Jerry Bembry's Mock Draft

June 28, 1995

1. Golden State Warriors

Need: Power forward

Pick: Joe Smith, 6-9, Maryland

There's no question Smith needs to bulk up from his 225-pound frame. But there's also no question about his talent. The nation's college Player of the Year dominated in the low post in college, and will get to demonstrate his shooting range in the pros.

2. Los Angeles Clippers

Need: You name it, they need it

Pick: Jerry Stackhouse, 6-6, North Carolina

Stackhouse is easily the most exciting player in the draft, and draws comparisons to Michael Jordan. His versatility will allow him to play small forward and shooting guard. Has good passing skills. Will need to expand his shooting range to the NBA three-point line.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

Need: Power forward, shooting guard

Pick: Antonio McDyess, 6-9, Alabama

Decision time for the Sixers, who would love to draft Stackhouse if he fell to the three position. There's a strong possibility the Sixers will draft Rasheed Wallace, and use the hometown kid as a draw for a team that has struggled in attendance. But McDyess should be the player, a strong power forward that will allow the Sixers to deal either Sharone Wright or Clarence Weatherspoon.

4. Washington Bullets

Need: Point guard, center

Pick: Rasheed Wallace, 6-10, North Carolina

Barring a last-minute deal for a point guard, the Bullets will take the best player available. Wallace can play power forward or center and has the ability to run the floor well. There's a concern about his maturity, but there's no question about his talent. He will need to bulk up his 225-pound frame.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Need: Center, point guard

Pick: Kevin Garnett, 6-10, Farragut Academy

A month ago, no one would even have thought about making Garnett a top five pick. But this 19-year-old, who was the national high school Player of the Year, has impressed teams during recent workouts. Of course, lack of maturity will be a factor, and it's impossible to project how quickly he will adapt from high school to the pro level. But his potential is too much to pass on him.

6. Vancouver Grizzlies

Need: Expansion team that needs bodies

Pick: Bryant Reeves, 7-0, Oklahoma State

Having picked up Benoit Benjamin in Saturday's expansion draft, it's clear the Grizzlies still need a center. And "Big Country," the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year, is the best true center in the draft. Reeves has a nice shooting touch for a big man, and has good hands. Needs to tone up his 292-pound frame.

7. Toronto Raptors

Need: Expansion team that needs bodies

Pick: Ed O'Bannon, 6-8, UCLA

There have been concerns about O'Bannon's left knee - he tore an anterior cruciate ligament just prior to his freshman year and has suffered some deterioration in the knee. It didn't affect him at UCLA, where he averaged 20.4 points and led the Bruins to the national championship.

8. Portland Trail Blazers

Need: Center, power forward

Pick: Cherokee Parks, 6-11, Duke

An honorable mention All-America pick, Parks improved his points, assists, rebounds and free-throw percentage in each of his four years at Duke. Averaged 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior. Shooting range is good: He had 31 three-pointers in his final season.

9. New Jersey Nets

Need: Center, shooting guard

Pick: Shawn Respert, 6-3, Michigan State

New Jersey hasn't had a true shooting guard since the death of Drazen Petrovic in 1993. Respert is the best shooting guard of the draft, hitting 47.4 percent of his three-point shots last season. Was the Big Ten Player of the Year and benefited from a final season in college. Because of his size, he could have problems getting his shot off.

10. Miami Heat

Need: Front-line help

Pick: Kurt Thomas, 6-9, Texas Christian

Thomas led the nation in scoring (28.9 ppg) and rebounding (14.6 rpg) as a senior - just the third person in NCAA history to accomplish that. He was named consensus Southwest Conference Player of the Year and third-team All-America by the Associated Press as a senior. Needs to bulk up from his current weight of 230 pounds.

11. Milwaukee Bucks

Need: Center, depth in frontcourt

Pick: Rashard Griffith, 6-11, Wisconsin

If Bryant Reeves is available, the Bucks will grab him. But figuring he's gone, Milwaukee - in need of size - takes Griffith. He averaged 17.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a sophomore, but his game is still raw. Needs to develop better low-post footwork.

12. Dallas Mavericks

Need: Power forward, center

Pick: Mario Bennett, 6-9, Arizona State

Led Arizona State in scoring (18.7), rebounding (8.2) and blocked shots (3.5). An early entry candidate in the draft after averaging 15.7 points in his three seasons with the Sun Devils.

13. Sacramento Kings

Need: Point guard, center

Pick: Damon Stoudamire, 5-10, Arizona

The Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year (with Ed O'Bannon), Stoudamire averaged 22.8 points and 7.3 assists. Shooting range is impressive: He hit 46.5 percent of his three-point shots ,, his senior season. With Spud Webb and Bobby Hurley as their point guards, the Kings could use some help at this position.

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