Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2006 3:47PM; Updated: Wednesday June 28, 2006 5:18PM
1. What 5 players will make the biggest impact over the course of their careers?
Though not a well-known commodity to many observers, Andrea Bargnani coulp help turn Toronto's fortunes around quickly.
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Bargnani will be a solid pro at the very least and could be a complementary star in Toronto alongside Chris Bosh. The 7-foot Bargnani has 3-point range, he's an athletic shot-blocker and he's been playing against grown men in Italy and the Euroleague the last two years.
One of the NBA's top scouts believes that Adam Morrison will be the next Kiki Vandeweghe; others doubt that he's smooth enough at the offensive end to be an All-Star. At the very least he should be a 12-15 ppg scorer.
Expect Brandon Roy to get off to a solid start as a scorer and defender for Portland, Minnesota or a team that trades up to get him.
Randy Foye's scoring will elevate him in this new era of perimeter scorers.
Tyrus Thomas has the athletic potential to be a dominating front-line player, but it may take a while for him to develop.
2. What 5 teams will be the biggest movers and shakers on draft day?
Hours before the draft the Celtics agreed to trade their No. 7 pick, Raef Lafrentz and Dan Dickau to Portland for Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and an '07 second-rounder.
The Sonics will probably trade up or down with the No. 10 pick, either swapping with Boston at No. 7 or Philadelphia at No. 13.
Chicago, with picks at Nos. 2 and 16 and gobs of cap space, were involved in numerous talks. Word is that Tyson Chandler can be had in a trade, and if he's moved it could mean that the Bulls are considering a major free-agent run at Ben Wallace.
Memphis has been looking to trade up into the lottery; so, too, was Phoenix, though its hopes of acquiring Seattle's No. 10 pick appear dead.
Houston was either looking to move up to No. 6 in hope of grabbing Roy, or else trading its No. 8 pick for a veteran player.