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Old 06-11-06, 10:13 PM
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Six players clearly a cut above the others in this draft


Several NBA player personnel directors were in agreement that there were six players clearly a cut above the others in this draft.

They are, in no particular order, forward Andrea Bargnani of Italy, forward Tyrus Thomas of Louisiana State, center LaMarcus Aldridge of Texas, forward Adam Morrison of Gonzaga, shooting guard Brandon Roy of Washington and forward Rudy Gay of Connecticut.

However, Marcus Williams of Connecticut could be among the top six picks since Atlanta, which has the fifth pick, covets a point guard. Three other players who could be top 10 picks are guard Randy Foye of Villanova and swingmen Rodney Carney of Memphis and Ronnie Brewer of Arkansas.

Two players who could slip out of the lottery are forward Shelden Williams of Duke, regarded by some as a tweener, and center Patrick O’Bryant of Bradley, considered by some to be at least a two-year project.
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