Will draft be dream or nightmare?

By Darnell Mayberry Published: June 19, 2007
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JamesOn Curry could one day look back on June 28 as the night he realized his NBA dreams.

Those in NBA circles, however, predict the Oklahoma State guard will remember this year's NBA Draft as more of a nightmare.

Multiple league sources said Monday that Curry is a borderline draft pick at best and would have been better off returning to Stillwater for his senior year with the Cowboys instead of keeping his name in the 2007 draft.

"I'm just not sure he'll even get drafted,” said one Western Conference scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity. NBA teams generally prohibit their scouting departments from speaking to the media.

The 6-foot-3 Curry, the scout said, is not a pure enough point guard for the NBA and is undersized for the shooting guard position.

"He's undersized, and he's never shown any point guard talent at all and that scares people off,” the scout said. "I think a lot of (teams) figured he would play for another year and improve.”

According to an ESPN.com report citing league sources, Curry is under the impression that he has a guarantee from the Chicago Bulls to select him with the 49th pick. But one Western Conference general manager said such a guarantee is unusual.


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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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