Bringing Back The Draft:2002

Justin June 20, 2008 0

Sure, the city of Boston may still be celebrating the Celtics’ 17thchampionship, but it’s time to look towards next year.  The draft is only 6 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: 2002

Top 5:

  1. Yao Ming (HOU)
  2. Jay Williams (CHI)
  3. Mike Dunleavy (GSW)
  4. Drew Gooden (MEM)
  5. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (DEN)

Hindsight is 20/20 Top 5: Injuries and foreign gambles gone wrong highlight a below average draft.

  1. Yao Ming
  2. Amare Stoudamire
  3. Carlos Boozer
  4. Caron Butler
  5. Teyshaun Prince

This should really be 1a and 1b, because both Yao and Amare are perennial All-Stars headed straight to the Hall of Fame.  Boozer lost some points early for screwing over a blind guy, but his abilities to score and rebound have made the Jazz one of the West’s rising powers. It took Butler some time to find his groove, but now that he’s comfortable in Washington, he’s a consistent All-Star and shut down defender. Teyshaun is so underrated, he’s almost overrated.  But he has the ability to shut down nearly anyone in the league, and his offensive game continues to evolve.


1st rounder who should have gone in the 2nd round: Marcus Haislip was a lottery pick. Allow me to say that again.  Marcus Haislip was a lottery pick.  Milwaukee did not get a lot of bang out of their buck for that one. He played a total of 79 games in a three year career, and scored less than 4 points a game. 


2nd rounder who should have gone in the 1st round: Why did Boozer fall to the middle of the 2nd round?  GM’s fell in love with the idea of potential from overseas, and didn’t bother looking at a consistent scorer and leader at Duke. 

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