Posted: Wednesday June 29, 2005 5:02PM; Updated: Thursday June 30, 2005 12:15PM
After a few more heads of chattel are sold off, an ESPN quartet of Mike Tirico, Jay Bilas, Greg Anthony and Stephen A. Smith begin debating the merits of selecting Williams over Wake's Chris Paul, who would go to New Orleans with the very next pick. Smith, in his infinite volume, thought the order should have been reversed but not without the caveat that "if you're the New Orleans Hornets, you could pick Winnie the Pooh, and there'd be no where to go but up." That, unfortunately, got me thinking about what that mock draft might look like if Pooh was available. After talking with a scout friend of mine, who spoke with SI.com on the condition that neither his name nor his initials (CR) be used, here's what we came up with ...
Hundred Aker Wood Power Rankings
7. Piglet, G: Sees the floor well and is a solid passer off the dribble ... can get into the paint, but it usually ends up all over him ... likes to wear a long striped shirt ... pink.
6. Eeyore, C: An imposing presence in the post when he's interested ... quiet but highly coachable, will work his tail off even though it keeps falling off ... unlimited downside potential: has struggled with bouts of manic depression.
5. Owl, SF/SG: An eloquent speaker with a high basketball IQ ... has a wingspan of about 42 inches, a feathery jumpshot and range of up to 30-40 miles ... can be engaging to the point where he loses focus, making him a defensive liability.
4. Rabbit, PF/C: Possesses strong leadership skills and a decisive first move ... often seizes any opportunity to take charge ... can take a charge ... likes to make lists ... is prone to becoming disoriented in unfamiliar surroundings ...
3. Roo, PG/G: Like Wake's Chris Paul, is a tad undersized for the position, but has an explosive first step which allows him to create his own shot ... moves well without the ball and is an excellent help defender.
2. Pooh, F: Biggest asset are his hands ... can finish with either the right or the left and holds on to the ball in traffic ... is the type of player that can make the guys around him better ... has a tendency to get sticky feet and park himself in the lane ... has struggled with his weight ... free-throw shooting, appetite for honey remain issues.
1. Tigger, F/G: A superior athlete who rarely gets tired ... can jump out of the gym ... is a long and lean with the ability to defend four different positions while sitting on his tale ... his top is made out of rubber, his bottom is made out of springs and I'm telling you he is the best shot-blocker I have ever seen in my life.
OK, interest is waning. On to more important things, like Melinda's short-shorts, Danny's busted eye socket and the Q&A with the Human Highlight Reel, who believes No. 2 pick Marvin Williams could spell the end to the Atlanta Hawks' 21-year all star drought ...
A few questions ... for Hawks Vice President Dominique Wilkins
SI.com: How would you rate the Hawks' draft?
DW: I thought we did well. We got the guy we wanted, that we expected to get. He's going to be a great piece to this team. He's a young guy with a long and bright future.