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Can you pick the players taken in the 2002 NBA Draft based on John Hollinger's comments at the time?
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My only worry about him is a factor nobody talks about: injuries.
He also may be more of a shoot-first point guard than some would like, but that is the only other quibble right now.
I had a chance to see [x] several times in high school, and even then, his court smarts were obvious.
A fantastic rebounder in college, [x] may be able to play either forward spot as a pro. He has good shooting range, can score off the dribble, and runs the floor very well.
Long-term, he probably has as much upside as any player in the draft.
He has been compared to Allen Iverson because he is a shooting guard in a point guard's body, but he is bigger and stronger (6'2', 200 pounds) and doesn't have Iverson's jets.
Scouts compare him to a young Shawn Kemp.
There is no obvious place for him to play on this team, but he was too good to pass up with the [x]th pick of the draft.
[x] lacks a perimeter game, but is a dominator on the glass and runs the floor well. His raw athletic skills alone should make him at least a halfway decent NBA player.
He is already twenty-two and doesn't have the spectacular athleticism of a few guys picked ahead of him, but I would be stunned if he doesn't start for the Heat this season.
Reminiscent of a skinner version of Danny Manning, [x] can handle the ball, shoots fairly well, and is athletic enough to score inside, block shots, and rebound.
[x] is a rare breed these days: a guy who did the full five years in college and still got to be a first-round pick in the NBA.
He makes his foul shots, so he may just be an unassertive offensive player in the mold of P.J. Brown (as opposed to an unskilled offensive player in the mold of Don Reid).
I wasn't wild about this pick and thought that the Pacers grabbed him at least five spots too high.
[x] is probably the one rookie this year who moves into the best situation. With Yao Ming on the Rockets, all the attention is off of him.
The first NBA player from the Czech Republic, [x] offsets his amazingly bad teeth with determined toughness and a great feel for the game.
On the other hand, he was three years older than most of the guys he played against, and he only weighs 160 pounds.
The biggest question about him is injuries; he missed huge chunks of his first two college seasons with stress fractures...
Some in Orlando think he can be another Bo Outlaw with his athleticism and shot-blocking.
He can rebound and is fairly athletic, and he may fit in very well with the Lakers with his three-point shooting.
Hey, the guy with a shady past ended up on the Blazers! What were the odds!
Wags in Phoenix joked that [x] filled the pretty-boy white jump-shooter role vacated by Dan Majerle's retirement.
It was an odd move, and they used the pick on an odd player. [...] ...he makes Ally McBeal look like The Incredible Hulk.
The Nets will probably bring him over in another year or two, at which point he can use his NBA riches to buy himself a vowel.
He moves his feet well and could be one of the best defensive guards in the league before long. That is what will keep him in the league.
There is an attraction to using him as a big point guard, but he played point guard last year for Miami (the Hurricanes, not the Heat) and didn't exactly dominate.
While the Scottie Pippen comparisons are a bit much, he is certainly that general style of player; 6'8', long arms, and gets to the basket.
[x] will also give Vladimir Radmanovic stern competition for the league's reigning Frodo Baggins look-alike.
He also has a scorer's mentality that scouts are not sure will translate well into an NBA point guard, but they thought the same thing about Tim Hardaway and Dana Barros.
He is in a difficult position, because he may be battling Trenton Hassell for minutes. While they are similar players, Hassell is the better defender.
He strikes me as a guy who could become one of those hardworking, local cult hero types like Kurt Rambis or Ed Nealy. The brogue will be an added plus.
[x] was regarded as the nation's best player as a high school senior but never developed into a big star at Tennessee.
[x] was an incredibly frustrating player to watch in college, combining moments of brilliance with daffy fouls and inexplicable turnovers.
[x] is 6'9', 280 pounds, shot 67% from the field last year, and averaged a rebound every three minutes, so clearly he can get things done on the interior.
...if a player only averages 13 points per game in Yugoslavia, it is hard to project him making a big impact in the NBA.
...may make the jump to the NBA after the Hawks picked him in the second round. This is especially likely if he assesses his chances by watching video of Hanno Mottola.
...had a typical Fresno State career, missing all of last season for taking gifts from an agent, a chunk of the year before for another NCAA offense...
[x] may be a poor man's Stacey Augmon; he is even left-handed like Stacey.
Pau Gasol's former teammate at FC Barcelona, [x] takes the ball to the basket every chance he gets.
While [x]'s size is impressive and he can run the floor, he has hardly played the last few years and is still very raw.
He did well in pre-draft workouts, but the question of the difference in competition between Division II and the NBA lingers.
He may have to win a roster spot from Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje in order to play for the Blazers this year.
It's tough to make a living as a 6'8' power forward...
He has a good post game, can hit the medium-range jumper, and could be one of the surprises of the draft.
As a pro, that may translate into a guy who does everything below average and nothing exceptionally well.
A classic project, [x] had to leave school after signing with an agent but is still very raw.
He works hard and is a demon on the offensive boards, so while the rest of his game doesn't raise many eyebrows, he could be a very solid player if the knee is healed.
Ugh, what a name. Any bets on whether they will make him wear number two? Just wondering...
However, he is already 24, not particularly athletic, and turned the ball over far too often last season, so it is hard to be excited about his upside.
That's right, their second division. He wasn't good enough to play for Valencia last year, so they sent him down to their farm team in Ourense. Sounds real promising, huh?
[x] left school early, perhaps foolishly, and will have to make the transition from college shooting guard to NBA point guard.
He shot 85% from the free throw line, but overall he is a classic skinny college slasher (barely clearing 200 pounds) who will struggle at the NBA level.
Scouts were turned off because he failed to improve during his last two years in college, and apart from the three-point shooting, his game isn't very alluring.
That's the only kind of player still available with the [x]th pick, so the 76ers just have to hope they hit the jackpot.
A serious widebody [...], [x] had an unexceptional career at Central Connecticut but raised eyebrows with his play against other draft hopefuls at the Portsmouth Invitiational.
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