Kevin Garnett, who only three weeks ago attended the Farragut Academy prom with girlfriend Corlis Strongs, figures to be among the lottery picks in next week's NBA draft. Here's how the draft should go.
(in trade with Warriors): Jerry Stackhouse, NORTH CAROLINA, SWINGMAN. The Sixers trade up to land a potential star who actually wants to play for them.
Joe Smith, MARYLAND, POWER FORWARD. Every team that's seen Smith loves him. Now, can he love the Clips?
Antonio McDyess, ALABAMA, POWER FORWARD/CENTER. Golden State would've been content with Smith at No. 1, but they'll take this muscular keeper and get a player, perhaps Sharone Wright, from Philly to boot.
Kevin Garnett, FARRAGUT ACADEMY, FORWARD. We've long thought Washington's youthful star, Chris Webber, has the savvy to be a stabilizing influence on other young players. Chris, you're Kevin's favorite player—here's your chance.
5. Trail Blazers
(in trade with Timberwolves): Rasheed Wallace, NORTH CAROLINA, POWER FORWARD/CENTER. Portland gives up point guard Rod Strickland to get a big piece in their rebuilding puzzle.
Bryant Reeves, OKLAHOMA STATE, CENTER. Vancouver, western Canada's big city, starts with the country boy.
Ed O'Bannon, UCLA FORWARD. The Bruin star slides this far only because his left knee tested poorly at predraft camp. Take heart, Toronto: Six years ago so did Sean Elliott's.
Corliss Williamson, ARKANSAS, POWER FORWARD. Detroit has good, young finesse players. New G.M.-coach Doug Collins adds toughness.