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2006 NBA DRAFT

NBA Draft | NBA Mock Draft | 2006 Draft Profiles | Message Board

By Jeff Fox

foxyjj@sympatico.ca

June 13th, 2006

 

NBA Draft: Top 10 Lottery-Era Drafts

 

This month’s NBA Draft marks the 22nd year that a lottery was used to determine which teams got the top picks.  While this year’s edition of the draft doesn’t appear to have a franchise superstar in it, it is a draft deep with talent.  But where will it rank in the history of the lottery era drafts?  Time will tell, but for the meantime here is how the drafts in the past 21 years stack up.

 

(This is Part II of this series.  Part I ranked Drafts #21 to 11.)

 

10) 1995

 

Studs

#2 – Clippers – Antonio McDyess – Alabama – 643gms, 14.7ppg, 7.8rpg

#3 – Philadelphia – Jerry Stackhouse – UNC – 719gms, 19.9ppg, 3.9apg

#4 – Washington – Rasheed Wallace – UNC – 791gms, 15.7ppg, 6.9rpg

#5 – Minnesota – Kevin Garnett – HS – 851gms, 20.4ppg, 11.2rpg, 4.5apg

#21 – Phoenix – Michael Finley – Wisconsin – 812gms, 18.2ppg, 4.9rpg

 

Duds

#8 – Portland – Shawn Respert – Michigan State – 172gms, 4.9ppg, 1.3rpg

#9 – New Jersey – Ed O’Bannon – UCLA – 128gms, 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 0.8apg

#12 – Dallas – Cherokee Parks – Duke – 472gms, 4.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 0.6bpg

 

Consensus

KG will be remembered as one of the all time greats, while the other 4 studs will also be remembered as top players of their day.  The duds are real duds though.

 

9) 1994

 

Studs

#1 – Milwaukee – Glenn Robinson – Purdue – 688gms, 20.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg

#2 – Dallas – Jason Kidd – California – 866gms, 14.6ppg, 9.2apg, 6.5rpg

#3 – Detroit – Grant Hill – Duke – 570gms, 20.6ppg, 7.3rpg, 5.6apg

#10 – Lakers – Eddie Jones – Temple – 843gms, 16.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg

#13 – Denver – Jalen Rose – Michigan – 894gms, 14.7ppg, 3.9apg, 3.5rpg

 

Duds

#6 – Philadelphia – Sharone Wright – Clemson – 203gms, 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg

#9 – Boston – Eric Montross – North Carolina – 465gms, 4.5ppg, 4.6rpg

#11 – Seattle – Carlos Rogers – Tennessee State – 298gms, 7.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 0.8bpg

 

Consensus

Kidd is one of the best to ever lace them up, while despite injuries Hill is still hall of fame material.  The Big Dog spent his NBA time doing what he does best – scoring.

 

8) 1998

 

Studs

#2 – Vancouver – Mike Bibby – Arizona – 593gms, 16.7ppg, 6.4apg, 3.3rpg

#4 – Toronto – Antawn Jamison – North Carolina – 568gms, 19.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg

#5 – Golden State – Vince Carter – North Carolina – 539gms, 23.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.0apg

#9 – Milwaukee – Dirk Nowitzki – Germany – 603gms, 22.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg

#10 – Boston – Paul Pierce – Kansas – 605gms, 23.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.9apg

 

Duds

#1 – Clippers – Michael Olowokandi – Pacific – 476gms, 8.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4bpg

#6 – Dallas – Robert Traylor – Michigan – 438gms, 4.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 0.7bpg

#12 – Orlando – Michael Doleac – Utah – 507gms, 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg

#13 – Orlando – Keon Clark – UNLV – 353gms, 8.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6bpg

 

Consensus

Dirk is showing this year that he wants to be known as one of the all time greats.  The other 4 studs are all all-star caliber players themselves.  Two of the duds, Traylor & Clark, are out of the league already.

 

7) 1999

 

Studs

#1 – Chicago – Elton Brand – Duke – 526gms, 20.3ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.1bpg

#2 – Vancouver – Steve Francis – Maryland – 522gms, 19.0ppg, 6.3apg, 5.8rpg

#3 – Charlotte – Baron Davis – UCLA – 463gms, 15.9ppg, 7.1apg, 3.9rpg

#9 – Phoenix – Shawn Marion – UNLV – 533gms, 18.7ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.3bpg

#16 – Chicago – Ron Artest – St. John’s – 408gms, 14.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1spg

 

Duds

#5 – Toronto – Jonathan Bender – High School – 237gms, 5.6ppg, 2.2rpg

#11 – Cleveland – Trajan Langdon – Duke – 119gms, 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg

#12 – Toronto – Aleksandar Radojevic – Barton CC – 15gms, 1.7ppg, 2.4rpg

 

Consensus

The 3 duds turned out to be 3 of the worst in the lottery era (all 3 are out of the league already), which knocks this year’s ranking down a few notches.  The studs are all top-notch studs though.  The depth of this draft was stunning – Lamar Odom, Rip Hamilton, Andre Miller, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and Manu Ginobli also were selected.

 

6) 1997

 

Studs

#1 – San Antonio – Tim Duncan – Wake Forest – 666gms, 22.1ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.5bpg

#2 – Philadelphia – Keith Van Horn – Utah – 575gms, 16.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg

#3 – Boston – Chauncey Billups – Colorado – 610gms, 14.3ppg, 5.1apg, 2.9rpg

#9 – Toronto – Tracy McGrady – High School – 612gms, 22.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.4apg

#42 – Phoenix – Stephen Jackson – Butler CC – 392gms, 13.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.4apg

 

Duds

#4 – Vancouver – Antonio Daniels – Bowling Green – 642gms, 8.0ppg, 3.3apg

#5 – Denver – Tony Battie – Texas Tech – 614gms, 6.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0bpg

#8 – Golden State – Adonal Foyle – Colgate – 593gms, 4.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8bpg

#11 – Sacramento – Tariq Adbul-Wahad – San Jose State – 236gms, 7.8ppg, 3.3rpg

#12 – Indiana – Austin Croshere – Providence – 540gms, 7.5ppg, 4.3rpg

 

Consensus

Duncan is one of the greatest ever to play the game, T-Mac will be in the Hall of Fame and after a slow start Billups has become Mr. Clutch.  After those 3 though it wasn’t a very deep pool of talent this year.

 

5) 1992

 

Studs

#1 – Orlando – Shaquille O’Neal – LSU – 941gms, 26.3ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.5bpg

#2 – Charlotte – Alonzo Mourning – Georgetown – 736gms, 22.5ppg, 11.1rpg, 3.6bpg

#3 – Minnesota – Christian Laettner – Duke – 868gms, 12.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.6apg

#4 – Dallas – Jim Jackson – Ohio State – 885gms, 14.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.2apg

#24 – Golden State – Latrell Sprewell – Alabama – 913gms, 18.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg

 

Duds

#10 – Atlanta – Adam Keefe – Stanford – 617gms, 5.0ppg, 4.1rpg

 

Consensus

The quality of the studs (2 guaranteed hall of famers) and the lack of duds pretty much sums up this year.  Shaq will look to add to his legacy (in my opinion the 3rd best center of all time behind Chamberlain and Russell) with another championship this month.

 

4) 2003

 

Studs

#1 – Cleveland – LeBron James – High School – 238gms, 26.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 6.6apg

#3 – Denver – Carmelo Anthony – Syracuse – 237gms, 22.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.7apg

#4 – Toronto – Chris Bosh – Georgia Tech – 226gms, 16.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3bpg

#5 – Miami – Dwyane Wade – Marquette – 213gms, 22.9ppg, 6.1apg, 5.0rpg

#7 – Chicago – Kirk Hinrich – Kansas – 234gms, 14.6ppg, 6.5apg, 3.6rpg

 

Duds

#2 – Detroit – Darko Milicic – Serbia – 126gms, 3.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 0.9bpg

#9 – New York – Mike Sweetney – Georgetown – 185gms, 7.4ppg, 5.0rpg

#10 – Washington – Jarvis Hayes – Georgia – 145gms, 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg

#11 – Golden State – Mickael Pietrus – France – 172gms, 8.1ppg, 2.7rpg

#12 – Seattle – Nick Collison – Kansas – 148gms, 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg

 

Consensus

The talent level really drops off after the 5 studs listed above (with maybe the exception of Chris Kaman).  The talent of the studs totally outweighs the lack of depth and the duds in this draft however.

 

3) 1987

 

Studs

#1 – San Antonio – David Robinson – Navy – 987gms, 21.1ppg, 10.6rpg, 3.0bpg

#5 – Seattle – Scottie Pippen – Central Arkansas – 1178gms, 16.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 5.2apg

#7 – Cleveland – Kevin Johnson – California – 735gms, 17.9ppg, 9.1apg, 3.3rpg

#11 – Indiana – Reggie Miller – UCLA – 1389gms, 18.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg

#22 – Boston – Reggie Lewis – Northeastern – 450gms, 17.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg

 

Duds

#3 – New Jersey – Dennis Hopson – Ohio State – 334gms, 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg

 

Consensus

Except for Hopson this was a mistake free lottery.  Robinson, Pippen, Miller are hall of fame locks while KJ should come close.

 

 

2) 1985

 

Studs

#1 – New York – Patrick Ewing – Georgetown – 1183gms, 21.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4bpg

#7 – Golden State – Chris Mullin – St. John’s – 986gms, 18.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg

#8 – Dallas – Detlef Schrempf – Washington – 1136gms, 13.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.4apg

#13 – Utah – Karl Malone – Louisiana Tech – 1476gms, 25.0ppg, 10.1rpg, 3.6apg

#18 – Detroit – Joe Dumars – McNeese State – 1018gms, 16.1ppg, 4.5apg, 2.5rpg

 

Duds

#5 – Atlanta – Jon Koncak – Southern Methodist – 784gms, 4.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0bpg

#6 – Sacramento – Joe Kleine – Arkansas – 965gms, 4.8ppg, 4.1rpg

#10 – Phoenix - Ed Pinckney – Villanova – 793gms, 6.8ppg, 5.0rpg

 

Consensus

Ewing and the Mailman – enough said.  Mullin and Dumars weren’t too shabby either.  The duds weren’t stellar players but all had long careers.

 

1) 1996

 

Studs

#1 – Philadelphia – Allen Iverson – Georgetown – 682gms, 28.0ppg, 6.1apg, 4.0rpb

#5 – Minnesota – Ray Allen – Connecticut – 735gms, 21.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.9apg

#13 – Charlotte – Kobe Bryant – High School – 707gms, 23.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.5apg

#15 – Phoenix – Steve Nash – Santa Clara – 703gms, 13.5ppg, 7.1apg, 2.8rpg

#17 – Portland – Jermaine O’Neal – High School – 613gms, 13.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8bpg

 

Duds

#7 – Clippers – Lorenzen Wright – Memphis – 676gms, 8.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 0.8bpg

#9 – Dallas – Samaki Walker – Louisville – 445gms, 5.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 0.7bpg

#11 – Golden State – Todd Fuller – North Carolina State – 225gms, 3.7ppg, 3.0rpg

#12 – Cleveland – Vitaly Potapenko – Wright State – 607gms, 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg

 

Consensus

The fact that Marcus Camby, Stephon Marbury, Antoine Walker, Peja Stojakovic and Zydrunas Ilgauskas didn’t make the stud list shows what an amazing year 1996 truly was.  The 5 studs could all end up in the hall of fame and AI, KB and Nash are 3 of the greatest of all time.

 

Return to Part I, Ranking Drafts #21 to 11.

 

 

 

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