Aldridge poised to lead draft class thin on star power
Posted: Friday June 23, 2006 4:58PM; Updated: Monday June 26, 2006 12:25PM
This being the hardest draft to predict in the history of the NBA -- no exaggeration, given the dearth of sure-thing All-Stars at the top of the lottery and the depth of equally-talented collegians throughout the first round -- a mock draft at this early stage is an exercise in gauging the needs of each team. Most of the franchises listed below have little idea whom they will end up choosing because the top of the lottery is so unclear. Hopefully the forecast becomes clearer as Wednesday approaches.
Ian Thomsen's Mock NBA Draft -- Round 1
A low-risk choice who should fit nicely alongside Chris Bosh in Raptors' uptempo style.
Benetton Treviso (Italy)
Bargnani should hope he gets by the Raptors because he would complement Tyson Chandler beautifully.
Now that Michael Jordan is in charge, who knows? Jordan likes athletes and Thomas is a monster.
Blazers surprise local fans (the few they have left) and bypass Morrison in favor of Washington star.
No promises have been made, but he's a solid big man ready to contribute; could drop out of lottery if Atlanta doesn't grab him.
Versatile point guard fills a big hole for T'wolves.
Can Celtics turn him into a Shawn Marion type? That's Danny Ainge's dream.
This would be a huge break for the Rockets if they filled their shooting need with the next Kiki Vandeweghe.
Warriors are always a wild card, but they need a center.
North Carolina State
Sonics could trade this pick for a veteran role player to help win now.
An inexpensive scorer to attract fans and balance the floor for Dwight Howard.
A slasher who could be their new project at shooting guard, though Hornets may package their picks to move up..
A heady point guard for the post-Allen Iverson era?
Could fill their need on the wing, though Jazz are said to be investigating trades.
Would serve as Chris Paul's backup, if Hornets aren't scared by reports of minor knee effusion revealed during Lowry's physical this week.