Thursday , Jun , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Seattle SuperSonics 2006 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – All-Star guard Ray Allen is still the player that the
Seattle SuperSonics are trying to build around. They finished a disappointing
35-47 in the 2005-06 campaign, one season after they won the Northwest
Division and lost in the Western Conference semifinals to the San Antonio
Spurs.

The 31-year-old Allen averaged a team-high 25.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7
assists per game in 78 contests this past season. A six-time All-Star, Allen
is arguably the best outside shooter in the league and is still considered a
franchise-type player.

Allen’s main supporting cast of 6-10 forward Rashard Lewis and point guard
Luke Ridnour could use some help. Lewis averaged 20.1 points and a soft 5.0
rebounds per game, while Luke Ridnour netted 11.5 and dished out a team-high
7.0 assists in 79 contests.

Nick Collison, Johan Petro, Robert Swift, Earl Watson, Chris Wilcox and Damien
Wilkins are all role players who play significant minutes for the Sonics.

Seattle has the 10th overall pick in the draft and could be interested in
moving up to grab an impact player. The Sonics will try and add some toughness
down low. They need a player who can bang and is not afraid of doing the dirty
work around the basket.

Patrick O’Bryant of Bradley and North Carolina State’s Cedric Simmons
are possibilities for Seattle at No. 10.

Key Player(s): Ray Allen (Guard), Nick Collison (Forward), Danny Fortson
(Forward), Rashard Lewis (Forward), Johan Petro (Center), Luke Ridnour
(Guard), Robert Swift (Center), Earl Watson (Guard), Chris Wilcox (Forward),
Damien Wilkins (Forward).

Team Needs: Inside toughness, low-post scorer, rebounding and a shot blocker.

Draft picks: 1st round (10th overall), 2nd round (40th overall), 2nd round
(53rd overall).

SEA