CLIPPERS NO. 4 IN DRAFT LOTTERY.Byline: Randy Hill
Chris Ford, whose team (finally) had put him in a swell position to win, had a front-row seat when Saturday's NBA Draft lottery The NBA Draft Lottery is an annual event held by the National Basketball Association (NBA) to determine the order of the NBA Draft for that year. The teams that did not make the playoffs compete in a weighted lottery, in which teams with least amount of wins have a greater chance loss applied the frosting frosting
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``Well, we would have liked to have done a little better,'' Ford said after his Clippers, whose 9-41 record gave this franchise the second-best chance to nab the first pick, were ping-ponged into the fourth spot for this year's first round. Among the 13 lottery teams, the Clipper's two-spot tumble was the furthest.
The Chicago Bulls, who earned the third-best chance by putting the ``nasty'' in dynasty, rallied to finish first. The Charlotte Hornets, who arrived with the slimmest chance at victory, left with the third pick.
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``I don't think there's a definitive No. 1 pick,'' Ford said on a conference call after representing the Clippers for the benefit of NBC NBC
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX point guard Baron Davis, Connecticut shooting guard Richard Hamilton and young Corey Maggette, a gymnast disguised as a forward during his one season at Duke.
The Clippers plan to haul several players into L.A. for private auditions, although their fall to fourth may cross them off the travel itinerary written by agents of the hottest prospects.
``At four, some players won't even come work out for you,'' Ford said.
Further complicating his predicament is the franchise's evolving battle plan for the eight free agents who wore the Clippers colors in 1999. The personnel needs of any team can be twisted with one swipe of a pen. But, as dictated by the NBA NBA
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``I want to look at each and every position,'' Ford said of the draft candidates. ``We have to make sure we cover our bases. When you have eight free agents, anything can happen.
``But the draft is the first priority. We have to be happy with who we select.''
The Clippers, who picked first after achieving the league's third-worst record last season, remain pleased with center Michael Olowokandi, the player selected with the top choice in '98. And they are thrilled with the progress of power forward Maurice Taylor, their first-round pick (14th overall) in 1997.
Adding another hot prospect to this promising nucleus seems crucial.
``It's difficult to pinpoint one exact need,'' Ford said, ``but we definitely want players who are going to compete on a nightly basis. We want guys who want to be here.''
PICK OF THE LOT
The Chicago Bulls will select first in the June 30 NBA draft after winning the No. 1 lottery pick from the Vancouver Grizzlies The name Grizzlies may refer to:
Year Player Team
1985 Patrick Ewing New York New York, state, United States
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1986 Brad Daugherty Cleveland
1987 David Robinson San Antonio
1988 Danny Manning Clippers
1989 Pervis Ellison Sacramento
1990 Derrick Coleman New Jersey
1991 Larry Johnson Charlotte
1992 Shaquille O'Neal Orlando
1993 Chris Webber Orlando (x)
1994 Glenn Robinson Milwaukee
1995 Joe Smith Golden State
1996 Allen Iverson Philadelphia
1997 Tim Duncan San Antonio
1998 Michael Olowkandi Clippers
1999 ???? Chicago
(x) sent to Golden State on a draft day trade
Photo, 2 Boxes
PHOTO The Clippers holding the No. 1 pick overall last season drafted Michael Olowokandi of Pacific.
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BOX: (1) PICK OF THE LOT (see text)
(2) 1999 NBA DRAFT ORDER