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FEELING A DRAFT
Posted by By Jeff Dengate on June 27, 2006 12:00 p.m. ET
So, who's No. 1? Nope, we're not talking the Miami Heat but rather who will go first overall in the 2006 NBA Draft. Really, nobody has any idea.
-- [New York Times]
Toronto holds the top pick and could take Italy's Andrea Bargnani, making the league's only true international team even more diverse.
-- [Toronto Star]
Of course, such is this year's draft that Colangelo could possibly swing a trade to drop a few spots and still take the youngster drawing favorable comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki.
-- [Dallas Morning News]
But, before Draft night arrives and the trades and picks start flying, let's look at who might pick who with the top few selections:
No. 1: If the Raps don't trade down, could they take LaMarcus Aldridge?
-- [Charlotte Observer]
No. 2: This belonged to the Knicks, but it goes to the Bulls from the Eddy Curry deal. Not a bad pick to have with names like Thomas, Roy and Morrison sure to be available.
-- [Chicago Sun-Times]
No. 3: Could the Bobcats take Bargnani at three? "I donít think Bargnani will be there if they move beyond us," Charlotte's GM and head coach Bernie Bickerstaff said recently of the possibility Toronto would try to trade down and still land the 6-10 forward.
No. 4: Blazers Prez, Steve Patterson, is talking but he's keeping mum on what the team will do.
-- [Oregon Live]
No. 5: The Hawks could be locked in at five, taking Shelden Williams. Earlier this month, rumors surfaced that he stopped working out for teams. The Hawks could use a solid inside presence, but is that how Williams will pan out?
-- [FOXSports.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Beyond the top five, nothing gets much clearer. Like, what does Seattle do at 10?
-- [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
Or who do the Sixers tab 15 minutes later?
-- [Philadelphia Inquirer]
And who's on the trading block?
-- [Salt Lake Tribune]
The Cavs could be a draft-night dealer, with Danny Ferry hinting that three rookies won't make his squad.
-- [Akron Beacon Journal]
But there's more questions than just who's picking whom and who's swapping picks. How about, will X player even hear his name called at all?
Insert Marco Killingsworth.
-- [Indianapolis Star]
Also, Yemi Nicholson.
-- [Denver Post]
And Kenny Adeleke, too.
-- [New York Post]
Steve Novak is feeling confident.
-- [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Another question: Will he crack the first round?
Yes, you, Mr. Brown.
-- [USA Today]
Always a popular query: What position does he really play?
"He" could be Randy Foye.
-- [USA Today]
All of that didn't help much, did it? Good. Now there's a little excitement left for tomorrow night when the Draft gets underway at 7 ET on ESPN. Until then, head on over to NBA.com's Draft 2006 section for profiles of more than 130 prospects, a primer on international players, history or drafts past and much more.