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 10 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.
- Michael Olowokandi (LAC)
- Mike Bibby (VAN)
- Raef LaFrentz (DEN)
- Antawn Jamison (TOR)
- 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.
- Dirk Nowitzki
- Paul Pierce
- Vince Carter
- Antawn Jamison
- 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 heâ€™s on, thereâ€™s no one more explosive. Jamison is 20-10, and Bibby made those Kings teams of the late 90â€™s and early 2000â€™s run.
1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: Bryce Drew hit one of the greatest shots in NCAA history. That doesnâ€™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, Iâ€™ll go with Rashard Lewis. Heâ€™s an all-star and a top rate scorer on one of the up and coming teams in the league.