Sure, the Celtics may still be hung over from their championship celebration, but it’s time to look towards next year. The draft is only 7 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.
- Kwame Brown (WAS)
- Tyson Chandler (LAC)
- Pau Gasol (ATL)
- Eddy Curry (CHI)
- Jason Richardson (GSW)
Hindsight is 20/20 Top 5: High School players ruled the day. It’s been downhill since then for most of them.
- Gilbert Arenas
- Tony Parker
- Zach Randolph
- Richard Jeffersom
- Mehmet Okur
Arenas is the best scorer/blogger on the planet. Parker has won multiple championships. Even though some in these parts are less than thrilled with his physical fitness, you can’t deny Randolph’s ability to put up big numbers. Jefferson played in two finals, and was the leading scorer this season on a team with Vince Carter. Okur was an All Star two years ago, and is the starting center on one of the Western Conference’s emerging powers.
1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: A quick story. The Nets drafted the late Eddie Griffin out of Seton Hall, with the plan to trade him to the Rockets for Houston’s three first rounders. Jefferson and Jason Collins were no-brainers, but with the 23rd pick, the Nets weren’t sure which direction to go in. They knew they needed a backcourt player who could shoot, so they decided to go with Brandon Armstrong out of Pepperdine, because they felt he had the purer jumpshot out of the two possible players being considered. The other guy was Gilbert Arenas. His jumper turned out to be pretty good, wouldn’t you say?
2nd rounder who should have gone in the 1st round: Back to the well. Arenas falling to the second round is one of the great gaffes in NBA history. Every GM screwed that one up.