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mavsfanforever
06-22-2003, 10:52 PM
Was just reading sacbee and found that mario austin is the projected pick for dallas there. Anyone knows how thid kid is and his no.s

Scott Howard-Cooper: After first three picks, draft is anyone's guess
By Scott Howard-Cooper -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Sunday, June 22, 2003
Sacramento rests easy. The Kings don't draft until No. 56, avoiding a first-round pick and the possibility of a mandatory three-year contract for someone who would barely get a seat at the end of the bench. And Arizona forward Luke Walton is headed toward being picked in the 30s, avoiding the citywide conflict of supporting players as a matter of civic pride while still seeking ways to bar his redhead, Deadhead father from crossing the county line.
Other locales will have to do for intrigue as the annual projection draft arrives Thursday night. The top three picks are all but set, and there's a good chance that the first four selections will have a combined two seasons of college experience. Several teams in the top 10 -- most notably the Raptors, Heat and Bulls -- have been hunting for trades that would deliver immediate help. Another, the Clippers, will soon after begin to consider sign-and-trade possibilities for Andre Miller.

So unsure is the draft after the first three that the decision Thursday of a virtually unknown Siberian six months ago sent the dominoes tumbling as if they were Stonehenge pillars. Pavel Podkolzine, a mobile 7-foot-3 1/2, 300-pounder who can come within two inches of touching the rim standing still, surprisingly withdrew because no team delivered a promise it would take him in the top 10. He could have gone as high as No. 4, but instead returns to his Italian team hoping to push higher in 2004.

That leaves one legit center for the lottery, Chris Kaman, and that's thanks to one good season. The certainties end about there. So do the disclaimers, except that a final mock draft comes Thursday to reflect trades or players who climbed or dropped during the several days of individual workouts that remain.

1. Cavaliers. LeBron James, guard, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, Akron, Ohio. The buildup hasn't just been this season. Many teams would have taken him first after his junior year, ahead of Yao Ming and Jay Williams.

2. Pistons. Darko Milicic, center-forward, Serbia and Montenegro. A scoring small forward like Carmelo Anthony is the immediate need -- a scoring anything, actually -- but Clifford Robinson is getting old, and Milicic blew them away during workouts. He's 6-11 1/2, versatile, aggressive ... and 18 years old.

3. Nuggets. Anthony, forward, Syracuse. Some consolation prize: the stud of the college season.

4. Raptors. Chris Bosh, forward, Georgia Tech. The first swing pick comes with the greatest of implications. Toronto can't afford to waste another season, with fan interest fading and pressure mounting on general manager Glen Grunwald, and point guard T.J. Ford is better prepared to make an immediate NBA impact. But Bosh isn't that far off, is mature beyond his one year in college and is 6-10 1/4. He's also just 225 pounds, but the real definition of thin is a frontline that started Jelani McCoy 25 times and Greg Foster nine.

5. Heat. Ford, Texas. The drawbacks are obvious -- he's 5-11 and doesn't shoot well -- but so is the upside. Ford is a prototype point guard, can run a team and has great vision, and Miami is desperate for a ballhandler. Besides, the reputation of Pat Riley being reluctant to rely on rookies is nothing compared to the hesitancy of relying on international prospects who will need even more time to develop. So, that outweighs some teams putting Maciej Lampe from Poland here in their mock drafts.

6. Clippers. Kaman, center, Central Michigan. Preparing for the free-agent departure of Michael Olowokandi. Few college players climbed in the draft this season like Kaman, and then he became the best true center available when Podkolzine withdrew. But questions remain about his defense.

7. Bulls. Michael Pietrus, guard, France. Chicago wants a swingman, and Dwyane Wade is also a possibility. With the youth movement having gone on long enough, so is a trade.

8. Bucks. Lampe. Gary Payton is a goner, and Kirk Hinrich tops the list of point guards on the board, but Milwaukee still has Sam Cassell and greater needs than depth in the backcourt. Lampe is a 7-footer with range.

9. Knicks. Hinrich, Kansas. New York really needs a big man, but Nick Collison at 6-8 3/4 and Michael Sweetney at 6-7 1/4 don't solve that problem. Point guard is the next-biggest problem area.

10. Wizards. Wade, guard, Marquette. Washington officials -- the ones who will be dismissed or reassigned once a president of basketball operations is hired -- gets a versatile weapon who starred during the tournament.

11. Warriors. Luke Ridnour, guard, Oregon. It's not just bracing for life after Gilbert Arenas, although that's not a bad approach. The backup, Earl Boykins, is also a free agent.

12. SuperSonics. Collison, forward, Kansas. Reggie Evans started 60 games in the Seattle frontcourt. Any more questions?

13. Grizzlies. Sweetney, forward, Georgetown. Memphis is trying to trade up to get an impact player. If it stays here, Jerry West will make a solid pick instead of a reach for positional need. Sweetney is undersized, but he's tough and rebounds, drawing comparisons to Elton Brand as smallish power forwards who can make it on heart and hustle.

14. SuperSonics. Leandrinho Barbosa, guard, Brazil. Payton and Kenny Anderson were dealt during the season, so the point is an obvious need. Barbosa is 6-4 and athletic.

15. Magic. Reece Gaines, guard, Louisville. The eternal search for a point guard in Orlando continues.

16. Celtics. Marcus Banks, guard, UNLV. It's one thing for J.R. Bremer to play unexpectedly well as a rookie, but quite another for him to be set as the point guard of the future.

17. Suns. Zarko Cabarkapa, forward, Serbia and Montenegro. The accelerated development of Amare Stoudemire means Phoenix won't need a power forward for the next 10 or 12 years. But the need for size is still so pressing that Jake Voskuhl turned out to be the Suns' best center, and they want to bring Scott Williams back for another season. Cabarkapa is a 7-footer with a perimeter game.

18. Hornets. Brian Cook, forward, Illinois. The Big Ten Player of the Year is a very good shooter for a power forward and an ideal insurance policy in case P.J. Brown leaves as a free agent.

19. Jazz. Zoran Planinic, guard, Russia. An athletic combo guard for a team that may not have anyone with experience at the point -- only Raul López coming off a knee injury that cost him his rookie season -- and lacks depth at shooting guard.

20. Celtics. Sofaklis Schortsianides, center, Greece. OK, so maybe that Vin Baker trade didn't turn out so well. The next move to get bigger is to go wider: 6-10 and 285 pounds.

21. Hawks. Alexsandar Pavlovic, guard, Serbia and Montenegro. Arguably the best shooter in the draft.

22. Nets. Travis Hansen, guard, BYU. He's an immediate fit off the bench for a team that wants to stay in contention, mature at 25 years old and able to shoot from the outside to balance Jason Kidd in the backcourt. Or whoever replaces Kidd.

23. Trail Blazers. David West, forward, Xavier. The directive from owner Paul Allen is that citizenship must be greatly considered in the pick. Cleaning up the image has finally become a priority. And just when it seemed as if high school product Travis Outlaw was a natural fit on surname alone. West played four years in college, was named Player of the Year by several organizations and comes without a rap sheet.

24. Lakers. Zaur Pachulia, forward, Republic of Georgia. He is still very raw but also a dirty-work low-post player at 6-11 and 250 pounds who could get minutes at power forward and behind Shaquille O'Neal. If L.A. goes big in the free-agent market -- Juwan Howard, Karl Malone, Alonzo Mourning, etc. -- instead of Payton, it would mean Pachulia could develop over time instead of overnight.

25. Pistons. Carlos Delfino, guard, Argentina. After going back at No. 2, Detroit wants to add depth in the backcourt from among Delfino, Hansen or Boris Diaw.

26. Timberwolves. Diaw, guard, France. If Minnesota can remember how to make a first-round pick. Its first since 1999 goes to a versatile, unselfish athlete who was overshadowed on his club team by the development of Pietrus.

27. Grizzlies. Jarvis Hayes, guard, Georgia. Memphis still can't count on Michael Dickerson because of lingering injury problems. Hayes has strength and a shooting touch.

28. Spurs. Josh Howard, forward, Wake Forest. The defending champions will still have a selection from last year, Luis Scola, overseas for another season and don't need to make an international pick to avoid another salary in a cap-management move, so they can pick someone who will play now. Howard is a versatile scorer at small forward who could complement defensive specialist Bruce Bowen.

29. Mavericks. Mario Austin, forward, Mississippi State. Dallas begins a summer searching for an inside presence with a 6-9, 260-pound power forward.

madape
06-23-2003, 08:42 AM
That's just a columnist who has no real insight on the Mavs and is going the easy route and picking a big man for the Mavs. If the Mavs do go big, it will be for a guy with enormous upside. Austin is a 6'8", 21 year old power forward. Not much upside. I think the Mavs are targeting other guys.