Here’s how Canton Repository Cavs beat writer Chris Beaven sees the first round of Thursday night’s NBA Draft play out. Check Chris’ Cavs World blog ( for updates throughout the day.

Here’s how Canton Repository Cavs beat writer Chris Beaven sees the first round of Thursday night’s NBA Draft play out. Check Chris’ Cavs World blog ( for updates throughout the day.

1. Clippers: Blake Griffin, F, Oklahoma.

This is the Clippers’ 17th lottery pick since 1989, the eighth in the top four. None of the previous 16 have made the All-Star team. Welcome to Clipperland, Blake.

2. Grizzlies: Hasheem Thabeet, C, Connecticut

None of the top players appear interested in coming to Memphis, which could deal this pick to Minnesota.

3. Thunder: Ricky Rubio, G, Spain

Could become the biggest star -- or bust -- from this draft.

4, Kings: Jonny Flynn, G, Syracuse

Sacramento puts together a good young backcourt with Flynn and Kevin Martin.

5. Timberwolves: Tyreke Evans, G, Memphis

Great athlete who is still learning to become a point guard.

6. Timberwolves: Stephen Curry, G, Davidson

Best pure shooter in the draft gives Wolves a potential all-rookie starting backcourt.

7. Warriors: James Harden, G, Arizona State

At 6-5, Harden gives Golden State better size in the backcourt alongside ultra-quick Monta Ellis.

8. Knicks: Jordan Hill, F-C, Arizona

New York adds some much needed size.

9. Raptors: Demar DeRozan, F, Southern Cal

A tremendous leaper, he’s still on the raw side after just one year in college.

10. Bucks: Jeff Teague, G, Wake Forest

A point guard with size (6-5), Teague will have chance to flourish with rebuilding Milwaukee.

11. Nets: DeJuan Blair, F, Pittsburgh

An undersized power forward (6-6), Blair gives the Nets some needed rebounding help.

12. Bobcats: Gerald Henderson, G, Duke

Henderson stays in ACC territory as he follows his dad into the NBA.

13. Pacers: Jrue Holiday, G, UCLA

Some view Holiday as a guy worthy of a top-five pick after just one year of college.

14. Suns: Terrence Williams, G-F, Louisville

Played point forward at times for the Cardinals and gives Phoenix a defensive-minded player.

15. Pistons: B.J. Mullens, C, Ohio State

Detroit needs size, though the 7-footer will need some time to develop.

16. Bulls: Earl Clark, F, Louisville

The versatile Clark never became a dominant player in college but has the potential to blossom in the NBA.

17. Sixers: Eric Maynor, G, VCU

Gives Philly a successor to Andre Miller.

18.  Timberwolves: James Johnson, F, Wake Forest

If Minnesota doesn’t package this pick elsewhere, Johnson is an NBA-ready option up front.

19. Hawks: Brandon Jennings, G, Oak Hill Academy/Lottomatica, Italy

A top-10 pick in some eyes, the Hawks could get great value here if Jennings lives up to his hype.

20. Jazz: Tyler Hansbrough, F, North Carolina

Could be a perfect fit for Jerry Sloan and join Kosta Koufos and Paul Millsap in a young frontcourt rotation.

21. Hornets: Nick Calathes, G, Florida

New Orleans could sell this pick. If not, Calathes could be a money saver since he might open his career in Greece.

22. Blazers: Ty Lawson, G, North Carolina

The quick Lawson gives Portland another option at point guard.

23. Kings: Chase Budinger, G-F, Arizona

Great athlete at 6-7 with 3-point range.

24. Mavericks: Sam Young, G-F, Pittsburgh

Brings toughness on both ends of the floor.

25. Thunder: Omri Casspi, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Could turn out to be a steal as a 6-8 wing who appears to mix toughness with a good jump shot.

26. Bulls: Austin Daye, F, Gonzaga

The rail thin 6-10 forward has the skills of a top-10 pick but the strength of a college sophomore.

27. Grizzlies: DaJuan Summers, F, Georgetown

Can do a lot on the floor because of his athleticism and wingspan.

28. Timberwolves: Toney Douglas, G, Florida State

If the Wolves keep all their picks, this would be their fourth of the night.

29. Lakers: Wayne Ellington, G, North Carolina

NBA champs wouldn’t mind another shooter.

30. Cavs: Derrick Brown, F, Xavier

The 6-8 lefty gives Cleveland length and athleticism on the wing, two things it needed against Orlando.