Bringing Back The Draft: 1998

Justin June 16, 2008 1

 

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 10 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: 1998

 

Top 5:

  1. Michael Olowokandi (LAC)
  2. Mike Bibby (VAN)
  3. Raef LaFrentz (DEN)
  4. Antawn Jamison (TOR)
  5. Vince Carter (GSW)

 

The Hindsight is 20/20 Top 5: Pretty good group of guys this year. A couple of diamonds in the rough turned out to be the cream of the crop.

 

  1. Dirk Nowitzki
  2. Paul Pierce
  3. Vince Carter
  4. Antawn Jamison
  5. Mike Bibby

 

Dirk is an MVP and was the first big time big man who could step out and shoot like a guard. Pierce is inching his way up into all-time Celtic territory. Say what you will about Carter, but when he’s on, there’s no one more explosive. Jamison is 20-10, and Bibby made those Kings teams of the late 90’s and early 2000’s run.

 

1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: Bryce Drew hit one of the greatest shots in NCAA history. That doesn’t mean the Valpo project had any place in the NBA. He was a too small guard with an above average jumper.

 

2nd rounder who should have gone in the 1st round: This was a weird year. I could put together a team of 2nd rounders who would blow out a team of late 1st rounders from this draft. Ruben Patterson, Cutino Mobley, Rafer Alston, and Jerome James have all made significant impacts on the NBA. But for my money, and all of his, I’ll go with Rashard Lewis. He’s an all-star and a top rate scorer on one of the up and coming teams in the league.

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