With Sherman Douglas entering the final year of his contract and about to turn 31, Milwaukee would like to take someone at his position, point guard. But this is too high for Brevin Knight to go. The Bucks were curious about McGrady, but he declined to work out for them. Fortson (left), despite inconsistent play, is the pick over Maurice Taylor and Austin Croshere.
Sacramento could use help at the point but doesn't see anyone who fills the bill. The Kings also want to get bigger and more athletic, so the 250-pound Taylor is the choice. He'll serve as insurance in case power forward Brian Grant, a free agent-in-waiting, decides to take his game elsewhere.
Indiana wants a small forward and continues to try to trade for the Warriors' Chris Mullin, but new coach Larry Bird also loves Croshere (above). The assessment was that No. 12 might be too soon to take him. That was before teams picking before the Pacers began working out Croshere and liking what they saw. Indiana will explore a trade down.
Cleveland needs to get bigger, but the thin crop of centers makes Anderson the pick. He had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee last season, but his predraft workouts didn't raise any medical red flags. Also, guard Bobby Phills is going to be a free agent after this season, and Cleveland may not want to break the bank to keep him.
Cato didn't perform well in some postseason workouts, but L.A. coach Bill Fitch realizes that size is at a premium this year and at least Cato (below) has that. If Taylor or Fortson is still available, the Clippers will probably go after one of them instead.
SAN JOSE STATE
After its roster purge of last season, Dallas is starting over again, and small forward is one of its pressing needs. Saint-Jean's stock soared at the predraft camp in Chicago, where he showed skill and hustle—a rare combo these days. General manager Don Nelson wants the Dallas locker room to be pristine, and Saint-Jean, a Frenchman, would be une bonne addition.
Cleveland did well with its European choice last season: Forward-center Vitaly Potapenko is on his way to becoming a valued part of the Cavs' nucleus. Scouts are split on whether Milic, a 20-year-old shooting guard who averaged 14 points a game for Smelt Olimpija, is ready for prime time.
New coach Chuck Daly believes Penny Hardaway's talents will be best used at off-guard, so Vaughn (above) is a suitable pick at the point. If Orlando decides to go for a big man, however, Marc Jackson might be the man.
18 Trail Blazers
Portland wants to play an up-tempo game and wouldn't mind having another water bug behind guard Kenny Anderson. Although his diminutive stature scares some NBA teams, Knight (left) would seem to be a nice fit with the Blazers.
Detroit needs to move disgruntled power forward Otis Thorpe and get a center, two things it hopes to accomplish with one trade. The Pistons have talked to the Hornets about getting 7-foot Matt Geiger for Thorpe. The Pistons would rather trade this pick, too. If that doesn't happen, Gray (above) will bolster an already strong backcourt.