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Beat Writers' 2006 Draft Day Predictions

Here's the quotes from last year's articles on the morning of the draft:

If the Nets don't trade, they're likely to stay with their "best player available" tradition and grab possibly two smalls at 22 and 23. Figure one of a point guard - either Rajon Rondo, Jordan Farmar or Kyle Lowry.

And then they'll go for a swing player - either Shannon Brown or Maurice Ager of Michigan State, P.J. Tucker of Texas or Quincy Douby of Rutgers.

Should the Nets go for size at 22 or 23, Josh Boone of UConn is the likely choice.

--Fred Kerber, New York Post, June 28

The comfortable scenario: They are expecting at least one of three guards - Shannon Brown of Michigan State, Jordan Farmar of UCLA and Kyle Lowry of Villanova - to still be on the board when their number comes up. In such a case, they are believed to be leaning toward Brown.

The apathy scenario: If the aforementioned guards somehow aren't there, they are prepared to consider other smalls such as Maurice Ager (Michigan State), P.J. Tucker (Texas) and James White (Cincinnati).

--Dave D'Alessandro, Star-Ledger, June 28

The Nets are considering big men like Florida State's Alexander Johnson, UConn's Josh Boone and UCLA's Ryan Hollins at 22 and 23. They also have Michigan State guards Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager, UCLA's Jordan Farmar, Villanova's Kyle Lowry, Arizona's Hassan Adams, Texas' P.J. Tucker, Cincinnati's James White and Rutgers' Quincy Douby on their short list.

--Ohm Youngmisuk, New York Daily News, June 28

Some of the players on the Nets' list who could be there at 22 and 23 are: UCLA point guard Jordan Farmar, Villanova point guard Kyle Lowry, Rutgers scorer Quincy Douby, Michigan State guards Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager, Arizona guard Hassan Adams, Cincinnati forward James White, and Texas forward P.J. Tucker.

If Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo, Memphis swingman Shawne Williams, Duke shooter J.J. Redick or Arkansas forward Ronnie Brewer slip, they would be on the Nets' list.

The big players the Nets would consider are Connecticut's Josh Boone, Florida State's Alexander Johnson and UCLA's Ryan Hollins, who is long and athletic, but raw.

--Al Iannazzone, The Record, June 28