The 2009 NBA Draft featured a crop of players that have taken the Association by storm over their first few seasons and now three of the top guards from that draft class, James Harden, Stephen Curry and Ty Lawson have all cashed in with new deals from their respective teams.
Harden selected third overall in 2009, who was recently traded to the Houston Rockets from the Oklahoma City Thunder received the max deal, that he coveted all along, for five years worth $80 million.
Curry re-signed with the Golden State Warriors who drafted him seventh overall for four years and a total of around $44 million.
Lawson who was selected 18th overall by the Denver Nuggets decided to re-up with the team for four years and $48 million.
Harden will now look to fit in with the several new comers that Houston has brought in over the past few months; including Jeremy Lin (3-years/$25.5 million), Omar Asik (3-years/$25.5 million) and rookies Terrence Jones and Royce White. One thing that remains to be seen and will be interesting to watch is how the Rockets will fare with multiple young players who all play the same position. Jones, White, Marcus Morris, JuJuan Johnson and Patrick Peterson all play that hybrid type of power forward position which means that a couple of those guys may be on the trading block soon to get Houston some help in the back court. The Rockets open their season Wednesday night when they face the Detroit Pistons on the road in the Palace.
The Warriors want Curry to be a corner stone piece within their franchise along with Andrew Bogut and rookie Harrison Barnes (if he pans out how they think he will). These three players are all young and have high skill levels but Bogut and Curry have had their share of injury problems in the past. If Curry can figure out a way to over come his consistent ankle issues then he has a bright future in front of him. The Warriors will make some serious noise this season and with those three leading the way along with Klay Thompson and David Lee they have a legit shot to make the postseason. Golden State begins their season Wednesday night when they take on the Phoenix Suns on the road in the US Airways Center.
The Nuggets look at Lawson as one of the most important pieces in the present and future, which is why they rewarded him with such a deal following just his first season as their full time starting point guard. Lawson along with JaVale McGee, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are all locked up to long term deals which means that the Nuggets have four major pieces that can grow together and they can build around which is always a great thing in modern day professional sports.
The Nuggets begin their season Wednesday night versus the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Andre Iguodala‘s homecoming to Philly after being traded to Denver during the off-season.