The 2009 NBA Draft is one of the most underrated drafts in history that nobody talks about. Most talk about the 1984, 1996, and the 2003 draft classes. The 1984 draft class consisted of four Hall of Famers: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton. The 1996 draft class featured Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, and Ray Allen. All of which will be future Hall of Famers. The 2003 draft class had LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, all current stars in the league today. Although these were some of the greatest drafts in history, the 2009 draft will be right up there with them when it's all said and done.
The 2009 draft only happened seven years ago, which is not that far away, which is probably why it is not talked about a lot. However, this draft consisted of many players that turned their teams franchises around and are actually better than they ever have been this season. There are superstars, stars, good players, and role players all in this draft class. Many teams did not know how good these players were going to be and passed over them, but the teams that did actually draft the right players are still glad they made the decision seven years later.
The 2009 draft has players that are All-Stars, MVPs, NBA Champions, and franchise players. From scorers, to three-point shooters, to rebounders, this draft had the total, although many teams did not know it at the time. These are the 12 best players to come out of the 2009 NBA Draft.
12 Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson was selected 26th overall by the Chicago Bulls, where he remains to this day. Gibson plays both sides of the ball and is a great role player. Gibson has fit in nicely in Chicago since being drafted back in 2009 and continues to prove to the Bulls and their fan base that the franchise made the right choice in selecting him in the first round. Gibson is no Derrick Rose, but has contributed in his own way to the Chicago Bulls team.
11 DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll was selected 27th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. Carroll is a great all-around player but has also bounced all around the league having alredy played for the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, and currently the Toronto Raptors. With Carroll, you get a player who can shoot and play defense. Carroll was part of the Atlanta Hawks starting-five in the 2014-15 season and helped lead the team to a 60-22 record, which was best in the Eastern Conference and a Hawks franchise record.
10 Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson was selected 18th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves but was then traded to the Denver Nuggets. In five years with Denver, Lawson helped them to the playoffs three times before taking his game to Houston and suiting up for the Rockets. Lawson recently signed with the Indiana Pacers and while it remains too early to tell whether or not Lawson will make much of an impact on the franchise, Lawson is definitely worthy of a top-ten spot from the draft class of 2009.
9 Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings was selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks where he would put up solid numbers over his first four season in the league. After Milwaukee, Jennings would make his way over to the Detroit Pistons where he would become the first player since Steve Nash to record a 20-point and 2o-assist game. However, injuries would get the better of Jennings while in Detroit and he has since found a spot on the Orlando Magic roster.
8 Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio was drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves where he remains to this day. While Rubio is not a dominant scorer, he has excellent court vision and defense. Rubio, who become only the 10th Spanish NBA player in history, would find himself caught with the injury bug in recent years but is young enough (25-years-old) to bounce back and put together a solid career. It remains to be seen but we believe that Rubio remains one of the best players of the 2009 draft class.
7 Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday was selected 17th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Holiday helped lead the 76ers to the playoffs back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 and was selected to the All-Star game in 2013. However, Holiday would eventually leave the struggling Philadelphia franchise to test his luck as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in hopes of finding more success while becoming a bigger NBA star.
6 Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans was selected 4th overall by the Sacramento Kings where he spent his first four NBA seasons and put up some good numbers. Evans is a consistent scorer whose career average currently stands around 17 PPG, which is a respectable showing. Evans has since left Sacramento for the New Orleans Pelicans where his numbers remain consistent as Evans attempts to help carry the Pelicans to a Championship.
5 Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague was selected 19th overall by the Atlanta Hawks where he remains to this day. Teague may have started slow, contributing low numbers during his first two seasons in the league, but Teague has since developed into a fine NBA point guard who has proven he can not only pass the ball but score his fair share of points as well. While Teague has been battling for minutes recently in Atlanta, his game remains strong enough to find a spot on another roster.
4 DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan was selected 9th overall by the Toronto Raptors where he continues to play and has become one of the faces of the franchise. DeRozan is flourishing in Toronto with the Raptors and will continue to improve. DeRozan is averaging 178 PPG for his career and as things currently stand, it looks like DeRozan could reach some new career highs by the time this season comes to an end while looking to take the Raptors to the next level.
3 Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin, who was selected 1st overall by the Los Angeles Clippers, has developed into is one of the best PFs in the game today and is recognized as the face of the Clippers franchise. Griffin has been a force in Los Angeles and has averaged over 20 PPG in all but one season since joining the Clippers. Griffin helps provide hope to a team that was once terrible and regarded as the "other Los Angeles basketball team."
2 James Harden
James Harden was selected 3rd overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden started off his career as a sixth-man in OKC, a spot which would earn Harden the Sixth Man of the Year Award. The Thunder would make the NBA Finals with Harden but would not take home the trophy. When OKC and Harden could not agree on a contract following this loss, Harden left to go play with the Houston Rockets, where he took over as their franchise player.
1 Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry was selected 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors, where he remains today, and is currently their franchise player. Curry is simply the best player and shooter in the NBA today. Curry gives every basketball fan reasons to love his game. Whether it's coming past half court and shooting a three-pointer like its a free throw, dribbling through players like a obstacle course, or just the type of shots he gets off that go in the basket, Curry is without question the best in the game right now and this historic season provides even more proof.
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