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BURLISON: NBA mock draft, version 3.0

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Previous mock drafts: | The newest look at who could be going where in Wednesday's NBA draft, including Tuesday's Washington -New Orleans trade :
2002 mock draft
Pick Team Player Height School
1. Houston 7-5 Shanghai Sharks
Comment: Here¿s saying, when it¿s all said and done, that Ming is wearing a uniform in November.
Plan B: If Ming isn¿t freed up by the Sharks or the Chinese Federation, almost anything could happen. They either draft Mike Dunleavy or, just as likely, draft Jay Williams and deal him (perhaps to the for the eight and 12 spots in the first round?)
2. Chicago 6 1/4 Duke
Comment: There will be a whole lot of disappointed folks in Chicago if Houston doesn¿t tab Ming Wednesday night.
Plan B: If Williams is snatched away by the , the will draft Mike Dunleavy.
3. Golden State 6-8 Duke
Comment: There¿s a pretty good chance someone from Duke will be the 2003 Rookie of the Year.
Plan B: Drew Gooden, if Dunleavy and Jay Williams aren¿t available to the
4. Memphis 6-8 3/4 Kansas
Comment: Someone assured Roy Williams that Gooden wouldn¿t fall past No. 4 and some think it may have been his buddy, Jerry West.
Plan B: Do the bite on a possible No. 4 for 8/12 trade? I wouldn¿t think so.
5. Denver 6-11 Treviso (Italy) Benetton
Comment: The ¿ brass is trying to decide which of the two future non-U.S. bred all-stars to choose.
Plan B: Nene Hilario
6. Cleveland 6-10 Indiana
Comment: The Cavs need a lot of help in a lot of areas — right away — and Jeffries is best equipped to provide it.
Plan B: Coach John Lucas may like Dajuan Wagner more; Cavs might be able to pick up Jeffries at No. 9 after swapping picks with Phoenix (which is owed a future pick by Cleveland, and might offer to swap picks in order to forgive the debt).
7. New York 6-8 1/4 Maryland
Comment: The ¿ front-office has publicly lauded Wilcox so much in the past week, one wonders if this is truly the guy the want.
Plan B: Nene Hilario or Jared Jeffries (if one or the other is available).
8. Los Angeles 6-9½ Vascio de Gama (Brazil)
Comment: The could afford to ease him into the NBA way of things at either power forward (behind ) or center (behind Mike Olowokandi, assuming they re-sign him).
Plan B: If Hilario is not around, Jared Jeffries, Nikoloz Tskitishvili or Dajuan Wagner — in that order of preference. Or maybe they will unload one or both of their picks.
9. Phoenix 6-8 1/2 Cypress Creek (Orlando, Fla.) HS
Comment: The might execute that No. 6 for No. 9 swap, if that¿s what it takes to safely pick Stoudemire should someone in the 6-8 slots become just as enamored with his potential.
Plan B: Jared Jeffries, if he is still around and Stoudemire isn¿t available.
10. Miami 6-7 N.E. Mississippi CC
Plan B: Jared Jeffries would be ¿Plan A¿ if he were somehow still around The might consider Caron Butler at this spot, too.
Comment: If he¿s not picked here, Woods could end up staring Indiana in the face at No. 14.
11. Washington 6-5 1/4 Connecticut
Comment: This draft is way too lottery heavy in prospects and a few have to fall — Butler could be one of them.
Plan B: Bostjan Nachbar or Dajuan Wagner could be very enticing for these guys, too.
12. Los Angeles 6-0 3/4
Comment: How many people dreamed a month ago that Wagner could still be around at the No. 12 spot?
Plan B: Caron Butler; if he¿s not an option, Melvin Ely is also a possibility (especially if the deal the No. 8 pick).
13. Milwaukee 6-10 3/4 Stanford
Comment: Are concerns over a potential foot problem driving Borchardt¿s stock down? Could be . . . Plan B: Melvin Ely; one or the other should be around.
14. Indiana 6-9 Fresno State
Comment: If Qyntel Woods slips this far and the grab him, that Woods-to-the- scenario will start developing some real life.
Plan B: Marcus Haislip or Bostjan Nachbar.
15. Houston 6-8 1/2 Treviso (Italy) Benneton
Comment: The are hoping the don¿t make them resort to Plan B here.
Plan B: Tayshaun Prince or Jiri Welsch.
16. Philadelphia 6-1 Gonzaga
Comment: This would be the earliest Dickau goes; if not, Orlando (18) or Toronto (20) are the next logical possible stops.
Plan B: The only Plan B here belongs to Golden State, since the are shipping this pick to them.
17. Washington (via trade with New Orleans) 6-4 3/4 Missouri
Comment: Rush was going to be the ' pick here. There's no telling who the pick now, if in fact they hang onto this selection.
Plan B: Tayshaun Prince or Jiri Welsch.
18. Orlando 6-2 1/2 Maryland
Comment: The would like a point guard, but Dickau could be gone and they supposedly aren¿t enamored with Frank Williams.
Plan B: Marcus Haislip (Tennessee).
19. Utah 6-6 Union Olympic (Czech Republic)
Comment: Welsch could help the in both backcourt positions.
Plan B: Carlos Boozer or Juan Dixon (if he is still available).
20. Toronto 6-8½ Tennessee
Comment: Their need in the backcourt might be more pressing, but the might think that Haislip's upside is too intriguing to pass him up if he's available.
Plan B: Frank Williams, Tayshaun Prince or Jiri Welsch (if still available).
21. Portland 6-1 1/2 Illinois
Comment: The Blazers would love to find a way to move up into lottery land, though.
Plan B: Jamal Sampson or Rod Grizzard
22. Phoenix 6-11 Partizan (Yugoslavia)
Comment: If decide they wouldn¿t mind a second first-rounder on their roster, they go for the versatile Salmons or Jones. If not, they draft a foreign prospect and ¿park¿ him overseas for a while.
Plan B: John Salmons or Freddie Jones.
23. Detroit 6-4 Virginia
Comment: Mason or Prince could give them a lot of versatility; Murray's a project point guard; Sekularac, a long-range shooter.
Plan B: Tayshaun Prince, Ronald Murray or Mladen Sekularac.
24. Minnesota Forfeited pick
Lost their selection in the first round over contract snafu.
25. New Jersey 6-6 Stanford
Comment: Was Jacobsen¿s representation promised he¿d be picked here if he¿s still on the board? Tune in Wednesday night to find out for sure.
Plan B: Freddie Jones or foreign player to be ¿parked¿ overseas for a year or two.
26. Denver 6-7 3/4 Duke
Comment: The and seem to be Boozer¿s best — or only — bets.
Plan B: Freddie Jones, Ronald Murray or foreign investment.
27. San Antonio 6-10 UCLA
Comment: Is it possible that the ultra-athletic Gadzuric could be a second-round pick? Yes it is.
Plan B: Jamal Sampson or foreign-born player, including Mladen Sekularac and David Anderson.
28. Los Angeles 6-8 Kentucky
Comment: Prince, with his versatility, might be a safer pick than the 19-year-old Sampson or 24-year-old Gadzuric.
Plan B: Jamal Sampson, Dan Gadzuric or Roger Mason (if still available).
29. Sacramento 6-11 Cal
Comment: The would definitely have to wait a while for Sampson to learn how to play hard, night in and night out; but he¿s a talent that might be worth the wait.
Plan B: Jason Jennings or Nenad Krstic (if he slips this far).

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