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Looking back at the 1998 NBA draft

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by moestavern19, Apr 9, 2001.

  1. moestavern19

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    Was this the best draft ever?

    1 L.A. Clippers Michael Olowokandi C Pacific
    GRADE D , Average at the best
    2 Vancouver Mike Bibby G Arizona
    GRADE B- , Could have done better
    3 Denver Raef LaFrentz F Kansas
    GRADE B , Not a bad pick
    4 Golden State* Antawn Jamison F North
    Carolina , Even though they traded Carter , Jamison isnt a bad player himself
    GRADE B+
    5 Toronto* Vince Carter G North Carolina
    #1 instantly if the draft was held over
    GRADE A+
    6 Milwaukee* Robert Traylor F Michigan
    Proabably the biggest bust in the draft
    GRADE F
    7 Sacramento Jason Williams G Florida
    Great pick at the time ,GRADE B-
    8 Philadelphia Larry Hughes G St. Louis
    Highly Overated , GRADE C+

    9 Dallas* Dirk Nowitzki F Germany
    A Project turned Star , GRADE A

    10 Boston Paul Pierce F Kansas
    Another steal GRADE A-

    11 Detroit Bonzi Wells G Ball State
    Plays good now , Grade B

    12 Orlando Michael Doleac C Utah
    GRADE C

    13 Orlando* Keon Clark F/C UNLV
    GRADE C+

    14 Houston Michael Dickerson F Arizona
    GRADE B-

    15 Orlando* Matt Harpring F Georgia Tech
    GRADE C

    16 Houston* Bryce Drew G Valparaiso
    GRADE C-

    17 Minnesota Radoslav Nesterovic C Italy
    GRADE C

    18 Houston* Mirsad Turkcan F Turkey
    GRADE D

    19 Phoenix* Pat Garrity F Notre Dame
    GRADE B-

    20 Atlanta Roshown McLeod F Duke
    GRADE C

    21 Charlotte Ricky Davis F/G Iowa
    GRADE B-

    22 L.A. Clippers* Brian Skinner F/C Baylor
    GRADE C , Two nobodys in arguably the best draft ever?

    23 Denver* Tyronn Lue G Nebraska
    GRADE C

    24 Vancouver* Felipe Lopez G St. John's
    GRADE C-

    25 Indiana Al Harrington F St. Patrick's HS
    GRADE B-

    26 L.A. Lakers Sam Jacobson G Minnesota
    GRADE D+

    27 Seattle Vladimir Stepania C Slovenia
    GRADE C-

    28 Chicago Corey Benjamin G Oregon State
    Not playing so bad , GRADE C

    29 Philadelphia* Nazr Mohammed F/C Kentucky
    Playing good as of late GRADE B-


    Second Round

    30 Dallas
    from Toronto Ansu Sesay Mississippi SF
    WHO? GRADE D

    31 LA Lakers
    from Vancouver Ruben Patterson Cincinnati SF
    GRADE B

    32 Seattle
    from Detroit Rashard Lewis Alief-Elsik High
    School (Tex.) SF/PF
    GRADE B

    33 Seattle
    from LA Clippers Jelani McCoy UCLA PF
    GRADE C-

    34 Chicago
    from Golden State Shammond Williams North
    Carolina PG
    GRADE C

    35 Dallas Bruno Sundov Split, Croatia C
    GRADE C

    36 Sacramento Jerome James Florida A&M C
    GRADE C

    37 Philadelphia Casey Shaw Toledo C

    38 New York
    from Boston DeMarco Johnson UNC-Charlotte PF
    39 Milwaukee Rafer Alston Fresno State PG
    P
    40 Detroit Korleone Young Hargrave Military
    Academy (Va.) SF/PF

    41 Houston Cuttino Mobley Rhode Island 2G
    GRADE A , Man what a steal!

    42 Orlando Miles Simon Arizona 2G
    BUST GRADE F

    43 Washington Jahidi White Georgetown PF
    GRADE B

    44 New York Sean Marks California PF/C

    45 LA Lakers
    from New Jersey Toby Bailey UCLA 2G

    46 Minnesota Andrae Patterson Indiana U. SF

    47 Toronto
    from Portland Tyson Wheeler Rhode Island PG

    48 Cleveland Ryan Stack South Carolina C

    49 Atlanta Cory Carr Texas Tech 2G

    50 Charlotte Andrew Betts Long Beach State C

    51 Miami Corey Brewer Oklahoma PG

    52 San Antonio Derrick Dial Eastern Michigan
    2G
    this guy plays GRADE C

    53 Dallas
    from Phoenix Greg Buckner Clemson 2G

    54 Denver
    from Indiana Tremaine Fowlkes Fresno State
    SF/PF

    55 Denver
    from Seattle Ryan Bowen Iowa SF
    GRADE C

    56 Vancouver
    from LA Lakers J.R. Henderson UCLA SF

    57 Utah Torraye Braggs Xavier PF

    58 Chicago Maceo Baston Michigan PF




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  2. moestavern19

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    I forgot to mention this was also Predrag Stojakovic's first year he played ,

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  3. Dream34

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    Mo,
    9 Dallas* Dirk Nowitzki F Germany
    A Project turned Star , GRADE A

    10 Boston Paul Pierce F Kansas
    Another steal GRADE A-

    I would give both of these guys A++++. These two are awesome. Why only an A and A-???

    Also Seattle should be given an A+ for drafting Rashard Lewis in the second round.

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  4. Live

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    I think you're grading that #18 pick with Rocket-red colored glasses. IMO, the grade should be an F, considering that guy isn't even in the league and the talent still on the board. And after this year, that #16 pick could be graded an F, after Bryce heads for Europe to join Mursad.

    What a terrible draft! (Considering the "what ifs" and "shoulda beens.")

    Hopefully it's not a sign of things to comein June, considering this will be the first time the Rocks have had multiple 1st rounders since....'98!



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  5. Hydra

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    I thought Turkan played for the Bucks now. And I don't think getting Cuttino and the player that gets you Francis would be considered a bust.

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    Just went to CNNSI, and nope, Turksan is not on the Bucks' roster, nor anyone else for that matter.

    Now I agree, "terrible" may be a little harsh in describing that draft. Cat and Dickerson are going to have long, successful NBA careers. But consider what #16 and #18 could have been. I don't think I was the only one scratching my head when they made these two selections, especially the Drew pick.

    So I'll say that it was a DISAPPOINTING draft.

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  7. TexasG

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    Actually Dallas had the #6 pick, and took Traylor with the intention of trading him to Milwaukee for Dirk Nowitzki. So I personally don't think there is a grade high enough to give Dallas considering they basically traded Traylor for Dirk staight up.


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    This was actually another Dallas pick that was traded for Steve Nash.



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    By the same token, there's no grade low enough for Milwaukee, who traded up for the privilege of picking a bust.

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  10. Azim da Dream

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    IHMO the best draft of the decade; The Class of '96.

    1. Philly; Allen Iverson, Georgetown
    2. Toronto; Marcus Camby, Massachusetts
    3. Vancouver; Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California
    4. Milwaukee (a) Stephon Marbury, Georgia Tech
    5. Minnesota (a) Ray Allen, Connecticut
    6. Boston; (from Dallas) Antoine Walker, Kentucky
    7. LA Clippers; Lorenzen Wright, Memphis
    8. New Jersey; Kerry Kittles, Villanova
    9. Dallas (from Boston); Samaki Walker, Louisvile
    10. Indiana (from Denver); Erick Dampier, Mississippi State
    11. Golden State; Todd Fuller, North Carolina State
    12. Cleveland (from Wash.); Vitaly Potapenko, Wright State
    13. Charlotte; Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion HS
    14. Sacramento; Predrag Stojakovic, PAOK (Greece)
    15. Phoenix; Steve Nash, Santa Clara
    16. Charlotte; (from Miami) Tony Delk, Kentucky
    17. Portland; Jermaine O'Neal, Eau Claire HS
    18. New York (from Detroit); John Wallace, Syracuse
    19. New York (from Atlanta); Walter McCarty, Kentucky
    20. Cleveland; Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lithuania
    21. New York; Dontae Jones, Mississippi State
    22. Vancouver (from Houston); Roy Rogers, Alabama
    23. Denver (from Indiana); Efthimis Rentzias, PAOK
    24. LA Lakers; Derek Fisher, Arkansas-Little Rock
    25. Utah (b); Martin Muursepp, BC Kalev Tallinn
    26. Detroit (from San Antonio); Jerome Williams, Georgetown
    27. Orlando; Brian Evans, Indiana
    28. Atlanta (from Seattle); Priest Lauderdale, Peristeri (Greece)
    29. Chicago; Travis Knight,Connecticut


    The '98 draft was definatley good, and probably had a better 2nd round than the '96 version (which I can't find), but this draft was simply amazing.

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  11. vj23k

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    Good post Moe, But i don't think you took into account where these players were drafted.
    For Example-Rashard Lewis at 32 is a great pick.

    Ruben Patterson in the second round, McCoy in the second round.

    Personally I think these deserve at least b's and probably a's.

    Wow amazing that Seattle has four players selected in the second round of this draft.

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    Not so amazing if your team's GM had the genius to draft Todd Fuller at #11. [​IMG]

    Fortunately for the league, said GM is no longer employed in a personnel capacity. He's an assistant coach in Detroit, where he can witness firsthand the "development" of Joe Smith, whom he drafted #1 in '95 ahead of Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, and Kevin Garnett. [​IMG]

    P.S. Ironic that you couldn't find the list of 2nd-round '96 draftees, since it includes two current Rockets and two former ones: Othella Harrington (HOU at #30), Moochie Norris (MIL at #33), Jeff McInnis (DEN at #37), Randy Livingston (HOU at #37), Malik Rose (CHA at #44), Jamie Fieck (PHI at #48), Mark Pope (IND at #52), and Shandon Anderson (UTA at #54).

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    best draft of all time? that has to be the one where olajuwon,jordan,barkley got drafted. does anyone have the complete draft for that year?

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    http://home.rmi.net/~doug/Drafts/1984

    1. Akeem Olajuwon Houston Houston
    2. Sam Bowie Kentucky Portland
    3. Michael Jordan North Carolina Chicago
    4. Sam Perkins North Carolina Dallas
    5. Charles Barkley Auburn Philadelphia
    6. Melvin Turpin Kentucky Cleveland (*)
    7. Alvin Robertson Arkansas San Antonio
    8. Lancaster Gordon Louisville LA Clippers
    9. Otis Thorpe Providence Kansas City
    10. Leon Wood Cal State Fullerton Philadelphia
    11. Kevin Willis Michigan State Atlanta
    12. Tim McCormick Michigan Seattle (*)
    13. Jay Humphries Colorado Phoenix
    14. Michael Cage San Diego State LA Clippers
    15. Terrance Stansbury Temple Dallas
    16. John Stockton Gonzaga Utah
    17. Jeff Turner Vanderbilt New Jersey
    18. Vern Fleming Georgia Indiana
    19. Bernard Thompson Fresno State Portland
    20. Tony Campbell Ohio State Detroit
    21. Kenny Fields UCLA Milwaukee
    22. Tom Sewell Lamar Philadelphia
    23. Earl Jones District Of Columbia LA Lakers
    24. Michael Young Houston Boston
    25. Devin Durrant Brigham Young Indiana
    26. Victor Fleming Xavier Portland
    27. Ron Anderson Fresno State Cleveland
    28. Cory Blackwell Wisconsin Seattle
    29. Stuart Gray UCLA Indiana
    30. Steve Burtt Iona Golden State
    31. Jay Murphy Boston College Golden State
    33. Steve Colter New Mexico State Portland
    36. Charles A. Jones Louisville Phoenix
    37. Ben Coleman Maryland Chicago
    39. Danny Young Wake Forest Seattle
    45. Gary Plummer Boston University Golden State
    46. Jerome Kersey Longwood Portland
    50. Ben McDonald UC Irvine Cleveland
    51. Jim Peterson Minnesota Houston
    70. Rick Carlisle Virginia Boston
    87. Bob Thornton UC Irvine New York
    92. John Revelli Stanford LA Lakers
    131. Oscar Schmidt (Brazil) New Jersey
    133. Eddie Lee Wilkins Gardner-Webb New York
    156. Ken Bannister St. Augustine New York
    199. Fred Brown Georgetown Atlanta
    212. Carl Lewis Houston Chicago


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    Carl Lewis as in track star, four olympic gold medals in one year Carl Lewis?

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    Yes.

    I pasted the list exactly as it appears on the site ... obviously, it skips to "notable" selections after the first round.

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  17. moestavern19

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    The 1984 draft is probably the best , But The 98 draft has produced some many good players .

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    The 98 draft was good, but 96 was far better.
    Another good year was 94:
    Glenn Robinson
    Grant Hill
    Jason Kidd
    Eddie Jones
    Jalen Rose
    Juwan Howard
    Donyell Marshall
    Aaron McKie
    Wesley Person
    Charlie Ward
    And second rounders like
    Pig Miller
    Voshon Lenard
    Lawrence Funderburke
    Howard Eisley
    Michael Smith

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