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2001 NBA Mock Draft

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Posted: Monday June 11, 2001 12:42 PM
  Steven Hunter DePaul center Steven Hunter has NBA scouts buzzing. Jonathan Daniel/Allsport

By Stewart Mandel and Jennifer Cooper, CNNSI.com

Ah, Chicago. The city that every year makes or breaks young NBA hopefuls was at it again last week with over 60 prospects of varied repute convening for the league's biggest pre-draft camp.

While exposing some as ill-prepared frauds (see Gardner, Jason ), a few did their best Jamal Crawford impression, taking the city by storm so dramatically as to leap into the upper reaches of the June 27 draft. They were:

Omar Cook: By all accounts, Cook, a late first-rounder at best coming in, was one of the top performers in camp (7.3 assists per game) and could make a run for Jamaal Tinsley's stake to the title of best point guard in the draft.

Steven Hunter: The DePaul 7-footer barely made a ripple in college, averaging 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds as a sophomore. But that was before bulking up under the watch of Michael Jordan's trainer, Tim Grover. In a week's work, he may have gone from the land of the undrafted all the way up to the lottery.

Vladimir Radmanovic: Not a camp participant, the Yugoslavian showed his stuff in a private workout alongside Alabama's Gerald Wallace and Stanford's Jason Collins. GMs never pass up a big man (6-foot-9) who can shoot and handle the ball like a guard.

Others whose stock is apparently on the rise following Chicago: USC PF Sam Clancy, Indiana PF Kirk Haston, Detroit PG Rashad Phillips , Arizona PF Michael Wright and Texas SG Maurice Evans. Those who would have been better spent staying home: Gardner, Kentucky's Keith Bogans, Cincinnati's Kenny Satterfield, Ohio State's Ken Johnson and N.C. State's Damien Wilkins.

None of this, of course, makes it any easier to forecast the top of the draft, which will not include most of the second-tier prospects from Chicago. The combination of so many unproven high schoolers and the fact the mysterious Jordan holds the cards at No. 1 makes the top five or six picks a guessing game at this point.

Therefore, here's our best guess:

CNNSI.com Mock NBA Draft: First Round
Pick Team
1 Wizards -- Eddy Curry, C, South Holland (Ill.) HS
Indications are Jordan is shopping the pick for a veteran big man or point guard. If not, he could choose from among workout buddy Curry, Eddie Griffin or wild-card Tyson Chandler.
2 Clippers -- Eddie Griffin, PF, Seton Hall
If Griffin goes No. 1, L.A. could grab a similar player in Kwame Brown or finally throw in the towel on Michael Olowakandi and take Curry.
3 Hawks -- Shane Battier, SF, Duke
The young Hawks have said repeatedly they don't want another youngster. The mature Battier was one of the first players they worked out.
4 Bulls -- Tyson Chandler, PF/SF, Compton Calif. (HS)
This pick will only come to be if Jerry Krause can't trade up to get Curry. Even at 7-1, athletic wonder Chandler would be more suited to play the "small" forward than Marcus Fizer.
5 Warriors -- Kwame Brown, PF, Brunswick, Ga. (HS)
Golden State is another team that would do well to give MJ a call about moving up. If not, they couldn't afford to pass on a potential superstar like Brown, even with Antawn Jamison around.
6 Grizzlies -- Rodney White, SF, Charlotte
The buzz around White is growing fast because -- who else? -- M.J. is rumored to covet the versatile frosh if he were to trade down.
7 Nets -- Jason Richardson, SG, Michigan State
The scoring-deprived Nets would be doing cartwheels if Richardson were to fall to them.
8 Cavaliers -- Joe Johnson, SF, Arkansas
Another guy whose stock is on the rise because of his versatility. Could potentially become Cleveland's go-to guy.
9 Pistons -- Loren Woods, C, Arizona
The Pistons need a center, and while Sagana Diop is an option, Joe Dumars can't afford to wait on a project.
10 Celtics -- Sagana Diop, C, Oak Hill, Va. (HS)
The Celtics, on the other hand, are all about projects, especially a 7-footer who could easily go six picks higher.
11 Celtics -- Jamaal Tinsley, PG, Iowa State
This pick is a no-brainer, with Boston in need of a floor leader and the best in the draft available here.
12 Sonics -- Pau Gasol, SF, Spain
The Sonics are rumored to be cleaning out the kitchen and starting from scratch this summer. Why not start with a 7-1 guy whose rep is the ability to do everything. One caveat: He may still withdraw from the draft.
13 Rockets -- Steven Hunter, C, DePaul
We told you his star was rising. Houston needs to replace Hakeem Olajuwon, and Hunter seems to have far more upside than the next-best center choice, Brendan Haywood.
14 Warriors -- Omar Cook,, PG, St. John's
Cook's ascension comes in handy because the Warriors need a point guard, and their other pick was too high to take Tinsley.
15 Magic -- Zach Randolph, PF, Michigan State
Orlando could use a center, either through trading up or using its later pick. Meanwhile, Randolph is a steal this low.
16 Hornets -- Brendan Haywood, C, North Carolina
This is the second straight mock draft we've had a Tar Heel going to nearby Charlotte. So don't be surprised to see someone from California.
17 Raptors -- Michael Bradley, PF, Villanova
Toronto could use a scorer to complement Vince Carter, so shooting guard is an option here. But Bradley has offensive skills to go with his rebounding ability.
18 Rockets -- Troy Murphy, PF, Notre Dame
Bradley and Murphy are both worthy lottery picks who might slip only because of differing team needs above.
19 Blazers -- Richard Jefferson, SF, Arizona
Scottie Pippen won't be around forever, plus the defensive-minded Jefferson would be one less Blazer demanding the ball.
20 Cavaliers -- Trenton Hassell, SG, Austin Peay
Validated his stock in Chicago, but says he's still "50-50" over whether to return to school for his senior year.
21 Celtics -- Gilbert Arenas, SG, Arizona
Boston, lacking a true shooting guard, would be thrilled to have either Arenas or UNC's Joseph Forte here.
22 Magic -- Jason Collins, C, Stanford
The hot-shot Hunter seems like a good fit for the young Magic, who will take a center at some point either way. Collins is the next best thing.
23 Rockets -- Vladimir Radmanovic, SF, Yugoslavia
This is Houston's third first-round pick and it can afford to take a gamble. Radmanovic could either become a big scorer or a total bust.
24 Jazz -- Joseph Forte, SG, North Carolina
The always-exciting Forte has a chance to move up with individual workouts, but right now position counterparts Hassell and Arenas have the buzz factor.
25 Kings -- Sam Clancy, PF, USC
The bruising rebounder would be a nice stopgap if Chris Webber leaves, but Clancy says he wants an assurance he'll go top 17 (?) in order to stay in the draft.
26 Sixers -- Gerald Wallace, SF, Alabama
The Eastern Conference champs obviously don't have a lot of needs. Wallace is simply the best athlete available.
27 Grizzlies -- Alvin Jones, C, Georgia Tech
If Vancouver doesn't use its No. 6 pick on a big man, Jones is a safe choice who could push Bryant Reeves for a starting spot.
28 Spurs -- Rashad Phillips, PG, Detroit
Score one for the little guy (5-10). Size is the last thing San Antonio needs, and Phillips will provide a much-needed spark with his speed.

Next 10: Kirk Haston, PF, Indiana; Jeff Trepagnier, SG, USC; Samuel Dalembert, C, Seton Hall; Jeryl Sasser, PG, SMU; Brian Scalabrine, PF, USC; Ken Johnson, C, Ohio State; Ousmane Cisse, PF, Montgomery, Ala. (HS); Damone Brown, SF, Syracuse; Martin Rancik, SF, Iowa State; Jamario Moon, PF, Meridian, Miss. (JC).

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