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Breakdown of the players/teams: The players in bold lettering is my opinion on who they will draft.

1. Houston- They are in the lottery for the last time, as long as injuries don’t happen. Francis is a great PG. Mobley is a very good SG. Rookie Eddie Griffin is going to be a very good PF. C and SF are needs. Cato is still developing, and Houston might be getting sick and tired of waiting for him. They won the lottery and now have many options, trade down for Butler, pick Ming, etc. Both players would be great for Houston. Houston needs a Center, and a Center with Ming’s size and skills are rare. Ming would really be good for Houston. Houston has the talent to pull a 180 degree turn from last season. They are lethal, and could surprise many teams next year.
Franchise Players: Steve Francis, Eddie Griffin
Position Needed: C, SF
Players in Draft: <b>Yao Ming</b>, Caron Butler

2. Chicago Bulls- Chicago gambled on Curry and Chandler last season, bringing in more youth. Then they traded for veteran Jalen Rose. ERob was injured for most of the season, as was Jamal Crawford. Curry and Chandler showed steady improvements, and both had great months in April. In April, we saw Jamal come back, and wow us with his shooting touch. He still has a long way to come, but it was a promising sign. The jury is still out on whether or not Crawford is a PG or a SG. . ERob is a SF and isn't a SG. Chandler needs to hit the weights. The Bulls need another veteran or an NBA-Ready player, like last year’s Battier and Gasol. Williams would be that player. Ready to make a contribution right away. He is going to be a great PG, whether or not some people belive it. Chicago will draft Williams if he’s there....if not, Ming or Butler, possibly Dunleavy.
Franchise Players: Eddy Curry, Tyson Chandler
Position Needed: PG, SG, backup C
Players in draft: <b> Jay Williams</b>, Yao Ming, Caron Butler

3. Golden State Warriors- This team has the talent, but just couldn’t put it together, then, to make it worse, they end up with the 3rd pick, looking outside of the Jay Williams sweepstakes.. Jason Richardson is going to be a great SG. The Warriors have Jamison linked up for long term. Arenas and Murphy were great picks, and will be in Warriors Uni’s for awhile, IMO. They need a PG, if Arenas can’t handle it, but he did well for hem last year, and a more dominate C. Jamison and Fortson do not compliment each other....meaning one needs to go. Fortson will go before Jamison, so I expect the Warriors to shop Fortson around for another mid-to late 1st. Then they can move Jamison to PF, he plays much better their. This team needs some leadership. Tawn must step up here. J Rich should continue to improve on last season, and I look for him to have a breakout season(I know its early, but...)
Franchise Players: Jason Richardson, Antawn Jamison
Position Needed: C, PG, SF- Move Tawn to PF
Players in draft: <b> Drew Gooden</b>, Caron Butler, Nickoloz Tskitishvili


4. Memphis Grizzlies- This team is going to get better, especially after Jerry West took over. Whether or not you like it, Jason Williams(W.C.) is there PG- he’s locked up with an extension. West likes him too. Knight is a great backup PG also. Dickerson is there SG for now and the future, as he is locked up too. Battier will get PT at SG and SF. Gasol, Battier, and Swift will fight over PT at the F spot. They have depth there. They need a C. Wright is good, but in the west, you need all the big men you can get. Memphis could trade the pick, which I can see happening, because of their need for a C, and no Center besides Ming is worthy of a top 3 pick. West has become enamored with Dunleavy, and rumor is they will draft him.
Franchise Players: Gasol
Position Needed: C, BPA
Players in draft: <b> Mike Dunleavy</b>, Drew Gooden, Nickoloz Tskitishvili

5. Denver- After the trade with Dallas, they are in desperate need for backcourt help. Hardaway is getting old. McDyess and Howard are their F’s. C is another concern. This team has many holes to fill. One draft won’t get it done, and I can see them in the LeBron sweepstakes next year. They will be looking at the BPA, but I can see them going for G’s, their main need. The one bit of good news is they also have Dallas’ 1st rounder, which should be good in a deep draft.
Franchise Players: Antonio McDyess
Position Needed: Young PG, SG, SF
Players in Draft: <b> Dajaun Wagner</b>, Qyntel Woods, Nickoloz Tskitishvili


6. Cleveland Cavs- The only reason the Cavs aren’t worse than they are is because of Andre Miller, a top 5 PG in the NBA, IMO. Now management is having thoughts of not re-signing him. I’d hate to see how the Cavs would have been if they didn’t have Andre Miller. The fact that he averaged 10 apg on a team that has no real talent is amazing. They are set at PG, if they re-sign him next year. Ricky Davis came alive in April, averaging 20 ppg. They want to re-sign him. Last year they gambled on Diop, an athletic C, but is very raw. This team needs athleticism, especially up front. They need to get a player ready to contribute, if they want to try to re-sign Miller. Another possibility is trading Miller to a team that has a high enough pick to select Jay Williams, like Chicago. This would buy the Cavs some time to get cap room.
Franchise Player: Andre Miller
Team Needs: Athleticism, BPA, PF
Players in Draft: <b> Caron Butler</b>, Chris Wilcox, Maybyner Hilario

7. New York Knicks- This team surprised many teams by being in the lottery. After re-signing Houston to a terrible, max contract, cap room won’t happen for many years. GM Scott Layden has said he will do anything to get Ming. Whether or not this happens, remains to be seen. The Knicks need frontcourt help and a PG. Houston and Spreewell are set at SG/SF because of contracts. The Knicks would love to move Camby to PF. I agree Camby needs to be at PF, he hasn’t done very well against the bigger C’s. I expect them to draft frontcourt help, as they need a big body, banging player in the paint.
Franchise Players: Allan Houston, Latrell Spreewell
Team Needs: Frontcourt help, PG
Players in Draft: <b> Chris Wilcox</b>, Cutis Borchardt, Maybyner Hilario

8. Los Angeles Clippers: LA has 2 lottery picks, plus Kandi becoming a FA, and next years FA’s: Odom. Brand, and Maggette. What this means is Sterling will have to pony up the cash, or lose everyone. I can see Sterling OVERPAYING for a PG Like Gary Payton or Andre Miller. Like Dooling, and the 2 1sts for GP or Miller. What this does for the Clipz is save about 6 million dollars in rookie contracts. While GP makes more money, he is a FA in 2 years(?), meaning Sterling will have money to re-sign Miles and Q. Whether or not this happens, the Clipz will have some tough decisions on how to address their own FA’s. Odom, Miles, Q, Maggette, Pike will all be fighting over PT at the 2/3 spots. That is too clogged. The Clipz are young and talented, and will be fun to watch.
Franchise Players: Elton Brand, Lamar Odom
Team Needs: backup C, backup PF, PG
Players in Draft: <b> Maybyner Hilario</b>, Amare Stoudemire, Nickoloz Tskitishvili, Curtis Borchardt

9. Phoenix Suns- The Suns dealt Kidd for Marbury. The Nets enjoyed success, the Suns are in the lottery. Judge for yourself who won that trade. The Suns are set at PG with Marbury, SG with Penny and Joe Johnson, and SF with Shawn Marion. C Jake has improved. The Suns need a PF. This is a desperate need for them, since they are in the west. Last season was full of struggles, as the Suns tried to adjust to a new PG. Now with that season done, they look forward to a new, promising season.
Franchise Players: Shawn Marion, Stephon Marbury
Team Needs: PF, C
Players in Draft: <b> Nickoloz Tskitishvili</b>, Amare Stoudemire

10. Miami Heat: They struggles early, but nearly pulled off a miracle, almost making the playoffs. The team is surrounded by rumors of Grant possibly being traded. Lets assume he isn’t going to be traded. Some youth upfront is needed, but they are solid upfront, especially since they are in the east. PG is a ? mark. At SG is Eddie Jones, a good veteran player. They could use a SF as well. Riley is a stickler for defense, and Woods hasn’t impressed scouts with his defense.
Franchise Players: Alonzo Mouring, Eddie Jones
Team Needs: SF, PG, Youth upfront
Players in Draft: <b> Jared Jeffries</b>, Qyntel Woods


11. Washington Wizards: Last season they gambled on HSer Kwame Brown. This year, they will draft a big SF to help against the Harrington‘s, Garnett‘s, etc.. MJ is getting old, and they will push for one more run with him. He was exposed against taller SF’s. The Wizards coach, Doug Collins, had said he wants to have MJ as a SG next season, if he’s back. RIP proved he can be consistent. Kwame struggled, but got irregular minutes. Haywood did fine, until he hit the rookie wall. PG is of need as well. Expect them to address that in the 2nd round(Marcus Taylor).
Franchise Players: Kwame Brown, Richard Hamilton
Team Needs: A big SF, PG, more size
Players in draft: <b> Qyntel Woods</b>, Frank Williams, Amare Stoudemire

12. Los Angeles Clippers- Again, they have another pick. Same team needs as before. They will most likely draft BPA here. They could also surprise people by drafting Frank Williams here.
Players in Draft: <b> Curtis Borchadt</b>, Frank Williams

13. Milwaukee Bucks- This team was supposed to be a contender for the finals, especially after signing Mason to help out in the paint. The Bucks never were on the same page during the regular season, and find themselves looking at a lottery pick. Mason isn’t the answer at PF. Tim Thomas is getting tired of the bench, he needs to start. The Bucks should look at exploring the idea of trading Glenn Robinson for a PF or C. Cassell and Allen make a nice backcourt, one with firepower, one with the lights-out shooting mentality. Tim Thomas and Glenn Robinson can score. Their bench is fairly deep, with Ham, Redd, Thomas, Anthony. They should look at drafting a PF or C. What they really need is a defensive, rebounding, best inside.
Franchise Players: Ray Allen
Team Needs: PF, C
Players in Draft: <b> Amare Stoudemire</b>, Melvin Ely, Marcus Haslip

14. Indiana Pacers- The Pacers have a lot of young, talent. Brad Miller was a major addition to the team, because it allow Jermaine O’Neal to move to PF, where he had a great season. Al Harrington also made major improvements, until he was injured. Artest, Mercer, and Miller provide the much needed scoring in the backcourt, while rookie Jamaal Tinsley ran the team. Miller is getting old, and the Pacers should consider finding a backup who can shoot like Miller. Artest will bring the defense. This team next year should make more noise in the playoffs. They were young and inexperienced this year(excluding R. Miller). Next year, they will be ready.
Franchise Players: Jermaine O’Neal, Al Harrington
Team Needs: A heir to Reggie Miller, backup PG, backup C(move Foster to backup PF)
Players in Draft: <b> Kareem Rush</b>, Frank Williams,

15. Houston Rockets- They will most likely get their C with their 1st pick, meaning their 1, 2, 4, 5 should be set. They need help at SF. The Rockets would love Bostjan Nachbar here. Same needs as above.
Players in Draft: <b> Bostjan Nachbar</b>, Melvin Ely, Marcus Haslip(the latter 2 picks would then force Griffin to SF)

16. Philadelphia 76ers- The 6ers made major off-season moves last year. The result was a 1st round playoff exit. The backcourt of Snow/Iverson is good, but is the relationship between AI and Coach Brown good? Some say yes, some say no. Anyways, AI will be in Philadelphia. AI is the heart and soul of the team, but he needs some much needed scoring help. The 76ers should consider bringing back Larry Hughes, a slashing SG. Maybe AI and Hughes can make this work, now that they have matured some. DC and Deke aren’t getting any younger. Dalemburt, last year’s 1st rounder, hasn’t contributed much, but is a monstrous shot blocker. The 6ers should look for some youth and athleticism upfront, and maybe a scorer.
Franchise Players: Allen Iverson
Team Needs: Youth upfront, scorer
Players in Draft: <b> Marcus Haslip</b>, Melvin Ely, Rod Grizzard

17. New Orleans Hornets- They have a good team, but due to the injury to Jamal Mashburn, they weren’t able to move on farther in the playoffs. Baron Davis is a great PG and David Wesley is underrated. But they need someone else to fill in, incase Mashburn goes down again. They could use a big 2/3, to offset Wesley’s short heigth, and Wesley isn‘t getting any younger.. That way they can match up with NJ, Boston, and the Western Teams better. Chris Jeffries would be good here, as he fits that mold. he is also a good defender, as he was used by Fresno State to guard the opposing team’s best offensive player. They could also use some more youth upfront, as Campbell and Brown are getting old. Another possibility could be Melvin Ely.
Franchise Players: Baron Davis, Jamal Mashburn
Team Needs: Tall SG/SF, Youth upfront
Players in Draft: <b> Chris Jeffries</b>, Melvin Ely

18. Orlando Magic- This team needs post help badly. Ewing and Grant are fossils. I know the magic are in the Tim Duncan FA race, but they need help now. Hill has been injured since he came to Orlando. Fortunately, Mike Miller has been very reliable, helping out Tracy McGrady. But the Magic will never win a championship until they address their low post needs. This is the perfect chance for them to do so. Also, a PG could be drafted here to be groomed to replace Darrell Armstrong. But I think the Magic will address the PF spot, because last year the took Jeryl Sasser, who can play PG. He needs a lot of work, but can do it. I really don’t see Orlando passing on Ely, if he’s here. Steven Hunter should continue to improve as well.....meaning, Orlando could be in the finals next year with a healthy Grant Hill. That’s a big if.
Franchise Players: Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill
Team Needs: PF, C, PG to eventually replace Armstrong
Players in Draft: <b> Melvin Ely</b>, Frank Williams

19. Utah Jazz- The aging team keeps getting older. Utah’s 1st rounder last year, PG Raul Lopez, is coming to Utah this year, so the backup PG spot will be taken, or the starting spot if Stockton retires. Kirilenko is their SF for the future, and Marshall did decent at PF. Rookie Jarron Collins surprised many as he earned a starting spot, which was great considering he was a 2nd rounder. Stockton and Malone are still the heart and soul of the team. Unfortunely, father time is against them. The Jazz could use a 2 guard, backup PG(but Lopez is coming to Utah this season), more size, etc. Look for them to take BPA and try to make one more run at it. Jiri Welsch would fit in great here. He’s a combo guard with great height. He could backup PG and SG, if he doesn’t earn a starting spot. Who knows, in a few years, Lopez and Welsch could form the league’s best Euro backcourt.
Franchise Players: Andrei Kirilenko, Donyell Marshall
Team Needs: SG, more size and youth
Players in Draft: <b> Jiri Welsch</b>, Frank Williams, Dan Dickau

20. Toronto Raptors- They missed Vince Carter sorely in the playoffs. They could of used his scoring, but that’s how things go. With Carter and Mo Pete they seem to be set at the 2 and 3. With plenty of PF’s, I think their frontcourt has enough depth and talent(re-sign Clark). What they could use is a PG. Alvin Williams isn’t the answer at PG for them. The Raptors could use another shooter, but I don’t see them taking Dickau over Frank Williams. Williams had a bad season last year, but was once considered a lottery pick. I’m sure he will improve and the Raptors would love to have him in Toronto.
Franchise Players: Vince Carter
Team Needs: PG
Players in Draft: <b> Frank Williams</b>, Dan Dickau

21. Portland Trailblazers- This team, on paper, has the most talent. Unfortunately to go along with the talent, they also have the most egos. Until they can get some team chemistry, they will always be taken out in the playoffs early. Randolph was a great pick last year, and I honestly think he will be an All-Star someday. They could use less egos, and more team harmony(via trade). Stoudamire has been erratic at PG. Ruben/Wells/Anderson/Pippen are fighting over PT, and each one deserves it, but there isn’t enough to go around. They should take the BPA and trade some of their players. Rebuild while contending is the key phrase. They could use a big body, but Jennings and Gadzuric aren’t all that great. Grizzard, although a gamble because of his injury, has the chance to be a star. Draft him, and unload some of the swingmen(Pippen- teams will want a 1 yr contract), possibly Patterson or Anderson.
Franchise Players: Bonzi Wells, Rasheed Wallace
Team Needs: BPA, chemistry, and to advance further into the playoffs
Players in Draft: <b> Rod Grizzard</b>, Jason Jennings, Dan Gadzuric

22. Phoenix Suns- Boston would have been here, and could have addressed their PG need with, yes, another 3 point shooter in Dan Dickau. But, they don’t. Instead, Phoenix is looking at BPA here, as they will address their PF need at 9, IMO. Jake is improving, but in the west, one cannot get enough big men. Look for them to draft a Center....another 6 fouls for the hack-a-Shaq defense.
Franchise Players: Shawn Marion, Stephon Marbury
Team Needs: Center, more size
Players in Draft: <b> Jason Jennings</b>, Dan Gadzuric, Carlos Boozer

23. Detroit Pistons- Surprise many teams from the start. Last year’s pick, Rodney White, saw limited PT. White should get more PT this season and show many people why some felt he would win ROY last year. Corliss, White, Wallace, Robinson, Rebracca are a versatile frontcourt, and I don’t see them adding more size to that. They could use a PG or SF. Atkins is decent, but they can improve on that with Dickau, or add Tayshaun Prince to their mix. In the end, I believe they will take a PG(Dickau) to help them out now.
Franchise Players: Jerry Stackhouse, Ben Wallace
Team Needs: PG, possibly a SF
Players in Draft: <b> Dan Dickau</b>, Tayshaun Prince, Boris Diaw

Minnesota forfeits their pick in 02 and 04, regain the 03 and 05 1sts.

24. New Jersey- After a great turnaround from last season they made it to the finals, only to be swept by the Lakers. They need a SG or a SF that has “heart” as KMart puts it, as he only can. Well Kmart, I have the solution for your Nets: Roger Mason. He’s 6’5”, has PG handles, but SG size and ability to score. You can thank me later. Collins did a good job on Shaq, I’m sure no rookie could of done as well as he did. Kidd was doing well too. They are set at PG, PF, C IMO. If you take Kmart’s quotes as actual needs, then they need a SG and SF. They do need help, but Jefferson will eventually win out the SF spot. They need a scoring SG.
Franchise Players: Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin
Team Needs: Reliable, scoring SG(preferably with heart, according to Kmart), possibly a SF
Players in Draft: <b> Roger Mason</b>, Boris Diaw, Tayshaun Prince.

25. Denver Nuggets- Same needs as before, but if they draft Wagner, cross out SG. Since they have no real Center besides Bateer, I expect them to take Dan Gadzuric or Jamal Sampson. My guess is they will take Gadzuric who is more ready. The Nuggets need to win, so they can convince McDyess to stay and to lure other FA to Denver when they have the cap room. They should concentrate on trying to win ASAP for that reason alone. If McDyess leaves, the Nuggets fall even farther behind the rest of the league. Gadzuric should be the pick here.
Franchise Players: Antonio McDyess
Team Needs: C, SF, BPA, Big name FA’s in 03
Players in Draft: <b> Dan Gadzuric</b>, Jamal Sampson

26. San Antonio- The Admiral is in his last season. They will make one major push to try to win a ring. To do that, they will need a NBA-Ready rookie. Tim Duncan, is well, Tim Duncan, meaning the team goes when he goes. The Admiral needs to be healthy to take off some of the scoring load. Smith has to hit his shots, Bowen has to continue to harass opposing teams’ better scorers. And Parker needs to play great, again, as he did against Seattle. The question then becomes, does TD stay in SA, or leave to a team like Orlando? If they draft Diaw, they will have 3 Frenchmen on their team(Parker, last years 2nd rounder, SG ???????, and Diaw)
Franchise Players: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker
Team Needs: BPA that is ready to contribute, C, swingman
Players in Draft: <b> Boris Diaw</b>, Tayshaun Prince, Jamal Sampson

27. Los Angeles Lakers- Wouldn’t it be scary of they got Boozer. A pounding PF and Center. Well, it could happen. And I think it will. Boozer is underrated, as he rebounded well and played good defense. Lakers strategy in the draft is to take the BPA. They will be talented enough to keep winning, so just keep bringing in good players, regardless of position. Boozer would eventually replace Horry. The Lakers will be on the quest to win 4 straight championships. Boozer could help them.
Franchise Players: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal
Team Needs: BPA, depth upfront
Players in Draft: <b> Carlos Boozer</b>, Jamal Sampson, Sam Clancy

28. Sacramento Kings- They came within 1 game of going onto the finals. After some controversial calls, they lost to the Lakers. One thing they can’t blame on anyone but themselves is, they blew the chances they had. They had the opportunities, but didn’t get it done. For those who say CWebb is not clutch, why? Is it because he deferred to Bibby to take the last shots. Who the hell wouldn’t? Bibby was on fire. He deserved those shots, and I’m sure LA would admit Bibby is a helluva PG. The point is Webber was smart in letting Bibby take those shots, as Bibby was in the zone. Hard to imagine, last year, the games he were in were meaningless, and now he’s trying to move his team into the finals...thats a 360 degree turnaround. The Kings were exposed when Webber, Pollard, and Divac all got into foul trouble. They need some more depth upfront, as Funderburke was a joke against the Lakers(to be fair, he had to go against Shaq). They should look at taking a Center to eventually replace Divac. Sampson would be a great pick here, as they will have time to groom him to replace Divac.
Franchise Players: Mike Bibby, Chris Webber
Team Needs: Depth upfront, C
Players in Draft: <b> Jamal Sampson</b>, Sam Clancy, Zaur Pachulia, Luis Scola


Some players, like Sampson, I think will slip because the late 1st round draft picks will be focusing on more NBA-ready players to attempt to get over the hurdle and into the Finals, but a team like Sac could gamble on him, since they won't rely on him to make the playoffs.
 

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now that's a post! As a Warriors fan, I must say I really liked the W's breakdown. I agree with you 90%. Hopefully they will shop Fortson and a few others for some more draft pics. The only point I dont agree with is Arenas at the point. I think he is more than capable. Move Jamison to the 4, draft a crazy 3 and we are in bizzniz.
 

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Great posts. It was really long, so I only read my favorite teams needs. LOL! But they seemed accurate. Good job.
 
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