Howard or Okafor at 1?

As of Thursday afternoon, sources close to the Orlando Magic indicate they are leaning towards taking Dwight Howard. Sources close to the Bobcats organization indicated this morning that they believe it will be Okafor, but consider that unlikely. When all is said and done look for Dwight Howard to be the Orlando Magic’s #1 selection.…

Draft Buzz 6/16/04

Draft Camp Boxscores and Recap June 9th, Day 1: Game 1: Team Five 79, Team Six 78 Game 2: Team One 93, Team Two 81 Game 3:Team Four 74, Team Three 64 June 10th, Day 2: Game 4: Team One 106, Team Four 91 Game 5: Team Five 72, Team Two 70 Game 6: Team…

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Draft Buzz 6/10/04

Predraft Camp Day 2 Players who have stood out on day two: Hoops the Gym Workout Little mighty might Nate Robinson had an impressive day Wednesday. He led the one point victors with 22 points on 9-14 shooting with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He showed his phenomenal athleticism and scoring ability, but also some…

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Draft Buzz 6/9/04

Donta Smith Workout Donta Smith and Brandon Bender worked out on Tuesday in front of 50 or so NBA, NBDL, and CBA scouts and coaches. Smith showed very long arms (7-foot wingspan) and a nice ability to attack the basket. He is definitely a very good athlete. He got well over the rim and had…

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Draft Buzz 5/31/04

NBA Stock Exchange NBADraft.net’s Matthew Maurer was at Hoops the Gym in Chicago recently and saw both Luke Jackson and Andre Iguodala work out, and came away impressed with both. Jackson was wearing a rib brace similar to the ones NFL quarterbacks wear to help protect a bruised rib. He was shooting the ball well…

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Draft Buzz 5/15/04

By Aran Smith 94! Early Entries By the Numbers Including International players a record total of 94 Early Entries declared for the draft this year. 56 of which were college underclassmen, 38 International. 2003 had a total of 75 Early Entrants declare for the draft. 44 were college underclassmen, 31 were International early entrants. Of…

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Draft Buzz 5/8/04

By Aran Smith Here They Come With the early entry deadline looming (Monday), a number of underclassmen have declared recently. The past week saw Shaun Livingston, JR Smith, and Al Jefferson declare on Monday, Sebastian Telfair, and Robert Swift declared Tuesday, Devin Harris announced on Wednesday and Ryan Gomes, Donte Smith, Johan Petro and Mickael…

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Draft Buzz 4/29/04

By Aran Smith Can Shaun Livingston Go First? Photo: WebSportsChicago He’s far from being NBA ready. His body is somewhat similar to where Tayshawn Prince’s was about halfway through college. And he is still inconsistent. But he’s the player in this draft with the most upside. Size is the most highly prized commodity in the…

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Draft Buzz 4/21/04

By Aran Smith Luol Deng In Sources close to the program indicate that Duke freshman SF Luol Deng has decided to enter the draft. Look for an announcement in the next week. Deng had said all along that he would return to Duke for his sophomore season. And up until a week ago it appeared…

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Draft Buzz 4/9/04

By Aran Smith Early Entries Ben Gordon is expected to announce next week he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Expect Gordon to ride a Championship season into a top 10 pick with an outside shot of getting into the top 5. He’s a scoring PG, but his shooting and feel…

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Draft Buzz 2/27/04

By Aran Smith On Thursday, 7-3 Lithuanian bigman Martynas Andriuskevicius had a tremendous team workout, (originally reported as against rules, but because it was with Rimini’s junior team, not against rules) in Rimini, Italy in front 5-8 NBA scouts who came away shocked by the big man’s agility and potential. Andriuskevicius has had the opportunity…

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Draft Buzz 2/18/04

By Aran Smith Making the "Jump" It may not be what’s best for the NBA. It’s definitely not what’s best for the NCAA. However, for a young 18 year old phenom who can guarantee financial security by turning pro out of high school, it is often what is best for the individual and their family.…

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Draft Buzz 2/11/04

By Aran Smith Okafor On Top Emeka Okafor has taken over the top spot on the latest mock draft. With his consistent play all season, combined with scouts feeling that Dwight Howard has a ways to go before being ready to produce in the NBA, it’s starting to look more and more like Okafor will…

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Draft Buzz 1/14/04

By Aran Smith Team to Beat With UConn’s 86-59 dismantling of #6 Oklahoma Sunday, the Huskies have re-solidified their dominance upon the country and definitely look like the team to beat for the National Championship. Only Duke seems to have a legitimate chance to beat them. Stanford has looked like the next best team with…

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Draft Buzz 11/22/03

Draft Buzz 11/22/03 By Aran Smith Super Duo Everyone has Emeka Okafor as a consensus All American and leading pre-season POY candidate. However it could be his teammate Ben Gordon that walks away with the Wooden award. His 37 point performance against Nevada included a play (which may become symbolic of their seasons) in which…

Draft Buzz 11/16/03

By Aran Smith Latvian Wonder Latvian center/power forward Andris Biedrins has jumped into the mix as a projected top 5 pick this year with incredible performances in the first month of the season playing in Latvia. Granted, the Latvian league isn’t the creme de la creme of Europe, but it is decent enough to make…

Draft Buzz 6/26/03

By Aran Smith, Justin Young and Matthew Maurer Operation Draft Day Check back here for more "Draft Buzz" (up to and during the draft) as it comes in: 9:21 EST The trade turned out to be (Memphis) Marcus Banks at 13 and Kendrick Perkins which will be at 27 to the Celtics for 16 and…

Draft Buzz 6/25/03

By Aran Smith Draft Eve Buzz A number of sources have indicated that teams appear to have Marcus Banks ranked over Luke Ridnour and Reece Gaines. Seattle likes Banks and the Griz aren’t looking for a PG. Knowing that, the Sonics can address their need for a bigman with their 12th pick and grab Banks…

Draft Buzz 6/19/03

One Week Away Buzz By Aran Smith Podkolzine, Khryapa Out Pavel Podkolzine has pulled out of the draft. He was unable to get a guarantee in the area that he wanted and therefore didn’t want to take the chance that he would dip too low in the draft. His buyout is considerable, and if he…

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Draft Buzz 6/6/03

By Aran Smith Jack and the Beanstalk The "Siberian Bear" is out of Hibernation. Pavel Podkolzine‘s workout went unbelievable according to sources. He is a bigman who can shoot threes and has incredible mobility. One source even speculated he could go as high as third overall! He is obviously very raw but for many teams…