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ESPN sportcenter's top 10 #1 draft picks

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by couch_pot8o, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. couch_pot8o

    couch_pot8o Contributing Member

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    i was watchin ESPN SportsCenter earlier, and they made Hakeem Olajuwon the #10 top #1 pick in all of sports. just a share..
     
  2. francis 4 prez

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    i didn't even get how they were doing the list. it wasn't just greatest number 1 picks it didn't seem but hakeem didn't really get a lot of hype as a number 1 did he? so i'm not sure what they were going on, hype + performance, performance, or just whatever they felt like.

    cool to see hakeem make the list though.
     
  3. JeffB

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    I think the list was the "top ten rookie regular season debuts" in anticipation of LeBron's debut tonight.
     
  4. couch_pot8o

    couch_pot8o Contributing Member

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    no.. it was top 10 #1 draft picks not debuts.. coz they included john elway and john elway played horrible on his debut game..
     
  5. JeffB

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    I'm sorry, I meant top ten debuts by number one picks. After each pick, they would say the stats for that players debut game.
     
  6. wakkoman

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    they basically were talking about how lebron is the biggest hype player in all of history of all the sports
    and they had a top 10 list of players in sports that we had high expectations of, and the players on the list also went above our expectations
     
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    Pretty much of what I've seen in the past...

    9th to 12th best ever.
     
  8. bobrek

    bobrek Not a liberal, regardless of my posts
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    I don't know their criteria, but Earl Campbell was ROY and MVP in his rookie year.
     
  9. Yodels

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    Here are some that I remember:
    #1 picks that had the most impact over a career I assume...

    1) Jabaar (6 championships)
    3) Magic (5 championships)
    Mario Lamieux (may have been second)
    Elway,
    6) Shaq
    OJ,A-Rod
    9) Ken Griffey
    10)Hakeem
     
  10. DavidS

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    Ralph Sampson, ROY 1983.

    :)
     
  11. AMS

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    what no yao ming !!!!!!!! :eek:








    ;) ;) ;)

    let the debate begin
     
  12. We're Back

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    Pervis Ellison
     
  13. DavidS

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    Let him finish his career! ;)
     
  14. francis 4 prez

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    it wasn't basketball players, it was everyone in all sports. he was 4th in terms of bball players on that list. which is about right.



    it was still a weird list. no earl. wasn't wilt a #1 pick? was gretzky a #1 pick? if they weren't, then who was doing the scouting?

    that's what seemed weird. it didn't seem to be based solely on production or on hype or really even a combo. just 10 #1 picks that did pretty damn good.
     
  15. DavidS

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    Oh. Seems like they were being very obscure.

    By the way, most of the 50 Greatest NBA List I've seen had Hakeem around 9th to 12th. I remember back when the 50 Greatest List came out, every single sports mag did their own ranking.

    That's all-time, regardless of pick. Not sure about 4th all-time. That seems more like a Greatest Center List.
     
  16. DavidS

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    Damn!!!!

    Digging up old Phily records suck! :)

    Wilt Chamberlain, Drafted: 1959, 1st round (3rd overall), Philadelphia Warriors.

    Here's some more interesting picks...

    Julius Erving, Drafted, 1972 (12th overall), Milwaukee Bucks.
    Michael Jordan (sorry Portland) and Kevin McHale were also 3rd over-all picks.
    Jerry West was 2nd over-all pick (Minneapolis Lakers). Just like Steve Francis and Rudy Tomjanovich.
    Clyde Drelxer was 14th pick! :eek:

    I'll let someone else dig up Gretzky! :D
     
  17. Desert Scar

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    How did this happen? Who was in front of him, was it geographically based? Did 2 teams get bought off the way Celts stole Russell with the Ice Capades bribe to the team ahead of them that could have drafted Russell?
     
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    at that time, drafts were regionally based, so that local stars would stay in their areas.
     
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    Just to show how unbelievable it was for Wilt not to go #1, here's an excerpt from ESPN's Greatest NBA Rookies:

    "1. Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors, 1959-60
    MVP. Rookie of the Year. First-team All-NBA. Everyone expected Chamberlain to be an impact player, but he exceeded expectations by far -- setting an NBA record with 2,707 points (37.6 ppg) and another NBA record with 1,941 rebounds. The Warriors, who went 32-40 the season before Chamberlain arrived, went 49-26 and reached the Eastern Division finals before bowing to the Celtics, 4 games to 2."
     
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