The NBA draft is June 28 and will be televised on ESPN at 7:00 ET.
Guess the draft contest
This contest will only go 17 deep in the draft. (Most people aren't really interested in who picks after the Pacers.)
Your picks have to be made before 7:00 eastern time on June 28.
You get one point for each player you have in your draft reguardless of position.(That means if you pick Bogut going to the Pacers at pick 17 you get a point regardless of which of the first 17 teams pick him. If you have 15 players all in the wrong position you would still get 15 points.)
You get one point for each player you have in the correct position. (This means if you pick someone going 5th in the draft he has to be picked there. What team picks him doesn't matter.)
You get three bonus points for getting the Pacers pick correct.
There are a total of 37 points available. The first tie breaker is getting the Pacers pick correct. The second tie breaker is the most correct picks. The third tie breaker is the earlierst correct pick, then second earlierst correct pick, third earlierest correct pick, etc. (This means if you pick the first three picks correctly and then you miss number four, and the other person picks the first four, they win.)
You may edit your picks at any time as long as it's before the deadline.
 New Orlends
 New York
 Golden State
 LA Lakers
 LA Clippers
 New Jersey
Everyone isn't a draft expert so here's some information to help.
Player Measurements http://www.insidehoops.com/chicago-c...urements.shtml
Team Analysis http://www.nba.com/draft2005/team_video_features.html
Player rankings http://www.insidehoops.com/nba-draft-prospects.shtml
Player workouts http://www.hoopshype.com/workouts.htm
Team Needs taken from NBA.com
 Milwaukee . . . . . .
The Bucks have plenty of needs (point guard, power forward ,center) . . . This is a team in search of talent at nearly every position.
 Atlanta . . . . . . . . .
In need of just about everything except young, athletic wingmen, would the Hawks pass on Marvin Williams? The top post player (Andrew Bogut) or the top point guard (Chris Paul, Deron Williams) available makes more sense.
 Portland . . . . . . . .
Telfair’s presence makes the drafting of another point guard unlikely, though the team could pursue a veteran tutor for Telfair. Shooting guard would appear to be a bigger necessity; Derek Anderson has missed 64 games to injury the last two seasons and Damon Stoudamire is a free agent.
 New Orlends . . . . .
New Orleans will pick fourth and 33rd in the draft. With a backcourt full of young prospects like Smith, Claxton and Dickau, the need would appear to be up front, where journeyman free agent Lee Nailon and 35-year-old P.J. Brown, logged most of the minutes at forward.
 Charlotte . . . . . . . .
Could they entice Milwaukee or Atlanta into a 2-for-1 swap and land another ‘franchise’ player? Assuming no, the “best player available” cliché will be alive and well as the Bobcats try to ramp up the talent level to match the rest of the NBA. The team could benefit from a draft deep in point guards; Knight, a journeyman, is not the long-term answer.
 Utah . . . . . . . . . . .
The team has more up-front depth than many, boasting Okur, Boozer, Collins, Kirilenko, Matt Harpring and 2004 draftee Kris Humphries. At the two-guard, Kirk Snyder, Giricek and free agent Raja Bell all are competent, if not spectacular. The obvious deficiency is at point guard, where Keith McLeod admirably carried the load – with an assist from Howard Eisley and Raul Lopez – but the Jazz are in need of an upgrade. This draft should provide an opportunity to find what they are looking for, especially if Chris Paul or Deron Williams somehow remains on the board.
 Toronto . . . . . . . . .
The Raptors will have picks No. 7 and No. 16 in the first round, the latter pick acquired in the Carter deal. Unfortunately, the Raptors find themselves where they were a year ago, in need of a center. Araujo and Loren Woods were never underlined on opposing scouting reports. There are many other needs; Bosh is their only bona fide star. Marshall is an unrestricted free agent, Alston’s first year in Toronto was anything but smooth and Alvin Williams missed the entire season with a knee injury, so the backcourt and the wing could also use some attention.
 New York . . . . . . . .
With a stable of All-Stars past, present and future in the backcourt, the emphasis in the New York draft room will probably be up front, where the team boasts nobody over 6-9 except Tim Thomas, who isn’t known for his muscle in the paint.
 Golden State . . . . . .
The Warriors have talent at every position. The guard positions are solid with Davis, Richardson and Fisher. At forward, Dunleavy, Murphy and Pietrus provide a solid three-man rotation. Adonal Foyle is a defensive-minded center. Rodney White, Nikoloz Tskitishvili and 19-year-old Andris Biedrins also provide depth up front. It's hard to look at this roster without expecting results in the year ahead. The Warriors could benefit from some additional rebounding and could use a center with a nose for the basket to complement Foyle's defense.
 LA Lakers . . . . . . .
Point guards and post players will be on the menu when the Lakers place their order. Chucky Atkins appeared in all 82 games for Los Angeles, but isn't a prototype ‘1'. In the post, Chris Mihm delivered beyond the expectations of most, but Brian Grant and Vlade Divac were non-factors, so depth up front is crucial.
 Orlando . . . . . . . . .
Francis can play either guard position; Nelson is ideally suited for a reserve role. Christie? It appears his best days are behind him, so there is a need for another guard in the rotation. Howard looks like a sure bet for a double-double for the next 10 years and Hill's return offers promise that he can contribute in the final year of his contract. Turkoglu provides insurance and depth. At center, both Tony Battie and Kelvin Cato are in the final year of their contracts. Though both performed capably, the up-tempo Magic certainly wouldn't pass up an opportunity to add an athletic post player.
 LA Clippers . . . . . . .
The 12th overall pick is lower than Elgin Baylor and company are accustomed to selecting. They have some depth at every position, but a lot of what they do might depend on how confident they are in re-signing Simmons and guard Marko Jaric, their two most notable free agents. Via the draft or free agency, expect the Clippers to address perimeter shooting; they were last in three-pointers made and attempted a year ago. Another big man might also be coveted; Mikki Moore and Zeljko Rebraca played big minutes in reserve roles a year ago, and both are free agents.
 Charlotte . . . . . . . . .
See number five above.
 Minnesota . . . . . . . .
After forfeiting four first-round picks in the last five years because of the illegal Joe Smith contract, the Timberwolves will be participating this year. They own the 14th pick, and their needs correspond to the four positioned not manned by Garnett. Sprewell is a free agent. Cassell is in the final year of his deal and may be moved before he can throw another pity party. Wally Szczerbiak is the subject of annual trade rumors and center is Michael Olowokandi is…well…he's Michael Olowokandi, which is neither insult nor compliment.
 New Jersey . . . . . . .
The Nets have locked up their apparent starting five (Kidd, Carter, Jefferson, Jason Collins, Krstic) for the next two seasons. That’s not to say they don’t have needs. Kidd was playing better than 40 minutes a night down the stretch, so some relief at the point would be welcome. New Jersey could also use another perimeter shooting and, most notably, another big body inside, where Collins is only adequate. The closest thing they have, Brian Scalabrine, is a free agent.
 Toronto . . . . . . . . . .
See number seven above.
 Pacers . . . . . . . . . .
They project to be one of the deepest teams in the league with starters Jamaal Tinsley, Artest, Jackson and O’Neal and Jeff Foster under contract, as well as reserves Anthony Johnson, Fred Jones, Harrison, Scot Pollard and Austin Croshere. They could be seeking three-point shooting. They were only 34 percent a year ago, and must replace the best perimeter shooter in NBA history. Depth at point guard, where Tinsley and Johnson both missed substantial time because of injury, may also be in the Pacers plans.