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2009 NBA Draft: Round 2 Pick Analysis

Let’s go pick-by-pick through the second round (picks 31-60), including the Celtics only pick of the draft at No. 58.

Round 2

31. Sacramento Kings: Jeff Pendergraph – F – Arizona State

Solid overall player who has a ton of experience. Good offensive player, could develop into a Carlos Boozer-type player. (Trade to Portland)

32. Washington Wizards: Jermaine Taylor – G – UCF

Holds a school record at UCF. Big time scorer for Central Florida. Nice bulk.

33. Portland Trailblazers: Dante Cunningham – F – Villanova

Good size, solid defender. Nice size and is a very intelligent basketball player. High IQ.

34. Denver Nuggets: Sergio Llull – G – Spain

Nice size for a point guard. Project player.

35. Detroit Pistons: DaJuan Summers – F – Georgetown

Great size, very productive. Can be a force in this league. I had him going in the first round.

36. Memphis Grizzlies: Sam Young – F – Pittsburgh

He’s a little older but he will be able to contribute right away. Reminds me like a more explosive Ryan Gomes.

37. San Antonio Spurs: DeJuan Blair – F – Pittsburgh

VERY under-sized. He does have a long wingspan. First round talent.

38. Portland Trailblazers: Jon Brockman – F – Washington

Good overall player. Averaged a double-double this past season. Solid, tough, player.

39. Detroit Pistons: Jonas Jerebko – F – Sweden

Terrific size for the three position. According to Fran, from, he’s very skilled. I’ll buy it.

40. Charlotte Bobcats: Derrick Brown – F – Xavier

Smart player who can defend.

41. Milwaukee Bucks: Jodie Meeks – G – Kentucky

The man can shoot! Outstanding shooter. Scored 54 points against Tennessee. He’ll be able to score in the NBA. But, he is under-sized and struggles defending, in my opinion.

42. Los Angeles Lakers: Patrick Beverley – G – Arkansas

Needs to bulk up but can score.

43. Miami Heat: Marcus Thornton – G – LSU

Thornton has a mean streak; he’ll take over the game at any point. Great scorer, terrific shooter. Led LSU through the tournament.

44. Detroit Pistons: Chase Budinger – F – Arizona

Budinger is a lights out shooter. Really carried the Arizona squad. Should fit in well with the half-court offensive game that the Pistons use.

45. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nick Calathes – G – Florida

Great player from Florida. Nice offensive game. But, yet another guard for Minnesota.

46. Cleveland Cavaliers: Danny Green – F – UNC

Green has a ton of potential. Played a lot of minutes for North Carolina, team leader, and is a proven winner. Should have a nice career in the NBA.

47. Minnesota Timberwolves: Henk Norel – F – Netherlands

Great size but very un-productive. At least he wasn’t another guard.

48. Phoenix Suns: Taylor Griffin – F – Oklahoma

He’s Blake’s brother. Solid player. Nothing special.

49. Atlanta Hawks: Sergey Gladyr – G – Ukraine

Nice size, good shooter. Well, that’s what Fran says anyways.

50. Utah Jazz: Goran Suton – C – Michigan State

Very good rebounder. Hard worker, high energy type player. Won’t be much in the league, though.

51. San Antonio Spurs: Jack McClinton – G – Miami

Great overall player, can shoot the ball. I had him going early second, as matter of fact. Was a big time scorer at the University of Miami.

52. Indiana Pacers: A.J Price – G – Uconn

Played at the highest level. Averaged a smooth 15 points per game. Should be a nice player in the NBA.

53. San Antonio Spurs: Nando De Colo – G – France

Just another overseas selection by the Spurs.

54. Charlotte Bobcats: Robert Vaden – G – UAB

Nice outside shooter, reminds me of Michael Reed actually.

55. Portland Trailblazers: Patrick Mills – G – St. Mary’s

Under-sized but is very quick. Plays a lot like Marcus Banks, which is a bad thing, as we know.

56. Dallas Mavericks: Ahmad Nivins – F – St. Joseph’s

Nice size but played in a poor division.

57. Phoenix Suns: Emir Preldzic – F – Bosnia

I don’t know but the Celtics are up…

58. Boston Celtics: Lester Hudson – G – Tennessee Martin

I like it. He can shoot and can dribble. Nice player. I’m intrigued. Averaged 28 points per game.

59. Los Angeles Lakers: Chinemelu Elonu – C – Texas A&M

Great rebounder, major potential.

60. Miami Heat: Robert Dozier – F – Memphis

Solid overall player, I had him going in the middle of the draft.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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