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Vitale's Mock NBA draft

SPECIAL TO ESPN.COM

June 22, 2004

It is not easy to project a wide-open draft like this one. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few trades in the first round, but for now here are my first round projections:

  • 1. Orlando Magic, Emeka Okafor, 6-10, UConn
  • 2. Charlotte Bobcats, Dwight Howard, 6-10, SW Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
  • 3. Chicago Bulls, Luol Deng, 6-8, Duke
  • 4. LA Clippers, Shaun Livingston, 6-7, Peoria HS (Ill.)
  • 5. Washington Wizards, Andre Iguodala, 6-6, Arizona
  • 6. Atlanta Hawks, Josh Childress, 6-8, Stanford
  • 7. Phoenix Suns, Ben Gordon, 6-3, UConn
  • 8. Toronto Raptors, Andris Biedrins, 6-11, Skonto (Latvia)
  • 9. Philadelphia 76ers, Devin Harris, 6-3, Wisconsin
  • 10. Cleveland Cavaliers, Jameer Nelson, 6-0, St Joe's
  • 11. Golden State Warriors, Josh Smith, 6-9, Oak Hill Academy (VA)
  • 12. Seattle SuperSonics, Luke Jackson, 6-7, Oregon
  • 13. Portland Trail Blazers, Kirk Snyder, 6-6, Nevada
  • 14. Utah Jazz, Sergey Monya, 6-8, CSKA Moscow (Russia)
  • 15. Boston Celtics, Rafael Araujo, 6-11, BYU
  • 16. Utah Jazz, Kris Humphries, 6-9, Minnesota
  • 17. Atlanta Hawks, J. R. Smith, 6-6, St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
  • 18. New Orleans Hornets, Al Jefferson, 6-10, Prentiss HS (Miss.)
  • 19. Miami Heat, David Harrison, 7-0, Colorado
  • 20. Denver Nuggets, Pavel Podkolzine, 7-5, Varese (Italy)
  • 21. Utah Jazz, Peter John Ramos, 7-3, Criollos De Caguas (PR)
  • 22. Portland Trail Blazers, Sebastian Telfair, 6-0, Lincoln HS (NY)
  • 23. Portland Trail Blazers, Viktor Khryapa, 6-9, CSKA Moscow (Russia)
  • 24. Boston Celtics, Dorell Wright, 6-7, South Kent Prep (CT)
  • 25. Boston Celtics, Robert Swift, 7-0, Bakersfield HS (CA)
  • 26. Sacramento Kings, Donta Smith, 6-7, SE Illinois College
  • 27. LA Lakers, Anderson Varejao, 6-10, FC Barcelona
  • 28. San Antonio Spurs, Sasha Vujacic, 6-7, Snaidero Udine (Italy)
  • 29. Indiana Pacers, Tony Allen, 6-4, Oklahoma State

    Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he has been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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