Posted: Tuesday June 28, 2005 10:55PM; Updated: Wednesday June 29, 2005 2:00AM
Burns' First Round Draft Analysis
GM Larry Harris opts for the safe pick. The 7-foot Aussie can definitely play (think Vlade Divac or Brad Miller) and will help Milwaukee immediately. But will Bucks someday regret passing on Marvin Williams?
Too much potential to pass up, even if they are already crowded at SF. The 19-year-old former UNC frosh has future superstar written all over him, and could pave way for a future Al Harrington trade.
Welcome to Salt Lake City, Deron. Your job is to replace John Stockton ... The good news is that Utah thought so highly of Williams' Andre Miller-style game they gave up three first-round picks to move up here.
They needed a PG to replace Baron Davis, and this tough little guy in the Isiah Thomas mold has all the tools to be a star. Think he'll be a little extra motivated when he faces Deron Williams and the Jazz in future years?
Might be a little high for him but the 'Cats desperately needed a PG, and this jet-quick former Tar Heel should be popular with the locals. But should they have taken a guy with bigger upside here and nabbed a PG later?
Seattle Prep (Wash.)
They need a SG and this high schooler with an NBA-ready body and sweet jumper in the Dale Ellis mold is more mature than Green. But Sebastian Telfair had better turn out to be good or their decision to trade down will look bad.
The first real surprise. Though athletic and versatile, this rangy big man plays the same position as Chris Bosh. At least GM Rob Babcock can't be blamed again for drafting based on need more than talent.
Isiah Thomas gets his wish (thanks to Babcock) and lands this skilled, sweet-shooting big man from Arizona. He'll fit Isiah's spread-the-court vision, but he'd better show toughness or New York fans will let him know it.
Another surprise, considering the Warriors already have Troy Murphy. But Golden State was NBA's worst rebounding team last year and this Pac-10 scoring champ can pound the boards.
St. Joseph HS (N.J.)
Big surprise given that Phil Jackson doesn't like high schoolers and GM Mitch Kupchak had to pass on fellow former Tar Heel Sean May. But 7-footers are hard to find, and Bynum has the skills and smarts to be a good one someday.
Safe pick for a team that needs a big man to help out Dwight Howard. Though more of a PF than a true C, he rebounds and blocks shots, and at 22 he might be ready to step in and help immediately.
He's no Andrei Kirilenko and he might need more seasoning in Europe, but this 18-year-old Russian is an athlete who can shoot. But will they someday regret passing up Danny Granger or Rashad McCants?
Cue up the season ticket phone bank! With this former UNC NCAA title hero joining Felton, Carolina fans will be in hog heaven. But they better hope May's leadership and savvy carry over to the NBA game.
Four lottery picks out of UNC? No wonder the Tar Heels won the national title. McCants is considered something of a head case, but he can shoot the ball. GM Kevin McHale no doubt also liked McCants' championship pedigree.
The best available player, along with Danny Granger. This speedy athletic wing can put the ball on the floor or shoot it from deep. But with Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson, he won't play much right away.