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