Two players received maximum extensions – top overall pick Blake Griffin and No. 3 pick James Harden, who had to change cities to get the deal he wanted.
By contrast, five 2009 first-round picks became unrestricted free agents before their four-year rookie deal was completed, including No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet. And three already are out of the NBA, including No. 6 pick Jonny Flynn, who started 81 games as a rookie.
Here’s a rundown of all 30 first-round picks from 2009.
1. BLAKE GRIFFIN, LA CLIPPERS: The only All-Star thus far from this draft was maxed out during the offseason. With the Derrick Rose Rule, will get $95 million over five years.
2. HASHEEM THABEET, OKLAHOMA CITY: Uh, no. If he was 6-3 instead of 7-3, he would be selling insurance.
3. JAMES HARDEN, HOUSTON: Turned down a four-year, $54 million offer from the Thunder and was immediately traded to the Rockets, who gave him the maximum $80 million over five years. Certainly a good financial decision by him. That is quite a contract to live up to, but we believe Harden has the goods.
4. TYREKE EVANS, SACRAMENTO: No extension. Given the Kings’ uncertain future in Sacramento and the team’s losing ways, it made no sense to reward a player whose game has sputtered since winning 2010 Rookie of the Year.
5. RICKY RUBIO, MINNESOTA: Not eligible after remaining in Spain for two years following the draft, but a sure-fire extension candidate down the road.
6. JONNY FLYNN: Hard to get an extension when you’re not in the NBA.
7. STEPHEN CURRY, GOLDEN STATE: Received a four-year, $44 million extension which is commensurate with his skills and potential but not with his increasingly tender ankles, which make you wonder if he will live up to this deal.
8. JORDAN HILL, LA LAKERS: Got $8 million over two years as a free agent this summer after spending his first three seasons with three teams.
9. DEMAR DEROZAN, TORONTO: One of three guys to just beat the deadline Wednesday night, receiving a four-year, $40 million extension. Took a small step back last season, making you wonder if he has reached his ceiling.
10. BRANDON JENNINGS, MILWAUKEE: Perhaps the most deserving draft class member to not receive an extension. One reason is that the Bucks are at a crossroads this season with many expiring contracts, including their GM and coach. If things go south, it can be easily detonated for a renovation.
11. TERRENCE WILLIAMS: See Jonny Flynn. Same disappointing career, same lack of interest as a free agent, same invite to Pistons camp, same late cut.
12. GERALD HENDERSON, CHARLOTTE: No extension is somewhat of a head-scratcher after his breakout 2011-12 season. Seems like a keeper, but when a team is this bad, who is truly untouchable?
13. TYLER HANSBROUGH, INDIANA: No extension, but good leverage this summer as an RFA because he backs up David West, who is a free agent and will be looking for another multi-year deal.
14. EARL CLARK, LA LAKERS: Clark is one of the very few first-round picks who didn’t have his fourth-year option picked up. Already on his third team and playing for the minimum.
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