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Shelden Williams - PF

 Shelden Williams Rank: 12
 Position: Power Forward
 School: Duke
 Height, Weight: 6'9, 250
   Selected by: Atlanta Hawks
 Round 1, pick 5 (5 overall)
ANALYSIS: When you play with a great college player like J.J. Redick, sometimes a player's stats, no matter how great, can be overshadowed. Williams, while extremely muscular and seemingly a little mechanical at times because of it, is more than just a player many scouts label as a hard worker, good citizen-type player. Possessing deceptive quickness and a knack for the ball, Williams averaged 18.8 points per game and 10.7 rebounds as a senior. He is also a terrific shot blocker, finishing fourth in the nation last season with 3.8 blocks a contest. As a junior, Williams was the national defensive player of the year averaging 3.7 blocks a game. Williams played center at Duke his entire career, but he will have to play more power forward in the pros due to his size. However, Williams will still be able to play center at times because of an extremely long wingspan and great footwork. Despite his bulk, he can still run the floor well enough to create some mismatches when he plays center. Williams uses an effective jump-hook as one of his main offensive weapons and has improved his mid-range game. Not afraid to put in the work to improve as a player, Williams' work ethic has been also demonstrated in his improvement from the free-throw line, where he averaged 76 percent as a senior, up from 63-percent as a freshman. Playing with a shooter like Redick greatly benefited Williams, as it gave him ample opportunities to hone his passing out of the low post and his ability to set picks. He will have to continue to work on polishing his sometimes stiff offensive game to become more than just a player who crashes the boards and scores on offensive rebounds. Even though Williams is not blessed with a lot of offensive imagination, he doesn't have to be. He is ready to step on an NBA court and contribute in a lot of ways, and he definitely has the potential to score and rebound in double digits in the pros, which will make him a lottery pick.

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