Every player dreams of hearing his name called on draft night. NBA veteran and TNT broadcaster Danny Ainge got to experience it twice. One of the few athletes who have been drafted by two professional sports teams, he was selected by the NBA’s Boston Celtics in 1981 and MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays in 1977.

Ainge went on to enjoy a 14-year career as an All-Star in the NBA, winning two championships with the Celtics. Then he got to experience the draft from the other end of the bench, as the Suns' head coach for three seasons. Now Ainge is involved in his third different draft role, from an analyst's perspective as he presents his predictions for the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft.

"This is one of the strangest drafts," Ainge says. "The middle of the draft is pretty strong. (Jiri) Welsch, (Kareem) Rush, (Melvin) Ely, (Jared) Jeffries, (Dan) Dickau and (Juan) Dixon could all be good impact players right away.

Danny Ainge's 2002 Mock Draft
1. Houston Yao Ming, China - "It is a little troubling that he is 7-5 and not a shot blocker, though he has great presence and a great touch."
2. Chicago Jay Williams, Duke
3. Golden State Mike Dunleavy, Duke
4. Memphis Drew Gooden, Kansas
5. Denver Caron Butler, Connecticut
6. Cleveland Chris Wilcox, Maryland
7. New York Curtis Borchardt, Stanford
8. LA Clippers Amare Stoudemire, Cypress Creek HS
9. Phoenix Maybyner "Nene" Hilario, Brazil
10. Miami Dajuan Wagner, Memphis
11. Washington Qyntel Woods, Northeastern Mississippi CC
12. LA Clippers Jared Jeffries, Indiana
13. Milwaukee Nicoloz Tskitshivili, Georgia
14. Indiana Kareem Rush, Missouri
15. Houston Jiri Welsch, Czechoslovakia
16. Philly Melvin Ely, Fresno State
17. New Orleans Dan Dickau, Gonzaga
18. Orlando Marcus Haslip, Tennessee
19. Utah Carlos Boozer, Duke
20. Toronto Juan Dixon, Maryland
21. Portland Dan Gadzuric, UCLA
22. Phoenix Fred Jones, Oregon
23. Detroit Bostjan Nachbar, Slovenia
24. New Jersey Casey Jacobsen, Stanford
25. Denver Rod Grizzard, Alabama
26. San Antonio Ron Murray, Shaw University (Div. II)
27. LA Lakers Sam Clancy, USC
28. Sacramento Nenad Krstic, Yugoslavia

Sleeper of the Draft
Amare Stoudemire - He could be the best player of the draft when all is said and done in their NBA careers.