Sure weâ€™re smack dab in the middle of the most exciting NBA Finals in a decade, but itâ€™s time to look towards next season. The draft is 14 days away. In preparation for that magical evening, and the mistakes that are bound to be made, itâ€™s time to review drafts of the past. Weâ€™ll do one a day until Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose put on a Bulls hat, and share an awkward handshake with David Stern.
- Glenn Robinson (Mil)
- Jason Kidd (Dal)
- Grant Hill (Det)
- Donyell Marshall (Min)
- Juwan Howard (Was)
The Hindsight is 20/20 Top 5: This yearâ€™s crop of players is significantly more impressive than the pile of crap that came out in 1993, but there is still a fair share of guys who never made any impact on the league at all.
- Jason Kidd
- Grant Hill
- Eddie Jones
- Jalen Rose
- Glenn Robinson
Kidd is headed to Springfield on the first Ballot. Hill can make a damn good case to join him. Jones was a consistent All Star during his days in LA. Rose was the top scorer on those solid Indiana squads of the late 90â€™s. Big Dog put up big numbers in Milwaukee, before he left for Philly and his career went down the toilet.
1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: Man, we have a lot of choices here. Cliff Rozier, Greg Minor, BJ Tyler were all first rounders, and all sucked. But, for old timeâ€™s sake, Iâ€™m going with Yinka Dare. Why? Thereâ€™s the fact that he didnâ€™t have an assist until his third season in the league. Plus, heâ€™s dead, so the Nets clearly didnâ€™t get a lot of value from this pick.
2nd rounder who should have gone in the 1st round: Slim pickings in the 2nd round, but Voshon Lenard played a key role in the Miami/ New York rivalry that tried to keep the NBA afloat after Michael Jordan retired. So, he made a bigger impact on the league than Brooks Thompson, who was the last pick of the first round.