Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle SuperSonics 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics 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 SuperSonics 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 Ray Allen and 24-year-old Rashard Lewis 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 Ronald Murray.
The 24-year-old guard averaged a career-high 12.4 points while playing in all
82 games for Seattle.

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

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

Key Player(s): Ray Allen (guard), Brent Barry (guard), Rashard Lewis
(forward), Ronald Murray (guard), Vladimir Radmanovic (forward), Luke Ridnour

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

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