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A Glimpse at Who's Next

Ian Thomsen predicts that a handful of high schoolers (five) and a flock of foreigners (eight) will be taken in the first round on June 28

1) BUCKS Andrew Bogut

7 feet, 251, Utah

Imagine a young Vlade Divac: This Aussie's a superb passer who can also deliver points in the paint


2) HAWKS Marvin Williams

6'8", 228, North Carolina

Has size, skills and savvy to help transform Atlanta into an exciting, up-tempo team


3) BOBCATS Deron Williams

6'3", 202, Illinois

Charlotte moves up by trading fifth and 13th picks to Portland, then snags best pure point guard


4) HORNETS Gerald Green (right, top)

6'7", 192, Gulf Shores (Texas) Acad.

New Orleans would rather have either Williams, but settles for draft's top athlete


5) BLAZERS Martell Webster (right, bottom)

6'7", 230, Seattle Prep

With pick acquired from Charlotte, Portland lands much-needed long-range shooter


6) JAZZ Raymond Felton

6 feet, 199, North Carolina

Can national champ's playmaker and fastest point guard in draft hustle Utah back into playoffs?


7) RAPTORS Chris Pau

6'1", 178, Wake Forest

Surprisingly drops out of top three, but Toronto happily embraces its point guard of the future


8) KNICKS Channing Frye

6'11", 244, Arizona

True center and skilled scorer should fit well alongside rugged Kurt Thomas


9) WARRIORS Fran Vazquez

6'10", 238, Unicaja Malaga (Spain)

Versatile, high-energy big man can contribute immediately


10) LAKERS Charlie Villanueva

6'10", 237, UConn

L.A. would like to move up and get Green, but Villanueva provides needed length


11) MAGIC Antoine Wright

6'6", 203, Texas A&M

Aggressive at both ends, he'll take over at two for Doug Christie


12) CLIPPERS Yaroslav Korolev

6'9", 203, CSKA Moscow

Long 22-year-old must bulk up but has skills of a point forward


13) BLAZERS Andrew Bynum

7 feet, 285, St. Joseph (N.J.) High

Could this towering 17-year-old be next Jermaine O'Neal?



6'9", 259, North Carolina

With rare first-round selection, Kevin McHale lands low-post threat


15) NETS Joey Graham

6'7", 217, Oklahoma State

Experienced scorer and rugged defender backs up Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter


16) RAPTORS Danny Granger

6'9", 225, New Mexico

Versatile, no-nonsense senior could become Chris Bosh's long-term sidekick in frontcourt


17) PACERS Monta Ellis

6'3", 177, Lanier (Miss.) High

In keeping to form, Donnie Walsh uses his pick on a point guard; this teen's the second coming of Sam Cassell


18) CELTICS Hakim Warrick

6'9", 215, Syracuse

Post-up game and transition skills of senior and 2003 Final Four star could make Ricky Davis expendable


19) GRIZZLIES Jarrett Jack

6'4", 198, Georgia Tech

Experienced junior playmaker will make it easier for Jerry West to unload Jason Williams


20) NUGGETS Rashad McCants

6'4", 201, North Carolina

Volatile and undersized for a two guard, but he fills desperate need for long-range shooting


21) SUNS Roko Ukic

6'5", 183, KK Split (Croatia)

Long, skinny 21-year-old point guard will be groomed as Steve Nash's successor


22) NUGGETS Ersan Ilyasova

6'9", 235, Ulker Istanbul

If it keeps this choice, Denver gets scorer who can develop overseas


23) KINGS Andray Blatche

6'11", 235, South Kent (Conn.)

Prep Jump-shooting big man can learn on job as Brad Miller's backup


24) ROCKETS Francisco Garcia

6'7", 190, Louisville

Houston likes his three-point range but would prefer to trade the pick


25) SONICS Kennedy Winston

6'6", 230, Alabama

Slashing scorer is perfect complement to Seattle's perimeter marksmen


26) PISTONS Chris Taft

6'10", 261, Pitt

His stock has plummeted, but maybe a couple of years of practice against Ben Wallace will help


27) JAZZ Johan Petro

7 feet, 247, Pau Orthez (France)

Has rep for being too soft, but his size and skills make him worth gamble


28) SPURS Wayne Simien

6'9", 256, Kansas

Gifted with an NBA body, senior could help right away in the low post


29) HEAT Mickael Gelabale

6'7", 215, Real Madrid

This rangy 22-year-old Frenchman could fill needed role as wing defender


30) KNICKS Rudy Fernandez

6'6", 172, DVK Joventut Badalona (Spain)

If contract issues can be resolved, he can succeed Allan Houston

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