Meet the Sonics 2006 Training-Camp Invitees
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Kevin Pelton, SUPERSONICS.COM | October 1, 2006
The Sonics added six players to their training-camp roster, announced Friday. Of those, Denham Brown and Mike Wilks aren't really newcomers. Brown was drafted by the Sonics in the second round of the June Draft, while Wilks joined the Sonics at last season's trade deadline. The other four are still in need of an introduction, and SUPERSONICS.COM offers brief bios:

3 | Kenny Adeleke


Position: Forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 245
College: Hartford '06
Born: February 10, 1983

Undrafted after completing his stellar college career, Kenny Adeleke hopes to make the Sonics as a training-camp invitee on the strength of his work on the glass. If that formula sounds familiar, it's because it is. Four years ago, Reggie Evans came to Seattle unwanted by the NBA in the Draft. He ended up starting 189 games in three-plus seasons with the Sonics - including all 79 he played in 2004-05 as the team won the Northwest Division - before being traded to Denver last season and earning a five-year contract this summer as a free agent. Even before coming to Seattle, Adeleke embraced the comparison. "I see myself as a Ben Wallace or Reggie Evans type," he told HoopsHype.com in June. "Players that play hard. My goal in the NBA is hopefully one day to be a great rebounder." Adeleke, who played three seasons at Hofstra before transferring to Hartford for his senior season, was a great rebounder at the collegiate level, ranking second in the NCAA with 13.1 rebounds per game as a senior and adding 20.7 points per game. Adeleke shined at the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp; DraftExpress.com named him the MVP of the camp.

33 | Desmon Farmer


Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6-5
Weight: 220
College: USC '04
Born: October 7, 1981

After spending the last two training camps with the Indiana Pacers but failing to crack the squad, Desmon Farmer will look to get his NBA break in Seattle. A standout at USC, Farmer spent last season in the NBA Development League with Tulsa. Farmer averaged 16.4 points per game to rank second on the 66ers, and his 113 3-pointers led the D League. Farmer made his attempts beyond the arc at a cool 42.8% clip and might be the best shooter in camp after All-Stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Farmer played for the Sonics Rocky Mountain Revue entry this summer, making a league-high 11 3-pointers in 21 attempts. He twice topped 20 points to earn an invitation to training camp.

5 | Milt Palacio


Position: Guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
College: Colorado State '99
Born: February 7, 1978

A seven-year NBA veteran who was undrafted out of Colorado State, Milt Palacio joins his seventh NBA team after spending last year with the Northwest Division rival Utah Jazz. Palacio started 18 games in Utah, averaging a career-high 6.2 points per game, as well as 2.7 assists. Palacio has played regular minutes since his rookie season in Vancouver thanks in large part to his size for the point-guard position and his defensive ability. Offensively, Palacio has shined in transition but lacks range on his jumpshot (just three 3-pointers over the last two seasons) and is occasionally turnover-prone. He'll battle Wilks for a potential third point-guard spot on the roster.

9 | Kareem Rush


Position: Guard
Height: 6-6
Weight: 215
College: Missouri '03
Born: October 30, 1980

Kareem Rush seems overqualified for a training-camp invitee. A 2002 first-round pick, he spent two years with the Lakers, backing up Kobe Bryant. Rush had the defining performance of his career in Game 6 of the 2004 Western Conference Finals, leading the Lakers to the NBA Finals by scoring 18 points off the bench, all of them 3-pointers. He shot 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. A streak shooter, Rush was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats midway through the 2004-05 season and averaged 11.5 points per game the rest of the year. Last season, Rush started 25 of the 47 games he played and averaged 10.1 points. His brother, JaRon, was in camp with the Sonics in 2001. Another brother, Brandon, is entering his sophomore season at Kansas, having led the Jayhawks in rebounding and scoring as a freshman.