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2007 NBA Draft: Centers

By Aran Smith 6/27/07 The center position has one goliath (Oden), one potential lotto pick in Hawes and a number of other first round possibilities. The position is never usually deep or talented, so having a potential dominating center at the top makes this an excellent center year. 1. Greg Oden 7-0 265 C Ohio…

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2007 NBA Draft: Power Forwards

By Aran Smith 6/26/07 With three potential top five picks (Horford, B. Wright and Yi), and 7-8 potential first rounders, the power forward position in the 2007 draft is both talented and deep. There are upside picks such as Yi, Wright and Smith, and instant impact guys such as Horford and Noah. After the dust…

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2007 NBA Draft: Small Forwards

By Aran Smith 6/25/07 Small forward is easily the most talent laden position in this year’s draft with one franchise player (Durant) and 5 other possible lottery picks (Green, Brewer, Thornton, J. Wright, T.Young). This group is extremely athletic and talented and should provide a number of teams in the lottery with immediate help as…

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2007 NBA Draft: Shooting Guards

By Aran Smith 6/24/07 This year’s shooting guard class is balanced with a lot of quality, experienced players. Although there aren’t any surefire superstars, look for around 7-8 to make it into the first round (possibly the most of any position) with most landing in the later half of the first round. 1. Nick Young…

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2007 NBA Draft: Point Guards

By Aran Smith 6/22/07 With less than a week until draft day and the field of players set, we will preview each position starting with the point guards. This year’s point guard class features 3 surefire first rounders (Conley, Crittenton and Law), and a number of other potential late first rounders as well. It’s not…

2007 NBA Team Needs

By Aran Smith 6/21/07 Picks: 1,37,42,52,53 Needs: SF,PG Analysis: The Blazers appear to be more in need of a SF than a C after adding LaMarcus Aldridge in last year’s draft, but Aldridge was diagnoised with a heart disorder at the end of the season raising some doubt about his future. The Blazers paid a…

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Javaris Crittenton Interview

By Aran Smith 6/20/07 Aran Smith:How do you see your style of game fitting into the NBA? Javaris Crittenton: I think that I’ve always had an NBA style game. I can run offensive sets well and I’m very good in the open court. I’m a playmaker and I think any playmaker has an NBA style…

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2007 Reebok Eurocamp: Day Four

By Aran Smith 6/13/07 The final day’s morning practice began with stations. Then Bob Hurley Sr. gave the entire camp his final practice drill. Steve Nash’s 20 minute shooting routine. Nash sets the clock at 20 minutes and does a variety of shots starting in close for 5 or so repetitions then moving further from…

2007 Reebok Eurocamp: Day Three

By Aran Smith 6/12/07 The third day’s morning session had a new wrinkle with Fran Frachilla giving the campers a new drill the 4-2-4 fast break drill. The campers learned the importance of making a quick decision when you have numbers. It was a good opportuity to see the players anticipation and defensive ability as…

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2007 Reebok Eurocamp: Day Two

By Aran Smith 6/11/07 The second day started much like the first with morning drills. Mickael Pietrus spoke to the campers after the morning session. He mentioned to me that he would have loved to have played here but never had the chance. The Team Reebok squad is on hand and their team of 8…

2007 Reebok Eurocamp Roster

By Aran Smith 6/9/07 NBADraft.net is in Treviso, Italy for the Reebok Eurocamp, which is seen as the unofficial European NBA Draft camp. 12 players pulled out in the past 24 hours, some having to do with visa issues among other things. But the camp remains among the strongest ever in Treviso. Here is an…

2007 Reebok Eurocamp: Pete Philo Interview

By Aran Smith 6/9/07 NBADraft.net caught up with Reebok Eurocamp director and Minnesota Timberwolves international scout Pete Philo. Q: How do you see the Reebok Eurocamp fitting into the draft scheme of things? A: This camp initially started five years ago as an exposure camp for some of the younger international kids and has blossomed…

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2007 NBA Predraft Camp: Day One

By Aran Smith NBADraft.net 5/30/07 Orlando, Florida – The 2007 NBA pre-draft camp kicked off today at Disney’s Wide World of Sports with a two hour workout of drills and scrimmages. After moans and groans from GMs and scouts last year due to a weak field of players, the NBA took measures to attempt to…

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Tim Shea Interview

By Aran Smith NBADraft.net 5/24/07 The following is another chapter in what’s becoming our annual conversation with Tim Shea (in his fourth year as Director of International scouting for the Charlotte Bobcats). Q) How’s everything in Lugo, Spain? A) It’s National Leagues Playoff time in Europe and in Spain that means Spring, Basketball and Bullfighting…

2007 Top 10 Prospects Lists

By Aran Smith Updated 6/27/07   Point Guards Comments 1. Mike Conley 6-1 180 PG Ohio St. Fr. Quickness is phenominal, but must add shooting consistency. 2. Javaris Crittenton 6-4 195 PG Ga. Tech Fr. PG with considerable upside. Leaving early could hurt his long term development. 3. Acie Law 6-3 185 PG Texas A&M…