Thursday, June 25, 1998
* = Denotes possible starter.
In-depth report coming Saturday.
In a draft day deals, the Dallas Mavericks traded Robert Traylor, their #6 pick in the draft, to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Noritzki and Pat Garrity. Noritzki was Milwaukee's ninth pick while Garrity was the Bucks' 19th pick. Dallas then traded Garrity, forward Martin Muursepp, guard Bubba Wells and their first-round pick in the 1999 draft to Phoenix for Steve Nash.
Also, the Vancouver Grizzlies sent Antonio Daniels to the San Antonio Spurs for Felipe Lopez, chosen 24th overall by San Antonio in the first round, plus veteran forward Carl Herrera.
Finally, the Denver Nuggets traded forward Tony Battie, and their second pick of this year's first round, point guard Tyronn Lue, to the Los Angeles Lakers for all-star point guard Nick Van Exel.
In an unrelated draft day deal, the New York Knicks traded Charles Oakley, center Sean Marks, a second-round pick in the 1998 draft, and cash to the Toronto Raptors for forward Marcus Camby.
The Los Angeles Lakers also traded the rights to guard Toby Bailey to the Phoenix Suns for future considerations.
* 1. Michael Olowokandi, LA Clippers, center, 7-1, 265, University of the Pacific. Good speed and quickness for a big man. Also is a hard worker with a good hook shot. "He's raw in terms of offensive skills, but he is one of those big guys who has very, very good athletic ability," said Jerry West. Averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in his career.
* 2. Mike Bibby, Vancouver, point guard, 6-2, 190, Arizona. A sophomore with good ball handling skills, intelligence and can score. Has true point guard mentality because he thinks pass first. Averaged 15.4 points and 5.5 assists in his career.
* 3. Raef LaFrentz, Denver, C-F, 6-11, 235, Kansas. Can score, rebound, defend and block shots. Great work ethic but needs added strength to play the center position. Averaged 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds in his career.
* 4. Antawn Jamison, Golden State (from Toronto), forward, 6-9, 223, North Carolina. Extremely quick small forward who has an outstanding touch around the basket, grabs rebounds and has an intense spirit. "He is the best player in the country. He has incredible ability and competitiveness," said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Averaged 19.0 points and 9.9 rebounds in his career.
* 5. Vince Carter, Toronto (from Golden State), G-F, 6-7, 215, North Carolina. Explosive swingman who can run and jump with the best of them. Also a great finisher and dunker. Averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his career.
6. Robert Traylor, Milwaukee (from Dallas), forward, 6-8, 300, Michigan. Strong, physical player - the "Tractor" is agile for his size and can dominate down low but weight is major concern. Averaged 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in his career.
* 7. Jason Williams, Sacramento, point guard, 6-1, 190, Florida. Solid playmaker who is quick, smart and has good range. Also a good free throw shooter. The speculation is he'll be moved, possibly with Chris Webber to Orlando for Penny Hardaway. Averaged 17 points, 6.7 assists and 2.7 steals in his career.
8. Larry Hughes, Philadelphia, guard-forward, 6-5, 185, Saint Louis. Teenage scorer who can shoot off the dribble but needs to improve shooting percentage and bulk up. Averaged 20.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a freshman.
9. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (from Milwaukee), C-F, 6-11, 237, Germany. The 20-year old played for German team last year. He can run, shoot and pass equally well but needs work on defense. "If he went to college for one year, he'd be a top-5 pick next year," said one scout. Don Nelson said that he will become an impact player for the Mavs eventually. Averaged 17.5 points and 10 rebounds last year in Europe.
* 10. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics, forward, 6-7, 220, Kansas. The junior averaged 20.4 points a game his last season and is best pure shooter in the draft. He can also create, post up and nail the three but needs work on ballhandling and defense. A sleeper for this late in the first round. Averaged 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in his career.
11. Bonzi Wells, Detroit, G-F, Ball State, 6-5, 210. Explosive swingman who loves the big shot, can drive and shoot from the outside but needs to work on his selection. Averaged 21.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3 steals in his career.
12. Michael Doleac, Orlando, center, Utah, 6-11, 265. Projected as a solid backup center with good size, athleticism and mid-range shooting ability. He will not block a lot of shots or pull down rebounds though. Averaged 11.6 points and 6.8 in his career.
13. Keon Clark, Orlando, forward, UNLV, 6-11, 220. Can play either forward position because he runs well blocks shots but needs bulk. Played only 10 games during senior year (14.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.5 blocks) for violating team rules.
14. Michael Dickerson, Houston, G-F, Arizona, 6-5, 190. Athletic forward/guard will make a solid backup but might be too streaky too start. Smooth and slashing offensive moves. Plays solid defense. Averaged 13.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in his career.
15. Matt Harpring, Orlando, forward, Georgia Tech, 6-8, 225. Versatile, hard-nosed forward-guard who is extremely competitive and gets his share of rebounds. Averaged 17.9 points, 8.0 rebounds in his career.
16. Bryce Drew, Houston, guard, Valparaiso, 6-3, 185. Can play both the point and shooting guard positions well and can shoot long-range but is below average on defense and a little slow. Averaged 17.7 points and 5.2 assists in his career.
17. Radoslav Nesterovic, Minnesota, center, Kinder Bologna (Italy), 7-0, 248. One of the better players in Europe, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in Italian League last year.
18. Mirsad Turkcan, Houston, forward, Efes Pilsen (Turkey), 6-9, 216. Talented player who played on Turkey's top team last year averaging 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds.
19. Pat Garrity, Phoenix (from Milwaukee-Dallas), forward, Notre Dame, 6-9, 231. Good shooter, post player and passer but needs bulk for the NBA. Averaged 18.8 points and 7 rebounds in his career.
20. Roshown McLeod, Atlanta, forward, Duke, 6-8, 220. Plays in control and is fundamentally sound. Averaged 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in his career.
21. Ricky Davis, Charlotte, forward, Iowa, 6-5, 195. A hard worker who is quick and talented - and can score - but is raw because played only one collegiate season. Averaged 15.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in his career.
22. Brian Skinner, LA Clippers, forward, Baylor, 6-10, 255. Intense player with size, rebounding and shot-blocking skills. Averaged 16.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in his career.
23. Tyronn Lue, LA Lakers (from Denver), guard, Nebraska, 6-0, 175. Quick, shooting point guard and is a good defender. Size is a disadvantage but he works hard to succeed. Averaged 15.9 points and 4.4 assists in his career.
24. Felipe Lopez, San Antonio (from Vancouver), guard, St. John's, 6-6, 195. Slashing shooting guard and hard worker but is a streaky shooter, especially at the free throw line. Good leaping ability. Averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in his career.
25. Al Harrington, Indiana, forward, St. Patrick's H.S., Elizabeth, N.J, 6-8, 220. Hard worker with solid all-around skills and a good attitude. Needs bulk. Averaged 21.9 points and 10.7 rebounds in his career.
26. Sam Jacobson, LA Lakers, G-F, Minnesota, 6-6, 215... Strong swingman who can drive to the basket and hit the outside shot. Averaged 13.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in his career.
27. Vladimir Stepania, Seattle, center, Union Olimpija Llubljana (Slovenia), 6-11, 236. Typical European player - solid offensive game, needs work on defense. Averaged 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in Europe.
28. Corey Benjamin, Chicago, guard, Oregon State, 6-6, 200. Shooting guard known for acrobatic dunks. Played only two seasons and needs bulk and experience. Averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebound and 1.9 steals in his career.
29. Nazr Mohammed, Philadelphia (from Utah), center, Kentucky, 6-10, 240. He can score, rebound and block shots but his weight has been a problem in the past and he needs to get quicker and stronger. Averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in his career.
30. Dallas, Ansu Sesay, forward, Mississippi.
31. L.A. Lakers, Ruben Patterson, forward, Cincinnati.
32. Seattle, Rashard Lewis, forward, Alief (Texas) Elsik HS.
33. Seattle, Jelani McCoy, center, UCLA.
34. Atlanta (from Chicago), Shammond Williams, guard, North Carolina.
35. Dallas, Bruno Sundov, center, Split (Croatia).
36. Sacramento, Jerome James, center, Florida A&M.
37. Philadelphia, Casey Shaw, center, Toledo.
38. New York, DeMarco Johnson, forward, North Carolina Charlotte.
39. Milwaukee, Rafer Alston, guard, Fresno State.
40. Detroit, Korleone Young, forward, Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, Va.
41. Houston, Cuttino Mobley, guard, Rhode Island.
42. Orlando, Miles Simon, guard, Arizona.
43. Washington, Jahidi White, center, Georgetown.
44. New York, Sean Marks, C-F, California.
45. L.A. Lakers, Toby Bailey, guard, UCLA.
46. Minnesota, Andrae Patterson, forward, Indiana.
47. Toronto, Tyson Wheeler, guard, Rhode Island.
48. Cleveland, Ryan Stack, center, South Carolina.
49. Chicago (from Atlanta), Cory Carr, guard, Texas Tech.
50. Charlotte, Andrew Betts, center, Long Beach State.
51. Miami, Corey Brewer, guard, Oklahoma.
52. San Antonio, Derrick Dial, G-F Eastern Michigan.
53. Dallas, Greg Buckner, guard, Clemson.
54. Denver, Tremaine Fowlkes, forward, Fresno State.
55. Denver, Ryan Bowen, forward, Iowa.
56. Vancouver, J.R. Henderson, forward, UCLA.
57. Utah, Torraye Braggs, forward, Xavier, Ohio.
58. Chicago, Maceo Baston, forward, Michigan.
Toronto traded the rights to F Antawn Jamison to Golden State for the rights to G Vince Carter and cash.
Dallas traded the rights to F Robert Traylor to Milwaukee for the rights to C Dirk Nowitzki and F Pat Garrity. Dallas traded F Martin Muursepp, G-F Bubba Wells and the rights to F Pat Garrity and a 1999 first-round draft selection to Phoenix for G Steve Nash.
Los Angeles Lakers traded G Nick Van Exel to Denver for F Tony Battie and the rights to G Tyronn Lue.
San Antonio traded F Carl Herrera and the rights to G Felipe Lopez to Vancouver for G Antonio Daniels.
Utah traded the rights to C Nazr Mohammed to Philadelphia for a future first-round draft selection.
Atlanta traded the rights to G Cory Carr and its 1999 and 2000 second-round draft selections to Chicago for the rights to G Shammond Williams.