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Chauncey
06-27-2006, 04:11 PM
Chad Ford breaks down how the draft would have looked with the high schoolers, Oden, the Florida kids, McRoberts and Jianlian

Updated: June 27, 2006

What if ...? How the draft might have looked


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This year's draft is deep, with plenty of talent. But it could've been so much more. Maybe even the strongest ever.

That's why so many GMs are playing the "what if" game the day before the draft.

What if ... there were no age restriction and such elite high school players as Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Thaddeus Young, Brandan Wright and Spencer Hawes had declared?

What if ... the Florida kids -- Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer -- decided to leave the Gators for the NBA after taking the national championship?

What if ... top college players such as Josh McRoberts and Tyler Hansbrough had decided to follow Tyrus Thomas' lead and be one and done?

Here's a hypothetical look at what might have been:
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<TABLE class=tablehead cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=stathead><TD colSpan=4>THE "WHAT IF?" DRAFT</TD></TR><TR class=colhead vAlign=center><TD width="19%"><CENTER>PICK</CENTER></TD><TD width="27%"><CENTER>TEAM</CENTER></TD><TD width="27%"><CENTER>PLAYER</CENTER><CENTER></CENTER></TD><TD width="27%"><CENTER>VITALS</CENTER></TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=top><TD vAlign=center width="19%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/i/nba/draft2005/numbers/1.gif</CENTER></TD><TD width="27%"><CENTER>http://espn-att.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nba/med/trans/tor.gif
Toronto</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn-att.starwave.com/media/nba/2005/0124/photo/oden_m.jpg
Greg Oden</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: C
Height: 7-0
Weight: 245
Age: 18
School: Lawrence
(Ind.) North HS
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? GM Bryan Colangelo is doing backflips in Toronto. The Raptors' biggest need is at center and Oden is the best big man prospect to hit the draft since Tim Duncan.

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Chicago
(via New York)</CENTER></TD><TD width="27%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/ncb/2006/0330/photo/g_noah_65.jpg
Joakim Noah</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center width="27%"> Position: PF
Height: 6-11
Weight: 230
Age: 21
School: Florida
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Straight off of leading the Gators to a national championship, Noah now gives the Bulls a center who has all the hustle and size of Tyson Chandler, plus he isn't afraid of the ball on offense. Adding Noah clears the way for Chicago to move Chandler this summer.

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Charlotte</CENTER></TD><TD width="27%"><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_a_durant_65.jpg
Kevin Durant</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center width="27%"> Position: SF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 190
Age: 19
School: Montrose
(Md.) Christian
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Bobcats need a scorer and Durant has it all -- size, shooting and a sweet jump shot with deep NBA range. He needs to get stronger, but for once, the Bobcats score a potential superstar in the draft.

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Portland</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/nba/2005/0923/photo/morrison_65.jpg
Adam Morrison (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18840)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 205
Age: 21
School: Gonzaga
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? This is the best scenario for the Blazers no matter how you slice it. Blazers fans have felt alienated for years. Adding Morrison to the mix gives them a local hero to cheer on and a guy on the floor who actually cares about winning.

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Atlanta</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/nba/2005/0923/photo/aldridge_65.jpg
LaMarcus Aldridge (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18836)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 240
Age: 20
School: Texas
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Since we're doing hypotheticals, we'll help Hawks GM Billy Knight with a redo. The Hawks may be able to land Aldridge this year, even without guys like Oden or Noah in the draft. Knight appears to be in love with Shelden Williams, but given the team he's building, Aldridge is the perfect fit.

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Minnesota</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_a_mcroberts_65.jpg
Josh McRoberts</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 230
Age: 19
School: Duke
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? McRoberts is a versatile, athletic forward who can shoot and score both inside and out. Should be a nice complement to Kevin Garnett on the front line.

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Boston</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn-att.starwave.com/photo/2006/0614/nba_bargnani_65.jpg
Andrea Bargnani (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18837)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 7-0
Weight: 225
Age: 20
Country: Italy
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Boston fans may scoff and say they already have Bargnani; his name is Raef LaFrentz. But before you pass this pick off as a mistake, Bargnani is quicker, more comfortable on the perimeter and doesn't have a bum knee.

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Houston</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/0523/nba_i_roy_65.jpg
Brandon Roy (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18898)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SG
Height: 6-5
Weight: 195
Age: 21
School: Washington
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<TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Rockets are praying for this result and will probably have to move up in this year's draft to get it. Under this scenario, they don't have to trade Luther Head to move up.

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Golden State</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/nba/2005/0923/photo/gay_65.jpg
Rudy Gay (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=22420)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 222
Age: 19
School: UConn
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<TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Warriors already have a soft, underachieving small forward: Mike Dunleavy. However, at least Gay can play defense and his upside is phenomenal.

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Seattle</CENTER></TD><TD width="27%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/ncb/2006/0330/photo/g_thomas_65.jpg
Tyrus Thomas (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18951)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center width="27%"> Position: PF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 229
Age: 19
School: LSU
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? In a normal year this is where a player like Thomas goes. He's unproven, but the upside is beyond question. This takes the pressure off Seattle to overpay Chris Wilcox. Thomas is more athletic and a better defender.

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Orlando</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_a_young_65.jpg
Thaddeus Young</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 210
Age: 18
School: Mitchell
(Tenn.) HS
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Young is a long forward who has what Bill Simmons likes to call "nuclear athleticism." He's almost impossible to stop in the open court. The lefty is unusually quick for his size, meaning he can take his guy off the dribble and guard just about everyone on the floor but centers. Orlando can groom him as Grant Hill's replacement. Another young kid who's 15 to 20 pounds away from being a superstar.

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New Orleans/
Oklahoma City</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/ncb/2006/0330/photo/g_horford_65.jpg
Al Horford</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 235
Age: 20
School: Florida
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? P.J. Brown isn't getting any younger and David West can't hold down the fort by himself. Horford is tough, athletic and knows how to play. He'll be a nice fit in New Orleans.

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Philadelphia</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_g_wright_65.jpg
Julian Wright</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 220
Age: 19
School: Kansas
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<TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Sixers love long, versatile forwards, and Wright will be a great fit. He can defend three positions, play a little point and rebound the ball and then lead the break.

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Utah</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/ncb/2006/0105/photo/g_foye_65.jpg
Randy Foye (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18945&draftyear=2006)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
Age: 22
School: Villanova
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Jazz have been looking for an athletic guard who can create his own shot. Foye is the closest thing to Dwyane Wade the draft has.

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NO/OC Hornets
(via Milwaukee)</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/nba/2006/0324/photo/g_obryant_65.jpg
Patrick O'Bryant (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18950&draftyear=2006)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: C
Height: 7-0
Weight: 250
Age: 19
School: Bradley
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Hornets need to find a center in the worst way. It's unusual, at No. 15, to have so many options but O'Bryant has the most upside of anyone on the board.
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Chicago</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://espn-att.starwave.com/i/nba/draft2006/headshots/18839.jpg
Ronnie Brewer (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18839&draftyear=2006)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
Age: 21
School: Arkansas
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? This is a great scenario for the the Bulls. Brewer is long, athletic and a great defender on the perimeter. His shot isn't pretty, but he knows how to score. He should give the Bulls one of the most dynamic young backcourts in the league.
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Indiana</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/0523/nba_simmons_cedric.jpg
Cedric Simmons (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18956)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 235
Age: 20
School: NC State
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<TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Jermaine O'Neal's days in Indiana appear to be numbered. Simmons probably won't ever be as effective on the offensive end, but defensively he could be better.
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Washington</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_a_hawes_65.jpg
Spencer Hawes</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: C
Height: 6-11
Weight: 230
Age: 18
School: Seattle Prep
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? A skilled center who knows how to play with his back to the basket. Isn't the best athlete in the draft, but between his solid low-post moves and his excellent passing ability out of the post, the Wizards finally have an offensive weapon in the middle.

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Sacramento</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_g_green_65.jpg
Jeff Green</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225
Age: 23
School: Georgetown
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Green has the skills to be the next Boris Diaw. He's long, athletic, unselfish and really can handle the ball. He'll be a perfect fit in Sacramento.

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New York
(via Denver)</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0627/nba_i_wright_65.jpg
Brandan Wright</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 210
Age: 18
School: Brentwood
(Tenn.) Academy
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<TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? On potential, Wright may be one of the best players in the draft. He's a super-athletic big man who spends most of his time around the basket. He's an excellent rebounder and shot blocker, runs the floor very well and knows how to get to the rim. A steal for the Knicks here.

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Phoenix
(via L.A. Lakers)</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_a_jianlian_65.jpg
Yi Jianlian</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 7-0
Weight: 230
Age: 18
Country: China
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? He's long, athletic and can score inside and out. That's how head coach Mike D'Antoni likes them.
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New Jersey
(via L.A. Clippers)</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn-att.starwave.com/i/nba/draft2006/headshots/18847.jpg
Shelden Williams (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18847&draftyear=2006)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 250
Age: 22
School: Duke
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<TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Nets need a big, physical rebounder and defender who can step in and play right away. Seems like Williams is the perfect fit here.
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New Jersey</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://espn-att.starwave.com/i/nba/draft2006/headshots/18846.jpg
Marcus Williams (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18846&draftyear=2006)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PG
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Age: 20
School: UConn
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Nets have been looking for a guy who can back up Jason Kidd and Williams is the top point guard on the board. A few years backing up Kidd could help him become a star, too.

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Memphis</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/0523/nba_saer_65.jpg
Mouhamed Saer Sene (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18983&draftyear=2006)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: C
Height: 7-0
Weight: 232
Age: 20
Country: Senegal
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Jerry West has been craving a legit, athletic big man since he hit Memphis. Here's his chance. Sene is raw, but when you watch him on tape he looks eerily reminiscent of a young Dikembe Mutombo.

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Cleveland</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/ncb/2006/0226/photo/g_steele_65.jpg
Ronald Steele</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PG
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Age: 21
School: Arkansas
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<TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Cavs need a starting point guard in the worst way and after watching how Steele finished the season, he could be the guy. He's athletic, can shoot the ball and really knows how to run a team. He could be the most complete point guard in the draft.

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L.A. Lakers</CENTER></TD><TD width="28%"><CENTER>http://www.espn.go.com/photo/2006/0626/nba_g_brewer_65.jpg
Corey Brewer</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 185
Age: 20
School: Florida
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</TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Lakers love skilled swingmen who can pass, defend, shoot the 3 and get to the basket. Brewer did all of that for Florida in the Gators' title run and should be able to step in and contribute right away.


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Phoenix</CENTER></TD>
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Luc Richard Mbah a Moute</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SF
Height: 6-7
Weight: 215
Age: 19
School: UCLA
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</TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Suns already have an international team with an international coach and Mbah a Moute just adds to the intrigue. Scouts compare him to Ron Artest without the crazy. Adding another super-athletic physical defender could be just the ticket to put the Suns over the top in the West.

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Dallas</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/ncb/2006/0219/photo/a_redick_65.jpg
J.J. Redick (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18853&draftyear=2006)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: SG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Age: 21
School: Duke
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? Back problems, legal problems who cares at this point? College basketball's player of the year can shoot as well as anyone in the league and will be a welcome addition to Dallas' multi-pronged offensive attack.

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New York
(via San Antonio)</CENTER></TD><TD><CENTER>http://espn.go.com/media/nba/2005/0923/photo/rondo_65.jpg
Rajon Rondo (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18834)</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: PG
Height: 6-2
Weight: 171
Age: 20
School: Kentucky
</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Knicks have four different shooting guards who think they're point guards. Here's their chance to get a real floor leader who thinks pass first.

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Portland
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Roy Hibbert</CENTER></TD><TD vAlign=center> Position: C
Height: 7-2
Weight: 283
Age: 19
School: Georgetown
</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow vAlign=center><TD colSpan=4>What if? The Blazers are going to have to do something to replace Joel Przybilla if he leaves via free agency, and Hibbert's got the size to be a solid rebounder and shot blocker in the pros.

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Other potential first-rounders: Tyler Hansbrough (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18875), Rodney Carney (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18849), Chase Budinger, Gerald Henderson, Wayne Ellington, Javaris Crittenton, Thabo Sefolosha (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18969), Hilton Armstrong (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18940), Olexsiy Pecherov (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18910), Kyle Lowry (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18888), Jordan Farmar (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18858), Shannon Brown (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18893), Sergio Rodriguez (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18861), Alexander Johnson (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18973), Quincy Douby (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18971), Aaron Gray (http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2006&playerId=18961).
Chad Ford (http://insider.espn.go.com/insider/writeback?name=Chad+Ford) covers the NBA for ESPN Insider.

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Kstat
06-27-2006, 04:16 PM
I'm so, so glad we got Orlando's pick next year instead of this year....

Steve McQueen
06-27-2006, 04:19 PM
I'm so, so glad we got Orlando's pick next year instead of this year....
With the way Joe Dumars drafts, I dont think it really matters. :laugh:

Leisure Suit Larry
06-27-2006, 04:21 PM
This would have been one of the best drafts ever

blanket
06-27-2006, 04:23 PM
Other potential first-rounders: Rodney Carney

Not even in the first round? I guess now we know what Ford thinks of Carney's game.

Robertmto
06-27-2006, 04:24 PM
With the way Joe Dumars drafts, I dont think it really matters. :laugh:

Orlando, Pacers, and Joe Dumars??

Ok Ok I'm lost.

Steve McQueen
06-27-2006, 04:31 PM
Orlando, Pacers, and Joe Dumars??

Ok Ok I'm lost.
Detroit aquired an Orlando 1st for Darko Milicic. It was protected, the protection came in to place this season, so Detroit gets Orlandos 1st next year regardless. The draft next year will be deeper with talent ineligible to enter this years draft due to the 1-year out of high school rule. Ofcourse KStat fails to mention that Orlando will be a much better team next season, thus their 1st will be lower in the draft, thus negating his entire point really. I mean, would you rather have #11 in a semi-shallow draft, or #20 in a semi-deep draft? It's even at best. And regardless, it's highly unlikely Joe Dumars will draft anywone worth mentioning. His past drafts have been scary bad, outside of the Prince pick.

Young
06-27-2006, 04:31 PM
I don't get how Carney isn't in the first round. I don't get that at all.

Steve McQueen
06-27-2006, 04:44 PM
I don't get how Carney isn't in the first round. I don't get that at all.
Either Chad Ford knows something we dont know, or we know something Chad Ford doesn't.

I'm leaning towards the later.

Robertmto
06-27-2006, 04:44 PM
What if Joakim Noah wasn't so much better than Greg Oden??

Chauncey
06-27-2006, 04:46 PM
What if Joakim Noah wasn't so much better than Greg Oden??

Thats one of the funniest things I've ever read. I would take Greg Oden at 16 over Noah today.

Trader Joe
06-27-2006, 04:48 PM
Good God this draft would have been ridiculous. Carney in the second round? That's obscene.

Jermaniac
06-27-2006, 04:50 PM
We need to take Cedric if he is there at 17 tomorrow.

FrenchConnection
06-27-2006, 04:51 PM
We need to take Cedric if he is there at 17 tomorrow.

He won't be.

Jermaniac
06-27-2006, 04:52 PM
Yeah like Danny Granger.

I wish we had Danny Granger, sucks he didnt drop to us at 17.

FrenchConnection
06-27-2006, 04:54 PM
JJ Reddick will be the one to fall, not Simmons. He has size, and that almost never falls. Unless the player has a reputation as a poor worker and teammate like Harrison.

Kstat
06-27-2006, 05:01 PM
Detroit aquired an Orlando 1st for Darko Milicic. It was protected, the protection came in to place this season, so Detroit gets Orlandos 1st next year regardless. The draft next year will be deeper with talent ineligible to enter this years draft due to the 1-year out of high school rule. Ofcourse KStat fails to mention that Orlando will be a much better team next season, thus their 1st will be lower in the draft, thus negating his entire point really. I mean, would you rather have #11 in a semi-shallow draft, or #20 in a semi-deep draft? It's even at best. And regardless, it's highly unlikely Joe Dumars will draft anywone worth mentioning. His past drafts have been scary bad, outside of the Prince pick.


If you think Orlando will be anywhere near #20, you're fooling yourself.

I'd rather have a top-15 pick in 2007 than a top-5 pick this year.

Also, Okur and Prince were both great picks, and the jury is still out on delfino. I won't say Joe's drafts have been good, but if you don't think he can improve you have yourt head in the sand.

Not to mention, Amir Johnson looks like he could be Joe's greatest theft ever.

CableKC
06-27-2006, 05:38 PM
Am I the only one that thinks that everyone overrates the talent that Florida has?

Leisure Suit Larry
06-27-2006, 05:40 PM
Am I the only one that thinks that everyone overrates the talent that Florida has?

Nope, I agree

Shade
06-27-2006, 05:44 PM
Nope, I agree

Me too.

Ultimate Frisbee
06-27-2006, 05:45 PM
Am I the only one that thinks that everyone overrates the talent that Florida has?

I agree too!!

Chauncey
06-27-2006, 05:52 PM
Count me in as well...Brewer is the only one of the bunch that will be worth a damn in the NBA.

rel
06-27-2006, 06:19 PM
Count me in as well...Brewer is the only one of the bunch that will be worth a damn in the NBA.

i dont know, i see Horford having the best career out of the 3

Chauncey
06-27-2006, 08:58 PM
i dont know, i see Horford having the best career out of the 3

Something irks me about him..not sure what it is exactly. And I'm definitely not a big fan of Noah...I've played with better players at the YMCA I think.