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Seattle SuperSonics 2004 Draft Preview

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(Sports Network) - The Seattle have a lot of talent at the small forward and guard position, but lack the size that is needed to win the Western Conference. Ths finished just 37-45 in the 2003-04 regular season and missed the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

All-Star and 24-year-old give Seattle two top players at shooting guard and small forward. Allen averaged a team-best 23 points per game in 56 games this past season, while Lewis was second on the squad in scoring (17.8 ppg) and led Seattle in rebounding (6.5 rpg.).

The big positive during the season was the emergence of guard . The 24-year-old guard averaged a career-high 12.4 points while playing in all 82 games for Seattle.

Guard played in 69 games in his rookie campaign, and still appears to be the future at the point for Seattle.

The could use either a power forward or a center. Pavel Podkolzine, a center from Russia, could be Seattle's pick.

Key Player(s): (guard), (guard), (forward), (guard), (forward), (guard).

Team Needs: Inside toughness, a shot blocker and size.

Draft picks: 1st round (12th overall), 2nd round (35th overall), 2nd round (41st overall).

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