The poll on thestar.com's website has LaMarcus Aldridge getting the most support of the voters, Andreas Bargnani second and everyone else well down. Meantime, True Hoop's Henry Abbott has some nice stuff from a Portland standpoint, the Blazers having fallen to the No. 4 slot after going into the lottery with the top chance of grabbing No. 1:
Associated Press LaMarcus Aldridge: Will he be Raps' No. 1?
Big picture - this is still an incredibly high pick, in a draft with ten or so coveted players: LaMarcus Aldridge, Tyrus Thomas, Andrea Bargnani, Brandon Roy, Adam Morrison, J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, Rudy Gay, Marcus Williams, and Patrick O'Bryant. GMs around the league are scheming to get those players. The fourth pick has value.
The list of players who could be the top pick overall is, by most mock drafts, four players long (Roy, Thomas, Aldridge, Bargnani)
Meantime, Henry points to another mock draft, one at Draft Express, that has the Raptors taking Aldridge at No. 1, and Tyrus Thomas falling all the way to No. 7. Chad Ford at ESPN.com has the Raptors taking Bargnani (registration req'd), and Thomas going to the Bulls at No. 2, SI.com has Bargnani-Aldridge-Thomas in order and NBAdraft.net has Aldridge on top.
In this kind of draft, I think you will see a lot of that kind of volatility. As fast as Thomas's stock rose during the NCAA tournament, he concluded it with that dud of a championship game. Where he fits now is all over the map.
This also speaks to another truism of this speculation season. I always found the atmosphere leading up to the draft lottery the only time when GM's spoke something close to the truth, and as soon as the pingpong balls dropped it was all changed. But far moreso than usual with all these supposed contenders for Nos. 1 thru 6 (or 7, or 8), this is going to be a wild five weeks full of smokescreens and doubletalk. It's only just begun.