June 23, 2009
With the NBA Draft just a few days away, Ball Don't Lie has decided to weigh in with its own 2009 Mock Draft, just for shots and giggles. But since we know so little about college basketball, we called in SB Nation's team experts (and a few others) to throw their darts at the board. Let's see what sticks ...
With the 18th pick in the 2009 Ball Don't Lie NBA Mock Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select ...
Ty Lawson: PG, North Carolina, Junior
"The general consensus about the Wolves is that they are in need of a shot-blocking defensive presence and a solid point guard more than anything else. The Wolves picked the draft's most promising shot-blocking big with their top pick and I would like to thank pre-draft hype, NFL combine-esque workouts, and the existence of YouTube for allowing them a crack at the draft's best pure point guard with their second one.
For the past three years, Ty Lawson has been the driving force on the NCAA's most dominant offense. For the life of me, I will never, ever understand how a 21-year-old point guard with a national title, a 3.48 assist/turnover ratio, 8.19 PPR, 66 TS%, 47% three-point percentage and the No. 1 offensive rating (ORtg) in all of college basketball will likely be available in the teens while guys like Jrue Holiday and Jonny Flynn are expected to go in the top 10.
Lawson isn't flashy; he's not the most explosive or athletic point in the draft; he's not the longest or the tallest; he probably won't play excellent defense at the next level. What he will do is be ol' reliable — the type of guard who will control the tempo of the game as well as expertly run the offense while being able to efficiently insert himself into the action as needed. Yes please."