Thursday , Jun , 28 , 2007 Oly Sandor

2007 NBA Draft: Analyzing Picks 1-10

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Round 1 Picks #1-10.

Pick/ Team/ Player/ Position/Ht/Wt/ School/Yr.

1) Portland: Greg Oden, C, 7-0, 260 lbs,

Ohio St.
, Fr.

My Quick Take: Size over skill. Portland took Oden’s size over Durant’s skill set. The big center is already an excellent defensive player, but his offensive game needs a bit more polish. But the Blazers know it’s easier to win with a center than a swing player.

2) Seattle: Kevin Durant, F, 6-10, 210 lbs, Texas, Fr.

My Quick Take: Durant’s not a bad consolation prize. He’s the most skilled player in this year’s draft. Look for the Sonics to re-brand and re-mold their team around the extra long forward. 

3) Atlanta: Al Horford, F, 6-9, 245 lbs, Florida, Jr.

My Quick Take: The Hawks went big-just not with Amare Stoudemire! Horford’s a nice piece, but this club missed the best forward available and could have used a point guard. Still, Horford’s NBA ready and will make an immediate impact.

4) Memphis: Mike Conley Jr, G, 6-1, 175 lbs,

Ohio St.

My Quick Take: I love Conley’s game. He’s a smart, super-quick lead guard with leadership potential. Conley’s a great decision maker. Memphis, if everybody stays healthy, could win 20 more games next year.

5) Seattle from Boston: Jeff Green, F, 6-9, 225 lbs, Georgetown, Jr.

My Quick Take: Green’s a great all-round player. He does a little bit of everything. And I like Seattle’s decision to move Ray Allen and go young.

6) Milwaukee: Yi Jianlin, F, 7-0, 245 lbs, Southern China, 20.

My Quick Take: Yi’s a long, quick forward. He’s incredibly skilled and has a little funk to his game. However, there are questions about Yi’s strength.  And will he actually play for Milwaukee?

7) Minnesota: Corey Brewer, G, 6-8, 195 lbs, Florida, Jr.


My Quick Take: Brewer’s an ultra smooth three-man. He plays both ends of the floor and showed character coming back to Florida last year. Minnesota did well with this pick.

8) Charlotte: Brandan Wright, PF, 6-10, 210 lbs, North Carolina, Fr.

My Quick Take: I like this pick. Wright’s rail-thin, but he’s a great athlete and will eventually develop into a solid player. The Bobcats are loaded with young players. Now they need to spend some money on free agents. 

9) Chicago: Joakim Noah, PF, 6-11, 230 lbs, Florida, PF.

My Quick Take: This is an interesting fit. The Bulls are an up-and-coming team and Noah won two NCAA Titles in Florida. But the Bulls could use a scorer. And Noah lacks offensive polish. On a lighter note: what will Chicago coach Scott Skiles say about Noah’s hair and style? Remember, Skiles wasn’t feeling Ben Wallace’s headband.

10) Sacramento: Spencer Hawes
, C, 230 lbs, Washington, Fr.

My Quick Take: The Throwback. Hawes is a classic, old school big man. I love his post game and passing ability. But he’s not a strong rebounder and athlete.

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