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Idaho Statesman

Sonics, Jazz picks could end up with Idaho Stampede

It's possible that some players who are selected in Wednesday night's NBA Draft will wind up in Boise this season.

The Idaho Stampede, which is in its first year as a franchise in the NBA Development League, is affiliated with the Utah Jazz and Seattle Supersonics.

The affiliation system allows NBA teams to send first- or second-year players to the D-League. That means there is a chance that players selected in Wednesday's draft could wind up in Boise — as a member of the Stampede or with another D-League team that will play against the Stampede in Qwest Arena.

The Jazz and Sonics each have three picks in the draft.

The Sonics have the 10th pick in the first round, as well as the No. 40 and 53 in the second round. The Jazz pick 14th in the first round, then have picks 46 and 47 in the second round.

Prognosticators vary on players the Sonics and Jazz could select Wednesday, though many expect Duke guard J.J. Redick to go to Utah. Other projected possibilities for the Jazz include Ukraine center Oleksiy Pecherov and Mouhamed Saer Sene, a 20-year-old center from Senegal.

Experts project the Sonics to select N.C. State power forward Cedric Simmons in the first round. Other potential picks for Seattle in the first round are 7-foot Bradley center Patrick O'Bryant and Duke's Shelden Williams.

The second-round mock drafts are more varied, with some saying the Jazz could wind up with South Florida center Solomon Jones, West Virginia forward Kevin Pittsnogle, Iowa State point guard Curtis Stinson and Louisiana Tech forward Paul Millsap.

Some of the names linked to the Sonics in the second round include Villanova guard Randy Foye, Arkansas guard Ronnie Brewer, Florida State forward Alexander Johnson and forward Brandon Bowman of Georgetown.

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