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BURLISON: Top power forwards in NBA Draft
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Comment: The near unanimous consensus of the NBA personnel evaluators who've take long and focused looks at him in game action is that it's a case of "not if, but when" it comes to his landing on an NBA All-Star team. If LeBron James were still a high school junior, there wouldn't be much debate over this guy going No. 1 (sorry, Carmelo fans). CAVEAT: We haven't had the great fortune of watching him play in person. 2.
Comment: He's possessing of the most intriguing upside of all the Americans in the draft pool (OK; we'll concede LeBron still has a little of the "U" word in his tank). Once he puts on another 25 or so pounds of muscle, he should eventually evolve into a 20/10 guy who blocks a shot or two in the process. 3.
Comment: The soundest and most polished of all of the front-court players in the draft. And No. 2 (Brian Cook) trails considerably. He'll end his 12-year NBA career with averages of at least 15 points and nine rebounds per game. 4. Michael Sweetney (Georgetown), 6-7 1/4, 262
Comment: He's definitely a load down low (sorry; couldn't resist!) offensively and has an underrated shooting touch to 15-17 feet. He'll need to take advantage of it more for his next team than he did in the Big East. 5. Maciej Lampe (Universidad Complutense/Spain), *6-11, 240
Comment: He's supposed to be a tremendous jump shooter that is definitely much more at ease on the perimeter than he is with his backside down in the low post. CAVEAT: I've not been able to marvel at his jump shot in person. 6.
Comment: His stock is purring along quite nicely. If the draft were another couple of weeks away, he might climb all the way into the top 10. So much for all of the "too soft" naysayers. 7.
Comment: If he somehow ends up in the second round, could there be any greater example of how little college accomplishments mean to the NBA crowd? But he's too good not to go in the first round, right? C'mon, he can't slip into the second round, can he? Huh? 8.
Comment: There hasn't been much of a buzz about him lately until his name started cropping up as a possible
Comment: Some who have seen him work out (and worked out with him), say the weight is probably much closer to 300 than 250. He's probably set for a first-round pick or else his agent would have pulled the 18-year-old (as of June 22) out of the draft pool. CAVEAT: Still waiting to see him play. 10. Travis Outlaw (Starkville, Miss., HS), *6-8, 200
Comment: Speculation is that he's got a first-round "guarantee" from
Comment: May have parlayed strong performances in Portsmouth and Chicago into a very early second-round spot. Had he not moved from Compton to Moreno Valley (Southern
Comment: Oh, my goodness. Why did this guy skip his final two seasons with the Golden Gophers? Unless someone knows something that I haven't heard, he could have a long night in front of his television Thursday. He could be this season's Marcus Taylor. NEXT BEST SHOTS AT BEING DRAFTED: