Robert Horry

AN ASSIST ON THE DRAFT

The NBA has taken some public relations hits of late, what with the nearly unwatchable Finals, "Big Shot" Robert Horry shot-putting Steve Nash into the scorer's table and Kobe Bryant's YouTube moments, but say this for the league: At least it can finish its draft in the same calendar year that it started (hello, NFL).

Here's a primer on tonight's draft:

Draft certainties

We've pretty much known since Ohio State freshman Greg Oden and Texas freshman Kevin Durant declared themselves eligible for the draft that they would go first and second overall. Oden, a 7-foot center, has drawn comparisons, especially on defense, to Boston Celtics great Bill Russell, while...

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