Point guards, potential the buzz words of NBA Draft
Posted: Thursday May 26, 2005 11:36AM; Updated: Friday May 27, 2005 11:49PM
Mock NBA Draft Lottery
Marvin Williams may have bigger upside, but the Bucks need help now. As the surest thing in this draft, Bogut will provide instant results while filling a huge frontcourt void. Having his former coach, Rick Majerus, (a Milwaukee native who got his start at Marquette) vouch for him is another plus.
Not that they don't adore Marvin Williams, but the Hawks will be overwhelmed with perimeter scorers if they sign Ray Allen -- the one big-name free agent that they have a chance of signing -- to go with Al Harrington, Josh Smith and Josh Childress. That's why Atlanta will go with the Illini point guard: He fills a need, and they love him as much as they love Marvin Williams.
The No. 1 talent in the draft falls to the fortunate Blazers, who will market Williams and rookie point guard Sebastian Telfair as the leaders of their new era. Williams is the Dwight Howard of the draft, blessed with enormous character to go with his high basketball faculties. (Should the Hawks settle on Marvin Williams at No. 2, the Blazers will happily settle for Deron Williams, instead.)
Four months after they unloaded Baron Davis to Golden State, here comes his replacement. Flashy and able to contribute immediately, Paul will have something to prove after being overtaken in the draft by Deron Williams. The Hornets will be loathe to trade this pick because Paul will also help at the box office.
Gulf Shores Academy (Texas)
The big loser in the lottery after falling back two spots, the Bobcats will make amends by investing in the draft's best athlete. In a few years Green could become a perimeter star who complements Emeka Okafor in the paint.
A reliable point guard could rally the talented young Jazz back into the playoffs. GM Kevin O'Connor's Carolina connections will help convince him to make this investment.
Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
Vasquez is one of the few big men who can contribute immediately, and he can play both positions in the East while complementing Chris Bosh.
His critics will overstate his lack of toughness, but Frye can score from the elbow or in the post. He's a true center with the height and skill to provide long-needed interior balance to the Knicks offense.
Tau Ceramica (Spain)
Provided he can negotiate a buy-out with his Spanish club, Splitter will provide energy in the paint at both ends of the court while filling in for Troy Murphy and Adonal Foyle.
GM Mitch Kupchak will gamble this fellow Tar Heel can become the Lakers' version of Zach Randolph -- a post-up scorer who provides interior balance to Kobe Bryant.
The Magic will bring him along behind Jameer Nelson and Steve Francis, with the hope Webster blossoms on the perimeter at the same time Dwight Howard is beginning to peak in the paint.
A shooting guard who fills a need for the Clippers. If McCants becomes a disciplined scorer, he and point guard Shaun Livingston could be the backcourt that leads Clippers into the playoffs.
A huge talent who will need years to develop, Martynas (NBA scouts have given him first-name status -- it's easier that way) could become a taller Dirk Nowitzki. That makes him worthy of a gamble.
This athletic swingman could eventually take over for Latrell Sprewell as the T'wolves' big guard of the future.