2002 NBA DRAFT SELECTIONS:

First Round, No. 5: Nicoloz Tskitishvili, F, Benetton Treviso (Italy), native of Georgia
First Round, No. 25 (from Dallas): Frank Williams, G, Illinois
Williams was then traded to Knicks along with Antonio McDyess and a second-round pick in 2003 for Mark Jackson, Marcus Camby and No. 7 pick Maybyner Hilario, F, Vasco da Gama, Brazil
Second Round, No. 33: Vincent Yarbrough, F, Tennessee

NUGGETS' NINE-MAN ROTATION:

Guards: Tim Hardaway and James Posey; Forwards: Calbert Cheaney and Juwan Howard; Center: Scott Williams. Top Subs: Forward George McCloud, Guard Voshon Lenard, Forward Ryan Bowen. Free Agents in Top Nine: Cheaney, Williams, Lenard.

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MARTY BLAKE'S POST-DRAFT ANALYSIS:

"I thought Denver did very well. Tskitishvili will give them some size, although that pick was a mild surprise and set up the rest of the draft. They got Maybyner Hilario in the trade from New York and in that deal they also got Mark Jackson, who can play the point a little. Yarborough, if you can wake him up, he's one of the better small forwards out there."

RECENT FIRST-ROUND DRAFT CHOICES:

YEAR PLAYER UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2000 Mamadou N'Diaye Auburn
1999 James Posey Xavier
1998 Raef LaFrentz Kansas
Tyronn LueNebraska
1997 Tony Battie Texas Tech
1996 Efthimios Rentzias PAOK (Greece)
1995 Brent Barry Oregon State
1994 Jalen Rose Michigan
1993 Rodney Rogers Wake Forest
1992 LaPhonso Ellis Notre Dame
Bryant Stith Virginia
1991 Dikembe Mutombo Georgetown
Mark Macon Temple
1990 Chris JacksonLouisiana State
1989 Todd Lichti Stanford
1988 Jerome Lane Pittsburgh
1987 (no first-round selection)
1986 Maurice Martin St. Joseph's
Mark Alarie Duke
1985 Blair Rasmussen Oregon
1984 (no first-round selection)
1983 Howard Carter Louisiana State
1982 Rob Williams Houston

RECENT 5TH SELECTIONS:

YEAR PLAYER DRAFTING TEAM UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2001Jason RichardsonGolden State WarriorsMichigan State
2000Mike MillerOrlando MagicFlorida
1999Jonathan BenderToronto RaptorsPicayune HS (MS)
1998Vince CarterGolden State WarriorsNorth Carolina
1997Tony BattieDenver NuggetsTexas Tech
1996Ray AllenMinnesota TimberwolvesConnecticut
1995Kevin GarnettMinnesota TimberwolvesFarragut Academy (Ill.)
1994Juwan Howard Washington BulletsMichigan
1993Isaiah Rider Minnesota TimberwolvesNevada-Las Vegas
1992LaPhonso EllisDenver NuggetsNotre Dame
1991Steve Smith Miami HeatMichigan State
1990Kendall Gill Charlotte HornetsIllinois
1989J.R. ReidCharlotte HornetsNorth Carolina
1988Mitch Richmond Golden State WarriorsKansas State
1987Scottie Pippen Seattle SuperSonicsCentral Arkansas

RECENT 25TH SELECTIONS:

YEAR PLAYER DRAFTING TEAM UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE
2001Gerald WallaceSacramento KingsAlabama
2000Iakovos TsakalidisPhoenix SunsAEK (Greece)
1999Tim JamesMiami HeatMiami
1998Al HarringtonIndiana PacersSt. Patrick's H.S. (N.J.)
1997John ThomasNew York KnicksMinnesota
1996Martin Muursepp Utah JazzBC Kalev Tallinn (Estonia)
1995David Vaughn Orlando MagicMemphis
1994Greg MinorLos Angeles ClippersLouisville
1993Corie BlountChicago BullsCincinnati
1992Elmore SpencerLos Angeles ClippersNevada-Las Vegas
1991Shaun VandiverGolden State WarriorsColorado
1990Alaa AbdelnabyPortland Trail BlazersDuke
1989John MortonCleveland CavaliersSeton Hall
1988David RiversLos Angeles LakersNotre Dame
1987Ron MooreNew York KnicksWest Virginia State