2009 NBA Draft: Breaking Down The First Round
After 60 picks and 100,000 trades, we now know who was selected in the 2009 NBA Draft and what teams they may be playing for in 2009. I will let the other web sites debate over what teams were the winners and losers. Here, our main concern is sorting out the agencies that were popping champagne vs. those leaving Madison Square Garden with their heads down. This post will cover the first round. A second round post will follow.
- Clippers – Blake Griffin PF/C – Agency: Excel Sports Management
- Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet C – Agency: BDA Sports
- Thunder – James Harden SG – Agency: Landmark Sports Agency
- Kings – Tyreke Evans PG/SG – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
- Timberwolves – Ricky Rubio PG – Agency: BEST
- Timberwolves – Jonny Flynn PG – Agency: CAA
- Warriors – Stephen Curry PG/SG – Agency: Octagon
- Knicks – Jordan Hill PF – Agency: BDA Sports
- Raptors – Demar DeRozan SG/SF – Agency: Goodwin Sports Management
- Bucks – Brandon Jennings PG – Agency: BDA Sports
- Nets – Terrence Williams SG/SF – Agency: Goodwin Sports Management
- Bobcats – Gerald Henderson SG – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
- Pacers – Tyler Hansbrough PF – Agency: Excel Sports Management
- Suns – Earl Clark SF/PF – Agency: BEST
- Pistons – Austin Daye SF/PF – Agency: BDA Sports
- Bulls – James Johnson SF/PF – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
- 76ers – Jrue Holiday PG/SG – Agency: BEST
- Timberwolves – Ty Lawson PG – Agency: Peake Management Group
- Hawks – Jeff Teague PG/SG – Agency: BDA Sports
- Jazz – Eric Maynor PG – Agency: ASM Sports
- Hornets – Darren Collison PG – Agency: BDA Sports
- Trailblazers – Victor Claver PF – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
- Kings – Omri Casspi SF/PF – Agency: CAA
- Mavericks – B.J. Mullens C – Agency: ASM Sports
- Thunder – Rodrigue Beaubois PG – Agency: Comsport
- Bulls – Taj Gibson PF – Agency: Priority Sports
- Grizzlies – DeMarre Carroll SF/PF – Agency: Priority Sports
- Timberwolves – Wayne Ellington SG – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
- Knicks – Toney Douglas PG/SG – Agency: FAME
- Cavaliers – Christian Eyenga SG/SF – Agency: ASM Sports
- Leading up to the draft, I really liked that Goodwin Sports Management was doing to get its clients connected on social networks. My man Nate Jones, a law student at UCLA, has been doing a great job helping out Aaron Goodwin and Co. on publicizing GSM client Twitter accounts and setting up Rookie Chronicles.
- BDA Sports seems to have dodged any potential negative recruiting ramifications from the company’s involvement with the O.J. Mayo scandal. Three BDA clients were taken in the top ten picks of the draft. Four BDA clients went in the top fifteen. Six in the top twenty-one! Where WMG made the headlines last year, BDA definitely took over the 2009 draft.
- Speaking of WMG, the company had three players taken in the top sixteen picks. And BEST had three guys selected in the top seventeen picks. WMG still dominated with five total draft picks in the first round.
- The first Israeli player drafted was taken by the Kings. The fairly new GM of the Kings is a friend, Jason Levien. I am happy for him because I think Omri Casspi was a steal at the slot picked, and Levien is supporting the Jews!
- One of my favorite players in the draft, Toney Douglas, was taken by a team who I think will really benefit from drafting him. Knicks fans should be happy with that pick.