think it happened after the regular season. I was happy! haha.. Anyways,I hope a live chat will be held this coming June 25 as school is almost over! Wheew!

    - josephine
  8. 8.

    D12 – Curry is able to create his own shot (at least at the college level). Kapono has shown he cannot.

    Sadly, it’s unlikely that Curry will fall to the ninth pick.

    - Pete Marasmitch
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