Bargnani at the head of the international class


Forget draft buzz. Forget first-round promises and contract buyout clauses and raw tools. The biggest question a team should ask when evaluating an international prospect is, "Can he play?"

Here's a first look at my international Top 20 for the 2006 draft (with height, club team, nationality and year of birth):

Likely Lottery
1. Andrea Bargnani, 7-0, Benetton Treviso (Italy), Italy, 1985
For his age, Bargnani has a lot of international experience and already has played in a lot of important games for Benetton. At his size, he is an agile athlete with excellent foot speed, but he is not as physically strong as he needs to be, which limits his effectiveness in post-up situations.