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June 25, 2007
The tough Southwest looking to get tougher
NBA DRAFT: TEAM NEEDS
Looking at the draft, the Southwest has a chance to solidify itself as the toughest division in the NBA.
The Grizzlies failed to win the lottery, but will be able to add an impact player with the No. 4 pick. They struggled with injuries this season, but were a playoff team just two years ago.
The Hornets pick 13th overall, and the Rockets and Spurs also draft during the late first round.
Dallas had an outstanding regular season, and the Mavericks can improve their depth – now or in the future – with three second-round picks.
Rivals.com has partnered with NBA Draft experts draftexpress.com to analyze the needs of each NBA team. Here is our analysis of the Southwest Division's needs on a team-by-team basis:
Mike Schmidt of DraftExpress covers the NBA Draft for Rivals.com. Schmidt's work can also be found at www.draftexpress.com, where they offer a free NBA Draft scouting service.