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JERRY BEMBRY'S MOCK DRAFT

THE BALTIMORE SUN

1. Golden State Warriors

Need: Power forward

Pick: Joe Smith, 6-9, Maryland

There's no question Smith needs to bulk up from his 225-pound frame. But there's also no question about his talent. The nation's college Player of the Year dominated in the low post in college, and will get to demonstrate his shooting range in the pros.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

Need: You name it, they need it

Pick: Jerry Stackhouse, 6-6, North Carolina

Stackhouse is easily the most exciting player in the draft, and draws comparisons to Michael Jordan. His versatility will allow him to play small forward and shooting guard. Has good passing skills. Will need to expand his shooting range to the NBA three-point line.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

Need: Power forward, shooting guard

Pick: Antonio McDyess, 6-9, Alabama

Decision time for the Sixers, who would love to draft Stackhouse if he fell to the three position. There's a strong possibility the Sixers will draft Rasheed Wallace, and use the hometown kid as a draw for a team that has struggled in attendance. But McDyess should be the player, a strong power forward that will allow the Sixers to deal either Sharone Wright or Clarence Weatherspoon.

4. Washington Bullets

Need: Point guard, center

Pick: Rasheed Wallace, 6-10, North Carolina

Barring a last-minute deal for a point guard, the Bullets will take the best player available. Wallace can play power forward or center and has the ability to run the floor well. There's a concern about his maturity, but there's no question about his talent. He will need to bulk up his 225-pound frame.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Need: Center, point guard

Pick: Kevin Garnett, 6-10, Farragut Academy

A month ago, no one would even have thought about making Garnett a top five pick. But this 19-year-old, who was the national high school Player of the Year, has impressed teams during recent workouts. Of course, lack of maturity will be a factor, and it's impossible to project how quickly he will adapt from high school to the pro level. But his potential is too much to pass on him.

6. Vancouver Grizzlies

Need: Expansion team that needs bodies

Pick: Bryant Reeves, 7-0, Oklahoma State

Having picked up Benoit Benjamin in Saturday's expansion draft, it's clear the Grizzlies still need a center. And "Big Country," the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year, is the best true center in the draft. Reeves has a nice shooting touch for a big man, and has good hands. Needs to tone up his 292-pound frame.

7. Toronto Raptors

Need: Expansion team that needs bodies

Pick: Ed O'Bannon, 6-8, UCLA

There have been concerns about O'Bannon's left knee - he tore an anterior cruciate ligament just prior to his freshman year and has suffered some deterioration in the knee. It didn't affect him at UCLA, where he averaged 20.4 points and led the Bruins to the national championship.

8. Portland Trail Blazers

Need: Center, power forward

Pick: Cherokee Parks, 6-11, Duke

An honorable mention All-America pick, Parks improved his points, assists, rebounds and free-throw percentage in each of his four years at Duke. Averaged 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior. Shooting range is good: He had 31 three-pointers in his final season.

9. New Jersey Nets

Need: Center, shooting guard

Pick: Shawn Respert, 6-3, Michigan State

New Jersey hasn't had a true shooting guard since the death of Drazen Petrovic in 1993. Respert is the best shooting guard of the draft, hitting 47.4 percent of his three-point shots last season. Was the Big Ten Player of the Year and benefited from a final season in college. Because of his size, he could have problems getting his shot off.

10. Miami Heat

Need: Front-line help

Pick: Kurt Thomas, 6-9, Texas Christian

Thomas led the nation in scoring (28.9 ppg) and rebounding (14.6 rpg) as a senior - just the third person in NCAA history to accomplish that. He was named consensus Southwest Conference Player of the Year and third-team All-America by the Associated Press as a senior. Needs to bulk up from his current weight of 230 pounds.

11. Milwaukee Bucks

Need: Center, depth in frontcourt

Pick: Rashard Griffith, 6-11, Wisconsin

If Bryant Reeves is available, the Bucks will grab him. But figuring he's gone, Milwaukee - in need of size - takes Griffith. He averaged 17.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a sophomore, but his game is still raw. Needs to develop better low-post footwork.

12. Dallas Mavericks

Need: Power forward, center

Pick: Mario Bennett, 6-9, Arizona State

Led Arizona State in scoring (18.7), rebounding (8.2) and blocked shots (3.5). An early entry candidate in the draft after averaging 15.7 points in his three seasons with the Sun Devils.

13. Sacramento Kings

Need: Point guard, center

Pick: Damon Stoudamire, 5-10, Arizona

The Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year (with Ed O'Bannon), Stoudamire averaged 22.8 points and 7.3 assists. Shooting range is impressive: He hit 46.5 percent of his three-point shots ,, his senior season. With Spud Webb and Bobby Hurley as their point guards, the Kings could use some help at this position.

14. Boston Celtics

Need: Guard depth

Pick: Bobby Sura, 6-5, Florida State

The Celtics need size and depth in their backcourt, and Sura provides that. Left Florida State as the school's all-time leading scorer and was the first player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to amass 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals.

15. Denver Nuggets

Need: Guard depth, small forward

Pick: Corliss Williamson, 6-7, Arkansas

Had he come out after his junior season, Williamson would have been a top five pick. So the move to stay in school probably cost him millions. There are some questions about the knee of LaPhonso Ellis, so Williamson could step in and get significant minutes should Denver select him.

16. Atlanta Hawks

Need: Center, forward

Pick: Gary Trent, 6-8, Ohio University

Nicknamed "The Shaq of the MAC" in college, Trent was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year three straight years. Averaged 22.9 points and 12.8 rebounds (third in the nation). A confident scorer with low-post moves and a nice touch facing the basket.

17. Cleveland Cavaliers

Need: Shooting guard, small forward

Pick: Sherrell Ford, 6-7, Illinois-Chicago

The Player of the Year in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, Ford was the MVP of the Nike Desert Classic after averaging 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. His 26.2-point average as a senior was fourth in the nation. Should fit in well with the Cavaliers, who lost Gerald Wilkins in the expansion draft.

18. Detroit Pistons

Need: Center, power forward

Pick: Michael Finley, 6-7, Wisconsin

A first-team all-Big Ten pick, Finley shot poorly last season (37.9 percent). But he still averaged 20.5 points.

19. Detroit Pistons

Need: Center, power forward

Pick: Randolph Childress, 6-2, Wake Forest

Childress can spell the yet-to-blossom Lindsey Hunter at the point and - despite his size - fill in for veteran Joe Dumars at shooting guard. Averaged 20.1 points as a senior, and 35.7 points in the ACC tournament.

20. Chicago Bulls

Need: Power forward

Pick: Alan Henderson, 6-9, Indiana

The lack of an effective power forward was a glaring weakness for Chicago during the playoffs. Henderson is a stronger rebounder (9.7) and a good defender (42 steals, 64 blocks). Averaged 23.5 points as a senior, but is a workmanlike player in the Horace Grant mode.

21. Phoenix Suns

Need: Center, guard depth

Pick: Greg Ostertag, 7-2, Kansas

Not much of an offensive threat, but the Suns don't need that. What Phoenix needs is a body to clog the middle, and Ostertag does that. Averaged 2.8 blocks since becoming a starter in his junior season.

22. Charlotte Hornets

Need: Point guard, shooting guard, front-court depth

Pick: Andrew DeClerq, 6-10, Florida

Can play either power forward or center. Averaged 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds as a senior.

23. Indiana Pacers

Need: Guard depth, backup center

Pick: Brent Barry, 6-6, Oregon State

Yes, this Barry is also a son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry. He averaged 21.0 points in his final season, making the all-Pac-10 first team. Ended his career second in school history in steals (199), third in three-point field goals (130) and fifth in blocked shots (67).

24. Dallas Mavericks

Need: Center, power forward

Pick: David Vaughn, 6-10, Memphis

Averaged 12.9 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior. Plays good defense.

25. Orlando Magic

Need: Backup center, small forward

Pick: Loren Meyer, 6-10, Iowa State

The Magic needs a backup at center to Shaquille O'Neal. Meyer has the size (257 pounds). He averaged 15.7 points and 8.9 rebounds.

26. Seattle SuperSonics

Need: Center, shooting guard

Pick: Junior Burrough, 6-8, Virginia

Averaged 18.1 points and 8.6 rebounds as a senior. Nothing flashy about his game, just plays hard all the time.

27. Phoenix Suns

Need: Center, guard depth

Pick: Tyus Edney, 5-10, UCLA

Edney is a good penetrator and the Suns could use a point guard to back up the frail Kevin Johnson.

28. Utah Jazz

Need: Center, small forward, backup point guard

Pick: Eric Williams, 6-8, Providence

Averaged 17.7 points his senior season. A good defender who runs the floor well.

29. San Antonio Spurs

Need: Shooting guard, power forward

Pick: Lawrence Moten, 6-5, Syracuse

Very smooth player who is able to create his own shot. Not swift, but penetrates well. Averaged 19.6 points and named third-team All-America as a senior.

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