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Edited by Steve Wulf
June 24, 1991
Born to Lose Miami and Denver will get the same old leftovers
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June 24, 1991


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1. Hornets—They might surprise and go for Dikembe Mutombo of Georgetown, but they'll probably play it safe with UNLV forward Larry Johnson.

2. Nets—Syracuse swingman Billy Owens is the probable choice, but some in the organization want Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson.

3. Kings—They covet only one man—point guard Anderson. He will be their quarterback from Day 1.

4. Nuggets—They want to go big. And Mutombo, who is 7'2" and 245 pounds, is big.

5. Heat—Facing a question mark at point guard (restricted free-agent Sherman Douglas is unsigned), the Heat is hot for Anderson. If it can't trade up to get him, it'll settle for Doug Smith, the Missouri power forward.

6. Mavericks—They could take New Mexico center Luc Longley as insurance for the troubled Roy Tarpley and the hobbled James Donaldson. But they're more likely to select multitalented guard Steve Smith of Michigan State.

7. Timberwolves—They have their eyes fixed on a power forward, and Arizona's Brian Williams is that man.

8. Nuggets again (from the Bullets)—They need a defender—now there's an understatement—and UNLV forward Stacey Augmon is a Dennis Rodman type with better offensive skills.

9. Clippers—Like the Heat, they are desperate for a point guard. UNLV's Greg Anthony is the probable pick, although they might take Terrell Brandon of Oregon.

10. Magic—Having finished the season with journeyman Greg Kite in the pivot, the Magic will take the 7'2" Longley. If he's gone, the pick will be Nebraska's Rich King, who is also 7'2".

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