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TALL TO SMALL: GUARDS ARE MAKING MORE OF AN IMPACT THAN EVER ON THE NBA GAME.

Move over David Robinson. Gangway Patrick Ewing. The soup du jour in the NBA nowadays is small guards.

Everyone's got to have one or two. Tim Hardaway is eating people up in Oakland. John Stockton and Kevin Johnson are keeping coaches awake at nights. Terry Porter and Isiah Thomas and Pooh Richardson and Joe Dumars and Jeff Hornacek and Jeff Malone and Dee Brown and Derek Harper are turning the league into a small man's game."Big guys are not the best commodity anymore," says Scott Layden, the Jazz's director of player personnel. "A few years ago people would sell the farm to get a big player. Now everyone is in pursuit of a point guard."

Layden says a point guard won't likely be available when the Jazz make their choice this year. Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson will be long gone by then, as will UNLV's Greg Anthony and Providence's Eric Murdock.

"In all my conversations around the league, I've never heard as much talk as this year about acquiring point guards," says Layden.

Some say the Jazz's best shot at a good guard will be in early entry Terrell Brandon of Oregon or 2-guard Kevin Lynch of Minnesota.

"We're seeing small players dominate games," continues Layden.

He ticks off several All-Star guards who weren't picked in the Top 10, but have gone on to be big factors: Hardaway (14th), Stockton (16th), Dumars (18th) and Porter (24th).

"These are all small players and can dominate play," he says. "Now they're are all looking for a little guy."

- Brad Rock