How Jerry Bembry Sees The First Round

June 29, 1994

1. MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Needs: Superstar player, to go with existing young talent.

Pick: Glenn Robinson, 6-8 forward, Purdue.

The "Big Dog" led the nation in scoring (30.1 ppg) and was the first Big Ten player to average more than 30 points a game since 1976. Can shoot the long jumper or post up, and also is not afraid to bang the boards (10.1 rpg).

2. DALLAS MAVERICKS

Needs: Point guard and center.

Pick: Jason Kidd, 6-4 guard, Cal.

An early entry in the draft, Kidd was a first-team All-American as a sophomore. An excellent passer (9.1 assists led the nation), with flashiness remindful of Magic Johnson. Also a solid defender (3.1 steals per game was third in the nation). Kidd needs to work on his shooting.

3. DETROIT PISTONS

Needs: Front-line help, all three positions.

Pick: Grant Hill, 6-8 guard/forward, Duke.

Physically, perhaps the most talented player available. A unanimous first-team All-American, Hill played both guard positions and small forward at Duke. He's a solid defender, as evidenced by his shutting down Robinson in the NCAA tournament. Only concern would be his outside shooting. Hill will never be criticized for lack of effort.

4. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

Needs: Center.

Pick: Donyell Marshall, 6-9, Connecticut.

With no big man good enough to waste a No. 4 pick on, the Timberwolves settle on the runner-up to Robinson in Player of the Year voting. Although small of frame (210 pounds), Marshall is an explosive scorer (25.1 ppg). He also plays defense, leaving UConn as the all-time leading shot blocker.

5. WASHINGTON BULLETS

Needs: Point guard, center.

Pick: Juwan Howard, 6-9, Michigan.

Bullets would love to have a Jason Kidd, but will settle for the best player available. And Howard is a solid player, boosting his stock during a strong NCAA tournament. Was named the most outstanding player in the Midwest Regional, averaging 29 points and 12.8 rebounds. Scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in final college game against eventual NCAA champion Arkansas. Ideal position would be power forward, but will be able to play some center.

6. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Needs: Power forward, point guard.

Pick: Sharone Wright, 6-11, Clemson.

Wright's a nice fit in a front line of Shawn Bradley and Clarence Weatherspoon. Averaged 15.4 points and 10.6 rebounds, the only ACC player to average a double-double each of the last two seasons. Offensive skills are limited, and he needs to lose about 20 pounds from his 280-pound frame.

7. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Needs: Scoring forward, in case Dominique Wilkins doesn't return.

Pick: Lamond Murray, 6-7, Cal.

The recipient of those Jason Kidd passes at Cal, Murray led the Pac-10 in scoring (24.3) and averaged a team-high 7.9 rebounds. Murray's also a long-range threat, hitting 34 percent of his three-point shots in his career.

8. SACRAMENTO KINGS

Needs: Center.

Pick: Brian Grant, 6-9, Xavier.

Grant's stock grew with his performances in postseason camps, averaging 15.3 points and 14.0 rebounds during the Phoenix Desert Classic. Averaged 16.7 points and 9.9 rebounds, on his way to his second Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year award.

9. BOSTON CELTICS

Needs: Scoring forward.

Pick: Eric Montross, 7-0, North Carolina.

Staying in school an extra year may have cost Montross a couple million dollars after a so-so senior year. Averaged 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.

10. LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Needs: Size.

Pick: Khalid Reeves, 6-3, Arizona.

Reeves had a solid postseason and pre-draft camps. Averaged 24.2 points a game. Jerry West loves his game, and the fact he can play either guard position.

11. SEATTLE SUPERSONICS

Needs: Center.

Pick: Eddie Jones, 6-6, Temple.

Jones can play either shooting guard or small forward. Was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year after averaging 19.2 points and 6.8 rebounds. He loves to shoot, something the SuperSonics don't need. Could possible be packaged in a deal for a big man.

12. MIAMI HEAT

Needs: Guard, center.

Pick: Eric Mobley, 6-11, Pittsburgh.

Second-leading shot blocker in Pittsburgh history. Averaged 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks. Was an all-tournament pick at the Phoenix Desert Classic.

13. DENVER NUGGETS

Needs: Point guard.

Pick: Jalen Rose, 6-8, Michigan.

A point guard in college, but not in the pros. The question is where will he play -- his ball-handling is not good enough at the point, and his shooting is not good enough at the other guard spot.

14. NEW JERSEY NETS

Needs: Shooting guard.

Pick: Eric Piatkowski, 6-6, Nebraska.

The MVP at the Phoenix Desert Classic, where he averaged 22 ppg on 63 percent shooting. Played both shooting guard and small forward at Nebraska, where he averaged 21.5 ppg. Was MVP of the Big Eight tournament.

15. INDIANA PACERS

Needs: Point guard, scoring forward.

Pick: Monty Williams, 6-8, Notre Dame.

Averaged 22.4 ppg and 8.2 rpg as a senior. Missed two seasons (1990-91, 1991-92) after a heart irregularity was diagnosed. Was cleared to play in September 1992, but the ailment probably has affected his position in the draft.

16. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Needs: Center.

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