Commentary

Mock Draft: Version 7.3

Updated: June 25, 2009, 7:36 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

Editor's note: This mock draft was updated at 7:32 p.m. ET to reflect the latest information we're getting today.

Happy Draft Day. I think the NBA has something really good in store for all of us.

Yes, the draft is filled with the greatest talent, but I've never been part of a draft that has so much uncertainty so close to the event.

As of midnight, a number of teams reported that they were still debating between three or four prospects on their board. Agents and players are wringing their hands right now. No one knows who's going where.

So, the draft should be fun. And the mock draft? It's hard to pinpoint whom teams will take when they haven't decided yet, but we're going to try. And then try again a little later in the day. And then try again right before the draft.

In other words, check back often for Versions 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 as we continue to collect information on who will go where.

Confidence level in this forecast: 99.9 percent

Analysis: With the first pick in the 2009 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select ... Chinemelu Elonu from Texas A&M! OK ... not even the Clippers would do that. They can't screw this up, right? Griffin is the best player in the draft and for once, the Clippers won't have excuses. He has all the ingredients to become a dominant player in the NBA. If the Clippers don't pick him, they should be banned from the lottery.

Confidence level (if player is available): 75 percent

Analysis: The Grizzlies continue to work the phones to find a trade, but with every passing hour it looks like they're keeping the pick and selecting ... surprise ... Thabeet.

We've had Thabeet here since Mock Draft Version 1, when we reported that owner Michael Heisley had a thing for Thabeet. Since then, the Grizzlies have taken a look at everyone but keep coming back to Thabeet.

Ricky Rubio was in the picture, but doesn't seem to be anymore. Tyreke Evans was even stronger in the mix. So was James Harden and Jordan Hill. But in the end Thabeet makes the most sense in Memphis.

Confidence level (if available): 55 percent

Analysis: The word right before the draft is that the Thunder will select James Harden at No. 3 and Rubio will slide.

Confidence level (if available): 50 percent

Analysis: I know there's been a lot of debate between Evans, Flynn and Rubio, but if Rubio slides here I think they have to take him.

Confidence level (if available): 55 percent

Analysis: If Evans falls here the Wolves will be stoked. He was very high on their list and they're going to be really happy.

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