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2000 NBA Draft Superlatives
Posted: Thursday June 29, 2000 02:10 PM
After Wednesday nightıs NBA Draft, CNNSI.com's Jennifer Cooper handed out a few standard honors -- and then came up with some of her own.
Most Likely to Succeed: Kenyon Martin The consensus player of the year is joining a New Jersey franchise that's on the way up. His rebounding and defensive skills could be the final piece of the Nets' puzzle.
Most Congenial: Stromile Swift The former LSU forward knows how to endear himself to his new fans: "I see [the Grizzlies] have real good game and a lot of young talent, and I can see myself fitting in with such a team as Vancouver. . . . I'm just looking forward to going to Canada." Take that, Steve Francis.
Best Personality: Darius Miles The youngster showed his friendly disposition by greeting NBA Commissioner David Stern with a hug and a pat on the back of the head.
Best Dressed: Courtney Alexander Alexander and his young son, Courtney Jr., made a definite fashion statement with their matching white suits.
Best Dancer: Mateen Cleaves The former Michigan State guard did some fancy footwork on his way to the podium after being chosen by his all-time favorite team, the Detroit Pistons.
Department of Redundancy Department Award: The Chicago Bulls Jerry Krause & Co. drafted power forward Marcus Fizer with their first pick, after using last yearıs first pick on power forward and co-Rookie of the Year Elton Brand.
Worst Use of Home-Court Advantage: Joel Przybilla The former University of Minnesota center proved that you can go home again, but itıs not always a good idea.
Most Likely to Start an International Incident: Iakovos Tsakalidis Is he signed or isn't he? His team in Greece says he is. He and his agent say heıs not. Somewhere in between stands Phoenix owner Jerry Colangelo.
Timing Is Everything Award: Mark Madsen On the day that A.C. Green was shown the door by the World Champion Lakers, Madsen, the former Stanford Cardinal power forward, is ushered in.
Plays Well With Others Award: Mark Cuban and Don Nelson If you had a draft pick, or an active player on your roster, chances are you were contacted by the eccentric Dallas owner or his GM.