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.
1. 76ers: Allen Iverson, G, Georgetown. The tip-off that he is Philly's man came when Iverson announced after last week's visit with the Sixers that he wouldn't be, meeting with any other teams. The 76ers, desperate for point help, also like Iverson as a drawing card.
2. Raptors: Marcus Camby, F, Massachusetts. Toronto boss Isiah Thomas has high hopes for a Camby-Sharone Wright frontline. Some observers expect a curveball here, but, says Thomas, "I'm telling you: I'm taking Camby."
3. Grizzlies: Stephon Marbury, G, Georgia Tech. Marbury has made it clear he doesn't want to play for Vancouver, so this pick—and Marbury—could wind up being the Timberwolves'. Will Doug West and the No. 5 pick get it done? Marbury, who is close to Minnesota's, Kevin Garnett, hopes so.
4. Bucks: Ray Allen, G, Connecticut. A mad scramble here, since Chris Ford was named Milwaukee's new coach only last Saturday. Bucks are actively trying to trade this pick. If they can't, they'll also look hard at Antoine Walker.
5. Timberwolves: Antoine Walker, F, Kentucky. If efforts to get into position to take Marbury fail, Minnesota will try to trade down and go for Steve Nash. If the Wolves stay at No. 5, they like Walker.
6. Mavericks: Erick Dampier, C, Mississippi State. Might not be a franchise center, but Dallas needs to plug a gaping hole in the middle.
7. Clippers: Lorenzen Wright, F-C, Memphis. L.A. may lose Brian Williams to free agency, and coach Bill Fitch has done well over the years with tall, spindly types (e.g., Kevin McHale). But will the Clippers be scared off by Wright's bothersome right foot?
8. Nets: Kerry Kittles, G, Villanova. New coach John Calipari needs some perimeter help. Kittles fits the bill.
9. Celtics: John Wallace, F, Syracuse. Wallace missed his initial workout with Boston. Early this week, the team was trying to reschedule. The Celtics are not concerned about Wallace's transition from power to small forward.