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NBA Draft 2001 Features and Analysis

It's Not Easy Being Green
The open-air "green room" at NBA Draft 2001 left emotions exposed for the draftees and their families, including the formation of fast friendships.

Magic Journey
Brendan Haywood had a long but eventful Draft night, starting with being last in the green room, then drafted by the center-heavy Cavs and finally traded to Orlando -- while his emotions covered the full spectrum throughout.

The Warrior Within
Troy Murphy's life underwent some radical changes as he was drafted by Golden State, headed west for an introductory news conference and returned home for some well-deserved rest. Follow the completion of Troy's Trek to NBA Draft 2001.
Troy's Trek: So Close and Still So Unknown
Troy's Trek: Lost Luggage and Practice Push-ups
Troy's Trek: Taking on the Teams
Troy's Trek: The Trek Begins

Holding Court
His draft stock has gone through ups and downs worthy of Wall Street, but the unanimous opinion on Shane Battier reads that he is a class act, on the game's floor and in its spotlight.

Pedigree Plus Practice Equals Power
Jason Richardson has two years of basketball education at Michigan State's dominant program plus a willingness to work hard that makes him a powerful pick.

Draft Questions, Fan Answers
With so many conflicting opinions from draft "experts," NBA.comTV anchor Carlos Diaz turned his attention fan-ward and got just as big of a variety from callers to the "NBA Beat."

Drafting Gone Global
The recent success of international players in the NBA has prompted scouts to dig out their passports and head overseas in search of the next Dirk Nowitzki or Peja Stojakovic. Now NBA Draft 2001 could see the highest selection ever of an international prospect in Spain's Pau Gasol.
NBA Draft 2001's international prospects

Center of Attention
No sure bets, but the five spot this year is big on size and potential. NBA.com analyst Brad Greenberg ranks and evaluates the top 10 center prospects in NBA Draft 2001.
Position comparison: Forwards
Position comparison: Guards

Reviving a Dream
While NBA Draft 2001 looks to be one of the youngest ever, its hopefuls also include 26-year old Horace Jenkins who starred at Division III William Paterson after four years away from school and now hopes to cap his comeback by making it to the NBA.

What They're Saying
Catch the buzz on the top Draft prospects with comments from scouts and general managers around the league, including video clips from the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago.
Interviews with potential top Draft picks

Just Listen
The 2001 Schick Rookie of the Year, Orlando's Mike Miller, writes a letter to this year's potential draft picks offering plenty of advice for a successful rookie season, with one dominant theme.

Remembering Draft Day
Hearing his named called into the NBA is one of the most memorable moments in every player's career. Live the experience through a selection of recollections and discover that memorable doesn't always mean pleasant.

Dream a Big Dream
They say you can't teach height, of which plenty abounds in NBA Draft 2001, but the cloud attached to this silver lining comes in the form of one of the youngest crops of potential draftees ever, making it hard to predict the picks.
NBA Draft 2001 Notes

Swirsky on the Draft
Raptors radio voice Chuck Swirsky gives his analysis on the 2001 potential draftees for NBA.com/Canada.
Basketball U. Masters Tutorial: The NBA Draft

 
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