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Noah lobbies Hawks

Ex-Gator says he should go No. 3

June 23, 2007


— Joakim Noah mocks those who publish NBA mock drafts.

"I heard one of them is like a kid who is 16 years old in his basement," Noah said.

But Noah knows enough to realize the NBA Draft guessing game this year begins with the Hawks' No. 3 pick, and that's why he was in Atlanta on Friday for a workout.

Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are almost certain to be taken by Portland and Seattle with the first two picks Thursday.

Some draft projections have the Hawks taking a Florida teammate of Noah's - center Al Horford - or Ohio State point guard Mike Conley Jr.

Noah, a power forward, tried to convince Hawks general manager Billy Knight and coach Mike Woodson that he should be the third pick.

"That's why I'm here," he said. "If I didn't think I had a chance I wouldn't be here."

The Hawks also pick 11th, but Noah hopes he's not around by then.

The draft decision by Knight, who wasn't talking on Friday, will affect the rest of the first round. Noah is as curious as anyone.

"You know who's going one and two," Noah said. "Then you have no idea."

It's a big decision for the Hawks.

"It's huge for our franchise," Woodson said. "We're in a position where we can either trade them if the trade makes sense or we pick two young guys who come in and fit in with the young guys we already have. I think the big thing about this draft is you can pick a guy who can come in and play right away. Last year we got caught when the injuries occurred, we just didn't have backup players that were ready to play."

Noah also has worked out for Boston (picking at No. 5), Minnesota (No. 7), Charlotte (No. 8) and Chicago (No. 9). He will work out for Memphis, which has the fourth pick, today.

Noah said trade speculation involving NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett and the phone call he got Friday from the Phoenix Suns adds more mystery to the draft.

"The craziest thing about it is you have no idea also what's going to happen if these big guys go in trades, these superstars," he said. "As a player you just have to be ready for anything.

"Just today, I had an opportunity to go work out in Phoenix. Phoenix isn't in the lottery. Why would they call my agent and say, 'We want him to work out?"'

Noah said he accepted the invitation of the Suns, who aren't scheduled to pick until No. 24

The 6-foot-11 Noah averaged 12.0 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior to help Florida win its second straight national championship.

Florida's wealth of talent made it difficult for any player to consistently play a lead role, and Noah's scoring average fell from his 14.2 points per game as a sophomore.

Woodson said he doesn't consider Noah to be a "great scorer." Woodson also said the 232-pound Noah will need to add weight and strength to be a productive inside player in the NBA.

NBA Draft order

At New York


First Round

1. Portland2. Seattle3. Atlanta4. Memphis5. Boston6. Milwaukee7. Minnesota8. Charlotte9. Chicago (from New York)10. Sacramento11. Atlanta (from Indiana)12. Philadelphia13. New Orleans14. L.A. Clippers15. Detroit (from Orlando)16. Washington17. New Jersey18. Golden State19. L.A. Lakers20. Miami21. Philadelphia (from Denver)22. Charlotte (from Toronto through Cleveland)23. New York (from Chicago)24. Phoenix (from Cleveland through Boston)25. Utah26. Houston27. Detroit28. San Antonio29. Phoenix30. Philadelphia (Dallas through Denver and Golden State)

Second Round

31. Seattle (from Memphis)32. Boston33. San Antonio (from Milwaukee)34. Dallas (from Atlanta)35. Seattle36. Golden State (from Minnesota)37. Portland38. Philadelphia (from New York through Chicago)39. Orlando (from Sacramento through Utah)40. L.A. Lakers (from Charlotte)41. Minnesota (from Philadelphia)42. Portland (from Indiana)43. New Orleans44. Orlando45. L.A. Clippers46. Golden State (from New Jersey)47. Washington48. L.A. Lakers49. Chicago (from Golden State through Denver, Boston and Phoenix)50. Dallas (from Miami through L.A. Lakers)51. Chicago (from Denver)52. Portland (from Toronto)53. Portland (from Chicago)54. Orlando (from Cleveland)55. Utah56. Milwaukee (from Houston)57. Detroit58. San Antonio59. Phoenix60. Dallas


erod0723 11 years ago

Noah is not going to have a career of any consequence. He can't shoot, is highly emotionally unstable, and is a prick in general.

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