By Ian Thomsen
May 27, 2005
Mock NBA Draft Lottery
Pick Team Pos. Player School/
Class Ht. Wt.
1 C Andrew Bogut Utah So. 7-0 245
Marvin Williams may have bigger upside, but the Bucks need help now. As the surest thing in this draft, Bogut will provide instant results while filling a huge frontcourt void. Having his former coach, Rick Majerus, (a Milwaukee native who got his start at Marquette) vouch for him is another plus.
2 PG Deron Williams Illinois Jr. 6-4 210
Not that they don't adore Marvin Williams, but the Hawks will be overwhelmed with perimeter scorers if they sign Ray Allen -- the one big-name free agent that they have a chance of signing -- to go with Al Harrington, Josh Smith and Josh Childress. That's why Atlanta will go with the Illini point guard: He fills a need, and they love him as much as they love Marvin Williams.
3 SF Marvin Williams North Carolina Fr. 6-9 230
The No. 1 talent in the draft falls to the fortunate Blazers, who will market Williams and rookie point guard Sebastian Telfair as the leaders of their new era. Williams is the Dwight Howard of the draft, blessed with enormous character to go with his high basketball faculties. (Should the Hawks settle on Marvin Williams at No. 2, the Blazers will happily settle for Deron Williams, instead.)
4 PG Chris Paul Wake Forest So. 6-0 195
Four months after they unloaded Baron Davis to Golden State, here comes his replacement. Flashy and able to contribute immediately, Paul will have something to prove after being overtaken in the draft by Deron Williams. The Hornets will be loathe to trade this pick because Paul will also help at the box office.
5 SF Gerald Green Gulf Shores Academy (Texas) HS Sr. 6-8 200
The big loser in the lottery after falling back two spots, the Bobcats will make amends by investing in the draft's best athlete. In a few years Green could become a perimeter star who complements Emeka Okafor in the paint.
6 PG Raymond Felton North Carolina Jr. 6-1 180
A reliable point guard could rally the talented young Jazz back into the playoffs. GM Kevin O'Connor's Carolina connections will help convince him to make this investment.
7 C/PF Fran Vasquez Unicaja Malaga (Spain) -- 6-11 230
Vasquez is one of the few big men who can contribute immediately, and he can play both positions in the East while complementing Chris Bosh.
8 C Channing Frye Arizona Sr. 6-11 250
His critics will overstate his lack of toughness, but Frye can score from the elbow or in the post. He's a true center with the height and skill to provide long-needed interior balance to the Knicks offense.
9 PF Tiago Splitter Tau Ceramica (Spain) -- 6-11 240
Provided he can negotiate a buy-out with his Spanish club, Splitter will provide energy in the paint at both ends of the court while filling in for Troy Murphy and Adonal Foyle.
10 PF Sean May North Carolina Jr. 6-8 260
GM Mitch Kupchak will gamble this fellow Tar Heel can become the Lakers' version of Zach Randolph -- a post-up scorer who provides interior balance to Kobe Bryant.
11 SG/SF Martell Webster Seattle Prep HS Sr. 6-7 235
The Magic will bring him along behind Jameer Nelson and Steve Francis, with the hope Webster blossoms on the perimeter at the same time Dwight Howard is beginning to peak in the paint.
12 SG Rashad McCants North Carolina Jr. 6-4 200
A shooting guard who fills a need for the Clippers. If McCants becomes a disciplined scorer, he and point guard Shaun Livingston could be the backcourt that leads Clippers into the playoffs.
13 C/PF Martynas Andriuskevicius Kaunas (Lithuania) -- 7-2 230
A huge talent who will need years to develop, Martynas (NBA scouts have given him first-name status -- it's easier that way) could become a taller Dirk Nowitzki. That makes him worthy of a gamble.
14 SG/SF Antoine Wright Texas A&M Jr. 6-7 210
This athletic swingman could eventually take over for Latrell Sprewell as the T'wolves' big guard of the future.

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