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Number 2 with a Bullet

July 11, 2005
July 11, 2005

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Number 2 with a Bullet

In this deep but unpredictable draft, these second-rounders could be more successful than many players taken in round 1. --I.T.

This is an article from the July 11, 2005 issue Original Layout

POS. -- HEIGHT -- NAME -- TEAM

PG -- 6'3" -- MONTA ELLIS (right) -- WARRIORS

Don't be surprised if this high-scoring 19-year-old from Lanier High in Jackson, Miss., is the second coming of Sam Cassell.

SF -- 6'7" -- MICKAEL GELABALE -- SONICS

The Frenchman will play at Real Madrid again next season, but he could be a stopper in the mold of Bruce Bowen.

C -- 7'1" -- MILE ILIC -- NETS

The 21-year-old is 230 pounds, so he'll beef up overseas for a year, then join countryman Nenad Krstic in New Jersey.

SF -- 6'9" -- ERSAN ILYASOVA -- BUCKS

He has yet to fully recover from last year's ankle surgery, but the 18-year-old marksman from Turkey has a chance to be another Peja Stojakovic.

PF -- 7'3" -- MARTYNAS ANDRIUSKEVICIUS -- CAVALIERS

New G.M. Danny Ferry took the Nowitzki-esque shooter from Lithuania with a pick acquired from the Magic on draft day for a 2006 second-rounder and cash.

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