Chad Ford's Draft Board: Round 2
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Chad Ford's Draft Board: Round 2
1(31)AtlantaSalim Stoudamire6-1190SGArizona
He may be the best shooter in the draft, but where does he fit? He's an undersized two guard who duplicates what Tony Delk does. The Hawks still have no point guard, and no real power forward or center. How do they pass on Roko Ukic, Chris Taft and Andray Blatche here?

2(32)LA (from Charlotte)Daniel Ewing6-3185PGDuke
The Clippers were hoping to get their hands on Nate Robinson. Ewing is a good fit. Shaun Livingston can play the point and Ewing can back him up. Ewing also can swing to the two when he needs to. Not a stunning pick, but it's solid.

3(33)New OrleansBrandon Bass6-7252PFLSU
I like this pick for the Hornets. They need help at the four and though Bass is undersized, he's long, strong and pretty athletic. He's really expanded his offensive game this year. A nice pick at No. 33.

4(34)UtahC. J. Miles6-6207SGSkyline HS (TX)
Interesting pick for the Jazz. He does just about everything well but nothing great. That's normally not a good recipe for a high school player coming out. Still he went ahead of several more highly ranked high school prospects like Andray Blatche, Monta Ellis and Louis Williams. Miles hasn't signed with an agent so he could choose to go back to college (University of Texas) if he wanted to.

5(35)PortlandRicky Sanchez6-11215SFIMG Academy
Update: Denver traded the rights to G Jarrett Jack (No. 22) to the Portland Trail Blazers for the rights to F Linas Kleiza (No. 27) and F Ricky Sanchez (No. 35). He's a 6-11, 218-pound, skilled wing who obviously is going to have to spend a lot of time in the weight room. This is a down-the-road pick, and somewhat surprising.

6(36)MilwaukeeErsan Ilyasova6-9220SFTurkey
This is a nice second-round pick for Milwaukee. He could eventually be the power forward playing alongside Andrew Bogut. Ilyasova was considered a lottery pick before injuring his ankle last summer. He's long and bouncy and reminds some of a young Andrei Kirilenko. A great steal here.

7(37)LA Lakers (from Charlotte)Ronny Turiaf6-10250PFGonzaga
This is a very solid pick for the Lakers. Turiaf is a big guy who can rebound and knows how to get to the line. He slipped a little bit because of questions about his offensive game, but he should be a solid role player in the league.

8(38)Orlando (from Toronto)Travis Diener6-1175PGMarquette
Another small point guard for the Magic? Diener is tough and a very good shooter, but he's barely taller than the undersized Jameer Nelson. This is yet another sign that the Magic aren't too interested in leaving Steve Francis at the point.

9(39)LA LakersVon Wafer6-5210SGFlorida State
Wafer could be a sleeper pick for the Lakers. He is long and athletic and can shoot it. Attitude problems have held him back. In a workout in Chicago, I saw him lose his temper and elbow Jan Jagla in the nose, drawing blood.

10(40)Golden StateMonta Ellis6-3175PGLainier HS (MS)
Ellis made a bad decision to declare for the draft and hire an agent. Now he's paying for it. He's a dynamic scorer, but questions about his athleticism, maturity and the ability to play the point ended up sinking his stock. He could have answered those questions at Mississippi State. Now he'll really struggle to make the roster at Golden State. It's a great pick for Golden State. For Ellis? Not so much. Thank goodness for the NBDL.

11(41)Toronto (from Orlando)Roko Ukic6-5185PGCroatia
This could be the steal of the second round. I had Ukic ranked as the fourth best point guard on the board, and Toronto seriously considered taking him with the No. 16 pick. Landing him at No. 41 is a dream. At 6-6, Ukic is a real point guard with five years of pro experience who could come over and immediately contribute for Toronto.

12(42)Golden State (from LA Clippers via New Jersey)Chris Taft6-10250PFPittsburgh
It's a good thing Taft's agent, Billy Ceisler, barred me from the gym before I got a longer look at Taft. At the start of the season, most had him as a top five pick. After seeing his lackluster workout, I was going to drop him only a few spots, into the mid- to-late first round. Now he's swimming in the second round with Von Wafer and Travis Diener. This is a fantastic pick for Golden State in the second round. Taft has the potential to be a great player. He has great size and athleticism. He just doesn't have much of a motor and conditioning is a big issue.

13(43)BrooklynMile Ilic7-1240CYugoslavia
After scoring a big hit with Nenad Krstic a few years ago, the Nets go international again. Ilic is a true center who has really come on of late in Serbia. He's very skilled, but he will need to bulk up to play center in the pros. It may be another year or two before he joins the Nets full-time.

14(44)OrlandoMartynas Andriuskevicius7-3230PFLithuania
The Magic traded this pick to the Cavs for a 2006 second rounder and cash. There was a time when scouts had Andriuskevicius rated as a top five player in the draft. The Suns flirted with promising him at No. 7 last year. But he went back to Lithuania and didn't improve. His body didn't get any stronger and his workout in Chicago was pretty ugly. He made a bad decision to pull out of the draft last year and to stay in it this year. If he develops, he could be a steal. But his body is several years away.

15(45)PhiladelphiaLouis Williams6-1175SGSouth Gwinnett HS (GA)
I'm surprised Williams was drafted. He was the top-ranked high school player in the country and is an elite athlete, but he is undersized to play the two in the pros, has a terrible body and does not have the ball-handling skills to make the transition to the point. He compares himself to Allen Iverson, but I think he's in for a rude awakening if he ever makes it to training camp. He has a long way to go. Welcome to the NBDL, Louis.

16(46)IndianaErazem Lorbek6-10240PFSlovenia
Lorbek is one of the best player in Europe right now. He's big and skilled and he has been getting major experience in the Euroleague. His lack of athleticism may hold him back from being a successful NBA player.

17(47)MinnesotaBracey Wright6-3210GIndiana
Wright is a good shooter, but he's a tweener. He's an undersized two who may not be able to create his own shot off the dribble.

18(48)Oklahoma City (from Memphis)MickaŽl Gelabale6-7210SFFrance
The Sonics go over to France again and land another guy who could eventually be a good NBA player. Gelabale is very good athlete who plays great defense and has an emerging offense game. He had a very good season for Real Madrid and will probably spend a season or two overseas.

19(49)WashingtonAndray Blatche6-11240PFSouth Kent Prep (CT)
This could be a big steal for the Wizards. Blatche has been call a poor man's Kevin Garnett. He's come under criticism this season because he loves to play on the perimeter, but he really has the skills to play inside and out. He may be closer to a poor man's Rasheed Wallace, but the Wizards will take that at No. 49.

20(50)BostonRyan Gomes6-7245SFProvidence
I've been hard on Danny Ainge in the past, but I think they've hit another home run in this draft. Green was a steal at No. 18 and Gomes is a steal at No. 50. The Celtics were seriously considering him at No. 18 and so were the Pistons at No. 26. He reminds me of a bigger, better shooting Corliss Williamson. He isn't the best athlete, but he knows how to play and was very productive in college. He could make the Celtics' roster next season and be pretty productive.

21(51)Utah (from Chicago via Houston)Robert Whaley6-10260CWalsh
Whaley shocked everyone at the Chicago pre-draft camp. He got himself into shape and was a beast in the paint. He's an undersized center, but he's very tough and he creates great space in the paint.

22(52)DenverAxel Hervelle6-9230PFSpain
The Nuggets spent a lot of time overseas and know what they're doing. Hervelle is considered one of the best rebounders in Europe. He's long, athletic and relentless on the boards. His defense is way ahead of his offense at this point, but in a few years he could be another Anderson Varejao type of energy player in the paint.

23(53)Boston (from Sacramento)Orien Greene6-4208PGLa Lafayette
It's not easy getting two guys named Green/Greene in the same draft, even if your mascot is a leprechaun. Greene is a big, physical point guard who knows how to get to the basket. He needs to work on his perimeter skills. Given the plethora of draft picks in Boston's training camp, it's hard to see how he will make the roster, however.

24(54)New York (from Houston)Dijon Thompson6-7210SFUCLA
Update: New York traded F-C Kurt Thomas and the rights to G Dijon Thompson (No. 54) to the Phoenix Suns for G-F Quentin Richardson and the rights to G Nate Robinson (No. 21). Thompson can play both the two and the three. He's a good athlete with long arms and quickness. He's got a very good mid-range game and he has improved his 3-point shooting. His motor, however, always seems to run in third gear.

25(55)Oklahoma CityLawrence Roberts6-9240PFMississippi St.
Update: Sonics traded the rights to No. 55 Lawrence Roberts to the Grizzlies for Grizzlies' 2006 second-round pick, the Grizzlies' 2007 second-round and cash. Last year Roberts thought he was a first-round pick. This year he barely made it into the second round. He's a solid low post player, who should help the Grizzlies in the rebounding department.

26(56)DetroitAmir Johnson6-10220PFWestchester HS (CA)
Long, athletic high school player had the potential to be a lottery pick if he had stayed in school a year or two longer. Unfortunately, grades kept him out of college and he'll struggle to find a foothold with the Pistons. Might develop in the NBDL.

27(57)Phoenix (from New Orleans)Marcin Gortat7-0250CPoland
This pick was traded to the Magic for cash. This could be an interesting pick for the Orlando. Gortat is a very athletic, aggressive Polish center who has started to play a big role with a German league team this year. He has the size and athleticism to be an NBA player down the road and would be a good fit in the Magic's up-and-down game.

28(58)Toronto (from Miami)Uros Slokar6-10238PFSlovenia
Slokar had a lackluster season, but he impressed teams with his toughness in workouts. He'll likely return to Italy next season.

29(59)Atlanta (from San Antonio)Cenk Akyol6-4195GTurkey
A young, intriguing point guard from Turkey who just turned 18 this year. Obviously this is a long-term pick for the Hawks.

30(60)Detroit (from Utah via Philadelphia)Alex Acker6-5185GPepperdine
Acker is a really versatile player who can play three positions. He's a good shooter and athlete. A lot of surprises on guys who didn't get drafted. Randolph Morris, Matt Walsh, Kennedy Winston, Dwayne Jones, Sean Banks, John Gilchrist, Eddie Basden, Will Bynum, Jawad Williams, Angelo Gigli and Kelenna Azubuike are among the guys who surprisingly didn't get drafted.



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