With the first pick of the third round, the Toronto Raptors select...
3.01 Andrei Kirilenko, F
Twenty-six year old Andrei Kirilenko brings to the Raptors a versatile swingman who can do it all defensively. Andrei has career averages of 12.8pts / 6.1rebs / 1.5stls / 2.4blks while shooting 46% from the field. He has been named to the NBA All-Defensive 1st Team three times, and the 2nd Team once. He is also the leading active NBA player with 3 five-by-fives (recording a 5 in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals within one game). He is one of the best 1-on-1 defenders in the game and can guard the 2, 3 and 4 positions if necessary (though most comfortable at the 3 and 4).
Though his scoring has dropped off, his 07-08 career-high assist numbers suggest that he is capable of taking a backseat role to the offense, becoming more of a distributor. He should be able to be much more creative offensively as he leaves Sloan's structured offence with the Jazz. Much like our first round selection Dwight Howard, Andrei is an excellent finisher around the basket and has a nose for rebounds. Both are fantastic shot-blockers and Andrei should help protect the high key and wings for the Raptors, as a nice compliment to Howard's interior presence.
With the 2nd pick of the 3rd round and 62nd pick overall, the Phoenix Suns select:
3.02 "The Haitian Sensation" Samuel Dalembert, C
6'11" 26 years old Reported 7'6" wingspan 6 year veteran
With the 3rd pick, the Suns select a mobile big man who can intimidate on defense to back up the solid perimeter defense of Paul & Richardson. He is also an efficient scorer on offense who will benefit from Paul's passing and Richardson's command of the defenses.
He will get 12 points a game while shooting 54% from the field and a very respectable 74% from the free throw line, both of which he has improved since he came into the league. He is a double double machine averaging just shy of 10 rebounds on the year and blocking 2.5 shots a year.
At 26 years old with 6 years of experience, he is similar to JRich who is also 26 and drafted in the 2001 draft. Both will be entering their primes in the next 2 years and play at an extremely high level for the next 6 years combining their abilities with their experience.
Looking at his former 76ers team, he has by far the highest +/- rating on the team at +6.1 to Iguodala's +1.5. This just goes to show what a game changer he is through his defensive presence and quiet, but efficient offense.
He is the perfect complement to Paul and JRich as he is the next great defensive stopper/block machine of the new generation. This team has a core that will be extremely competitive in the next 2-7 years before JRich and Dalembert hit 33 years of age while further developing their skills.
Withe the third pick of the third round, the Nets are pleased to select
ANDREW BOGUT 23 3.03 Andrew Bogut, C Height: 7-0 Weight: 245 Born: Nov 28, 1984 - Melbourne, Australia College: Utah Draft: 2005 - 1st round (1st pick) by the Milwaukee Bucks
The son of an Australian auto mechanic, Bucks rookie center Andrew Bogut likes to spend his spare time customizing cars. "Nothing big," says the 7-foot, 245-pound Bogut, whose current ride is a 2006 Pontiac GTO. "Just interiors and wheels and stuff like that." Nets fans are excited that Bogut provides a young, solid bIg man to complement the one-two scoring punch of LeBron and Vince. Bogut, a 7 feet and 245 , college Player of the Year at Utah and the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, has the tools: He can score with his back to the basket, handle the ball from the high post, run the floor, pass and block shots. Asks point guard T.J. Ford, "How many big guys can do all those things?" Bogut can. LeBron says G'day and Welcome to the Nets!!!
Great hands...great passer...runs the floor well for his size
With the 5th pick of the 3rd Round, the New Orleans Hornets select:
Due to great instincts, Camby is a natural rebounder and an impressive shot blocker. He times his jumps perfectly and typically grabs the ball at the peak of his jump before it comes in reach of other players. He has very good hands as one rarely sees him fumble a rebound, or a pass, away. Marcus is also a good passer, especially for a center. He has good vision and can see plays before they develop.
Over the years, Camby has the reputation of being more fragile than a glass egg, but he has been very durable since he arrived in Denver. Perhaps it is due to the escalator clause in his contract that increases his pay based on how many games he plays. Hopefully he can continue to stay surprisingly healthy in his last 4-6 years of his career. We are confident he will be able to last this long because he is slight of build for being 6'11'' (hopefully in the same manner as another tall skinny guy still in the NBA.)
With the addition of Marcus, we feel the Hornets are well on their way to being the most intimidating defensive team in the league. In addition, it is difficult to imagine any other team matching the effort, intensity and skill that the Hornets will put on display every night.
With their Great Wall Ming bolted to the floor under the basket and their tasmanian-devil Ford speeding under peoples legs on his way to the middle, the Kings really need to start adding some outside threads to spread the floor. Picking up Granger provides some bombs (1.7 threes at sweet 37% clip), while also providing a defensive spark in the way of a surprising 1.0 blocks. We like Granger because he is young, athletic, and still developing. He should provide years of quality basketball. And like Ming, we can confidently leave him on the floor in the final seconds of a close game because he can the game at the free throw line.
An effective floor leader (as long he's played at PG, ahem listen up Bobcats), Felton is an excellent fit for this championship oriented, defensive-minded team. At 23 years of age, he's also a good fit to be a solid floor leader for years to come. With the low post presence(s) of KG and Jermaine O'Neal, Felton will have a lot to work with in finding a finisher at the basket.