NBA Drafts Featurtes Safe Piicks
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Nuggets that yielded Jarrett Jack, a solid point prospect to back up and push last year’s pick, Sebastian Telfair.
Sacramento Kings Francisco Garcia (23) Sacramento can afford to be patient with Francisco Garcia, a player with a sweet, sweet stroke. He comes from a winning program at Louisville, but the Kings still have Peja Stojakovic, so Garcia will not play right away.
San Antonio Spurs Ian Mahinmi (28) San Antonio seems to have an affinity for French players. Not satisfied with star point guard Tony Parker, the Spurs figured Ian Mahinmi – a great prospect but still several years away from contributing – would be comfortable with his fellow countryman. Coming off their third NBA Title, the Spurs can obviously afford to wait.
Seattle SuperSonics Johan Petro (25), Mickael Gelebale (48), Lawrence Roberts (55-traded to Memphis) Viva La France! Johan Petro will join Tony Parker and fellow Seattle draftee Mickael Gelabale as the only French players in the NBA. Petro is a legit 7-foot prospect who could be insurance in case Jerome James departs as a free agent.
Toronto Raptors Charlie Villanueva (7), Roko Ukic (41), Uros Slokar (58) A surprise move considering some of the players that were still on the board at No. 7. Villanueva might play the same position as Chris Bosh, but he’s athletic, versatile and comes from a winning college program (UConn).
Utah Jazz Deron Williams (3), C.J. Miles (34), Robert Whaley (51) It cost them a lot to move up to No. 3, but they got the heir apparent to John Stockton. Deron Williams might not be the next Jason Kidd, but it’s not a stretch to see him as an Andre Miller-type with a long NBA career.
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