Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Real quick NBA draft thoughts 

The thing starts in 10 minutes, so hot damn here are some quickies.

1. Utah just got the #3 pick from Portland in exchange for picks 6 and 27. Jazz are all over Chris Paul, I'm sure, though Paul hasn't worked out with the team and Deron Williams has. Very interesting. Who Portland takes at #6 will determine the rest of the first round. My guess is the Blazers select Danny Granger to fill the void that Shareef Abdur-Rahim will leave once he bolts via free agency.

2. Lake Show, oh Lake Show please land Raymond Felton. Please? Either a marvelous point guard or a studly presence down low will do nicely as the team is desperate for both. I doubt Channing Frye will slip to the #10 pick and that slot may seem a little high to select a Charlie Villenueva or Ike Diogu (they could probably trade down and get either of those two, but maaaaan do I love Diogu's game). I hope big Phil avoids selecting a Euro, though. None of this year's crop are said to be tough or overly aggresive save for Johan Petro of France.

3. Marvin Williams will probably be selected 2nd behind Andrew Bogut, thought he should be 1st. The upside for Williams is sky high. In five years, he'll firmly be among the marquee names in the league.

4. This promises to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory. It's deeper (at first look) than the last few, as well. There are a bevy of power options to choose from (Villenueva, Diogu, Simien, Taft, Turiaf), but as far as little guys go, Jarret Jack and Nate Robinson may be the only servicable options outside of the big three (Paul, D. Williams, Felton). Maybe the most interesting prospect is Hakim Warrick. Whoever lands him will be happy. Everyone seems to love Croation pg Roko Ukic. Gotta say, he has an awesome name. Sharpshooters seem slim, too. Indiana, Denver and Phoenix will all be looking at Rashad McCants and Francisco Garcia. Antoine Wright may already be gone by the time these teams get on the clock.

5. Much love to Salim Stoudamire. He's likely for the 2nd round, but will definitely make someone's roster.

6. Projected lottery order:
1 - Mil - Andrew Bogut
2 - Atl - Marvin Williams
3 - Uta - Chris Paul
4 - NO - Gerald Green
5 - Cha - Deron Williams
6 - Por - Danny Granger
7 - Tor - Channing Frye
8 - NY - Fran Vazquez
9 - GS - Sean May
10 - LAL - Raymond Felton
11 - Orl - Martell Webster
12 - LAC - Antoine Wright
13 - Cha - Hakim Warrick

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