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Franz Lidz
June 24, 1996
Here's an early line on how next Wednesday's NBA draft may go. A caveat: There's a good chance that trades (some possibilities are noted) could alter the order of selection.
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June 24, 1996

Jackie Macmullan's Draft Picks

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20. Cavaliers: Jermaine O'Neal, F, Eau Claire ( S.C.) High School. Cleveland gambles with its second first-round pick.

21. Knicks: Jerome Williams, F, Georgetown. Rugged player. New York will likely trade this pick; in fact, it has tried to package multiple picks to bring the Suns' Charles Barkley to the Big Apple.

22. Rockets: Walter McCarty, F, Kentucky. Houston was impressed with McCarty's poise, but he didn't shoot the ball well in predraft workouts.

23. Nuggets (from the Pacers): Gravis Knight, C, Connecticut. A gamble on a big body this late in the game never hurts.

24. Lakers: Tony Delk, G, Kentucky. Los Angeles's backcourt is unsettled, and Final Four hero Delk jumped out of the gym in his predraft workouts.

25. Jazz: Othella Harrington, F, Georgetown. Utah needs some young bodies up front.

26. Pistons (from the Spurs): Chucky Atkins, G, South Florida. Detroit will be crushed that Norris is gone. If he isn't, the Pistons will nab him.

27. Magic: Mark Hendrickson, F, Washington State. Orlando needs to add depth in its frontcourt.

28. SuperSonics: Drew Barry, G, Georgia Tech. The latest member of this storied NBA family knows how to dish it. That should prove to be the right mentality for Seattle.

29. Bulls: Reggie Geary, G, Arizona. Chicago tends to be unpredictable in its draft selections. Geary looks to pass first; good idea on the Bulls.

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