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2007 NBA Draft Thread

Draft is tonight. Post all draft related news in this thread.
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FIRST ROUND

1. Portland Trailblazers - Greg Oden, C Ohio State
2. Seattle Sonics - Kevin Durant, SF Texas
3. Atlanta Hawks - Al Horford, PF Florida
4. Memphis Grizzles - Mike Conley, PG Ohio State
5. Boston Celtics - Jeff Green, SF Georgetown (traded to Seattle for Ray Allen)
6. Milwaukee Bucks - Yi Jianlian, PF Guangdong Tigers (China)
7. Minnesota Timberwolves - Corey Brewer, SG Florida
8. Charlotte Bobcats - Brandon Wright, PF UNC (traded to GS for Jason Richardson)
9. Chicago Bulls - Joakim Noah, PF Florida
10. Sacramento Kings - Spencer Hawes, C Washington
11. Atlanta Hawks - Acie Law, PG Texas A&M
12. Philadelphia 76ers - Thaddeus Young, SF Georgia Tech
13. New Orleans Hornets - Julian Wright, SF Kansas
14. Los Angeles Clippers - Al Thorton, SF Florida State
15. Detroit Pistons - Rodney Stuckey, SG Eastern Washington
16. Washington Wizards - Nick Young, SG USC
17. New Jersey Nets - Sean Williams, C Boston College
18. Golden State Warriors - Marco Belinelli, SG Italy
19. Los Angeles Lakers - Javaris Crittenton, PG Georgia Tech
20. Miami Heat - Jason Smith, PF Colorado State
21. Philadelphia 76ers - Daequan Cook, SG Ohio State
22. Charlotte Bobcats - Jared Dudley, SF Boston College
23. New York Knicks - Wilson Chandler, SF DePaul
24. Phoenix Suns - Rudy Fernandez, SG DKV Joventut (Spain)
25. Utah Jazz - Morris Almond, SG Rice
26. Houston Rockets - Aaron Brooks, PG Oregon
27. Detroit Pistons - Arron Afflalo, SG UCLA
28. San Antonio Spurs - Tiago Splitter, PF Tau Vitoria (Brazil)
29. Phoenix Suns - Alando Tucker, SF Wisconsin
30. Philadelphia 76ers - Petteri Koponen, PG Finland (traded to Portland for Derrick Byars and cash)

SECOND ROUND

31. Seattle Sonics - Carl Landry, PF Purdue
32. Boston Celtics - Gabe Pruitt, PG USC
33. San Antonio Spurs - Marcus Williams, SG Arizona
34. Dallas Mavericks - Nick Fazekas, PF Nevada
35. Seattle Sonics - Glen Davis, PF LSU
36. Golden State - Jermareo Davidson, PF Alabama
37. Portland - Josh McRoberts, PF Duke
38. Philadelphia 76ers - Kyrylo Fesenko, PF SK Cherkassy (Ukraine)
39. Miami Heat - Stanko Barac, C Široki Brijeg (Bosnia)
40. Los Angeles Lakers - Sun Yue, SF Beijing Aoshen Olympian (China)
41. Minnesota Timberwolves - Chris Richard, C Flordia
42. Portland Trailblazers - Derrick Byars SF Vanderbilt (traded to Philadelphia for Petteri Koponen)
43. New Orleans Hornets - Adam Haluska, SG Iowa
44. Orlando Magic - Reyshawn Terry, SF UNC
45. Los Angels Clippers - Jared Jordan, PG Marist
46. Golden State Warriors - Stephane Lasme, PF Massachusetts
47. Washington Wizards - Dominic McGuire, SF Fresno State
48. Los Angeles Lakers - Marc Gasol, C Akasvayu Girona (Spain)
49. Chicago Bulls - Aaron Gray, C Pittsburgh
50. Dallas Mavericks - Renaldas Seibutis, SG Maroussi (Greece)
51. Chicago Bulls - JamesOn Curry, SG Oklahoma State
52. Portland Trailblazers - Taurean Green, PG Florida
53. Portland Trailblazers - Demetris Nichols, SF Syracuse
54. Houston Rockets - Brad Newley, SG Townsville Crocodiles (Australia)
55. Utah Jazz - Herbert Hill, PF Providence
56. Milwaukee Bucks - Ramon Sessions, PG Nevada
57. Detroit Pistons - Sammy Mejia, SG DePaul
58. San Antonio Spurs - Giorgos Printezis, SF Olympia Larissa (Greece)
59. Phoenix Suns - D.J. Strawberry, SG Maryland
60. Dallas Mavericks - Milovan Rakovic, PF (Serbia)

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Old 06-28-07, 10:32 AM
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DVD Talk's Mock Draft:

1. PORTLAND - Greg Oden C Ohio State
2. SEATTLE - Kevin Durant PF Texas
3. ATLANTA - DVD JOSH - Brandan Wright, PF UNC
4. MEMPHIS - QUAKE1028 - Corey Brewer, SG Florida
5. BOSTON - Jeff Green, SF Georgetown
6. MILWAUKEE - Al Horford, PF Florida
7. MINNESOTA - STARMAN 9000 - Mike Conley Jr, PG Ohio State.
8. CHARLOTEE - TOMMY HARN - Nick Young, SG Southern California
9. CHICAGO - DX23 - Tiago Splitter, PF Tau Vitoria
10. SACRAMENTO - GMAL2003 - Yi Jianlian, PF Guangdong Tigers (China)
11. ATLANTA - DVD JOSH - Javaris Crittenton, PG Georgia Tech
12. PHILADELPHIA - ARPEGGI - Julian Wright, SF Kansas
13. NEW ORLEANS - DX23 - Joakim Noah, C Florida
14. L.A. CLIPPERS - QUAKE1028 - Acie Law, PG Texas A&M
15. DETROIT - BRIZZ - Rodney Stuckey, CG Eastern Washington.
16. WASHINGTON - CLEAVER - Al Thorton, PF Florida State
17. NEW JERSEY - GROUP - Jason Smith, C Colorado
18. GOLDEN STATE - U6C84 - Spencer Hawes, C Washington
19. L.A. LAKERS - DAS MONKEY - Mirza Begic, C KK Geoplin (Slovenia)
20. MIAMI - DAS MONKEY - Josh McRoberts, PF Duke
21. PHILADELPHIA - ARPEGGI - Thaddeus Young, SF Georgia Tech
22. CHARLOTTE - TOMMY HARN - Rudy Fernandez, G DKV Joventut (Spain)
23. NEW YORK - GROUP - Morris Almond, SG Rice
24. PHOENIX - DAVEWADDING - Arron Afflalo, SG UCLA
25. UTAH - GROUP - Derrick Byars, G/F Vanderbilt
26. HOUSTON - BIGSOOS - Jared Dudley, F Boston College
27. DETROIT - BRIZZ - Gabe Pruitt PG, USC
28. SAN ANTONIO - DVD JOSH - Aaron Gray, C Pittsburgh
29. PHOENIX - DAVEWADDING - Sean Williams F/C, Boston College
30. PHILADELPHIA - ARPEGGI - Taurean Green, PG Florida

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wow.. the draft is tonight.... well Trailblazers will pick oden...
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It should be fun, after 1 & 2, it could be a crapshoot.
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Originally Posted by Big Dave
It should be fun, after 1 & 2, it could be a crapshoot.
I think Horford will go three, but it may not be the Hawks who take him. If they do, expect to see Josh Smith traded before the draft is over.
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Sonics have offered Ray Allen to Boston for the #5 pick and Theo Ratliff.
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Trib is reporting that Memphis has decided against picking Conley and will decide between Brewer and Noah.
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Andy Katz (ESPN) pre-draft notes:

Memphis is seriously considering Florida junior Corey Brewer at No. 4, multiple sources told ESPN.com late Wednesday night. Sources said the Grizzlies are leaning toward Brewer, with either Al Horford or Mike Conley Jr. also prominently in the mix. Chris Wallace, the new general manager and former GM in Boston, has been enamored with Brewer, the native Tennessean and defensive stopper. Wallace took Brewer out to dinner when he was in Boston and his chore now is to convince Jerry West of the choice.

If the Grizzlies pass on Conley, he probably would slide down to Milwaukee at No. 6.

• The buzz name throughout Wednesday was Yi Jianlian. According to multiple sources, Atlanta was holding high-level conversations about whether to select Yi at No. 3. As late as Wednesday evening, the Hawks were 50-50 between Yi and Florida's Al Horford. Ownership was certainly high on Yi, and at least one source was told by Hawks general manager Billy Knight that he was OK with drafting Yi. But that, of course, is dependent on whether the Hawks keep the pick.

Atlanta was not one of the teams that went to China to meet with representatives of the Guandong Southern Tigers, since the Hawks didn't know they would have a pick. Atlanta, through a trade with Phoenix, had a top-three protected pick in the 2007 draft. If Atlanta trades the pick as part of a deal with Minnesota and Phoenix -- with the No. 3 pick going to the Timberwolves -- don't expect Yi to go to Minnesota. Minnesota also did not visit the Tigers in China and hasn't done the background work on Yi.

If Atlanta passes on Yi, Boston would be the next stop at No. 5. And the Celtics, assuming they keep the pick, are high on Yi. If the C's pass on Yi, then Yi is in play for Milwaukee at No. 6. The Bucks would likely select Yi if he's on the board. That could pose a problem since the Bucks weren't on the approved list of teams by Yi's group (they're looking for a major city and a high Asian population). Still, the Bucks are seriously interested in Yi. At the very least, Yi has trade value, notably with Phoenix and Golden State. Phoenix is trying to get into the lottery from Nos. 24 and 29. Golden State, which meets Yi's city requirements, is at No. 18.

Yi is in play for Chicago at No. 9 and Sacramento at No. 10.

Yi told ESPN.com Wednesday that he would be in the NBA next season. That would seemingly cancel out any veiled attempt by his handlers to push him back to China if he went to a team like Milwaukee.

"NBA next season, no question," Yi said. When asked if he would go back to China he laughed and said "no."

The other big issue is Yi's age. Multiple reports have Yi at 22. But Yi told ESPN.com that he was "19."

Yi said Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Golden State, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Sacramento watched him workout in Los Angeles this spring. Milwaukee wasn't invited.

• The proposed deal between Seattle and Atlanta, with the Sonics sending Luke Ridnour to the Hawks for the No. 11 pick (which would have likely been used for Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey), is dormant but may not be totally dead. Multiple sources told ESPN.com that the Hawks weren't interested in the deal. The Sonics were waiting for the Hawks to show their interest Wednesday but to no avail. But if the Hawks can't move their two lottery picks (Nos. 3 and 11) for Amare Stoudemire with Phoenix, who in turn would get Kevin Garnett with the Timberwolves receiving the picks, then the Ridnour trade could resurface.

• Ohio State freshman Greg Oden was in a giddy mood Wednesday in his powder-blue suit, despite having a bad cold.

This is how my exchange went with him Wednesday:

When I asked him if he knew he was going No. 1, Oden responded: "I was told I'm going to be in the Pacific Northwest. They didn't tell me where, but said somewhere in the Northwest."

Insert his laugh track.

When asked about his rumored back and wrist issue compared to his cold, he said: "The cold is not an issue. I do have hand sanitizer, so everybody's hand I shake should be fine. I do have tissue and my whole [hotel] room is filled with medicine. Everything else is fine. My back is fine. It's still hard moving around with 200-something, something pounds. But the back, the wrist and the head is all fine."

Seriously, though, what did he think about being checked out again recently?

"To be in an MRI for four hours wasn't fun at all," he said. "They all checked it out and I'm fine."

As for commissioner David Stern, is he OK shaking the hand of someone who has a head cold: "He already knows. I got to meet him earlier, and he's not worried about it. His immune system could tolerate it."

So, what hat will he be wearing Thursday night?

"My prediction is that I'll be wearing a hat, maybe the 30th hat or the first hat [I try on], but I will be wearing a hat on my head."

Insert Oden laugh track again.

• Ohio State freshman guard Mike Conley Jr. said he's still not sure if he may go to Atlanta, Memphis or even farther down in the draft (he likely wouldn't get past Milwaukee). But he said he would fit in well with Memphis with a "young core of players, a superstar in Pau Gasol and a new coach [Marc Iavaroni], starting over and a style of play [that suits him]."

What about playing without Oden for the first time since he was in elementary school?

"It's scary," Conley said. "I haven't played without him for years, and I can't even remember the last time I did. But I'll be ready for it. We're both thrilled to be here. We knew this day was coming."

• Washington freshman center Spencer Hawes is fairly confident that he'll end up with Chicago at No. 9 after working out for the Bulls Tuesday for a second time. Hawes, who also worked out for Minnesota, Philadelphia and Sacramento, said he's a perfect fit for the Bulls since he would be another young piece to help them continue to win. He said that despite all the rumors, he never received a guarantee from Minnesota that he would be selected.

• Georgetown junior Jeff Green worked out for Minnesota and Phoenix after deciding to stay in the draft on June 18. He went to Phoenix Tuesday despite not having a guarantee the Suns would be in the lottery.

"All the trade rumors meant that anything could happen, and I decided to go there with the Florida guys [Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer]," Green said. "It was a good workout and you never know because maybe it could determine my future. Maybe it will be with Phoenix. I just wanted to go where I had the opportunity to be in the top 10."

Phoenix, if it gets in the top 10, Minnesota (No. 7) and Sacramento (No. 10) are all likely destinations for Green.

• Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant is still bothered by the reports that he couldn't lift 185 pounds.

"It got to me," Durant said. "Everyone saying that I can't lift that or lift this and yet I'm working hard. But I don't think not lifting 185 pounds is going to drive me out of the draft. I've just got to work at it. I don't think if you can't lift 185 pounds that doesn't mean you're not strong."

• Boston College senior Jared Dudley continues to move up in the draft and secured a workout for No. 18 Golden State Wednesday. Dudley has worked out to rave reviews wherever he has been and so far, that's quite a number of spots: L.A. Lakers, Seattle, Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Utah, San Antonio, Houston and Phoenix. The Spurs, which is Dudley's preferred destination, wanted to see Dudley a second time but his representative wanted to put him in front of the Warriors since that was the highest number he could land.

• UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo showed up in New York and said he would sit in the crowd at MSG and go up once his name is called. Afflalo is a bubble first-round pick but more likely a second-round selection. Afflalo said he worked out for Philadelphia twice, Charlotte, the L.A. Lakers, Seattle, Phoenix, San Antonio, Utah and Houston.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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I remember a former poster who shall not be named told me I was crazy for thinking that Memphis would pick Brewer. Ahh if only he could see it now.
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Orlando traded pick #54 to the Rockets for Cash considerations.

http://www.insidehoops.com/pick-rock...c-062807.shtml

It's not a big move or anything, but maybe they're trying to get Sun Yue to play with Yao?
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• UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo showed up in New York and said he would sit in the crowd at MSG and go up once his name is called.
What an idiot.
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What an idiot.
What's wrong with him wanting to do that?
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What's wrong with him wanting to do that?
He's going to be a very late first round pick and potentially a second round selection. Why would he subject himself to the embarrassment that's sure to come when he's the only player left in the room and whomever is doing interviews asks the obligatory, "How are you feeling right now?"
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Originally Posted by TimeandTide
He's going to be a very late first round pick and potentially a second round selection. Why would he subject himself to the embarrassment that's sure to come when he's the only player left in the room and whomever is doing interviews asks the obligatory, "How are you feeling right now?"
He's not the first player to do that.

Besides, he's not going to be in the green room by himself. He's going to be in the crowd.
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As wildcat said he'll be up in the crowd so it's not like he'll be sitting all by himself. He's also not expected to go very high so what is there to be embarrassed about? It's not going to be a Brady Quinn or Aaron Rodgers situation where the commentators keep mentioning on how far he's falling and how much money he's missing out on.

It's one of the biggest days of his life and the start of his professional career. I'd want to be there for that.
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Originally Posted by WallyOPD
As wildcat said he'll be up in the crowd so it's not like he'll be sitting all by himself. He's also not expected to go very high so what is there to be embarrassed about? It's not going to be a Brady Quinn or Aaron Rodgers situation where the commentators keep mentioning on how far he's falling and how much money he's missing out on.

It's one of the biggest days of his life and the start of his professional career. I'd want to be there for that.
I actually think it's pretty cool that he's going to be in the crowd.
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Originally Posted by WallyOPD
As wildcat said he'll be up in the crowd so it's not like he'll be sitting all by himself. He's also not expected to go very high so what is there to be embarrassed about? It's not going to be a Brady Quinn or Aaron Rodgers situation where the commentators keep commenting on how far he's falling and how much money he's missing out on.

It's one of the biggest days of his life and the start of his professional career. I'd want to be there for that.
Yeah, sounds like it would be cool to me. I'm sure he knows he's not going to be a high pick, so might as well go and have fun with it.
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Besides, he's not going to be in the green room by himself. He's going to be in the crowd.
My bad. I assumed he'd be in the green room.
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Originally Posted by Quake1028
I remember a former poster who shall not be named told me I was crazy for thinking that Memphis would pick Brewer. Ahh if only he could see it now.
I was just going ot suggest that as soon as it came close to the time for the Lakers to make their pick, we might see a "New Member" in this thread talking about who they should take and who they should trade for so the Lakers could see a starting lineup of Oden and Durant, along with Kobe, Billups, and Wilt Chamberlin.
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... and Mirza Begic.

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das, you might have pushed him over the edge.
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The latest from ESPN is that Charlotte has become the third team between PHX and MN to trade Garnett to PHX. Charlotte would get Amare Stoudemire and MN would get the #8 pick and a player.

I wonder then if MN packages the 7 and 8 to move up into the 3-5 position.
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I find it hilarious that Minnesota is apparently intent on shopping Amare around on Phoenix's behalf without ever asking if the Suns are interested in trading him.
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Stupid Atlanta couldn't figure out a way to get in on that action?

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