Bargnani, according to multiple league sources,
apparently won out over LaMarcus Aldridge (
A little less clear is the likely decision of
the Chicago Bulls, who will be on-deck while
The Bulls were supposedly trying to decide
between Aldridge and Thomas as Tuesday night morphed into Wednesday morning in
Here are the first-round selections in my final mock draft before NBA Commissioner David Stern kicks everything off by reading the first name and shaking the first hand on stage Wednesday night:
(*Heights and weights as recorded by the NBA
during the Pre-Draft Camp in
1. Raptors, Andrea Bargnani (7-0, 240)
Frank Says: If I've making this pick, I'm going for Rudy Gay or Brandon Roy.
2. Bulls, LaMarcus Aldridge (*6-10, 234)
Frank Says: He could give
3. Bobcats, Rudy Gay (*6-7, 222)
Frank Says: Many NBA insiders think
4. Trail Blazers, Adam Morrison (*6-6 ½, 198) Gonzaga
Frank Says: The only way this pick gets a bit dicey is if Aldridge is still on the board.
5. Hawks, Brandon Roy (*6-5 ¼, 207)
6. Timberwolves, Tyrus Thomas (*6-7 ¼, 217) LSU
7. Celtics, Randy Foye (6-2 ¼, 212) Villanova
Frank Says: It's hard to take the speculation of
8. Rockets, Shelden Williams (*6-7 ½, 258) Duke
9. Warriors, Marcus Williams (*6-2, 215)
Frank Says: He could be Baron Davis' running mate – or
insurance policy – if
10. Sonics, Cedric Simmons (*6-8 ½, 223)
11. Magic, J.J. Redick (*6-4, 190) Duke
Frank Says: His jump shots should create a little for space for Dwight Howard to operate in the lane.
12. Hornets, Hilton Armstrong (6-9 ½, 240)
Frank Says: He'd give New Orleans/Oklahoma a rebounding and shot-blocking force in the mold of a one-time Byron Scott teammate with the Lakers – Elden Campbell.
13. 76ers, Kyle Lowry (5-11 ¾, 175) Villanova
Frank Says: When in doubt and in search of a point guard, go "local" if that's a viable option.
14. Jazz, Thabo Sefolosha (6-6, 220)
Frank Says: The way his stock is sizzling, if there was another week before the draft, he might climb into the Top Five.
Frank Says: Carney (or, perhaps Quincy Douby) could give the team a dangerous perimeter scorer.
Frank Says: After Roy (and, perhaps Sefolosha), he is the most versatile perimeter player in the draft pool.
17. Pacers, Patrick O'Bryant (*6-11, 249) Bradley
Frank Says: He'd probably slip this far if
Frank Says: He could free Gilbert Arenas from a lot of his point-guard responsibilities.
Frank Says: Some NBA insiders believe he is the best "scorer" in this draft.
20. Knicks, Shawne Williams (*6-7 ¼, 227)
Frank Says: There are some scenarios in which Williams is chosen before his former teammate Rodney Carney.
21. Suns, Mouhamed Saer Sene (*6-11, 237)
Frank Says: He's the best shot blocker in the draft but his offensive skills couldn't be any more unrefined. Some scouts think he is a few years older than his listed 20.
23. Nets, Josh Boone (6-9, 235)
Frank Says: Alexander Johnson is also a "big" option with this selection.
24. Grizzlies, Alexander Johnson (6-8, 235)
Frank Says: Jordan Farmar could be the choice, if
25. Cavaliers, Shannon Brown (6-2, 190)
Frank Says: Brown could be reunited with his former camp and traveling team buddy, LeBron James.
26. Lakers, Jordan Farmar (6-0 ¾, 171) UCLA
27. Suns, Sergio Rodriguez (6-3, 170)
Frank Says: He could spell Steve Nash for 10 minutes or so every game – and maybe be his ultimate replacement.
28. Mavericks, Olexsiy Percherov (6-10, 225)
Frank Says: He'd give
29. Knicks, Maurice Ager (*6-3 ¼, 203)
Frank Says: Does Isiah Thomas want another perimeter scorer? If so, this could be the direction the franchise goes with this selection.
30. Trail Blazers, Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) UCLA
Frank Says: He finally blossomed over the final couple of months of his college career and he could be rewarded handsomely for his efforts.
Others who could get into first round: Paul Davis (6-10, 240) Michigan State; Marcus Vinicius (6-9, 230) Brazil; Leon Powe (6-7, 240) Cal; Dee Brown (5-11, 175) Illinois; Daniel Gibson (6-2, 175) Texas; Steve Novak (6-9, 220) Marquette; Guillermo Diaz (6-2, 180) Miami; Joel Freeland (6-10, 220) England; P.J. Tucker (6-5, 225) Texas.
Inducted into the USBWA Hall of
Fame in April, 2005, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's national basketball expert and is
also a columnist for the