Caught in the Draft
Here are some random impressions from the NBA draft on June 24:
•In drafting Todd Day and acquiring Lee Mayberry and Blue Edwards from the Utah Jazz, the Milwaukee Bucks changed themselves from a boring team that was going nowhere into a potentially exciting team that might go somewhere, someday. Day and Mayberry, who both played at Arkansas last season, give the Bucks an instant backcourt, and Edwards, a small forward, was a starter on a team that almost reached the NBA Finals.
•The Jazz did well to get veterans Jay Humphries and Larry Krystkowiak from Milwaukee, but it could still use a center because the middle remains clogged by land-locked seven-footer Mark Eaton. As one Jazzman says, "We ain't going nowhere till we get rid of Mark."
•Los Angeles Laker general manager Jerry West is right when he says of his first-round pick, Anthony Peeler, a guard from Missouri who has been beset by off-court difficulties, "We think we got a lottery player at number 15."
•Meanwhile, the crosstown Clippers may have picked up a sleeper in guard Randy Woods from La Salle. On the other hand, their draft-day acquisition of center William Bedford from the Detroit Pistons prompted someone close to the Piston organization to say, "Why anyone would want William Bedford is beyond me."
•As evidenced by their selection of guard Jon Barry, the Boston Celtics are worried about their three-point shooting. They are well aware that they need a big man, but they didn't like any of the ones still available (i.e., Oliver Miller and Elmore Spencer) when they chose Barry at number 21.
•Four years ago the Washington Bullets made a five-year, $5 million offer to Mark Price. It seemed outrageous at the time, but it would have been a bargain. Now Washington has drafted his brother Brent, a point guard from Oklahoma. The Bullets finally got their Price.