Bringing Back The Draft: 1996

Justin June 14, 2008 0

Sure we’re smack dab in the middle of the most exciting NBA Finals in a decade, but it’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, it’s time to review drafts of the past. We’ll do one a day until Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose put on a Bulls hat, and share an awkward handshake with David Stern.

Today: 1996

Top 5:

  1. Allen Iverson (PHI)
  2. Marcus Camby (TOR)
  3. Shareef Abdur Rahim (VAN)
  4. Stephon Marbury (MIL)
  5. Ray Allen (MIN)

The Hindsight is 20/20 Top 5: I’m going to come right out and say it. This might be the best draft ever.

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Allen Iverson
  3. Steve Nash
  4. Ray Allen
  5. Jermaine O’Neal

You have two of the top 10 guards of all time up top, followed up by a two time MVP, the greatest pure shooter of his generation, and a 20-10 big man. And that doesn’t even include guys like Marbury, Camby, Antoine Walker, and Peja Stojakovic. Seriously, this was an amazing year.

1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: Well, Denver picked a guy out of Greece, named Efthimis Rentzias. He never played in the NBA. But I’m still going to name Priest Lauderdale the worst pick of the 1st round, because, if I remember correctly, he was too fat to make an impact, and never did anything about it.

2nd rounder who should have gone in the 1st round: Quite a drop off in quality, from Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, to guys like Mark Hendrickson (who was the Tampa Bay Rays opening day starter this year) and Jamie Feick. But with the 15th pick of the 2nd round (44th overall) the Hornets took an undersized power forward out of Drexel named Malik Rose. All he did was help the Spurs win multiple championships, and then punch Nate Robinson in the face once he came to the Knicks.

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