Okafor, Howard present tough choice at No. 1

Updated: April 16, 2004, 10:58 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
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    A rather intense debate is emerging concerning the order at the top of the draft.

    Unlike last year, when LeBron James was the consensus No. 1 pick and Darko Milicic and Carmelo Anthony were locks for Nos. 2 and 3, this year is a little different.

    Emeka Okafor
    The two consensus best players in the draft are UConn's Emeka Okafor and high school star Dwight Howard. A consensus No. 3 pick will emerge if Luol Deng decides to enter the draft.

    The only thing Okafor and Howard have in common is position. Both are projected as power forwards in the pros.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer