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 13 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.
- Joe Smith (GS)
- Antonio McDyess (LAC)
- Jerry Stackhouse (PHI)
- Rasheed Wallace (WAS)
- Kevin Garnett (Min)
The Hindsight is 20/20 Top 5: Iâ€™m giving this one a C. Not the letter grade, the cup size. This is a top heavy draft, and the top isnâ€™t particularly noteworthy.
- Kevin Garnett
- Rasheed Wallace
- Michael Finley
- Jerry Stackhouse
- Kurt Thomas
Hereâ€™s a quick story. I was a junior in high school in 1995. After school let out for the year, my dad and I went to look at University of Maryland, to see if I might want to go there. During a visit to the bookstore, I bought a Joe Smith t-shirt, that said â€œNot just your ordinary Joe.â€ Well, turns out he was ordinary, and remains so. This draft had a few All Stars and some solid contributors, but only one honest to goodness superstar.
1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: Remember when the Raptors drafted Damon Stoudamire with their first ever draft pick, and the home fans at the SkyDome booed? Stoudamire went on to win Rookie of The Year. The player those Toronto fans were clamoring for, instead of him? UCLAâ€™s Ed Oâ€™Bannon, who went 2 picks later to the Nets. That did not work out well at all. Name another lottery pick who was out of the league in 2 years, without a catastrophic injury. (By the way, this is the second consecutive draft in which the Netsâ€™ pick has been the worst of the 1st round.)
2nd rounder who should have gone in the 1st round: Eric Snow wasnâ€™t even the best guard on his college team. Shawn Respert outshined him at Michigan State. His career was sidelined by cancer. Snow, on the other hand, became a key piece on a pair of Eastern Conference champions, and was one of the few point guards who could co-exist comfortably with Allen Iverson.