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Duke freshman Okafor tops this draft list

There's a reason the NBA trade deadline is in late February and not March. It's called the NCAA tournament. Try tracking down lottery-bound general managers these days. They start with the conference tournaments (Atlantic Coast and Southeastern, not Atlantic Sun and Mid-Eastern Athletic) and transition quickly to the bigger stage, racking up frequent-flier miles, hotel points and, eventually, headaches as they try to channel analytics, personal observations and pages of combine measurements into drafting a future All-Star. What do they see? Here's a guess at the top 14 picks in the June draft. 1. Jahlil Okafor, Duke, Fr., C An NBA personnel chief said Okafor could average 17 points in...

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