Bullz-Eye.com's 2007 NBA Draft Preview, NBA Draft predictions, draft analysis

Bullz-Eye.com's NBA Draft Preview

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The NBA Draft is almost upon us. After a lackluster regular season and an anticlimactic Finals, the league needs a shot in the arm and the 2007 Draft just might do the trick. Considered the deepest draft since 2003 (when LeBron, D-Wade, ‘Melo and Chris Bosh hit the scene), this year’s version promises to have a huge impact on the future of the league. It features two “can’t miss” stars in big man Greg Oden and the sharp shooting Kevin Durant, along with a bevy of young players who have the potential to be stars or superstars in the NBA.

At the NBA Lottery, fortunes smiled on the Trailblazers and Supersonics, and barring a trade, those two lucky franchises will end up with Oden and Durant. But who goes first, and what about the rest of the first round? We’ve put together a Mock Draft that’s a little different than other mock drafts you might have seen. We don’t try to predict which player a team will draft; we try to determine which player a team should draft. Each pick includes the team’s salary cap situation, player comparisons and an offseason blueprint. To gain a larger perspective, don’t miss our list of The Best and Worst Drafts in NBA History. There’s also a compilation of the 11 Biggest Draft Day Blunders of the modern era of the NBA, which breaks down the very worst draft day decisions (and proves just how important the draft is to the future of a franchise). Finally, we’ve identified a few Draft Sleepers in this year’s draft and updated Second to None, our list of the best second-round picks in draft history.

So sit back and enjoy the read. It should be an interesting week.

Everyone knows who Portland and Seattle are looking at with the first two picks, but who should the rest of the league select in the first round? John goes 1-30 and also dives into each team's offseason plans.
Even though everyone knows who Portland and Seattle are looking at with the first two picks, there's still some debate about who should go #1: Ohio State behemoth Greg Oden or Texas swingman Kevin Durant. John compares the two prospects and determines that, while they should both be very good, one of the youngsters has a clear advantage.
By the time team's outside of the Lottery are finally on the clock, all the top talent will be gone. Well...maybe not. John highlights five guys with the potential to thrive in the NBA who will still be on the board once the first 15 picks are called.
How will this draft rank in terms of talent among the other drafts of the modern era? John says we won't know that for at least three or four years, but we can go back and rank out the best and worst drafts from 1984-2005. Where does MJ's class rank? How about LeBron, Melo and Wade's?
Ah, what could've been. Drafting is no exact science, which obviously leaves plenty of room for human error. Think the Clippers regret passing on Scottie Pippen? Think the Bucks regret drafting and then trading Dirk Nowitzki? Hindsight is 20/20, but that doesn't excuse some of these blunders.
Don't fall asleep once the first round is over, because that's when the fun begins. Okay, maybe we're overselling it a bit, but plenty of very good players have been selected in the second round over the years, including Mark Price and Manu Ginobili. John's updated list of the best second rounders features a debut appearance from Carlos Boozer.