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    Daye measured well in Chicago and had a good skills camp. The draft is still three weeks away. Also we have no idea how Clark scored on his interview process.

    I would not be suprised if we did go wing with this draft because of the Dunleavy injury and the Q6 situation. Sam Young, Austin Daye, James Johnson, Chase Budinger, Earl Clark, Terrance Williams and Dujuan Summers might all be available. Most of them will be available if we had the 19th pick as well.

    That is the whole deal with the 13th pick you have zero control what the teams in front of you are going to do.

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    Interesting.... In his latest mock draft, Chad Ford has Jordan Hill falling to 10, Brandon Jennings to 14, Blair going at 11, T-Will at 22, Lawson at 24, and has us taking Austin Daye. This is quite different than anything I've seen.
    Picking Austin Daye at #13 makes absolutely no sense for the Pacers. You're looking at a team that needs frontcourt athleticism, toughness, and a talent upgrade at any position other than SF. With Daye you get absolutely none of those things.

    Also, I'd rate the Pacers chances of picking BJ Mullens at 0%. If we're right and Bird likes polished players who are ready to contribute immediately and are also hard-working, high-character guys, he's not going to pick a guy who's years away from playing big minutes, has a questionable motor and work ethic, and often looks disinterested on the court, especially when you consider that he drafted a guy at the same position last year whom he has no reason to be displeased with.

    Picking Clark makes sense. Picking Daye or Mullens just doesn't.

    I will be very, very, very angry if the Pacers pick Daye at 13th, especially if they do it with the intention of playing Granger more at the 4 spot. I'm talking "my wife and kids are going to have to leave the house for the rest of the evening" angry. Even if we pull a Bayless and draft Daye for someone else and trade back a couple spots to get someone I actually want, that's going to be a very ugly 15 minutes until the trade is announced.
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    From Chad Ford's latest "Mock":

    Analysis: The Pacers' biggest need is an athletic big man who can score and block shots. Unfortunately, there aren't any of those guys in the draft this year. They are also looking for a starting point guard. But if the draft plays out like this, the Pacers would have to reach.

    The good news is that Daye could be a great fit, especially if they start playing Danny Granger more at the 4. Daye's shooting ability and upside remind some of, dare we say, Jonathan Bender.
    Them's the magic words. I hope Bird, etal, realize that I actually own a pitchfork, and I know how to use it.

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    Yeah, how do you sell Pacers fans on a pick by saying that he reminds people of Jonathan Bender?

    One thing on Daye that really scares me: He weighed 25 pounds less, at the combine, than Kevin Durant.
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    So in order to get better defensively, we draft super soft, apparently unathletic Austin Daye? I would throw up if we drafted Daye over the likes of Brandon Jennings.

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    Does Daye remind you guys of Anthony Randolph from last year?

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    Daye has yet to hire an agent. He might go back to school for one more season and end up top ten pick next year. He might stay and be top 15 this year. Jonathan Bender was not terrible he was injured. The dude had a more productive NBA career than ten players drafted ahead of Granger.

    I do like Daye in an up tempo game he can run the court and handle the ball well but he settles for the three ball too much on offense a lot of critics say the same thing about Earl Clark.

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    I've been a Clark guy for the last couple weeks. His game needs alot of refinement. And it'd be great if he was an inch or two taller. But with his length (7-2 wingspan and 9-1 reach as I recall), he should 'play' like a 6-10/6-11 guy
    I thought he measured out at 6'10'' already?
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    Does Daye remind you guys of Anthony Randolph from last year?
    No, Randolph is more physical. Daye is a skinnier less skilled Dirk. He prefers to shoot off balance shots and perimeter jumpers rather than posting up and rebounding

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    You'll get no arguement at all from me on Daye. If TBTP waste #13
    on that kid, LB might as well start working on his golf game so he'll
    have something to do in a year or two.

    As for Mullens, your points are good ones. You're right, assuming LB
    sees the sand falling through the hourglass and considers time of the
    essence to get things turned around, Mullens is unlikely.

    I just tossed that thought out because the kid is big, is a very good
    athlete and is someone Bird may think he can 'get to' from a motivational
    standpoint. Plus, it's not like Thad Matta hasn't managed to make less
    than optimal use of a talented kid before (see Dequan Cook).

    If the light goes on for Mullens in the next couple years, he's gonna be
    a steal for some team who gets him where he's likely to be picked.

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    Clark was 6-8.5 w/o shoes and 6-10 w/ shoes. I meant w/o shoes. SInce
    they play w/ them, I should have said 'play' as a 7-footer.

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    Does Daye remind you guys of Anthony Randolph from last year?
    They're two completely different types of players.

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    From Chad Ford's latest "Mock":

    Them's the magic words. I hope Bird, etal, realize that I actually own a pitchfork, and I know how to use it.
    Technically, that's not even a rumor. It's just speculation on his part.
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    http://www.nba.com/2009/news/feature...ony/index.html

    The NBA Combine came and went, and teams undoubtedly learned more from the information they were able to compile off the court than they did on it.





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    This week represented an excellent opportunity for general managers and executives to sit down with front-office members from across the NBA and learn how they may able to help each other out on the trade front, as well as gossip about what may be going on with other teams. Plenty of teams also took advantage of the time spent with their own staff to conduct numerous meetings and really get down to the nitty-gritty of how each talent evaluator feels about the players that may be on the board where they are drafting.

    Getting accurate medical info, measurements and athletic testing results on most of the draft prospects also gives teams a good starting point to build off of as they sit down in their war rooms and begin the long process of ranking and eliminating players off their draft board.

    While the first day of the combine allowed us to see the prospects stacked up against each other from a positional stand point, the second day saw them integrated into groups and asked to show more in terms of their ability to operate within a group setting.

    We saw three-on-zero and four-on-zero transition drills, three-on-zero pick-and-roll sets, and a great deal of work in the half-court. The trainers put in simple offensive plays, basic ball-screen action, pass-cut-replace, cross-screens, pick-the-picker and so forth allowing us to see which players can take instructions and internalize new things on the fly.

    This was somewhat of a showcase for the point guards to show their leadership skills, basketball IQ and basic passing skills. The big men were able to finally play where they are often most comfortable (the post) and remind us of their athleticism along the way.

    As is often the case when you put every NBA general manager, head coach, director of player personnel and scout together in a small gym, the conversations in the bleachers are often far more interesting than on-court action.

    Many grizzled, veteran scouts -- fresh off a long year of being on the road for weeks at a time seeing every prospect in this draft dozens of times -- expressed their concerns about this pre-draft camp influencing their front office more than it should.

    "The general managers and coaches see certain things here that might not match up with everything we saw during the college season," one regional scout grumbled. "But these are just drills. This doesn't tell us anything about how these guys will perform once the lights come on."

    Almost on cue, Ohio State freshman 7-footer B.J. Mullens soars from a foot inside the free throw line to tomahawk jam home an uncontested offensive rebound. An NBA head coach sitting nearby shakes his head in disbelief and scribbles notes down furiously, clearly astonished by the amazing display of athleticism.

    The regional scout rolls his eyes, clearly annoyed. "Where was that during the season?"

    Regardless, there are players here helping themselves just by being out on the court. Syracuse's Jonny Flynn is like a sponge, absorbing coaches' instructions and then showing his teammates exactly where they need to be on the floor. His swagger is unmistakable.

    North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is clearly a man on a mission. Every time he touches the ball, the entire gym knows, as he takes out all of his frustrations on the rim. He's in great shape, jumping better than many of his counterparts, and also measuring out taller than most people expect him to. He has almost identical figures to that of Blake Griffin. Executives in the gym are starting to warm up to him more and more.

    Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair has about as much buzz as any player in the draft right now, and he obviously is enjoying showing off his new chiseled physique. "I lost 38 pounds," he tells us afterwards with a huge grin on his face. He's relishing the chance to make his presence felt in this setting, no longer asked to lead fast breaks or shoot NBA 3-pointers like he was in the first day.

    "I felt much more comfortable out there today," he explains. "I wanted to dunk the ball hard. Give them something to remember me by."

    Blair particularly shines in the interviews with teams and the media day sessions, showing off his gregarious personality that some go as far as to compare to Shaquille O'Neal. "That's just me," Blair tells us with a smile. "I love being around people."

    In addition to the on-court drills, the players also conduct a series of NFL combine-style tests, intended to measure their strength, on-court floor speed, lateral quickness and leaping. The results should be released in the next few days, although it's debatable how much stock NBA teams actually put into them.

    Players will be on the road constantly from this point on, conducting a slew of individual workouts in teams' facilities. Three group workouts, in Golden State on June 1-3, New Jersey June 12-14, and Minnesota June 2-3, will help shape the landscape many of participating prospects. They are open to all NBA teams, and will feature far more of the competitive action that was missing here in Chicago.

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    Terrence Williams interview (during a Warriors workout), as there are some Terrance Williams fans on this board.

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakam...ve-to-be-here/

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    can anybody post the chad ford 3.0 mock draft, I don't have the insider crap.
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    I have seen James Johnson mocked to the Nets. Do not be suprised if 7 of the top ten picks are guards in this years draft with Thabeet, Griffen, Hill being the only non guards drafted in the top 10.
    On sheer potential and "buzz", I agree...I could totally see the top 10 players be combo-guards with potential be picked ( not in any order ) ahead of more established PGs like Lawson, Flynn or Maynor.

    Griffin
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    Harden
    Hill
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    Holiday
    Jennings
    Curry
    Evans

    My guess is that the BPA that we will likely pick from are players like Lawson, Flynn, Blair, Clark and Henderson....anyone else after that....I'm guessing that we'll be reaching at the 13th spot. Even if any of these player creep up to the top 10......anyone after...like the Nets or Bobcats would likely get anyone that would "drop".
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    From Chad Ford's latest "Mock":



    Them's the magic words. I hope Bird, etal, realize that I actually own a pitchfork, and I know how to use it.
    That was my first "uninformed" impression of Daye......he's another Bender-like player.....a tall Forward that can shoot, is much better suited as a SF that we hope can mold into a backup PF and has the dreaded "P" attached to him.
    Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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    That was my first "uninformed" impression of Daye......he's another Bender-like player.....a tall Forward that can shoot, is much better suited as a SF that we hope can mold into a backup PF and has the dreaded "P" attached to him.
    At best, Daye to me looks like a Jarred Jeffries level of impact player, except his impact would be on the offensive end of the floor. He doesn't have Bender's talent or athleticism.

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    Andy Katz on Tuesday's big workout in Oakland. Nothing really major.

    -21 teams in attendance
    -Hansbrough pulled out of the workout for some unstated reason

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/...name=katz_andy

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    can anybody post the chad ford 3.0 mock draft, I don't have the insider crap.
    anybody.........please

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    anybody.........please
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    With the 2009 NBA draft combine in the bag, and with representatives from all 30 teams chatting it up in the lobby in Chicago, we're starting to get a clearer picture of how things might fall on draft night.
    However, the process is far from over. The Reebok Eurocamp is especially loaded this year and will draw a number of top decision-makers. And the hundreds of team workouts still to go will dramatically alter the face of the draft.
    But for now, here's our best stab, after talking to numerous NBA team sources, about how the draft might play out on June 25.

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    Blake Griffin
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-foot-10
    Weight: 248 pounds
    Age: 20
    School: Oklahoma



    Analysis: The Clippers continue to insist that they are keeping their pick and taking Griffin. I think it's the right move. They have some nice young building blocks, and Griffin would be the foundation of that for the future. They can figure out how to get rid of Zach Randolph or Chris Kaman later in the summer.



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    Memphis
    Hasheem Thabeet
    Position: C
    Height: 7-3
    Weight: 267
    Age: 22
    School: Connecticut



    Analysis: I spoke with Memphis GM Chris Wallace at the combine, and he insisted that the Grizzlies haven't decided whom they're taking. They've made a trip to Spain to woo Ricky Rubio and his family, but I still believe that, short of a trade, drafting Thabeet is the most likely outcome. Even if the front office decides that Rubio is the guy, they have to persuade him to pay a huge buyout to come to Memphis.
    From what I can gather, that's not going to happen. The best option for the Grizzlies is to find a team hot for Rubio and get a couple of great assets for the pick. The problem with that plan is that teams don't seem willing to give up the farm for Rubio. Lots of teams like him, but not enough to make a blockbuster deal.



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    Oklahoma City
    Ricky Rubio
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-4
    Weight: 180
    Age: 18
    Country: Spain



    Analysis: Once again, the Thunder are proving to be a tough nut to crack. Last year, we heard them attached to five or six guys in the draft. This year is no different.
    In Chicago, rumors were flying all over the place about which player the Thunder are after. I heard Rubio, Thabeet, James Harden, Jordan Hill and even Stephen Curry mentioned this week. I'm told that the Thunder like Rubio and that Rubio isn't averse to playing in OKC.
    The issue for the Thunder is fit and opportunity. Many on the team see Russell Westbrook as their point guard of the future and aren't sure how he'd fare without the ball in his hands. Maybe more importantly, Thunder GM Sam Presti is an opportunist. If he can get a couple of good assets in return for the No. 3 pick, he won't be afraid to pull the trigger.
    If Rubio is off the board, this will be a tough decision. Thabeet would give them the shot-blocking they desperately need. Harden would give them the savvy of a veteran. Curry would give them shooting. Hill would give them rebounding and energy. They could use all those things.





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    Sacramento
    Jrue Holiday
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-4
    Weight: 199
    Age: 18
    School: UCLA



    Analysis: Holiday's performance at the NBA pre-draft combine suddenly doesn't make this pick such a stretch. Yes, this is very high for Holiday, but at the end of the day, there just isn't a big difference between the fourth pick and the 10th pick in this draft.
    The Kings need a point guard, and if they can't get their hands on Rubio, Holiday's combination of size and defensive ability should get him the nod in Sacramento. The other possibilities here -- including Brandon Jennings, Jonny Flynn and Curry -- don't really fit the team's need. But it looks as if another player, Memphis guard Tyreke Evans, will get a look, too.



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    Washington
    James Harden
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 222
    Age: 19
    School: Arizona State


    Analysis: The Wizards continue to consider moving this pick. However, it's a tough market right now. Teams aren't enamored with the talent here and appear reluctant to give up great assets, including a future first-round pick. If the Wizards keep the pick, they'll have a tough choice between Harden and Hill.

    We had Hill here last week, but from the intel I could gather this week in Chicago, it sounds as if Harden might be slightly ahead.


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    Minnesota
    Tyreke Evans
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 220
    Age: 19
    School: Memphis



    Analysis: The Wolves really need help at center and point guard, but there aren't any centers left worth taking. Evans is an interesting choice. He can play both guard positions and, combined with Randy Foye, could give the Wolves a pretty formidable backcourt. I think Flynn is a better prospect, but Evans is a better fit with what the Wolves are trying to do.



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    Golden State
    Jonny Flynn
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-1
    Weight: 196
    Age: 20
    School: Syracuse


    Analysis: The Warriors don't have a traditional point guard and I think it will be hard for them to pass on Flynn if he's still on the board. I thought they'd be taking a serious look at Brandon Jennings here, and they probably will, but Flynn has the leadership and heart that the Warriors desperately need. Jennings is a project who is much farther away.





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    New York
    Stephen Curry
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 181
    Age: 21
    School: Davidson



    Analysis: Curry got a big boost from the pre-draft camp and suddenly it's not out of the question to see him moving up as high as No. 5. The Knicks may have to hold their breath and pray a little bit that he slides. Curry has the two elements essential for a D'Antoni guard -- a terrific jump shot and high basketball IQ.
    DeMar DeRozan, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday and Jonny Flynn will also get long looks in New York if Curry is gone.



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    Toronto
    DeMar DeRozan
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-6
    Weight: 211
    Age: 19
    School: USC


    Analysis: The Raptors have some needs on the wing since Anthony Parker and Shawn Marion are hitting free agency. On talent alone, DeRozan is one of the most gifted players in the draft. His strong play at the end of the season combined with a confident performance at the combine could push him higher. But if he's here, the Raptors won't pass.


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    Milwaukee
    Jordan Hill
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 232
    Age: 21
    School: Arizona


    Analysis: The Bucks will jump for joy if this scenario happens. Hill is a top-five talent, but if the Wizards pass, he may slip here. None of the other teams are really after a power forward. Hill would be a godsend for the Bucks.

    They face losing both of their free agents -- Charlie Villanueva and Ramon Sessions -- this summer due to financial constraints. That loss could leave them wide open at both the point and the 4. If Hill is gone, they'll try to find the best player among DeJuan Blair, Flynn and Earl Clark.


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    New Jersey
    DeJuan Blair
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-7
    Weight: 277
    Age: 20
    School: Pittsburgh


    Analysis: Rod Thorn has said he needs a moose and he should be able to find one here. The Nets have needs at both forward positions and could face a tough decision among Blair, Clark and James Johnson.

    Blair has the toughness and rebounding ability they crave. Johnson is more of a 3, but he has toughness and versatility. Clark is the most talented of the three, but also the biggest risk.



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    Charlotte
    Gerald Henderson
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 215
    Age: 21
    School: Duke



    Analysis: Since shipping Jason Richardson to Phoenix in December, the Bobcats have some needs in the backcourt. Raja Bell can't hold down the fort forever.
    While they hope a player like DeRozan or Evans falls here, they can settle for Henderson. Henderson isn't the best offensive 2-guard in the draft, but he's NBA-ready and can play lockdown defense.



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    Indiana
    Austin Daye
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-11
    Weight: 192
    Age: 20
    School: Gonzaga



    Analysis: The Pacers' biggest need is an athletic big man who can score and block shots. Unfortunately, there aren't any of those guys in the draft this year. They are also looking for a starting point guard. But if the draft plays out like this, the Pacers would have to reach.
    The good news is that Daye could be a great fit, especially if they start playing Danny Granger more at the 4. Daye's shooting ability and upside remind some of, dare we say, Jonathan Bender.



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    Phoenix
    Brandon Jennings
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 165
    Age: 19
    Country: Italy


    Analysis: The Suns could go a lot of directions depending on where GM Steve Kerr decides to take the team. There's been a lot of talk about Earl Clark here and I think he makes a lot of sense. But they may have a hard time passing on Jennings if he's still on the board.

    Eventually, Steve Nash is going to slow down, and Jennings has the talent to be a big-time point guard down the road. With a year or two of tutoring from Nash, he could be a special player.





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    Detroit
    Earl Clark
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 226
    Age: 21
    School: Louisville


    Analysis: The Pistons will begin their summer makeover in the draft. They'd love to add a dominant low-post scorer, but there just isn't anyone available there. They'll have a tough decision between two upside guys. Clark could be the second coming of Lamar Odom if he's willing to put in the work.

    The versatile forward can play both the 3 and the 4, is amazing in transition, is an excellent rebounder and an emerging shooter. And he has the capability (albeit not always the inclination) to play great defense.
    James Johnson is smaller but tougher. He is also inconsistent but has major upside. Both guys have questions about their background.
    I think Clark gets the edge based on size. He's big enough to be a full-time 4 in the NBA.



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    Chicago
    James Johnson
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-8
    Weight: 258
    Age: 22
    School: Wake Forest


    Analysis: There's been talk that the Bulls may take a look at Tyler Hansbrough. He definitely is a John Paxson-type of player.

    However, Johnson is a talent who could give the Bulls an offensive lift at the 4. He's temperamental, but at this point in the draft he's probably worth it.



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    Philadelphia
    Eric Maynor
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 164
    Age: 21
    School: VCU



    Analysis: With Andre Miller hitting free agency this summer, look for the Sixers to address the point guard position. Lou Williams is nice but not really a lead guard. Maynor would give Philly the total package as one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft.



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    Minnesota
    (via Miami)

    B.J. Mullens
    Position: C
    Height: 7-1
    Weight: 258
    Age: 20
    School: Ohio State



    Analysis: The Wolves don't have a true center, and Mullens is likely to be the best one remaining on the board. At the beginning of the season, he was ranked in our top five, but he slipped because, although his talent remains, he's years away from being ready. However, a lottery team with lots of first-round picks such as Minnesota can roll the dice and pray the gamble pays off.



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    Atlanta
    Jeff Teague
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 175
    Age: 20
    School: Wake Forest


    Analysis: The Hawks have blown it repeatedly when they've needed a point guard in the draft. They passed on Chris Paul to draft Marvin Williams and passed on Rajon Rondo to draft Shelden Williams.


    Then, two years ago, when they finally got around to picking a point guard, they took Acie Law ahead of Rodney Stuckey.
    The choice here likely will come down to Teague and Ty Lawson. Lawson has the experience and leadership credentials, but Teague has the sizzle and upside.




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    Utah
    Tyler Hansbrough
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-10
    Weight: 234
    Age: 23
    School: North Carolina



    Analysis: The Bulls have shown some interest in Hansbrough at pick No. 16, but if he doesn't go there, it feels like destiny that he'll end up in Utah. His tough, blue-collar game would work really well for Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.
    And with the Jazz likely to lose either Carlos Boozer or Paul Millsap, or both, they'll probably have a need at the 4.





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    New Orleans
    Chase Budinger
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-7
    Weight: 206
    Age: 21
    School: Arizona


    Analysis: Budinger would give the Hornets another player who can spread the floor. With Peja Stojakovic on the decline, Budinger's combination of athleticism and shooting would be welcome.




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    Dallas
    Terrence Williams
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-6
    Weight: 213
    Age: 21
    School: Louisville



    Analysis: The Mavs have been willing to take a chance on big-time athletes with a questionable background. It worked for them with Josh Howard and it might work again with Williams. He has lottery talent, and if he can focus and improve that jump shot, he could be a long-term replacement for Jerry Stackhouse.



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    Sacramento
    (via Houston)

    Omri Casspi
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-9
    Weight: 211
    Age: 20
    Country: Israel



    Analysis: The Kings have a lot of offensive weapons. What they lack is toughness. Casspi has the same blue-collar appeal that Andres Nocioni brings to the table, and the Kings can save some cash by leaving Casspi overseas to develop for a few years.





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    Portland
    Ty Lawson
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-1
    Weight: 199
    Age: 21
    School: North Carolina


    Analysis: The Blazers are looking at trading this pick. But if they keep it, they can add a point guard who is battle-proven. Lawson's shooting ability and speed would come in handy in Portland.




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    Oklahoma City
    (via San Antonio)

    Gani Lawal
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-9
    Weight: 229
    Age: 19
    School: Georgia Tech



    Analysis: The Thunder would love to get a true center, but no one worth gambling on is expected to be available at this point in the draft. Lawal is raw, but he's an athlete and a proven rebounder who could provide energy off the bench.



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    Chicago
    (via Denver)

    DaJuan Summers
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-9
    Weight: 243
    Age: 21
    School: Georgetown



    Analysis: Summers is an NBA athlete and a good scorer whose game really slipped toward the end of the season. More and more, NBA scouts are projecting him as a 4 in the league. He's not a great rebounder, but he could give the Bulls some much-needed offense down low. Based on talent, he could go much higher, and he's a value pick for the Bulls here.



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    Memphis
    (via Orlando)

    Sam Young
    Position: SF
    Height: 6-7
    Weight: 223
    Age: 24
    School: Pittsburgh




    Analysis: Young has been terrific the past two years in Pittsburgh and should be able to immediately come in and contribute to the Grizzlies as both an athletic scorer and defender to back up O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.





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    Minnesota
    (via Boston)

    Darren Collison
    Position: PG
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 166
    Age: 21
    School: UCLA



    Analysis: If the Wolves pass on a point guard twice in the draft, don't expect them to do it again. Collison is a steal this late in the draft. He's a veteran who can play both up-tempo or in the grind-it-out, half-court game. His defense and shooting could eventually put him in the position to dethrone Sebastian Telfair.



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    L.A. Lakers
    Toney Douglas
    Position: SG
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 184
    Age: 23
    School: Florida State



    Analysis: The Lakers have issues at point guard, and eventually they'll have to find a replacement for Derek Fisher. Douglas can play a similar role as a clutch shooter and a terrific on-the-ball defender.



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    Cleveland
    DeMarre Carroll
    Position: PF
    Height: 6-8
    Weight: 208
    Age: 22
    School: Missouri
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    Chad Ford's latest mock has us taking Daye ahead of Jennings, T-Will, and Clark? I'm not so sure that Bird is that dense.
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    Ford is incredibly off, not on his predictions, but on his measurements. And if Jordan slips to 10, I hope we jump all of that with a trade.

    Lawson slipping that far is more far fetch than Jennings slipping past us.

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    The draft is still a way away but I found in interesting Carroll of Missouri and Toney Dougles were first rounders. If I am the Pacers I am looking to acquire another early second round pick. Maybe we can work something out with Portland since they have four second round picks and a lot of youth.

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