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June 28, 2006Shelden Williams
Draft spot: No. 5
Projected: No. 5 by NBADraft.net, No. 5 by DraftExpress.com, No. 5 by ESPN
Positives: Hawks needed a big man Is NBA ready for the rigors to down low should be a major force in the paint because of his size, shot-blocking ability and rebounding skills winner will be a good scorer in terms of field goal percentage could very well take the same path Carlos Boozer did before receiving max contract can focus on playing and maintaining the paint with the versatility that Atlanta has on it's roster will quickly become Salim Stoudamire's best friend knows how to find big time shooters
Negatives: Offensively, he's still limited needs to loosen up in the post, become more fluid of an athlete needs to learn how to use his mind over muscle now that he is in the NBA
How does he fit: Should be a big player off the bench at first because of Atlanta's depth at the wing forward position. Atlanta needed an enforcer and someone to stabilize the paint with a team that features a number of athletic, young wings. Should see starter's minutes sooner than later.
Misc. Notes: Only player to average a double-double at Duke has plenty of double-double potential in the NBA.