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2006 NBA Draft Draft Tracker Draft Tracker - Round 1 Draft Tracker - Round 2 Players Positions Schools Conferences NBA Teams

 Marcus Vinicius Rank: 28
 Position: Small Forward
 Country: Brazil
 Pro Club: Objectivo
 Height, Weight: 6'8, 225
   Selected by: New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
 Round 2, pick 13 (43 overall)
ANALYSIS: After withdrawing his name from the 2005 draft, Vinicius is quickly making a name for himself for the 2006 edition with his play this past season. Still on the cusp of being a first-round selection, Vinicius has the versatility that many teams are looking for. If he continues his brilliant 2006 campaign, a first-round selection is not out of the realm of possibility. Vinicius had been regarded as another athletically gifted international wing player, but he has now added some facets to his game that make him more intriguing. At 6-foot-9, he has been handling the point guard duties for Sao Carlos, and producing great numbers at that. Averaging nearly 20 points and five assists per game, Vinicius has had a few near triple-double performances this season, finishing with over 30 points scored in two contests. Vinicius was not content with being a dime-a-dozen player, so his agent hired a former NBA assistant coach to help with his training and learning of the game. In addition to bulking up to 235 pounds and handling the point guard duties for his team, Vinicius has been studying NBA-style offensive and defensive sets, gearing himself up to make the leap to the next level. Vinicius will likely stay in the draft this time around with his stock on the rise. He may need another year of seasoning in South America before occupying an NBA roster spot. However, a team selecting at the bottom of the first round looking for a role player that could eventually mold into a lesser version of Phoenix's Boris Diaw could take a chance on him.