Ersan Ilyasova

Draft follows script, then rewrites itself

There were few surprises among the first six picks in the 2005 NBA draft.

There were few sure things after that.

As expected, Utah center Andrew Bogut was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks to become the first Australian player ever taken No. 1 overall and North Carolina forward Marvin Williams was chosen next by the Atlanta Hawks, the first of four Tar Heels taken in the first round.

As expected, point guards were plentiful, with three taken among the first five selections for the first time since 1966.

But as the first round unfolded, the draft began to look like some sort of a blind draw, with a few general managers looking as if they were plucking names out of a...