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Rocketta
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:54 AM
Raptors take Bargnani with No. 1 pickBy BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer
June 28, 2006

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The [url="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/tor/"]Toronto Raptors (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/photo?slug=cdbf76cbfc09443b9afff694c3691bf0.nba_dr aft_basketball_msg108&prov=ap) selected Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft Wednesday night, hoping the forward from Italy can live up to comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3252/).

The 6-foot-10 forward, the first European player taken first overall, has drawn those comparisons to the Dallas Mavericks (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/dal/)' All-Star because of his outside shooting skills. Playing last season for Benetton Treviso in Italy's Lega A, Bargnani shot 37 percent from 3-point range.

He's the second straight foreign-born No. 1 pick after Milwaukee chose Andrew Bogut (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3927/) of Australia last year after his sophomore year at the University of Utah. Bargnani is the first No. 1 pick to not play college or high school basketball in the United States since Houston took Yao Ming (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3599/) in 2002.

"This is the best league in the world," Bargnani said. "I'm so proud to represent my country. I have no worries."

Bargnani's selection kicked off what figured to be an unpredictable draft. The 20-year-old Bargnani was far from a sure thing, but Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo decided he was the best choice in a draft that lacked star power.

"Everyone has strengths, weaknesses, etc.," Colangelo said. "But at the end of the day, it came down that we felt that Andrea Bargnani was really the best pick for the future of this organization going forward. It's not about today. It's about today and tomorrow and we think that Andrea is a player that's not only going to help us in the short run, but we think he's going to grow into a terrific star in this league."

Chicago chose Texas forward LaMarcus Aldridge with the second pick, one of the Bulls' two selections in the first round. Wearing a Longhorns-orange colored tie, Aldridge gave NBA commissioner David Stern a Texas hat when he arrived on stage.

The pick came from the Knicks in a preseason trade for Eddy Curry (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3514/), and the fans at the Theater at Madison Square Garden didn't have to wait for it to express their anger toward coach and team president Isiah Thomas.

Chants of "Fire Isiah!" started 15 minutes before the draft, and "Fire Thomas!" cries followed just before the pick. The fans might get their wish next year -- Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan warned Thomas on Monday that he has one year to turn around the franchise or he'll be out of a job.

Dolan wasn't spared, either: "Sell the Knicks!" chants also rang out before the draft started.

Gonzaga star Adam Morrison went to Charlotte at No. 3 with the Bobcats' first since pick Michael Jordan became a part owner of the team in charge of the basketball operations earlier this month. The mustachioed All-American led the nation in scoring as a junior with 28.1 points per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/por/) -- who were believed to want Morrison -- instead selected LSU forward Tyrus Thomas, last season's SEC freshman of the year. He led that league in blocked shots and was second in rebounding last season.

But rumors swirled that Chicago and Portland planned to swap picks, and Thomas already sounded as if he was on the Bulls -- even while wearing a Blazers hat.

"They're young, they like to run and coach (Scott) Skiles, I visited with him, and he's a great teacher and a motivator," Thomas said. "Just the organization as a whole, it has a bright future so I'm looking forward to doing some good things in Chicago." The Atlanta Hawks (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/atl/) also went for interior defense when they took Duke's Shelden Williams at No. 5. The Blue Devils' career leader in blocked shots was the ACC defensive player of the year in each of his last two seasons. Minnesota grabbed Washington guard Brandon Roy with the sixth pick, getting an excellent replacement for Rashad McCants (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/players/3940/), who recently had microfracture surgery on his right knee.


Who? :confused:

Rocketta
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:55 AM
I guess I'm happy with Charlotte's pick, I know my co-worker will be as her husband is also a Type-I Diabetic. :D

spokenword73
Jun 29th, 2006, 01:17 AM
Hey 'Ketta,
Looks like Charlotte got a real baller. Unlike the first round pic the Raptors chose-
Andrea Bargnani who hopes to "live up to comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki." :rolleyes:
The European players, like DN, make shots when it doesn't matter and fold in crunch time. They need to toughen up on deeee-fense!!

Rocketta
Jun 29th, 2006, 02:40 AM
Hey 'Ketta,
Looks like Charlotte got a real baller. Unlike the first round pic the Raptors chose-
Andrea Bargnani who hopes to "live up to comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki." :rolleyes:
The European players, like DN, make shots when it doesn't matter and fold in crunch time. They need to toughen up on deeee-fense!!

I looked at Andrea's picture and he's sooooooo skinny. :eek:

Black Mamba.
Jun 29th, 2006, 02:43 AM
I think he'll be a solid pro but not a great player. Portland seems to be having a great draft. My boy Brandon Roy and lamarcus

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:01 AM
Yey. Go Italia. :hearts:

spokenword73
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:08 AM
My Lakers (just kidding) got a guard from UCLA name Farmar. Nice looking kid. I don't know much about his game. I just think it's a slap in the face that Bergnani went first. :mad: No one can help the Raptors now. :lol:

stevos
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:11 AM
It was a good pick by the raps. I have been a loyal raptor fan for a few years, and they are one of the hardest teams to be a fan of. He is not that skinny, he just looks like it in pictures. He should be a good addition! :yeah:

RatedR Superstar
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:19 AM
the italian dude is also the first NBA player name Andrea to be drafted :lol:

i was hoping for Rudy Gay to end up in Golden state, if that would have happened, his jersey will be very popular in the San Francisco area :lol:

hablo
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:40 AM
So was that a good choice by the Raptors ? :shrug:

RatedR Superstar
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:43 AM
So was that a good choice by the Raptors ? :shrug:

ask that question again after 2 years, then we'll all know if its a good pick :lol:

Rocketta
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:45 AM
So was that a good choice by the Raptors ? :shrug:

only time will tell. :eek:

spokenword73
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:46 AM
So was that a good choice by the Raptors ? :shrug:

Some folks think the Raptors hit the jackpot. I am not convinced Bargnani will be anything more than a middle level jump shooter. Score 11 or 12 points night in and night out.

The style of b-ball they play in Europe stresses technical greatness over showtime. The NBA is all about roughing it up and posterizing people.

I can't think of any European players that have really had an impact on the NBA, with all due respect to Dirk.:angel: It's a different mind set.

hablo
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:58 AM
ok, thanks for the answers :kiss:

Kunal
Jun 29th, 2006, 07:29 AM
woohoo the raptors got first pick....lets pray to god that they have a better year this season.

PLEASE GOD PLEEEESE

controlfreak
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:13 AM
So let me get this right. In American sports, the clubs simply take it in turns to pick any players they want - like in a school playground - and no money changes hands or anything? This is very different from the situation in say football (soccer) around the world, where players are bought and sold every week for millions.

So who decides what players are available for selection? Do they have to apply to be in the draft? What if they get chosen by a team that is 1000 miles away, and they don't want to move? Surely there must be money changing hands and bribery and corruption behind the scenes so that the top clubs get who they want? Also, what decides the order in which the teams get to pick? Is it best team first, or crappiest team first, or just random?

hablo
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:49 AM
Also, what decides the order in which the teams get to pick? Is it best team first, or crappiest team first, or just random?
I'm guessing that just like in hockey, the crappiest team gets first pick ;)

Kunal
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:57 AM
yea to make things simpler...the teams that finished bottom of the table usually get the top picks....if im not mistaken.....with the bottom 5 its a toss up. and they jus pick numbers out of a hat or some shit.

good chance that im not accurate

kris_85
Jun 29th, 2006, 01:17 PM
he's a great talented player...you'll see!

Black Mamba.
Jun 29th, 2006, 04:21 PM
So let me get this right. In American sports, the clubs simply take it in turns to pick any players they want - like in a school playground - and no money changes hands or anything? This is very different from the situation in say football (soccer) around the world, where players are bought and sold every week for millions.

So who decides what players are available for selection? Do they have to apply to be in the draft? What if they get chosen by a team that is 1000 miles away, and they don't want to move? Surely there must be money changing hands and bribery and corruption behind the scenes so that the top clubs get who they want? Also, what decides the order in which the teams get to pick? Is it best team first, or crappiest team first, or just random?


1. In the NBA we have what's called a draft which is a combination of players from colleges and international leagues that desire to play in the NBA. The teams with the worst records the previous sports season play a lottery system which determines who gets the number 1 pick. After the lottery picks are decided the rest of the order goes by record with the NBA champion usually getting the last pick in the first round of the draft.

2. Players that want to play in the NBA and aren't already in it must apply to be in the draft. Age restrictions apply, but once they declare for the draft and hire an agent teams that are interested in them invite them and other players to have individual workouts with their team. At these workouts the team evaluates the player and determines if that player is someone they want to draft. The top 10 picks are usually considered the 10 best prospects in the draft and the order they are selected is based on what team has that pick and what that team needs

3. If a player lives a long ways away they usually have no choice but to go to the team that selects them, but if they cause enough problems and refuse to show up they can be fined by that team or the team may trade them to another team.

4. Like soccer there is money transfers involved but that is only if teams decide to trade players or draft picks.

5. To make the playing field level and to prevent the top teams from getting all the talent, most US sports leagues like the NFL and NBA have what's called a salary cap. A salary cap is the maximum amount of money a team can spend in player salaries. If a team goes over the amount they incur what's called a luxury tax and when your team is over the salary cap limit you can't sign free agents which are players that have fullfilled their contract with another teams and are free to go to any team they want.


I hope this helps some.

VeeDaQueen
Jun 29th, 2006, 07:33 PM
never pick a foreigner as a first pick :rolleyes: he may be good in italy, but what about when he gets over here where the REAL players are. bad decision.

Black Mamba.
Jun 29th, 2006, 08:21 PM
never pick a foreigner as a first pick :rolleyes: he may be good in italy, but what about when he gets over here where the REAL players are. bad decision.


I think the physicality and speed of the game is a big adjustment. Most guys in the NBA are quicker, stronger, and faster than most college players and most players that play Internationally.

Darop.
Jun 29th, 2006, 09:32 PM
OMG poor guy, everyone's gonna be pronouncing his name "barg-NA-nee".

*shivers*

spokenword73
Jun 29th, 2006, 09:48 PM
I think the physicality and speed of the game is a big adjustment. Most guys in the NBA are quicker, stronger, and faster than most college players and most players that play Internationally.


:worship: :D

Wannabeknowitall
Jun 29th, 2006, 10:17 PM
never pick a foreigner as a first pick :rolleyes: he may be good in italy, but what about when he gets over here where the REAL players are. bad decision.
That is an bad attitude to have considering us Americans barely won a bronze medal at the Olympics in Athens. Things are changing in basketball and having some "betweeners" who can play versatile roles on the court are in demand.

Black Mamba.
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:02 PM
That is an bad attitude to have considering us Americans barely won a bronze medal at the Olympics in Athens. Things are changing in basketball and having some "betweeners" who can play versatile roles on the court are in demand.


When guys can't hit open jump shots and won't play D we were lucky to win the bronze. In terms of individual talent the NBA still has the best players on the planet and when they are assembled like a team rather than a marketing all star team team USA is tough to beat. An example is the tournament of the Americas.