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Jackie MacMullan's Mock Draft
Jackie MacMullan
June 22, 1998
There are no slam Duncans in this draft, which has plenty of forwards but few quality guards or centers. Here is SI's guess at how things will shake down in Vancouver on June 24, with the caveat that the Celtics, Hornets, Magic, Pistons, Raptors, Rockets and Sixers were all working diligently to trade their picks as we went to press.
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June 22, 1998

Jackie Macmullan's Mock Draft

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There are no slam Duncans in this draft, which has plenty of forwards but few quality guards or centers. Here is SI's guess at how things will shake down in Vancouver on June 24, with the caveat that the Celtics, Hornets, Magic, Pistons, Raptors, Rockets and Sixers were all working diligently to trade their picks as we went to press.

1. CLIPPERS
Mike Bibby, (below), 6'2", G, Arizona—The Clippers fantasize about Mike Olowokandi, but they need a sure thing, and Bibby is the closest thing to that in this draft.

2. GRIZZLIES
Mike Olowokandi, 7'1", C, Pacific—Vancouver will entertain offers for this pick up to D day, but if the Grizzlies don't get a deal they like, they'll take Olowokandi and trade him at their leisure.

3. NUGGETS
Paul Pierce, 6'7", F, Kansas—Denver desperately wants a big man and may package Pierce in a trade for Olowokandi.

4. RAPTORS
Raef LaFrentz, 6'11", F, Kansas—Toronto needs someone with size and a solid game they can build around.

5. WARRIORS
Antawn Jamison, 6'9", F, North Carolina—Jamison had been touted as the top pick, but his tweener size (scouts insist he's closer to 6'7") caused him to slip.

6. MAVERICKS
Larry Hughes, 6'5", G, St. Louis—Dallas hopes this 19-year-old scorer will bring life to their comatose franchise.

7. KINGS
Vince Carter, 6'7", G-F, North Carolina—Chris Webber's displeasure about being a King could trigger another trade that alters the landscape on draft day, but Carter is the best player available here.

8. 76ERS
Robert Traylor, 6'8", F, Michigan—This wide body is easy to fall in love with, though he's a little short for power forward.

9. BUCKS
Michael Doleac, 6'11", C, Utah—You can be sure Utah coach Rick Majerus has given a detailed scouting report to his good friend, Milwaukee owner Herb Kohl.

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