Wednesday, June 26, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 150



The NBA draft will give internationals 
a chance

The NBA Draft

Christian Schmidt

Tonight young men will hear David Stern call their names, guaranteeing a cushy future and a chance at NBA greatness. 

One of those young men will be Yao Ming, the 7-5 center from China that the Rockets, barring something unforeseen, will take with the first overall pick.

Here's the rest of the 2002 Daily Cougar NBA Mock Draft.

The Top 5

1.) Yao Ming, Houston Rockets. He's 7-5. That makes him worth the risk.

2.) Jay Williams, Chicago Bulls. Chicago adds a legitimate point guard to go with their youth movement.

3.) Mike Dunleavy, Golden State Warriors. Golden State needs a perimeter scorer and Dunleavy is the best small forward.

4.) Drew Gooden, Memphis Grizzlies. Gooden is good, and the Grizzlies like his versatility with forwards Pau Gasol and Shane Battier.

5.) Nikoloz Tskitishvilli, Denver Nuggets. This is where the draft gets interesting. Tskitishvilli has impressed us with his versatility and scoring punch inside and out.

The rest of the lottery

6. Chris Wilcox, Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland likes Wilcox and Caron Butler, but they would prefer an athletic power forward.

7.) Maybiner Hilario, New York Knicks. The Knicks could use a real force at power forward, and Hilario fits the bill. He can also play center.

8.) Dajuan Wagner, Los Angeles Clippers. For some reason, the Clippers like Mighty Mouse despite the size questions. Of course, they could make a trade with this pick.

9.) Caron Butler, Phoenix Suns. The Suns are reported to be high on Jared Jeffries, but Butler is much better now.

10. Jared Jeffries, Miami Heat. Jeffries is tough, despite his slender build. His offensive skills are what the Heat need.

11.) Qyntel Woods, Washington Wizards. Washington could use size and athleticism, and that is what Woods has.

12.) Amare Stoudemire, Los Angeles Clippers. He's big, and his youth won't scare L.A.

13.) Curtis Borchardt, Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks need size up front, but Borchardt will take time to mature.

Everyone else

14.) Melvin Ely, Indiana Pacers. The Pacers don't need much, so a backup big man makes sense.

15.) Bostjan Nachbar, Houston Rockets. The small forward the Rockets have been looking for.

16.) Kareem Rush, Philadelphia 76ers. Nobody likes Rush that much, but Philadelphia wants a two guard.

17.) Frank Williams, Washington Wizards (through a trade). Washington wants a back-up point guard and Williams has talent.

18.) Jiri Welsch, Orlando Magic. Orlando really wants a center, but Welsch is available and he's really good.

19.) Marcus Haislip, Utah Jazz. He fell this far, but the Jazz like his size.

20.) Dan Dickau, Raptors. Toronto wants a point guard and Dickau was their first choice.

21.) Dan Gadzuric, Portland Blazers. Portland wants a center for the future.

22.) Carlos Boozer, Phoenix Suns. Phoenix doesn't like anyone here, so they'll probably try to trade.

23. Rod Grizzard, Detroit Pistons. Grizzard is big and can score, something that defense-oriented Detroit could use.

24.) Juan Dixon, New Jersey Nets. He's hard-nosed and wins, and his lack of size doesn't matter.

25.) John Salmons, Denver Nuggets. I really like Salmons.

26.) Tayshaun Prince, San Antonio Spurs. He can score, and the Spurs could use more of that.

27.) Casey Jacobsen, Los Angeles Lakers. L.A. wants Prince, but they'll settle.

28.) Nenad Krstic, Sacramento Kings. He's 7-0, Yugoslavian, and a friend of Vlade Divac.

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