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June 25, 2007
NBA DRAFT: TEAM NEEDS
It featured three playoff teams, tying the Southwest and Central Divisions for tops in the NBA. Phoenix took the No. 2 seed, the Lakers the No. 7 seed and the Warriors were the eighth seed in the West.
Golden State knocked off the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round. The L.A. Clippers were on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but by only two games. The Sacramento Kings struggled last season and have the top pick (No. 10) in the Pacific division.
It's a critical draft for the teams in the Pacific. There are many good teams who could add key role players or find missing pieces that could lead to a long run in next year's postseason.
Rivals.com has partnered with NBA Draft experts DraftExpress.com to analyze the needs of each NBA team. Here are the needs for the five teams in the Pacific Division:
Rodger Bohn of DraftExpress covers the NBA Draft for Rivals.com. Weiss' work can also be found at www.draftexpress.com, where they offer a free NBA Draft scouting service.