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OutletPass
06-02-2003, 05:56 PM
now this one's really crazy....reading it can cause brain damage to mavs fans....proceed at your own risk level.


First-round draft predictions
A prediction on how the first round of the NBA draft will go, from NBCSports.com contributor Ray Glier.


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TEAM NAME POS. HT. WT. PREVIOUS TEAM

1. Cleveland LeBron James G 6-8 240 Akron, Ohio (HS)
This will be the benchmark pick for the Cleveland franchise for years to come. James should be an NBA star, but before that happens heíll get a coach fired for the team not meeting expectations with him in the lineup.

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2. Detroit Darko Milicic PF 7-0 245 Hemofarm Vrsac (Serbia)
What a grab for the Pistons! They needed size in the middle and they get it. They need a guy to fit with their intense attitude and they get it. They needed some more points and they get it. Better than Nowitzki? A lot of people think so. Milicic is a combo forward who can put it on the floor and can shoot it ... and heís a 7-footer.

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3. Denver Carmelo Anthony SF 6-8 220 Syracuse
Once upon a time, being the best player in college basketball earned you the No. 1 pick overall. Times have changed, but thereís still room for a player who does everything like Melo. He will have more impact his first season than James or Milicic. The Nuggets know they have a special small forward who can play at a high level in big games. Better than the scoring -- for now -- is his ability to make his teammates better.

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4. Toronto Chris Bosh PF 6-11 210 Georgia Tech
The Raptors dropped out of the top 3 and will miss on Anthony, but they could use front court depth, so Bosh looks like the pick. He looks too thin for the NBA, but he has a big upside and can add scoring. GM Glen Grunwald could package this pick in a trade, but itís not likely heíll trade away a potential All-Star.

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5. Miami T.J. Ford PG 5-10 165 Texas
Here is the nucleus: Caron Butler, Eddie Jones, Brian Grant and Mourning. Whatís missing? A point guard. There are some things to question, though. I look at Ford and donít see the typical Riley point guard; a scorer. Fordís range is questionable; heís 5-10 (maybe). But he can play. A lot might depend on whether they keep Mourning.

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6. L.A. Clippers Chris Kaman C 7-0 255 Central Michigan
The Clips might let Michael Olowokandi walk, so they need a big man. Theyíll grab Kaman, a 7-footer who can move his feet and doesnít mind touching the ball with his off hand.

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7. Chicago Dwyane Wade SG 6-4 200 Marquette
The Bulls are looking for a dynamic player to come off the wing. Hereís their guy. He could even play some point guard for them. Listed at 6-4, Wade plays bigger and will be a very good pro.

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8. Milwaukee Mike Sweetney PF 6-8 260 Georgetown
The Bucks are in the market for low-post help, specifically a power forward. Sweetney didnít get much credit for a terrific year in the Big East because of some other top players, but heís a diligent player who is older and more savvy than many players in the draft.

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9. New York Maciej Lampe PF 7-0 233 Real Madrid (Spain)
The Knicks need a big. They could really chase New Orleansí free agent P.J. Brown, but they can go for the best player remaining on the board, the 7-foot Lampe. Heís young, but the Knicks need to get younger and stay away from spent NBA veterans who donít work out.

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10. Washington Jarvis Hayes SF 6-7 220 Georgia
The bald Hayes is not going to make anyone forget about the Bald One who was just kicked out of town. But Hayes is an exciting player who can make shots from anywhere on the floor. Heís muscular, can run, and has some moves to go with the shot.

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11. Golden State Kirk Hinrich PG 6-3 190 Kansas
Forever in the market for a point guard, the Warriors grab Hinrich over Oregonís Luke Ridnour. Heís not as flashy as Ridnour, but Hinrich is always moving and hustling ... and he can shoot it.

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12. Seattle Anderson Varejao PF 6-10 230 FC Barcelona (Spain)
The Sonics have said they need a big forward they can trust and, for now, Varejao is the third best international player out there and perhaps the best bet. There is some question whether he will stay in the draft. If he doesnít expect Nick Collison to move up.

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13. Memphis Mickael Pietrus SG 6-6 200 Pau Orthez (France)
My hunch is the Griz were hoping Wade would fall to them. If the Marquette star does fall, somebody higher up in the draft is going to be sorry. Memphis was desperate for a star in this draft and it almost happened with the ping pong balls. They settle for a very good athlete in this French wing, a 6-foot-6 slasher with a medium-range jumper.

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14. Seattle Nick Collison PF 6-9 250 Kansas
The Sonics need rebounding and inside defense, and Collison will help both with a strong work ethic. His play in big games has earned him some status in this draft. He can run the floor and score, in addition to getting on the boards.

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15. Orlando Reece Gaines PG 6-6 185 Louisville
It might be a stretch to think he can be the point guard the Magic are looking for, but he has some tools. Gaines will take charge of a team and he can break down a smaller point guard and get some shots.

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16. Boston David West PF 6-8 232 Xavier
Vin Baker wonít help when he comes back and who knows about Antoine Walker. He didnít look like much in the playoffs. West's inside determination can change the Celtics' ridiculous reliance on the 3-pointer. Yeah, the Celtics need a point guard, but the need for a power forward who will fight Kenyon Martin is a priority, too.

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17. Phoenix Zarko Cabarkapa F 6-11 230 Buducnost (Serbia)
Heís down the list with some scouts, into the late 20s of the first round. But the scout I talked to has him rated 18-22. Considering Phoenix needs some rebounding help this should be their guy.

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18. New Orleans Boris Diaw SF 6-8 201 Pau Orthez (France)
A lot is going to depend on the new hire as head coach. If itís Mike Fratello, heís going to have a lot of say in the player taken here. The best available player at No. 18 would be Diaw, a very good athlete and strong defender. Heís the fifth or sixth best international player in the draft.

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19. Utah Leandro Barbosa PG 6-3 190 Bauru Tilibra (Brazil)
The Jazz could have all kinds of cash if Karl Malone doesnít return. They could make a play for point guard Andre Miller and Pacers forward Jermaine OíNeal, among others. Barbosa is a good idea at point guard because he has quickness, size, and heís aggressive with the ball.

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20. Boston Luke Ridnour PG 6-2 175 Oregon
If Red Auerbachís making the pick he goes for the 7-foot-4 Russian Pavel Podkoizine because thatís what you do in basketball ... you get the big guy. Danny Ainge needs to come up with a find like Tony Parker to run his team. Ridnour is a point guard who can run with Pierce and change the look of a team that has relied too much on the 3.

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21. Atlanta Carlos Delfino SG 6-7 191 Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
The Hawks need a big guard so they could chase this 6-7 big guard/small forward and see how he works out. He is supposed to be top-drawer defensively, which is just what the Hawks need. Even if he just tries to play defense that would be an improvement for this club.

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22. New Jersey Alexander Pavlovic SG 6-7 207 Buducnost (Serbia)
An agile player on the break who loves to get out and dunk, according to one scout. A Richard Jefferson type player in transition, but with more moves. The kind of fast, aggressive big guard the Nets have given Jason Kidd a chance to work with.

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23. Portland Mario Austin PF 6-8 265 Mississippi St.
I think the Blazers need a better lead guard than Damon Stoudamire. He shoots too much for a guy who isn't consistent and he doesn't find Rasheed Wallace enough in the clutch. There might not be a suitable point guard available so Austin looks like best available. He's solidly built, but I see him more as medium-range player than back-to-the basket type. He can run with the Blazers.

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24. L.A. Lakers Brian Cook PF 6-10 240 Illinois
I think Cook could go higher than the 24th pick in the draft. Heís almost 7-feet and he can shoot outside and go inside. The Lakers will probably get some physical help for Shaq inside, so they should grab Cook and see where he settles, low-post or medium-range scorer.

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25. Detroit Sofoklis Schortsianitis PF 6-9 280 Iraklis (Greece)
Nicknamed ďBaby ShaqĒ (another one nicknamed Baby Shaq?), he has a lot of muscle. Still young and raw, but the NBA doesnít seem to mind those traits. Pistons are a guard-oriented team that can use some help inside for Ben Wallace.

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26. Minnesota Marcus Moore PG 6-6 182 Washington State
A big point guard who can help the T-Wolves solve their issue in the backcourt. Minnesota went through a lot of point guards after Terrell Brandon was hurt. Moore is at least a junior, so the NBA isnít getting a green player.

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27. Memphis Zaur Pachulia PF 6-10 240 Ulker Spor Istanbul (Turkey)
The Grizz need a big man inside and this 6-11 power forward from the Republic of Georgia fits their needs. Heís solid inside as far as rebounding and shot-blocking, but needs help offensively.

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28. San Antonio Jerome Beasley PF 6-10 241 North Dakota
Created some buzz with his play at Portsmouth. A reach to get into the first round, but he turned some heads. Just like the Spurs to uncover another semi-overlooked prospect.

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29. Dallas Marquis Estill PF 6-10 235 Kentucky
No, he doesnít fit the mold of the run-and-gun Mavs. But at some point there has to be some beef inside to combat opponents like Tim Duncan. Estill has some skill around the basket and he can find open shooters outside.


---Estill isn't even mentioned in the first round of other mocks....very weird ! Best I've seen is #45.

Ummmmm Ok
06-02-2003, 06:01 PM
He has Sofoklis and Lampe too low, but Diaw and Cook and Beasley are too high. IMO

Chicago JK
06-02-2003, 06:09 PM
Estill would be an excellent first round pick. Most mock's have him in the second round, but I will be surprised if he slips into round 2. Excellent post player and UK bigs have done pretty well in the NBA over the past few years.

u2sarajevo
06-02-2003, 06:23 PM
I concur. Estill would be a good pick at 29. Not quite a steal, but a solid pick no doubt.

Evilmav2
06-02-2003, 06:24 PM
No, no, no, no... No Kentucky stiffs for the Mavs... Tubby Smith does nothing to develop his big men that would prepare them for the kind of offense we run, and whenever I have seen Estill (too many darned times) he has looked like a banging stiff who cruised on exploiting his moderate size and strength advantages against weaker college competition...

Whoever wrote this NBC/Sporting News draft is probably a Kentucky fan. I'm not surprised none of the other mock drafts put Estill anywhere near the first round...

u2sarajevo
06-02-2003, 06:30 PM
A stiff? Compared to what? Raef?

Rhylan
06-02-2003, 07:40 PM
From what I'd read (before Portsmouth), I would like to see Beasley available when the Mavs pick.

OutletPass
06-02-2003, 07:44 PM
Here's your guy Rhylan...projected at #30.

Jerome Beasley
Birthdate: 5/17/80
NBA Position: Power Forward
College: North Dakota
Class: Senior
Ht: 6-10
Wt: 241
Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
High School: Moreno Valley
Team Site Profile 2002 Stats


Strengths: Does a great job on establishing position on the blocks ... Owns a nice turnaround jumper that he can make from 10-14 feet out with regularity ... Shows above average post footwork when maneuvering around the lane ... Mobile player able to run the court with some speed ... When receiving the ball in the post he uses a quick spin move to gain separation for the dunk or lay-up ... Has extremely soft touch around the basket ... Solid finisher who understands how to use his body to shield off defenders ... Emotional player who plays the game with enthusiasm ... Doesn't need much time to execute his offense from the perimeter ... Has shown the ability to catch and shoot from 18 feet ... With his soft hands and ability to keep his body wide in the post he is able to catch most passes ... Makes great use of the glass when facing the basket ... Has 3-point range on his jumper ... Defensively Beasley shows above average lateral movement ... Shows a solid hook shot when he turns into the lane ...

Weaknesses: Has to work on his rebounding fundamentals such as boxing out better under the basket ... Could stand to tone his body which looks as though he is carrying a little baby fat ... Not an extreme athlete by any means as he has average quickness and leaping ability ... Back to the basket moves are in need of improvement like a drop step and an up and under ... Settles to shoot from the perimeter a little too much instead of backing defenders down in the low post ... Defensively his post defense will need to be improved ... Lacks the leaping ability to be a shot blocker at the NBA level ... Not a great rebounder when it comes to rebounding out of position ... Level of competition will raise some concerns with NBA GM's as he hasn't played against great big men ... Shot selection can be inconsistent at times ... While not a bona fide tweener Beasley is still figuring out what position will maximize his skil! ls ...

-Matthew Maurer

mavsfanforever
06-02-2003, 10:07 PM
Marquis Estill is the next Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

MavsFanFinley
06-02-2003, 10:11 PM
Thanks for all the articles OP. Much appreciated.

Estill would be a solid pick. I watched a lot of Kentucky ball this year and liked what I saw in Marquis. He's an upgrade over Raef and Eddie. They can thank Chuck Hayes for standing up and saying the team needed to get Estill more involved. It more than paid off for Kentucky.

My only concern is that he isn't projected in any of the first round mock drafts. As u2sarajevo
points out, he wouldn't necessarily be a steal, but he'd be a solid pick for the Mavs that late in the first round.

I can see the Lakers taking him though.

jayC
06-02-2003, 10:56 PM
When and where is the nba draft?

MavsFanFinley
06-02-2003, 11:47 PM
When and where is the nba draft?

The draft is June 26th.

Not sure where, but NY keeps coming to mind.

grbh
06-03-2003, 08:32 AM
Having the last pick in the first round is a time to reach. Don't give me a safe pick, because a safe pick is likely to become an NBA journeyman. Reach a bit, take a chance. Either go with a Euro you have to develop, or maybe take a chance on that manchild from Western Kentucky. I think his stock has fallen a ton with his injuries.