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Best of the rest (cont.)

Posted: Friday June 23, 2006 4:58PM; Updated: Friday June 23, 2006 4:58PM
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Ian Thomsen's Mock NBA Draft (cont.) -- Round 1
Pick Team Pos. Player School/
Country
Class Ht. Wt.
16 G Maurice Ager Michigan State Sr. 6-4 200
Reliable scorer to fill in if they move Ben Gordon in a blockbuster trade.
17 G Rajon Rondo Kentucky So. 6-2 185
Pacers could use a true uptempo point guard, though this pick may be packaged in a larger trade.
18 F Oleksiy Pecherov Paris Basket Racing (France) -- 7-0 235
Wizards covet size and skill, but is Pecherov athletic enough to fit in?
19 G Shannon Brown Michigan State Jr. 6-3 200
Kings can live with his lack of size when Ron Artest is handling the point.
20 F Shawne Williams Memphis Fr. 6-9 230
Isiah Thomas invests in a long, versatile scorer with lots of upside.
21 G Jordan Farmar UCLA So. 6-2 170
A point guard to eventually take over for Steve Nash?
22 F/C Hilton Armstrong Villanova Sr. 6-10 240
Nets desperate for size, and this late-developing big man is a good investment.
23 G Quincy Douby Rutgers Jr. 6-3 175
This local guard is climbing and could be a microwave off the bench.
24 C Saer Sene Pepinster (Belgium) -- 7-0 235
If Grizzlies can't move up, they might invest in this athletic, but raw, big man.
25 G Dee Brown Illinois Sr. 5-11 165
A big-hearted winner who could thrive as LeBron's teammate.
26 G Mardy Collins Temple Sr. 6-6 225
Phil Jackson likes big guards, and Collins could handle point duties in the triangle.
27 F Brandon Bowman Georgetown Sr. 6-8 219
A typical Suns forward, he's athletic and creates mismatches.
28 F Thabo Sefolosha Biella (Italy) -- 6-6 215
May develop into a wing defender for Mavericks.
29 C Kevin Pittsnogle West Virginia Sr. 6-11 255
Surprisingly, Knicks eschew athleticism in favor of Pittsnogle's perimeter scoring.
30 F P.J. Tucker Texas Jr. 6-5 220
Terrific athlete but needs some work on his perimeter shooting mechanics. The thing that excites coaches is that he should be able to defend a couple of positions.

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