Houston has won the top pick, followed by Chicago, Golden State, Memphis, Denver, Cleveland, New York,  the Clippers, Phoenix, Miami, Washington, and Milwaukee. What does this mean for Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy?"> Houston has won the top pick, followed by Chicago, Golden State, Memphis, Denver, Cleveland, New York,  the Clippers, Phoenix, Miami, Washington, and Milwaukee. What does this mean for Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy?">

Draft Set, Houston Gets Top Pick

The lottery is over, the picks are set, and<!a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nbadraft/story?id=1384273"> Houston has won the top pick,</a> followed by Chicago, Golden State, Memphis, Denver, Cleveland, New York,&nbsp; the Clippers, Phoenix, Miami, Washington, and Milwaukee. What does this mean for Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy?

The lottery is over, the picks are set, and Houston has won the top pick, followed by Chicago, Golden State, Memphis, Denver, Cleveland, New York,  the Clippers, Phoenix, Miami, Washington, and Milwaukee. What does this mean for Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy?

For Mike, it injects a certain element of uncertainty into his plans.  Houston will almost certainly take Yao,  but who knows what the Jerrys will do? Jerry Krause is famous/notorious (take your pick) for trying to confuse people about his draft picks. He might tell everyone he wants Williams and take Dunleavy.  Or vice-versa. Or he might trade the pick and take a high schooler. No one knows what will happen there, but Krause has a bad reputation with many people, and he adds a serious element of uncertainty to Dunleavy's planning.

Golden State isn't much more exciting. That franchise has floundered pretty much since Rick Barry left. They had a stretch with Chris Mullins, but that didn't last, and  Chris Weber and Latrell Sprewell tore the team down and it hasn't recovered yet.  Golden State is also one of the places rehab counselors dread.  That won't affect Mike, but the place has a reputation for a reason.

Memphis is a tempting situation for Mike, but as good as Dunleavy is, Memphis might decide to draft for athleticism, and with Qyntel Woods and Chris Wilcox around, West may be tempted.  The other possibility is DaJuan Wagner. We've not been as big on him as some people, but the Grizzlies have been able to watch him up close and personal, and they likely have the best insights of anyone in the NBA on Wagner. Gasol and Battier have been great, but Memphis has several aging big men and a flaky point guard. 

The main thing, to us, is that Chicago may be a significant gamble for Dunleavy, and Golden State may be as well.  It's hard to say what will happen, but we can't remember hearing anyone say a good word about Jerry Krause, and one would assume that Dunleavy, Sr., would have the inside scoop on Chicago - and Elton Brand certainly would.


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