posted on Jul, 3 2006 @ 11:34 AM
This year's NBA draft had some great talent and some good potential, but didn't appear to have any future superstars. I went scurrying for the
records of past drafts to see which one was the biggest--which draft produced the most superstars, Hall of Famers, great players, or even consistently
good players. I only checked back to 1980, because I was only looking at my own lifetime (what I could remember, that is--I was born in 1972). A few
jumped out at me as being especially stellar.
1996 - Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant are no brainer Hall of Famers once they are eligible. I feel Steve Nash is HOF as well, although he may need to
pull off one or two years like the past two he has had. Also in that draft were Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Antoine Walker, Jermaine O'Neal, and
1987 - David Robinson, Scottie Pippen, and Reggie Miller are all first ballot Hall of Famers. Also in that draft were Armon Gilliam (check the
stats--much better than you remember), Horace Grant, Derrick McKey (check his stats too), Reggie Lewis, Danny Manning, and Muggsy Bogues.
1985 - Joe Dumars has already been voted in the HOF, and Patrick Ewing and Karl Malone are slam dunk first ballotters. Chris Mullin should probably
get in as well, although it will take a few years. Also in that draft were Wayman Tisdale, Xavier McDaniel, Detlef Schrempf, Charles Oakley, A.C.
Green, Terry Porter, Michael Adams, and shot-blocking extraordinaire Manute Bol.
1984 - The motherlode of all drafts. Here are just the good to great players: Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Jay Humphries,
Michael Cage, Vern Fleming, and Jerome Kersey. It is these these four, however, that set this draft apart: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles
Barkley, and John Stockton. Seven regular season MVPs, 12 NBA Finals appearances, eight NBA titles, eight Finals MVPs. The accolades are just the
start, however. Jordan is the all time leader in PPG. Olajuwon is the all time leader in blocked shots. Stockton is the all time leader in assists
(a virtually unbreakable record) and steals. They made first or second team All-NBA a total of 37 times and were named to the first or second team
All-Defenseive Team 23 times. Barkley has already been voted into the HOF. I believe Olajuwon will make it in come 2008 while Jordan and Stockton
will be voted in the next year.
Only time will tell how the 2003 draft will pan out. We already have three big stars in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Antony.
[Edited on 7/3/06 by BirdstheBest]