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NBA 2009 First 5 Draft Picks

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Uploaded on Jun 26, 2009

NEW YORK -- Blake Griffin was the consensus No. 1 pick.

On a day of head-turning trades around the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers started Thursday night's draft with the obvious choice: Griffin, the only player considered a sure thing in a class full of question marks.

Griffin was the consensus college player of the year after leading the nation with 14.4 rebounds per game while averaging 22.7 points last season for Oklahoma. The Clippers said they would take the forward with the top pick just hours after they won the draft lottery last month, and never considered changing their minds.

"The fact is we're getting an incredible player, incredible person, an impeccable work ethic and a guy that we plan on having in L.A. for many years to come," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He's going to be a great, exciting fit for our ballclub."


Pick Player Team
1 PF Blake Griffin, Oklahoma Clippers
2 C Hasheem Thabeet, UConn Grizzlies
3 SG James Harden, ASU Thunder
4 SG Tyreke Evans, Memphis Kings
5 PG Ricky Rubio, Spain Wolves

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