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Super Seven in NBA draft


June 21
If I were the Houston Rockets, I would be nervous. The Rockets seem set on taking 7-foot-5 Chinese center Yao Ming with the overall No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. But whenever the phone rings at the Rockets' offices, I'd be afraid it was a call from China, saying Ming was heading home and won't be available to play in the NBA.

Ming won't be attending the NBA draft on Wednesday, but he's still expected to be the No. 1 pick. With the draft just around the corner, here are my Super Seven draft picks:

1. Houston Rockets -- Yao Ming
I still wonder if he will become the next LaRue Martin! Martin was a first-round bust of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1972. Ming is a finesse big man who will have to adjust to the NBA style of play.

2. Chicago Bulls -- Jay Williams
Duke's player of the year is the best player in this draft, a guard who will be a star for over a decade at the next level.

3. Golden State Warriors -- Mike Dunleavy
The Warriors are happy to see Duke's versatile second team All-American stay in the draft. Will his dad join him as the team's head coach?

4. Memphis Grizzlies -- Drew Gooden
The Kansas All-American forward can rebound and score. He will be a solid addition, joining Pau Gasol and Shane Battier.

5. Denver Nuggets -- Nikoloz Tskitishvili
He's 6-11 with solid skills. Teams have seen what Europeans Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki have done in recent years.

6. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Caron Butler
He has star written all over him. The UConn small forward was extremely impressive in the NCAA Tournament.

7. New York Knicks -- Chris Wilcox
The Maryland sophomore has star potential with his good leaping ability and athleticism.

Look for my complete mock draft early next week.

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