By Marty Burns
July 02, 2007
Marty Burns' First-Round Analysis Cont.
16Nick Young
Guard/Forward | USC (Jr.) | 6-6 | 195 lbs. |  VIDEO
They need a center, but with none worth this spot, team president Ernie Grunfeld had to go with the best player available. Young is a terrific athlete who can get to the rim and score, and he should fit in with the high-scoring Wizards. He also could be insurance in case starting shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson departs via free agency.
17Sean Williams
Center | Boston College (Jr.) | 6-10 | 235 lbs. |  VIDEO
Risky pick. He's a major talent who ranked among the nation's top shot-blockers, but he was kicked off the BC team in January for repeated violations of team rules. But the Nets need help down low, and they scored a year ago with a similar gamble on point guard Marcus Williams.
18Marco Belinelli
Guard | Climamio Bologna (Italy) | 6-5 | 180 lbs. |  VIDEO
They need some muscle down low, but with nobody to fit that bill, Don Nelson is going to go with a guy who can put the ball in the basket. This heady shooter can certainly do it, and his vast pro experience overseas should enable him to help right away.
19Javaris Crittenton
Guard | Georgia Tech (Fr.) | 6-5 | 185 lbs. |  VIDEO
Phil Jackson loves big point guards, and Crittenton has big-time potential if he can improve his decision-making. But it's hard to see how he can help much next season, and that's not going to satisfy Kobe Bryant.
20Jason Smith
Forward | Colorado State (Jr.) | 7-0 | 230 lbs. |  VIDEO
He's headed to the Sixers as part of a flip-flop trade for the No. 21 pick. With a 37-inch vertical leap, solid fundamentals and shooting range out to 15-18 feet, Smith is a decent prospect. But it's hard to imagine Smith and No. 12 pick Thaddeus Young helping much right away.
21Daequan Cook
Guard | Ohio State (Fr.) | 6-6 | 203 lbs. |  VIDEO
He's going to the Heat as part of a deal for the No. 20 pick. Cook, the third tenor on last season's NCAA runner-up, is one of the better shooters in the draft and fills a need for a scoring backup guard. But he probably won't see much burn right away under Pat Riley.
22Jared Dudley
Forward | Boston College (Sr.) | 6-7 | 219 lbs. |  VIDEO
Dudley is known for his strong motor and solid fundamentals, but he wasn't rated this high on most boards. With Matt Carroll and Gerald Wallace free agents, Arron Afflalo or Alando Tucker might have made more sense.
23Wilson Chandler
Forward | DePaul (So.) | 6-8 | 210 lbs. |  VIDEO
Isiah Thomas likes to pull surprises (see Renaldo Balkman), and this would have been a big one had it not leaked out in the days leading up to the draft. Chandler is a fluid athlete and good all-around prospect who can defend multiple positions, but he is going to need time.
24Rudy Fernandez
Guard | DKV Joventut (Spain) | 6-5 | 185 lbs. |  VIDEO
He's headed to the Blazers as part of a trade for some of Paul Allen's cash. Fernandez is actually a top-15 prospect in terms of ability, but he fell down here because he is playing professionally in Europe. The Blazers will gladly wait on him in hopes he turns into another Manu Ginobili.
25Morris Almond
Guard | Rice (Sr.) | 6-6 | 215 lbs. |  VIDEO
They need a shooter, and this rare NBA product from Rice might be the best one in the draft. He has a chance to join Derek Fisher, Gordan Giricek and Ronnie Brewer in the shooting guard mix next season, but he is going to have to improve his defense if he's going to play for Jerry Sloan.
26Aaron Brooks
Guard | Oregon (Jr.) | 6-0 | 161 lbs. |  VIDEO
Apparently acquiring Mike James by trade wasn't enough to solve their point guard issues. The jet-quick Brooks led the Pac-10 in scoring, but his size makes him a defensive question. With the Rockets also in need of an athletic power forward, this pick won't satisfy Rockets fans.
27Arron Afflalo
Guard | UCLA (Jr.) | 6-5 | 195 lbs. |  VIDEO
President Joe Dumars gets another big, strong guard in his image to go with No. 15 pick Stuckey and continue bolstering the backcourt depth. Afflalo is a winner, but he doesn't fit the Pistons' glaring need for a more pure backup QB to spell Chauncey Billups (assuming he re-signs).
28Tiago Splitter
F/C | Tau Ceramica (Spain) | 6-11 | 232 lbs. |  VIDEO
They're known for picking good foreign prospects and then waiting on them, and this is no exception. Splitter is a lottery-type talent with vast international experience. But he's under contract with his Spanish League team, and it will probably be at least another year before he comes over.
29Alando Tucker
Forward/Guard | Wisconsin (Sr.) | 6-5 | 205 lbs. |  VIDEO
So much for their effort to make a splash in this draft. Tucker is a good scorer and terrific team player, but his outside shooting is questionable and he might not be able to defend shooting guards. Still, the Suns scored a steal with Wisconsin's Michael Finley years ago, so why not take another Badger?
30Petteri Koponen
Guard | Honka (Finland) | 6-5 | 190 lbs.
The second Finn to be drafted (after Hanno Mottola), Koponen is headed to the Blazers in exchange for the No. 42 pick. He owns a high hoops IQ and can shoot it from downtown, but will probably stay overseas for at least one more season.

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