All-Time NBA Studs & Duds: Part One

    
June 15th, 2007
It’s true that the NBA draft is a crapshoot.  When looking through the history of the NBA draft it is also very apparent that some NBA teams are better dice throwers than others.  It is also true that hindsight is 20/20 but some of these picks leave the onlooker scratching their heads.  The fact that some of the game’s greatest players of all-time, including Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, were passed over by teams in the draft is bewildering.  It’s time to play Monday morning quarterback and break down each NBA team’s draft day touchdowns and draft day blunders of all-time.

 

Atlanta Hawks

 

Stud:

1970-#3 overall – Pete Maravich

 

Dud:

1985-#5- Jon Koncak

Could have had: Karl Malone, Chris Mullin

 

Boston Celtics

 

Stud:

1978-#6- Larry Bird

 

Dud:

1948-#3- George Hauptfuhrer

Could have had: Dolph Schayes

 

Charlotte Bobcats

 

Stud:

2004-#2- Emeka Okafor

 

Dud:

2006-#3- Adam Morrison

Could have had: Brandon Roy

 

Chicago Bulls

 

Stud:

1984-#3- Michael Jordan

 

Dud:

2002-#2- Jay Williams

Could have had: Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Stud:

2003-#1- LeBron James

 

Dud:

1996-#13- Vitaly Potapenko

Could have had: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermaine O’Neal

 

Dallas Mavericks

 

Stud:

2003-#29- Josh Howard

 

Dud:

1984-#4- Sam Perkins

Could have had: Charles Barkley, John Stockton

 

Denver Nuggets

 

Stud:

1991-#4- Dikembe Mutombo

 

Dud:

2002-#5- Nikoloz Tskitishvili

Could have had: Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer

 

Detroit Pistons

 

Stud:

1985-#18- Joe Dumars

 

Dud:

1959-#2- Bailey Howell

Could have had: Wilt Chamberlain

 

Golden State

 

Stud:

1959-#3- Wilt Chamberlain

 

Dud:

1965-#1- Fred Hetzel

Could have had: Bill Bradley, Rick Barry, Billy Cunnigham, Gail Goodrich

 

Houston Rockets

 

Stud:

1970- 2nd round - #18 overall - Calvin Murphy

 

Dud:

1976-#1- John Lucas

Could have had: Robert Parish, Alex English

 

Indiana Pacers

 

Stud:

1987-#11- Reggie Miller

 

Dud:

1978-#3- Rick Robey

Could have had: Larry Bird

 

Los Angeles Clippers

 

Stud:

1972-#2- Bob McAdoo

 

Dud:

1985-#3- Benoit Benjamin

Could have had: Chris Mullin, Karl Malone

 

Los Angeles Lakers

 

Stud:

1979-#1- Magic Johnson

 

Dud:

1986-#23- Ken Barlow

Could have had: Arvydas Sabonis, Dennis Rodman, Mark Price

 

Memphis Grizzlies

 

Stud:

2002- 2nd round - #45 overall - Matt Barnes

 

Dud:

1996-#3- Shareef Abdul-Rahim

Could have had: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Jermaine O’Neal

 

Miami Heat

 

Stud:

2003-#5- Dwyane Wade

 

Dud:

1992-#11- Harold Minor

Could have had: Latrell Sprewell

 

Check back tomorrow for Part Two of All-Time NBA Draft Studs & Duds