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The 2005 Draft: High School Yearbook Edition
by: Landry Fields - Stanford Senior/NBA Draft Prospect
June 29, 2005
Now that the business side of the draft is over, let's take a lighter look at the 2005 NBA Draft. Who is most likely to succeed? Who is best dressed? Who cares. Here's my take on the best and the brightest from the MSG floor in New York City.




Most likely to pack a sack lunch to practice: Ike Diogu. A soft-spoken workout monster, Diogu eats soft layups for lunch, probably with the crusts cut off.

Most likely to steal your lunch money: Rashad McCants. The man who once referred to genteel Carolina as a "prison" will replace Latrell Sprewell's shining attitude in Minnesota. Enjoy the snow, dawg.

Most motivated to destroy the teams with the first 18 picks: Hakim Warrick. Doubted at every level, the Syracuse jumping jack was the last man sitting in the Green Room. Judging by the look on his face afterwards, it's a feeling he'll not soon forget.

Most difficult to get within twenty feet of in two years: Marvin Williams. Maybe it was the glimmering rock in his ear or the feeling of barely scratched uber-confidence he exuded, but it sure seems if you need to talk to Williams, do it now. Soon you'll have to call his agent's assistant and set up an appointment, because Marvin will be busy getting fitted with Jay-Z's tailor.

Best Jason Kidd impression: Deron Williams. Stocky, pass-first guard with great court vision and inconsistent jumper seeks team desperate for floor leader willing to trade up. Clippers need not apply.

Most likely to get posterized while playing defense: Fran Vasquez. Skinny Euro a surprise at pick No. 11. Call me crazy, but anyone else think Vince Carter is licking his chops to "Fred Weis" this dude?

Most likely to get frosted highlights in his hair: Andrew Bogut. He already did it once in Utah, and once he gets to ever-cosmo Milwaukee, all fashion bets are off.

Worst spot to be in award: Yaroslav Koralev. You're an 18-year old Russian with a career 4.5 PPG average in the Russian Superleague. You've just been drafted by the Clippers. You're known as "versatile." Yeah, this is gonna work out great.

Most anticipated rookie matchup: Chris Paul v. Julius Hodge, Round II. One is confident, hungry and soon-to-be playing to packed crowds for the rising Nuggets. The other will be passing to PJ Brown and playing in front of 6,000 in New Orleans. Can you see another punch in the groin in the works? Judging by the draft crowd's negative reaction to Paul, we're betting yes.

Best 'I wish I could be there' moment: Man-child Andrew Bynum locking horns with Chris Mihm in Lakertown. Someone has to win that battle, right?

Best 'I wish I could be there' moment II: When Bynum receives his first motivational book from Zen Master Jackson and the big kid asks, in all seriousness, if it's available on CD.

Most likely to miss eating pizza in his dorm room: Sean May. A no-brainer move for the Final Four MOP to go pro, but he's well-spoken, loved school and now bleeds Carolina Blue. If anyone remains unimpressed with Mr. May, they'll simply never be impressed.

Most likely to buy Tony Allen a Thank You card: Joey Graham. Has OK State coach Eddie Sutton trademarked "surprisingly good athletic small forward" yet? From Byron Houston all the way to Graham, the legacy continues.

Most likely to be overlooked AGAIN: Antoine Wright. Kid's a dynamite shooter and athlete that toiled in obscurity for Texas A&M. Then all he did was wow folks with his workouts. Where did it get him? One spot behind the grumpy, undersized McCants. I don't get it either.

Least likely to miss final exams: Danny Granger. Four years, two schools, near total lack of hype before final two months of senior year. With a new abundance of free time, Granger's Playstation 2 skillz just went through the roof.

Most likely to get sued by former Presidential hopeful John Edwards: Raymond Felton. After the fourth time Felton referred to growing up in a small town to caring parents who taught him hard work can help you live your dream, Edwards, the former trial lawyer, had to start getting itchy palms.

Most likely to get carded at the movies: Martell Webster and his new teammates Travis Outlaw and Sebastian Telfair. The prep phenom from Seattle was the first high schooler chosen and should find kindred spirits in the youthful Blazers. Someone should tell Paul Allen he can't win the NCAA title, too.

Most likely to get booed pulling on his socks: Channing Frye. Welcome to New York, stringbean. Tony from the South Bronx has a few choice words for you if you're just tuning in.

Happiest man ever to be exiled to Canada: Charlie Villanueva. We're still shocked he was the Raptors' man at No. 7, but I guess it proves the old saying that you can never have too many 6'10" men who don't like to bang.

Most in need of firing his agent: Gerald Green. I'm guessing that "no private workouts" policy should be revisited after the next Tracy McGrady fell to the Celtics, who gladly gobbled him up at 18. Note to Green: Don't sweat it, a guy named Jermaine O'Neal went 17th overall in 1996 and rumor has it he turned out OK.
 


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Ike Diogu
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 255 lbs.
Birthday: 09/12/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Garland
Previous Team: Arizona State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2005 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
17.9 Pts, 9.9 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Rashad McCants
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 201 lbs.
Birthday: 09/24/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: New Hampton Prep
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #14 in 2005 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
11.9 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Latrell Sprewell
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 09/08/1970
43 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Washington
Previous Team: Alabama , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #24 in 1992 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
12.8 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Hakim Warrick
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 07/09/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Friends Central
Previous Team: Syracuse , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #19 in 2005 Draft
by the Grizzlies
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
21.3 Pts, 9.1 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Marvin Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Birthday: 06/19/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bremerton
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2005 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Jason Kidd
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 03/23/1973
41 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Notre Dame St. Joseph
Previous Team: California , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 1994 Draft
by the Mavericks
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: PG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
4.3 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 3.3 Asts


Deron Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 202 lbs.
Birthday: 06/26/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Colony
Previous Team: Illinois , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 2005 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
14.3 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 6.1 Asts


Vince Carter
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 219 lbs.
Birthday: 01/26/1977
37 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Daytona Beach Mainland
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 1998 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
11.9 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 2.6 Asts


Andrew Bogut
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 251 lbs.
Birthday: 11/28/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Australian Institute of Sport
Previous Team: Utah , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 2005 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 8.1 Rebs, 1.9 Asts


Chris Paul
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 178 lbs.
Birthday: 05/07/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Forsyth West
Previous Team: Wake Forest , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #4 in 2005 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
18.4 Pts, 5.7 Rebs, 7.3 Asts


Julius Hodge
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 202 lbs.
Birthday: 11/20/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Raymond
Previous Team: N.C. State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #20 in 2005 Draft
by the Nuggets
Positions:
Current: PG/SG/SF,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG/SG/SF
Quick Stats:
6.7 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 3.7 Asts




Andrew Bynum
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 280 lbs.
Birthday: 10/27/1987
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Joseph
Previous Team: St. Joseph's , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 2005 Draft
by the Lakers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
11.5 Pts, 9.5 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Chris Mihm
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 265 lbs.
Birthday: 07/16/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Westlake
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2000 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
2.0 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Sean May
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 259 lbs.
Birthday: 04/05/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bloomington North
Previous Team: Paris-Levallois , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2005 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Tony Allen
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Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 214 lbs.
Birthday: 01/11/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Crane Tech
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #25 in 2004 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
9.0 Pts, 3.8 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Joey Graham
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 217 lbs.
Birthday: 06/21/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brandon
Previous Team: Oklahoma State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #16 in 2005 Draft
by the Raptors
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
19.3 Pts, 6.5 Rebs, 2.6 Asts


Byron Houston
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 247 lbs.
Birthday: 11/22/1969
44 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Star-Spencer
Previous Team: Oklahoma State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #27 in 1992 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
12.0 Pts, 5.3 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Antoine Wright
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 02/06/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lawrence Academy
Previous Team: Texas A&M , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #15 in 2005 Draft
by the Nets
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
10.4 Pts, 5.1 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Danny Granger
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 04/11/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Grace King
Previous Team: New Mexico , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #17 in 2005 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
8.8 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


John Edwards
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Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 264 lbs.
Birthday: 07/31/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hudson
Previous Team: Kent State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
3.0 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Raymond Felton
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 199 lbs.
Birthday: 06/26/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Latta
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2005 Draft
by the Bobcats
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
9.7 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 5.7 Asts


Martell Webster
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthday: 12/05/1986
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Seattle Prep
Previous Team: Seattle Prep , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2005 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
9.7 Pts, 2.9 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Travis Outlaw
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 09/18/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Starkville
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #23 in 2003 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
6.7 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Sebastian Telfair
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthday: 06/09/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lincoln
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #13 in 2004 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: PG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
25.9 Pts, 4.5 Rebs, 5.9 Asts


Channing Frye
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 244 lbs.
Birthday: 05/17/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Mary
Previous Team: Arizona , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #8 in 2005 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
11.1 Pts, 5.1 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Charlie Villanueva
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 237 lbs.
Birthday: 08/24/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Blair Academy
Previous Team: Connecticut , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2005 Draft
by the Raptors
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
6.2 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Gerald Green
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Birthday: 01/26/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Gulf Shores Academy
Previous Team: Gulf Shores Academy , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #18 in 2005 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
15.8 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Tracy McGrady
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Birthday: 05/24/1979
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mount Zion
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 1997 Draft
by the Raptors
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
3.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


Jermaine O'Neal
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 226 lbs.
Birthday: 10/13/1978
35 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Eau Claire
Previous Team: Eau Claire HS , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #17 in 1996 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.9 Pts, 5.5 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


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