Lottery candidates

June 24, 1998

Mike Bibby, Arizona

Ht., wt.: 6-2, 190

Stats: 15.4 ppg, 5.5 apg

Comment: Considered the best point guard in the draft. A Jason Kidd type with a jumper, although Bibby's not as quick. Very unselfish.

Michael Olowokandi, Pacific

Ht., wt.: 7-1, 265

Stats: 22.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 2.9 bpg

Comment: The best center in the draft. The native of Nigeria has only played organized basketball for three years, and is considered raw. He is extremely agile, and has demonstrated an ability to learn quickly.

Paul Pierce, Kansas

Ht., wt.: 6-7, 220

Stats: 16.4 ppg, 6.3 ppg

Comment: A versatile player who can play either shooting guard or small forward. Can score inside or out, with range up to 20 feet. An early-entry candidate who left Kansas after his junior year.

Vince Carter, North Carolina

Ht., wt.: 6-7, 215

Stats: 12.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Comment: One of the most physically gifted shooting guards in the draft. After playing in the shadows of Antwan Jamison at North Carolina, will likely be drafted ahead of his former college teammate. An early-entry candidate, he shot 59.1 percent during his just-completed junior season.

Larry Hughes, Saint Louis

Ht., wt.: 6-5, 185

Stats: 20.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 spg

Comment: Has impressed scouts in workouts, with comparisons to Lakers swingman Kobe Bryant. Teams are impressed with the size of the projected point guard. Early-entry candidate, after one year at Saint Louis.

Antawn Jamison, North Carolina

Ht., wt.: 6-9, 223

Stats: 19.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg

Comment: The consensus college Player of the Year who was at one time expected to be the top pick, his stock has dropped. His shooting range has been questioned, as well as what position he will play (likely small forward). Great athlete who shot 58.0 percent and averaged a double double (22.2 ppg, 10.5 rpg) last season. An early-entry candidate, after three years.

Robert Traylor, Michigan

Ht., wt.: 6-8, 288

Stats: 13.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg

Comment: After playing at over 300 pounds at Michigan, has impressed scouts by dropping weight before pre-draft workouts. A physical presence with great hands. His past weight problems may pose a risk down the line. An early-entry candidate, after three seasons at Michigan.

Raef LaFrentz, Kansas

Ht., wt.: 6-11, 235

Stats: 15.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg

Comment: Once considered a sure top seven selection, his stock has dropped. Played power forward in college, with solid all-around game. Needs to develop physically to star at NBA level. Finished four-year career at Kansas second all-time in points and rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki, Germany

Ht., wt.: 6-11, 235

Stats: 17.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg at DJK Wurzburg in Germany)

Comment: A draft risk, considering he intends to play professionally in Europe next season. If not for that uncertainty, this 20-year-old would be a sure lottery pick. Tremendous skills for a big man. He can score inside and out.

Michael Doleac, Utah

Ht., wt.: 6-11, 265

Stats: 11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg

Comment: Can shoot and play physical, but maybe too mechanical to have an immediate impact as a center. Some teams may question commitment to NBA, since Doleac intends to go to medical school. With his size, his plans to be an orthopedic surgeon might be put on hold for a few years.

Jason Williams, Florida

Ht., wt.: 6-1, 190

Stats: 14.9 ppg, 6.9 apg

Comment: Considered by some to be the second-best point guard in draft. A talented ball-handler, passer and shooter, his stock could be affected by his attitude (was kicked off the team at Florida). Has been honing skills while living with Orlando Magic guard Nick Anderson. An early-entry candidate, after his junior year.

Radoslav Nesterovic, Italy

Ht., wt.: 7-0, 248

Stats: 7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg with Virtus Kinder Bologna in Italian League)

Comment: Helped lead Virtus Kinder Bologna to EuroLeague Championship. Shot 76 percent during the playoffs, averaging 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Nazr Mohammed, Kentucky

Ht., wt.: 6-10, 240

Stats: 8.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Comment: Key player in NCAA title run by Wildcats. Commitment to game demonstrated by 75-pound weight loss since freshman year. Nice footwork in pivot and a better than average shotblocker.

Pub Date: 6/24/98

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