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SBNation NBA Mock Draft, Pick #27: Memphis Grizzlies

Due to me having no idea what's going to happen with the Timberwolves pick at 28 (Do they keep it? Draft a big? Draft a point? Draft and stash an overseas player? Sell it? Trade it? the options are ENDLESS) and  a lack of return emails (not naming any names, specifically of the scientific variety), this mock draft is going to go on hold.  In the mean time, Silver Screen and Roll for Lakers info (29th pick),  Fear The Sword for Cavs info (30th pick) and the BDL Mock Draft with SB Nation picks.

Though it may not be at pick number 27, the Rockets are looking to buy a late first round pick or early second round pick in this year's draft. But because we are assuming that Memphis is a possible suitor at 27 (or, rather, since we've run dry of Grizz bloggers), with the pick, the Houston Rockets, represented by the Tom Martin over at The Dream Shake, select shooting guard Marcus Thornton of LSU.

The Rockets don't have too many holes to fill, and adding the best guard available, Nick Calathes, as a possible Euro option was certainly intriguing. But GM Daryl Morey likes our current point guard situation (especially Kyle Lowry) so much that he'll address our foremost need, that being the shooting guard position. Houston's best case scenario is that Tracy McGrady comes back healthy and produces from the 2-guard position. But if that doesn't work out, adding Thornton to the mix of shooting guards on our roster would be a smart decision. He would push James White for his roster spot right off the start in camp, assuming we don't re-sign Von Wafer. If Wafer stays, then one of the three may not make the team, but at least the Rockets will give themselves as many options as possible.

Drafting a center, such as Josh Heytfelt, to back up Yao Ming was also an option here, but the Rockets will most likely address that need in free agency.

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The 2009 SB Nation Mock Draft thus far:

1. Los Angeles Clippers - Clips NationBlake Griffin

2. Memphis Grizzlies - 3 Shades of Blue: Ricky Rubio

3. Oklahoma City Thunder - Welcome to Loud City: James Harden

4. Sacramento Kings - Sactown Royalty: Tyreke Evans

5. Washington Wizards - Bullets Forever: Hasheem Thabeet

6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus: Stephen Curry

7. Golden State Warriors - Golden State of Mind: Brandon Jennings

8. New York Knicks - Posting and ToastingJrue Holiday

9. Toronto Raptors - Holly MacKenzie: DeMar DeRozan

10. Milwaukee Bucks - BrewHoop: Jordan Hill

11. New Jersey Nets - Aisander "IcemanCometh" Duda: Jonny Flynn

12. Charlotte Bobcats - Rufus On Fure: Gerald Henderson

13. Indiana Pacers - Indy Cornrows: DeJuan Blair

14. Phoenix Suns - Bright Side of the Sun: Ty Lawson

15. Detroit Pistons - Motown String Music: Earl Clark

16. Chicago Bulls - BlogABull: Tyler Hansbrough

17. Philadelphia 76ers - Liberty Ballers: Eric Maynor

18. Minnesota Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus: B.J. Mullens

19. Atlanta Hawks - Peachtree Hoops: Jeff Teague

20. Utah Jazz - SLC Dunk: James Johnson

21. New Orleans Hornets - At The Hive: Austin Daye

22. Dallas Mavericks - Mavs Moneyball:  Terrence Williams

23. Sacramento Kings - Sactown Royalty:  Patty Mills


25. Oklahoma City Thunder - Aisander Duda: Sam Young

26. Chicago Bulls - Blog A Bull: Chase Budinger