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Brand 1st; Hamilton to Wizards; Grizzlies Take Terps' Francis With No. 2 Pick
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Professional basketball; Athletic drafts & trades
Author: Denlinger, Ken
Date: Jul 1, 1999
Start Page: D.01
Section: SPORTS

The Chicago Bulls teased nearly everyone in the NBA for weeks about what they would do with the first pick in last night's draft, then used it to build their future around Duke power forward Elton Brand.

Within five minutes, the allotted time between picks, (Steve) Francis was snapped up by the Vancouver Grizzlies. That was somewhat surprising and seemed to indicate the Grizzlies would play Francis at the off- guard position, with Mike Bibby at point guard. Scouts had questioned Francis's skills as a point guard.

Another high school player, 6-10 Leon Smith of Chicago, the Illinois player of the year, was chosen by the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs with the last pick in the first round and then his rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Smith had gained little notice after (Jonathan) Bender began to blossom so quickly.

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