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First Round

June 26, 1997

1. SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan (6-11, 260), C, Wake Forest

A no-brainer. True all-star potential with class, poise and uncanny shot-blocking skills. Spurs expected to throw him right in with David Robinson.

2. PHILADELPHIA -- Keith Van Horn (6-10, 234), F, Utah

A big, athletic sharpshooting small forward who can score and run the floor well, but needs to work on getting his shot off the dribble.

3. BOSTON -- Chauncey Billups (6-3, 207), G, Colorado

Coach Rick Pitino wanted size, but someone who skitters up the floor, scores and distributes the ball was the next best thing.

4. VANCOUVER -- Antonio Daniels (6-2, 197), G, Bowling Green

Solid decision-maker who came from nowhere as a senior. He could possibly run the Grizzlies' offense in his first season.

5. DENVER -- Tony Battie (6-9 1/2, 227), F, Texas Tech

He is probably insurance in case Antonio McDyess is traded or leaves as a free agent after next season. He is tall and athletic.

6. BOSTON -- Ron Mercer (6-7, 209), F, Kentucky

He has an ability that is something of a rarity in this draft in that he can come off the screen and hit the open shot. Many thought Pitino wouldn't take him here.

7. NEW JERSEY -- Tim Thomas (6-8, 220), F, Villanova

He has some ability, but the knock on him has been that he is not committed enough to basketball.

8. GOLDEN STATE -- Adonal Foyle (6-8 1/2, 263), F, Colgate

A tremendous shot blocker who did not face the best college players at Colgate, but one who should help toughen up the Warriors.

9. TORONTO -- Tracy McGrady (6-7, 205), F, Durham, N.C. Mt. Zion Chr. Aca.

He is not supposed to be as good as the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, but he could potentially get some prime-time minutes early with the Raptors.

10. MILWAUKEE -- Danny Fortson (6-7, 257), F, Cincinnati

A short, but very powerful power forward who could turn into a nice selection someday. Denver obtained the rights to him.

11. SACRAMENTO -- Olivier St. Jean (6-5 1/2, 216), F, San Jose State

Character and tenacity could make this late comer something of a steal. He is also shoots well.

12. INDIANA -- Austin Croshere (6-9, 220), F, Providence

Some think he has all the inside-out skills needed to make an immediate impact as a pro. A nice scorer.

13. CLEVELAND -- Derek Anderson (6-3 1/2, 188), G, Kentucky

Could be the next big guard to bloom in Coach Mike Fratello's system. Surgeries on both knees in the past three years are cause for concern, though.

14. CLIPPERS -- Maurice Taylor (6-9, 230), F, Michigan

A multi-talented individual who would do well to have some of the dedication and work ethic of another former Michigan player, Loy Vaught, rub off.

15. DALLAS -- Kelvin Cato (6-10 1/2, 241), F, Iowa State

Most valuable player of the Desert Classic. He is considered a premier shot blocker, but needs major improvement in other areas. Portland traded for his rights.

16. CLEVELAND -- Brevin Knight (5-9 1/2, 172), G, Stanford

Concerns exist about his durability, but he can penetrate and break down defenses with the best of them.

17. ORLANDO -- Johnny Taylor (6-7, 220), F, Tenn. Chattanooga

He is considered a Scottie Pippen-type. He impressed on the pre-draft workout circuit.

18. PORTLAND -- Chris Anstey (7-0, 235), C, Australia, SE Melbourne Magic

He plays a finesse game, but runs well and is a good passer. Started playing the game five years after suddenly growing seven inches. Dallas obtained his rights.

19. DETROIT -- Scot Pollard (6-10, 245), F, Kansas

Injured much of his senior season at Kansas. Decent rebounder, but has a very limited offensive game.

20. MINNESOTA -- Paul Grant (6-11, 241), C, Wisconsin

Brings height and bulk along with a nice jump hook from inside 10 feet. Needs lots of work, though.

21. NEW JERSEY -- Anthony Parker (6-5, 202), F, Bradley

He can do a little bit of everything, but scoring is considered his forte. He could become a nice pick.

22. ATLANTA -- Ed Gray (6-3, 227), G, California

Biggest attribute is that he can create his own shot and score. He could provide depth and firepower off a thin bench.

23. SEATTLE -- Bobby Jackson (5-11, 184), G, Minnesota

Loves to play defense and wants to win at nearly any cost. He also loves to take the big shots. Denver obtained his rights.

24. HOUSTON -- Rodrick Rhodes (6-7, 214), F, USC

A surprise pick here, but not all that unlikely since the Rockets were looking to become younger and more athletic. A nice scorer.

25. NEW YORK -- John Thomas (6-7 1/2, 260), F, Minnesota

A late bloomer who could become a valuable addition to the Knicks' aging frontline.

26. MIAMI -- Charles Smith (6-3, 185), G, New Mexico

The Lobos' all-time scoring leader, he has a good outside shot, but is a questionable defender.

27. UTAH -- Jacque Vaughn (5-11, 193), G, Kansas

He is a nice playmaker who could become a backup to John Stockton should Howard Eisley leave as a free agent.

28. CHICAGO -- Keith Booth (6-5, 223), G, Maryland

Among the Atlantic Coast Conference's best players, he excels with a slashing offensive style. A good defender.


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