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Players who can change the draft

Updated: April 28, 2006, 3:08 AM ET
The deadline for college underclassmen to declare for the 2006 NBA draft arrives Saturday night at midnight, and NBA team executives don't like what they're seeing.

With the new age restriction rule keeping out one of the best high school classes in year, and with as many as four potential lottery picks choosing to stay in school, the 2006 NBA Draft, especially the lottery, is looking like the weakest since 2000.

"There are a few guys at the top who are very talented," says an executive of one team in the lottery. "But after you hit pick 6 or 7 it's looking very bleak. There's some depth in the draft and a lot of role players. But lottery teams need more than role players. I'm not sure we're going to find anything we really want."

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